Tannadice the scene for Cup quarter final


On Saturday my mind wandered, as it does, to the demise of Gretna in 2008.  The village team were bankrolled through the Scottish league system until promotion to the SPL in 2007 but then the cash ran out.  The club went into liquidation a few weeks from the end of the season but while most of the first team squad were made redundant, a few remained on a week-to-week basis to see out the remaining league programme, assisted considerably by the SPL and Livingston FC, who made their ground available.

Should Rangers fail around the same time, I thought, how apt it would be for us to meet them in the Scottish Cup final.  We would be there at the end to wave goodbye to a unique institution.  Witnesses to the final whistle on a club with an enormously controversial history.

Unfortunately, my hopes were dashed by Dundee United at Ibrox yesterday, who Flushed Away the opposition and won their first game against an SPL team in 2012.  We will have to scramble for tickets for the prospective event at another venue.

United seem set to try their hardest to spoil my enjoyment of the Cup.  Our quarter final draw against them next month will be one of the toughest games of the season.

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  1. I see the ‘Media’ are at again, no surprise there, what concerns me about this new attack


    on our young Manager, was started by ‘one of our own’. namely. Packie Bonner!


    In his diatribe in the Daily Mirror during the week, he ‘expressed’, that in his opinion if our Manager fails to win the League this year, from the very advantageous position we are currently in, and the obvious weakness of main opposition, then Neil isn’t the man for the job! This has been ‘taken up’ by Keevins over the weekend, and expounded on!.


    There are many reasons why we may not win the League this year, but it certainly wont be for any ‘contributions’ by people like these! I think ‘they’ will use tactic’s like this throughout the rest of the season, trying to unsettle us, however they conveniently forget just how we ‘arrived’ at the point where we are now, i.e. we have beaten every team put in front of us, and Neil will ensure we continue to do so!


    Hail, Hai

  2. Paddy Gallagher on

    macky says:



    6 February, 2012 at 16:43



    If you want to play roulette make sure it’s on a machine. Why? because it is programed so that every number and both colours come up during a preset number of spins. No 0 for the last 40 spins start betting it at 1 point for the first ten spins then 2 points for the next ten spins and so on. Quids in when it comes in..:-))

  3. Kojo, aye, I hear you.



    Swiss Tony, indeed.



    jackie mac. Agree.



    RalphWaldoEllison, I’ve had to delete a batch of your comments as the UNBROKEN LINE extends the width of the page.



    Request to all:



    Please don’t use unbroken lines as they cause havoc for mobile users.

  4. Paul67,



    I have read many brilliant articles from yourself but there was just something so succinct and unarguable from the earlier article.



    “It’s almost like everything is coming together for one side of the city while the other side is being Flushed Away. Like a horrible wee jobby.”



    As Martin might say, astonishingly brilliant. :))

  5. The Lizard King on

    Unlucky Minstermen handed seventh successive FA Cup away tie


    9:28am Saturday 22nd October 2011 in



    By Dave Flett »


    Sports reporter



    IF a home tie represents the luck of the draw in the FA Cup then somebody at York City must have run over a black cat.



    When Gary Mills’ men were handed a fourth qualifying round trip to Wrexham this week, it marked the SEVENTH successive time the Bootham Crescent club have been drawn away in the competition.



    For anybody struggling to appreciate how unlikely a sequence that is, try tossing a coin until you get seven consecutive heads or tails.



    From all the clubs in the top five divisions of the game, only Newcastle United can claim poorer fortune in Cup draws.



    The Magpies have not been given a tie at St James’ Park since February 2006 – a run encompassing eight matches.







  6. Amadeus apologises for not being as forthcoming as he might have been recently – there are a few legal foibles he must contend with, and he would not want to get the site, or indeed himself, into trouble.


    However, he recommends that you watch Newsnight Scotland tonight.


    In particular, pay attention to the contribution of Mark Daly (the guy that made the doc).


    CQN – tomorrow’s news today!


    (Note to Jabba – no spoilers, fatz!)

  7. Link : For the younger CQNers to Long John Baldry – Let the Heartaches Begin



    I can hear the ‘ Record’ start to play


    And very soon they say


    I was a fool to let Ali have his way


    And with each glass of wine I feel a glow


    And very soon I know


    I was a fool to let that Jelly go



    So let the hearttttttttttaches begin


    I can’t help it, I can’t win


    I’ve lost the league for sure


    Tears won’t help anymoreeeeeee


    Yes let the heartttttttttaches begin


    I can’t help it i can’t winnnnnn


    I’ve lost the hacks for sure


    Now they’re gone I can’t hold back the tears anymoreeeee



    I can see the taxman coming in the night


    They’ve got us bang to right


    Murrays gone we’ve only got Craig Whyte


    The dodgy moves that they seem to share


    Just make me feel aware


    Of the foolishness I find so hard to bear



    So let the heartttttttttaches begin


    I can’t help it, I can’t win


    I’ve lost the league for sure


    My tears won’t help anymoreeeeeee


    Yes let the hearttttttttaches, heartaches begin


    I just can’t help it, I just can’t win


    I’ve lost league for sure


    And now that its gone


    I can’t hold back the tears anymore



    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

  8. Amadeus



    good to hear from you again, newsnight scotland you say? will it definately be worth watching???



    will they be serving JELLY AND ICE CREAM????

  9. navanbhoy



    You’re sounding better today. Hope things will take a turn for the better soon.

  10. hoopeddreams



    yeah much better today thanks, things are good in general just a little set back yesterday, next month marks the first anniversary of my mother passing away, so although most days are good, the one difficult day pops up now and then.



    the result from ipox yesterday went a long way to cheering me up



    thanks for asking

  11. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    I think there is something on the Scottish news tonight at 6.30 about Craig Whytes business dealings and

  12. Paul67.etal.



    In the news summary for the 6.30 Scottish news on BBC1. The news reader mentioned that there are more lies from the Rangers Chairman.



    That really will be a surprise?

  13. P67


    Please don’t use unbroken lines as they cause havoc for mobile users.



    I’d have thought that broken lines would cause more havoc than unbroken lines ;-)



    What time is Newsnight Scotland on?

  14. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    Mick. This has already been mentioned on either Sky or BBC news.



    This is who they are and they will never change. The sooner they are expunged from history the better. Utter vermin.

  15. RIP in hospital after suffering heart problems yesterday


    Another casualty of the Downfall

  16. Bada


    Thanks. I didn`t look that far ahead! Bike ride today means I will be fast asleep by then but will check on here tomorrow for post after 11pm. Thanks again, anyway.




  17. 1 game at a time and a league title at then end of it, is success story for NL, the 2 cups are a bonus, failure in the league, not even prepared to discuss



    future, we have one hell of a young team who will get better



    22 man first team squad with lots of squad players moved on and couple of quality young additions in the summer

  18. Newsnight, 11pm, but if leaks keep emerging, I will break it myself!


    CQN – tomorrow’s news today!

  19. Rangers owner Craig Whyte may have lied in court case


    By Mark Daly


    BBC Scotland Investigations Correspondent



    The BBC obtained a transcript of the judgement which imposed the ban


    Continue reading the main story


    Related Stories



    Shares in Rangers are suspended


    Rangers confirms Craig Whyte ban


    Rangers owner ‘criminality’ claim


    BBC Scotland has uncovered evidence which suggests Rangers owner Craig Whyte may have lied in court.



    During a civil case last year, he told Glasgow Sheriff Court his seven-year ban from being a company director did not relate to treatment of creditors.



    But the judge who imposed the ban said company assets were “put out of the reach of the creditors”.



    The Rangers owner accused the BBC of a “witch-hunt” and said the matter would be dealt with robustly by his lawyers.



    Details of Mr Whyte’s seven-year disqualification, imposed in 2000, were revealed by a BBC Scotland investigation – Rangers: The Inside Story – which was broadcast in October.



    The programme heard allegations that Mr Whyte controlled a company called Re-Tex Plastic Technology despite his ban, an offence which could incur a two-year jail term.



    Re-tex Plastic Technology was later wound up in 2003.



    Following the documentary, Mr Whyte denied all the claims “in the strongest possible terms” and said he would be launching legal action against the BBC.



    The corporation has, as yet, not received a writ.



    He also stated publicly that the ban related to a “technicality”.



    In a separate matter, the Rangers owner appeared in court in December to contest a case over an alleged unpaid £90,000 repair bill at his castle.



    Continue reading the main story



    Start Quote



    In specific terms, Mr Whyte totally refutes the scurrilous allegation that he may have committed perjury in a court of law in December last year”



    Craig Whyte’s spokesman


    Craig Whyte: full statement


    The 40-year-old, who was listed as owner of Tixway UK Ltd, was said to have ordered supplies from One Stop Roofing to repair the roof at his property in Grantown on Spey.



    It was also claimed that Tixway failed to maintain a repayment plan agreed at the start of the 2010.



    Evidence has been heard in the case and a written judgement is expected at a later date.



    During evidence Mr Whyte was asked about his seven-year disqualification from being a company director.



    In court, he said: “This is going back to matters some time. I don’t have any recollection of what it was about just now.”



    He was then asked: “You can’t remember why you were banned for seven years?”



    Mr Whyte replied: “Well, I’m not going to say in open court and get it wrong.”



    The Rangers owner was then asked: “Was it anything to do with the treatment of creditors?”



    He replied: “No.”



    The BBC has obtained a transcript of the judgement which imposed the seven-year director disqualification on Mr Whyte.



    The ban was handed down by registrar John Simmonds following a trial at the Royal Courts of Justice Companies Court in London on 13 June 2000.



    The case relates to Mr Whyte’s former company Vital UK, which collapsed owing creditors about £400,000.



    Registrar Simmonds’ ruling in the case appears to contradict the testimony Mr Whyte gave at Glasgow Sheriff Court in December 2011.



    Registrar Simmonds ruled that “the assets of the company (Vital UK) were put out of the reach of the creditors on a somewhat dubious delayed basis”.



    The ruling continued: “Shortly after that Mr Whyte put the company into a members’ liquidation disclosing promissory notes as an asset.



    “This seems to me to be a self-seeking action with regard to the company. If this is too harsh, then the degree of recklessness shows Mr Whyte to be thoroughly unfit to be a director.”



    ‘Heard mitigation’


    About a month before some of Vital UK’s assets were shifted, another of Mr Whyte’s companies, Pelcroft, allotted £600,000 worth of new shares – almost half of which went to an address in the Bahamas.



    Once a liquidator had wound up Vital UK, it pursued Pelcroft and recovered about half of the money owed to the creditors of Vital UK.



    Registrar Simmonds’ ruling concluded: “I have heard mitigation from Mr Whyte’s counsel that he is a young man and that some voluntary recompense has been made.



    “There is nothing that I have heard that the self-seeking behaviour and deliberately placing of assets beyond the liquidators that would not make this a middle bracket case and I consider seven years the correct order and I so order.”



    BBC Scotland asked Mr Whyte for a response and pointed out that the charge for deliberately failing to tell the truth under oath was perjury.



    A spokesman for Mr Whyte said: “These accusations, which are simply a variation on what the BBC already alleged in a documentary riddled with inaccuracies and falsehoods and broadcast last year, are defamatory and clearly form part of a concerted campaign by the BBC to embarrass Craig Whyte personally and to damage Rangers Football Club.



    “In specific terms, Mr Whyte totally refutes the scurrilous allegation that he may have committed perjury in a court of law in December last year. The responses he gave to questions relating to matters that took place some 17 years ago were given truthfully and to the best of his recollection.



    “In the BBC’s documentary last year, the accusation was made that Mr Whyte could have been guilty of criminal activity. Yet, neither before nor since the broadcast, has there been any criminal investigation into any aspect of Mr Whyte’s business dealings.”

  20. How annoying it got out so early!


    I should have spilt it!


    Anyway, it’s all good.


    Perjury is quite a serious offence as I am given to understand.


    Oh dear…

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