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The FA’s unreconstructed cartel boss

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Football Association chairman Greg Clarke’s car crash meeting with a Commons select committee yesterday at least managed to offend everyone equally.  He immediately lost peer support and was forced to resign within hours.

The game can and has tolerated racism and misogyny, this was not Clarke’s first transgression, but like many other industries, football’s hand is out, looking for financial help from the government to see it through the pandemic.  On top of the many levels you should be offended by what he said, add that this was the worst representation of your employer’s interests imaginable.

Acquiring taxpayer’s money to fund an industry renowned for indulgence was always a tough pitch.  Fortunately, for those of us left on the outside of English and Welsh clubs’ partial-state cartel, instead of a smooth-talking charmer, it was being run by an unreconstructed cartel boss.  Cartels do not attract brilliant or ethical management, as they afford hiding places for all kinds of iniquities.  No one was surprised by what happened yesterday.

A cartel being able to exclude areas of the nation from the economic benefits of its industry in order to protect established companies is the reason competition laws were established.  Break it up, tell people of all colours, creeds and areas of the country, you have equal access here.

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  1. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    What’s this?

     

     

    A ‘malicious prosecution’ of Charlie Green.

     

     

    I wonder if anyone in the SMSM will ask why?

     

     

    Enquiring minds want to know.

  2. THE BLOGGER FORMERLY KNOWN AS GM on 11TH NOVEMBER 2020 5:52 PM

     

    ‘What’s this?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A ‘malicious prosecution’ of Charlie Green.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I wonder if anyone in the SMSM will ask why?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Enquiring minds want to know.’

     

     

     

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    Once again it takes the English to expose how football culture operates here.

     

     

    It reminds me of that line from The Heat of The Night,

     

     

    ‘My God. What kind of people are you? What kind of a place is this?

  3. FESS19 on 11TH NOVEMBER 2020 3:50 PM

     

    St Stivs

     

    Day was not ruined as we met Dick McTaggart the boxer in the International Bar. Gave us signed photo with his record,something like 635 fights 15 defeats although I stand to be corrected.

     

    HH

     

     

     

    Your mention of Dick McTaggart reminded me that immediately after his gold medal win at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics the Dundee boxer was described in the following week’s Sunday Post or the Mail as a dyed -in-the-wool Rangers fan. The following week’s edition had to publish what amounted to an apology, that said that Dick was in fact, a dyed -in-the wool Celtic fan.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  4. BIG PACKY 1 on 11TH NOVEMBER 2020 4:45 PM

     

     

    It is thought in some quarters that Peter Thompson was the mastermind behind the ‘disappearance’ of the 7-1 footage.

  5. GINGERNUT on 11TH NOVEMBER 2020 6:07 PM

     

    FESS19 on 11TH NOVEMBER 2020 3:50 PM

     

     

    Dick McTaggart also won the prestigious medal for boxer of the tournament in 1956.

  6. FRITZSONG on 11TH NOVEMBER 2020 6:11 PM

     

    BIG PACKY 1 on 11TH NOVEMBER 2020 4:45 PM

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It is thought in some quarters that Peter Thompson was the mastermind behind the ‘disappearance’ of the 7-1 footage.

     

     

     

     

    would not surprise me.H.H.

  7. OK lets be honest we have the mcilvanney brothers and bob crampsey archie mcpherson maybe gerry mcnee from yesteryear the rest are all a bunch of orangemen telling us they support X Y and Z we know who they support and its not CELTIC.H.H.

  8. When I was at school on Duke St, we used to see Dick McTaggart going into Alyson`s (SP) on the High St for his pie,peas and totties.

  9. BSR @ 5:41 PM

     

    Excellent footage. So many crackers but Henryk`s masterful chip stole the show for me.

  10. talking of lighting up the night sky, where are the lights coming from in the north west ish side of glasgow that are showing racing across the clouds tonight ?

     

     

    anyone ?

  11. Big Judy in leather…………………

     

     

    be still my beating heart……………………!

     

     

    HH

  12. Evening fholks, strange request but I could do with getting a ‘Celtic’ signature on a Celtic book for a mate who moves into his 8th decade next month. Any suggestions how I could manage that in the present circumstances?

     

     

    Ave Ave

  13. The original article is IMO yet another play from our host’s British Unionist bag of tricks.

     

     

    Most observers would have formed the conclusion long ago that The English FA and those involved in The Greatestleagueintheworld have absolutely hee-haw interest in having us (or that other mob) join their gravy train – if only purely out of naked self interest on the part of many of the clubs involved.

     

     

    Most observers would also suggest we should stop hitching our skirts at the Greatestleagueintheworld, and focus instead on trying to improve as far as possible the product and infrastructure in Scotland.

     

     

    Some seem to see it, though, as a means of reinforcing the ties of Our Precious Union, by flogging the dead horse that is Celtic going to England as a means of defending the values of 1970s Lanarkshire Labour.

  14. SQUIRE DANAHER i was living in lanarkshire then, james dempsey was my mp, think brian dempsey was his son,H,H,

  15. GINGERNUT on 11TH NOVEMBER 2020 6:07 PM

     

     

    FESS19 on 11TH NOVEMBER 2020 3:50 PM St Stivs

     

     

    Your mention of Dick McTaggart reminded me that immediately after his gold medal win at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics the Dundee boxer was described in the following week’s Sunday Post or the Mail as a dyed -in-the-wool Rangers fan. The following week’s edition had to publish what amounted to an apology, that said that Dick was in fact, a dyed -in-the wool Celtic fan

     

     

    *my da wisnae a boxing fan but my mother remembered her da sitting up late at night listening tae Heavyweight Championship fights on the wireless, he had actually lived over in the States 3 times, twice before she was born.

     

     

    Anyway on a Thursday night on the tele there used tae be amateur boxing and she would sit with me watching it, my da was probably working late.

     

     

    She really loved Dick McTaggart, one night as he was sitting in his corner between rounds the commentator, possibly Harry Carpenter, announced that Dick was a Celtic supporter, liked him even better after that, Dick that is although Harry was ok.

  16. Just had I lie doon after seeing Big Judith, for the first time for weeks…..46 days to be exact,she looked magnificent 😎

  17. Today is my only grandson’s 11th birthday.

     

     

    He’s 11 of the 11th day of the 11th month. He might even have been born at 11.11am.

     

    I was in between classes at Yooni (non traditional student was my category) when my son called me to tell the news. We were both very emotional.

     

     

    My wife had an outdoor lunch with one of her pals last Wednesday, but she’s learned that the same lady had been at an indoor party with a group of mutual friends on Monday evening – they’re all Trumpers & we are happily distancing ourselves courtesy of the pandemic. One of the other people at this party took sick on Thursday, tested on Friday & was confirmed as positive for Covid-19 on Sunday. We found out yesterday.

     

     

    Plans to see our grandson & his sisters & parents were scrapped & we’re now in isolation until next Wednesday. We had a video call with them this morning & the birthday bhoy was wearing the Celtic kit we bought for him. He looked great in it & couldn’t stop smiling. He’s wearing a Mens Small size now & he’s only 11.

     

     

    He asked me about the poppy Neil Lennon was wearing on Sunday & why they had the minutes silence around the centre circle…

     

    Born on Armistice Day/Remembrance Day as he was, I explained it as best I could.

     

     

    I told him I didn’t have a poppy but on this day I remember those in my family who served in WW2.

     

    My Dad who flew in Halifax bombers in the RAF.

     

    My Mum who was a WREN

     

    My Uncle Jimmy (also my godfather) who joined the REME then volunteered to serve as a gunner on merchant ships in convoys. He was sunk twice by U-boats, adrift in a lifeboat for 10 days & was himself a physical wreck by 1945.

     

    My Uncle Pat was captured in 1941/42 by the Germans in North Africa & spent the remainder of the war as a POW in Germany.

     

    My other Uncle Jimmy, my Gran’s youngest brother, who was killed at Dunkirk.

     

    My wife thinks of her Dad who flew in RAF Sunderland Flying Boats.

     

     

    Absolutely none of these survivors EVER spoke about what they endured or what they had to do.

     

     

    Mixed feelings on November 11 in our house.

  18. TONTINE TIM on 11TH NOVEMBER 2020 8:37 PM

     

     

    Carpenter was a great comentator.

     

     

    Harry Carpenter did a programme all about Mohammed Ali after he’d been bounced out the game for refusing to be drafted to Vietnam.

     

     

    It ended with Harry asking him did he miss boxing – he replied “No, I think boxing misses me.”

     

     

    More trivia – Ali’s trainer, Angelo Dundee was the man who trained Russell Crowe for his role in Cinderella Man

     

    Dundee ended up appearing in the movie as Crowe’s/Braddock’s corner man.

  19. Cornelius

     

     

    Good post

     

     

    Everyone of my acquaintances whose folks were in WW2 say the same. And none of them ever wore poppies. They had their fill of it at the time.

     

     

    Dodgy Irish accents.

     

     

    I’ll see you all and raise with Kelly McDonald in Boardwalk Empire.

     

     

    The Americans can’t tell the difference between Scots and Irish accents anyway so why they didn’t have her character using Scots accent, or cast an Irish actress in the role is beyond me.

  20. CORNELIUS -happy birthday to your grandson 🎉

     

    You honestly can’t beat being a grampa 😉

     

    It’s just the best job in the world 💚

  21. FB

     

    Absolutely – our youngest grandson is under 2 and an absolute delight – luckily we are in his childminding bubble.

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