Day: August 14, 2009

Livingston Revisited

Livingston’s financial collapse has started to turn into a bit of a soap opera with, as Gavin Saxton reports, the Scottish Football League having taken severe action against the stricken club. Rob Freeman has already given some of the background to the ongoing saga at Livingston, but since then the situation has developed apace, leading to three clubs being moved between divisions three days before the start of the season, Livingston not playing any games pending their appeal(s), other clubs playing “provisional” fixtures, and the Scottish Football League left pondering a change to their rules to enable clubs to bypass unscrupulous owners. Lower league Scottish football politics are something of a niche market. In the first instance, Livingston were finally taken to court by West Lothian Council for non-payment, principally, of the rent on the stadium. With no payment forthcoming and many other debts piling up, Insolvency Practitioner Donald McGruther was appointed by the court as Interim Manager, under the terms of the relevant Insolvency Act, as a prelude to full administration. Within a day or two McGruther had assessed the situation, declared that Livingston had no cash flow at all, no assets and would go under unless Chariman Angelo Massone sold his shareholding to the main interested party preparing a rescue package – a consortium involving former Cowdenbeath Chairman Gordon McDougall, former Dumbarton director Neil Rankine, and the...

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Shit Shot Mungo s02e03

It’s the first match of the new season for Heart of Clackmannanshire, and new manager Glen Roeder has his first chance to show off his skills in the Scottish Premier League in this week’s Shit Shot Mungo. This week, we also get to learn a little more about new signing Bert Harris’ dark secret and we learn the secret behind the Clackas supporters’ pre-season optimism. As scribbled by Dotmund, a larger version is, as ever, available...

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