Posts by Mark

The Rangers Big Tax Case: Over & Out

By on Nov 28, 2012 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football |

So, farewell then, to the Rangers Tax Case (Big); unless HMRC appeals the impressively-detailed decision published last Tuesday. In which case, we’ll be here for years. The First Tier Tribunal (Tax) decision was a victory for Murray Group Holdings. The ‘oldCo’ Rangers parent company accepted there was a tax liability attached to a minority of its measures to avoid...

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Mal From Ayr, Kilmarnock Fan Extraordinaire

By on Nov 14, 2012 in Latest, Scottish Football | 7 comments

Since the full extent of Rangers’ financial troubles was exposed in 2010, their fans have almost totally refused to accept that their club is to blame for anything at all ever. One manifestation of this is the accusation that any critic of the Rangers must be a bigot, an obsessive, a Celtic fan, or all three. Anyone claiming support for, say, Albion Rovers, or...

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Spare Us The Sermonising: Rugby, Football & “The Moral High Ground”

By on Nov 13, 2012 in Latest, Opinion | 3 comments

Every so often, the broadsheet press in this country take a trip to morality’s summit, in order to urinate on football from the greatest possible height. Not “real” football, you understand, as played with unstinting honour since William Webb Ellis first picked up the ball and ran with it (i.e. ‘cheated’) at Rugby School in 18…blah…blah…blah. But its bastard cousin,...

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The Mid-Life Crisis Of A Football Supporter

By on Nov 9, 2012 in Latest, Non-League | 0 comments

Ageing hits us all in different but familiar ways; loss of hair, loss of memory, loss of physical abilities… loss of memory. With football fans, as in ‘fanatics’, the ageing process manifests itself in feelings I experienced this week. My team, Ryman League Kingstonian, were playing at a ground to which I’d never been and which was relatively straightforward to get...

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Charles Green Meets Keys & Gray – And Provides More Questions Than Answers

By on Oct 31, 2012 in Latest, Scottish Football | 10 comments

Ah, yes, the rule of three. From the Latin “omne trium perfectum,” (all that comes in threes is perfect), the rule is a comedy staple. So… a fortnight ago, we were treated to thirty-three minutes of the wit and wisdom of Craig Whyte – which the former Rangers owner padded out with thirty-two minutes and fifty seconds of his alternative version of recent Rangers...

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