Posts by Mark

The UEFA Champions League: So… How Lucky Were Celtic?

By on Dec 7, 2012 in European Club Football, Latest, Scottish Football | 7 comments

As slightly cumbersome Celtic centre-back Efie Ambrose got another indeterminate body part in the way of another intricate Barcelona passing move, my shredded nerves were joined by an extra sense of unease, as I thought of Chelsea. Celtic’s rearguard action in the Nou Camp on October 23rd was almost universally praised and manager Neil Lennon’s team were deemed...

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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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