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How Scottish Football Journalism “Works,” Part Three

BBC Scotland sports journalist Tom English, one of the best of a much-maligned breed, tweeted a very good point this week: “Sunday was a great result for Neil Doncaster. With all this thunder about Steven McLean it almost seems like last Wednesday never happened.” English was referring to the aftermath of Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s 3-2…

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The Kingstonian Keeper Keeps It To Himself

Journalistic instinct. You just can’t buy it. Which is a pity. Because I could have done with some on February 23rd when Kingstonian goalkeeper Rob Tolfrey leapt momentarily into the gathering of Bognor Regis Town fans to “confront” one of them as they celebrated their 2-1 win. When it happened I was already striding purposefully…

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Neil Doncaster: Stupid Is As Stupid Does

The Scottish Professional Football League’s CEO, Neil Doncaster, is either stupid, or thinks everyone is. This is the logical conclusion to draw from the SPFL’s breath-taking decisions on the Scottish Championship’s fixtures for Saturday May 2nd. At first glance, Sky TV televising Hearts v Rangers and moving the game from Saturday to Sunday is nothing…

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How Scottish Journalism Works, Parts One & Two

I was ready for Easter when Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) released their interim financial results for the six months to December 2014. And by the end of this week in this story, I was ready to retire. The accounts were bog-standard RIFC stuff, although seeing the whole corporate clusterf*ck spread out on-screen still retained…

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Taking On Mike Ashley, The Rangers Way

Mike Ashley, Newcastle United’s owner and all-round corporate scumbag appears an expensive barrier to Rangers’ financial progress. When former RIFC director Chris Graham was proclaiming the skies over Ibrox free of massive clouds, Ashley had already formed his own ultra-massive, lucrative clouds.  He reportedly invested £1m to buy three million RIFC shares before the now-infamous…

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Birmingham City: The Receivers Take Control

So. Farewell, then. Peter Pannu. This time, for good and forever. Probably. Receivers are now in charge of Birmingham International Holdings (BIH), the Hong Kong-based corporate soap opera that is Birmingham City FC’s parent company. And these are the best two pieces of off-field news Blues fans have had in years. On St Valentine’s Day,…

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Chris Graham: The Rangers NED

The role of non-executive director is rather more serious than the abbreviation “NED” suggests. This is particularly true in Scotland…currently for two reasons. Because “ned” in Scotland is a derogatory term often said to be short for “non-educated delinquent.” And because Rangers Football Club needs almost nothing less than the appointment of a “ned” as…

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