'The Week of the Great Scottish Integrity Test'

This my friends will be amongst the shortest blogs I’ll ever write, I promise!
See, of late I’ve been working on a couple of longer term blogs for TCN…the idea quite simply is that we need some positive stories, some visions not of the doomsday but more of flag flying days. We have to look ahead and be optimistic about our club, our SPL and our national game.
Unfortunately, at the present moment and time, that deceased club over Govan way and the ‘barely’ governing bodies of the SPL and the SFA are still the dominant headline acts.
Impossible to ignore completely I guess and so with regret rather than this be the first post of many hopefully more uplifting articles, this is a return to the realism we are dealing with…the corrupt, dirty, less integrous side of our national game, the side that has been hijacked by cheats, liars, charlatans and impotent, inadequate characters now for so long…for too long!
So I will keep this very short.
I would propose that we lend our support and our moral courage to the SFL member clubs who this week are the intended targets of the bullies venom.
This week these clubs, whilst being threatened and blackmailed, whilst facing, if the SPL and SFA were to be believed anyhow, with a decision to accept the lack of integrity in our game and be forever in a day the persons who sold out this commodity, or, reject their own financial self interests in the hope that our game will flourish for their brave self-sacrifice.
With a financial and possibly survival carrot being dangled in front of these ‘mule’ like clubs…they must feel every inch like the donkeys of Blackpool beach, this very week.
What a thankless task they have. They have my most sincere thoughts of goodwill and of understanding, they shouldn’t be blamed for any decision they make…they just shouldn’t be in this position ‘full stop’.
Victims being treated like they are on trial, this is how they must consider themselves, I just hope they are not too weak to fight back.
This is the week of the great Scottish football integrity test, will we pass or will we fail?!…only time will tell.
Spare a thought for these men, and possibly women, asked to make or break the current lack of moral fibre in Scottish society.
In the weekend past, the orange parades celebrating the ‘Battle of the Boyne’ of 1690, showed the lack of class and of widespread appetite for positive change in Scottish society…this week on Friday 13th July, we will see if the SFL have any desire to break that age-old Scottish sense of traditionalism.
This week is the great integrity test…a stiffer examination of our game, of our society and of our forward thinking nature, there could not be.
Wish them luck, I say.
@brianbhoy07

Comments

  1. Spot on Brian…this vote is not just about football it is about how our society considers whether integrity is worth standing up for. It beggars belief that as you say the “the ‘barely’ governing bodies of the SPL and the SFA” are prepared to sacrifice integrity and honesty in our sport at the altar of frear and greed.
    Lets hope that one day we will all look back on this and say our society took a turn for the better on the 13th of July 2012.

    1. McAllister, clearly your a great mind…on account of ours thinking alike and all. 😉
      Yeah I really do hope that when we look back on this Friday 13th July, that we do so with great fondness and in the knowledge that intergrity and morals ‘began’ that day in SFA/SPL corridors.
      Oh and yeah society may very well be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century also…god knows it’ll scare the beejeezus out of them but it might very well save their souls in the longer term,
      Cheers mate, thanks for reading.

  2. Spot on Brian…this vote is not just about football it is about how our society considers whether integrity is worth standing up for. It beggars belief that as you say the “the ‘barely’ governing bodies of the SPL and the SFA” are prepared to sacrifice integrity and honesty in our sport at the altar of frear and greed.
    Lets hope that one day we will all look back on this and say our society took a turn for the better on the 13th of July 2012.

    1. McAllister, clearly your a great mind…on account of ours thinking alike and all. 😉
      Yeah I really do hope that when we look back on this Friday 13th July, that we do so with great fondness and in the knowledge that intergrity and morals ‘began’ that day in SFA/SPL corridors.
      Oh and yeah society may very well be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century also…god knows it’ll scare the beejeezus out of them but it might very well save their souls in the longer term,
      Cheers mate, thanks for reading.

  3. Despite the press telling us that the campaign against the new Rangers club playing in any league other than Div 3 is driven by revenge and hate, in reality it’s because most fans realise that – to quote a FIFA statement today – sporting merit must be the only criteria that promotion/relegation is decided on, otherwise we are paying to watch the football equivalent of wrestling.
    Yes, many clubs may suffer financial hardship because of this (although i would argue for some there will be financial benefits) but the right thing to do is still the right thing.
    What other business constantly ignores the wishes of its’ customers (fans) and then wonders why the game is struggling – both in a sporting as well as financial sense. Maybe – just for once – our club chairman could show a bit of entrepreneurial spirit and see the present difficulties as a great opportunity to make positive lasting changes that will see our league become much more attractive in every sense (i’m talking here about things like 16-team league, summer football etc). It can’t be right that we seem to be shackled by a tv deal that prevents meaningful change but yet pays out a mere pittance in return.
    The first step has to be the new Rangers club starting again in Div 3 – from there everything can and will happen organically – the alternative is a league that will be forever tainted by accusations of bias and self-interest trumping the game itself.

    1. Thanks for reading Ian, oh aye and I couldn’t agree more.
      I have long stated the benefits of re-structuring the Scottish Football League system and without sounding hypocritical, yes even if that does mean a cull in the number of clubs.
      To have a meaningful and sustainable footballing product, this country really outta listen to the restricted number of interested parties…the customers or potential customer that truly fund the system.
      Without x amount of customers and without y amount of commercial appeal…the tv deal and all other supposedly ‘messiah’ like commercial revenue streams would quickly dwindle away to a pittance of what it is just now.
      If Doncaster and co are banking on the revenue SKY and their other partners bring into the game to the extent, as they already have, that the product suffers and the interest fades away completely because they’ve empowered these partners to dictate what suits their needs and not the customers…then they’d kill our game stone dead.
      Dependency on Rangers and Celtic playing 4 times a season has crushed our game and the business models of all those dependant clubs needs seriously to be addressed, instead the SPL/SFA want to facilitate the ease at which this unhealthy reliance can be maintained.
      Summer football, larger leauges, better kick off times, and less restrictive, less costly tv packages are what the fans want…anyone buying SKY more largely funds La Liga, the EPL and the Championship than they do Scottish football.
      For the good of our game, we need to make tough, brave and vanguard style decisions now for the long term sustainability and viability of our game, as you say ‘entreprenurial spirit’ is a precious, virtually non-existent commodity in our game.
      Lets call for that change!!

  4. Despite the press telling us that the campaign against the new Rangers club playing in any league other than Div 3 is driven by revenge and hate, in reality it’s because most fans realise that – to quote a FIFA statement today – sporting merit must be the only criteria that promotion/relegation is decided on, otherwise we are paying to watch the football equivalent of wrestling.
    Yes, many clubs may suffer financial hardship because of this (although i would argue for some there will be financial benefits) but the right thing to do is still the right thing.
    What other business constantly ignores the wishes of its’ customers (fans) and then wonders why the game is struggling – both in a sporting as well as financial sense. Maybe – just for once – our club chairman could show a bit of entrepreneurial spirit and see the present difficulties as a great opportunity to make positive lasting changes that will see our league become much more attractive in every sense (i’m talking here about things like 16-team league, summer football etc). It can’t be right that we seem to be shackled by a tv deal that prevents meaningful change but yet pays out a mere pittance in return.
    The first step has to be the new Rangers club starting again in Div 3 – from there everything can and will happen organically – the alternative is a league that will be forever tainted by accusations of bias and self-interest trumping the game itself.

    1. Thanks for reading Ian, oh aye and I couldn’t agree more.
      I have long stated the benefits of re-structuring the Scottish Football League system and without sounding hypocritical, yes even if that does mean a cull in the number of clubs.
      To have a meaningful and sustainable footballing product, this country really outta listen to the restricted number of interested parties…the customers or potential customer that truly fund the system.
      Without x amount of customers and without y amount of commercial appeal…the tv deal and all other supposedly ‘messiah’ like commercial revenue streams would quickly dwindle away to a pittance of what it is just now.
      If Doncaster and co are banking on the revenue SKY and their other partners bring into the game to the extent, as they already have, that the product suffers and the interest fades away completely because they’ve empowered these partners to dictate what suits their needs and not the customers…then they’d kill our game stone dead.
      Dependency on Rangers and Celtic playing 4 times a season has crushed our game and the business models of all those dependant clubs needs seriously to be addressed, instead the SPL/SFA want to facilitate the ease at which this unhealthy reliance can be maintained.
      Summer football, larger leauges, better kick off times, and less restrictive, less costly tv packages are what the fans want…anyone buying SKY more largely funds La Liga, the EPL and the Championship than they do Scottish football.
      For the good of our game, we need to make tough, brave and vanguard style decisions now for the long term sustainability and viability of our game, as you say ‘entreprenurial spirit’ is a precious, virtually non-existent commodity in our game.
      Lets call for that change!!

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