Chris Graham: By Your Own Standards Let You Be Judged

chris-grahamWhen I heard that Chris Graham had been appointed to the Sevco Rangers board, I almost bust a gut laughing. I heard it via email, a guy who simply posted a long line of LOL’s … and although I read the statement straight from the Stock Exchange I was convinced I was being had somehow.

This appointment was staggering in its crassness and stupidity. It does nothing to build relationships with other clubs, as Paul Murray claims he wants to. It appoints to the board a guy who actually made an “enemies list” including journalists, managers, prominent fans and even directors.

Furthermore, it opened wide divides across the Sevco support, as well as putting the club in the position of having to defend some pretty indefensible behaviour.

It took a mere 48 hours to unravel. Wow.

It should never have happened in the first place. It’s either a stunning failure of due diligence – and it makes you wonder; if they can get the small stuff like this wrong, what in God’s name are they missing in more important areas? – or it’s a two finger salute to a whole lot of people. There’s nothing quite like building bridges the Sevco way.

Either way, if I were a moderate Sevco fan I’d be worried about what this portends for the future.

Chris Graham has a long history of offensive tweets. That, in itself, is his own business and it’s the club’s business. If they want to appoint a guy like this to the board, a guy who alienates even sections of their own support, then fair play to them … but their public image, already shattered, will continue to reek as a result of it.

It’s equally clear that King is appealing to the lunatic fringe. Pictures of the guests in the directors box the other night show a parade of familiar names including notorious thug and bigot David Leggat, the disgraced former journalist and blogger.

King’s decision to favour the guys who’s boycott saw the club need to run into the willing embrace of Mike Ashley is a futher divisive move, and favouring the Rangers Trust over Rangers First is a political statement hinting at King’s disdain (already on the record) for fan ownership .. in contravention of what he told many of the supporters during his campaign.

But this current scandal takes the cake. It is a PR catastrophe.

There cannot be another football club in Britain where an under-fire director gets online statements of support – including an editorial – from the BNP and the EDL. That’s what we’re talking about here, that’s where we are on the embarrassment scale.

That’s how far from the mainstream they’ve strayed.

Frankly, his position is untenable, and it’s only a matter of time before he goes. If he cares about the club as much as he claims to he will hand in his brown brogues and his blazer and walk before this gets ugly, and it will get ugly because there’s a hell of a lot more stuff floating about out there and it’s not only Celtic fans who might want to embarrass him.

It’s bad enough when there’s damaging stuff in the hands of your opponents.

It’s worse, far worse, when it’s in the hands of your rivals for influence.

He can’t survive this, and he has to know it.

Furthermore, his own opinions on what should happen to directors who screw up in this way are pretty damning on their own.

When Charles Green referred to Imran Ahmed as his “little Paki friend” it was but one avenue down which Chris Graham decided to attack him in a long and detailed attack on The Rangers Standard.

Those who are defending Graham today on the issue of context would do well to consider that he accused Green of using “racist language” but not actually being a racist. He accepted the context in which the comments were made.

Nevertheless, he said, and quite rightly “Whether he is or not is irrelevant. Nobody associated with Rangers should be using that type of language.” I couldn’t agree more. Nobody associated with Scottish football should.

Graham then went on to suggest what might await Green should he not be a big boy and accept responsibility for his remarks.

“If a director of one of Europe’s elite clubs had made such a comment it is my firm belief they would have been sacked or forced to resign. Should Rangers be any different?”

Once again, there are few people out there who would disagree with that. Graham is a guy who, on occasion, has talked a whole lot of sense, and that statement was but one such instance.

Is it wrong for Scottish football observers to expect that he practices what he’s preaching?

Furthermore, isn’t there a legitimate case to say those remarks bring Scottish football into disrepute and should be the subject of an SFA investigation? Are they really going to tell us that a guy who holds those kind of views – as well as myriad others, relating to rival clubs and even officials at those clubs, including a board member of the SFA – is a “fit and proper person”?

I’m afraid the issues arising from this appointment don’t stop and start with one tweet.

What it says about Graham as a person, I neither know nor care.

What it says about the people who appointed him might be very important for us all.

This was a bomb just waiting to go off. The speed surprises me, but not the actual fact of it.

Sevco continues to entertain in ways that are had to believe.

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James Forrest

James Forrest is a writer and blogger from Glasgow, and the author of two books, Fragments and Believers, which are available on Amazon.

16 thoughts on “Chris Graham: By Your Own Standards Let You Be Judged

  • 12 March, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    why sevco
    yous lot were called pacific shelf then changed it to celtic just as sevco changed it to rangers so stop the name calling and get on with it

  • 12 March, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Lol you dopey twonk. You trying for the soon-to-be vacated seat on the board?

  • 12 March, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    sticks and stones is better than bottle hitting wee boy gong o the football

  • 12 March, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    “Sevco” the gift that keeps giving.!!

  • 12 March, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    There is no such person as a Sevco fan

  • 12 March, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I\’m a Gers supporter and can\’t help thinking of the Moody Blues song in which they sing \’If you gotta go, boy you had better go now\’. Cheerio Graham!

  • 12 March, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Unfortunately for anybody even remotely associated with Oldco or newco they don’t have the moral fibre or intelligence to practice what they preach, Mr Graham is a shinning example of the mindset of all those govan tramps he proclaims to represent.. Once a sectarian bigot, always a sectarian bigot, it’s in their old and new DNA….HAIL HAIL

  • 12 March, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Don’t know why the fuss over Sevco that is their name isn’t it. I have supported Celtic for a very long time and this is the first time I have heard they were called Pacific Shelf! I suggest it is a lie spurted out by a sad Sevconian.

    As for Graham what an absolute titt! Not to mention the appointee(s). Let us hope Graham is punished for the racist that he is.

  • 12 March, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    These sevco zombies are pretty dumb, and Tinfoil Heid Graham just about sums them up.

    Their only purpose in life is to provide the rest of us with endless entertainment at their sevconian stupidity.

    BTW. I hope for his sake, Tinfoil Heid’s got a hidey hole somewhere.

    He’s gonnae need it for,,,,,,,,, well forever!

    Titter ye not!

  • 12 March, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    You’re Sevco read it and weep and soon to be a 3rd edition Cant wait Jelly and ice-cream at the ready !! Also your’e defending people who cut a boys throat for wearing a Celtic scarf, not exactly the moral high grouns eh?

  • 12 March, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    With this appointment, it is clear what mr king meant when he said. “I want to return ‘the rangers’ to the same history and heritage as the club i supported as a child”. HH

  • 12 March, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Yo May, there;s no such peepil as R*****s supporters neither, cos’ they’re deid

  • 12 March, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Hope the wee dick Graham stays as a Director.

    The entertainment value will even top Hilda Green.

    With his appointment the Huns new place in Scottish football is now established. . .they’re a pure dead good side-splitting laugh!

    Huns eh!

  • 12 March, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    May we all know that trouble is how do we get them to accept the fact that they are deid.

  • 12 March, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Sevco appoint stuart mcCall as manager..thought they would have went for warburton…after all their club is pan breed…boom.boom

  • 14 March, 2015 at 3:46 am

    Great stuff again James….Bacofoil heed is indeed deed.

    I hear that great \’socialist\’ blog,in our midst, priced lots of its contributors out of attending the annual charidee bash tonight…..

    Dear oh Dear…..Champagne Quick News…..ey?

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