Endgame Over

dave-king-image-1-287891806Some months ago, when the mainstream media and a section of the Sevco Rangers support was wetting their pants over the prospect of the Great White Hope from South Africa sweeping into town to head up a revolution at Ibrox, this website posted a major article on how ludicrous the whole idea was, and we asked a lot of questions the media didn’t want to.

A few days after we posted our initial piece on the subject we had to post another, when Dave King, who had vowed not to leave Scotland until the job was done, departed after a meeting with the Sevco board, where we believe they threatened him with legal action for willfully trying to destabilise the company share price. I said then his humiliating retreat spelled the end.

Still, “experts” continued to pontificate on how strong King’s hand was, and how much sway he had over the Sevco support. The usual suspects amongst that support, the ones who have backed every loser in this saga already (hey Chris) rolled out their big predictions that they’d bring the board to its knees, and a long line of former players lined up right behind them.

Through it all, this website and others called it madness and said they were, again, backing a loser, that King’s plans were so full of holes and the man himself so basically without a clue that the whole scheme was going to end in tears. Still, they proceeded with it anyway.

They set up their website, asked the fans to put their money in there instead of into the club they love. How many did it? Who knows, but 17,000 at least renewed their season tickets, and this before the crowd-pleasing signings of Miller and Boyd. (More on them another time, friends.) When those numbers came out and the board released statements categorically rejecting the petulant demands of King and his ragged band of followers it was all over, and we said so.

Now, the climb-down is complete and the humiliation is total. The rebel website is being closed down, their plans an absolute failure. A lot of wasted effort, a lot of wasted time, a lot of hot air expended, another media campaign that failed to move the mood … it’s been a calamity.

The Union of Fans has been roundly defeated. The board is still in place, and still writing cheques to their predecessors. Ally is still spending money they’ve not got and the club continues to drift towards an inevitable collision with the iceberg of reality and debt. A series of efforts to get the law interested have come to nought, as though they were ever likely to succeed.

I have barely seen a campaign so poorly thought out, so badly organised, so destined to end in disaster and mishandled all the way from start to finish. Did they do anything right at all? Yeah, they ended it before the embarrassment got to be too acute. That’s about it. Everything else was farcical.

Confession time; it amuses me to have seen it go this way, and not for the reasons some on the Sevco forums will claim. I had no fears of Dave King taking over the club. It was not going to happen and even if it had, his giant ego would never have handled the inevitability of playing second fiddle to Ronny Deila’s Celtic. My own club is on a radically new path, swaggering into the future as the one from the other side of the city scrambles about in the past. King was never going to stop the forward march of Celtic, and deep down he knows it himself.

He would never have subject himself to that humiliation.

I am amused because the people who supported this bizarre and unworkable, this frankly ludicrous, scheme have learned precisely nothing from the past. The media that cheered for Murray, for Whyte, for Green, for Wallace and others still believes in every fruitcake scheme which claims to have the solution to Sevco’s ills. They still regurgitate press releases and PR statements like they are Holy Writ, without digging too deep or looking too closely. They still pick sides, when their job is to report the news, not to act as cheerleaders for one side or another.

It should shame them, except they have no shame. As long as they keep doing what they are doing their readerships will continue to shrink even as the bloggers and Internet Bampots continue to grow. The internet age has changed things, yes, but if these people acted as honest brokers, if they told the truth, if they reported facts, they wouldn’t be in the state they are in.

Some of the Sevco Rangers fans are even worse. They still let their hearts rule their heads, still let their dangerous fantasy of superiority influence their thought processes. They daydream and dwell on past glory so much that they can’t see the here and now, and any kind of distraction from reality is tough enough for people who need to focus before they can work the buttons on their trousers as it is. This can’t have been good for them.

Richard Gough, one of King’s most high profile supporters, and one of the standards behind which the Sevco fans were expected to rally, has talked about the South African fraudster having a “Plan B, C and D”, but as many of us never saw evidence that he even had a Plan A I am not holding my breath on seeing any of them in the light of day. Indeed, unless one of those plans is to cut out all the extraneous nonsense and simply buy shares in the club until he owns enough to do what he wants then there seems little point in even debating what they might be.

No, in truth, this was the last throw of the dice for those who were pinning their hopes on him, which is probably why we’re now reading tiresome tales of Brian Kennedy and Souness again, resurrecting the “possibility” of Smith and others putting in another appearance. It’s all nonsense, of course, but hope has to be kept alive, especially as it’s all there is left.

The time for rescues is over. The moment when the fans could have influenced the direction of this thing came and went quite some time ago. No-one is riding to the rescue, a fact that now has to be dawning on even the blindest supporters.

The signings of Miller and Boyd are weakness masquerading as strength, like a salesman who’s losing customers going out and buying a new car to represent success. Coming at a time when the club should be making cuts they are a clear demonstration that McCoist is still riding roughshod over the board, with no-one feeling they are in a position to pull him aside and tell him to work with what he’s got. They are as rudderless as they’ve ever been.

This club without leaders, this board without a plan, this divided support, this team reliant on players who represent the past, who’s future is behind them … this is the collective that will play out the rest of this little comedy. Other “saviours” may pop up, have their day in the sun and then exit stage left the way King has done, but in real terms it’s over.

These are the people who’ll have to gut it out until the finish. The directors who are in place right now are those who will have to come up with a plan, one that satisfies the men behind the scenes as well as the fans. They’ll have to put together a share issue, and sell it to a sceptical support.

They’ll be responsible for carrying the inevitable debts … until they no longer want to.

They are the ones who will decide when, and how, the plug is pulled.

This is the cast who’ll be on stage for the Final Act.

The curtain is going up soon. Please take your seats. The show is about to begin.

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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.

36 thoughts on “Endgame Over

  • 5 July, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    what a load of bullsh*t
    rangers are getting stronger all the time and there will be a new board running the club soon (and yous know this)
    it is yous lot that are wetting your pants because when we get back up to the premiership yous lot won’t have it your own way

  • 5 July, 2014 at 2:51 pm


    Thank you, Allan, for making my point for me with such style.

    Your grandchildren will play with Celtic rubber ducks …

  • 5 July, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Oh Allan this is not the polar express if you believe then it will become real…your tribute act is dying right before your eyes and you’re an ostrich!!??

  • 5 July, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Website needs a small donation wtf???!who are you the ira passing round your collection tin for a team that doesn’t exist to yous you still seem to give it alot more attention than your own team

  • 5 July, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks for your words, and for your own donation. Everyone on the team appreciates it, and we’ll see it’s well spent.

    Our little secret, right? 😉

  • 5 July, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Is “yous” a word from Zombieland?!

    Dear, dear Allan and Boabobski such anger.

    You can work it off by talking a long walk – perfect day for it in Glasgow there’s a 18th century bunch of bigots walking through the city centre. You’ll both fit right in!!

    Keep up the good work James.

  • 5 July, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Hey there Allan and Boabobski,did someone finally lift the rock you were hiding under,your team died while you were trapped under it.Away and practice banging your lambeg,it’ll drown out the rubbish you two spout.Hail hail

  • 5 July, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Oh James you have upset the Orcs but the truth is painful lol.
    their pain is our joy….

  • 5 July, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Seriously well written piece James…respect man.

    When Mordor goes under i think even the bewildered hordes will be glad to see the back of it.
    What they do, and how they conduct themselves, with their future is anyone’s guess.
    South Africa…

    Who knows?

  • 5 July, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I think I would like to suggest that Allan and Boaboski are the same deluded person.

    Though James is correct, his mindset is very similar to thousands of Sevconians.

    They live in a different universe to the rest of the world and believe all is well in the garden of Sevco.

    This supremacism is what is will eventually lead to the eventual demise of Sevco.

  • 5 July, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    i hope the fenian conspirators who we all know are behind all sevcos troubles keep pouring on the agony for ever and ever and ever

  • 5 July, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Not angry just pointing out some basic facts that you lot seem to say don’t exist but we do otherwise why are so you worried about this new team as for bigoted how can we be if we’re new away rattle yer can scrounge some coppers up for yer grand website we’ll take back what’s ours in due course. So few tims post here must be your super tough maths stopping them

  • 5 July, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    You really are a care in the community case, aren’t you?

    First, you didn’t point out a SINGLE fact, far less a basic one.

    As to you not existing … I don’t know how you survive with such an acute identity crisis. Let me spell it out to you.

    Rangers is dead. Sevco Rangers, the Frankenstein’s Football Club that you all follow is not the same club. But it attracts the same knuckle dragging scum, as well as a lot of good people who are even more embarrassed by your presence in our football grounds than the rest of us are. Furthermore, ss long as the club, and some of you, maintain the illusion that you are the same side you will attract the bigoted element … whilst the rest of the world knows everything has changed, some of you are determined it hasn’t. That’s how a “new” club has the same trash following it as the old one.

    Is that easy enough for you to wrap your single digit IQ around?

    And as for scrounging coppers … are you for real? The fans who’s entire worldview depends on being the same club … everything except for the tens of millions of debt you wrote off, eah? The hundreds of businesses you screwed, the taxpayer included. You really are a moron, my friend, but keep posting. This is shooting fish in a barrel.

  • 5 July, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    If Is were yous Is’d keep shtum, and if yous were mes yous’d know what yous were talking about.

    Is blames Kafflick skools!

  • 5 July, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    James best read of the weekend and so on the money.
    I still think with the miller and boyd signings it will be enough to fire them back to the SPFL next season.
    What would help is an insolvency event with a possible 25 point penalty, this would be insurmountable fof the tribute act and keep them where they belong.
    James, your honest opinion DO YOU THINK THIS


  • 5 July, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Will it happen? It will definitely happen. Will it happen this season? Maybe, maybe not.

    I’ll explain that. They might – just might – be able to get the dopiest of their fans to “invest” in a fresh share issue, to keep the lights on. But it’s throwing good money after bad. The people at Ibrox right now have made a wee profit from their shares already. They can waltz into the sunset with that any time they like. They see bigger things ahead though, whether it’s a sale and leaseback or whatever … they’ll either sell the stadium and the training ground out from under the club (the natural, and horrible, consequence of this insistence that the club and company are seperate creatures) or they’ll run out of interest in keeping it all going.

    Yeah, it’ll definitely happen. Their spending is already unsustainable, and there’s no hidden riches in the SPL. They think Europe will answer all their prayers, but without spending money they’ll not last one round. With McCoist as manager and that squad, they’ll get pumped. So no pot of gold there either.

    The business plan is non existent. It will cost them tens of millions to restructure themselves, and that’s without buying a player. McCoist thinks a Chief Scout is the answer, but that’s one post in a huge pyramid structure that’ll cost them more than they can even imagine just to set up and running it … millions more, every year.

    There’s no way out of this for them. Their best bet is to restructure the whole club, with realistic expectations of developing the “brand” over ten, fifteen years … no chance their fans will accept that.

    So they’ll spend what they ain’t got, chasing dreams … until it runs out. It’s certain.

  • 6 July, 2014 at 12:47 am

    “YOUS”….. Good Lord obvious not a Catholic education

  • 6 July, 2014 at 12:50 am

    A really brilliant, sober article followed up by an out of character angry rant, not good.

  • 6 July, 2014 at 3:43 am

    As hysterical as al & boabs comments are, they are indicative of the sevco mindset, which is a concern for the future gene pool of Scotland? How anyone could view this omnishambles as anything but a disaster waiting to happen is perplexing to say the least? Try looking at this situation as if it were Celtic, would u be worried if the situationd were reversed? Great read as always James, keep up the good work 🙂 HH

  • 6 July, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I gave a small donation about a month ago, as I’m a pensioner it was small,but I’m afraid boabobski got my dander up, so I have enclosed another donation, keep it up boabski your comments help this column get stronger, and I know my money is going to good use , NO SPIVS HERE

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