The Ingratitude Of Sevconians

JS56340180Today saw another court battle between Mike Ashley’s people and those of Dodgy Dave King.

It wasn’t as explosive as yesterday’s, but it was instructive nonetheless.

The headline story from it will be that Sevco hasn’t actually paid back the £5 million Sports Direct loan, as their legal counsel claimed in court yesterday; in fact, according to them, they’re still trying to get the money together to do so.

They’re £500,000 short … what Ashley would regard as petty cash.

I laughed reading that, partly at my own naivety in so readily accepting that claim yesterday. This was, after all, made at the same hearing where King claimed to have amnesia on so many issues I would not have been surprised if he’d momentarily forgotten his own name.

But all that is to digress. The reason for this piece is the dollops of abuse being heaped on the freelance journalist James Doleman, who’s covering the story from the courtroom, and tweeting back to all those who’re interested.

And for that, he’s being singled out. He’s being labelled a hater.

He’s also being called out for the crowd-funding campaign he ran in order to cover his expenses. I’m going to talk about that briefly for a minute before I go on, and I hope you’ll bear with me.

It may shock some of these people to realise this, but what James Doleman does, what I do, what Paul67 does, what Phil does, it’s time consuming and it’s difficult. This is my day job; it’s not a hobby that I spend an occasional five minutes on.

Yesterday, I wrote and published four different blogs, an article for a magazine, a third of a chapter of a novel and started re-designing a digital magazine. This is a full-time gig, and James is the same, a freelance journalist and blogger of some repute.

Neither he nor myself, or any of the other bloggers with Donate buttons on their sites, is asking for charity. If people like what we do they can support it, or not.

The notion that this is rattling the tin cup is ludicrous, and I don’t feel any sense of embarrassment about it.

I know what rattling the tin cup looks like.

It’s a football club that claims its finances are the “envy of world football” asking its own fans if they can carry out maintenance work at the stadium to save the club money, and the attendant consequences when bits of the roof are falling off.

It’s King going to his own directors for soft loans to keep on the lights.

It’s the club going cap in hand to the supporter’s own “Fighting Fund” singing a chorus of “Brother, can you spare a dime?”

It’s organising a football match for charity, then sloughing off part of the proceeds to pay the bills and feeling no sense of shame at all about it.

I’m surprised they don’t recognise it themselves.

So yes, James asked for help meeting his costs, and I’ve done the same and my own work depends on the steady trickle of support I get from good people who like what I do. So we have Donate buttons and fund raising appeals … and every penny is declared to HMRC.

But let’s be clear; we’re not putting up paywalls and asking for subscription fees. There are a few sites which have online shops, but none of us is making a living selling, for example, unbranded tat ostensibly in an effort to screw a major retailer.

James is a big boy, and he’s batted back easily enough at those who’ve labelled him as some kind of scrounger. It’s those who’ve tried to label him a hater that I want to talk about.

This guy has been working as a freelance court reporter for years. I’ve been following his stuff for a while. His blog is interesting and engaging and he knows what he’s talking about. He covers any matter he thinks there’s a public interest in, and say what you like about Sevco but it’s a circus that never ends and is the subject of much attention inside and outside Scotland.

James is probably not used to the abuse he’s had in the last week, not like some of us are, but the Goon Squad now have him firmly in their sights and I fear he’ll have to tolerate it a while.

An example of the garbage he’s had to put up with:

One tweet called him a “bead rattler”. James threatened to block the guy.

And what response did he get for that?

More abuse, and the guy calling him a bigot.

How do you even begin to respond to that?

Where do you start?

You’re not dealing with ordinary, well-formed individuals here; you’re conversing with the institutionally stupid, people so dense light bends around them.

Their favourite refrain, of course, is to say we’re “obsessed.” James got that one thrown at him more than a few times in the last week. Today he posted a link to his blog to demonstrate the extent of this “obsession” … and I’m sure you can guess what it reveals.

I know why they use that word so frequently, and I’ve blogged on it several times in the past; this is their self-image talking, this idea that the reason they’re still “current” is that they’re a massive football club with wealth and power, and not an impoverished wreck still floundering in the lower leagues. They’re missing the big picture, because all they see is their own narrow view.

And in the big picture they’re nowhere.

All this attention we’re paying to events there isn’t even wholly about them; the larger issue is the governance of Scottish football. The Ibrox freak show is amusement for some, schadenfreude for others and simply banter for more. But to those of us who take the game seriously, and care about it, events at Ibrox are a microcosm of a wider problem; the cancer eating away at our national sport, rotting it from within.

But there’s more. Their attitude stinks not just because it’s the product of unbelievable – and grossly misplaced – arrogance, but because it’s fundamentally unappreciative.

At the helm of their club is a notorious liar, a man who has no qualms about gilding the lily whenever he pleases, a man a judge in his homeland says will alter his narrative to suit whatever audience he’s in front of at any given time.

Yesterday he sat in a courtroom and feigned amnesia for most of the proceeding. Then, in violation of a judge’s orders, he went outside and told a subservient media that he had won some great victory, when, in fact, he had simply avoided jail.

To me, that seems like it ought to be an occasion for relief.

For this guy it’s business as usual, and that ought to trouble these people more than it does.

The media, which today proclaimed his great win, are not going to dig deep into what’s really going on at their club.

They never have before.

Theirs is now a cut-and-paste profession; every major story they’ve “broken” in the last five years was on the forums and blogs first.

They contributed nothing to the cause of “saving Rangers” and their habit of jumping into bed with anyone who claims to want to “invest” and give a manager a “war chest” long ago ceased to be embarrassing and has been a major factor in creating the circumstances that let men like Whyte and Green in there.

King is no better than those men, and I would have thought Sevco fans would have had a great deal of interest in those proceedings yesterdays and those still to come.

But their intolerance keeps getting in the way of their common sense. James Doleman now joins the ranks of “the enemy” when all he, and others, have done is try to keep them informed about events surrounding something they claim to love.

Yes, but he’s just “an obsessed Tim with an agenda.”

If more of them had given a damn, if more of them had focussed their own meagre intellects on events at Ibrox they might not be in such a godawful state.

And they know it. And they hate it.

And that’s why they’re so pissed off all the time.

Nevertheless, their behaviour and ingratitude is shameful.

It says a lot about who they are.

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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.

25 thoughts on “The Ingratitude Of Sevconians

  • 11 December, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    It was Celtic fans who were the gatekeepers of their club, but because they would rather kill the messenger than listen to the message, they once again find themselves in another sorry state. HH

  • 11 December, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    And that is the problem. Because of these pathetic sites and their reliance on feeding the writer their cash there is true animosity between the fans. You are making a living on stiring up hatred. Yes there are idiots who wrote despicable things. But there are idiots from the other side of the fence who write hatred – quite often on these blogs – this one alone. The vast majority of Rangers fans are decent people who love thier club – as are the vast majority of Celtic fans. But sites like this don\’t like to portray that as it would hit the writer in the pocket eh? Bet you don\’t post this.

  • 11 December, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    James I’m a Pensioner and don’t have a lot of cash but I’ve stuck a wee fiver in your Acc..Its not much but every little but helps..keep up the great work Son..Without guys like yourself we’d never hear the truth..Can you honestly Imagin having to really on shite like Keech Jackson for the truth..No chance…Hail Hail

  • 11 December, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Steve I think you are missing the point here, if it wasnt for these sites and blogs we would never know the truth of whats going on in Scottish football They dont blog to stir up hatred, they aim to tell us the truth warts and all I have a lot of friends and family who are genuine Rangers supporters and who are actually good people but if they didnt read these blogs and got their info from the media, they would be kept in the dark Long live the bloggers

  • 11 December, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    So they are ! They let their club die and and now all that’s left to do is lie

  • 11 December, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Lemmings walking to the edge of the cliff, fck them, they deserve everything that’s coming their way

  • 11 December, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    “The vast majority of Rangers fans are decent people who love their club”I must meet the wrong ones sorry I beg to all seem to have this chip on your shoulder,that’s why whatever is coming your way,as far as I am concerned is deserved.its not hate,remember it’s your crowd who are “up to their knees in F….. B….

  • 11 December, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Steve, Irony is dripping from your post. You’ve fallen into the trap of calling anyone whose views you don’t share as a “hater”. The only thing you did not say is “Obsessed”.

  • 11 December, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Nice piece. When the act of telling people the truth is interpreted by them as “hating” then I guess it is just time to write those people off as trapped in their own pretzel logic – and ignore them.

    I always wonder about the majority of decent Rangers fans – the teachers, accountants, lawyers, business-owners, middle-managers, civil servants, vicars, dentists, doctors – where are their voices in this mess. Are they scared to be labelled “haters” or have they just found something different to do with their time and money? The crowds are about the same. Are the decent people still there or have they been replaced by an influx of hate labellers?

  • 11 December, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Steve can t be on jabbas payroll also , Can he ?Lord haw haw has,nt got a look in.

  • 11 December, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    There is no other group of fans in the world that hate as much as they do, if you are not one of them, then they hate everything about you and they think they are superior to you too.
    They are thick, shameless, bigoted, horrible bunch of people who are the lowest of the low and that’s me being polite about them.

  • 11 December, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    How much were you betting I wouldn’t post your comment, Steve?

    Let me tell you something mate, the bloggers didn’t create the animosity. One of the themes I return to over and over and over again is the one about how it’s your fans – YOURS – who have been most let down by the media and by the governing bodies. I’ve had Rangers fans leave comments on this site to say they were pleased to read some of this stuff, as I’ve Celtic fans tell me I should leave Peter Lawwell alone.

    I’ve had a Rangers fan WRITE AN ARTICLE for this site. And any one of you is welcome to do the same. That’s been the policy since Day One.

    So don’t dare, don’t EVER dare, accuse me of “writing hatred.” It’s not simply a barefaced lie, it’s libelous, and like Ashley I have no compunctions about defending my reputation through the courts.

    You are exactly the kind of fan I refer to in this piece; I’d rather you’d just said “thanks” and went on your way.

  • 11 December, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    The reason to read a site like this is to get a different perspective than one can read in the establishment media in Scotland.
    Unless you believe everything you read in the establishment Scottish media of course.
    You make general assumptions about the authors of these sites.
    ‘The principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a person in everlasting ignorance—-that principle is contempt prior to investigation’
    There has been hatred between some Celtic and Rangers fans for over one hundred years and it is not the small minority either.

  • 11 December, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Love the work.

    I live in Birmingham and the local team city have their fair share of financial troubles due to shysters but I have not heard one of them deny the financial reality like a sevco fan.

    Totally different mindset.

  • 11 December, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Well Steve, it WAS posted. You lost your bet.

  • 12 December, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Hello first up the reason I read Phil yourself is I enjoy the points the whole saga is gripping , funny and there reactions show them up, you could not make it up I think you should all get together and write a book. Now lately I have felt guilty I have never given any money to you or the others I want I view the blogs as a news paper here in Brisbane the local rag is $1.10 I think my point is how much do ya give 100 I would prefer a line the cost of reading this article is bla it won\’t make me feel cheap for to little or the other to much I get so much joy/ fun I have to pay if I want it to continue thank you john keep it up yer back pay is included

  • 12 December, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Cassandra’s cat, I think those well heeled individuals are away goat bothering and keeping their heads down ( as they do) and let the mob take the flak.hh

  • 12 December, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Yes, this blog isn’t there to stir up hatred – opening line with the tired “Sevconians”. It’s funny, look at the list of Rangers blogs and their is absolutely nothing to do with the riling up of opposition fans. It just shows the mindset of these people. Comments about “huns” etc..

  • 12 December, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Let me ask you a question;

    What exactly SHOULD I call your club?

    Rangers is dead, and I won’t pretend to believe otherwise. You were formed as Sevco, exist as Sevco and if King remains in charge you’ll die as Sevco too.

    Form a new company, call it Rangers, and that’s what I’ll call it.

    With the caveat that it’s Version 3.0

    As to your more general point … are you kidding me?

    Sevco blogs never mention Celtic?

    You’re having a laugh mate. Seriously.

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