How much more apparent can the establishment cover up be ,..in 2012 Rangers fc 1872-2012 should have administrated and liquidated and been no more ,to the completely sain among us thats the case ,but people will have you believe that rangers fc 0f 2012 are the same as the tribute act today who call themselves sevco,now with parts of the MSM behind you ,well probably most,footballs ruling body in Scotland your lacky ,and the Authorities seemingly in your back pocket ,this abomination still trades as a football club,sevco or not theres a stink thats not went away since feb 2012 ,the stench of corporate corruption is overpowering and no ones doing anything about it,not surprising when you have the hearts of the loyalist core of Scotland…
Now when a journalist comes out in a article in a paper and exposes the utter hatred of a denomination namely Catholics he loses his job along with anyone else who dares to speak out,the article highlights the fact that the songs of hate have never went away ,and while the sevco directors will say otherwise ,the proof can be heard at every game the fans of the tribute act attend,the mere fact that one high ranking director said that the billy boys is a tremendous song well we all need to be worried,the video below has the lyrics of the song make of it what you will…
The word fenian fills me with distain towards anyone who utters it,im not even Irish but it disgusts me nevertheless,what has happened to freedom of speech in scotland ,if a corrupt and shameful establishment namely sevco dont like what your saying they use underhand and gerrymandering tactics to hide there long con,only a few weeks ago a threat was made to journalists,bloggers,social media users anyone speaking out against sevco,is this the fruits of there labour,if so we should all be wary,but i wont allow them to win without a fight ,i posted the link and a copy of the text used ,anyone who read it will know the one ,and it is available on the blog,basically it threatened our businesses our family our children anything they could attack,obviously this is a new tactic.
Graham Spiers and Angela Haggerty i applaud you both you’ve only said what we are all thinking and know !!!!!
Spiers on Sport: 30 December 2015
Rangers must uphold progress by resisting return of ‘the old songs’
Rangers FC, in whatever guise you recognise it in the post-2012 period, has made considerable strides to eradicate bigotry around the club.
Whereas as recently as 10 years ago – and it really was excruciating – Ibrox Stadium resounded to sectarian chants, in more recent times the atmosphere has been cleaned up, with erstwhile dodgy songs adored by many Rangers fans being put on the back burner.
It would be totally wrong to ignore this progress at Rangers. I remember the summer of 2006 when Paul Le Guen arrived at the club. Ibrox was mired in “fans issues” and bigotry, and Le Guen was utterly perplexed by it all.
One of the first things the Frenchman had to do was take part in initiatives set up by the club, begging Rangers fans to stop singing these songs.
To a large degree, many of these measures worked. Rangers made significant progress in quelling its bigoted sentiment, and the club made great strides in the years ahead. Ibrox, I believe, in time became a much healthier place in which to watch your football.
The Billy Boys, an anti-Catholic anthem beloved of Ibrox, was put on mute. Indeed, for a number of seasons it seemed to disappear completely, at least at Rangers home games. This, surely, was progress.
But few of us had any illusions about it. More than once I’ve been told that, if you venture onto a Glasgow subway train with travelling Rangers fans, their old anthems can be given quite an airing. The old songs appeared to have survived and thrived, being sung with gusto whenever a more guarded context will allow.
And then there were these occasional public eruptions of it, such as at the infamous 2011 League Cup final at Hampden, when some of the choral stuff exhumed by the Rangers support that day took us back to a pre-Enlightenment period.
It is staggering, in this day and age, to hear stuff about Catholics, Fenians, Taigs, the Pope and the rest emanating from thousands of people. It is as baffling as it is sad.
Now this Rangers FC board – and I am not convinced by their mettle on this issue – faces a fresh test.
At Ibrox this week we heard a further eruption of what might euphemistically be called the “old songs”. It was another example, amid all the progress that Rangers have made, of the cap being blown off, and of some Rangers fans getting back into the party mood in the way they like best.
Social media was very interesting following that Rangers-Hibs game on Monday afternoon. Setting aside some preposterous stuff from the Rangers Supporters Trust, who were in full denial mode, there were a number of Rangers fans openly lamenting the re-emergence of these songs, and condemning them.
I have said this often enough: there is a new generation of Rangers supporter that the club should nurture and cultivate. They want nothing to do with this old obsession with “fenians”. They are modern, decent, football-loving fans who love the game and love their club.
Rangers need to embrace these supporters, and leave to one side those others – including some official fan groups – who said after the Hibs match (I paraphrase): “Well done, lads, terrific stuff, great atmosphere, great to hear the old songs…”
Will this Rangers FC board, as has been required in previous years, step up to the plate? I hope so, though I doubt it.
I write as a journalist who has been banned by Rangers. None of that aspect bothers me. Football clubs sometimes do these daft things. I want nothing but the best for Rangers as they ascend towards the Ladbrokes Premiership. Indeed, I want Rangers challenging for the Premiership title as quickly as their football will allow.
But when Stewart Robertson, the new Rangers managing-director, informed me of my press ban, I would say his demeanour was that of someone somewhat embarrassed by the action being taken.
I do not believe Mr Robertson is anything other than a decent man – but his pitiful reasons for my ban, which included my past criticisms of Rangers over bigotry issues, sounded distinctly unconvincing.
It also doesn’t help right now that at least one member of the current Rangers board thinks that The Billy Boys is a tremendous song. This being the case, the club may well go backwards, not forwards.
On their dreaded songs issue, I hope this Rangers board go forward, not backward. I hope they are pro-active, not passive. I hope they acknowledge a potential threat, and don’t lapse into denial.
But, frankly, I’ll believe it when I see it. Banning writers who write about the issue is an ominous start.
It is now 39 years since Willie Waddell, then the Rangers general-manager, made an on-field public declaration which signalled an end to Rangers FC’s old anti-Catholic policy. I was there that day at Ibrox as a 12-year-old kid, though the fuss then was beyond me.
It remains my belief that, taking that day as a starting point, it will take 50 years for Rangers to fully flush out its bigoted baggage. There are pitfalls along that long road, as we witnessed again this week, but at least the journey is being taken.
There has been real progress made at Rangers in recent years. Mr Robertson and your ilk, please don’t slow it down.