The Love of Money…

Moving away from discussing Celtic for a wee bit,the season may be drawing to a close but the stories from Planet Football keep coming thick and fast. Sadly,so many seem to revolve around money and/or the abuse/misuse of power.

One week from today,for example,sees the final of The Europa League,UEFA’s second club tournament. A one-off game as these finals always are nowadays,and naturally UEFA will want it to be a showpiece,to showcase The Beautiful Game in the best possible light.

Baku was therefore the natural choice,right? Hmmm,it could be argued that Baku isn’t even in Europe. The Bosporus which divides Istanbul is also the frontier between Europe and Asia. European Istanbul is on the West Bank and Asian Istanbul on the East Bank. Baku shares a latitude with Istanbul,but is over 2,200 km to the east.

It’s not even close to being in Europe!

Add to that the fact that it is on a war footing with Armenia over Nagarno-Karabakh which prevent Henrik Mkhitaryan even setting foot in Azerbaijan and you have further reason to question the suitability of this venue,as is the fact that fans of Chelseas and Arsenal are only entitled to 6,000 tickets each. That it will take place at 11pm local time is just the clincher.

So why did UEFA award the final to such a ridiculous location? The answer is the same as why the next World Cup will be in Qatar.

Money is a subject never far away from Real Madrid. Talk is that Zidane wants Hazard and Mbappe,and that he wants Bale out of the door. Now there’s a problem with Hazard-his current club Chelseas are facing the prospect of a transfer ban over FFP and transfer irregularity allegations,which surely means that they will be unwise to sell a player they literally cannot even attempt to replace. Mbappe’s employers at PSG are facing the prospect of a similar ban-though it is less likely. (See if you can figure out why.) For sure,bringing in a huge fee for Mbappe would go a long way to easing their FFP worries-though I think they’d prefer to be rid of Neymar,with no takers!-but here’s the problem.

Real cannot afford either of them! So at least says their former President,and another financial problem lingers in the shape of Gareth Bale. Zidane might not want him,the fans may not love him anymore,Bale CGAF. He has another three years left on a contract worth in the region of €60m and says he’s going nowhere till he gets paid.

Bale is still only 29,and he has maybe his last few years at the top level in front of him. He’s far from a busted flush,if played correctly in a decent team,yet he is prepared to sacrifice that on a point of principle.

Or is it because he knows that he won’t get a contract like that elsewhere?

Still on the subject of money,it gets even more distasteful here. An interview with the Cardiff City chairman had him declaring that the £15m transfer of Emiliano Sala would have included about £3m of agents fees,something that he said is all wrong,declaring that it is the poor old fans who have to pay for it all-holds peeled onion to eye. He then had a pop at Willie McKay over the status of the plane which tragically crashed,and at McKay’s own status as an agent-or not-demanding that football authorities clean all this mess up because,wait for it,there is so much money in the game now and it’s going to treble again over the years.

He then says that Cardiff won’t be paying the fee for Sala to Nantes because he wasn’t their player. There’s a very apt word for the whole interview. That word is cant. Which is roughly what I feel about him too.

Speaking of cant,does anyone remember this little snippet from a recent judgement?

“We therefore proceed on the basis that the breach of the rules relating to disclosure did not give rise to any sporting advantage, direct or indirect. We do not therefore propose to consider those sanctions which are of a sporting nature.”

That’s right,it’s the famous GIRUY from LNS,the one where it was decided that players not properly registered didn’t breach any rules which would have led to points being deducted. Those points deductions,of course,would have led to the huns no longer finishing where they did in a huge number of seasons.

Well,they don’t fanny about in Wales much,no sirree. Seems that Bangor City fielded not one-and certainly not eleven,plus substitutes!-but two players who breached registration criteria. So for every game that Player A and/or Player B played in,the Welsh FA deducted the club three points-even if they hadn’t won any points in those games anyway!

42 might not really be the meaning of the universe,but having that number of points deducted could well be the end of the world for the club. It will be their second successive relegation for rules-breaching and might well put them out of business altogether.


More infamy nearer home,and surprise surprise it relates to the huns,or rather their casual disregard for the rules. In this case,it’s not the rules of football,as they clearly only apply to other clubs,nor even the laws of the land,which their fans flout on each occasion that they get enough for a quorum. No,this is more of a contractual thing,one of them things that’s unfortunately written down on paper with all sorts of signatures on it. Very hard to deny its existence to even a “friendly” judge,much less a straight one. Looks like Clarence the cross-eyed moron decided to ignore his contractual obligations to Mike Ashley Inc,and the cost to his friends could run to eight figures. That’s half a Jabba-style Morelos,or more accurately,four Gerrard Morelos. Or about twenty BMCUWP Morelos! Disnae matter whichever way,it’s a lot of dough,especially when you don’t have it. It’s also about half of their season ticket money.

I could go on,because the way that The Love of Money has overtaken The Love of The Beautiful Game has endless variations as we all know. I’ll leave you with this one though,and it’s not football related. It was a snippet on the radio news last night,and I wish I’d been paying more attention. A sports club in Spain awarded their four male winners a trophy. Their four female winners also received a prize each,amongst them a vibrator and hair removal tools. Insert own punchline here…


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May 22, 2019 8:04 am

A great article Bobby. I think you got a lot off your chest there. Most of it makes me angry, especially the LNS stitch up. But Emilliano Sala just breaks my heart. I get succour from knowing he is now in Heaven with Our Lord and also his father now.

May 22, 2019 8:12 am

Mike in Toronto, Can you let me know when you are on site, I have a song for you I discovered on the radio yesterday. I think you will love it.

May 22, 2019 8:39 am


I did a bit! I wasn’t kidding when I said I could go on but…

Once it reaches a thousand words,even I’ve said enough!

Re music,here’s two tracks from a couple of albums I’ve got in my CD at the moment. Same guy is behind both bands.

May 22, 2019 8:45 am

Mick .. as someone once said “money is the root of all evil”.

Have wondered for years how some clubs get away with it: RM and Barca, deep in debt but can spend countless millions.

Sad state of affairs!!

May 22, 2019 8:58 am


Welcome aboard,old bean! In case you’re not back on for a few months,there’s a hoot planned for 21/9 if you can make it. What have you been up to?

Aye,Barca and RM have the cheek to go on about PSG and City being state-funded. The thing is,Barca’s wonderful 2011-era team came mostly from their own academy. Few if any of them have come from there since,the club have been forced into an over inflated transfer market,and frankly they’re not very good at it!

Looks like the plan for the whisky might be to make it a special one to commemorate ten in a row,should it happen. I think it might be just about ready by then. It was like paint stripper a year ago!

May 22, 2019 8:59 am

Good Morning Bobby,
Leaving aside the distasteful money aspects of the UEFA Cup Final in Baku, all participating teams knew where the final was to be played before the start of the tournament. As for Mkhitaryan, so far as I understand it, this is his choice not to go. I thought originally that he had been refused a visa, but it seems that is not the case. Regarding 6000 tickets for the fans, that is an absolute disgrace, but is it any surprise really. I am becoming ever more disenchanted with the shenanigans of the moneyball shysters involved in our beautiful game, and that is on top of the overt corruption at home in Scotia, seemingly condoned by CFC. What are we to do? Let’s hope for a (hail) glorious rebel treble treble on Saturday, while we continue to cogitate on such matters.

Big Packy
Good to hear some improvement in your MIL


May 22, 2019 9:10 am


Re Mkhitaryan,it is his decision not to go. And I don’t blame him one bit. Similar to it being my decision not to go into The Louden wearing a Celtic strip and singing The Soldier’s Song.

But your point about disenchantment is entirely valid. One thing I read yesterday which cheered me up a tad is that a big wheel in Spanish football was vehemently against the planned closed shop idea for The Champions League. And he explained his reasons quite cogently.

Very cogently,in fact-he agreed with me that it would trash the domestic leagues and ultimately be a turn-off for viewers and fans alike!

In other words,there’s some hope still there. Hang on in.

May 22, 2019 9:36 am

If there is one thing the Champions League is not – it is a Champions League. Better it was renamed. And don’t get me started on that despicable thing the Eurovision song contest. Australia is in it!

May 22, 2019 9:42 am

Mick.. just read the article minutes ago; it came from la liga and RM.

Re hoot 21/9.. where?

May 22, 2019 9:57 am

Bobby, two cracking there, thanks. Big Packy would love the second one with all the doggies on it – apart from it being a good song.

The Gombeen Man
May 22, 2019 9:57 am

Great read this morning BMCUWPs,

It makes our situation seem like a ‘Little House on the Prairie’ when you consider the chaos elsewhere.


Por cierto
May 22, 2019 10:07 am

…and what practical use is a trophy, por cierto

May 22, 2019 10:12 am

And to think that some of the scum who worked at Hampden will get MBEs or OBEs etc.

Call me an old fashioned socialist but anyone who earns their money for doing their job well should not receive an honour. I saw Andy Murray getting a knighthood a few days ago, no harm to him, but he is a multi millionaire doing something he loves. Multi millionaires singing songs get knighted!

Honours should only be for volunteers helping people. Or for bravery like some of the stories coming out about the London Bridge massacres.

Civil servants who have done their well paid jobs for twenty years? No thanks.

The Gombeen Man
May 22, 2019 10:13 am

Good to see Garry/DD back online too.

‘Ooh Ahh Up The Rafa’

Por cierto
May 22, 2019 10:22 am

I wonder what would happen in Spain if Real or Barca where to go into liquidation. El Senor Nimmones Smithez would most probably reach the same conclusions as his Escoces counterpart, but, would they be asked to re-enter La Liga in the bottom tier? It’s all about the money, nothing else matters, if Cardiff City had life insurance in place for Sala we would hear nothing from them re the payments now due, it’s all about the money, why did his glibness completely ignore his requirements re sales, it’s all about the money, and therefore Big Mike wants his money due, yes you know, it’s all about the money. Fans are only fans to these PLC’s at Season Ticket renewal time. When was the last time Celtic did anything for the Fans, the last time I remember is when they offered us all a drink to get in early for “You’ll nNever Walk Alone” v Bayern Munich, and how long ago was that? Yes it’s all about the money. por cierto.

May 22, 2019 11:05 am

Sumdy needs to sort this site out,I sent a reply to DESERTBHOY and it disappeared into the ether.

Some bassa moderating on the sly?!!

Anyway,try again…


It will probably be in McChuills,though I’ll keep you posted. Suits more than most. Problem is that it is the only weekend that I’m in Scotland and Mahe et al are in the UK,and it might be the day of a home game.

Of course,at that time of year it could be an international weekend,so here’s hoping.

Hope you’re keeping well,bud. Could sure do wi some catch-up.

May 22, 2019 11:11 am


I also think that insurance for the player is the problem,allied to player registration and international clearance. There clearly isn’t the equivalent of a “cover note” in football,effectively a player can be in limbo for a number of days when a transfer takes place.

It won’t do Emiliano Sala or his family any good now,but the authorities must ensure a tightening of procedures to make certain that this whole disgraceful episode never happens again.

Which,by the way,was very probably a large factor in the death of his father too. A double tragedy,all too soon forgotten in a dirty fight over money.

May 22, 2019 11:20 am

Packy, missing your company on here. I know you are going through a time of it but just come on. Talk about anything.

May 22, 2019 11:25 am


Mr and Mrs BP have a business to run,bud. These dogs need manicured,pedicured,coiffed and buffed.

It’s a dog’s life…

Margaret McGill
May 22, 2019 11:37 am

Modern corporate criminal capitalism (the love of money) will eat itself to destruction by design. Canny wait.

May 22, 2019 11:53 am


I was listening to a short prog on World Service the other night about the few people who had predicted the financial crash in 2008. And they were few and far between indeed!

Two people in particular gave their views on the current situation,Ann Pettifor and Raguram Rajan.

Given their prominence,given their opinions,be very afraid.

May 22, 2019 11:54 am

Bobby, is my old age pension secure?

May 22, 2019 11:56 am


CGAF,pal. I’m worried about my own!


May 22, 2019 11:59 am

Given the recent speculation about Andres Vials Boas as our potential new manager…

Would this explain the alleged meetings between PL and Jose Mourinho? I doubt anyone in the game knows AVB better than The Special One.

Cyber-pint if anyone can tell me the connection between AVB and Kilwinning.

May 22, 2019 11:59 am

Thank God I’m close friends with a girl who works for the Celtic Foundation then.

Margaret McGill
May 22, 2019 12:01 pm

Yup and they used taxpayers money in the trillions to prolong the paradigm. It’s a greedy hungry beast and we see it here in microcosm. No vision no creativity no science no art just a greedy Jabba like creature that must be fed by law. The end of the anthropocene is nigh. Not so much an end of way of life or your pension but a Permian extinction. Canny wait. ?

May 22, 2019 12:01 pm

Did they have a pint in the Kilwinning Masonic social club?

May 22, 2019 12:05 pm

Mags, you did that just to wind me up didn’t you? I said to you the other night that some of your posts go straight over my head. 🙁

May 22, 2019 12:05 pm

Looks like that’s a fair bit of the steel industry f….d. Only one blast furnace left in the entire UK.

Add that to the car industry and aerospace getting kicked to buggery and beyond,etc etc etc,and I genuinely despair. Makes my concerns about a football club pale into insignificance.

I wonder how much the pension funds are in deficit at British Steel,Honda,and all the other companies who will soon fold or close down their UK operations.

May 22, 2019 12:07 pm


They might well have done,but not when I was in there. So,close but no cigar.

May 22, 2019 12:08 pm

But according to Thatcher de-nationalisation of our industries was to be the saving of them?

Margaret McGill
May 22, 2019 12:13 pm

Your pension is going to be fine
We have the tax burden on the working classes and unions to thank but your generation ( if you will forgive me the assumption) will be the last.

May 22, 2019 12:16 pm



I read her book twice because I thought I must have missed her apology the first time for f…..g up and selling the family silver to her cronies.

Did not too bad,mind. Swapped it with my next door neighbour for his limited edition of Concorde prints. He was a retired steward,didn’t want his family to have them. They’re on my wall,four of them,facing my mural of The Lisbon Lions plus Jock.

Much as I loved Concorde,watching it practice from Prestwick,I love The Lisbon Lions a lot more!

May 22, 2019 12:16 pm

With regard to LNS, it was but a consequence and symptom of the lie created by the 5 Way Agreement.

There are other consequences and symptoms too.

Scottish football has been living that lie since, to the destruction of the judicial rules that were supposed to guard integrity, not sacrifice it on the altar of commercialism.

How can there be a domestic sport if domestic governing rules have no ultimate domestic authority ?

No SPL/SPFL club can escape censure for living a lie.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. and the ground work began from 2011.

Bada Bing
May 22, 2019 12:17 pm

Mourinho done his badges in Largs,someone took him to his local for a pint? Stevie Clarke?

May 22, 2019 12:25 pm


You’re close enough. Mourinho sent AVB to Largs to do his badges too,and he did them under Jim Fleeting. Being a guid Kilwinning lad,I’m sure Jim invited him to visit the fleshpots of his home town.

Knowing him,no further than The Market Inn. Don’t want to frighten these foreigners!

May 22, 2019 12:26 pm

Auldheid, How can Nimmo Smith live with himself. He knew the ‘evidence’ put in front of him was short. If he had been sitting in a court of law he might have an argument. He would judge on what was put in front of him. But LNS was not a court. He could have asked questions like ‘what about the wee tax case?’ The Hampden suits did what we expect of them, no surprise there. But a venerable judge to partake in al this chicanery? Disgraceful.

May 22, 2019 12:34 pm


I suspect that you know but cannot prove that the higher echelons at CP were outsmarted by the 5WA,and therefore compromised by it. Certainly,that has been my opinion for a long time,and I don’t think I’m alone in that. It would certainly explain a helluva lot.

I’m on record as saying that in such a situation,a person making a judgement call on behalf of his company and getting it wrong so badly should not be harshly judged. He acted from good intentions,was outsmarted,maybe too trusting,got it wrong.

Hey,haven’t we all done the same at some stage in life?

No,that mistake is not for me a firing offence. That is forgivable.

What is not forgivable is the cover up since,for seven long years,during which time that person may or may not have been paid around £15m by our club. From our money,while he covers up his infractions,for which an apology and a promise to take the basturts down would have sufficed.

May 22, 2019 12:36 pm


LNS knew exactly what the score was. He was given the final result and told to figure out how to get there.

May 22, 2019 12:41 pm

Ralph from e-Tims doing his Flash Gordon impersonation.

“He’s alive!”

May 22, 2019 12:42 pm

The sad thing is the SFA/ League didn’t need to go to Nimmo Smith to get the desired result. They could have picked from:

Mike and Bernie Winters
Jimmy Clitheroe
Ken Dodd
Andy Pandy
The Woodentops

and others.

May 22, 2019 12:57 pm


Way past my bedtime,but The Woodentops?

A lost classic,I’ve got it on vinyl ya beauty.

May 22, 2019 1:02 pm

Anarchy in the U.K.
Sex Pistols
Right now ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
I am an anti-Christ
I am an anarchist
Don’t know what I want
But I know how to get it
I want to destroy the passerby
‘Cause I want to be anarchy
No dogs body
Anarchy for the U.K.
It’s coming sometime and maybe
I give a wrong time, stop a traffic line
Your future dream has sure been seen through
‘Cause I want to be anarchy
In the city
How many ways to get what you want
I use the best, I use the rest
I use the N.M.E.
I use anarchy
‘Cause I want to be anarchy
Its the only way to be
Is this the MPLA
Or is this the UDA
Or is this the IRA
I thought it was the U.K.
Or just another country
Another council tenancy
I want to be anarchy
And I want to be anarchy
(Oh what a name)
And I want to be an anarchist
(I get pissed, destroy!)
Songwriters: Glen Matlock / John Lydon / Paul Thomas Cook / Steve (gb 1) Jones

Bada Bing
May 22, 2019 1:22 pm

One thing is for sure, PL’s placeman,John Kennedy will be in the dugout next season.

May 22, 2019 1:54 pm

I have noticed that many posters seem to suggest John Kennedy is PL’s ears on the squad.
Is there proof of this?
Remember under Delia how much flak he took for the porous defense.
I defended him at the time saying defenders were hung out to dry by an awful midfield set up that exposed them.
People wanted him fired when BR came but he was retained giving credence to PL story especially as Toure was brought in as player coach for defense.
Some say BR offered him a role at Leicester but he refused while others say he was not asked.
He certainly divides the supports opinion and seems to be in a no win situation.

Bada Bing
May 22, 2019 2:18 pm

Fan a tic- John Kennedy has been very well looked after over the years, as you say,Kolo Toure was at the Club, one of the most experienced and decorated guys we have ever had, coaching the U 18s?.Has another club tried to take JK as a manager? Next season, he will be in there yet again, still to hear a reason why. Let any manager pick his own guys,why are we different and force a stranger on to a new manager? Because he’s Lawwell’s eyes and ears .HH

May 22, 2019 2:31 pm

Howdy folks.
BMCUWP the influence of money on the game has not been a positive except for those on the gravy train however Im going to go against the grain here ( to do with woodcarving that old saying ? ) and suggest that its only now that the majority of clubs are disgusted by obscene money and wa rich owners can actually do with their plaything and the sport thats known as the beautiful game.
Most fans and clubs now have a break even policy , or small losses, which is to be admired.
The giants that have torn away from other giants have actually upset the apple cart and as such are getting called out.
City for instance. Really does look like they are getting a Euro ban not next season but the season after.
We have also seen that money cannot but all the trophies as Pep and Psg wish it could .
Barca are raising the money for their rebuild through selling naming rights to the Nou Camp,, totally fine and not illegal or unethical at all . I ,and anyone , should have no problem with that as long as the bids are legit of course.
We seem to be at the stage were the sport itself does not want its competitions skewed by the filthy moolah , and are demanding no more sugar daddies and clubs becoming playthings of the rich .
Im actually seeing shoots of positivity around the game and its clubs.

Bale is rumoured to be on 600k a week and is loving the local golf courses were his game has been raised to a new level. He loves the sun , siestas , better food etc and doesnt want to go.
Again against the grain here but this comin season ZZ will be found out and fired and the next guy ( Ten Haag or Poch ) may well want him.
In all fairness he should be speaking Spanish by now and not mingling with your teammates by ignoring team nights out is poor form.
He might go on loan with another giant picking up half his wages of course. Back to Tottenham would be my bet.

Glad to read Big Packys mother in law is doing better.
Hail Hail from a damp California.

May 22, 2019 3:09 pm

The hysteria at times of football fans is without rational.
The reaction to Ralston after Saturdays game was based on Chinese whispering at its finest.
Calls of get rid, garbage and had too many chances abound.
I personally thought he had a good first half and a poor second.
Good coaches can build on his first half and eliminate the uncertainty he showed in the second
Young Karamoko was excellent but we should remember his age and also that of his direct opponent also.
I believe he has it all and for me having a player willing to run at opponents was a refreshing change from the side to side safety first approach from many of our regulars.
Johnston after his second poor performance at ibrox was touted as a lightweight sand dancer who will never make the grade by some.
He also has the tools but will surrender possession due to his willingness to take people on.
Fans used to constant possession have to accept there will be variations in his performance.
I consider this a plus and hope it is not coached out of him by some possession obsessed coaches.
As many on here will be aware i am a fan of Henderson and could not understand why Lenny omitted him from the squad 2 games after his tenure begun?
He had another good game on Saturday and provides a creative spark and intelligent movement that had been sadly missing recently.
His stats of game time to assists is excellent.
A lot of his work goes unnoticed but when McHugh put up the video showing his sublime skill the superlatives and comparisons went into overdrive.
The common denominator of all above is they all play a very intelligent pass and move ,modern type of football and credit has to go to Tommy McIntyre.
Is it time to give him a bigger influence at the club?

Also Ryan Christie is a great example of someone who was unfairly written off at the club before circumstances allowed him a platform to clearly demonstrate his talents.
Hopefully Kouassi’s circumstances will improve and he will prove his doubters wrong,

Hail Hail

May 22, 2019 3:20 pm

Yesterday afternoon I killed a groundhog. Lovely little chap who lived across the stream at the end of my backyard. He was hiding under my car and I drove off and he got two wheels over him, He died shortly afterwards without making a sound. He was buried today.

You may think I am losing it, which may be true, but I believe that animals are important. My groundhog had a strange relationship with the dog next door. His job was to irritate her as much as he could without putting himself in danger. He usually did this with aplomb. On one occasion he misjudged it and the dog caught him but she was as surprised as he was, and she became frightened by the situation.

Groundhog lived under an old railway sleeper that had had fallen half way down the hill just over my backyard fence. Recently, he had moved to a more modern accommodation in what I call Chipmonk Condos in my next door neighbour’s garden. These condos were built by my neighbour as a bank for the stream. He imported huge rocks about three feet square by two feet deep and put them along the edge of the stream. It provides a natural habitat for chipmonks and groundhogs.

In the summer Groundhog could be seen eating flowers from both plants and weeds. He was a vegan; kept strictly to himself, and apart from irritating the dog, lived a quiet respectful life. I was worried about him because he did not appear after the winter. Now he has gone, killed by a world that he did not invite into his world, and one that he did not understand.

I feel terrible that I did this and I want knowledge of his life to extend beyond his little world. If you have read this you have accomplished that.

All the best,


Bada Bing
May 22, 2019 3:41 pm

Fan a tic @ 3.09,very good post mate