The Brain Drain Gravy Train
This morning brings us another GUEST ARTICLE. This one is a particularly well-researched piece by my oul’ mucker,SOLKITTS-and it’s a bit of a shocker,to say the least.
While I’ve been waiting for the SFA to respond to my emails, I had a look at the UEFA Governance Dept, as I was trying to discover who would be best placed to deal with my next email about Morelos’ 3 card trick.
What an eye opener. The various committees are full of SFA placemen.
Starting at the National Associations Committee, who should pop up but our very own Alan McRae. A man with extensive experience at Cove Rangers is now co-opted onto the most powerful committee in European football. I was intrigued at this, so thought there must be more to the man. I mean, surely that’s not all he’s done?
A look on Companies House reveals that he had held 11 directorships. It was starting to look like he may be a football pigmy, but his business skills might make up for this. Alas no, as one company has been dissolved, and 2 are in liquidation.
He is still a director of Hampden Park Ltd (occupation listed as NONE), the SFA Museum Trust (occupation listed as NONE).
Next name that appeared was on the Referees Committee. None other than Hugh Dallas. A man forced to resign in shame for sharing a disgraceful sectarian email, finds himself as Deputy Chairman of UEFA ‘s referees committee. This one comes under the description of YOU COULDN’T MAKE IT UP!! What quality allowed him to shake off his shame in this way?
Perhaps it was his appearance on Family Fortunes in the 1980’s?
Onto the National Teams Competition Committee, and there’s Rod Petrie. The man who skilfully helped old Rangers avoid proper sanctions over EBT’s. Let’s also not forget he appointed EBT cheat Alex McLeish as Scotland manager, a move which allegedly helped AM get money together to pay his overdue taxes.
Next up is the Club Competitions Committee, and our very own Peter Lawwell. Not going to discuss him in this article. We all know about him, and BMCUWP is far more eloquent about him than I could be.
The Youth and Amateur Football Committee is next, and the Scottish member is Ian Maxwell. This is the man who had to apologise for remarks made about the enquiry into child abuse in Scottish football. The man who said Scottish football had not failed children under its care. The Chief Executive of the SFA!! And he’s on the bloody YOUTH FOOTBALL COMMITTEE FFS.
The Women’s Football Committee has Anne McKeown representing Scotland. I must admit to not knowing much about her, so looked on google. Turns out she’s a lawyer from East Belfast, but wasn’t much else about her.
Next Committee to have a Scottish member is the Club Licensing Committee, and she is Laura Dougan. Again, I don’t know much about this lady,bar that Laura joined the SFA in 1999 as an Administration Assistant, so something of a meteoritic rise to Head of Football Governance. Could she be the professional amongst the amateurs and placement?
Next is the Medical Committee, and John Maclean. A doctor, and at the forefront of the plan to ban heading the ball in U12 football. Good for him, a move I applaud.
On the Legal Committee is none other than Neil Doncaster, the architect of the infamous 5 way agreement. Believes Scottish football can be proud of its efforts to combat sectarianism, said strict liability doesn’t work anywhere, and clubs do take responsibility for their fans actions. Was paid a £91K bonus despite the SPFL losing revenue, and their sponsors.
Marketing Advisory Committee, and Chris Rawlings is our member. Came to the SFA from the SRU.
Then we have the UEFA Expert Panels, starting with the Administrative Experts Panel. The Scottish game is represented by Andrew Niven. Led the bid for Scotland to host matches in Euro 2020.
The Grassroots Football Panel is next, and our representative is Andrew Gould. Appointed by Malky MacKay. Nuff said.
Talking of Mr MacKay, he’s on UEFA’s JIRA Panel, responsible for coach education and training, to nurture the well being and development of young players. Among his numerous disgraceful outbursts are the following gems:
- “Fkn Chinkys. Fk it. There’s enough dogs in Cardiff for us all to go around”
- “Go on, fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers”
- “Not many white faces amongst that lot but worth considering”
- “I hope she’s looking after your needs. I bet you’d love a bounce on her falsies”
- “He’s a snake, a gay snake. Not to be trusted”.
- A racist,homophobic, misogynistic bigot who should have been booted out of football, now in the Committee responsible for nurturing young players development. Another one best described by YOU COULDN’T MAKE IT UP!!
If you ever wondered why football is the way it is, there’s your answer. File under how to design a thoroughbred horse but end up with a bloody camel.
As I said,today’s article is by SOLKITTS,and very gratefully received. If any of our contributors fancy a shot at Article of the Day,send us your thoughts and we will publish them. Mail Mahe at