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Whether Sporting Integrity?

What a hollow ring that phrase, used so often last year, has now.

The main protagonist was Raith Rovers chairman Turnbull Hutton when he accused the football authorities of bully boy tactics in trying to parachute the Rangers newco into the first division. Of course most football fans agreed with the notion that the newco should start again at the bottom and that is what they did.

However the bellicose tripe from Hutton didn’t cease. He was lauded as a folk hero, the small man speaking up for the downtrodden – the mouse that roared etc.

Given events yesterday, I can only assume that Turnbull and his fellow integritists have been kidnapped. This is because we have SPL2 back on the agenda. Perhaps someone can tell me quite how sporting integrity is maintained by giving a V sign and a ‘f**k you to smaller clubs staging a breakaway from the Scottish League?

I listened to Hamilton Accies Chairman Les Gray on the radio last night bleating on that he still favoured a ’42 club all through distribution model’ but if they can’t have that then a breakaway is on the cards.

Gray declared that it was impossible for his club to maintain full-time football on crowds of 1,000 and with the current distribution of sponsorship money.

Using your skill and judgement, see if you can think of a financially prudent and quite simple step that Mr Gray could take here.

That my own club Dumbarton, seem to be involved in this nonsense surprises me but we’ll no doubt hear more details in the coming days.

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  1. I am hoping that St Mirren and Ross County continue to stand firm Rab in the face of this nonsense. Given that the SPL has been such a disaster why the hell anyone else would want to “join” it is beyond me. I also make the point that there are still clubs out there who regardless of their current league standing have every right to consider themselves to be as “big” or at least as potentially viable as Hamilton – e.g. Ayr United, East Fife & Clyde. I’d also wager that if Elgin or Peterhead ever got their acts together and made it to Div 1 they would pull bigger gates than the Accies. So what right do they have to tell the rest of the SFL to get to france….

  2. More and more I reckon two divs of 16 plus a north and a south division below this, using a pyramid system is the best way forward.
    This will not give Aberdeen’s Milne his four OF games a season, but it might help everyone else.

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