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Scottish Football = Car Crash

Quite a weekend for the fitba’ with St Johnstone qualifying for the Europa League and SPL deciding not to ‘kick out the jams’.

Of more interest to this blog though was the result from East End Park Dunfermline where the home side failed to overcome Alloa’s 3-0 advantage from the first leg of the play offs and thus were relegated to the second division.

A big deciding factor in the Pars’ plight was the 15 point deduction they received for going into administration. The main reason for this was that for years Dunfermline have overspent in a vain attempt to maintain SPL status.

Dunfermline boss Jim Jeffries doesn’t see it like this. In a radio interview after the game I heard Jeffries brand the points deduction as ‘a disgrace’ and recommending that the people who made the decision ‘hang their heads in shame’.


Jeffries has always been a bit of a dour, ungracious sod but this takes the biscuit. Personally I’m delighted that a seemingly well run part-time club has taken the Pars place in division one.

That is where the future lies for clubs at the intermediate professional level in Scotland. Living on the credit card and binning the bills when they come in hasn’t worked in the past. In the reality of the current austere financial climate it ain’t gonna work any time soon.

So Mr Jeffries, when you’re looking for people to blame for your club’s plight, cast your eyes and your thoughts towards the boardroom at your own club.

The 15 point deduction was fair. Dunfermline spent money (in industrial quantities) they didn’t have in trying to seek unfair sporting advantage over their neighbours. Now they are paying the price (sic) for that.


6 Responses

  1. Aye Rab and that nutter Les Grey is still wanting SPL 2

  2. Aye but that is missing JJs point. His complaint was the effect on the staff, job losses etc, for something the board were responsible for, not the players. When this happens the players and fans suffer, the ones responsible are off out of it.

    • The thing is though that had Pars gone unpunished, job and staff losses would have been suffered by clubs who hadn’t gone daft with debt. Scottish football badly needs a reality check when it comes to the way clubs are run. In the 60s and 70s when Scotland had a real presence in Europe there were only about half a dozen full-time clubs. Now there are around twenty and where are we? Nowhere in Europe and clubs going bust every year.

    • In other words, exactly what occurred in the UK banking sector, thanks to ruinous management, where 000’s have paid with their jobs whilst Goodwin, McKillop, Crosby, Hornby, Stevenson et al carry on with their non-exec Directorships.

      Football club officials are fond of dragging the fans centre stage, but invariably the vast majority act with dignity and stoicism (not to mention providing hard cash), Rangers, Hearts and now Dunfermline being good examples.

      Jefferies opted out of the dignity part.

  3. Sad to see the Pars sink to a level they’ve not been at for a long time. No use blaming the points deduction though, them’s the rules.

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