Archive for March, 2007

SPL 2 working group

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Scotsman 14 Mar 07 – “SFL clubs have set up a working group to explore the merits of launchung a second tier of the SPL. Some clubs hope to have a ten-team SPL2 in place by the start of next season and the six-strong working group includes 2 members from each SFL division. The SPL2 working group consistes of: Livingston Chief Executive Vivien Kyles; Dundee’s Dave McKinnon; Alloa director Mike Malraney; Ayr vice-chairman Mark Meehan; Queen’s Park committee member James Hastie; and Elgin director Derek Shewan.”

Scotsman and Herald 15 Mar 07 – both reporting that the Alloa official website has stated that officials from several SFL1 clubs have indicated that SPL2 is not “the settled will” of all the SFL1 clubs.

Trust Board Meeting, 26th February 2007

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Venue: The Boat House, Aberdour

Present: Alan Russell (AR), James Proctor (JP), Graeme Condie, co-optee (GC), Mike Melville, co-optee (MM), Tom Phillips (TP) and Tam Cunningham, co-optee (TC)
Apologies: Neil Langtree (NL), John Mainland (JM) George Howie (GH) and Blair White, co-optee (BW) (more…)

Trust Board Meeting, 29th January 2007

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Venue: Novar Bar, Kirkcaldy.

Present: James Proctor (JP), Graeme Condie, co-optee (GC), George Howie (GH), Blair White, co-optee (BW), Tam Cunningham, co-optee (TC)
Apologies: Mike Melville, co-optee (MM), Neil Langtree (NL), Alan Russell (AR), John Mainland (JM) and Tom Phillips (TP) (more…)

SFL bite back

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

SFL President, John Smith, has hit back at claims made in the leaked PKF report which stated that the organisation wasn’t fit for modern business practices. Smith states that the report, which was commissioned by the SFL itself, is unbalanced and doesn’t represent the true situation.

The Scotsman, Herald (editorial) and BBC all give the issue some column inches today.

The reports suggest that 1st Division clubs have invited some 2nd Division clubs to their meeting on Thursday evening while the SFL have also organised to sit down with the 2nd and 3rd Division clubs at the same time. That should make for an interesting conversation in the lifts!

SFL ‘outdated’

Monday, March 5th, 2007

A report commissioned by the Scottish Football League has found that the organisation is not fit for the modern day business environment and staff are “institutionalised and demoralised”

The report by accountants and business advisors, PKF, also states that the SFL lacks a ‘commercial engine’ which, given that two of the three competitions it runs are without a sponsor, isn’t exactly surprising.

In addition the BBC reports that the SFL costs much more to administrate than similar leagues in England and that staffing levels are way above those required for other larger league set-ups.

More info can be found on the BBC Website here.

Game of Two Halves

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

With three quarters of the season over and given that the Rovers have been on a bit of a run of late I thought I’d take a wee look at some stats just to see if there was anything unusual about results. Fortunately the good people at Football365 (other stats sites are available!) are more than happy to supply all sorts of peculiar information to get your teeth into.

The first thing that jumps out about the run is that it is league winning form. But although we’ve taken masses of points more than teams like Ayr (13pts) and Forfar (13), the 10 and 6 points we’ve made up on Stirling and Brechin respectively, have only brought us back into contention for the playoff places. And as great a run as it is we’ve only pulled back three points on Morton which just shows the consistency required to hit the top end of the table and stay there. (more…)