Stewart Milne would prefer that the Aberdeen supporters donned blindfolds like first degree initiates in freemasonry. As a house builder he will be up to his knees in the craft. I posit that someone in his lodge has told him to help his Govan brothers out of their cheating fix. Should he assist in keeping the lid on the biggest sporting scandal in British team sport, planning officials and councillors of a bare nippled ilk might be minded to approve the £50m Kingsford development. Aberdeen FC is planning a community and sports campus, a football academy and stadium on a site which lies between the Westhill area and Aberdeen West Peripheral Route. This ambitious development would include a 20,000 seater stadium, three professional training pitches, two community pitches, a community pavilion including changing facilities, offices, a gymnasium and multi-purpose space. It would also feature an Aberdeen FC store, a ‘Red’ Cafe, a club heritage museum and memorial garden and around 1,300 car parking spaces, bus parking and drop off areas.
Milne asserted: “If we fail to get planning consent for this proposal it would be a major setback for the club.”
The price for digging in his heels and demanding sporting integrity, which should be the fiduciary duty of any Aberdeen FC Chairman, is too high for Milne. He is a prime example of sporting integrity being suborned by a commercial imperative. He is compromised. Milne is eying up a ‘nice little earner‘ for his construction group.
The first question Aberdeen fans who are not wearing blindfolds should ask is what would be the best course of action to oust Milne. As 35-40% of Aberdeen’s turnover comes from the gate, a boycott of any home ties in the Scottish and League cups would bite. Not as much as it would at Rangers Lite who are guaranteed home ties by the corrupt SFA in the bent Scottish Cup. Why not just rename it The Rangers Invitational Cup and be done with it? The hot ball farce is becoming stale.
I digress. As is evident from the enclosed summary of results, The Stewart Milne Group lost £25,288,000 to 30 June 2016.
Long term debt is now circa £326m when one factors in an £86 million UK Government-backed loan guarantee to fund first phase development of its Countesswells development in Aberdeen.
Milne, not unlike David Murray, is adept at milking banks. One can but hope that Murray’s former bankers at Lloyds do not provide Milne with the largesse of Gavin Masterton at the odious Bank of Rangers/Scotland. Milne is almost half way to Murray’s record breaking £700m run.
Milne promised to reduce long term debt at Aberdeen but does this include a new development for Counteswells at Pittodrie?
Is it a case of too many developments and not enough Masonic hoodwinks to go round?
Of course you won’t read about this in The Rectum where June sales averaged slightly north of 145,000. If they dip under 140,000 in July there will be blood on the walls as Trinity Mirror culls the seal hacks.
Meanwhile cub reporter Chris Jack, who gets by with a rough towel for his morning shave, would have us believe that all is well at Speedy Gonzales FC. Jack ran a splash on how a couple of players from Scotland’s first ever Mexican club had a haircut. One is looking forward to a follow up when Alves pays his ‘leccy‘ bill. Will Alves plump for direct debit, or give the Evening Times the exclusive on his first trip to a Post Office? Any limbo-dancing trivia will do on Jack’s Lite fanzine.
What he won’t tell you is that Kenny Miller refers to Caixinha as ‘Banger.’ I am assured that this epithet is not one of affection.
I could have written an entire article about the Green Brigade’s response to CFC’s ban, but why would one give these deluded Ultras more oxygen than they deserve. They are not the beating heart of the Celtic support. Their number represents a mere 1.63% of Celtic season ticket sales. As for their ‘politics‘ and the ‘safe use of pyrotechnics’ one can but hope that they are confined to ‘The Last Rebel‘ as he stares forlornly at Paradise Lost from his exclusion zone on the periphery of The Celtic Way.
These headless chickens in hoops have given the SMSM a platform to deflect from the clamour to strip the titles. Their sine die exclusion from Celtic Park cannot come fast enough.