Prior to the main thrust of this article I take pause to inform readers of a response to my e-mail from The Takeover Panel Executive. I have redacted my e-mail address:
RE: Mr. David Cunningham King
Support Group <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Monday, 21 August, 2017 17:29
Dear Mr James
Thank you for your observations in your email of 18 August. Matters are ongoing before the Court of Session. You will appreciate that we are not able to comment further.
Despite other social media commentators erroneously stating that The Court of Session is in its summer recess, a change was announced on September 26 of last year.
Under a Direction issued by the Lord President, Lord Carloway, the traditional three court terms of the Legal Year will effectively be abolished from the start of the legal year 2017-18.
Two vacation periods, each of a fortnight, will be observed at Christmas and Easter, while the summer recess will end.
I will maintain my watching brief for the forthcoming TPE v King petition.
I digress. In yesterday’s piece I laid out my case that the BBC in Scotland are engaging in an exercise to undermine the growing consensus for title stripping. It is my contention that they are working in concert with the SFA. It’s not a coincidence that Darryl Broadfoot, who is assisting the SFA while they source his replacement, has been invited to be a guest on Radio Scotland. The SFA are attempting to control the narrative so as to avoid a review. Radio Scotland are their accomplices in this subterfuge.
But then it was always thus. Chick Young defended Campbell Ogilvie when it was discovered that he picked up a £95,000 EBT as part of his severance package from Rangers. Young asserted that it was not enough for a good night out in Glasgow. As a student I have had good nights out in Glasgow with £9.50 in my pocket. When rubbing shoulders with footballers at Victoria’s in Glasgow I had enough change from £95 to take a taxi home. How Young, who was renowned at the BBC as the man least likely to pull in any social setting, could spend one thousand times this quantum smacks of disingenuousness. A more accurate comment would be one in which the £95,000 was considered a drop in a £46.2m ocean of systemic tax evasion.
Ogilvie relinquished his executive duties at Ibrox in September 2005, following a boardroom reshuffle. His protégé Andrew Dickson, who is a qualified Chartered Accountant, picked up the toxic baton and proceeded to cheat and steal from the exchequer with impunity.
One would not ordinarily anticipate that a mendacious tax cheat such as Andrew Dickson would go far once his fraudulent activities were exposed. However in the corrupt cabal of Scottish football governance Mr. Dickson has recently been voted onto the SFA congress by the SPFL.
Was one Gallant Pioneeer of Tax evasion not enough for the SFA? Did they have to hire Dickson to cover the entire 12 years of systemic fraud?
One of the prerequisites for a successful career at the SFA is the ability to lie. Mr. Dickson’s performance at the First Tier Tribunal proved that he was made of the right stuff.
When asked about the side letters that turned EBTs into secondary contracts Dickson told the FTT:
“I can’t comment on whether Sir David would mention the Trust to them (the players) or not.”
Given that he continued to buy shares in the Jersey trusts on behalf of the players Dickson knew precisely what had been agreed upon. He most certainly could comment on the 55 players who were complicit in the tax evasion. He knew where all the bodies were buried.
Did Dickson act with ‘the utmost good faith’ apropos the SFA and SPL. Did he disclose accurate information about contracts as he was duty bound to do by SFA regulations? No he did not. He lied with impunity.
Could someone ask Regan and Doncaster how someone who has so openly flouted their rules can be expected to bring any integrity whatsoever to their remit at the SFA Congress? It’s a clusterfuck of an appointment that would not pass muster in one’s local golf club, never mind the inner sanctum of the SFA.
Dickson cheated the tax authorities and every club in Scottish professional football. Neil Doncaster should get his jotters for proposing Dickson. Regan should get his jotters for accepting Doncaster’s proposal.
This bent individual has been given the keys to the SFA Council to regulate the game.
It’s analagous to a sheep rustler being invited to a lamb dinner by the gamekeeper. You could not make this up.
Stewart Regan is trying desperately to conceal the fact that Dickson was a key member of the team that approved Rangers UEFA participation in 2011. Dickson knew that the Wee Tax Case had crystallised. Dickson was cognizant of all the cheating. Yet he seems to have been the final arbiter in this appalling decision.
Has Dickson been promoted for keeping his mouth shut, just as Rod Petrie was rewarded for cutting clandestine deals with Charles Green?
“In the 2013 SFA Disciplinary Tribunal into Rangers (IL) and Craig Whyte (pages 16 & 17) the role of Dickson is laid out explaining: “That for some years commencing prior to 6 May 2011 Mr Andrew Dickson C.A. has been the Head of Football Administration of Rangers FC. His duties prior to 6 May 2011 included preparation of players contracts with players and their agents. His duties included representing Rangers FC and the Glasgow Football Association on various committees within the sport. His duties included all administrative responsibilities, and in particular he dealt with all football registration requirements and documentation which required lodging with the Scottish FA, the Scottish Premier League, UEFA and elsewhere. The role included preparation of the Official Return detailing the identities and personal details of all directors and officers of Rangers FC which required to be lodged with the Scottish FA each year prior to the new playing season and any amendment form which might become necessary on account of board or management changes occurring during the playing season. Mr Dickson had carried out this role continuously and competently for many years and is highly experienced and knowledgeable about club, player, official, and ground registration and licensing matters.” (Source: The Celtic Blog and Celtic Quick News).
Continuously and competently while gouging the eyes out of their heads.
The blogger behind the Rangers Tax Case has just published a lengthy and detailed blog. I have asserted on several occasions that Graeme Souness and Walter Smith were on the EBT take for engaging in transfer activity to the benefit of Rangers, while employed at Blackburn Rovers and Everton respectively. The RTC blogger couches his contentions in ambiguous language. I prefer to publish and be damned. The following is an excerpt from his excellent blog:
“Could someone ask the SFA’s Andrew Dickson, who administered Rangers’ payments to sub-trusts, to explain the many questions raised by the timeline of these events? After all Mr. Dickson received an email from Ian MacMillan on 16th July 2002 asking him to look into why Smith had not drawn down the £80,000 in sub-trust number 4 by that date. Obviously, Mr. Smith will know what happened, but it is especially important that a man still involved in the administration of Scottish football for the SFA should explain what did he know about the Smith payment and what did he do with that information. Mr. Dickson, did you ask anyone at Rangers or the Murray Group why the club was making payments to coach(es) of other club(s)? If not, why not? You were certainly aware that such payments had been made.”
When we add these events to the Wee Tax Case, the Big Tax Case, lying for years about the existence of side-letters, shredding of evidence of a contractual obligation, bilking Everton out of at least part of the transfer fee for the re-sale of Michael Ball, lying about the date of crystallisation of the Wee Tax Case bill- there is a pattern that emerges. There are prima facie fraud cases awaiting at least some of these events. It is blindingly obvious. Yet neither the Scottish Football Association nor the Scottish Professional Football League appear to “have any appetite” for investigating let alone addressing what was very clearly a major problem in the Scottish game. Many of the people who have serious questions to answer about this pattern are still in positions of authority within the Scottish game. What else did the men who ruined Rangers get up to?”
Note the use of ‘prima facie fraud cases’ by an individual who chooses his words very carefully.
Andrew Dickson received a £33,000 EBT. Will Chick Young pop his head above the parapet to suggest that this was not enough for happy hour cocktails in his much fabled night out in Glasgow?