Get King

There are those who categorise my pursuit of Dave King as an exercise in casual invective. Allow me to disabuse one of that notion. There is nothing casual in my approach. My attacks are surgical in nature. They are designed to inflict as much reputational damage as possible. James Traynor – the squatter at Auchenhowie who can no longer afford his showpiece office at Blythswood Square but is tethered by a punitive lease –  has tried his best to candy-coat King’s past. This is an exercise in futility.  In 2010 The South African Supreme Court of Appeal, The National Proscuting Authority v King,  exhibits King’s career criminality for all to see. Justice R W Nugent wrote in judgement:

The respondent, Mr DC King, has been indicted on 322 counts including fraud, tax evasion and evasion of the Exchange Control Regulations, as well as money-laundering and racketeering. The counts relate inter alia to a failure to submit tax returns, fraudulent misrepresentations in his tax returns, and devising and implementing an allegedly fraudulent scheme to ‘externalize’ his assets to evade income tax and obligations under the regulations, involving amounts in excess of R1 billion. The main complainant, as one could expect, is the SA Revenue Services (SARS). It apparently has a claim of some R3 billion against King flowing from some of the allegations.”

King, quite incredibly went to court to claim that The NPA should be precluded from prosecuting him on the pretext that he would not receive a fair trial. His counsel riffed on section 35 (3) of the South African penal code. Justice Nugent responded:

I do not think that s 35(3) goes that far. In its terms it entitles Mr King to be tried fairly in fact. It does not entitle him to be satisfied that the trial will be fair. If he were able to show in advance that his trial will not be fair it might be that a court will grant him appropriate relief. But the prosecution is not called upon to satisfy an accused person that his trial will be fair as a precondition to prosecuting. If that were to be required as a precondition for a trial it seems to me that there might be few criminal trials at all. Criminal proceedings are not a consensual affair.”

King was demanding access to the NPA’s case notes and court strategy. He wanted access for free. He was attempting to prove that he was being victimised in prejudicial proceedings. His first attempt at this was thrown out. However he pursued the matter all the way to the Supreme Court. The Appellate court found in favour of the NPA and dismissed King’s spurious claims.

No-one is more corrupt or slippery than Dave King. To avoid racketeering charges he paid an underworld figure to intimidate witnesses. The trial against King and the equally bent Greg Morris collapsed. However he and Morris were both arrested and held on remand until bail could be posted. King was also held in custody on fraud charges. He does not lead a charmed life. Getting King is not as difficult as modern myth, spun by Traynor, would have us believe. Director Mike Hodges crafted one of the best British crime dramas ever presented on the silver screen:


Jack Carter (Michael Caine) is a cold-blooded London gangster, and not the sort of man you want to cross. When Carter’s brother winds up dead, he travels to Newcastle to arrange the funeral. Convinced that his brother was murdered, Carter questions local thug Eric (Ian Hendry), who eventually leads him to kingpin Kinnear. From there, Carter carves a bloody trail of revenge through the seedy underbelly of Newcastle in search of his brother’s killer.”

King is a white collar career criminal. He pays gangsters to do his bidding. SARS eventually caught up with his tax evading past. The fines and costs, and his more than a decade of legal shadow boxing, hit King where it hurt the most: his pocket. He is a tight as a Yorkshireman trying to hide his money up a crab’s arse, having first removed it from his socks.

The 13th April was a game changer for King. King insulted the intelligence of the brightest and best by taking the Takeover Panel to an Appellate Court. He claimed that he had no executive authority at New Oasis Assets Limited (NOAL). He claimed that NOAL, at arm’s length from King, acted of another’s accord to acquire 14.57% of RIFC equity. It was ludicrous. But King took his lies all the way to the Takeover Appeal Board where it was unequivocally dismissed. King used HIS holding in NOAL to call an EGM and oust the former board of RIFC.

Having insulted and lied to the TPE they ordered King to make an offer of 20p to buy all the shares not in his concert party’s gift. King did not comply. On the 13th April the TPE petitioned the court of session. Ceteris Paribus a legal edict will follow. If King does not comply he will be held in contempt which is punishable by a tariff that includes prison.

The TPE will then implement the Cold Shoulder. King will also be stripped of the right to hold any office in a UK plc.

King is going down. Of this there can be no doubt. He has ran roughshod over a country riven with apartheid to rock up at a club with its own apartheid.

Nothing will be more sweet than when the TPE get King. The only question of which there is any doubt is whether he will scuttle the ship.


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14 thoughts on “Get King”

  1. Excellent description of the shitehawk King, I wonder how lard arse Traynor will spin it when King gets his just desserts from the courts.

    1. I expect he will simply execute a smart about turn
      and argue the complete opposite to his current line.
      He did it before, turning liquidation into undead resurrection…

  2. Love the crab and Yorkshireman scenario.Hope your pal with the big hands doesn’t take offence.What do you think the chances of GASL even doing a day in the pokey are? You continue to produce pieces that the MSM must be so envious of.Do these people not look at their utter dross and think that they’re not even half decent at their “jobs”.If scuttling occurs,could we please just leave it there and not have a second tribute act appear?

  3. Traynor will be on the dole .
    The rest of the old board on the new board will jump ship.
    We all know Mr parks can’t put anymore money in his wife has put a STOP to that.
    Where the other 3 million they need to stay afloat.
    As for Mr Regan quoting on ticket prices to be proved is in itself bringing our game into disrepute

  4. Get Carter, one of my favourite films and possibly Michael Caine’s best with the exception of Harry Brown.

    If the TPE petitioned the CoS back in mid-April, how long does it typically before the issue an edict against him and can he buy time with an appeal?

    I think that Rangers-Lite are a sinking ship and f Phil is correct then Douglas Park knows this and has stopped backing the club as much as he was previously.

    With no new revenue streams and constantly needing director loans to keep the ship afloat, its only a matter of time.

    I’d be interested in your thoughts on what happens next?


  5. My interest has been piqued by Ewing Grahame’s latest piece in The Times. Not the Evening Shark Jump, where with thoughts of Rangers, Union Jack, BFDJ and Halloween ‘fall wanking to the floor’ (David Bowie).

  6. I don’t follow your first paragraph JJ. You imply Mr Traynor is still paying for 26 Blythswood Square but working out of Auchenhowie. Unless he is sub-letting 26BS why would he not occupy it?
    Just a thought, but if Level5 is now operating out of Auchenhowie and if Traynor works solely on Rangers then perhaps HMRC would consider he should be considered an employee of Rangers rather than a supplier to same.

  7. A terrific piece of analysis highlighting King for what he is. A crook and a serial liar. Worst of all, he has lied consistently to his ‘own’ fans and has taken them for a ride.

    Of course, the Scottish press don’t mention a word of this and the hand of SDM which snuffed the life out of sporting integrity also snuffed the life out journalistic integrity.

    When King is gone, and it can’t be long now before he is off the Ibrox scene, I expect articles like JJ’s to appear. The fans, even the most gullible, will wake up to the extent to which they were duped.

    Incidentally, today’s Scottish edition of The Times carries this story as a lead in the sports section. ‘Celtic still pressing SFA for inquiry’ written by Ewing Grahame. Some of the major EBT beneficiaries are listed, including SDM. He goes on to mention that Celtic believed that the involvement of these recipients should make Rangers league and cup matches null and void over an 11 year period should it be proved that the tax avoidance schemes has been misused.

    He could have made an impact with this leading story had he put his own spin on the story rather than regurgitating known material which we have discussed on this site for two years now. But no. He ducked the issue.

    The Times football journalists in Scotland read this site. It is a pity that, given the sheer scale of your exhaustive back catalogue and fearless insights, they continue tread so timidly. The biggest sporting scandal in Scottish history has come and gone and on their watch. Spiers reported that he now finds the title stripping debate ‘boring’. Really? The pursuit of integrity, collusion and a cover up is far from boring. In fact, it is meant to be part of the job. Shameful.

  8. His lack of insight and analysis was deafening. Why are these journalists so timid? Why do they present information and fail to back it up with a REAL story which is worthy of debate?

    He presented material which is in the public domain and we have been discussing this for two years now which has been insight rich and full of logical conclusions with regard to title stripping, cheating and collusion.

    Mr Grahame presented some facts then pulled up the hand brake. Not a sliver of personal insight.

    Down here, good journalists like Martin Samuel, Henry Winter, Jason Burt, Matt Dickinson, Sam Wallace and David Walsh would have ragdolled this story incessantly. The SFA would have been trashed along with King, SDM, Paul Murray, Alastair Johnston and other guilty parties.

    Meanwhile, in Scotland, the Scottish sports journalists missed and failed to provide adequate coverage with regard to this scandal.

    Meanwhile, I am looking forward to my visit to watch Celtic next week against PSG ( our Paris office has come up with the tickets). Luckily, I have tickets for the return leg and I anticipate two terrific matches.

    1. I tried to engage with David Conn of the Guardian around the time of The Offshore Game report. He said he was busy but aware of the story and ‘keeping an eye on it’. He has since published investigative stuff on Nottm Forest and maybe more. Nothing on the SFA, SPFL or Rangers. Orders from above? Fear? Who knows, but its not just Scottish journalists who won’t touch this.

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