The release of this report represents one of the 2 pieces of work completed by FWS before winding things down. The following is a report we prepared in relation to a specific question being asked relating to the Financial Statements and submissions used by Rangers as part of their UEFA License application for the 2011/12... Continue Reading →
This isn't a decision we've taken lightly, but we at Fans Without Scarves feel that at present we have no option but to go on indefinite hiatus. We started out with four members: each fans of different Scottish teams but in recent months we've been down to effectively three. As of end December we lost... Continue Reading →
Bigotry in Fitba’: A New Tomorrow? – Addendum
This was not a planned addendum to our previous pieces on Bigotry in Football, but the debate stirred up by the recent match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park seems to have stirred the issues up once again. The start of the series can be found here and the previous installment here. It is... Continue Reading →
Season’s Greetin’ 2019
Seasons greetings to all who read our musings and ramblings. Hope the rivalries and competitiveness have all given way to peace and togetherness until the next kick-off. We hadn't intended to put any articles up over the festive period, but we received a somewhat unexpected Christmas present that we'd like to share. It appears that... Continue Reading →
Fare in Love and War
The last couple of days have seen the re-igniting of claims about the impartiality of the Fare Network in Scottish Football after an incident on Twitter. Fare retweeted a post that included derogatory slurs about Rangers and a video of the Ibrox dressing room under Graeme Sounness singing "The Billy Boys", a song which is... Continue Reading →
Stigma in Scottish Football- Part 5: Where do we go?
It had been intended that Part 4 would have been the concluding part of this series, but it felt like the series needed a bit of a summary and conclusion. To recap, the 'Stigma' series: Part 1 : Too Big to fail This part of the series dealt with the issues of risk in football.... Continue Reading →
Stigma in Scottish Football- Part 4: Motivations and Making Deals
The real problems were buried because it is better you don’t know. No one wants to admit that the Old Firm are plumb necessary for the business model Scottish football is following. That becoming 'too big to fail' in a micro-economy also encourages monumental risk taking without adequate protection.
Stigma in Scottish Football- Part 3: Tumbling Dice
The real problems were buried because it is better you don’t know. You are better off not knowing that failure to ensure financial sense throughout the league by all clubs led to a potential domino effect. That allowing those too big to be allowed to fail to take monumental risks that threatened all major clubs meant decisions now had to be made based on survival and not what is right. That for all the hatred Regan and Doncaster now receive for doing it, they really did do it to try and save the multitude and not ‘all in favour of one club’.
Celtic and Rangers: Of Squirrels and Stigma
I'm fully aware that in writing this, I’m going to come off as a monumental killjoy to all Scottish football. So I hope it is worth it. The last couple of days have seen an explosion in interest in the goings on in the Scottish game. Rangers fans are up in arms about perceived injustices... Continue Reading →
Rangers Tax Issues
Thought it was easier to set something out here than speaking with lots of different people about what today's story in The Times is really all about. Its already become a bit of a raging argument on Twitter between Rangers fans feeling upset about the course things followed and Celtic fans making light of it,... Continue Reading →