Thursday, May 18, 2017

Journalism History X

It has been a strange few weeks for those of us who keep half an eye on what goes on within the Scottish mainstream media. First you had Keith Jackson win sports writer of the year for the sixth year in a row. This is the man who brought you "Pressley for Hearts",  "Mackay for Leipzig" and told us all Sevco players were battered in the Scottish Cup Final. They tell us bloggers that we don't get held to the same standards as they do but you know and I know that if I had churned out such pish, so regularly then I would be the one getting battered.

From you.

Then we had the unwelcome return of Daryl Broadfoot to the airwaves on (where else?) Sportsound with the Kenny MacIntyre Glee Club.

The most bizarre news came though with the arrival of a site for "Old Firm Fans". Now, aside from the fact that those not hard of thinking know the "Old Firm" died with Rangers in 2012, there is no such thing as an "Old Firm Fan". Never has been and now there is no opportunity for there ever to be. Which makes news of this new "Scope" platform all the more bizarre. Set up by Graham Ruthven and Stefan Bienkowski, both of whom seem to have all-of-a-sudden developed an enthusiasm for Scottish football, it is the worst kind of media. Ruthven describes himself as a Stirling fan whilst Bienkowski calls himself a "lapsed Celtic fan" so it begs the question, why bother setting this up?

It is a subscription service so the obvious answer is money but what can they provide that folk would pay for? They won't get exclusive access to anything and any time I saw either at a press conference they weren't even asking questions never mind breaking news lines or encouraging interviewees to open up. Yet they are calling their future content "Premium".

Even looking at their online output just now, one seemed totally focused on German football and the other talks of moving to America,

Both like denying Rangers died as well. So perhaps it is yet another attempt to make Sevco relevant.

There is quality fan media all over the place and I know all the Celtic sites and pods that have been on the go for years. They provide top quality content and do not charge a penny.  They do it out of love. They aren't trying to exploit anyone and, most importantly, they live in the real world.

That should be enough scope for you to completely swerve this Newco,

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Anyone but Celtic in Las Vegas-How to buy tickets

If you click on the link above, it will take you to the page that you can buy tickets for the screening which is one Thursday June 8th at 4pm in the main hall of The Westgate Hotel. Tickets are $10 each.

Afterwards there will be a Q&A with John Fallon and I.

As this is the last screening of the tour, I hope to see as many of you there as possible so we can go out in style.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Armageddon reaches £6000

After a month of crowd-funding, we have reached £6000 which is over a third of our target of £15,000. This is fantastic and I can't thank you all enough. It's the part of the job I like least as it opens you up to knockers and begrudgers but our belief in what we are doing always counteracts that. That really riles some folk too. It's not unique to us but it is unique to our type of people (working-class) in that any time you have something to say, whether it be in a book, podcast, film or whatever, you will always get someone who thinks you don't even have the right to speak never mind give your point of view. That's why we ask for you to join us and make one big, collective voice.

The Asterisk Years told you things 3 and 4 years ago that were revealed in court this week.

Anyone but Celtic exposed the Freemasons in the Lanarkshire Referees Association and SFA.

Armageddon will blow away the "Same Club" myth.

But only with your help. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Scottish Football: An unreal reality

This last week has been a tough one for me, there have been some highs but a few lows too with a little time to take stock. Sitting back and looking at the big picture is often the last thing folk do but often the most important. I wish everyone in Scottish football would do that now and again.

On Saturday, whilst in the Highlands, I learned of Hibs return to the top flight. A club who were badly mismanaged by Rod Petrie, though did stick to the rules, were out the top league far too long and will be a welcome addition. The thing I need to point out here is that whilst we all know they were guided by Neil Lennon, the question is: Why? This is a guy who guided Celtic to three league Championships in a row, a Scottish Cup and the last 16 of the Champions League. So why were Hibs, a Championship club then, the only club in Scotland that were interested in employing him?

Then came Sunday and THAT refereeing decision. As more people have seen and read Anyone but Celtic I have became a bit of "go to" guy regarding referee decisions. Aside from those people who loathe themselves more than anything it seems, folk were going absolutely ballistic and rightly so. I even had folk tell me that Don Robertson is a Celtic fan (Kenny Clark claimed to be too) but all that misses the big picture which is he and his linesman both agreed that a dive, the whole ground seen instantly, was a penalty. This added to the upsurge of ABC decisions as Celtic remain unbeaten and surge towards a treble. Why do we keep putting up with this?

Then tonight we find out that EBT McCann is the new Dundee manager. Where do you begin with that one? We know there is a desperation among some to keep employing EBT recipients (I wonder why...) but this takes it to a whole new level.

I've heard and read folk say it keeps him off our screens and this is a good thing. Who will his wee mate Tanner joust with now though? Tanner was actually on my train home on Sunday (although he sat in first class). As we both got off at Haymarket I knew already that he had tried to justify the Ross County "penalty" on TV so I asked him "How can you try to justify that Ross County 'penalty'?" He looked at me a bit startled and said "Ach, big picture, it doesn't matter does it?"

Sure David, sure.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

TAY2:Armageddon-Where we are

Ok so above is a video of what types of investment you can make.

Below is where you can make them 

In the two weeks since we launched the project, we have raised £5500. To be over a third of the way there is phenomenal. Crowd-funding always leaves you open to abuse, and there has been plenty, but we are totally comfortable with what we do, how we do it and the fact that we always pay a budget forward to various charities.

The pre-production process is well under way and this week I will be contacting several people to see if they will participate in the book and film. We have also booked facilities in Glasgow on three different dates for interviews so hopefully that will suit all involved.

In terms of the abuse, it is obvious a lot of people don't want this story told but I guarantee you now, we will destroy the same club myth, we will shine a light on those who are abused for telling the truth and we will show you why Celtic have supporters like no other.

Please support us if you can 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

How you can support TAY2-Armageddon

Yep, it's me again looking for your help. You'll probably know by now that the stuff I do is very niche. It's liked and loved by some Celtic supporters and hated by almost everyone else in Scotland save for a few switched on folk.

The media ignore what I do in public but in private they ask a lot about it. Kinda shows where we are in Scotland in terms of journalism.

This means I need to go down a crowd-funding route. This means I ask someone like you to join a bunch of other like-minded folk to invest the film so that we can make it. That's it in a nutshell.

Our target is £15,000. A huge amount of money I know but peanuts in the film game. Of that £15,000, I am investing £1000 and I am also taking no fee for writing and producing the film.

For that £15,000 we can get a top director/editor, graphic artist, cinematographer and photographer. (and that is them taking a huge drop in wages)

What I want to do is create a piece of work that does three things:

1) Proves beyond any doubt that the team that play at Ibrox is a new club

2) Humanise and highlight the people who are dehumanised and threatened because they stick up for Celtic

3) Show why Celtic supporters are the best in the world.

I can do these things in a book of the same name but want to leave something on screen that people can point at and say "See!"

I say leave because this will be the last project I do of this nature (short of something seismic happening) but it is all dependent on whether you support me and the team or not.

So I reach out to you now and ask for your help to make this happen

Please go here and invest in us, invest in this film and help get the story out there, the story a lot of Scotland doesn't want told.