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  1. BoydsFavouriteDonut

    Ryan Jack pursued in Aberdeen Saturday night

    I live up here. Local radio reporting this morning that he was forced to leave Soul after a bunch of drinkers started on him.
  2. The cases will be contested initially but ultimately settled. No point in settling now from Celtics perspective - might as well see what they’ve got in terms of evidence, drag things out and crank up the pressure (some of the pursuers won’t want to appear in open court). However, I just can’t see celtic letting this get to court - it would all come out - Kelly cited as a witness, past managers etc - they’d all have to appear if called. Having said that seems to me that the lawyer from Thomsons is openly campaigning for settlements - he doesn’t want this going to court either. Will be NDAs all round in the end.
  3. BoydsFavouriteDonut

    Delusional sheep

    Yeh, less of a issue for folk travelling in from the south. However, the new roundabout at the bypass will be bad. Not designed for a stadium nearby. Heard they are thinking of putting lights on it.
  4. BoydsFavouriteDonut

    Delusional sheep

    Unless you live up here you probably wouldn’t realise what a shite location this is for a stadium. It’s about 8 miles out of town. The road is it notoriously bad at peak times. AFC have sold the Council assumptions about folk taking shuttle buses, using a park and ride a few miles down the road etc. but traffic will be a fucking nightmare on match days. Midweek kick offs will be particularly awful for anyone using the road. If they start to struggle (and third place is the best they can hope for from now on) attendances will collapse. It’s not that long since they were down at 8000 and that had nothing to do with shit toilets at Pittodrie - the team was terrible. There is a massive hole in their funding. They probably have just about enough cash pledged to crack on with the training centre but they’ll need the cash from Pittodrie plus another £25m or so to build the stadium. I can only assume they’ll look to raise that from fans, sponsors, rich locals etc. I can’t see commercial lenders being too interested. So, even if the remaining planning issues get resolved it could be years before they get the stadium up and running.
  5. BoydsFavouriteDonut

    Delusional sheep

    Had a look at the Aberdeen City Council planners report. There’s a proposed planning condition that AFC can’t start building the stadium part of the development unless they have build a footbridge over the road alongside the site and sort out a controlled parking zone (covering pretty much all of Westhill within 30 mins walk of the site). The bridge will be in Aberdeenshire and will need planning permission from Aberdeenshire Council, who opposed the development. Westhill is also in Aberdeenshire - don’t see how the parking restrictions can be rolled out unless Aberdeenshire Council are on board. So, even when the Aberdeen councillors approve the planning permission there is a long way to go with this. I reckon the Scottish Government will end up getting involved to sort it out.
  6. BoydsFavouriteDonut

    Delusional sheep

    Na, it’s Aberdeen City - site is right up against the city boundary.
  7. BoydsFavouriteDonut

    Delusional sheep

    So, Aberdeen Council planning department have today issued their report recommending approval of the AFC application citing the great economic benefits. Utter fucking joke - carve up from the start. Zero chance the counsellors won’t approve it now so looks like the sheep will get their planning permission on Monday. Hope they bankrupt themselves trying to build it.
  8. BoydsFavouriteDonut

    Delusional sheep

    Aberdeen start moaning like fuck, the Council get it in the neck and Stuart Milne calls the SNP and asks them to call it in and override the Council a la Trump course. If they get permission the residents group will seek a judicial review of the decision. A few of the counsellors might be wary of that if the planners recommend refusal. Don’t know how long that will take but Aberdeen won’t be able to do any real work meantime. Someone said up the thread that they’ll be fucked financially if they don’t get it. I disagree. They are currently doing okay - dumped their debt, brought in some new investment, crowds up. The development is estimated to cost £50m. If you assume they’ll get, say, £10m for Pittodrie then they are still about £35m short. That’s 3-4 times their annual turnover. No idea how they will fund that. I could see them building the training facilities and then leaving the stadium section lying undeveloped for years. If they do build it then there will be some extra revenue (Scotland games, boozer on site etc) but attendances will tail off when folk realise it’s a pain in the arse spending 90 minutes in traffic to get out of town to watch a team scrapping for 3rd place.
  9. BoydsFavouriteDonut

    Delusional sheep

    I think there’s a decent chance the planners will recommend refusal - that’s why AFC are trying to whip up the public pressure. Not sure what the counsellors will do.
  10. BoydsFavouriteDonut

    Delusional sheep

    It was meant to be decided in a full council meeting last October. A couple of days before the hearing AFC asked for the vote to be postponed, following a meeting with the council. The story is that they had been told at the meeting that the council we’re going to recommend refusal. They’ve spent the last few months trying to address some of the problems with the application. The big problem they have is that the land is zoned as green belt in the local development plan and there are two other sites shown on the plan for a new stadium - one at the beach behind the existing midden and the other over near Cove where they got permission a couple of years ago. They’ve been trying to justify why neither of those sites are suitable - basically, they want to conjoin the stadium and training facilities and are refusing to split them, so they argue they need a 50 hectare site (Ibrox is about 8 hectares) and there’s nothing that size closer to the city centre. They’ve also produced an economic impact report (which is utter fucking shite) to show how great it will be for the area and to justify a development on the green belt. The site is right on the boundary with Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire Council are against it. It’s 8 miles from the city centre. There are no trains up here so everyone will have to drive or come by bus. Stuart Milne is too used to getting his own way up here.
  11. BoydsFavouriteDonut

    Delusional sheep

    I live in westhill where they want to build the stadium and have objected. If the application is judged objectively it will be refused outright. The club know that so there’s a campaign to try and pressurise the counsellors - local businesses in Aberdeen are being asked to promote it (put bunting outside, take out adverts, encourage staff to wear red etc.). I think it will probably get approved (likely in the face of a recommendation from the planners that it by refused) then it’s off to court (plenty of well heeled OAPs in westhill). The tantrums if it gets refused will be a joy to behold.
  12. BoydsFavouriteDonut

    Bheast FC: Statement

    The SPFL (represented by celtic's lawyer) can't take any further action against Rangers because their rules (drafted by celtic's) lawyer) and previous disciplinary process (led by celtic's lawyer) don't allow it, so the SPFL and celtic (clearly acting in consort) try to scapegoat the SFA!! The relationship between celtic, Doncaster and their common lawyer has been dodgy from the start. Lawell attending meetings with Sky, Mackenzie attending meetings between Doncaster and crazed celtic fans, Doncaster issuing statements on behalf of all clubs at the calling of one etc. I'd like to see Rangers firmly turn the attention on the SPFL and Doncaster. I'd also like the club to publicly question why in a country with thousands of lawyers the SPFL needs to use celtic's. Did Mackenzie review celtic's statement? What about Doncaster's letter? What hat is he wearing when he pitches up at meetings with celtic fans and bemoans that no action can be taken against Rangers? Whole thing is a fucking farce.
  13. BoydsFavouriteDonut

    European Commission seek explanation on Celtic land deals

    I had a look at the Parkhead title sheet that's up on the footballtaxhavens website. In my view it doesn't show that Wille Haughey owns their ground. That title sheet relates to the Superiors' interest under the old feudal land system. Superiorities were all abolished a few years ago. The feu has now been converted to absolute ownership. So, the true owner of the ground is the successor to the original feu granted in 1911 - one of the Celtic companies I'd expect - and the Co-op will have a security over that interest. There's plenty other dirt for the Commission to wade through though!
  14. BoydsFavouriteDonut

    European Commission seek explanation on Celtic land deals

    His firm are also appointed as "official lawyers to the Glasgow Commonwealth games". They never shut up about it and are doing the lot. Fingers in every pie.
  15. BoydsFavouriteDonut

    Walk Away McCoist.

    And the 3rd divisions will be won at a canter. What's your point? We weren't playing there today. Some people (and I count myself in this) thought we should have signed the better players from the next league up. Paid them a fraction of what we are paying these mercenaries and worked our way up. Had we done so, we'd still have got pumped today.