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Jason Bauer watches as Williamston tops Stockbridge to grab its first regional title since 2002. Story:
With their coach watching from stands, Williamston captures regional title. via (with video)
HALFTIME: Williamston 34, Stockbridge 24. Lewis leads all scorers with 14. Charlie Young has nine for the Panthers.
WHS vs Stockbridge for Regional Finals, tip off in 18min.
Brian is holding down the EL, Everett fort. I'll be doing Willy-Stockbridge.
Hearing Brian Stockbridge has moved country - he wasn't willing to pay a tax on coke.
Brian Stockbridge was pictured with them on the back of the Daily Record after that.
Someone should tell Derek Johnstone that a certain Brian Stockbridge was also a Chartered Accountant, how did he get on again?
UoF Statement on Ally McCoist "We note the board’s announcement of Alistair McCoist’s resignation and the disclosure of Ally’s severance entitlement in their statement to the LSE this morning. Ally has made the correct decision to resign. Things have not gone well this season on the park, and off it he has seen the club decimated by the incompetents in the boardroom. They are ripping the heart and soul out of our club, laying off long serving, low paid staff to save a relative pittance and leave the club on the brink of hardly being able to operate. Rangers is a family and that family is being torn apart by this board. All this while Mr Llambias, Mr Somers and the other members of the board enjoy their salaries, expenses and freebies in hospitality despite contributing nothing. Mr Somers publicly defended the payoff to Brian Stockbridge and even, bizarrely, his performance. Mr Easdale publicly defended the payoffs to Charles Green and Imran Ahmad. Mr Easdale even made public statements which we beli ...
Daily Record: RANGERS’ Brian Stockbridge talked about share sale to fraudster on Interpol’s most wanted.
Is it true yourself, Brian Stockbridge and Charles Green have money fights wearing nothing but vaseline?
Rangers have refused to divulge details of chief executive Graham Wallace's bonus entitlements following a demand by supporters groups. Previous executives Charles Green and Brian Stockbridge received 100% bonuses for promotion from the Third Division. Fans want to know if such contracts are still in place at a time when the business continues to lose money. The Union of Fans also wants Wallace to respond to questions posed by prospective Rangers investor Dave King. Rangers' interim accounts, published last month, revealed losses of £3.5m for the six months to 31 December and going concern status was only granted on the basis of predicted rises in season ticket renewal prices and season ticket sales. The latter currently seems unlikely, with disaffected fans being urged by King to pay their renewal money into a trust and the money only being passed to the club for season tickets in return for security over the property assets. Wallace was bullish about the club's future when he unveiled online casino fir ...
Brian Stockbridge, the constipated financial director. He just couldn't budget.
Charles Green, Craig Mather, Brian Stockbridge and Jack Irvine; Rangers fans have removed them all. An indication of the…
// J. Ally McCoist has put himself on a collision course with his Ibrox paymasters by proxying his shares to his local Rangers supporters club. McCoist has handed more than one million shares, just under three per cent of Rangers’ stock, to the Calderwood Loyal in East Kilbride. It’s understood McCoist is honouring a promise he made to club members when he first took control of the stakeholding last year. His late father was a member of the club and McCoist travelled with them many times to watch the Gers as a child. However, his decision has set the cat among the pigeons ahead of Thursday’s crucial agm as proxy vote will be used against the board. The East Kilbride club are members of the Rangers Supporters Association, who are against the re-election of finance director Brian Stockbridge and bus boss James Easdale. McCoist’s decision will further isolate him at boardroom level, having survived previous attempts by disaffected directors to get him out the door, as recently as the start of the se ...
Lee looks happy at Rangers Ally McCoist has been given assurances by senior officials at Rangers that he will not need to sell any of his best players in the January transfer window. Derek Johnstone Lee Wallace showed great loyalty by staying at Ibrox when other players were leaving And given Lee Wallace's clear affinity with the Ibrox club I would expect the left-back to remain where he is. Lee could easily have left the Glasgow giants along with many of his team-mates when the club dropped down to the bottom tier last summer. But, along with Lee McCulloch, he showed great loyalty and stayed. Having said that, every player is up for grabs at Rangers if the money is right. The SPFL League One leaders will not accept a bid of £1million for him. But if a club came in with a bid that was over the top it may be considered. I have, meanwhile, been baffled by the criticism Ally has been subjected to for not finalising his pay cut. Rangers have been run by two men - directors James Easdale and Brian Stockbridge ...
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Ally McCoist last night revealed Rangers STILL haven’t taken the pay cut he offered to accept two months ago. But it’s understood the boss will meet with finance director Brian Stockbridge in the next 48 hours to finalise the deal.
RANGERS' board rivals Paul Murray and Jim McColl told supporters they were open to the idea of fan involvement if they took control of the Ibrox club. Mr Murray, who helped lead the Blue Knights, which tried to take over the club when it was in administration last year, Mr McColl, the chairman of engineering group Clyde Blowers, and former Rangers chairman Malcolm Murray met fans' representatives in a meeting that lasted 2½ hours. It took place at Mr McColl's East Kilbride HQ. Members of three fans' groups, the Rangers' Supporters Assembly, Association and Trust, called for the talks to hear the Murrays and McColl plans for the club after the resignations of Ibrox chief executive Craig Mather and non-executive director Bryan Smart. Mr Mather and Mr Smart's departures last week leave just Brian Stockbridge and James Easdale on the club's board. The Evening Times reported yesterday that supporters said they had been given positive assurances about the club's future if Mr McColl and Paul Murray win their bo ...
RST statement Friday meeting. → Late on Thursday evening the RST was contacted regarding a meeting requested by the shareholders fronting a recent requisition for a General Meeting of the Club. The requisitionists subsequently issued a statement which is copied below. “We embarked on this exercise seven weeks ago at the request of shareholders speaking for 28% of the club’s shares. “They had concerns over a lack of corporate governance and financial transparency at the club and they wanted those issues addressed by the appointment of Paul Murray and Frank Blin to the board and the removal of Craig Mather, Brian Stockbridge and Bryan Smart. “Two significant events have occurred since we started this process. Firstly, Walter Smith resigned as chairman and secondly, the board informed us that the Easdale family had secured control over a significant minority of the club’s shares. “As a result we came to the conclusion that the best way to secure a stable board and avoid further shareholder chal ...
26 Comments Keith Jackson By Keith Jackson Keith Jackson: Rangers fans will have to decide who they trust to put the club back on track KEITH reckons that while Rangers held on to their history, trophies and titles - the club lost its heart and soul after Craig Whyte plunged it under. 16 Sep 2013 00:01 Rangers interim chief executive Craig MatherRangers interim chief executive Craig Mather Graham Stuart/Action Images LET me start with a couple of confessions. First, I don’t know Craig Mather. I have neither met the man nor talked to him. I do happen to know that, in private, he tends not to speak too fondly of me and that’s fine. As someone who has gone to some lengths to expose and condemn the dysfunctionality of the board over which he presides in his highly-paid role as the Rangers chief executive, I would expect nothing else. Mather has made it perfectly clear how badly he wishes to survive in his lucrative position. In fact, both he and financial director Brian Stockbridge have been actively atte ...
Sandy Easdale joins the football board at He joins brother James, Brian Stockbridge and Craig Mather. More on
Ian Hart, Craig Mather, Brian Stockbridge and Ally McCoist all here. As is Jim Traynor.
2nd interview with kieran prior, where he states that the salaries the board are taking is strangling the club. John IBROX investor Kieran Prior claims the revival of Rangers is being strangled by extravagant levels of executive pay. The former City of London whizzkid has already been doing his homework, less than 24 hours after Record Sport revealed he had forked out around £400,000 to snap up 1.2 per cent of the club. In his first major interview, Prior says the current Ibrox board have got it wrong when it comes to paying big salaries and hefty bonuses to executives such as finance boss Brian Stockbridge. The 34-year-old, who admits to a friendship with ousted chairman Malcolm Murray, says greater corporate governance is key and the board must consider reconstruction if Rangers are to emerge as a force again. The former Goldman Sachs trader is also calling for greater fan representation at boardroom level as he admitted to fears the £22million raised by the recent share issue is in danger of being sq ...
Battle Of The Bloggers Written by: The Ref For The Vanguard Bears Friday, 24th May 2013 As the sides in the boardroom war at Ibrox lock horns, so have the internet bloggers. On one side we have Chris ‘ever so slightly miffed’ Graham, and on the other we have Bill ‘my dad’s Bill McMurdo’ McMurdo. The fury resplendent in his fluorescent green fingerless gloves, squares up to Big Bill, a giant among midgets. Their keyboards are their weapons, and the internet is their battleground. Only one can emerge victorious from this, although it is fairly obvious whoever loses out in this battle will be ready to claim the victim card when it is all done and dusted. I can just see the headlines now: ‘I was misled and a mere pawn in their games, I am a victim. Forgive me’. Bill with his trench coat swinging around his ankles has firmly nailed his colours to the mast of the Brian Stockbridge camp, dancing to Brian's tune as his strings are pulled with each snippet he is exclusively leaked. Chris on the other ...
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 RECORD MAN JACKSON HELPS Imran Ahmad POOR old Keith Jackson and the dozy Daily Record really do not know which way to turn. Witness the way they are now dancing to Imran Ahmad’s tune. Yesterday’s story by Jackson that the video of chairman Malcolm Murray was actually taken by financial director Brian Stockbridge could clearly only serve the wishes and purpose of just person. The slimy slug that is Imran Ahmad. A creature who now rivals conman huckster and thief Craig Whyte on the hate list of all real Rangers supporters. It is common knowledge that open warfare was declared by Ahmad on Stockbridge after Stockbridge stepped up to the plate and put his signature to the letter which booted Imran Ahmad out of Ibrox...without­ a penny pay-off. It is not the only brave action taken on behalf of Rangers recently by Stockbridge. For Stockbridge had also been vehement and vocal in his belief that there must be a better way forward for Rangers than having one of the controversial Easdale ...
UNDERHAND TACTICS RAIN SUPREME IN WAR OF PAY-OFFS The vile campaign against Rangers Financial Director Brian Stockbridge took a sick and vicious turn last night with simultaneous postings on Follow Follow and Rangers Media of blatantly untrue rumours about Stockbridge designed to force him to quit his role as a Rangers director. Although the scurrilous posts were untruths my understanding is they deeply upset members of his family. This shows how low and unscrupulous those who want Stockbridge out are prepared to go to achieve their objective. It comes on the back of other intimidatory measures applied to the Rangers Financial Director which I cannot divulge at this time. However, when the truth comes out it will shock more than a few of the Ibrox faithful. Those who see Brian Stockbridge as a soft touch should be aware that he is the veteran of many an amateur boxing fight and has a core of steel. It is no surprise to me that he is being targeted because he has been unflinching in his job at Ibrox in the ...
PARK AND CO STITCH UP MURRAY RANGERS chairman Malcolm Murray last night insisted he had been stitched up after a video of him drunk was leaked on the internet. The battle for control of Rangers hit a new low as the doctored recording of a clearly inebriated Murray being helped out of a restaurant was posted on the YouTube website at breakfast time yesterday. The voices of two people laughing and goading Murray from behind the camera were distorted beyond recognition. But the Record later obtained the original, unaltered footage and immediately identified one of the voices as that of Ibrox financial director Brian Stockbridge. The club were forced to admit that Stockbridge – who came to Ibrox as part of former chief executive Charles Green’s takeover – was the man who made the tape. Last night, Murray insisted he had been deliberately stitched up in a bid to force him out of the club. Murray said: “This is a clear stitch-up. “I was kept waiting for dinner for more than two hours and plied with lo ...
Now that Charles Green and Imran Ahmed are heading for the exit, I've got a feeling Brian Stockbridge and Jim Traynor will follow shortly.
12 March 2013 Scouting: Time to Broaden Our Horizons by Andy McKellar | Deputy Editor In my most recent article here on the CRO I discussed the many failings that we have all witnessed on the pitch this season. I also highlighted the great opportunity that presented itself to us in the shape of our exile to the Third Division and the possibility of creating a football philosophy that would provide the foundation for decades to come, one that we appear to have missed. Although there are numerous financial predicaments that accompany our fourth-tier status, this was also a chance to build a business model that would be sustainable in the long-term to ensure we never again run up crippling debts. Charles Green and Brian Stockbridge clearly have a vision for the future of Rangers Football Club. This was evident in a recent story in the Herald newspaper where talk of achieving a turnover of £100m was discussed and this is further reinforced by the acquisitions of nearby assets following the highly successful ...
Rangers' accounts Q&A Richard Wilson Sports writer Rangers released their interim results for the seven months to December 31, 2012. Charles Green The figures show a trading loss of £7m against revenue of £9.5m, although once non-recurring items are taken into account, including a "negative goodwill write off" of £20.5m, Rangers posted a profit of £9.5m. Here, Charles Green, the chief executive, and Brian Stockbridge, the finance director, answer questions about the club's current and future financial states You said you will make a profit next year. Will this be down to further cost cutting or increasing revenues? CG: Both. The costs will come down, and the costs in the second half of the year will be less than the first half, but you'll also see revenues improve. We'll have [merchandise] from Puma [the new kit supplier] to sell, we'll have lots of commercial deals, we'll be looking at getting more income from media. It's not just, 'let's keep pruning costs'. Which third, or second or first division ...
Rangers aim for £100m turnover ... Greig Cameron Monday 11 March 2013 RANGERS plan to increase the club's turnover to £100 million a year once it returns to top-level competition. PROFITS: Finance director Brian Stockbridge is planning an enhanced retail operation. Picture: Mark Mainz The announcement comes little more than a year after the club was plunged into administration,­­ allowing Charles Green's Sevco consortium to buy the business and assets after it was liquidated. Finance director Brian Stockbridge made the prediction for the Third Division side as he believes an enhanced retail operation combined with greater sponsorship income – including a naming deal for Ibrox Stadium – will supplement match-day and football revenue. The club pulled in £9.5m of revenue in the seven months between May and December last year and reported a £7m loss. But Mr Stockbridge pointed out that Rangers historically had a turnover of about £60m in years when competing in the Champions League – not includin ...
Morning. Brian Stockbridge is in the media today saying once we are in the top league we can have a £100M turn over from sponsorships etc. That is a huge number. BS is highly regarded and knows his stuff so for him to say that he must really have confidence in the financial future of the club. It is encouraging but I'd be a liar if I said I didn't raise an eye brow when I read it. I think the club and the custodians should take a break from the media spotlight, ESP Charles Green. It's now at the stage where he's saying the same thing over and over and to be honest not a lot of it is coming to fruitition just yet. I'd rather he got on with his job with out the fan fare for a bit. Our legal issues are more or less over, the club is on sound financeial footing and we as Bears are breathing easy now when it comes to that. The problem we have no is the football. I won't go o re what I said yesterday but something needs to change now.but it won't. Ally will be here till the end of the season where I hope he do ...
David Leggat - giving it to you straight NEW NAMES PLAN FOR IBROX STANDS Friday, 8 March 2013 NEW NAMES PLAN FOR IBROX STANDS THE men who form new Rangers regime are determined to keep the club’s great traditions and legendary names alive, even when a sponsor’s name is attached to Ibrox Stadium. For I can exclusively reveal that there have already been talks inside the Blue Room about renaming three of the Stands and the Milngavie training complex. And my information is that the men running Rangers are keen to involve supporters in choosing new names for the Copland, Broomloan and Govan Stands, as well as Murray Park. The men inside the Blue Room are well aware that there has been some mumping and moaning among some sections of the rank and file over the delay to renaming Murray Park following the Charles Green pledge in the summer to do so. However, the stark fact is, the truth of the matter is, Charles Green and his two other executive directors Imran Ahmad and Brian Stockbridge have had a lot on th ...
BERWICK BEHAVIOUR COULD CAUSE CASH PROBLEMS THE fiscal landscape which underpins Rangers has changed and that is the realpolitik reason why there should be an end to the sort of singing and chanting which exposes Rangers to ridicule. For no longer does one man virtually own Rangers. Now the shares are spread around, with £17m worth of those shares in the hands of institutional investors from the City of London. Charles Green, Imran Ahmad and the man who masterminded the share issue, financial director, Brian Stockbridge, pulled off quite a coup when they convinced the blue chip investors to throw in their loot with Rangers. One can only imagine what some of those City investors are thinking now, given the events which took place in Berwick last Saturday, plus the glare of national television publicity which sparked further coverage of the shameful episode. Perhaps some of those City slickers are now pondering the wisdom of their decision to invest in Rangers. And then there are those who the new Rangers ...
CELTIC are trying to cash in on the £17M worth of popularity of Rangers with blue chip investors in the City of London. They have launched a bid to effectively hijack the mega-money men who are backing Rangers. Today I can reveal that Celtic have launched a Follow-Follow-Rangers scheme to try to discover why the Square Mile institutional investors poured that astonishing £17M into the Rangers share launch. Celtic also want them to say why they didn't choose to invest in Celtic My information comes from someone who held a senior position as a financial journalist with one of Britain’s most respected media outlets before retiring, but who still maintains contacts in the City. According to one senior City source, it would seem that Celtic were stunned at the success of the Rangers share issue, which was driven by Ibrox financial director Brian Stockbridge. Now Celtic appear to have decided that if a Third Division club can convince blue chip investors to part with £17M, Celtic can cash in too and raise ...
Alastair Johnston is thrilled that Brian Stockbridge has sorted him out with tickets for Queens Park match. Tis the season n all that!
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED,ONTO THE NEXT 1 With the news that Rangers have raised £22.2m from their Initial Public Offering and with the club now listed on AIM, it is fair to say that the financial uncertainty which has surrounded the club for so long has been put to rest, at least for the time being. The conspiracy theories will continue but the simple fact is that Charles Green, Imran Ahmad and Brian Stockbridge have done exactly what they said they would when they took over the club. In fact they have raised 10% more than they hoped. It would however be a mistake for them or anyone else connected with the club to think the job is done. The fans and the board have a duty to ensure we make the most of this position. So how should we proceed? Charles Green's interview with Jeff Randall on Sky last night may have given some indication. This money will not last forever and it must be invested with a prudence which has seldom been seen at Ibrox. It was heartening to hear that Green does not plan to rest on his la ...
Brian Stockbridge agreed to show John Brown the "deeds".
John Brown has been a complete embarrassment so far. I wonder if he decided to check the "deeds" that Brian Stockbridge offered to show.
Charles Green is now CEO, Malcolm Murray is now Chairman, Brian Stockbridge is financial director and Imran Ahmad is non exec director.
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