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Downfall: How Rangers FC Self-destructed [Kindle Edition]

Phil Mac Giolla Bháin
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Downfall – How Rangers Self Destructed is the riveting story of the biggest sporting scandal in British history – the demise of Rangers Football Club, the roots of which are shown in the author’s prophetic online output over a three year period. The telling of the Rangers story has been a triumph for new media over traditional news organisations and represents a paradigm shift in Scottish journalism. The story was led by bloggers like Phil Mac Giolla Bháin, an established print journalist in Ireland who was at the heart of this digital revolution in the Fitba Fourth Estate. Using his own website and other online outlets he broke exclusive stories and provided analysis and comment to a growing audience, including 15,000 Twitter followers.
The idea of Rangers being liquidated was unthinkable, but it happened. It caught the traditional media by surprise. The fans didn’t want to believe it. This book is proof that the truth was out there, but many couldn’t handle it.

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Phil Mac Giolla Bhain is an author, blogger, journalist and writer. He is an active member of the National Union of Journalists and the Irish representative on the NUJ s New Media Industrial Council. He also is the editor of the NUJ's house magazine the Irish Journalist. An established print journalist for many years Phil's online writing has gained him a vast following as well as recognition by the national press and in the Tartan Blog Awards in 2010 and 2011. Phil lives and works in Donegal, Ireland. Downfall is his third book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book Sevco fans didn't want you to read. ... 9 Jun. 2015
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The book Sevco fans didn't want you to read. Phil was well ahead of the game with this book. Might be worth another look to see exactly how things have "panned out" (© Chris Graham) since!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The truth 30 May 2015
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A fantastic honest but brutal read on the downfall of Rangers.gets, no stone left un turned and this books exploits all the lies and spin told
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies 17 July 2015
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The story Scottish mainstream media should be writing about but don't. Thanks to Phil we can read about the sorry state and end of a big Scottish club and institutional failure to report it.
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64 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift that keeps on giving 14 Sept. 2012
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There has been negative publicity for this author prior to release of this publication. Indeed, there have been negative reviews accepted and posted here on Amazon PRIOR to release of this publication. If only those psychics had lifted their heads out of the sand a tad sooner, there may have been no need to write the book at all...

I have actually read it - couldn't put it down once I started. Phil has a gift for setting out the complex, murky and quickly changing world of planet fitba' as simply as possible without condescending to the reader or ever losing sight of the need to tell the story.

The book is set out in 4 main sections - Finance, Media, Fans and the SFA, each following a straightforward chronological path through his blog postings relevant to the topic at hand and the timeline of destruction of 'Oldco' Rangers F.C. (1872). Each page, each section is annotated with footnotes leading you back to the rabbit hole of internet links and postings on this story.

Much of the material has been posted online, however the format of a book and the wisdom of hindsight make this a different experience again. More than one blog reads differently looking back than it did at face value at the time. He can be very subtle.

A book by a blogger which encourages you to get back on the net and find out more.
This book is about much more than football. There is a side to Scottish society which, sadly, has to be witnessed to be believed. This volume bears witness - no wonder so many wanted to undermine it's publication. In terms of financial collapse of an 'institution' and the online media which broke and analysed the stories it really is a tale of our times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's not about the author, it's about your Club. 10 Sept. 2012
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No, it's not a great book, far from it, and it may be a little, 'opportunistic' but let no fan of Scottish Football, especially the team from the South Side, be under any illusion, what David Murray did when he was in charge is nothing short of a scandal. The fact that a Club like the 'mighty' Glasgow Rangers was sold by Murray to Craig Whyte for £1, a single quid, is also nothing short of a scandal. What Whyte then did by withholding PAYE & NIC, as well as not paying some money due to HMRC, was also nothing short of a scandal. Since then what Messrs Duff & Phelps have done, by not protecting creditors' interests, looks suspicously like a scandal. Quite how Mr Green intends to make money for his investors while the Clubs income has fallen dramatically, but it's cost base has remained fairly static is a mystery and might develop into another scandal. See there's a pattern here. People are only too happy to accept good news and success but try and explain bankruptcy, administration and liquidation and folk get very, very unhappy, defensive even, and prefer to know nothing.

Anyone interested in the story should buy this book.

Anyone who follow follows Rangers just needs to use words like bigot, hate filled, secterian, social services and so on, as a classic piece of deception from the real story, what's still happening down at Edmiston Drive.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lies, Damned Lies and Downfall 30 Nov. 2012
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Just what's needed in the season of goodwill, several hundred pages of unsubstantiated twoddle posing as investigative journalism from a self professed hater of all things British.

Contrary to the book's preamble, there is little in here for the football fan and nothing for a genuine British Football Fan.

The book, like the man suffers from a distinct identity clash.

Rather than the 3 barrel Irish nom de guerre widely employed; his original monikler is a simpler Phillip Gillivan.

55 year old Mr Gillivan is not an investigative journalist. He was a social worker. He has had no formal journalist training whatsoever. He is simply an internet blogger who writes his opinions. That is fine, as long as the distinction is clear - a blogger can 'publish and be damned' a journalist has to cite their sources and provide 3rd party evidence. Not so Mr Gillivan and certainly not this book. It is full of half truths, distortions and subjective opinions, which are constructed to appear factual.

Mr Gillivan claims to have fled the UK owing to threats over his anti-rangers blogs. This, like a number of Mr Gillivan's claims, has proven to be unfounded (see reports from the CPS and Procurator Fiscal Offices which found not one shred of evidence to support these claims). Moreover, Mr Gillivan's own blog posts point out that he moved to Letterkenny owing to an affinity with the area.

One would hope that affinity would be family roots or love of the natural environment. Indeed Mr Gillvan has stated he was leader of Donegal Mountain Rescue Team (although he is not listed on the DMRT website or known to the team). Rather, Mr Gillivan's blog posts make it clear, it is due to the historical affinity with militant Irish Republicanism in Letterkenny and Co.
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