The latest stunning news to hit Rangers, has seen the new board discover that a secret deal is believed to have been done in the final days of Derek Llambias and Barry Leach’s time at the club, which saw all the Ibrox club’s emblems and crest pass into the ownership of of Mike Ashley and Sports Direct.

The government run Intellectual Property Office’s website shows Sportsdirect.com is now the registered owner of all of the Ibrox club’s emblems including the RFC crest and the ‘Ready’ motto.

The digital documents confirmed that the final transfer from Rangers Football Club Ltd to Sportsdirect.com Retail Ltd was fully assigned on March 25, which was less than three weeks after Ashley’s allies and ex-employees, Llambias and Barry Leach, were booted out of power.

The Rangers board have announced an immediate investigation and they released this statement today:

“The board is currently conducting a review of all contractual documentation but this particular issue has become a matter of urgency.”

Last October it first came to light that Mike Ashley had attempted to get his hands on the historic crests in return for an emergency loan.

However, this plan was blocked by former chief executive Graham Wallace and ex-director Philip Nash, the pair of them then booted out of the boardroom a month later after Ashley demanded their heads.

The Daily Record say that the current regime suspect Derek Llambias may have played a key role in making sure Ashley got what he wanted, just days before they were kicked out at an EGM on March 6.

The Daily Record also report a source close to the Rangers regime saying:

“We are looking at the timing of this transfer and from what we can see already, it looks really odd.

“It’s fair to say the board has already come across a number of strange things as they review all of the paper work they’ve inherited.”

The badges/crests could bring in millions of pounds in merchandising and Mike Ashley could earn even more by charging the club a fortune for their continued use on all official kit.

With every day that goes by, both Rangers and Newcastle fans find out just what they are up against when dealing with Mike Ashley, the latest backlash on Tyneside seeing a boycott planned for the Spurs match a week on Sunday.



  • Jail for Ashley

    It says so much about the bloke when he’d rather be despised by millions than turn away a profit, the lotto lout Michael Carroll was a more popular millionaire.

  • Toonbadger

    Him and his dealings must be investigated by the powers that be> He is a disgrace to the business world and to football in general. But nobody is doing anything about the deceitful fat greedy b`stard

  • toonintexas

    Not surprised I bet the newcastle fans are going to get backlash after the boycott sick of this 8 yrs is long enough
    ASHLEY SELL UP AND BUY A TRAIN SET AND F♥C♡ OFF

  • Sickandtiredstill

    And what’s happening with our brand and badge? I’d bet Ashley owns them now and makes money from SD for every Club shirt and piece of merchandise sold as a result of that – double bubble. he makes money through SD and he makes money off SD. Loser is NUFC.

  • Maximus Moose

    What a Scumbag

  • Jake Burns

    Toonbadger  Problem is he is not doing anything illegal so cant be banned.

  • pissed off mag

    for gods sake who on earth lets ashley have the club badge to put on tat and rags in his jumble sales he calls shops, cancer in yours and our clubs

  • pissed off mag

    Jake Burns Toonbadger  i so hope thats the real jake burns from fingers put out a track on the next album about ashley please

  • Lofty9

    Jake Burns Toonbadger He might not be doing anything illegal, but it is surely about the integrity and respect for the history and traditions of the game. How the hell is this man a fit and proper person to run a football club? Every decision he makes is to further his own interests, not those of the game.

  • Polarboy

    Toonbadger The government have already called him in for a meeting on his business practices with regards to one of his outlets in Scotland but he has dodged them thus far and the people in charge of the investigation aren’t impressed. The pressure will only rise on him to appear before the committee that has been set up and apparently they do have the power to compel him if he keeps it going on too long.

  • GraemeWoods

    Without the loans then this new club would have gone into administration just like the old one!

  • John Henry Turnbull

    John Paterson

  • Lofty9

    Polarboy Toonbadger We live in hope. Get the feckin tyrant out of the game altogether.

  • toon tony

    If the deal couldn’t be reversed, I’m sure that Rangers fans would even welcome a new design so that the FCB couldn’t get his grubby little mitts on it

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Toonbadger How Llambias could stand their once again, just like he did with us, and tell the ‘Gers he would do everything to make them successful commercially as well as on the ptich while making sure Ashley got all the family jewels is an utter disgrace. 
    Maybe it is all legal, but it is 100% despicable what he will do, simply for even money. 
    I really do hope a lot of those people who think he has done this Club a favour can actually start understanding just how far he will go in order to feed his SD baby.

  • Andgeo

    All NUFC and Rangers merchandising is owned by Sports Direct. It earns them over £7m profit per season. Neither club gets a penny on shirt sales etc!! Where have you been?????

  • Andgeo

    He will not fold

  • CAirlie

    Bob_Orr NUFCTheMag over a barrell

  • CAirlie

    Bob_Orr NUFCTheMag aye, I doubt these contracts have end dates either. If I was going to hump someone through contracts, I wouldn’t…

  • CAirlie

    Bob_Orr NUFCTheMag and I don’t think you’ll see a bean aff King

  • Polarboy

    Andgeo He’ll have to eventually, they do have a legal recourse so he’ll avoid as long as it doesn’t cost him and it will if they have to get the lawyers in.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Andgeo Fold like a cheap suit when it all catches up with him. He thinks he’s above the law, Parliament, and everyone else.
    Trouble is, when he [email protected]@es people off who have nothing to lose, they start digging into his dealings. 
    Ashley’s empire was built on whistle blowing. Someone, somewhere, at some time is going to bring him down .too

  • DownUnderMag

    Am I the only one who would like to know if this has been done to NUFC as well without anyone’s knowledge? Worst case scenario of Ashley finally selling up but still holding onto club crests and logos etc and charging a fortune for the rights so that the club ends up having to change name/logo etc…or what has he tied up with regards to the stadium??  It makes you wonder!

  • Ashley is a Bawbag

    Stop buying shirts,and stop using sd stores.

  • Lofty9

    Andgeo That’s a well documented fact Andgeo, and you are correct of course, but to take control of a clubs crest, which in real terms is its very identity, is a massive step too far.
    That is not in the best interest of any club or the game as a whole. Both the Scottish FA and the Premier League need to take another look at their ‘fit and proper persons’ test.

  • CMRowley

    There dirty thieving toe rag owns the NUFC badge as well, the same website as stated above shows the owner of the badge is Newcastle United Football Company Limited, available for renewal in 23rd April, 2019.

    From the club website;

    “Newcastle United Limited is the company which owns Newcastle United Football Club. The ultimate parent company of Newcastle United Limited is MASH Holdings Limited and the ultimate controlling party of MASH Holdings Limited is Mike Ashley”

    So there it is folks, any of the following with a NUFC crest on it needs to pay the fat controller;

    badges of metal; badges, pins, keys, key blanks, key rings, key chains; commemorative cups made of non-precious metal; trophies; plates, plaques; statues and statuettes; boxes, money boxes; all of the above made wholly or principally of metal.

    stationery; pens, pencils, folders, envelopes; books; photographs; greeting cards; Christmas cards; postcards; diaries; address books; personal organizers in paper form; newsletters; leaflets; maps; portraits; posters; bond paper, note paper, writing paper, printing paper; paperweights; pen and pencil cases; pen holders; felt tip pens; crayons and colouring pencils; paper flags; book markers; stencils; table linen, table mats and table napkins of paper; temporary tattoos; newspapers, periodical publications, magazines, photographs, pictures, prints; football directories; posters; notepads; scrapbooks; folders; catalogues; tickets; football programmes; photograph albums; booklets; postage stamps; stickers; car stickers; decalcomanias; cards; cardboard articles; erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers, book markers; drawing materials, artists’ materials; instructional and teaching materials; paper handkerchiefs; pads; labels; wrapping and packaging materials; plastic shopping bags; gift bags, carrier bags; height charts. 

    handbags; shoulder bags; waist bags; rucksacks; all purpose sports bags; overnight bags; duffle bags; garment bags for travel; travelling bags; holdalls, rucksacks, satchels; umbrellas; wallets and purses; boot bags; 

    Clothing, footwear, headgear; articles of sports clothing; scarves, football shirts, shorts and socks, sweatshirts, tracksuits, t-shirts, hats and caps, jackets, pyjamas, slippers, wristbands, headbands, football boots, trainers; articles of clothing, footwear and headgear for babies and toddlers.

  • CMRowley

    Same applies to the name, Newcastle United.

  • CMRowley

    All of the following are owned, ultimately, by Mr Ashley, with varying expiry dates going as far as 2025. There are more, many more.  

    Basically, the use of the name, crest and a few other images are sewn up for years by Mr Ashley.  

    It will be interesting to see if any income is shown in the filed accounts for any of these items, or if these are all shown in Newcastle United Football Company Limited accounts.

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/4/EU008299638
    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/4/EU008285637

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00001349962

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00001528763

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00001528410

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00001528408

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00001349964

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00001349963

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00001546271

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00002033524 – This is the NUFC / 1892 logo.

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00002058568 – Magpie with foot on ball

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00002118152

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00002118156 – for bed covers, bedding, rugs, matts, wall paper etc.

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00002147609 – For the use of the logo / name on TV, satellite, cable etc.

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00002149605 – For use on cutlery, crockery, games, food, drinks, cuff links etc

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00002200815 – Jewlery

  • CMRowley

    DownUnderMag yes it’s been done.  Bike Mike owns the trademark for everything.

  • Phildene

    @Lofty9- apparently according to the Premier League and FA The only way a football club owner can be found ‘not a fit and proper’ person is if they’ve done time, been in jail, which is ridiculous. Both the Epl an FA pass the buck from one to the other so neither have the balls to do anything. I’ve emailed both a while back and found this out.

  • Phildene

    @polarboy. Thing is he doesn’t actually like bad publicity so will probs cave in eventually. Wonder if our English Goverment would step in as gather the Scottish Is separate? Is there any way this can be brought to their attention? Or have I got this wrong?

  • John45

    I couldn’t care less really. If there’s anyone I hate more than Ashley, it’s the so called ‘fans’ of the Old Firm teams. Hopefully he will release a new line of ‘official merchandise’ which actually accurately portrays the various sectarian chanting and other offensiveness that still goes hand in hand with a visit to either club. Never in my life have two clubs taken so long to achieve so little – they simply sit back and blame each other, funnily enough just like the political parties on either side of the debate in Northern Ireland.

  • John45

    On a historical note – the IPO database was useful because it showed that ‘Sports Direct @ St James Park’ was never planned to be the new name of SJP as some fans had believed at the time, as the company had never bothered to register it.

  • davebhoy83

    PaulFerris_Gla NUFCTheMag lovely paul hahahah

  • huntsgnr70

    PaulFerris_Gla Am a gers man but he’s a wrong un’.

  • speanythefenian

    PaulFerris_Gla he’s a proper poker player is Mr chashley :)

  • PaulFerris_Gla

    speanythefenian
    My 15% CFC family love the Toon Army.
    Canny bag a Tuda :)
    #HailHail #Celtic

  • speanythefenian

    PaulFerris_Gla and the other 85% hate him :)

  • speanythefenian

    PaulFerris_Gla don’t think my family know who to hate to many crooks at that club but never hear any them pointing the finger at Murray :)

  • PaulFerris_Gla

    speanythefenian
    Valid point there Sean.

  • speanythefenian

    PaulFerris_Gla well happened under his watch & king Paul Murray etc all on his board but none of my mums side say anything about him :) U0001f44d

  • ticgran

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  • PaulFerris_Gla

    ticgran darrenjdouglas
    Add to it in “Sean Connery” voice and you get
    “Kish my Ash” :)

  • ticgran

    PaulFerris_Gla darrenjdouglas U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602U0001f622U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602. Lol

  • darrenjdouglas

    PaulFerris_Gla ticgran brilliant U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602

  • celticjim

    PaulFerris_Gla good point Paul lol