Interesting news from north of the border regarding Rangers and Sports Direct & Mike Ashley.

The endless process goes on, as the Glasgow club attempts to free itself from the shackles imposed by a previous Ashley-friendly regime, which enabled the NUFC owner and his retail empire to get very advantageous deals with Rangers.

The Scottish club have just lost a court battle because they reached agreement with another company regarding club merchandise, without having given Sports Direct and Mike Ashley the opportunity to match that deal, something they are obliged to do due to previous onerous deals.

The judge ordering Rangers to pay the legal fees of both sides, an amount in excess of £400,000.

However, on the bigger picture, Rangers Chairman Dave King has said that the club are fully committed to going after Sports Direct to court for ‘outstanding payments’ on previous sales.

King believes that large amounts of money are ‘due and are long standing’ from the time that Rangers have been tied to Sports Direct.

He says that ‘The club has still not, despite repeated requests, received a proper accounting for the retail activities or payments due under it.’

In the past it was reported that Rangers were believed to be receiving  only 7p in the pound for revenue generated by sales of official club merchandise.

This led to boycotts of buying official club merchandise as Rangers fans tried to prevent Mike Ashley raking in the cash from what they believed were deals ridiculously weighted in Sports Direct’s favour.

Newcastle fans will be watching with interest as they continue their ongoing protests against Ashley’s ownership of Newcastle United.

This Saturday sees the latest protests set to take place before and after the Watford home match.

A two month programme of planned protests was recently announced by The Magpie Group, with the centre-piece being a call for fans to support a one-off boycott of the Sky Sports televised home game against Wolves on Sunday 9 December.

Dave King:

“In terms of profits from Sports Direct’s sale of Rangers kit under the prior agreement, the club has still not, despite repeated requests, received a proper accounting for the retail activities or payments due under it.

“That certainly does not provide me with any comfort in dealing with Sports Direct as a partner.

“It is solely because of Sports Direct’s refusal or inability to act as expected of a normal commercial partner that Rangers now has no choice but to litigate to secure payments that are due and are long outstanding.

“My advice to Sports Direct is that whatever short-term success it might enjoy through its courtroom maneuverings will not affect my resolve, nor that of RIFC’s other investors to ensure the best deal for the club and its supporters.

“We continue to show the resolve we have demonstrated over the last three years in resisting all attempts by Mike Ashley and Sports Direct to take further advantage of our club.

“As in previous litigation, Sports Direct’s urgent court injunctions will always be complied with – but will not be the final word.”

  • Big Hairy Man

    The club probably receives no more than the 7p in the pound that Rangers got for club merchandise if anything at all yet our fans continue to feed the greedy fat [email protected] by buying the stuff. Rangers fans showed how it should be done by boycotting. FFS people stop buying anything from the club because it only benefits Ashley and not the club.

    • Kenny


    • Leazes.

      The fans forum didn’t get an answer when they enquired how much they received from a £65 shirt….. 7p is probably a slight underestimate.

      • Big Hairy Man

        Because they don’t answer it’s open to speculation. It may be 7p in the pound, it may be more, it may be less, it may be nowt. It certainly won’t be generous otherwise they would tell us.

        • Leazes.

          Top price shirt not to benefit the club but to punish United fans…. he’s a child.

          • Big Hairy Man

            He reminds me of Mr. Burns, albeit a very fat Mr. Burns.

          • Leazes.

            You remind me of Brian Blessed.

          • Wezza

            Every area of this ‘club’ is being squeezed for everything. You’re rift about the FCB being malevolent.

          • Rich Lawson

            Like the people who make them !!

          • Leazes.


    • X2

      Ashley is vicious and tenacious. Buying club merchandise helps keep him in our club.

  • Kenny

    They’ll still keep buying the shirts & season tickets down here even in the knowledge that the Fat Rat pockets the money.
    Come the next renewal date the idiots at the Chronicle will be leading the charge and quoting £30m players coming to Newcastle.
    Same schit, different year.

    • X2

      The Chronicle writers are possibly even more disgusting than Ashley. At least Ashley did actually publicly stick up two fingers at fans, albeit in a cowardly way from the back of a car as it drove off. Ryder et al spin Ashley’s PR for money. I can’t call them journalists because they’re not. I wonder if they had higher motives when they were starting out?

  • Da Ca

    It wasn’t the previous board that signed the deal that rangers lost on the court case it was the present board.
    And yesterday’s announcement would have nothing to do with them getting beat in the semi-final the day before I wouldn’t believe it.

  • Geordiegiants


  • Leazes.

    I seem to remember looking at the account of Rangers Merchandise and was surprised that the level of reward for five af Ashley’s ‘nice little group’…. were astronomical….

    …..wages or dividends amounting to about 50% of the entire turnover

    Ashley started selling Rangers goods online and in stores and the gang of five were given six figure sums! Bizarre!

    It seemed to me as a reward for something!

  • Lewis SG

    How dare they accuse our glorious owner of such shameful misdeed and falsely painting him as a pantomime villain.

  • 45709

    I hope rangers win and it comes to light in court how fraudulent he is, then hopefully he’ll be investigated properly and be desperate to sell NUFC

    • Martin Rooney

      The problem is nothing is illegal or warranting an investigation.
      It’s just a cut throat way of business nothing that he can be hauled over coals for, by regulators at least.

      • 45709

        Hi appreciate the reply. Really? I’d of thought It’d be misappropriation of funds from separate businesses, I also thought no paying for advertising etc… I do think the accounts are lies too

  • kingfisher

    Quote from Dave King Rangers Chairman :

    “We continue to show the resolve we have demonstrated over the last three years in resisting all attempts by Mike Ashley and Sports Direct to take further advantage of our club.”

    If the 50,000 can’t see what Ashley is doing to our club and they keep going and buying his gear, then there really is no future for the club.

    I can understand if they’ve paid hundreds for their season ticket and don’t want to waste that money, but surely missing one game wouldn’t be so bad ?


  • Paul Patterson


    • t00nraider

      You weren’t asking where the money was going when paying for players we couldn’t afford under Shepherd and Hall. It was going towards unaffordable interest rates.

      • Paul Patterson

        That was then, this is now.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Everyone has to be aware that their is a massive difference between his rights at Rangers and OWNERSHIP here. Rangers fans still bought the shirts and went to the games, protests are not why he moved on. We are in it much deeper, a war I fear we will struggle with. Perhaps we should be trying to find a new buyer instead?

  • mactoon

    ‘If you lie down with the Devil, you will wake up in hell’ springs to mind.

    I remember telling a Rangers fan mate of mine you wouldn’t want anything to do with Ashley as he won’t invest in the club. His reply was “but we need his money”. It looks as though the board that agreed the deal were of the same opinion. I can’t believe they didn’t know what they were getting into legally and were possibly doing so on the hope of investment that didn’t materialise.

    Once they found out they pulled out all the stops to get out of it and get him out of the club, now they are seeing the ramifications of agreeing the deal. The problem is, he only had 9% of the club and as lostprofit says, he owns us so can set up any type of deal he wants to and it’s going to take a hell of a lot of wrangling for any prospective buyer to get out of them in order to maximise profit from merchandise sales and advertising.

    I’ve posted this before, I think protests, while raising awareness, do not tackle the real problem. The Magpie Group should focus on attracting a buyer by ‘selling’ the potential of the club and the benefits of owning it. We can protest as much as we want but unless there is a buyer, he is going nowhere.

    • Leazes.

      Look at Morton NOW…. jeez….it just takes a bit of investigation to find the Ashley gang in litigations all over the place.

      And No we don’t need to go looking for buyers! We need to change the law on ownership…

      …….for every Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha there’s a dozen Ashley’s…. despots, and oligarchs…..

      No more! end this rich mans plaything/milk cow trap.

      • mactoon

        So the plan is to sit back and wait for a change in ownership laws.. which won’t happen, instead of actively going out and attracting a buyer who could get rid of him.

        • Leazes.

          No we are going to push for change.

          • mactoon

            good luck with that mate. I asked the chief executive of the football supporters federation if it was something they could get involved in and I’m still waiting for a reply after a month.

  • Steven05

    I’m going to be bold here and wait to be shot down but:


    • Leicester Mag

      Difficult to argue against that sentiment when there’s a 300 pound malignant tumour feeding off it.

    • Leazes.

      I think there’s already a boycott… judging by the small numbers of fans wearing new ones and favouring old or retro from other sources.

      • Steven05

        Let’s hope enough of fans wake up before the Wolves defeat

    • Mxpx

      I agree with you the biggest vote we have is with our wallets

    • DeadToiler

      I don’t think it’s being sold I think that’s what the majority on this site want to hear. A bold statement that will get shot down is “support the team, don’t boo, ignore the owner”.

  • Tweed Mag

    More self-inflicted pressure, all due to greed.

  • Wezza

    Missing money?
    That’s exactly what we have at our ‘club’ too. In more ways that just merchandise!
    All the luck in the football world to Rangers.

    • porciestreet

      Take the fat git to the cleaners.
      Good luck Rangers.
      Celtic fan.

  • Leazes.


    • Viru leckworth

      What we need Leazes is a massive near 100% boycott, not a half hearted 15 thousand staying away. How do we get the message to those who don’t read social media sites on NUFC ?

      • mactoon

        That’s what the magpie group was formed for

      • Leazes.

        No we don’t Vera, you know when women were fighting for the vote a group were campaigning for NO voting reforms (unbelievable but true)….. try to understand, its not about a one off protest, its part of something more, and those people are always amongst us.

  • Martin Rooney

    Strange there are only two company officials, one the secretary an SPD employee based at Shirebrook, the other one a director D C King who would be responsible for sign off of the acccounts doesn’t seem to work out!!!

  • Blackburn1066

    When there on can they find the load of dosh that has gone missing from the Toon pot?