Hi! I’m back! Did I miss anything?
Contrary to the non-existent rumours, I have not spent the last week locked in a store cupboard in Murray Park, or imprisoned in one of the Ibrox Towers – nor have I been detained within the offices of the Rangers lawyers (although I did have occasion to visit them on entirely unrelated business).
No – real life and work have been intervening and I seem to have spent the last week or so on trains to courts here and there and have written professionally around 100,000 words on various exciting topics.
And therefore I wish to mark my reappearance with “The Return of the Mack”Conville!
And now time to say thank you!
This blog started in May 2011. I realise, looking back, that it took a wee while before I started to write about Rangers, and one of my earliest posts on the subject was about why they would never go out of business!
As time passed there became more and more legal issues arising in connection with the football organisation and its assorted owners and suitors.
Various writers, such as Phil Mac Giolla Bhain, Andy Muirhead and posters on Kerrydale Street, researched the business backgrounds of folk like Craig Whyte and ahead of them all was RTC, the anonymous prize-winning creator of RangersTaxCase.com. RTC created, by accident rather than design, a clearing house where lots of people from various backgrounds gathered and shared information, which was initially ignored by Rangers fans and the main stream Scottish media.
As time passed those issues became almost as important as the goings-on at Ibrox themselves! “Succulent lamb” moved from the menus of Scotland to discussions on press reporting.
I wrote about the numerous legal issues which cover about every single area of law you could imagine. People read the blog. People commented on it.
People commented more and more regularly. Often the comments were far better than the original post which had prompted them.
Guest posters came on board too and contributed illuminating pieces on various topics, and to every one of them I am hugely grateful.
We even have some die-hard Rangers fans who have been prepared to come on to what is perceived as a “Celtic” site and fight their corner, some with the wit and charm of cam, for example.
And so, a few weeks ago, I was looking at the WordPress statistics page for the blog and noticed that the number of hits for the blog was now in excess of 6 million!
And coincidentally, a week or so ago, we reached 100,000 approved comments on the blog.
ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND!
Bearing in mind that the first couple of months’ reading figures are now often exceeded in an hour, it is a remarkable how things progress. I have not tried to count how many words I have written here – too many some might say – but it is knowing that people read what I write and that some find it interesting and enlightening, and occasionally entertaining, which keeps me going on. Even if no one reads it, I would still do it, but as long as there are interesting legal and law-related matters coming from Rangers, I will keep trying to explain them (although frankly much of what has happened is totally inexplicable!)
So thank you to all who have read and contributed, and to those who simply read and pass on.
Thank you to the people who have spoken to me in real life about the blog – I can honestly say that, for all of the rather unpleasant comments which are made directly or indirectly to or about me across the internet over the last couple of years, there has not been one person who has raised an issue with me face to face.
Everyone who has spoken to me has been very complimentary, although a common theme is that my posts can be a bit long…
So here is to the next 6 million hits and the next 100,000 comments.
Maybe by the time we reach them, Rangers International Football Club PLC will actually have held an AGM!
Posted by Paul McConville