Vanguard Bears BBC Protest Take Three: Comedy Gold


Three years ago, Scotzine published details of a Rangers supporters group, calling themselves the Vanguard Bears, and their plan to protest outside BBC Scotland HQ on the banks of the River Clyde, over what they believed was a constant attack on the club and the Rangers supporters in an unbalanced manner. That protest was an abject failure as little over 20 fans turned out to protest and was the group’s second protest against the BBC. Now the same group are at it again three years on, protesting against the BBC once more, with the same reasons.

The group who claim to defend the traditions of Rangers Football Club – namely their Protestant and Unionist heritage – are organising another demonstration outside the Pacific Quay HQ of BBC Scotland next month.

Their statement read: “To give as many [Rangers] fans the chance to show their displeasure at this organisation the demonstration will run from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Hopefully this will give all the fans plenty time to travel and join us even if only for a short period of time and show the BBC just how strong the depth of feeling is towards them.”

The protest has been organised to coincide with Rangers’ home game against Dundee United, just like their previous anti-BBC protest three years ago which fell flat on its face.

The alleged reasons why they are protesting this time round include:

  • The Ally McCoist “inappropriate editing” fiasco.
  • The continued use of the word H*n to describe Rangers fans.
  • A recent tweet from a BBC employee mocking our dead fans.
  • The BBC Documentary on the Rangers owner Craig Whyte which they described as a vindictive hatchet job.

A few reasons less than their previous reasons for protesting against what they perceived as a vendetta against Rangers by the BBC.

But it seems they could have one additional protester this year, with Craig Whyte not a happy bunny after last night’s BBC Documentary. Even though the majority of the information published had already been known and for the most part had been published on Scotzine also – the reason why Whyte targeted Scotzine in March using Carter Ruck – the Rangers chairman issued a statement on the official Rangers website:

“Craig Whyte strenuously refutes the unfounded and defamatory allegations made in this programme and has instructed lawyers to commence immediate legal proceedings against the BBC.

“Any repetition of these false accusations will also be met with legal action.”

Maybe Craig Whyte should read Paul McConville’s article which was produced after last night’s documentary. It is far easier to threaten action against a wee blog like Scotzine to remove an article, than it is to threaten legal action against the BBC despite both our article and the BBC documentary having, for the most part, the same evidence in it.

Scotzine may just take a wee wander down to Pacific Quay next month to see the extent of this protest, this time round. Of course going incognito, given the numerous threats of violence aimed in our direction after publishing articles condemning the Vanguard Bears over the past few years.


About Author


Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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