Bitter Hearts Bleed
I must admit I really feel for Dundee United, Cove Rangers, and Raith Rovers.
The statement yesterday from the Tangerines was a real eye opener into just what that trio are facing right now, all at the behest of one bitter woman.
It also pointed out that the matter could blow up and affect all clubs under the umbrella such are the possible’s, which therefore drags me and you into this.
We recently read how Scotland has the most fans through the turnstile in Europe, and although in Covid times, the financial support shown to clubs by their faithful has been exceptional, which we will touch on closer to season beginning when numbers are a little clearer.
But now we are reading of a crowdfunding campaign aimed at paying a clubs specific legal bill, which is the first I’ve heard of such in the domestic setup I must admit.
Firstly, I’m stunned, staggered, and embarrassed that these clubs are incurring serious legal costs merely for the ‘crime’ of getting a decision in a majority vote.
Would anyone reading throw a hissyfit if they lost a vote on the blog? Of course not but make no mistake we are seeing the equivalent in football.
I’m not a legal mind by any means but a few questions spring to mind such as why is the loser not saddled with the legal bill, and or why aren’t the SFA providing legal counsel on behalf of their member clubs?
In terms of having an external appeals body, it also forces me to ask is this avenue completely necessary when some will take any serious enough offence to every and any avenue possible simply to draw out time, use opponents legal funds, maybe get an alternative narrative out there to fans with typewriters? Why possibly is a simple members majority vote insufficient?
I understand an appeals process for a disciplinary body for example, but when members hold a vote that should be the end of the line for due process.
Second, the idea of fans crowdfunding legal avenues. On this occasion the direction and specifics have been decided by the club, but that’s this time. This allows for a reciprocal relationship where perhaps the directors go after the fans biggest issue next time, or perhaps even some percentage of shareholding is handed over in exchange for settling the bill, say by a fans group. This was refused at United, which may be understandable considering the not huge amount, but that doesn’t mean another club may be amenable to it especially some smaller ones. I like the idea of crowdfunding as the more weapons fans have in their arsenal the better when it comes to trying to sway their club. And governing bodies.
Finally the amount itself, circa 150k.
I’m not judging anyone here but it does seem a bit small for an SOS and now that it’s out in the open that amount of shortfall can be seriously damaging I dont think it will help the image of Scottish football one bit.
Reaching out for such a figure also makes me ask why not a director loan, and if they aren’t capable of coming up with such an amount is there no league emergency fund or a finance company willing to offer reasonable terms?
Of course the owner could raise this money, he hardly seems short of a few bob, so this is essentially passing the bowl around the rest of the league and dragging fans into it is pretty cheap. The other top flight clubs may not appreciate the public pressure but then perhaps they didn’t respond so well behind the scenes and need this public plea and fan awareness to push the issue as all are possibly involved. Who knows but its done and out there now.
So should our club or fans get involved?
I expect the clubs shall come up with some sort of helping hand, but one wonders how much is in the tank as far as fans go. They shouldn’t ever be maxed out, and at this stage should be thanked for their phenomenal help, so the clubs stepping up would be the proper thing to do in my eyes. I wouldn’t be surprised at some fan contribution though as the social fabric of the nation elicits strong feelings, meaning there will always be some who insist on getting involved in their life’s pastime if there’s an opportunity for involvement.
The Terror’s made the smart decision ignoring others in favour of Mickey Mellon, the Paisley man is at a good age and shows promise. They may have stolen a march on others in taking a chance on him, and he deserves the best possible start he can get as it would be nice to see the team cement itself in the division, hopefully at the expense of a plastic pitch club, so I really hope these legal issues don’t affect morale or squad budget.
As for Budge, can she do anymore to make her club hated?
Knowing a rich mate with money to throw around, a photo op with Sturgeon, and a decent size stadium are all well and good but yet she must go down as one of the worst owner operators in the sport ever at this stage. I used to really look forward to the visits there but now I’m really hoping karma bites them on the ass and they fluff up the attempt to shoot straight back up, hopefully eat a bit of humble pie.
Slaughtering them in one or two cups would feel very nice at this stage considering their hamfisted attempts to push through their own agenda under the guise of reform for the benefit of all.
There’s only one benefit for all top flight clubs and fans here, and that’s being spared the face that would sour milk, something I would gladly crowdfund to continue indefinitely.
The above is by Mahe. Have your say at firstname.lastname@example.org