One Club to rule them all, One game to bind them
A recent comment struck a lot of fear into me, and that was along the lines of,
The only fight you’ll see is between the Celtic fans.
I have worried about this for a long time.
At this stage with so much water under the bridge most camps are firmly entrenched within their viewpoints and many have a similarly aligned website/blog available to echo their thoughts.
For the record, if you enjoy going to see the game then I am not and won’t ask you to end that.
Also for the record, those that have a differing viewpoint must accept there will always be a hardcore block of attendees for various reasons ranging from boredom to ingrained habit.
The recent upturn in ‘screw it all’ comments lies of course with 55 and all that number now entails.
Approximately 9 years ago the number 55 was the end game, a pipe dream. Could anyone see death itself covered up, ignored, brushed under the carpet? I certainly didn’t and it looks like many of the blue persuasion didn’t, the fact this is deemed 55 and not 1 is central to their same club theory.
This title was always the final hurdle, and now it has been publicly announced left, right, and centre as the 55th, their death is officially ignored and rewrote as a holding company issue.
The big scam is complete.
This puts you, me, and all SPFL fans in a quandary. The match day attendees in the biggest quandary though, as some posters attest it’s more than just a game but precious time with your most beloved, a long standing tradition theres little inclination to break despite how corrupt each and every board are.
But yet there’s more and more Kev Jungle’s who arent happy at what they see and long for a club more in line of what we should have become, at least according to some visions.
No matter which camp you’re in we could probably all agree on something, right now theres huge disconnect between the supports vision of the club and the reality.
Frustration grows, and grows.
So the big question, is there a middle ground? Can both sides meet?
It’s clear many aren’t boycotting, it’s equally clear many aren’t happy at where we are and where we look to be headed, the Old Firm Highway.
So what now?
Whatever your opinion of me or this blog it shouldn’t actually fall to the average Tim as these issues are supposed to be why supporters organizations exist in the first place. Coordination with the aim of getting a message across looks beyond the support, a splintered mixmash of traditionalists and dreamers gathered under the one flag.
It needn’t be that way of course.
We do all have that one common bond, a special bond indeed. Our beloved club has two choices ahead of it, stay attached to wayward twin or join the modern world, with the current incumbents opting for the former and easier of the two, yet it’s not easier on your wallet.
Add on Dermots ‘Were Fine that’s that!’ statement slash interview and Bankiers still in situ, you will see we have a PLC who have adopted either a head in the same stance or genuinely couldn’t give one. You, me, we, are assumed in and on board full stop.
What we do about this will elicit different responses of course, something counted on as that promotes division.
Mass boycotts a no go, yet unhappiness not just with our board but with the overall state of the game is at the highest levels I’ve ever seen. Something’s gotta give and with no decent Tim billionaire’s handy options are limited.
Theres common ground here, taking a stance but not giving up the routine.
Dishing out a metaphorical slap to the board but still enjoying the good times.
A statement of self respect without hurting the club much at all.
One game. One match boycott. One big message sent.
Before ATOB says anything I’ll fly over and join the picket line, though I would admittedly prefer the Tims to travel en masse to somewhere in Ireland that weekend, dear old Donegal preferably.
A Hoot in the old country leaving a statement empty park really would say something.
Look, we can’t just meekly slide away, subservient to a tyrant who cares not. For our self esteem it’s important we make some kind of stand somewhere along the line. Past generations did, we special? No.
One match isnt beyond anyone, no matter how high profile, and certainly not if it’s THE match we all do take a stand.
It might just be the unifying act we all need.
Would deliberately missing a single game to send a message change things?
Could it hurt? At least a message was sent, an imaginary punch thrown, the fact we aren’t just carpets with wallets put firmly out there.
Whether it leads to dialogue or disdain, acting together even just once would be enormous.
90 minutes is nothing compared to a club to be proud of, if the appetite is there, I say we make this happen.