A new breed of fan needs a new breed of org
The Celtic fans.
The worldwide diaspora, millions strong.
They shall buy jerseys in the millions, and raise fantastic sums for charity.
When they gather they can create an atmosphere unequaled throughout the globe.
They sing songs of their past players and their history in amazing voice and with passion that has reduced grown men to tears.
Together with their local heroes, they conquered Europe!
Is there anything they can’t do?
Yep, unite under one umbrella.
None of the supporters organizations have cracked it, if they had their membership numbers would be much bigger due to the market size.
We certainly have a need for one, more than ever we could do with a strong supporter group,,,as such its beyond time the issue is raised and debated.
So what’s our perfect supporters organization look like to me?
Democratic for starters with the obvious one man one vote system. Not one man or even three but five or seven on committees to offer a feeling of a collective leading the way. A larger number also allows more diversity (the more women the better in my humble opinion), more range in age (from the young adult to the old, like the team everyone is welcome), and location (as to speak with some knowledge of feelings in those parts or simply offer a non local view).
There’s many different types of Tim out there, the more that are represented the better.
The funds especially would need to be handled democratically. Yes there would be funds involved, almost a necessity, but those funds would open up many options.
Legal opinion on certain issues, flyover banner, crowd banner, leaflets for pre-game handouts, soup kitchen,,,
You propose it, enough minimum votes gets it aired, and democracy does its thing, simples.
Transparent, and I mean crystal clear. Every meeting recorded if needs must, emails made public if necessary. Everything being fully above board and out in the open, allied by the multiple check system of your fellow group/committee members should help stem any allegations of impropriety.
Internet savvy is an absolute must these days. Most if not all major supporters
organizations were founded before the Internet became prevalent, the primary means of communication is no longer face to face, Covid also helped in that regard. Nowadays in this interconnected world folk want a responsive website and a quick response.
Easy to navigate, query questions answered promptly not within three business days treating you like an obstacle not a vital cog.
A modern organization must embrace the Internet and understand the importance of the online experience. It might be just myself but I think the Internet also helps place everyone on an equal footing, we are all just a name and an opinion, and some who wouldn’t usually speak up in social settings are more than capable when it comes to online conversation.
While we are all equal, the “who” is still important.
We would all like a good Tim we know to be involved for peace of mind.
I could name ten people immediately who’s supporting credentials are unquestionable,,
who’ve been shown to have Celtic and it’s fans best interest at heart numerous times,,
and aren’t in the game for personal gain or advancement of any kind.
Ten that we would all agree are just simple good Tims we and the club are happy to have.
I could name many and I’m sure you could also.
There are names out there we could all agree on, and trust that all is above board with them involved.
There is also a wealth of professional expertise scattered among the fans that could be a benefit, but that’s not to say only professionals at the helm. That has not served us well and must end. Diverse, principled, and fully trustworthy,,, that would be a great start.
But its nothing without faith. faith in the structures and in democracy itself.
Not everyone likes the result of every vote, that’s a fact. So if you’re going to chuck it after one decision doesn’t go your way then this organisation is not for you.
That’s simple democracy and if that’s what the Tims majority voted for, those who didnt must accept the result.
As for structures, again just my opinion, but being inclusive and proactive would be my preferred approach for instance there could be groups each working upon a specific task.
Growth – visiting friendly websites to spread the word and answer questions
Communications – responding to members and prospective members emails
Funding – jointly controlling the account and giving updates
Whilst there should be an executive committee for meetings etc it should be a high turnover position, with emphasis on relaying information accurately (signed by all) and quickly ( get home and type up what happened) to the entire membership.
I’m aware that without a strategy that differs from others, you’re just like all the rest, only a new group. So what’s the strategy, the plan of attack?
The plan is a bit like the chicken and the egg,,the plan is best voted upon by the members so as to be fully embraced, yet many want to hear the plan before they become members, and joining then becomes contingent upon liking what they hear.
Making it up as you go will only earn detractors, and any plan presented so far hasn’t captured the support’s imagination.
It should be,,,
Viable enough to convince the sceptic,
Ballsy enough to convince the bold,
Strong enough to entice the brave,
Easy enough so the average Tim can say aye,
Hard enough to get the boardrooms attention,
Soft enough so as to not cross any lines, legal or moral,
Flexible enough to overcome setbacks,
Intriguing enough to draw in the curious,
And of course be new and different.
Anyone got that specifically just lying around? It would be a great help? Pretty please?
The plan is what really needs your input. A transparent, committee based organisation isnt that hard to throw together, I wish the plan were so easy.
Whats your own threshold here? Its time for opinions on this sensitive matter.
As usual I’m happy to give mine, a sliding scale of actions contingent upon board undertakings to a time frame.
There are a myriad of actions small and large that could become part of our arsenal, start at the bottom and slowly work up the list encouraging dialogue, insisting its not private, the front men are merely messengers.
While it may be easy to think the board would shrug, they haven’t been faced with a strong sliding scale of action ever. Associate businesses have never been heavily targeted, high profile games haven’t been deliberately delayed, new strips just don’t get ignored, the pies and bovril are expected to bring a tidy profit and not go cold then into homeless mouths etc etc.
Shit, they’ve never been faced by a major group.
Could you back a strong action scale? Or have an idea instead?
There’s no right answer or wrong here, and hopefully no judging, it’s just your honest and worthwhile opinion that’s sought,knowledge being power and all that.
The broad church must start to come together and think, no Celtic means no time like the present.