If they want to spend their weekend travelling round pumping their cousins, as is the norm in these parts, that's up to them. But if they do they shouldn't be allowed to hoover up sponsorship money that more worthy clubs who are prepared to test themselves in a functioning pyramid system could get, never mind getting the opportunity to share a park with far more illustrious clubs like Morton.
I'm all for the Scottish Cup being opened up as much as possible, but until junior football is disbanded then we shouldn't be giving these clubs a slice of the cake.
They're also a minging wee club from a minging wee town, that shouldn't be forgotten.
I agree totally. I don't actually have anything against the Junior grade, and when I still lived in Scotland I'd go to Junior games after the SFL (as it was then) season ended, as the floodlight-lacking Junior teams in and around Glasgow quite often played right through into late June. But they have their own Scottish Cup and their own way of doing things, and they would certainly never let an amateur team into it, much less a senior team. Quite why we return the favor to them when they don't adhere to any senior rules is beyond me.
We allegedly dodged an alleged bullet with this alleged fucking reprobate. But aye, it's not looking good for him and while I know better than to treat the newspapers as gospel truth, if the evidence given in court by that first witness is transcribed correctly then he's a right fucking sociopath.
About 4/5 years ago I was in Cleats with a group that included Crawford's son, who I had never met before and haven't again since. Perfectly nice guy btw. One of the group was from overseas and the conversation eventually went onto football and this person was told about how Morton was owned by the Rae's. This lad said to Crawfords son "wow that must be cool?!" to which the reply was a roll of the eyes and something along the lines of "Aye, you'd think so wouldn't you?"
From that point I knew as soon as Dougie was no longer running GC (or worse no longer with us), the Raes would be out of Morton tlike a shot!
And to be clear, he has every right to feel that way. If you don't feel a particular love for Morton, and/or aren't bothered about football in general, and come from a business background, it will look and feel like a millstone. My contention isn't that they're particularly evil for feeling this way and acting accordingly; rather it's that in doing so, they have completely surrendered any right to goodwill from the broader Morton support, and instead should be regarded as something approaching absentee landlords. All this "och, they saved the club" and "their heart is in the right place" stuff is now completely moribund. And that goes doubly when they start saying that Morton put GC's staff under threat.
That's 100% not true, you can argue about their levels of competence in running our club, but their hearts' were always in the right place.
The minute the patriarch died, the Rae family couldn't withdraw their support fast enough. This is their right, of course, and they are under no obligation to subsidize a hopeless provincial football club until the end of time. But the Rae family, as a group, really haven't displayed any of the attributes you're talking about here. DDF did, but at the cost of the club's long-term stability. Crawford I have some sympathy with, as he's left holding the bag and, to be fair to him, he's at least putting in the hours. The rest of them are presumably in on this "stop asking for us to run Morton properly or we'll sack everyone" harangue. They can fuck right off. If they inherit the company they can inherit the decisions that got us here, NONE of which are the fault of the Morton support.
If agricultural football got us to the Premiership, everyone would love it. Entertaining, attacking football is great to watch as a neutral, and of course the ideal way to win, but at the end of the day it's a results business.
If he as he says is having to protect the employees of his factory. WHY is he willing to erase the 2.5 million debt that is owed to the company?
Yeah, that would be a nice wee nest egg for the workers of Golden Casket. What gives, Crawford? Fuck it, why not just sell the land Cappielow is on and give everyone - Morton staff included - a massive bonus?
The stuff about needing to safeguard their employees' future isn't *wrong* per se, but let's acknowledge two things:
1) was this a concern of theirs when they were spending big on the club, or wasn't it? If so, why spend so much? If not, why bring it up now? To answer those in order: because it plainly didn't make a difference; and because now they get to guilt trip Morton fans about daring to want their club not to be the next Airdrie.
2) I simply don't believe that it's a priority at GC to preserve employment, because that's not a priority at any business larger than a family. The priority is to deliver value to the shareholders - in this case, the owners of the privately-held corporation. As soon as a job can be automated it will be. That's not a criticism of the Raes, really - if they don't do this they'll simply lose in the market to those who do. But acting like they're cutting Morton's budget to protect wee Senga the tea lady is a bit disingenuous. And, again, a guilt trip.
Crawford and his dad between them shoulder around 90% of the blame (and credit) for the current state of the club and its debt. If they were worried about the employment of their minions, perhaps this could have been brought up, oh, anytime in the last two decades, rather than now when the various larval Raes are looting the tombs.
They're just a pack of arseholes, really, although that probably helped them get to where they are today. I doubt Hal Stewart was overly different.
To be fair, they acknowledged his death immediately on social media. If it takes a few days to do a bit of research into a guy that played for the club fifty years ago and pen a detailed, fitting obituary, I’m all for that.
Hopefully he’s given a minute’s silence at Saturday’s game.
Yeah, that's fair, I don't use Twitter so I didn't see it, but that puts me in the minority.