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  1. So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye... by Russell Gordon Dave MacKinnon (Photo- The Scottish Sun) So, after twenty eventful months, Dave MacKinnon's tenure as Chief Executive of Morton is now coming to an end, somewhat acrimoniously some might say. After Warren Hawke's spell in office ended with the JJ/Charlie Telfer soap opera being played out in front of the national media on the day Falkirk were emptied into League One (stop laughing at the back, there), Crawford Rae looked towards his old friend; former Rangers and Arsenal defender, and ex-Dun
    15 points
  2. (Photo- Gary Bradley) Jim McAlister- A Tribute by Russell Gordon After penning my thoughts on the erstwhile Morton Chief Executive Dave MacKinnon's departure on Thursday I had hoped that one day I'd be able to write more fondly of someone departing Morton for pastures new. I didn't expect to be doing so only a few of days later, though. Whilst there remains a number of questions to be answered in relation to the shock announcement, those questions are for another day. After 342 starts, 19 substitute appearances, 23 goals, 8 yellow cards
    14 points
  3. Couple of points there in bold. 1) You really think Morton can't get 500 fans through the gate - admittedly following distanced protocols - to try to overturn a 2-0 deficit? 2) I don't care and nor should any regular paying customer off the street. If the club is selling tickets there shouldn't be someone outside going on about what a favor they're doing them. It's just a bad look. If it's a concern for the medium-term viability of the club to keep doing this indefinitely, then that's definitely a discussion to be had among the Board and, if needed, the MCT membership. But to sa
    13 points
  4. I didn’t know home clubs had the authority to prevent their opponents providing radio commentary for games too. If we didn’t block Hearts doing this for the December game we definitely should next month. We’ll be unlikely to gain much from it but if it fucks them over after their behaviour in the summer it gets my vote.
    13 points
  5. Kafka's head would be spinning at this. You're arguing that these proposals are designed to 'shield the stadium from creditors' when they consist of either the stadium being used as security for a debt to a creditor, or just directly giving the stadium to a creditor. Why are you utterly convinced that Golden Casket only have good intentions towards the club and can be viewed as a neutral or even benevolent third party protecting us from malicious ones? They are the creditor that the stadium needs to be shielded from.
    13 points
  6. I think you're being a bit too proud for your own good there, to be honest. The rules are strong, and are very general so look especially strong when you're out in the open like in the WDE, but what choice does the club have but to enforce them? The club would be silly to be shown to openly allow fans not to follow the rules, especially in the first game back with fans. I have to wear a mask every day when I do the school runs. It's completely unnecessary, I don't come anywhere near anyone else most of the time, but who cares? It's no skin off my nose. I could make a stand on princ
    12 points
  7. Before getting into the lengthy wrongs and wrongs of this on GC's part, on a simple matter of fact, why are they talking about £2M being the figure of debt? As I understood it the debt was £2.5M when MCT first entered into the agreement for a 15% stake, we've since had £1M of debt written off, and each time a further £100K is delivered a further £500K will be written off? Either £1M of debt was never written off, in which case we were lied to, or it was but the club has somehow been run at such a colossal loss (with GC covering the shortfall) over the time since MCT first made the debt cancell
    12 points
  8. Well this statement is not ageing particularly well, given that in spite of receiving a £500k taxpayer's grant for literally fuck-all, the current custodians of GMFC have in the following six weeks: - not replaced the manager - not replaced the overall coaching staff like for like - not replaced the goalkeeper coach - not signed a backup goalkeeper - not signed any cunt else - now have a vacant chief executive post All in all, GMFC have now achieved the six staff cuts that they were looking for in January. So what specifically makes this 'run a stupid wee bar
    12 points
  9. He hasn’t, he’s moved to Dundee.
    12 points
  10. No, you're still free to post in the forum.
    11 points
  11. I was looking forward to finding out how the club could manage to make things the big bad Morton fans fault when none of us are even allowed in the fucking ground, but I see we've made it there after two league games. Sterling work.
    11 points
  12. At this point the fan backlash against MCT is wholly self-inflicted. As discussed after the Tele story with Crawford Rae, their communication with both their own members and the support continues to be reactive and only happens after people start asking questions of them, rather than appearing to have any kind of strategy to either keep people updated or more cynically to control the story. As we said then, it's entirely feasible that delays to the takeover are entirely outwith their control and can't be helped at their end. Considering that we're now less than two weeks from the league s
    10 points
  13. (Photo- Gary Bradley) Chris Millar- A Tribute by Russell Gordon With another new season approaching, and the League Cup group stages taking on the role of the season's curtain raiser in recent years, Morton will welcome some unfamiliar guests next week in Lowland League "runners-up" East Kilbride. However, as we're well aware, their newly signed club captain certainly doesn't fit into such a category amongst the Cappielow faithful. This conveniently gives me a tenuous link to write a long overdue tribute to Chris Millar, which has been delayed due to certain unforeseen circum
    10 points
  14. Newsflash to the MCT board: the meter on your credibility has been running constantly since last month. Every instance in which the club looks like the same fucking omnishambles under your supervision (if not formal; control) as under the Raes reflects very badly on you. The first month has not demonstrated progress over the things that you can control, such as effective communication.
    10 points
  15. (Photo- Gary Bradley) Never In Doubt. A Review of Morton's 2020-21 season, Part Three. By Russell Gordon. Montrose away it was then, after it had looked like Morton were going to be forced into renewing hostilities with old pals, Falkirk. On paper an easier tie, but given Falkirk's spectacular (not to mention hilarious) collapse, that possibly wasn't the case. Morton made their second trip in just over a week up to Angus and could have been forgiven for having a bit of trepidation about what lay ahead. With Cove Rangers playing Airdrieonians in the other tie about 40
    10 points
  16. Partick Thistle (surely 'Partick Thistle Family Club'? - Ed.) wants to put on record its support for any measures the Scottish Government puts in place to stop the spread of Covid-19. In the current pandemic, the priority must be on saving lives and protecting the NHS. But for us as a club, today’s news that all football below the Championship has been shut down is the culmination of a series of circumstances that we, as a board, foretold last April and have fought to avoid ever since. Once demoted(emphasis mine - lol wut you were fucking relegated mate), we fought for a restructure
    10 points
  17. Should charge £18 for the Hearts game at Cappielow with a special offer of the Queen of the South game a fortnight later for a tenner if you buy the Hearts game. Excellent way for Morton fans to pay the going rate whilst fleecing the bastards for the maroon pound.
    10 points
  18. I see CFB has chucked in his 'heartfelt' eulogy on Twitter, quoting Ewan's tweet. The very person who paved the way for his departure from the club by scabbing his role during the lockdown. Utterly shameless, narcissistic and vile behaviour from Callum. But we knew all of that already.
    10 points
  19. Coming soon - Panelists Dean McKinnon, Craig Dunning, Louise Rodgers, Evan McFarlane, Ewan Boyle and Cammy Middleton give their views on all things Morton. Keep your eyes peeled for match previews/reactions, feature topics and guest interviews.
    9 points
  20. NB: The above isn't a criticism of those either in the playing squad or backroom staff at GMFC, who may have came down with the virus and shouldn't be working in any capacity until they make a full recovery. The club's collective attitude on the other hand over the past seven days has been a mixture of bizarre silences and enormous self-pity.The last week's official communications smack of the board as well as McPherson feeling sorry for themselves, rather than grasping the more relevant point that this unfortunate setback means they are falling even further behind in the attempted turna
    9 points
  21. In the few days the forum was down alone we had: People who signed up to pay for season tickets by direct debit receiving notifications that their direct debits have been cancelled. In some cases people had already had one payment taken without having received any communication or confirmation of the season ticket being purchased in the first place. MCT's response was a simple "don't worry about it, we'll sort it" without expanding on when people will receive an update or apologising for it happening in the first place. A story in the Tele yesterday revealed that the takeover (schedu
    9 points
  22. Not arsed about the takeover, they are/have been in charge for awhile now so it will go through eventually. It's the lack of comms on everything and anything else which is pissing me off. Delay on season tickets, strips nowhere to be seen, still not confirmed any pre-season games, still not confirmed Colville is away. Where is Butler? Anton away? Delay in bringing in a general manager/CEO, the pathetic 2 minute interviews with Gus talking about nothing, brought in 1 new player in a month, website lacking updates all over the shop( have a look at the 1st team squad), the lack of excit
    9 points
  23. There was an MCT official cutting about outside the ground whilst I was queuing for my ticket who didn't even look in the direction of those waiting for their tickets (balding guy with a white beard and ripped jeans more suited to a man a third of his age), instead leaving the SLO to explain what had happened with the printer. The SLO was great to be fair, quite open and honest about everything, and explaining how passionately he feels about righting some of the wrongs of the outgoing regime, as well as chatting to me about my blogs on here and Dean's podcasts. But the first thing th
    9 points
  24. (Photo-D Sargent, Ayr United FC) A Blast From The Past... by Russell Gordon With apathy and pessimism in plentiful supply ahead of Friday's winner-takes-all relegation showdown at Gayfield, someone has to look for some crumb of comfort heading into the game. So, whilst it may well be a case of clutching at straws, it should be noted that the weight of recent history is very much in Morton's favour. There's no point in pretending that we're not in a familiar position here, with the majority of our time since promotion in 2007 being spent towards the bottom end of the second tier
    9 points
  25. I do. For 20 years they’ve not bothered their arse with trying to maximise revenue through their commercial activities, and now they’re just about out the door, having set us an ultimatum about what they walk out with under their arm, they’re quite happy to put everything that’s left over on sale to the daft mugs that they should’ve been catering for a couple of decades back. They’ll be selling off the lightbulbs soon enough, but there have been times down the years you couldn’t even buy a key ring from them. Trying to punt off that old shite to make “money for old rope” when they ne
    9 points
  26. Near enough 20 years of people asking for Morton beach towels and they finally release them during a global pandemic when no one's going on holiday. Absolutely tremendous. https://www.smithsofgreenock.co.uk/Morton-Beach-Towel-New-product-On-sale-soon-p283829720
    9 points
  27. Give me strength. This is a football club with a history of embarrassing episodes that you could write a best seller about and this regime in particular is writing the best chapter in the book with their monumental fuck ups at pretty much every opportunity. It isn’t a momentary lapse- this is 11 (eleven) breaches of protocol on the same weekend that the Clinical Director got torn into another club, and a matter of days after two further clubs had to concede three matches between them. You know what, I’ll not be calling the Health Secretary about this video you refer to. Why not?
    9 points
  28. To be honest, apart from some of Gerry’s stuff (I’m not condoning it, but that’s Gerry) I can’t remember anything that’s been downright abusive towards him. He’s been asked some very difficult questions and had his integrity called into question on a number of occasions, but his actions have vindicated that line of questioning. I’ve made two, possibly three enemies out of this whole scenario and saw one of them the other day alluding to borderline bullying, which I take exception to. My initial concern was that if the club were going to give an opportunity to a young, aspiring sports
    9 points
  29. They aren't technical gurus give them a break.
    9 points
  30. As someone who hasn't signed up to MCT, it's really reassuring to see this and I think it's brilliant that they're calling the club out for their shite.
    9 points
  31. I can just imagine everyone checking their phone at the same time to read the announcement "someone's having a jobby, so avoid the toilets".
    9 points
  32. I don’t feel it’s right that Andy Barrowman’s name gets mentioned on here without anyone pointing out that he was involved in the greatest swap deal in the history of football. Carry on.
    8 points
  33. Oh, and if one of you MCT Anons are attending this, your stance had better be, and remain, a hard GTF.
    8 points
  34. We don't need a daily update saying "there is no news" like a Fast Show sketch. We do need a hell of a lot more than a couple of updates amounting to 'no news yet, stick with us' over the course of three weeks. Your emphasis on three weeks seems to suggest it's an insignificant amount of time, as opposed to a massive chunk of the summer when football clubs should be generating excitement. It's considerably more important to get communication right over a summer where we transition to new ownership and first impressions are formed in the support. I can accept that the hold up with HMRC was
    8 points
  35. (Photo- Gary Bradley) Departures, Defeats, Draws and Dismissals. A Review of Morton's 2020-21 Season, Part Two. By Russell Gordon As 2020 came to an end and 2021 began, Morton could actually look forward to the new year with a degree of optimism, in spite of all the uncertainty in the background. Sitting in a comfortable position in the table, and with a fixture list that looked quite favourable, even the most pessimistic of observers would've looked upon the month of January as an opportunity to create a bit of a gap between ourselves and the league's bottom feeder
    8 points
  36. (Photo- Gary Bradley) Storm Clouds are Gathering... A Review of Morton's 2020-21 Season, Part One. By Russell Gordon Well, that's it finished, then. Another season of struggle and a seventh consecutive season in the Championship awaits for Morton. When we look back in years to come, we'll see a ninth placed finish and a comfortable play off campaign that secured our Championship status with the minimum of fuss. But boy, that doesn't even scratch the surface of one of the most eventful and downright catastrophic seasons in the history of a club that does eventful and catas
    8 points
  37. Or they could just play them at 3pm as scheduled. The SFA should be getting told to fuck right off by every single club.
    8 points
  38. Let's just assume for a minute that Crawford is genuine in trying to protect the long-term interest of GMFC by keeping ownership of Cappielow with GC, to prevent it from being a creditor asset if we go into administration at some point in the future. There are two big red flags in that argument that should concern us all. Firstly, Crawford himself won't be around forever and will not always have a controlling interest in GC (does he even have now?). This 'promise' is only valid while this is still the case. Secondly, it assumes GC themselves will never get into financial difficulties in t
    8 points
  39. I'd certainly like to have been present at this very serious business meeting, at which Crawford and the Rae hatchlings set out why investors should pay them precisely £2 million by pinning pictures of Chris 'Sanny the janny' Templeman and Iain 'no moniker applicable' Diack on a flip chart. To expand on my survey response this evening, as the club has not been developed as a capital asset by a single penny since the Rae family took ownership, then they should get absolutely nothing back for their patriarch's foolish, short-term spending. They didn't add a training complex, they didn't in
    8 points
  40. Sick of this. This IS Dougie's legacy.
    8 points
  41. This season just needs to be binned. We tried but it's time to call it. And if that means Hearts, Falkirk, Partick and Queens Park all have to stay down for another season that's just an unfortunate coincidence.
    8 points
  42. So, fast forward six months. Ewan Boyle has been relieved of his duties, we now have a full time head of media who is dealing with the cmmentary and a voluntary role opened up for someone to do the Twitter updates. In fact, no- it didn't actually open up, not publically at least. Could that be because they had a candidate waiting in the wings to do the job as predicted by some on here? I hate to say I told you so, but...
    8 points
  43. MCT are in a difficult situation. If their relationship with the club sours then presumably all manner of wrenches could be thrown into the takeover machine. From the outside looking in, it also seems that they have a genuinely good relationship with the club and there is mutual appreciation between them. They aren't a body who immediately rush to issue statements whenever something minor comes up. They've been supportive - perhaps to a fault - of the current setup at Cappielow. Definitely not a bunch of complainers or statement factories. So for them to issue such a statement, one so fac
    8 points
  44. Fun career facts: the entire last decade of Scott McLaughlin's 'career' was spent yo-yoing between the third and fourth tiers of the seaside leagues, with the singular exception of 2011/12 in which he got relegated from the second tier with a hopeless Queen of the South outfit, who punted him in the summer and promptly went on to romp the Second Division. Since being rightly emptied from The Famous in 2008, McLaughlin got relegated in every season that he subsequently played in the second tier (Airdrie x2, Queen of the South), also got relegated from the third tier with Albion Rovers in 2018 a
    8 points
  45. The silence is absolutely deafening. It has been confirmed that MCT are doing the day to day with Crawford well relieved of his duties despite the legal hold ups. It’s extremely poor the way things have started off, very little communication, we’ve no idea who’s doing what at the club, it’s all very weirdly faceless which for a club that’s being ran by fans is bizarre. It’s harming the potential of the project with many folk skeptical and unsure on whether to get involved or not. Worryingly people may look to withdraw contributions if there is no transparency. Update the fans, th
    7 points
  46. Aye, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll boost the budget, though. If Golden Casket are at the helm, it’ll only mean that the money raised will go to the squad, saving GC a few quid on what they had budgeted for in the first place. It’s a “no” from me for putting my hand in my pocket beyond what is absolutely necessary until such time as I trust Morton’s owners.
    7 points


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