|Stars Of 79 Night 6th Nov, 30 Years Since We Topped the Premier League|
|Written by Sean|
|Tuesday, 23 June 2009|
|As some may know, the Greenock Morton Supporters Trust have planned a night to celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Players and Staff who took us to the top of the Premier League away back in 1979.
As there seems to be alot of gossip going on, (well it is in the latest Trust Newsletter) we thought it best to clear it all up.
The Date is 6th Nov 2009, venue Port Glasgow Town Hall, 1900-0100am
We have had meetings with Benny, his assistant Mike, and have most if not all players from that era coming along, all more than keen to be part of it all.
We have the Provost coming along and Pipers planned, all makes for a great night.
There is alot happening behind the scene, with a good few people working on making his a magic night, one for all to remember. We are busy finding video/tv footage for display, if anyone can help please PM me
With a sportmans dinner theme, tickets will go on sale mid July once speakers etc have been confirmed, but the aim of this night is one for the fans, so expect the ticket price to be as low as possible. The aim is not to make money but to make it as cheap as possible so ‘real fans’ can get along, any money that maybe made will go to the new Greenock Morton Football Acadamy.
Details of how ticket sales will work will be updated here, soon
The ‘Stars of ‘79’ event was never intended to be a fund raiser. That had been clearly stipulated in the ground rules and is confirmed above by JOINT ORGANISER Sean Donnelly. There is NO ambiguity. Any surplus would go towards the proposed Football Academy.
No surprise then that those who know the truth were astounded to read the following on ‘Bell’s Comic’ – greenockmorton.org.
| Apr 10 2010, 12:34 PM
||The money raised, £5000, from last years fans game was deposited in the Trust account in the expectation that the Academy would be up and running beginning of January 2010. We had also hoped to raise another £5000 from the ’79 night plus money from the sales of the DVDs on the night. We have the money from the DVD sales which if memory serves me right was around the £1600 mark.
Unfortunately we never received the money we were expecting from the ’79 night. But that’s another topic.
DVD’s sold on the evening brought in only £850!
If Mr. Duncan’s ‘crystal clear’ memory can be trusted, the identically priced raffle available only on the evening raised almost 60% more!
Why did those ‘once in a lifetime’ celebratory DVD’s sell in such limited numbers? There was abundant stock, yet 280 ‘dyed in the wool’ Morton folk allegedly preferred the ubiquitous tombola!!
In terms of projected income it doesn’t add up, but NOTHING ADDS UP in the ‘Stars fiasco’ – that a direct result of Mr. Duncan’s having personally authorized ‘cash in hand’ payments – reportedly to avoid paying V.A.T.
Duncan and Goodwin – co-directors of the proposed Football Academy expected to raise £5000 from a ‘not for profit’ celebration!
THAT DOESN’T ADD UP EITHER!
There has never been any explanation as to why the proceeds from those DVD sales – an integral part of the celebration – were kept entirely separate from the ‘Stars of ‘79’ income, or of why they were deliberately omitted from the umpteen contradictory sets of ‘accounts’ cobbled together over the last year in an attempt to ‘nail’ Jim Gallacher?
NOTHING ADDS UP in the ‘Stars fiasco’! To quote D.I. Dearie of Strathclyde C.I.D. who are apparently keeping a watchful eye on the unfolding drama: ‘There has to be a proper paper trail and accounts and in this case that was missing’.
THAT WAS BECAUSE OUTGOING CHAIRMAN DUNCAN (ALSO A DIRECTOR OF GREENOCK MORTON F.C. AND OF SUPPORTERS DIRECT) PERSONALLY AUTHORISED CASH TRANSACTIONS DESIGNED TO AVOID PAYING V.A.T. – SOMETHING WHICH FLAGRANTLY BREACHES THE CONSTITUTION AND MAKES A MOCKERY OF THE CHAIRMAN’S SUPERVISORY ROLE AND OF HIS STATUTORY ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE MEMBERSHIP.
THE BUCK STOPS AT DUNCAN’S DOOR.
A HOLE IN THE BUCKET?
That ‘bucket’ was the source of much debate and mirth on David Bell’s ‘once upon a time’ Trust Committee propaganda platform – greenockmorton.org.
Mortonjag has on file at least five entirely different written versions of ‘The bucket’ – all purportedly true!
For the time being, suffice to say that at the end of the evening surplus cash was tossed into a bucket which was to have been taken home by JOINT ORGANISER Sean Donnelly, and that later, while he and Jim Gallacher were checking the contents, Sean became unwell and had to be hospitalised.
The bucket of cash (a four figure sum) lay in Donnelly’s house for almost two weeks before Duncan finally deigned to uplift it, and when the pennies had been counted up ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE.
Expecting from a ‘not for profit’ event, some £5000 for their doomed Football Academy, Amnesic Mr. Duncan and Vengeful Mr. Goodwin’s lips were tripping them when there appeared to be a deficit for the evening!
The truth is that the ‘Stars of ’79’ event generated a four figure profit, but NOTHING HAS EVER ‘ADDED UP’ IN AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL FINANCIAL FIASCO OF CHAIRMAN DUNCAN’S VERY OWN MAKING!
Victimisation, intimidation, extortion and attempted blackmail.