MANIPULATION OF MONEY RAISED FOR DUNCAN’S ACADEMY

 If folk tossed their hard earned cash into every collection can thrust in their faces they’d soon be stony broke. 

‘Charity – it is said – begins at home.’

Most people give to a charity in one form or another. Some are selective,  pledging money on a monthly basis, others help their ‘good cause’ by active involvement in fund raising, many contribute via the National Lottery, and most drop the occasional coin into that ubiquitously rattled can.

Irrespective of the manner of donation, people contribute to a charity on the basis of goodwill and trust. They fully expect their cash to reach the intended target.

The raison d’etre of The Greenock Morton F.C. Inverclyde Football Academy Ltd. – a firm actively registered at Companies House – is to nurture local talent AS A REGISTERED CHARITY.

According to one of the Academy directors:

‘In total the Trust have £5600 which will be donated to the Youth Academy plus whatever is made for the Fans Game this year. Hopefully we will have over £10000 to donate, which is a fantastic effort by everyone involved. That should give a big boost to the Academy bank account which will be set up once the agreement between the Club and the Academy is in place. 


The only reason the Academy account has not been set up is purely operational……..The money is not “lying somewhere in someones bank account” its in the Trust account and will stay there until it gets used for the purpose for which it was raised.’

‘The money raised from the 2010 Fans Game will join it until it gets used for the purpose for which its being raised.’


Powerful  and reassuring stuff, and there cannot be a shadow of doubt that the good folk of Inverclyde who raised money for the Academy did so in the firm belief that the proceeds would end up IN THAT ACADEMY ACCOUNT. 

Yesterday this announcement appeared on The Greenock Morton Supporters’ Trust message board:

by Stuart Duncan » Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:22 pm


‘All monies raised by the Trust at Trust organised events belongs to the Trust. There is no such thing as “Academy Money”.



There is, however, such a thing as the 

Academy. 


The Greenock Morton F.C. Inverclyde Football Academy Ltd. is ‘active’ at Companies House with its next accounts due for submission early in June….
…and there IS such a thing as the sum of over £10,000 which has been generated for it by Morton folk  – ON THE EXPRESS UNDERSTANDING THAT IT WILL BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH IT WAS RAISED.

Only as and when the Greenock Morton F.C. Inverclyde Football Academy Ltd. has been formally dissolved may the Company directors (NOT THE TRUST) decide what best to do with that cash, and they must adhere to the strict guidelines laid down in Company Law.

Mortonjag sees no reason why that money should not be allocated to an alternative youth programme… 

…provided there is no objection from those who 

raised it FOR THE ACADEMY. 

The Charities Commission provides helpful advice for such situations.

The following statement by Trust Chairman and Academy director Stuart Duncan is unhelpful and thoroughly misleading:

‘Morton chose to go with the youth set up proposed by John Laird. The organising of the Youth Academy was taken to a point where it could be “parked” without the requirement to take it any further and with no costs attached.’ 

Using that motoring analogy, limited companies are not ‘parked’! They either run or they’re scrapped! The Academy is still ‘running’ and while that situation prevails the money cannot be touched.

It will serve the best interests of all concerned if this matter is dealt with promptly and by proper procedure. Unfortunately ‘leopards do not change their spots’.


POSTSCRIPT: THE FIGURE OF £8014.02 QUOTED IN A RECENT POSTING ON THE TRUST FORUM (SHOULD BE £8012.02 BUT SOMEBODY OBVIOUSLY CANNOT DO SIMPLE ARITHMETIC) EXCLUDES 


£1510 OF UNACCOUNTED FOR TICKET INCOME 


FOR THE ’79 EVENT. 


FURTHERMORE THE PROFIT FOR THE DVD’S (AS PER ACCOUNTS AND AS CONFIRMED IN WRITING BY A. MORRISON) WAS ~£1600 AND NOT ~ £1000 AS STATED BY HIM WHO CANNOT COUNT. THAT BRINGS THE TOTAL RAISED FOR THE ACADEMY TO OVER £10,000 AS CORRECTLY STATED ABOVE BY MORTONJAG.


Fortunately in Mortonjag’s profession one is permitted to bury ones mistakes! 

tee members.