On June 24th 2010 the Committee of the Greenock Morton Supporters’ Society Ltd. held a ‘watershed’ meeting which was designed to secure the future of the Trust.
At what was a ‘first’ for the youthful new committee members, Paul Gill and Nick Robinson had promised to challenge the ‘Old Brigade’ over its handling of the ‘Stars of ’79’ fiasco, BUT THEY DID NOT.
That was because those two had known full well in advance what the outcome would be!
The Trust committee’s lawyers had already given the nod to legal action, Robinson and Chairman Stuart Duncan had agreed on the way ahead, and between the two of them, ably abetted by Paul Gill, essential figures had been ‘conned’ from Jim Gallacher. Those figures would be used to manufacture a deficit for the Stars event. Duncan had already convinced Robinson of his ‘open and shut’ case which, allied to the latter’s manipulations, they imagined would guarantee success in the planned Small Claims action. That was put to the new committee members who accepted it unquestioningly.
All that remained was to deal with the formal request from Trust member Mortonjag – a request which Paul Gill had GUARANTEED the Chairman would answer!
Those new committee members had VERY CLEARLY AND POINTEDLY been asked to study in depth the thirty four emails exchanged between Mr. Gallacher and the ‘Old Brigade’ before the latter involved the police. They were VERY CLEARLY AND POINTEDLY asked to defer any decision until that had been done, and Mortonjag had offered to furnish copies if required. Some of those emails were described by Mr. Gallacher’s solicitor as ‘nothing short of blackmail and attempted extortion’.
Secondly, the new committee members were asked VERY CLEARLY AND POINTEDLY to address an apparent deficit of some £1500 in Sean Donnelly’s ticket income.
THEY DID NOT EXAMINE THOSE EMAILS. THEY DID NOT CHALLENGE THE ‘OLD BRIGADE’ ON DONNELLY’S DEFICIT. THEY SIMPLY ACCEPTED WHAT THEY WERE TOLD WAS TO HAPPEN, immediately after which Mr. Robinson took it upon himself to silence Mortonjag.
With only a few basic ‘Trust’ figures which Robinson had promised to examine INDEPENDENTLY, and without a solitary shred of hard documentary evidence – merely Stuart Duncan’s hitherto unproven allegations, he sent to Mortonjag an email which included:
On Behalf Of firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Robinson CA
No mention there of the thirty four emails, and not a whisper about Donnelly’s missing £1,500!
Protecting the ‘Trust’s reputation’ seemed to be the only thought in Robinson’s mind, and within hours he ‘phoned Mortonjag advising him to ‘get out’, and asserting that he had ‘backed the wrong horse’!
In particular, Mortonjag’s erstwhile ‘friend’ the devious Mancunian carpetbagger Paul Gill stated in one of his less vindictive postings :
Sent: Saturday, June 26, 2010 11:41 AM
Sent: Saturday, 14 April 2012, 6:32
Subject: Are you able to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ Chris.
I’m trying to keep my blog less confrontational, and honestly hoping folk will make their own minds up about things over the next couple of years, but one thing is really eating into me….
….I always believed you were trying to do things properly….
….One thing which I considered crucial at the time (in many ways more so than Sean’s deficit) was the entire body of emails which went to and fro between Jim Gallacher and the (then) committee.
We cannot turn the clock back, but I have never believed that the new committee members were given the opportunity to study in detail those emails.
Were you Chris?
Sent: Tuesday, 24 April 2012, 15:24
Subject: Re: Are you able to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ Chris.
….I merely wanted confirmation that you had been ‘gulled’ by the ‘old brigade’ from whom you are trying to distance yourselves. I’ve already had the truth verbally from one of your colleagues!…
….What am I supposed to say now Chris?…
That leads Mortonjag to conclude that the ‘New’ Trust committee members are NOT prepared to dissociate themselves from that apparently unanimous vote on 24th June 2010.
THERE IS, THEREFORE, NO ‘NEW TRUST’, nor indeed can there ever be a ‘New Trust’ until the Stars of ’79 issue is finally ‘put to bed’. That hard fact cannot be hidden by a hundred successful ‘fans’ games.
The perception of Morton fans as a body (a fairly canny bunch) is now that Chris McCorkindale and his colleagues are no more than mouthpieces for Chairman Nick Robinson, who until his purposes were achieved remained ‘as thick as thieves’ with the very ‘Old Brigade’ whose actions he is now happy to decry. That is the measure of the current Trust Chairman’s integrity.
Mortonjag is of the view that with Mr. Robinson at the helm the Trust will simply stagnate further and can NEVER become part of a larger fans’ initiative. ‘Fans uniting’ has NOT failed because of Chris McCorkindale and the other youngsters.
The Stars of ’79 business may still be over two years from court, but the truth will be exposed! That is an absolute promise.
It is only a matter of time.