‘WE HAVE TO BE METICULOUS NOW’

The Chairman of the Greenock Morton Supporters’ Society Ltd., and his fellow Trust committee members were SO sure of their ‘meticulously’ examined figures that they vetoed an arranged meeting between Jim Gallacher and Gordon Burns the Trust Treasurer. 

Had that meeting taken place SEAN DONNELLY’S TICKET INCOME WOULD HAVE BEEN EXAMINED.

Instead – in a carefully stage managed exercise – DONNELLY, Duncan, and ex-policeman Danny Goodwin visited Greenock Police Station to initiate a complaint while Donnelly’s friend  Jim MacVicar is reported to have leaked the matter to the Greenock Telegraph. Simultaneously Donnelly coaxed an uninvolved third party to post details on the fans message board – greenockmorton.org.  


The following report duly appeared in the Greenock Telegraph:

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Published: Friday, 15th January, 2010 2:00pm

Ton fans in police cash probe


GALA NIGHT: Morton fans packed the ‘Stars of ’79 charity celebration night held at Port Glasgow Town Hall.
POLICE are probing the alleged disappearance of thousands of pounds from a charity celebration night held by Morton fans.
The Tele can reveal the Greenock Morton Supporters’ Trust have called in detectives because they believe a substantial, four-figure sum of cash went missing from the proceeds of their recent ‘Stars of 1979’ bash at Port Glasgow Town Hall.
The event – which was arranged by the trust and had no official connection to Morton FC – saw hundreds of supporters gather to pay tribute to the famous Ton team of 30 years ago.
Profits from the evening were set to go towards establishing an independent youth academy which it is hoped will funnel talented footballers into the set-up at Cappielow.
But in the aftermath of the gala event, trust officials discovered a major discrepancy in the proceeds – and went straight to Strathclyde Police.
A senior detective today confirmed his team are looking into the allegations made by the supporters’ trust.
Detective Inspector John Dearie, of Greenock CID, said: “I can confirm a complaint has been made by them and an investigation into that complaint is now under way.
“The complaint relates to the alleged misappropriation of funds and we are looking fully at the circumstances surrounding it.
“Our investigation is not completed as yet and it would be too early to comment any further at this stage.”
Det Insp Dearie said he could not comment on the amount of money involved – but the Tele understands that it is a sizeable four-figure sum.
The Greenock Morton Supporters’ Trust chairman, Stuart Duncan, today confirmed that they had called in the police over the affair.
Mr Duncan said: “We can confirm that Strathclyde Police are investigating a complaint made by ourselves with regards to monies at Greenock Morton Supporters’ Trust.”

Everything seemed to be going according to plan, but D.I. Dearie and the C.I.D. team were unimpressed by Mr. Duncan’s ‘meticulously’ examined figures, and following the investigation and an interview, Jim Gallacher was cleared of wrongdoing on 25th January

Uncannily, as Mr. Gallacher left the Police station and crossed Rue End St., Jim MacVicar approached in his car to ‘offer him a lift’. MacVicar may well have been prompted by Donnelly’s wife who ‘worked at the front desk’! 

Russell Steele the ‘Tilly’ reporter (and a friend of MacVicar) duly updated his readers:

Published: Saturday, 30th January, 2010 2:00pm

No charges in fan cash probe



CASH PROBE: Money went missing at Port Town Hall event.
A POLICE probe into the alleged disappearance of thousands of pounds from a Morton fans’ fundraiser has ended in no charges being brought.
The Tele recently revealed detectives had been called in by Greenock Morton Supporters’ Trust after they suspected a substantial four-figure sum had vanished from their recent Stars of 1979 night.
But officers have now completed their investigation – and say no one will be prosecuted.
Detective Inspector John Dearie, of Greenock CID, said: “We interviewed the individual at the centre of it and the end result is there will be no charges.
“There is no criminality we can see at this stage to prove any charges. There has to be a proper paper trail and accounts and in this case that was missing. It is a civil matter between the organisation and individual.”
DI Dearie also confirmed his team had established a small shortfall in funds from the event, which was held in November to honour the famous Ton team from 30 years ago.
He said: “There is a shortfall of a small amount of cash but this is probably due to the haphazard way it was organised.
“The shortfall is not a significant sum and nowhere near the sums talked about initially – it could be accounted for by bad business practice.”
Proceeds from the Stars of 79 night were earmarked for a new football academy which will nurture young players.
Today, Greenock Morton Supporters’ Trust said they were ‘extremely disappointed’ by events surrounding the charity night.
Chairman Stuart Duncan said: “The supporters’ trust has organised many successful fundraising events over the years where we have raised a great deal of money that has gone to Morton youth – such as the Champions’ Party in Greenock Sports Centre and last year’s fans’ game at Cappielow, which raised £5,000.
“We are extremely disappointed the Stars of 1979 evening – attended by 280 people – produced a deficit to the Supporters’ Trust of £1,600.
“The Supporters’ Trust may pursue a civil action to recover money and items which are still due to them.”

Stuart Duncan and his committee attempted to extort £4,759 from Jim Gallacher. They threatened him with Police involvement on the strength of ‘meticulously’ examined figures, when in fact they did not have a shred of reliable documentary evidence. They deliberately REFUSED to have the figures properly examined by the Trust Treasurer.

Suddenly, when faced with the C.I.D. findings the alleged deficit dropped by an incredible £3,159! The new figure of £1,600 was much closer to the true shortfall, but that shortfall had nothing to do with Jim Gallacher!

The truth was that Sean Donnelly’s ticket income was apparently short by £1,510. They did not know that. They had not bothered to check, and Donnelly had gone out of his way to keep the focus on Jim Gallacher.

No sooner had the latter been cleared than Duncan and Goodwin put their heads together in an ill fated attempt to keep face and protect the Trust’s image.  STILL determined to nail Jim Gallacher, Goodwin formally accused him of theft on greenockmorton.org, asserting that he would investigate the matter more thoroughly than the C.I.D!

The following email speaks for itself:
They had already attempted to extort money on the basis of THEIR ‘Mickey Mouse’ accounts. They had already attempted to have Jim Gallacher branded for life as a common criminal on the strength of ‘meticulously’ examined figures which bore no resemblance to reality. They hadn’t managed to stitch him up the first time,  but ex-policeman Goodwin was determined not to fail at the second attempt. To that end they would FOR THE FIRST TIME request from Mr. Donnelly information which they had previously chosen to ignore completely!

F.A.O. ALL TRUST MEMBERS.

THE ‘NEW’ TRUST COMMITTEE WAS FORMALLY ASKED TO EXAMINE (AT THE JUNE 24TH 2010 MEETING), ALL EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE AMONG TRUST COMMITTEE MEMBERS (INCLUDING MR. GALLACHER) PRIOR TO THE POLICE INVOLVEMENT. THEY WERE ASKED TO DO SO BEFORE DECIDING ON THE WAY AHEAD. 

THEY HAVE STEADFASTLY CLAIMED TO A MAN THAT ALL OF THE EVIDENCE WAS EXAMINED BEFORE THEY ENDORSED THE ACTIONS OF THE ‘OLD BRIGADE’. 

IN AGREEING UNANIMOUSLY TO CONTINUE THE PURSUIT OF JIM GALLACHER THEY WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSED THE ACTIONS OF THEIR PREDECESSORS.

That unanimous decision (to instigate litigation) was taken (according to current Trust Chairman Nick Robinson) ‘on the strength of Stuart Duncan’s ‘evidence’, when in reality no such evidence has ever existed. 

Mr. Robinson and his fellows simply accepted as gospel the version of events which suited the agenda.

MEANWHILE THEY CONTINUE TO DO 

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT MR. DONNELLY’S 

SHORTFALL!

COMING NEXT:

JIM GALLACHER AND HIS LAWYER DISCOVER THAT A MEETING WAS ARRANGED UNDER FALSE PRETENCES!