Within hours of Strathclyde C.I.D. ‘clearing’ Jim Gallacher of wrongdoing in the ‘Stars of ’79’ event, he became the victim of a ‘trial by messageboard’, instigated by his co-organiser’s wife – Janice Donnelly.
Greenockmorton.org operator David Bell then ignored repeated defamatory allegations of theft, and when Mortonjag asked pertinent questions, he was accused of having been ‘struck of the medical register’. When Bell banned Mortonjag from posting after he sought support, Mortonjag began to blog!
The Donnellys were apparently hiding something, and Mortonjag was determined to get to the truth, so a meeting was arranged with Jim Gallacher, whom he did not know. Jim answered questions spontaneously and consistently. He was under no pressure to tell anything but the truth, having just been exonerated by Strathclyde C.I.D. after a month long investigation.
Had Mortonjag had the slightest reservation about Jim’s story, he would never have lent support, but even if Jim had been struck dumb, those fifty four emails shared among the Trust Committee before police involvement were literally screaming ‘Stitch up’. During that three hour long meeting, the entire ‘Stars of ’79’ business was discussed.
‘Perjury on a grand scale’ relates specifically to a sum of £600 which was allegedly handed to Jim Gallacher by Stuart Duncan. Mortonjag believes that at least two ex-G.M.S.T. committee members effectively committed perjury on the basis of signed witness statements. Mortonjag’s readers are invited to reach their own conclusions.
IN THE TRUST COMMITTEE’S ORIGINAL ACCOUNTS FOR THE C.I.D. – DESPITE THOSE BEING ADVERSARIAL TO HIM – JIM GALLACHER WAS CREDITED IN FULL WITH PAYMENTS TO BOTH SPEAKERS.
IN THAT RESPECT, THE FIGURE OF £600 FIRST APPEARED IN MAY 2010 – OVER SIX MONTHS AFTER THE EVENT – IN A SPREADSHEET PREPARED BY LYING ACCOUNTANT NICK ROBINSON WHO HAD JUST JOINED THE TRUST AFTER ‘OFFERING HIS SERVICES’. HE OBTAINED INFORMATION AND FIGURES FROM JIM GALLACHER PLEDGING IMPARTIALITY, BEFORE PROCEEDING TO DOCTOR THEM TO SUIT HIS OWN ENDS. A MONTH EARLIER THE TRUST HAD DEMANDED £1825 BUT THAT HAD BECOME £2890!
During that meeting with Mortonjag, Jim stated that after the raffle had been drawn and the speeches were over, Chick Young and Jimmy Nicholl were eager to leave. While he was checking available cash, Stuart Duncan approached him and asked if he had enough to pay them. When he replied that he ‘wasn’t sure’, Duncan went across to the tombola and came back with ‘a fistful of £5 notes’ – he estimated ‘between £60 and £70 – £80 maximum’.
When Mortonjag asked exactly what he meant by ‘The tombola’ he explained that it was a rotating wooden box containing five pound notes signed by the raffle entrants. That had been spun before the winning ‘fiver’ was drawn out for the prize of a framed ‘Stars of ’79 certificate’ signed by the squad.
When Mortonjag suggested that not everybody would have had a five pound note handy, Jim explained that he and Stuart Duncan had gone together to the Trust’s bank on the day of the event, uplifting a float of £1500. £1000 of the float was in five pound notes to be distributed among the raffle sellers to ensure plenty of ‘change’. The remaining £500 was the bar float.
Jim couldn’t remember how many raffle sellers there had been, or exactly who they were, but estimated ‘seven with four tables each’. He was certain, however, that each had been given a £100 float. He added that Sean had had full control of the tombola and had taken the proceeds home with him after the event.
In this photograph of Chick Young making his speech, the tombola is already sitting on a small table in the back corner of the stage.
Here’s Dunco watching the float of £1500 being counted out in the bank.
Below, Trust Treasurer Gordon Burns confirms the arrangement whereby EVERYBODY who wished to enter the raffle had access to a five pound note.
When the bucket contents were ultimately counted there were £745 in £5 notes. Adding an estimated £75 taken from the tombola and handed to Jim Gallacher that gave a total of £820 raised by the raffle. Identically priced D.V.D.’s being sold in tandem raised £850 on the night. They had been expected to raise a similar sum.
Coming in part 2. Dunco the Clown’s ‘Crystal clear memory’ and MUCH more!