Why We Need to Change

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On a serious note DCK has a point with regard …

Comment on Why We Need to Change by wottpi.

On a serious note DCK has a point with regard to seeking a bit more from Rangers fans.

All clubs and especially those in Scotland where financial pickings are slim need folks to come through the gates, buying kit etc etc.

All our clubs could do with filling there stadiums week in week out. T’Rangers have more than enough spare capacity within their 51k seater stadium.

While not a season ticket holder and it may bite me in the bum when I can’t get a ticket, I am happy to see that 3/4 of the ground is taken up with season tickets and more of the pay as you go /Away sections of the Roseburn Stand at Tynecastle are being given over to the home support and availability is limited when you look at buying tickets.

And that folks is the difference.

Despite being on the brink, Hearts fans were given it straight. Despite who was in control it was recognized that hard cash was required to keep the thing afloat. Folks knew that buying shares was money down the toilet but people did what they could by buying shares, donating to funds, buying kit, going to games etc.

Since then Ann Budge has put her money where here mouth is. A plan is in place and many fans have bought into it. Season ticket sales up, strips flying out the door etc etc.

DCK on the other hand told T’Rangers fan to boycott their club but now expects them to flood back and part with their cash just because he has a minority shareholding. Meanwhile SoS are continuing with their boycott of SD thus helping remove what little income they get from the current deal.

All he has done is succeed in peeing off those who remained loyal and have pumped their hard earned cash into the club. (Check out the Bears Den Boardroom blog for some decent comments on the Sky interview and a full awareness of the clubs predicament, the realities of merchandising income and the bigger revenue picture) When these guys were supporting the club through thick and thin DCK and others twiddled their thumbs and kept their hands in their pockets.

Those who boycotted may come back but many may have now found other things to do with their weekends.

He and some of the fans now have a toxic relationship with a company and billionaire that could have been a powerful ally had they been dealt with in a different manner.

He can call all he wants for fans to put more money into the club but through his actions and words he has actually driven people away and made folk very wary of parting with their cash.

The only thing DCK can do now to help retrieve the situation is, in the week prior to the first league fixture, stump up the difference between season tickets sold and the aim he had of 45k. Even if he does a 50/50 deal with the three bears that would at least be something.

After that a wee bit honesty (if that is at all possible) with regard to how the club will be taken forward would go along way to rebuilding confidence and a relationship with the fans.

Talk of Celtic and Euro Glory are pipe dreams that need to be put on the back burner while the doctor orders a good spoonful of reality.

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As has been commented on before the redistibution of income (or is it fair distribution) as seen in the NFL gives all teams a chance of success in a confined domestic league.

I heard someone of the radio the other day talking about market economy and market society. The latter being the application of the ‘free for all’, ‘winner takes all’ aspects market economy to areas of society where it should really have no place. The result being that aspects of society and life (for example trad-able quotas in refugees applying for asylum) then become nothing more than commodities to be bought, sold and left to wither if deemed necessary.

I suppose on reflection it can be argued that by following the free market principles SDM fell foul of the market society which ate up and spat out Rangers (IL) as being nothing more than a failed corporate entity but the half ersed 5 way agreement was a panicked attempt to resolve the situation and perhaps recognize that football clubs, the fans etc should be viewed in a different light. (Not that old chestnut I hear you shout!!)

If a more measured approach had been applied in the past not only to Rangers (IL) but to the whole of Scottish football we may all have been in a better place than we find ourselves today.

Perhaps something to think about going forward.


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Homunculus says:
August 21, 2015 at 4:05

No slight intended. I am sure many are aware of historical matters.
Just trying to make sure that those who maybe don’t pay attention to such matters realise, as you say, things haven’t always been thus and with many things in life it does sometimes come down to luck and circumstance.


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Re the chat about fans turning out I thought the following may be of interest

http://www.fitbastats.com/hearts/club_records_league_attendance.php

http://www.fitbastats.com/celtic/club_records_league_attendance.php

http://www.fitbastats.com/rangers/club_records_league_attendance.php

From the figures it can be argued that Hearts were as well supported in terms of average attendances as the Glasgow two up to the start of the seventies.

The relegations of the 70’s, lack of finance and limited space to redevelop Tynecastle clearly had an impact on how the club developed. By the mid 80’s they were still putting up a decent fight in terms of average crowds. However the Murray and McCann effect combined with the aforementioned limitations of Tynecastle (and indeed many a club’s stadium) and probably other factors such as changes in society, movement of jobs and housing, improved transport, much easier to travel and glory hunt at Celtic and Ibrox probably all put paid to many smaller clubs retaining what mass interest there was from days gone by when folks, by and large, tended to support their local clubs.

While folks can slap themselves on the back for loyally supporting the big two in large numbers it can be seen that for some periods this was not always the case.

As opposed to being like the local businessmen that run other clubs, Murray and then McCann (regardless of where the money came from and how it ended up down Govan way) both have to be congratulated for seeing a bigger picture, an untapped resource and having the ability to take the opportunities to make things happen.

Sadly for a lot of clubs, such as Hearts, the opportunities were not there in the first place or due to other circumstances were missed or had to be passed up.


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HOMUNCULUSDECEMBER 28, 2017 at 13:48

Indeed. And that was my other thought.
Even if Mark Allen does a good job T”Rangers wouldn’t see any cash for any upcoming talent (internal or bought in)  for a god number of years.
To date a good few lads showing talent have been allowed to leave to keep the lights on.
At present the only prospect they have is McRorie who I think has stepped up and performed well when asked.He certainly has confidence and could develop into a decent centre back playing with the likes of Souttar for Scotland.


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I am sure the thought will have crossed other’s minds but will say it anyway.
Celtics ‘free money’ from the VVD  transfer is more than T’Rangers stated  loan requirements to keep the lights on for the next year or two.
Thats the size of the gap between Celtic and the rest of us.


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EASYJAMBO
DECEMBER 22, 2017 at 12:56

Lets just call it 14 February for old times sake and serendipity. 21


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Statement O’clock but on another matter.

ClydeSSB tweeting Murty appointed until end of the season.


It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
EASYJAMBODECEMBER 22, 2017 at 10:33

Thought that may be the case but was wondering if someone would be trying to get ahead of the game.


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