We are all Turnbull Hutton

Out of all the turmoil of the past few months an unlikely hero has emerged from with in Scottish football and that man is Raith Rovers director Turnbull Hutton who along with representatives of other so called ‘diddy clubs’  like Clyde have spoken their minds and in a way shown us all the way forward for Scottish football.
Like most fans Hutton realises that Messrs Regan and Doncaster are out of their depth, especiallly Regan who he claims knows nothing about Scottish football out side of the SPL. I think that after the past week or so that is a point we can all agree on. Regan does not have a clue about the lower leagues which are mainly built around local communities and rely on the money and good will of those communities to survive. Most importantly like most fans Turnbull Hutton are ordinary football supporters.
I split a lot of my match time between Celtic and Partick Thistle and on occasions some junior football and there is a massive difference in expectations between Celtic fans and Partick Thistle fans. Both clubs can described as ‘family clubs’ both supports are in deed families but the difference is tangible. In the main there is a section of Celtic fans who will only bother turning up if the club are winning trophies whilst at Thistle in the main the entire support turn up to support the Jags which ever division they are in and regardless of what the last three results were.
Both clubs and their fans however have different expectations. Celtic fans dream and crave for Champions league football which is only natural because the club has a decent European record and a large world wide fan base. Thistle fans may dream of a place in the SPL with the chance of at least competing for a place in the play off’s of  a European competition but there is one thing that unites not only Celtic and Partick Thistle but all supporters in Scotland. We love our football and we want the game to be played on an even field.
The demise of Rangers fc and the invitation of the new Rangers club into Scottish football has delivered a once in a life time chance to  reinvent the game in Scotland.
We all know change is needed and that change should begin with the removal of guys like Regan and Doncaster. The game should be run by all 42 clubs on an equal basis 1 member one vote . We need to scrap the SPL and SFL and come together under a new democratic and transparent SFA  run only by elected officials from within Scottish football who will represent what the majority want and what is best for the game in general and not run by people brought in for their experience in running corporate businesses which puts profit at the heart of every major decision to the detriment of the majority of clubs in Scotland.
This type of approach over the past few decades have lead us to this point where clubs are near financial basket cases just because of their determination to play in the SPL where most of the money goes. The disparity in income between the SPL and the other Scottish clubs needs to be addressed.
We can’t replicate what has happened in the English leagues in terms of TV deals and sponsorship. That country has a huge TV audience domestically to build on. We don’t so it’s time to get back to grass roots and like the new Rangers start from scratch and work our way back up and the only way we can do that is by building a structure within our game which focuses on youth development and community involvement. All clubs in Scotland need to sit down and thrash out a workable plan even if it means a huge club like Celtic loaning out more of our youngsters to smaller clubs and sharing  our expertise in coaching and sports science with smaller clubs.
If we can rid the game of the likes of Regan ,Doncaster and co we have a great chance to produce a better quality game spread over 3 or 4 divisions and get the fans back to where they should be and that’s at the match and not sitting in the house watching it on TV then moaning about the over paid useless commentators. We should also try and build on the goodwill shown between supporters of most clubs over the past few months.
Football Utopia in Scotland will never be achieved but we have now got an opportunity to build something far better than we have at present. We might have to take a few steps back before we move forward but when will we ever get this chance again?

Comments

  1. I’m the chair of the Spalding CSC.
    Our CSC were listening to the messages of Armageddon and implosion put about by the main stream media.
    That there was any question that integrity may be defeated by commercial interests shows what a sad state Scottish Fitba has got into.
    As part of the biggest club, family, community we have a responsibility for the rest of the SFL.
    Brother Walfrid founded our club to raise funds for the poor in the east end who were being ignored and left to struggle on their own…we have the same scenario today. SPL clubs have left the SFL teams to starve and beg for titbits fae the big table. Yesterday we relied on these same clubs to put integrity above money, they did not let us down (well 5 did…).
    We as a group of supporters need to consider how we can help the lower league SFL clubs, financially, as a way of reflecting the values and traditions we stand for. Today we need to reach out across the Fitba community.
    My csc (very small) decided to put a financial interest in Clyde, a fans owned club, who have been at the forefront of the debate. We purchased an owning share in the club for 2012/13 (which was cheaper than buying a new tic home top), and will do so again for the next few years
    We will also attend some Clyde games.
    This is a plea to you all.
    Do we say we’re ok and don’t care about the rest of the Scottish teams? Or do we find ways to put our financial clout into another club(s)?
    Let’s hear your voices…

  2. I’m the chair of the Spalding CSC.
    Our CSC were listening to the messages of Armageddon and implosion put about by the main stream media.
    That there was any question that integrity may be defeated by commercial interests shows what a sad state Scottish Fitba has got into.
    As part of the biggest club, family, community we have a responsibility for the rest of the SFL.
    Brother Walfrid founded our club to raise funds for the poor in the east end who were being ignored and left to struggle on their own…we have the same scenario today. SPL clubs have left the SFL teams to starve and beg for titbits fae the big table. Yesterday we relied on these same clubs to put integrity above money, they did not let us down (well 5 did…).
    We as a group of supporters need to consider how we can help the lower league SFL clubs, financially, as a way of reflecting the values and traditions we stand for. Today we need to reach out across the Fitba community.
    My csc (very small) decided to put a financial interest in Clyde, a fans owned club, who have been at the forefront of the debate. We purchased an owning share in the club for 2012/13 (which was cheaper than buying a new tic home top), and will do so again for the next few years
    We will also attend some Clyde games.
    This is a plea to you all.
    Do we say we’re ok and don’t care about the rest of the Scottish teams? Or do we find ways to put our financial clout into another club(s)?
    Let’s hear your voices…

  3. Could not agree more with rodlee85, we must work out a fairer distribution, not only of finance but of resources in our game.
    Our game will thrive and youth academies will flourish if the game comes together for the good of the whole and not only the chosen few.

  4. Could not agree more with rodlee85, we must work out a fairer distribution, not only of finance but of resources in our game.
    Our game will thrive and youth academies will flourish if the game comes together for the good of the whole and not only the chosen few.

  5. Im all for supporting & helping out SFL teams locally after they stood up to the plate & were counted.
    I normally would have taken my son & myself over to hamilton accies but there insistence to vote the newco in to div 1 dashed that theory :-\.
    Instead now when celtic are away i will be heading over to coatbridge with the wee man & helping out albion rovers fc…thinking of getting a jr season ticket for him as well…hh to the sporting clubs of scotland;-)

  6. Im all for supporting & helping out SFL teams locally after they stood up to the plate & were counted.
    I normally would have taken my son & myself over to hamilton accies but there insistence to vote the newco in to div 1 dashed that theory :-.
    Instead now when celtic are away i will be heading over to coatbridge with the wee man & helping out albion rovers fc…thinking of getting a jr season ticket for him as well…hh to the sporting clubs of scotland;-)

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