Next to my family, Morton Football Club has been the most important thing to me
in my life. The last few years have been a traumatic time for everyone connected with the club which
culminated in the form of the protest rally and march in May of this year in protest against the previous regime
at Cappielow. It was a privilege to speak at the rally along with organiser and Morton fan Jim McColl who has recently
pleaded the Morton case with parliamentarians after the previous chairman threatened to close the club 'just like the
I had begun to despair about the future of the club until I heard about the Supporters' Trust,
which I'm sure is the way ahead to secure the long-term future of Morton F.C. I know that Jim and Trust organiser
Stuart Duncan and his team have put in a power of work behind the scenes to bring the idea of the Trust to reality.
At the rally in May I spoke about the fans being the saviours of the club and that opportunity has now arrived. In my
long association with the club I have seen managers, players, coaches and office staff come and go - myself included!
But it's YOU, the supporters, that have always been there through thick and thin. YOU are the people who care more
than anyone. YOU are the lifeblood of Greenock Morton Football Club.
Now you are being given the chance to have a real say in the future of YOUR club. By joining the
Greenock Morton Supporters' Trust we can all work together to secure a brighter and better future for the club.
Collectively we can be the saviours of our club and I would urge you all to join the Trust.
It's great to see the Morton fans rally and take a big step forward in securing the future of
the club. When I heard what the Trust was all about I was only too happy to pledge my support. I have many great
memories playing for the 'Ton and the support that the fans gave to the team in my heyday was second to none.
I try to get to Cappielow as often as I can and I know only too well the depression that has
been hanging over the club these past few years. Other troubled football clubs, particularly in England, have set
up Supporters' Trusts recently and this seems to be the way ahead for smaller community based clubs. Not that Morton
are a small club of course. We have the potential to be back up there in the top flight of Scottish football and
I'm sure the Supporters Trust will help towards getting us there. All I can ask is for you to support the Trust as
much as you have supported the club over the years. If you do that, then I'm confident there is a bright future
ahead for us all.
Unlike Andy, it's been a while since I've been to Cappielow but I have many fond memories of
my time spent there. Morton will always have a special place in my heart and I'll always remember the encouragement
the fans gave me - even in games where I was playing badly!
When I was asked to endorse The Greenock Morton Supporters' Trust I had no hesitation in pledging
my support. It's about time the fans had a say in the running of their club and I would hope you will all support
this initiative by giving 'a tenner for the 'Ton'. Help secure the future of Morton Football club, a club of which
I hold so many fond memories.