The area is getting the club it deserves just as the area gets the political representation it votes in and will only get the club those that still yearn for it (only 1400 there yesterday) and the political representation that would not sell off the borough's family silver if this manifestation is reversed through public dissent leading to public action........Southampton Gull wrote: ↑14 Jan 2018, 07:47
Precisely this. Despite my personal dislike of trusts I'd come to the conclusion that trust led community ownership was the only solution, however the response from those currently running TUST has shattered any miniscule hopes I had left that there was light at the end of the tunnel. I'm a born fighter but I'm not sure I can stomach any more of this. We don't have a club that is at the heart of the community like Portsmouth, Wrexham even Exeter save for a couple of thousand people with probably 20% of those being exiles.
What percentage of the population of Torbay actually care about what happens to Plainmoor and therefore Torquay United?
What percentage of that population love the club enough to go and support it?
What percentage of that percentage are actually aware of Clarke Osborne's business method and ambition to procure the freehold?
What percentage of the support actually subscribe to and belong to the trust?
What percentage of them are prepared to be 'active'?
What percentage of those on here are more inclined to throw personal abuse and innuendo the way of someone who tells it as it is and would rather do that over social niceties?
Ask yourself all these questions and you might just realise why the club is dying from apathy, vulnerable to predators; and even worse currently reliant on a predator to provide the lifeblood of finance even to keep it in business for another month.
The club has had great days under Eric Webber and Frank O'Farrell, and good days under Cyril Knowles, Kevin Hodges, Leroy and Paul Buckle as a contributor on TFF reminds readers this morning, but those days have gone as he so correctly says and look far less likely to return because of the above factors I list.
The past has been reliant on benevolence, the present is not benevolence but predatory business practice and the future will see the end of the club unless there is an immediate public awakening and extreme pressure put on the tame and reliant local media to paint the picture as it really is and not in the image that the local politicians, the predator and the ambivalent fools who present the Torquay United news to the public are publicly shamed and set upon by more than a 'keyboard warrior' from over two hundred miles away who has had a life of love and active support for this football club.
When Torquay United die I will just be an ageing fan spending the rest of my life remembering the days when we had a great little club to support and drawing comfort from that. I will have plenty of satisfactory local football to remain interested in becasue of my place of residence. What will YOU have ~ especially if you are local and one of those locals continuing to shout me down; trying to discredit the argument and continuing to pay lip service to recently failed management and a failed benefactor and her well intentioned but ultimately failed successors?
Everybody has got to join the trust; support the trust from within and thus determine it's policies and demand that the trust is far more active, provocative and actually begins the journey towards community ownership becasue falling short of any of that is kissing the club goodbye!