You see, it doesn’t matter how hard the Supporters’ Club committee works. It doesn’t matter if everything we do is done for the right reasons.
The fact is there are no certainties in any of this. Whichever way we dress it up, the campaign for change is a huge gamble.
As one of my colleagues put it: “You’re playing a very dangerous game.”
He’s right. But what choice do we have? Would he rather we all just give up and melt away – leaving Port Vale to the vultures?
Who knows if we will be successful in our stated aim of booting out Messrs Miller, Oliver, Lloyd and Deakin and instituting an interim board at the forthcoming EGM?
Who knows if we will even need an EGM – given the pressure building up on the obstinate Mike Lloyd?
I sincerely hope we don’t and that he leaves Boslem with his cronies well before the middle of March.
But what if we do get to an EGM?
An interim board may simply recommend a short-term cash injection only to find there’s no-one who wants to put money into the club.
For all we know Vale’s finances may be in such a parlous state that administration is the only viable option for an interim board.
Some people suggest Port Vale may already be trading insolvently. There’s certainly evidence of unpaid bills aplenty.
The fact is the campaign for change is genuinely heading into uncharted territory where the risks are many and varied.
Frustratingly, there will always be those fans who have sat idly by through the whole process – slating the current board and bemoaning the actions of the Supporters’ Club while offering no alternative to the status quo.
There will always be the nay-sayers. People who say ‘not in my name’. People who don’t attend Supporters’ Club meetings but pick holes in the candidates for an interim board and provide no solutions of their own.
The fact is, however, we can either trust to the current incumbents to do what is best for Port Vale or we can take our chances with people who genuinely have the club’s best interests at heart.
I’m for the latter option.
Just as it should, the Supporters’ Club has taken the key role in driving the campaign for change at our club in recent months.
During that time the Supporters’ Club has gone from being a small collection of individuals accused of not being representative of the fanbase to a large organisation with a membership of more than 1,000.
This includes literally hundreds of the club’s shareholders.
People can say what they like about the SC committee, but no-one can say they haven’t tried their damnedest to be open and transparent. No-one can say they have acted out of self-interest.
No-one can say they have backed any particular candidate to take over at Port Vale.
The truth is the Supporters’ Club committee is a collection of Vale fans. Well-meaning and hard-working but certainly not football club experts, financial gurus or legal eagles.
What the Supporters’ Club has tried to do is bring together people with the relevant skills and expertise to take the club forward.
Sure, mistakes have been made. You can’t please all the people all of the time.
However, I can assure Vale fans that whatever happens in the coming months the Supporters’ Club will do them proud because it is run by people who care.
So the next time you hear or read someone having a pop at the Supporters’ Club or the protesters outside the main entrance, you might want to put them straight.
Better still, ask them what they are doing to protect our club from the current regime.
It is a time for courage. We will prevail because we have to. We’re Vale aren’t we?
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