Today the fans of Motherwell put up a banner wishing the “zombies” a Happy Halloween. Even accounting for the abject performance of their team I’d say that was well put. Fans across the game know what that club is. As we’re all aware, even the St Mirren chairman knows what they are. Part of his great crime was to call them Sevco, after all.
When this went to a vote back in 2012, more than three dozen of our professional clubs voted the NewCo into the league structure at the lowest tier. The Newco. For such it was known then, before the bullshit started and the press was encouraged to rewrite history.
Of course, they could not get away with it without the continued silence of the clubs who made that initial decision. Only a handful of chairmen – one of whom, incredibly, was Donald Findlay – have ever said in clear language what the rest know to be true; that the current Ibrox club is a new football entity. The rest continue their silence.
Worse that the silence, though, was what Brian Wilson did in midweek when his published Walter Smith obituary made it clear that he subscribes fully to the great fictions of the Survival and Victim lies, two of the most grotesque falsehoods in the game.
The Motherwell fans made it clear where they stand. The Green Brigade focussed their ire on a cop rather than on the charlatans on our own board and I understand that they were airing a very specific grievance, but in the past half week the bloggers have been doing the heavy lifting on this and yesterday we could have used a little help.
How ironic that it’s another club’s fans who told it like it is.
How sad that this should be the case.
But the Motherwell fans only know what the rest of us are well aware of. Whey they are the only people aside from ourselves to publicly say so lately is a question that should haunt the consciences of all those who remain silent about it.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, the poet, was correct when she wrote; “To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men.”
Well at least nobody can accuse the Well fans of that.