You have to hand it to Ozzy, he is indeed a shrewd business man! He knew all these cup games were coming up and the income from them would be quite substantial. You have to win them of course, so poor old Owers had to go! Should we win the next one, that will take the money up around £50.000! Probably enough to pay our new managers wages for the season!
So I would like you all to sing along with me to our Saviour and Benifactor...Ozzy Ozzy Ozzy Oi Oi Oi!
So I would like you all to sing along with me to our Saviour and Benefactor...Ozzy Ozzy Ozzy Oi Oi Oi!
Another win, again with the goals flowing freely, and our new manager will have an excellent win percentage (all competitions) despite only having played one home game.
While Reg correctly points out that our Chairman is implementing plans to make us a business and sporting success, there is a cautionary tale on the front page of today's Sunday (Psycho) Janner. Truro City have been the victims to such an extent of foot dragging bureaucrats, that there now appear to be severe doubts as to whether they will be left with sufficient cash to be part owners of the Stadium for Cornwall (on course for completion in April 2020).
Dithering politicians prevaricated for so long that some businesses interested in being part of the Treyew Road redevelopment lost patience and looked elsewhere to set up camp. Meaning that by the time things eventually get up and running, you wonder there'll be much other than a Lidl store. In the mean time, the costs of a prospective new stadium were soaring sharply upwards, resulting in the cash Truro were due to receive having constantly diminishing purchasing power. And that's all before you consider further harm done by another set of blazer wearing bureaucrats causing Truro to be lumbered with the expense of having to groundshare Plainmoor, and the loss of revenue as most of their fan base are left marooned in another county.
Now due to the renowned solidarity of Cornish sporting folk, should TCFC be no more than tenants at the new ground, it shouldn't be the end of the world. And still a massive step up for them when the absolute mess Heaney left them in is recalled. As the prospective Stadium for Cornwall owners state in today's Janner'We will obviously accommodate Truro City to play at the stadium when it is completed'.
But there is a lesson here, that we would do well to learn. If we think of our club's owners biggest opponents. Opponents who, as we know, never give up on thinking of how to attain the big prize of club ownership for themselves. Their one constant tactic over the years has been to keep up a ferocious attack on whoever does have ownership of the club, hoping that success in driving those people out will leave the way clear for then to at last achieve their ambition.
Unable to compete in the field of business, unable to compete on the same sporting level, as having the financial clout to recruit a Manager of the calibre of Gary Johnson, or to finance the quality of squad strengthening we have, and will be seeing, is nothing more than a pipe dream for them......they're left with nothing other than to resort to the political arena within which to oppose, frustrate, and obfuscate.
Let's never lose sight of the fact there wasn't a single businessman in Torbay who stepped forward saying he wanted to be the benefactor for Torquay United, and pick up the considerable bills involved in keeping the club at Plainmoor. It even proved too big a drain for Thea, who had a few million in the bank. Don't think for a moment that Osborne has volunteered himself to be the new Thea....watching his money drain away on a club, while the 'thanks' he gets for it is constant abuse.
A willingness to accept the reality of this is vitally necessary in order to grasp the seriousness of the game of Russian roulette that certain Militants are playing with the very future of the club. Cajoling and badgering politicians to erect roadblock after roadblock, delay after delay, bureaucratic hold up after bureaucratic hold up, and one day you'll find you've overstepped the mark just that bit too far, that the whole regeneration of the club under Gary Johnson, and the successful and sustainable business that could be achieved at a more revenue friendly stadium, has been terminated due to the continual stalling actions of the political acolytes who have shown themselves willing to do the Militants bidding.
Celebrate our good form, celebrate another cup win, celebrate increased gates at Plainmoor, an ever strengthening squad, and a proven competent Manager. But above all, keep in mind that the chief enemies to that progress continuing have not gone away, although of course, our current success is detrimental to their hopes of recruitment. They can't compete with us on the business or sporting fields, but they are still a substantial threat in the area where they prefer to operate....the political arena. They are putting all their efforts into winning there, and if they do so, then the ramifications for our club need to be thought about carefully. They could be devastating. Supporting the club is currently not enough, the importance of opposing the Militants and their dangerous game of Russian Roulette is looking to be every bit as important.
I'm enjoying these F.A Cup wins, I'm excited by the future plans, just as Gary Johnson has come here because of his desire to help drive forward the bigger project. But lets not get distracted to the extent that we forget just who will still be beavering away, trying to slash our tyres and slow us down. Trying to slow us right down to the extent that we grind to a halt and the old car has to be parked permanently at Plainmoor, even if a Militant whip round could raise money for half a tank of petrol once every six months.
Ozzy the selfless kind hearted benefactor isn't accurate. But as there's not one of those about, and therefore someone who can sort out the crumbling wreck of a business that TUFC has been for too long is the next best thing....someone who is at least the saviour, and the man who has stood strong and prevented our club from being politicised and Corbynised. Now is the time for ordinary fans to join him at the barricades. Turning a blind eye while the Militants play politics with our club is complacency we can't afford. It's a battle we need to win if we are to prosper and enjoy Torquay United F.A cup matches long into the future.