Group calls on fans to make up minds

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Con­sor­tium mem­bers John Neill and Colin Row­ley yes­ter­day (Tues­day) hit back at Coun­cil­lorThom­son, ac­cus­ing him of “petty and per­sonal at­tacks”.

In a state­ment is­sued to the Ob­server in re­sponse to Coun­cil­lorThom­son’s re­marks, they say they and their sup­port­ers have been the tar­get of per­sonal at­tacks.

And they are an­gry that at a meet­ing with fans to dis­cuss the of­fer on June 27 at the Golden Lion, dis­parag­ing re­marks were made to a fe­male fan who backed them.

The state­ment, which quotes Al­bert Ein­stein, adds: “We don’t un­der­stand why Mr Thom­son con­tin­u­ally re­sorts to petty per­sonal at­tacks, whilst he con­ve­niently air­brushes Mr Row­ley’s life­long as­so­ci­a­tion with the club.

“It seems rather dis­re­spect­ful and petty. Mr Neill is pas­sion­ate about foot­ball, and in re­cent months, has been im­pressed by the gen­eros­ity of spirit within the club sup­port.

“It is this sense of in­clu­sive­ness and com­mu­nity that make Stir­ling Al­bion an at­trac­tive club to in­vest in.

“There ap­pears to be a no­tion that un­less you were there at the be­gin­ning of the club’s trou­bles, you can­not help and you are not wel­come.

“With this at­ti­tude no club nor busi­ness would ever grow or flour­ish. We there­fore be­lieve it is time that these old fash­ioned and neg­a­tive views need chal­lenged and re­freshed.

“The con­sor­tium of­fer has been made, in part, to re­solve the his­tor­i­cal prob­lems and can­not be at­trib­uted as the cause.

“Per­haps there are some who see our am­bi­tious tar­get-driven ap­proach as be­ing at odds with those who would pre­fer part time sec­ond di­vi­sion foot­ball.

“Mem­bers of the con­sor­tium and our sup­port­ers have had to en­dure per­sonal at­tacks and, at a re­cent Q&A, dis­re­spect­ful re­marks were made to a fe­male fan in the crowd who was voic­ing sup­port of our of­fer.

“These views re­in­force our view that change is long over­due whether it is in favour of our of­fer or an­other.

“The de­bate re­gard­ing the in­vest­ment seems to be a clear choice be­tween those who feel no change is nec­es­sary and those who do.

“Ein­stein was cred­ited with the quote -`The def­i­ni­tion of in­san­ity is do­ing the same thing over and over again, but ex­pect­ing dif­fer­ent re­sults.’”

Field of bat­tle Ri­val groups bat­tling for con­trol of Al­bion Take a hike Coun­cil­lor Thom­son be­lieves dur­ing John Neill, pic­tured re­ceiv­ing a red card get his play­ing days with Clyde, should now his march­ing or­ders from Al­bion fans

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