Motherwell fans say No
Updated Wednesday, 4th July 2012
The result of the fans' ballot on the Newco's application for SPL membership was clear. The club should be recording a No vote at Wednesday's meeting at Hampden.
That the balance of opinion was so strongly against the acceptance of the application was not a surprise. In line with the views of fans all over Scotland, members of the Well Society voted 82% to 18% to reject.
The club intends that the Society will become the majority shareholder when its membership reaches 1,000 and the implication of the vote is that we need to reach that magic number sooner rather than later.
We have suggested already that fans have to use their vote responsibly and the margin of the No majority makes it clear that we have a price to pay for our say in influencing the club’s decision.
It seems certain that the SPL clubs will vote against the proposal (is there any team in favour?) and barring any crafty compromise there is the likelihood that Motherwell, along with most other clubs, will suffer a financial penalty. It seems that on this occasion there is a real price to pay for choosing sport over finance.
It has been suggested that the club will unveil some plan later this week designed to make inroads into any possible shortfall next season. Any figures suggested at the moment can only be guesswork but everyone is agreed that there will be some pain.
Now is the time for all good fans to come to the aid of their club.
We have players contracted for the new season and the onus is on members and non-members to take up the slack. All the usual routes are known already - sign up new Society members, buy season tickets, pay at the gate, join the Well Lotto, drink in the Cooper, hire function suites, etc etc.
You know it makes sense.