As the second largest shareholder in Morton, GMST will be representing its members at the upcoming club AGM on Thursday the 30th of January. We are looking for suggestions of questions to be asked at this and, although there may not be an opportunity get everything answered, we will try to get as much information as we can and report back soon after the meeting.
It has been a tough time on the field this season although there has been encouraging work elsewhere with the Community Trust and youth academy so there will be plenty to discuss.
The draw for the raffle has been made by Morton boss Kenny Shiels assisted by Karen Walsh of the Community Trust. The start prize of £250 was won by Stuart Duncan of Gourock. The other winners will be informed over the course of this week and updated on our website’s raffle page – there are a few winners with not so neat handwriting so will need to be checked with all the sellers at our first board meeting since the draw on Thursday night.
Thanks to all that took part in the raffle – we managed to raise almost £600 from this which will go towards Trust funds and running costs.
As the year draws to a close it is a good time to reflect on what has been going on with GMST in the last twelve months. After a disappointing end to last season and an even more disappointing start to this one we can still look back and say that it has been a successful year for the Trust. The highlight for most people was the ever popular fans game that raised over £2000 which was donated to the youth academy. This year had ex-pros Jim Hunter, David Wylie, Peter Cormack and John McNeil taking part alongside the current caretaker management team of David Hopkin and Derek Anderson. A big thanks also goes out to Allan Moore and Mark McNally who took charge of the teams and made sure everyone involved had a great day. Morton legend Andy Ritchie, who has been working closely with the trust recently, chose Bob McNeilage as man of the match on the sunny afternoon at Cappielow. Planning for next year’s game is already underway and we look forward to making it bigger and better than ever with more involvement from the Community Trust planned.
In addition to the fans game there were also donations made to the club in the form of a lawnmower and a washing machine which have made Mark Farrell and Andy Bryan’s jobs a lot easier. Various donations have also been made to the youth academy and development squad in the form of different types of equipment for training, etc. There is also a fundraising raffle being run with more details on this on the section below.
A more serious event was also arranged by the trust in the summer with a Q&A arranged with Neil Doncaster of the SPFL to allow fans to voice their concerns on league reconstruction and the uncertainty surrounding it. The event in the Gamble Halls, Gourock, saw a good turn out with those attending also having the opportunity to listen to Warren Hawke talk about the youth academy, Tom Elliot discuss the Community Trust and Crawford Rae answer questions about the direction the club was hoping to take in coming years. We are hoping to make this type of event a yearly occurrence so watch this space for more details on that!
There will be more exciting news over the next month or two with various projects starting to come to fruition which we will include in future newsletters but until then, Mon the Ton!!
With Christmas coming soon and the yearly struggle to think of gift ideas affecting everyone GMST has a great solution to this – some GMST raffle tickets!!! As well as the £250 cash prize there are some unique prizes up for grabs. Amongst these is a day for two at hospitality where you will be joined by a top secret special guest (clue – a hero for all Morton fans), a signed Scotland top from the squad that famously beat Croatia, a bit of turf from Hampden and signed memorabilia from Morton’s victory over Celtic in the cup. In addition there are several prizes from local businesses meaning everyone that enters has a great chance of winning for the bargain price of £2 per ticket.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on how to buy tickets.