Club 1872 director Iain Mulholland has taken to Rangers’ fan forums to announce his resignation from the underfire supporters group, seen by many as a puppet organisation that does chairman Dave King’s bidding.
Mulholland, who has been a season ticket holder at Ibrox for 30 years, also dropped the not-so-surprising bombshell that disgraced former Rangers director Chris Graham is being paid to do work for the fan group.
Mulholland, said: “I got involved last year because I perceived that Laura Fawkes and Joanne Percival were good people trying to do their best for fellow Rangers fans. I have been involved in numerous boards of charities and local voluntary organisations down the years and have a lot of experience of partnership working and strategy development and delivery.
“I first became concerned at the start of the year whilst in a meeting with Stewart Robertson with Laura Fawkes. I was endeavouring to outline the issue raised by Laura at the AGM on behalf of the fans which was the lack of transparency of the club and how there was a disconnect between both parties, whilst making this point Laura interrupted me to state she didn’t think this was an issue. I found it difficult to understand both her interruption and her undermining what I personally feel is a tangible issue (raised by members prior to the AGM).
“This set the tone over the following months where the club made offers of assistance but rarely delivered and were never taken to task. I understand that their reasoning will be they were dealing with stabilising the club and although I recognise this as an issue I felt it extremely difficult to feel any real tangible assistance by the club other than paying Chris Graham for a number of days a week assistance to Club 1872.”
Mulholland’s claims that Rangers are paying their disgraced former director to help Club 1872 adds further weight to the notion that the fan group does Dave King’s bidding – with Graham one of those caught up in King’s takeover breach of rules.
He continued: “As Laura and Chris do the majority of the organisations day to day work I felt increasingly minimised whilst I endeavoured to deliver a number of projects in conjunction with the charity foundation, Rangers disabled supporters group and also the Founder’s trail, with the overall feeling that unless it was their idea there was little support for moving things forward.
“After a number of exchanges with Laura where I felt she was disrespectful towards me I felt that I had no other course of action but to resign, which I did about a month ago, at the same time another director tendered their resignation as they were unhappy how the board was operating however I believe they may have been talked into staying.
“I found no support amongst the other directors as Joanne in truth contributes very little to the organisation and endorses Laura’s every decision, and the other directors are happy to take no action. I suppose the best way to sum up how little cognisance the board took of the issues I raised was when Euan Mcfarlane called me to tell me not to undermine the organisation which he had spent so much time building and also to think about the negativity that might occur towards other directors if I went public, he summed up this one sided approach by stating that Laura admitted she had made mistakes, but had done nothing wrong which I personally believe is a contradiction but perhaps I am being overly critical.”
Mulholland called for a fan group with a true fans voice that would hold the club truly accountable. Sadly for the departing Club 1872 director it seems that King has his puppets just where he wants them and they will remain loyal to the hand that feeds them.
The likes of Chris Graham and other self-appointed fan reps targeted previous Rangers boards for their failures, but these people have been decidedly quiet when it comes to Dave King and the current board.
Now we know, thanks to Mulholland, that King is paying Chris Graham to help run the so-called independent Rangers fan group – despite being forced to resign from the board three years ago for a racist and derogatory cartoon he posted of the Prophet Mohammed in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack.
With Club 1872 now officially outed as stooges for Dave King that should signal the death knell of the fan group as their credibility disappears quicker than the Rangers fans during the 5-0 defeat to Celtic on Sunday.