I'm honestly amazed at the attitude of many of you about our city's two clubs merging/one taking over the other/amalgamating.
I'm a hundred and forty seven years old and can well remember the outraged posts on here from East End and Our Boys fans, many of whom swore never to set foot in Carolina Port or West Cragie ever again if such an amalgamation went through.
"16 years of history can't just be written away by some greedy B****** who wants to make money playing the bigot twins in Edinburgh and Glasgow every week", said one.
"Football in this city will die if they let it happen" said another.
"It'll never happen, we hate them DOBBs" cried a third
Other comments overheard in pubs included. "Ehm fae Lochee, thurs nay futba in Dundee, c'mon the hoops", "McCann Oot!", and "Huv they soarted oot them lavs in the sooth stand yet?"
My point is. It happened before. History suggests it was the right thing to do, although my mate Erchie still refuses to get within three miles of Carolina Port in protest. (Poor man, lives on the Perth Rd, but still goes to the Ferry via Fintry).
I don't understand the arguments about other clubs and other cities. I'm sure it would be handled in a unique way and the circumstances, while broadly similar to Inverness, would be sufficiently unique to potentially change the outcome.
I think the main driving force for the merger will be the city. It makes no sense at all to me for each club to have and maintain two 12 to 15,000 seat stadiums. A single stadium to replace the two old ones is just easier. I believe the future of football in Scotland will be to follow something like the Swedish model where clubs are genuinely part of and supported by the communities they play in. That could never be said about Dundee so far.
I think what would seal the deal would be a proposal by the city council of a long-term support package for a single team as part of the next stage of the city's regeneration and under a general 'Sport Dundee' concept where all sports are 'looked after' in a similar fashion. Sharing facilities, hosting major events, combined insurance, physiotherapy, psychology, medical, even financing. Really, the possibilities are almost endless.
You may disagree, but DFC is nothing without the city. If the team, moved to Perth or Stirling, would you follow? Even if every other thing went with them (strip, players, history, Archibald Leitch stand and all). The city is at least as important as the team. If there was a proposal on the table that made the best of the economic and footballing arguments but in the context of a Sport Dundee master plan, I think here would be overwhelming support from the Dundee public that would see gates rise from current levels within a few years even if many of you would refuse to go.
NO? ...... My mate Erchie said 'over his dead body'. Mind you he's getting on a bit and is a bit doolally from spending so much time on the Fintry bus, so not long to wait there.