Well, can I once again put on record the absolutely pivotal role played by this website in the defence, and ultimate reclaiming of this football club.
There's a debt owed to the RAWK hierarchy, and the members, that probably deserves a book of its own in my humble opinion.
I have no idea who ''owns'' RAWK... or who can claim to be The Leader. I know Ben and several of the mods, and its a privilege.
But the Internet Terrorists spearheaded the final toppling of that regime.. and the leadership of Fats, Roy, Shanklyboy and Andy, supported by the lieutenants designing shirts, posters, H/G not welcome here leaflets, '4th July demonstrations', musicians recording protest songs, the NYC mafia, etc etc etc...... and all the rest of us footsoldiers, can be very rightly proud of what we helped to achieve. It was a battle against forces that we had to win, but we had no right to win, it was really David against Goliath. And for only the second time I've heard of, David won.
That was in very major part due to the community that is RAWK, that has built up over a few years. I'm proud of us.
However, the real reason for this post is to highlight how the whole festering sore was exposed in the first instance.
Now even in the beginning, many of us were very unhappy with the new ownership, and the cut of their cloth. I'm very smug to say that I was one. I remember having face to faces with the likes of Terry, NickoH etc at the time, and we were very unhappy.
But we had no idea how bad it was after Athens. What our manager was suffering, having just won an FA Cup and taken us to 2 European Cup Finals in 3 years.
Until one night in (I think) November 2007.
When I had a PM from a fella I've not met (or if I have, I don't know). And how many other people got that PM, no idea. Maybe I flatter myself in thinking it was only me and 2 or 3 'inner sanctum'. In reality, I'd imagine this fella did a RAWK search using keywords of ''c*nt'' ''Gillette'' ''Hicks'' ''I hate'' ''Football is dead'', and came up with 30 or 40 names. Now I have no idea where the information leading to the PM came from. But, and I must dig the PM out and read it again soon, I got a message late one night telling me that there was a BIG BIG BIG CRISIS going on. Rafas head was on the block... there was a dangerous happening in our Club, and that, quite literally we had a few days to save the manager, and by extension... save the Club by helping our only last man standing.
And hence, the Porto march was born.
And the ''supporting our manager''.... (and focccccusssssing on helping him) banner was made in a night or two.
Thats how this struggle began, and how it ended.
And guess what, the common denominator is Red and White Kop. Its an honour to be a wee part of this community. Times recently when we got slagged off for being Rafa's family tree and other shite. Balls to the infidels. We supported Rafa on this site because of the man he is, the things he brought us, and the campaign he ledas a double agent to save the Club he and we share. And the fact that the lads/lasses he met in the pub in Koln were RAWKites.
So... thanks Rushian.
Maybe someday you will grace us and let us know how the origins of the EPIC SWINDLE came around. When I return in September (its been 2 years now), first thing I want is to meet up and have a pint.