WHY I'M; GERS IN CRISIS: ARABS CHIEF'S If 1000 Extra United Fans Crawled Morning Had Good Buy Season Books We'll Cope Thursday Club United SPL Tourist from Oz Bought a Ticket He Couldn't Even Use to of Life Up for Fans Pay for Other SPL Clubs Now Need Years Backing. Up Rangers to Stand Up and Block Newco Was SAYS STEPHEN THOMPSON

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WHY I'M; GERS IN CRISIS: ARABS CHIEF'S If 1000 Extra United Fans Crawled Morning Had Good Buy Season Books We'll Cope Thursday Club United SPL Tourist from Oz Bought a Ticket He Couldn't Even Use to of Life Up for Fans Pay for Other SPL Clubs Now Need Years Backing. Up Rangers to Stand Up and Block Newco Was SAYS STEPHEN THOMPSON


Byline: HUGH KEEVINS

DUNDEE UNITED chairman Stephen Thompson crawled into bed at one in the morning and knew an insomniac had more chance of getting a good night's sleep than he did.

Four hours earlier, on Thursday night, he had released a club statement that promised United would be voting "no" when the SPL met to discuss a Rangers newco.

And last night he outlined to Record Sport the hard facts of life as they apply to standing up for what you believe in: ? If an extra 1000 United fans buy season tickets they will pay for the loss of games with Rangers.

United wouldn't last five years without ample box office backing.

Other clubs have to stand up and make their position on Rangers clear like United and Hearts.

The Tannadice declaration was seen as another nail in Gers' coffin and the start of a move to demote the Ibrox club to the lower leagues.

But that wasn't what destroyed the Tannadice SAYS chairman's chances of getting his first decent night's kip for months.

ELATION His main concern was how the United fans would respond to his rallying cry to show the club support before the financial consequences of Rangers' departure from the top flight hit home.

Then Thompson woke up to find there were queues outside the ground to buy tickets and his email inbox was full of messages of congratulation from supporters of other clubs.

However, he told Record Sport he couldn't feel any sense of elation because he was too knackered to take it all in.

What had lifted Thompson's spirits, though, was a chance meeting with one ticket-buyer whose decision to spend pounds 265 was all the more remarkable because he will never see the team play.

He revealed: "The guy told me was in the city on a visit from Australia. He agreed with the decision we had taken as a club and decided to buy a season ticket he would donate to a fan before going back Down Under.

"Then I turned on my computer and there were messages from fans of all sorts of clubs saying well done for coming out and making United's stand a matter of public record.

"On my way out of the ground to go for a quiet coffee I also met a fan who said he wasn't going to buy a season ticket if we had approved a newco but was now getting four.

"The past few months have been stressful on a personal basis.

"I like to think I'm thick-skinned but you have to be concerned whether the fans will back the board after we've made our decision on the game's biggest issue.

"It's a big risk and you don't take these matters lightly.

"There's a feeling that you want to do what's right and a realisation that doing the right thing brings with it a huge financial pressure. …

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