> A personal memory of the late Bob Crow from the Backtrack Column of the Darlington-based Northern Echo. Thought it deserved being shared… seems to say more about the real man.
The unexpected death on Tuesday of RMT union leader Bob Crow stirred affectionate memories for Alan Morland, in Shildon.
Ten years ago, Alan helped run Shildon Railway FC, then nearing its 50th birthday. “None outside the town was particularly interested and few inside it, to be honest,” he recalls.
Alan wrote to Crow, reminded him that Shildon had been “callously wiped off the British Rail Engineering map,” asked for a message of support from the union.
Crow replied personally, knew every detail of the wagon works and their demise, pledged to come personally to congratulate the club on its milestone.
He did, brought an RMT football team, played himself, enthusiastically joined the dinner that evening.
The following season the club hit serious financial difficulty. Alan again contacted Crow and received a “sizeable” RMT donation, almost by return.
Again, the RMT football team was drawn together, again enjoyed the dinner, have returned annually ever since. The next, sold out, is on March 22.
Now scouting for Newcastle United, Alan Morland speaks as he finds;
“The portrait of Bob Crow in the media is harsh and untrue. It’s not a political endorsement by any means, but I just asked him to help the lads from Shildon. He promised he would, and he did.”
Source – Northern Echo, 13 March 2014