After clocking up an impressive 52 years it's quite clear you are one of the older supporters among us and with respect it appears to show with your diminishing/selective memory of Raj Singh.
This particularly piece stood out for me....
We all have differing views on Singh, accept that, but wow what a different picture it could have been just now! Stand built, good players, good results and exciting times. Yes, a risk, but hey has no one on here been given a second chance?
What makes you so sure Singh's involvement would have resulted in the stand being built, us having good players and that it would be exiting times?
It seems to me you're one of these fans who like the rest of us having being spoiled for the last 5 years have come to expect success as standard and you are quite happy to block what happened in 2012 out of your mind as long as YOU
are getting this assumed success.
As many of us have all agreed on we'd hit a brick wall in the National League and would likely struggle and come tumbling down again (as per Chester and Halifax in recent years) would you describe that as exciting times? Your sentiments, although true to some extent just sounds to me like you're more disappointed you're not getting your own way and you're not getting the success you openly admit you've gotten used to.
Also, speaking of ulterior motives remember it was under the premise of potential land development that Singh got involved with George Houghton and DFC in the first place. There's a nice few acres at Blackwell Meadow's isn't there? Could get yourself a few houses on it couldn't you? Singh had his chance, he blew it and as for giving him a second chance on that logic we should also do the same for the two George's? Would you have either of them back? Thought not.
Don't underestimate just because they don't appear on here just how many fans would welcome an "owner" with money, and yes a degree of risk, rather than settle for mediocrity which is what worries me will happen
I would certainly not be against external investment or new owners however I would like to point out the following facts:
We had three previous owners who could be described as falling into that category as being "with money"....George Reynolds 1999 - 2004
Yes he saved the club after the whole Peden/East Stand fiasco but he lumbered us with a massive white elephant which he ploughed everything into which resulted, after one successful season in 2000, 3 seasons of abject mediocrity 20th, 16th and 14th place finishes before ending up in administration with in months of moving into the new stadium.
Although some won't like hearing this, had it not been for Hodgy we would almost definitely have been relegated to the Conference in 2004 and possibly made a swift return to Feethams had we survived.
Short term success, end result disaster.George Houghton 2006 - 2009
Spent lavishly on players such as Pawel Abbott & Julian Joachim set a relatively realistic target of being in the Championship in 5 years. We seemed to be on course for promotion in 2007/08 until a catastrophic injury crisis saw us drop into the play offs in which we were beaten on penalties by Rochdale.
The following season despite an apparently reduced budget and the abolition of the reserve team we were once again challenging for promotion but with crowds dwindling and recording reported losses of £50,000 per week we were put into administration for a second time, we all know what happened next....
Short term success, end result disaster.Raj Singh 2009 - 2012
Reluctantly bought the club from George Houghton inherited a team of cast offs assembled by Colin Todd on gentleman's agreements, two managers and 50+ players later we are relegated from the Football League.
Took a punt on promotion in the National League first time round, missed out on the play offs but we won the FA Trophy at Wembley in 2011.
Asked for 2,000 adult ST holders to "save the club" the following season didn't get them crowds barely moved after Wembley success, coupled with losing the Arena months earlier to Scott & Sizer and things going wrong on the pitch the end result once again, biblical disaster after short term success.
The point being that although none of us want mediocrity I would happily take it every time over the torturous existence of living day by day and the anxious and depressing atmosphere around the place that comes with administration, it doesn't matter how many times you do it I don't think you ever get used to it, it is horrendous.
We've had boom or bust and look where it got us, if a new owner comes in with a long term vision and is committed for 5/10 years then I'd happily accept them.
What I don't want and I'm sure I speak for everyone is someone who flashes the cash and then pulls the plug after a couple of years when things get tough and leave us circling the drain once again we've done it too many times and if we go again, we'll stay gone.
If maintaining the future stability of the club under fan ownership comes at the expense of depriving you of success then I will happily do so, MG is gone as he has aspirations of getting to the Football League something which sadly we are not even close to doing on or off the pitch.
Yes I want success, we all want success but I personally am not ready to go cap in hand to just anyone, especially a former owner who as has been said above left us with no ground, no team, no manager hundreds of thousands worth of debt and in the Northern League just on the off chance we'll have "exciting times" for another year or so.
TL;DR but I don't care.