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TRUST RESPONDS ON STADIUM MOVE PLANS

September 16, 2014

sonstrustlogoTHE supporters trust at Dumbarton FC has welcomed a public statement from the SPFL Championship club about full consultation with fans over proposals for a possible stadium move within the town.

The Sonstrust, a provident society that has played a significant part in the development of the club for the last 14 years, says that any new development needs to benefit supporters, help secure the future of the part-time team, strengthen links with the local community, and be financially secure.

Dumbarton FC has today announced that there will be a public consultation in November about development proposals that include a new stadium and sports facilities in the north of the town, ahead of a planning application next year.

Sonstrust chairman Brian Payne said: “We want to ensure that supporters and the community have a significant stake in developments effecting the future of Dumbarton FC. We are pleased that the club has noted both these points explicitly in its statement, and is committed to sharing information with us and engaging directly, following a meeting between the club and trust boards earlier this year, conversations with the chief executive, and the report and discussion supporters had at our AGM in May.”

He added: “Our job is to ensure that fans’ voices are heard and responded to. The club is looking to match success on the pitch with decisions off it, and it is clear that there are big decisions ahead for all of us.

“The Sonstrust is going ahead with its own discussions with Dumbarton fans and will be encouraging maximum participation in the formal consultation. We are liaising directly with the club’s CEO through our communications and projects officer, Simon Barrow.”

Comments and questions from DFC supporters welcome here. We will also be mailing trust members.

Kirsty Mackie – a Sons Legend

September 15, 2014

KirstyLegendTHIS morning we heard the incredibly sad news that Kirsty Mackie, one of Dumbarton FC’s most loyal and loved fans, passed away unexpectedly this weekend.

The Sonstrust, along with everyone associated with the Club, send their love, condolences and warmest wishes to the family at this time. We are heartbroken with them.

Kirsty was a well known regular at both home and away matches, as her health allowed. She was a brave and wonderful person. She had just returned from the holiday of a lifetime in Australia and was looking forward to being back in Scotland and to cheering on her beloved Sons.

Our picture shows Kirsty with Club legend Lawrie Williams a couple of years ago. She was enormously proud of the pictures she had taken at DFC, with players and staff. Our message today is unanimous: “Kirsty, YOU are a Sons legend too, and we won’t be the same without you.”

As soon as we have details of funeral arrangements they will be relayed, as appropriate and according to family wishes, on this site along with the DFC site.

In the meantime, we invite people to leave messages of condolence and tributes here if they wish, and on Facebook. 

Man of the Match v Hearts

September 13, 2014

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CAPTAIN courageous Andy Graham played through the pain barrier against Hearts today and won his second man of the match award in as many games.

Trust member Ian Stormonth had no hesitation in selecting Andy as he turned in a storming performance against a string and fancied Hearts team.

But the big fella was a major doubt for selection ahead of the match and only a thorough late fitness test confirmed his availability.

Well done Andy.

Trust Travel – Falkirk

September 4, 2014

OUR next away day is to the Falkirk Stadium on 20th September, and bookings are now being taken for our fans bus to what will be a crucial game for the Sons.

Our usual procedure applies for bookings; phone, e-mail or via the comments section on this post.

Here are the details -

Departure Point: Counting House, Dumbarton High St
Time: 1pm
Prices: Members – £6, Non-Members £9
Contact: memsecy@sonstrust.net, 07710 771 341

Annual Quiz Night

August 18, 2014

DIARIES OUT! After much deliberation and consideration, the trust board have agreed a date for popular fundraising quiz night.

Hopefully we can fill the community suite at the Bet Butler Stadium with people trying to be smarter than our Quizmaster Andy Galloway!

The usual arrangements apply. Teams of six with an entry fee of £30. Food is included. Funds raised on the night – vital funds – will be used for various trust projects that support Dumbarton FC.

Date is 4th October 2014, starting at 7.30pm

Contact Alan Findlay via e-mail using secy@sonstrust.net or David Carson on Dave.carson@blueyonder.co.uk

Update – Trust Travel – League Cup v Hibs

August 10, 2014

GREAT news. Our travel section WILL be running a fans bus to Easter Road for Sons league cup tie v Hibernian FC.

Thanks to every fan who committed themselves to a booking; if you did so, you are now liable to pay.

Date is Tues 26th Aug 2014. Bus will leave from the Counting House on Dumbarton High St at 4.30pm sharp.

PLEASE TRY TO BE AT THE DEPARTURE POINT ON TIME!

The Rising Sons

August 7, 2014

ORDERS can now be placed for copies of a new book, which charts Dumbarton’s rise from the Third Division in 2008 to an unforgettable 2013/14 season.

‘The Rising Sons’, written by Andrew Galloway, details Sons’ achievements over the past six years, including the Third Division title victory in 2009 and the 2012 promotion to the First Division.

The cover price is £15, which includes a £2 donation to the Sons Supporters Trust. The book launch will take place in the supporters’ bar at the Bet Butler Stadium at 1pm on Saturday, August 16, before Dumbarton play Queen of the South.

To order a copy in advance (which it is highly recommended that you do) visit Andrew’s website at thedumbartonterrace.wordpress.com and leave a comment on the article on the book.

All fans are invited to the launch at 1pm on Saturday, August 16. Admission is free with entry to Sons’ match against Queen of the South that day.

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