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Thank You to Paul Goodwin

September 30, 2014
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PGatDFCTHE Sontrust Board was very sorry to hear that Paul Goodwin, who for two productive years has been head of Supporters Direct Scotland (SDS) – which links together Trusts and other fans’ groups across the country – has left SDS “to pursue other interests”, as a press release puts it.

Paul (pictured here on his last but one visit to the Rock) has attended and spoken at the last two trust AGMs, met with us on numerous occasions, and has been a great support and encouragement to supporters groups throughout Scotland, including the Sonstrust.

A Partick Thistle fan (none of us is perfect!), Paul put huge energy and resources into helping save Stirling Albion before taking up the SDS post and overseeing a significant overhaul and refocusing of that organization. He has played a significant role in assisting clubs and trusts in crisis, brought in important new commercial deals with his marketing expertise, got SDS into the headlines, and played a key part in promoting fan and community ownership throughout the game – meeting opposition from some who have a strong vested interest in the status quo.

We wish Paul all the best for the future, and hope that he will continue to be able to contribute to the positive development of Scottish football in the future. The ongoing shape and funding of Supporters Direct Scotland, which is still finally accountable to SD in London, is now uncertain. SD “has appointed Andrew Jenkin as Acting Head of Scotland while we discuss a number of options for the future management of SDS”, according to the news release from its CEO.

We also know Andrew, and wish him well in his interim post. The Sonstrust Board is monitoring the situation closely and will take decisions about its affiliations in the light of developments. In our experience Paul Goodwin played an important part in making SDS an increasingly effective organization which could both collaborate with others in Scottish football and take initiatives to strengthen supporter and community involvement. We hope that the proactive side of SDS’ work, including its involvement in Community Interest Companies and other models beyond the trust (provident society) one will not be lost.

Quiz Night – Important Reminder!

September 28, 2014

quiz_nightTHE annual Sonstrust Quiz Night at Dumbarton FC will take place after the home game against Cowdenbeath next Saturday.

A good number of teams will take place in the popular event on 4th October, for which people are asked to arrive at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

Team coordinators are asked to contact organiser Dave Carson on 07763 982688 in order to arrange payment, or in case they have any queries.

The aim of the evening, as ever, is to have a really good time and to raise money benefitting projects to support the Club.

Make sure you’re ready and organised!

Well Done Gils… and Sons!

September 27, 2014

INDUSTRIOUSGils frontman Mark Gilhaney was the Sonstrust Man of the Match for Dumbarton against Alloa Athletic at the Rock this afternoon. 

The award was presented by Trust member Joanne McBride, who made the choice, after the game.

Jo is also a member of the Sonstrust board and our treasurer.

The match ended in a fantastic 3-1 victory that maintains Sons four match unbeaten run and lifts them to fifth in the SPFL Championship table.

Photo by our own Tommy Hughes.

TRUST TRAVEL – HEARTS

September 26, 2014

SONS are back in Edinburgh on Saturday, October 18 to play Hearts at Tynecastle and the trust aims to run a bus to this game as well.

Details for the bus are:

Departure: 12.30pm; Dumbarton Town Centre.

Trust members and under-16s: £7.

Non-members: £10.

Remember – as per the story on the club website, you need to purchase a ticket for the game before travelling to Edinburgh. These are on sale from DFC.

To book, call Tommy Hughes on 07710 771341 or leave a comment on this post.

TRUST TRAVEL – HIBERNIAN

September 26, 2014

OK folks, roll up for Dumbarton’s Edinburgh double header, starting with a visit to Easter Road to play Hibernian on Saturday, October 11. As ever, the trust’s aim is to run a bus to the match.

Details for the bus are:

Departure: 12.30pm; Dumbarton Town Centre.

Trust members and under-16s: £7.

Non-members: £10.

We are well aware that Scotland are playing Georgia at Ibrox at 5pm the same day in a Euro 2016 qualifier. However, as it stands, Sons are still travelling to face Hibs at the usual 3pm kick-off time. Should the arrangements for the game change, we will advise of any new bus arrangements.

To book, call Tommy Hughes on 07710 771341 or leave a comment on this post.

Sons Fans Pay Tribute to Kirsty

September 24, 2014

KirstyTributeTHIS afternoon Dumbarton supporters remember with gratitude and a real sense of loss one of their own, as we join the family and friends of Kirsty Mackie on the sad occasion of her funeral in Cardross.

On Saturday 20th September fans today showed their heartfelt respect to the memory of Kirsty with a minute’s applause just after the start of the away game against Falkirk.

Players also joined in the remembrance by wearing a black armband each to mark the occasion.

Kirsty will also be honoured in the the coming edition of our club’s matchday  programme (for the game versus Alloa Athletic on Saturday 27th September), Sons View, which is produced for Dumbarton FC by the Sonstrust.

Thanks to Andy Scott for his photograph.

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.

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