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A Big Thank-you to City!

July 22, 2014

CityPressWHILE we are celebrating the arrival of the colourful revamped Sons View for season 2014/15 (which we really hope you enjoy!), it would be remiss not to put in a word for City Press — who have been our print and design partners for the past eleven years.

The fresh programme is being produced by excellent new partners Garthland Print and Design, about whom more later. But we could not have got where we are today without the dedication, hard work and friendliness of Andrew Stephen and Jeff Moir at City, who are based in Brechin and have offered us excellent value.

Andrew says: “It has been an absolute pleasure printing the programme over the years and watching the team move into the Championship… I personally will miss my chats with [editor] Graeme [Robertson] about everything football.”

The Sonstrust want heartily to recommend City to others looking to find an adaptable, reliable, local printer.

They offer a range of printed materials from low cost A5 leaflets for pushing through letter boxes or placing in shoppers’ hands, through to fine printed wedding, celebration and guest invitations, small publications, raffle tickets, photographic productions… you name it! More details here.

Thanks, Andrew and Jeff. We appreciate what you’ve done and hope we can continue to push a wee bit of business in your direction.

Sons Fans Invited to Have Their Say

July 22, 2014

SDS-LogoALL Sons fans are invited to take part in an online survey about your experiences of attending football matches in Scotland during the last full season (2013/14).

The survey is being carried out by Supporters Direct Scotland has been commissioned by the Scottish Government as part of a wider project being carried out by ScotCen Social Research and the University of Stirling.

This is the second stage of the research so you may have taken part in a similar survey last year. But it is still important that you are involved this time round.

The surveyors are interested in your experiences of attending football matches last season, as well as your views on what you regard as acceptable or unacceptable behaviour by supporters at football matches.

You can complete this survey whether you took part in last year’s survey or not.

Your participation is voluntary and all answers provided will be confidential.

The survey will take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. To take part please click on the link here: http://www.natcen-surveys.co.uk/footballinscotland/

Trust Travel – League Cup – Brechin City

July 10, 2014

SONS face Brechin City in round one of the League Cup on August 2nd at Glebe Park and our travel section are planning a supporters bus for the trip.

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: 11am
Prices: Members – £10 Non-Members £13
Contact: memsecy@sonstrust.net, 07710 771 341

And here’s a wee reminder of our rules for travelling on our fans buses – click here.

Trust Travel – Stranraer – Petrofac Training Cup

July 7, 2014

Blimey – where does the close season go these days? Feels like yesterday we were organising our day out to Dundee for the final game of the 13/14 season and here we are, right back at the beginning of another campaign.

Sons kick-off the quest for Challenge Cup glory on Saturday 26th July with a trip to Stranraer and our travel section are planning a supporters bus to help get as many Sons fans to the game as possible.

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: 11.30am
Prices: Members – £8, Non-Members £11
Contact: memsecy@sonstrust.net, 07710 771 341

And here’s a wee reminder of our rules for travelling on our fans buses – click here.

 

SDS Conference – 15th June 2014

May 28, 2014

Poster-Design1Supporters Direct Scotland (SDS) will be holding their annual conference on June 15, at the Stirling Management Centre.

There will be a number of guest speakers at the event, including Kenny Shiels, Gordon Waddell and Professor Stephen Morrow as well as the results of the National Football Survey which was conducted earlier this year.

SDS believe that fans have earned the right to have a say on what their club decides. Through their continued investment over many years and continued support of their club, they are any football club’s constant.

The conference gives fans and supporters’ groups alike the opportunity to have their voices heard, and discuss how they can help make an impact on the future of Scottish football.

SDS has – and continues to – fight for fans to be given the right to have an opinion at the highest level at their club. Slowly, inroads have been made, but it is a long-term process and one that SDS will continue to be at the forefront of.

Last season saw the change in league structure. This season could see new proposals being brought into play – such as financial fair play – but will the fans be asked what they think of the idea? They weren’t given the chance last season, what would be so different this time around?

SDS have knocked on the doors of every club in Scotland at one time or another and have been allowed access to give fans opportunities on occasion, only to have the door slammed in our faces in others.

The fight for fan ownership has gone on for several years and continues to drag on until some sort of conclusion can be met where fans can actually hear what decisions are being made about their club, as well as being given the opportunity to influence what decisions will be made in the future.

SDS believe that fans have earned the right to have a say on what their club decides. Through their continued investment over many years and continued support of their club; they are any football club’s constant – head and shoulders above the short-termism that has plagued professional football for years.

SDS will continue to promote greater fan engagement and involvement in Scottish football. Events like this give supporters the chance to come along and interact with other fans; to discuss and debate on what is important to them and to help strengthen the supporter movement in Scotland.

Now is the opportunity for football supporters to make their voices heard. To come together and take advantage of an open forum where they can ask the questions that are important to them.

SDS implores all fans, from every club, to come along on June 15th and enjoy our annual conference. Tickets can be purchased here.

George Tibbs

May 17, 2014

IT is with great sadness that we report the passing of trust member George Tibbs in the early hours of this morning.

A true Dumbarton fan, but more importantly George was gentleman and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

On behalf of the Sonstrust members, the Trust Board offer condolences to George’s family and friends.

Funeral arrangements will posted once known.

Sonstrust Community Purpose Fund

May 3, 2014

communityTHE Sonstrust wants to be a key part of the future of Dumbarton FC and to raise funds to help the Club become sustainable on a community basis at the highest possible level in Scottish football.

That was the message coming from the Trust’s AGM as two new ventures were launched. The first is a Community Purpose Fund — which will enable us to build resources for projects the fans want to see, and also to move towards the issuing of Community Shares at an appropriate point in the future. We are bald to report that we already have some significant initial donations to the Fund.

Allied to this, a network founded and coordinated by the Sonstrust, the Dumbarton Community Football Consortium, has been set up, with over a dozen initial supporters. The aim of this group is to seek support and resources for the future (including money for our new Fund) from the widest possible range of people in the local area and beyond — people who specifically want to see DFC develop as a fan- and community-based Club, and to ensure its benefit and security well into the future.

The Consortium has met twice. Its coordination group, which is a sub-group of the Trust Board, has asked me to be the initial chair. More will be said about the Community Purpose Fund, community investment, and how YOU can get involved shortly.

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