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Supporters Direct Scotland – E Magazine

December 18, 2014

Supporters Direct Scotland have released their latest E-Magazine for Winter 2014.

In this edition of the E-Mag, there are features on the launch of the BuyHibs campaign, Supporters Direct’s plans to examine it’s membership structure and good news at Clyde and Heart of Midlothian with regard to clearing debt at the respective clubs.

You can read these pieces and more by following the link below.

Scottish Fans Mark ‘Christmas Truce’

December 17, 2014

Christmas Truces - (L toR) Street Soccer Scotland's David Duke, John Robertson, Paul Goodwin, Iain McGill and piper Ryan Faulds at Waverley Station shortly before leaving for BelgiumA GROUP of Scottish football fans, including some former Scotland Homeless World Cup players, are set to travel to Belgium to play in a unique football tournament to commemorate the ‘Christmas Truce’ football match played during the First World War on Christmas Day 100 years ago.

The tournament, which is being organised and hosted by The Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA) will also include teams from Germany, Belgium, France, England, Wales, Ireland FA and an Ireland Embassy team.

On Christmas Day in 1914 soldiers from England, Germany, France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland are said to have laid down their arms, distributed gifts and played football at various sites along the frontline in respite from a major conflict.

The three-day commemoration event will also include visits to relevant Christmas Truce locations and participation in a Last Post ceremony under the Menin Gate in Ypres. The football tournament will be played on a historic field in Messines.

Paul Goodwin, co-ordinator of the Scotland team said: “The Christmas Truce football match is well known across the world as a symbol of peace and we applaud The RBFA for creating a tournament that pays respect to those who lost their lives during the First World War. As well as playing football on the historic fields in Belgium the players will commemorate the legacy and memory of those who fell during the war by visiting relevant locations including the Menin Gate in Ypres.”

The Scotland team’s travel to Belgium has been kindly provided by ScotRail and Eurostar. Many of the Scotland team, which is made up from players and staff from the award winning social enterprise Street Soccer Scotland, are no strangers to international tournaments having played at the Homeless World Cup tournament in Brazil in 2010.

More here.

Trust Travel – Cowdenbeath

December 16, 2014

Sons next SPFL Championship away day is to Cowdenbeath on Saturday 27th December 2014 and as ever our travel section are ‘running’ a supporters bus to the match.

Hopefully we will see another full bus of fans to back the lads to 3 points on the road to league safety.

As ever we need you guys to book seats as quickly as possible.

£8 for members, £11 for non members, departure time 12.15pm

Three ways to book :

1.Call Tommy H on 07710771341
2. Drop and e-mail to
3. Leave a comment on this article


Please note, the Sonstrust Travel Section will NOT be organising a supporters bus to Ibrox on Jan 3rd,

Aggy is MoM v Raith Rovers

December 16, 2014

1Sonstrust member Allan Kennedy had an easy task in finding his man of the match versus Raith Rovers on Sat 13th December.

Two goals – one a spectacular 30 yard screamer – and an outstanding midfield performance from Scott Agnew made Allan’s choice a no-brainer.

‘Aggy’ collected his bottle of Ballantine’s famous bottle of whisky after the match, and he is pictued (left) with Allan immediately after the match.


Preparing for Purple Awareness!

December 13, 2014

epilepsyBRIAN, John and Alex of West Dunbartonshire Epilepsy Support Group were busy enlisting the help of fans in the Community Suite for their awareness-easing activities at this afternoon’s game against Raith Rovers.

The group have had cards printed with some helpful details of the organisation.

Every spectator will get one and, as the players take to the pitch, the lads — with the assistant of announcer Jim McAllister — are getting everyone to hold up a card to create a spectacular sea of purple for the local media!

West Dunbartonshire Epilepsy Support Group – Eplilepsy Awareness Day – 13th Dec 2014

December 12, 2014

HELLO from West Dunbartonshire Epilepsy Support Group and thank you to Dumbarton Football Club, the Sonstrust and Police Scotland for helping us to co-ordinate our Awareness Raising Session at the Dumbarton v Raith Rovers match on Saturday 13th December 2014. 

We’ve had Purple Cards printed with some details of the group, a couple of helpful website links and the stories of two of our members. The plan is that we will give every spectator a card and, as the players take to the pitch, there will be an acknowledgment of our campaign to raise awareness of Epilepsy at which point we’d like everyone to hold up their card creating a sea of purple!

We’ve asked the local press along to photograph the event and to do a follow-up story.

Two Epilepsy charities, Epilepsy Scotland and Epilepsy Connections, have provided us with some leaflets which explain more about epilepsy and these will be available at refreshment points etc.

Epilepsy affects people in many different ways. In most cases, it can be managed with adequate medication which allows people to continue to work, study and enjoy everyday life. For some though life is more difficult, particularly if they have seizures which leave them injured or tired out. There are over 40 different types of seizures ranging from staring, to unusual or rapid movements. Not everyone falls down, some people wander away when in a seizure so you could imagine this makes life very difficult.

The group meet once a month (details below) to support each other and are always open to new members.

We arrange speakers and visits from Telecare Alarms, Welfare Rights and have had Awareness Sessions ourselves on epilepsy – would it surprise you to know that most people with epilepsy don’t know what a seizure looks like!

West Dunbartonshire Epilepsy Support Group

Meets on the third Thursday monthly

10am – 12noon in the upstairs meeting room in The National Park HQ, Carrochan Way, Balloch, G83 8EG


  •  We’ve written to every football club in Scotland and loads of them have expressed an interest in doing an event like the one planned for Saturday.
  • We’ve worked closely with Scottish Fire & Rescue and Police Scotland. In conjunction with Epilepsy Connections, we are running a pilot in which police and fire officers attend information sessions about epilepsy and how to recognise a seizure. There are simple and practical things the services can do if they have information in advance.
  • Clydebank College, now known as West College Scotland are helping the group to design a logo. When a couple of the members visited the Visual Communication Department to speak to the art students and mentioned the football campaign, their lecturer brought in the photography students as they are keen to take photos on Saturday. This will be built into their Graphic Communication module next session.
  • Gil Paterson MSP raised a motion in the Scottish Parliament to celebrate Purple Day, a day of celebration and awareness raising created by a nine year old Canadian girl in 2008 when she was diagnosed with epilepsy and felt isolated. Both Gil and Jackie Baillie MSP support the work we are undertaking with emergency services to develop awareness of the condition.

Useful Websites:


Trust Travel – Alloa Athletic

December 1, 2014

Sons next SPFL Championship away day is to Alloa Ath on Saturday 6th December 2014 and as ever our travel section are ‘running’ a supporters bus to the match.

Hopefully we will see another full bus of fans to back the lads to 3 points on the road to league safety.

As ever we need you guys to book seats as quickly as possible.

Three ways to book :

1.Call Tommy H on 07710771341
2. Drop and e-mail to
3. Leave a comment on this article



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