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February 20, 2020

Stephanie Park


February 20, 2020

Robbi Docherty


February 20, 2020

David Brownlee


February 20, 2020

SONSTRUST members will have their chance to have their say on who should be the new Trust representative on the Club Board. As a result of Alan Findlay standing down from the Club Board after many years of incredible work for both the Trust and the Club, the Sonstrust will be running an election to nominate his successor. Three candidates have put themselves forward; David Brownlee, Robbi Docherty and Stephanie Park. The Trust board that formed after the AGM in October has been working hard to organise the election and details are as follows:

A hustings will take place post-match on Sat 22nd February (vs Forfar Athletic) in Bar 72, where members can hear from the candidates, and ask any questions they may have.

Voting will then take place

  • For members who have provided the Trust with an email address, they will be able to vote via an online election platform which members will be sent a link to. This will also be shared on the Trust website and social media platforms
  • For members who haven’t provided an email address, they will be sent a paper ballot by post, which they can fill out and send by post to:

Sons Supporters Trust, The C&G Systems Stadium, Castle Road, Dumbarton, G82 1JJ

  • Alternatively, any member wishing to do so will have the opportunity to cast a paper ballot after the hustings on the 22nd February, and also pre-match at the Trust table on the 29th February.
  • The poll will close at 17:00 on Monday 9th March. Members should ensure their ballots are cast by then, and that members voting by post send their ballots in time. The results of the ballot will be shared shortly afterwards.

In the meantime, the three candidates were asked to provide a short statement including answers to the following questions. Their answers will follow after this post.

“What experience will you bring to the role of being a director of Dumbarton FC, and how will you make the voice of trust members heard?”

“What do you see as key issues facing Dumbarton FC which need to be addressed at board level?”

New Sonstrust Board

November 12, 2019

SonstrustTHANKS to the 40+ people who turned out on a cold and wet Wednesday night last week to attend the Sonstrust AGM.

One of the key pieces of business was electing a new trust board. Congratulations, therefore to: Jack Brough, David Brownlee, Jordan Brownlee, Denise Currie, Robbi Docherty, John J Duffy, David Ferguson, Joanne McBride and Alistair Thorn. They will meet for the first time on Saturday 23rd November, and will elect officers.

Thanks are due to the retiring board members: Brian Payne (chairman), Alan Findlay (secretary), Andy Galloway, David Powell, Simon Barrow, David Richardson and Jack Crawford.

The meeting also received written statements and short presentations from the three candidates who have put themselves forward to be Alan Findlay’s replacement as trust representative on the Club board, as a director of DFC. They are David Brownlee, Robbi Docherty and Stephanie Park. It was agreed that those names would be put forward through the trust board in consultation with the club board. The appointment needs to be agreed by both the trust and the chairman and directors of the Club, with whatever consultation or process the trust board feels is appropriate.

Audited accounts for 2017 and 2018 were also accepted, with French Duncan being re-appointed for that role in 2019/20. There was also discussion of the precise legal form the trust will take moving forward. Following a change in legislation in 2014 and the end of the mandate from the 2016 AGM we have been operating as an unincorporated  association. At present we are notified to the FCA as a community benefit company. The trust board will take this forward, and call a further AGM, probably in February 2020 to bring us up-to-date.

The meeting also discussed the future of Dumbarton FC, and heard a pithy presentation on community ownership and the future of the game from Paul Goodwin, CEO of the Scottish Football Supporters Association. A minute will be made available shortly.

Sons on the Telly!

November 8, 2019

View from the terraceIT DOESN’T happen as much as we’d like, but it’s really great that Dumbarton FC — and in partcular the Young Sons Crew and other fans — are on TV tonight.

The feature on our club will be part of the ‘A View from the Terrace’ programme, which goes out at 10.30pm this evening on BBC Scotland, and then on ‘catch up’ for a further week.

Thanks to Robbi Docherty for helping get all the media release forms signed for the youngsters (no small feat!), and to everyone who took part on 26th October (when the footage was shot). Gemma Hood and the TV crew were terrific, too.

More details here.

A Big Thank-You!

November 8, 2019

thank-youMANY thanks to all of you who turned out on a very wet evening on Wednesday 6th November to take part in the Sonstrust AGM.

Particular thanks to Antonia Love for staying ‘at the office’ for an additional six hours to open and close up, to do the printing, and to help in other ways. Also to Jack Brough for organising and staffing the bar, to Denise Currie for arranging the sign-in,  to all who took part, and to our guest speaker – Paul Goodwin from the Scottish Football Supporters Association – who gave a lively account of the challenges (and opportunities) facing fans across the game.

A report and election results will follow later… in the meantime there’s a lot to do for the East Fife match tomorrow, where we will be launching the ‘youth pathway’ partnership with Dumbarton United FC and also welcoming a group of youngsters from Kilpatrick. It’s the Saturday we mark Armistice Day, too.

See you at the C&G Systems Stadium tomorrow!


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