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April 19, 2018

THE Sonstrust awards ceremony for 2017/18 will take place in the supporters’ bar after Saturday’s game with Falkirk.

All supporters are invited to attend, and as a thank you for your support this season, entry to the ceremony will be FREE of charge.

Anybody wishing to claim back the money they paid for tickets in advance can do so on Saturday by producing those tickets.

Up for grabs will be:

The Graham Brough Memorial Shield
The Sons View Player of the Year Award
The Players’ Player of the Year Award
The Sonstrust Young Player of the Year Award (voted by the fans)
The Sonstrust Special Award
The Sonstrust Player of the Year Award (also voted by the fans)

We look forward to welcoming as many fans as possible after the game on Saturday.


Help Required – Have You Got Some Hours To Spare?

April 13, 2018

WE are looking for Sonstrust members/DFC fans to help out with a wee project we have in mind for the evening of next Wednesday, 18th April 2018.

Can YOU spare a couple of hours? You can? Great, then we’d love to hear from you.

Jordan Brownlee is coordinating efforts on a leafleting campaign we are doing for Sons final home game of the season against Falkirk on 21st April.

Contact Jordan by calling him on 07702911891 or by email using

Platform for Artists – Paul Shearer

April 13, 2018

WE are delighted to announce that local artist Paul Shearer will appear in the community suite at the YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium on 21st April as part of our Platform for Artists initiative.

Paul is a guitarist and singer/songwriter from Dumbarton.

He has his own material and plays a host of cover versions with various styles of music but usually blues, soul, funk, jazz and reggae.

We look forward to hearing him later this month.



Platform for Artists – #supportoursons

April 12, 2018

THE Sonstrust are on the lookout for musical and performing groups or individuals to help with enhancing the matchday experience at Dumbarton FC by giving artists a platform to showcase their talents.

It’s all part of an attempt by members of the trust to embed the club further into the local community and to create a positive environment at the YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium going forward.

David Ferguson, who is helping coordinate this part of what will be an ongoing and sustained project of pre and post-match activities at DFC, commented : “We want to raise the club profile in the Dumbarton community and work on the foundations we’ve laid with respect to being more focused on what fans want at a match.

“Attendance at a game now is so much more than just the match itself. We need to retain our existing support and try and attract a new generation of fans.

“We have to do these things for ourselves, with the club’s full support of course.

“Part of the process will be to provide a platform for local bands or artists to come along and play in front of DFC fans and I’ll be delighted to hear from anyone who can help.”

David’s e-mail address is 

#GetBackInThatNumber #supportoursons


April 12, 2018

Walking football is different to regular Association Football in many ways and is aimed at the over 50’s age group. Many tournaments are now catering exclusively for the over 60’s age group.

It has very specific rules that outlaw all running and allows either no contact or only minimal physical contact between players. Over-head height restrictions and indirect free kicks ensure that the sport is played safely with full consideration to the participants’ age.

Teams are either 5 or 6-a-side. As a result of these rules, games are played at a slower pace, often on state of the art 3G artificial grass pitches, thus reducing the threat of pain, discomfort and injury, with players briskly walking through matches. This allows people who have loved the sport all their lives to once again safely get back to playing and also introduces the sport to people who perhaps have never considered playing before.

Local coach Phil Dawson has started a club and is looking for more people to become involved.

Vale of Leven walking football club play on a Monday evening between 8pm and 9pm in the sports hall at Vale of Leven Academy, Alexandria.

Anybody interested can get in touch with Phil on 07701 312747, or by messaging the club’s social media pages. On Twitter they can be found @LomondWFC, or on Facebook by searching for ‘Vale of Leven Walking Football Club’.

Trust Welcomes Positive DFC Changes

April 10, 2018

John Steele.jpgTHE Sonstrust says that changes taking place in the running of Dumbarton FC are “very welcome” and that it “greatly looks forward” to collaborating with incoming Club chairman John Steele — whose impending appointment at the end of the season is being announced this week. 

John Steele, a respected Helensburgh solicitor who has had a long time behind-the-scenes role as an associate director at Dumbarton, will be leading a reshaped club board at the end of the season.

The changes are in the process of being put together with the assistance of current chairman Les Hope, and in conversation with the owners. The Sonstrust is also being consulted and involved.

The incoming chairman wants Dumbarton FC to be “a pioneering community club” on the west coast of Scotland and is urging everyone to work together to that end. The trust and fans could not agree more.

Mr Steele has also publicly thanked the current chairman and his predecessor Alan Jardine “for the hard work which has laid the foundations for where we are now. Without their endeavour and financial support this would not have been possible.” Again, the trust is happy to echo that.

Sonstrust chairman Brian Payne commented: “We very much welcome John Steele’s appointment, the commitment to engage fans and the trust moving forward, and the positive stance the club is taking in challenging circumstances.

“No-one underestimates the task we face on and off the pitch right now — but six years in the Championship, a Cup Final, being Scotland’s best part-time team, deepening relationships in the community, growing commercial creativity, and the commitment of everyone who loves the Club shows what we are capable of.

“John’s positive message, combined with considerable experience and realism, sounds just the right note. We welcome the spirit of constructive change and look forward to working with the new chairman and with the Club board in the coming weeks, months and years ahead.”

Downbeat? No – Sons Stand Tall!

April 10, 2018

PDFCTHE local press are reporting a certain amount of doom and gloom around the rejection by West Dumbartonshire Council of the planning application for a new community stadium at Young’s Farm — but the Sonstrust remains positive about our future, whichever way the location question is finally resolved, and is urging fans to play their part in moving the club forward.

The trust board met before the fabulous win against Dundee United on Saturday 7th April and affirmed its commitment to working in partnership with the Club board in the coming months and years.

Trust board members are looking in detail at what role the Sonstrust can play in helping DFC to flourish. We acknowledged big challenges on and off the pitch, and the need to rise to them by working together.

Regarding the present situation, the trust told the Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter: “The vote at the council meeting was very close. We will wait to see if the developers choose to resubmit an application or make an appeal.

“In the meantime the trust remains committed to the vision of a community club with a sustainable future on and off the pitch.

“We have some imaginative ideas as to what can be done moving forward, and the trust board is beginning to flesh these out.

“Our wish is for further decisions about the club’s future to be taken carefully but without too much further delay.

“The key thing is to ensure that our fans and local people are at the heart of the direction we choose to go in.”

In short, we don’t accept at all that the planning vote ‘condemns Sons to years of decline’. With the fans, the club and the owners working together we can — and will — secure our future and make Dumbarton FC a landmark club in the local community and in Scottish football more widely. 

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