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Trust Travel – Hibernian, 10th Dec 2016

December 4, 2016

We are now taking bookings for the next Trust Travel away day v Hibs on 10th Dec.

Our usual booking procedure applies – 4 ways!

1. Call Denise Currie on 07706 025820
2. E-mail secy@sonstrust.net
3. Use our dedicated Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/719497688160601/
4. Leave a comment on this post

Trust Stance in Stadium Discussions

December 2, 2016

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THIS week’s Lennox Herald has an article setting out the position of the Sonstrust, reflecting the views and concerns of our members, about ongoing discussions with DFC’s owners about the current new stadium proposals. 

We are reproducing it here so that all supporters can see it. Comments welcome. The Herald‘s report of our general meeting on 23rd November is online here.

The developers’ display boards are also reproduced below and open to further comment. We are collating all fans’ responses to the development proposal and taking up the key issues on an ongoing basis. We will continue to report back, and we will also summarise press coverage and comment. The Lennox Herald article (Thursday 1st December) is as follows, with a picture by Andy Scott:

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IN last week’s Lennox Herald, Ian Wilson, a director of Dumbarton FC and lead representative of the club’s majority owners, Brabco 736, directly challenged the Sonstrust to give “vocal and written support” for plans to relocate the club’s stadium to a new site at Young’s Farm.

The trust, a registered provident society, is a shareholder in the club. We are represented on the club board, provide many services free of charge (including running the club’s website and match day programme), and act as the collective voice of Sons fans. We are glad, therefore, that the owners of Dumbarton FC recognise our importance, and that of the fans, for the club’s future.

Since a stadium move was first mooted three years ago, our position has been consistent and clear. We would back a realistic, sustainable proposal that demonstrably secures the future of the club, is in the interest of supporters, and benefits the local community and its environment.

Is the plan set out at the pre-planning consultation on 11th November and presented by Mr Wilson and his colleagues to supporters last Wednesday such a proposal? That is what we are in the process of finding out. Over 70 fans attended the Q&A session with Brabco and their planning consultant. The level of questioning was detailed and high.

We have received assurances that the entire liability for this development rests with the owners and not with the club. Also that the stadium is a ‘turnkey’ project – there will be no ground sharing prior to the move. Moreover, all proceeds from the use of the stadium for commercial purposes will go to the club, we are told. Those are positives that we will look to verify.

On the other hand, there was real concern at the disclosure last week that the club may not own the new stadium outright, but that it may be leased back over a long period on a peppercorn rent or equivalent. For many, that issue is a deal-breaker. Unsurprisingly, there are also questions about the practicality of the plan financially, about planning issues, and about what this development will mean for the club in terms of future direction and ownership.

The overriding priority of the supporters’ trust is to represent the interests of the fans and to seek the security of Dumbarton FC. We want to be positive about proposals that can take forward the club we love. But it is also our job to be vigilant. It is therefore the task of the owners, who are looking to profit from this development alongside the club, to convince West Dunbartonshire Council, Sons fans and the local community that what they are proposing really is a ‘win-win’ situation for all of us. We cannot and will not provide a ‘blank cheque’.

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Simon Barrow is an officer of the Sonstrust and its spokesperson on the stadium relocation issue. He has been a Dumbarton supporter since 1969. He is also chairman of the Scottish Football Supporters Association. You can email him here.

Sons Archive Website – New Sponsors

November 29, 2016

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We are delighted to announce that the Sons Supporters Trust are now proud sponsors of the Sons Archive Website.

The archive website is an ongoing project, run by Dumbarton supporters (who happen to be Sonstrust members), which records DFC’s long and illustrious history.

And who better to look after a football’s club’s history records than the folk who matter most – the fans!

The site was set up is 2013 by Niall Harkiss, who is a designer of heritage sites and has completed similar projects at Dundee Utd and Ross County.

Niall’s dad, Jim, is a long-time Sons fan and via his company Metalwork UK has been involved with sponsorship at DFC and at one time helped the Sonstrust travel section.

Although Niall is a Dundee United fan, he has, thanks to his father, a soft spot for Dumbarton.

He said : “The Sons archive is built on a MySQL database platform using PHP pages to display countless pages of statistics, detailing every major competitive match played by the Sons, and pages for every player to have tread on grass in competitive action.”

David Kemp who is a major contributor to the site added: “We have a good bit of work to do before all the gaps are complete but it’s been an enjoyable and very interesting project so far.

“And if any Sons fan can help please get in touch.”

Contact us via secy@sonstrust.net and we’ll forward on details to the Archive team.

 

 

DFC Relocation Plans

November 25, 2016

FOLLOWING the developers’ consultation about a proposed new stadium at Dumbarton FC on 11th November, and the trust members’ meeting held to discuss this on 23rd November, here are reproductions of the six display panels that compromise the ground relocation display.

You should be able to view these by clicking on the individual panels. We will offer or link to better images as soon as we are able.

Please leave any comments or questions below. The Sonstrust is compiling all the feedback it is getting as part of its ongoing negotiations with the club and its owners over this proposal. Drop an email to Simon Barrow if you prefer.

Trust Travel – Bonnyrigg Rose – Scottish Cup

November 21, 2016

DFC’S Scottish Cup journey starts this weekend (26th Nov) with a tricky tie away to junior club Bonnyrigg Rose.

Supporters bus bookings are now being taken.

Our usual booking procedure applies – 4 ways!

1. Call Tommy Hughes on 07710 771341
2. E-mail memsecy@sonstrust.net
3. Use our dedicated Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/719497688160601/
4. Leave a comment on this post

The bus will leave Dumbarton Church St at 11am on Sat 26th November 2016.

AGM and Supporters Meeting

November 6, 2016

 

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The Sons Supporters’ Society Limited AGM will take place on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at the Rock Bowling Club, Dumbarton, starting at 7pm.

The meeting agenda is shown below. After the formal business there will be a discussion of the stadium development plans and the future direction of the club, including a presentation from the owners/developers by Ian Wilson, who is also a director of Dumbarton FC. The planning consultant, Roddy MacLeod, is also invited.

**Please also note that the pre-planning consultation on the latest stadium plans takes place from 11am to 7pm on Friday 11th November. The plans will also be viewable and discussable, at the request of the Trust, on matchday, 12th November, for the game against Greenock Morton.**

We would urge all supporters who care about the future of the Club to look at the plans, and to attend the AGM and meeting on 23rd

Please also encourage your friends and family to join or re-join the Sonstrust and make our voice as strong as possible in the coming months. 

Membership cards must be produced for any items requiring a formal vote at the AGM. The meeting is also for Trust members. It will be possible to sign-up on the night. 

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SONS SUPPORTERS TRUST

Sons Supporters Society Limited

Registered Society Number 2618 RS

Annual General Meeting Rock Bowling Club, 23rd November 2016, 7pm to 8.45pm

Agenda

Resolution 1 – To receive and adopt the Annual Report and audited accounts to July 31st 2016 together with the reports of the Trust Board – Chair, Treasurer and Secretary (copy of accounts available by request by sending email to secy@sonstrust.net)

Resolution 2 – Trust Board Elections. Five board places available as per rotation rules.

Followed by a General meeting.

We look forward to seeing you on 11th/12th November and at the AGM and meeting on 23rd.

Trust Travel – St Mirren

November 1, 2016

DUE to lack of confirmed bookings, our travel section is unable to organise a supporters bus to Sons’ game v St Mirren on Sat 5th November 2016.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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