It’s been another memorable season for Sons fans. The run-in to our 2014/15 League campaign was tough, but achieving security in the SPFL Championship with six games to go was an amazing achievement for a small, part-time club – and the squad adjustment and rebuilding is now well underway.
As ever, your support and that of all fans is part of the success. Through our Sonstrust club director we have secured the reintroduction of the ‘early bird’ period for season tickets – ensuring not just that you can purchase yours for 2015/16 within that window for no increase over the 2014/15 price, but that you will also be entered into a draw which could win you your season book free of charge, or a DFC beanie hat and scarf, during the Loyalty Period – which runs through to 29th May.
We are now urging you to get your season ticket as soon as possible. The early income is vital to helping Ian Murray and his team in the demanding task of renewing the squad for another tough and demanding campaign ahead. Please also encourage family and friends to sign up! If you are already a season ticket holder, you will have received the renewal letter and form by post. If you are not, you can get them online at http://www.dumbartonfootballclub.com/
Now is also the beginning of our Sonstrust membership renewal period. Again, we want as many people to pay their tenner (a bargain!) as soon as they can. This year we are aiming for a record membership of as near to 400 people as possible. We are already one of the most active trusts in the country, and the work we do depends on your involvement.
This past season we have completely renewed our programme to make it full colour, and one of the best in Scotland. We have established a Community Purpose Fund. We have continued to organize away travel, to support DFC youngsters; to maintain the club and trust web and social media presence; to put on events, and to back our DFC friends in Gambia.
We have also played a major role in the formation of the Scottish Football Supporters Association (http://www.scotzine.com/2015/04/sfsa-mobilising-fans-to-change-the-scottish-game/), which for the first time will give ALL fans a say in the future of the game. All this and more takes a huge amount of work by a dedicated team of people. A big thank-you to everyone involved!
An important part of our work over recent months has involved engaging with the club over proposals by the owners for a possible news stadium development at Renton. We played a big part in getting over 200 to the first statutory consultation on that. We also organized a frank and positive public meeting; communicated with the fans and gathered their views; relayed concerns to the club; met with Community Councils and others in the community; liaised with local politicians and representatives; stayed closely in touch with the planning process; kept you informed through our website, social media and the local press; and reported in full at our AGM.
We are continuing to monitor, report, comment on and engage with the stadium development process – which is moving ahead, but slowly at the moment – and our communications and projects officer, Simon Barrow, who has lead responsibility for this, is happy to talk with you at anytime. You can contact him on 07850 120413 or at email@example.com.
We will of course keep you fully up-to-speed on this and other issues – but having a large and vocal trust membership is vital to securing the interests of fans and the community as the club moves forward. We cannot stress that enough. So do rejoin and get others to do so.
We will be in touch further as the fast-approaching close season develops. Thanks once again for all your support in 2014/15!
Working their way through the Leagues, to attack the Premiership… … on their bikes!
On the 12th of June, 3 men will embark on a mammoth journey. They are attempting to ride 400 miles between all Scottish Professional Football League Premiership grounds in just 4 days. They will finish at Hampden Park on Monday 15th June, which also marks the start of MND Awareness Week 2015.
Before the mammoth journey, they will also visit each ground in the SPFL Championship and Leagues 1 & 2 as part of their training.
John McKendrick, who is a SFA referee, has written books on cycling within Scotland. Laurie Findlay is a keen cyclist and has cycled between London and Edinburgh… … Phil Green bought his first bike at the start of the year.
Phil’s gran passed away in the late 70’s with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Back then sufferers of this condition didn’t have the help and support that is available today through MND Scotland who do a fantastic job. The purpose of the charity cycle is to raise awareness of MND and to help raise funds, which will allow MND Scotland to continue with the great work that they do.
Follow the team’s progress on their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/Pedal4MNDscotland
Or on twitter: @Pedal4MND
Join them for a “selfie” (bring your strip) at your team’s stadium and if you can spare a couple of pounds, please donate to www.justgiving.com/Pedal4MNDscotland.
The Timetable –
Training ride 1:
Monday 4th May – Alloa FC / Dunfermline FC / Cowdenbeath FC / Raith Rovers FC / East Fife FC. – Completed.
Training ride 2:
Sunday 17th May – Livingstone FC / Hearts FC / Hibernian FC / Berwick Rangers FC. Completed
Training ride 3:
Monday 18th May – Falkirk FC / East Stirling FC / Stenhousemuir FC (18:40) / Clyde FC / Albion Rovers FC / Airdrie FC – Completed
Training ride 4:
Monday 25th May – Annan Athletic FC / Queen of the South FC / Straraer FC / Ayr United FC.
Training ride 5:
Monday 8th June – Glasgow Rangers FC / Dumbarton FC / Morton FC.
The big one (12th – 15th June):
Friday 12th June – Ross County FC (06:45) / Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC (08:05) / Peterhead FC (18:45).
Saturday 13th June – Peterhead FC (06:45) / Aberdeen FC (09:40) / Montrose FC (14:00) / Brechin City FC (14:55) / Forfar Athletic FC (16:05) / Arbroath FC (17:35).
Sunday 14th June – Dundee United FC (08:25) / Dundee FC (08:25) / St Johnstone FC (10:55) / Stirling Alboin FC (14:35) / Motherwell FC (17:30)
Monday 15th June – Hamilton Accies FC (08:20) / Kilmarnock FC (10:50) / St Mirren FC (13:35) / Partick Thistle FC (14:15) / Glasgow Celtic FC (14:50) / Queens Park FC (15:15).
The ticket prices are £10 and £5 concessions.
It’s going to be a great afternoon, with a whole raft of ex-Sons stars on display!
The list so far is in the inset here. Make sure you’re part of the lineup in the stand, and do bring friends and relatives…
Thanks to the independent group of supporters who have put Shay’s testimonial events programme together. They’ve put in a lots of work.
There will be a special full-colour souvenir edition of Sons View, the trust-produced official Dumbarton FC matchday magazine, on sale for this game.A ‘must’ for your collection.
Also, make a note in your diary that the bowls match at the Rock Bowling Club will now take place on 24th May.
PHOTO © Donald Fullarton photography. Left to right: Tommy Hughes, Tim Rhead, Alan Findlay, Faye Suso, Simon Barrow
DUMBARTON resident Faye Suso, whose family are from West Africa, and Tim Rhead, from St Augustine’s Church, were on hand at Dumbarton Football Stadium last weekend, to receive two new sets of kit for “the Sons of Gambia”.
The gift has been made by the Sons Supporters Trustsin support of a youth team and community project in Gambia, which is one of the poorest countries in Africa. About a third of the population lives below the international poverty line of £1-a-day.
Sonstrust communications and projects officer Simon Barrow, who organized the presentation, explained: “Back in 2009, the club donated some strips to our friends in Gambia, and they have been proud to bear the name of Dumbarton FC ever since.
“When some new strips became available from our supporters’ team we thought it was definitely time to renew the link.
“We are delighted to be supporting youth football in West Africa, and also community projects which will benefit the lives of local people.”
Sonstrust membership secretary Tommy Hughes’ daughter Vicki, is living and working in the Gambian capital of Banjul at the moment, and plans to go and see the “Sons of Gambia” play.
“We’d like to develop a continuing relationship with the lads,” added Simon barrow. “Football is about community as well as sport, and that’s something both the club and the Sonstrust are very committed to.”
Dumbarton FC director Alan Findlay was also on hand for the presentation on behalf of the club.