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Comedy Night at DFC

June 22, 2018

Tickets are already flying out the door for the Comedy Night of the year at DFC. Get yours, NOW!

Our headline act, Des McLean, will be returning to DFC having famously performed at our first ever Sporting Dinner in 2009.

Based in Glasgow Des is in demand both throughout the UK and across the world and has toured America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and played the iconic Riviera in Las Vegas.

For TV Des regularly presents programmes for both BBC & STV. For radio Des co-hosted the Clyde 1 Breakfast Show for 6 years, winning three prestigious Sony Radio Awards for the comedy sketches and content.

On stage Des has appeared in a number of productions, including playing the lead role in Iain Pattison’s critically acclaimed play ‘I Tommy’, about the life of politician Tommy Sheridan.

In 2014 Des created ‘Des McLean’s A to Z of Scotland’ which he performed to audiences in a major tour. The accompanying DVD to the tour is the latest addition to the series of his best selling catalogue of DVDs & CDs.

In 2017 Des embarked on a nationwide tour with a brand new stand up show, and also co-created the online TV series The Glasgow Trip, and has been nominated for best online comedy at The Scottish Comedy Awards 2018.

Wow!

Tickets available from Gillie Brough and Alan Findlay.

You can purchase online too – https://paypal.me/pools/c/85tivKsWeC

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WE NEED YOUR HELP!

June 18, 2018

 

On Sat 23rd and Sun 24th June we are undertaking mini projects aimed at enhancing the appearance of the C&G Systems Stadium to improve commercial revenue and enhance the match day experience at DFC in preparation for the new season.

There will be various jobs around the ground both inside and out needing done, with tasks ranging from basic cleaning, tidying & repairs to decorating and painting work.

Everyone is welcome – we invite any Sons fan available to come along and join in. If you are available, we would really welcome your support!! If you can help, please get in touch with trust member Jordan Brownlee who is co-ordinating the two day event.

Jordan’s contact details are – e-mail – jordan.brownlee@hotmail.co.uk

We plan to meet at the C&G Systems Stadium at 10.00 am on 23rd June and again the next day (also at 10am) – so even if you can only make it along for an hour or two to help out, it would go a long way to helping the club looking after the stadium and preparing for the new season.

Refreshments will be provided. And as above, for any further info please email Jordan.

And on the Sunday afternoon following completion of the tasks, we are hoping to organise an opportunity to have a chat with club officials and the team manager about the season ahead.

#supportoursons #foreverydumbartonfan

Murder and Mystery at The Rock!

June 8, 2018

On Saturday 9th June 2018, the Chivas Suite at The Rock will be the venue for an exciting murder mystery evening, based on a fictional end-of-season Dumbarton FC Awards Dinner, filled with intrigue, suspicion, and of course, MURDER!

As well as enjoying a delicious 2-course meal, guests will take part in a fully interactive murder mystery event, performed by 7 professional actors.

During the course of the evening, guests will have the opportunity to interrogate the suspects, examine the evidence, and ultimately guess the murderer, with the winner receiving a ‘Star Detective’ certificate and a special prize!

The event will start 7.30pm finishing at around 10pm, with the bar remaining open until around 12pm and there will be over 100 guests taking part.

This is a fundraising event, organised by the Sonstrust will all profits donated to Dumbarton FC.

How the Sonstrust Manages Data

May 25, 2018

gdpr

THE Sonstrust is committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of our members, associates and visitors to our website and social media. We want you to know what data we hold and why, how we use it, the limited conditions we might disclose it to others, how we keep it secure and how we will always make sure that you are in control of your personal information.

This PRIVACY AND DATA PROTECTION POLICY is a key part of our compliance pathway in relation to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25th May 2018. We will also be relaying this information in our mailings, and on social media as well as on our website.

Website and social media data

Our website and social media is managed exclusively by the Trust, a registered industrial and provident society. We also maintain the official site for Dumbarton under delegated powers accountable to the Club Board and in agreement with the Trust board. Dumbarton FC is adopting a parallel and integrated privacy and data protection policy to the Sons.

Like others, our website uses ‘cookies’. These are small text files which are stored on your computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows the server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user, or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so is able to carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next.

Cookies can only be used to store information that the user has volunteered or that the web server already has. We do not allow third parties discreet access to personal data through our website, and our social media accounts (on Twitter and Facebook) only hold information that you choose to release in using them. We do not ‘farm’ such data, nor do we allow third parties discreet access to these sites.

Our web and social media sites may contain links to third-party owned and/or operated websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such third-party websites. These third-party websites have separate privacy practices; we have no responsibility or liability relating to such practices; and such practices govern your use of these websites. If this site includes any mapping features, those mapping features are powered by Google Inc. and governed by Google’s privacy policy: http://www.google.com/privacy.html, as amended from time to time.

Analytics

When someone visits one of our sites we may use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard Internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way that does not identify anyone personally. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

Mailing Lists

As part of our communication with members, we collect a limited amount of personal information. We use that information to tell you about service-related issues (such as ticket prices, events or special offers); to contact you if we need to obtain or provide additional information; to send reminders where appropriate; to check our records are correct; to check periodically that you are satisfied; or to assist in emergency circumstances. We do not rent or trade email lists with other organisations and businesses. Details held for mailing purposes are on an ‘opt in’ basis and are held only for the legitimate interests of business as the Sonstrust in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

We use a third-party provider, MailChimp, to deliver newsletters. We may gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletter. For more information, please see MailChimp’s own privacy notices. You can unsubscribe to general mailings at any time of the day or night by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our emails or by emailing our Data Protection Officer at the Sonstrust.

Third Parties

We may share anonymised personal information with other organisations who can use this to analyse our development programmes, promotions and self-generated funding. If we do this we will update this policy to indicate how, why and under what further restrictions.

Access to Information

If you need to view, amend, or delete any personal information that we hold about you, please email your request to secy@sonstrust.net, marked for the attention of the Data Protection Officer.

Changes to this Privacy Notice and our Data Protection Policy

We welcome comments, questions, feedback or suggestions on our Data Protection and Privacy policies. This Privacy Notice will be updated regularly as necessary and reviewed annually by the Board of Sons Supporters Society. We will also use it to review other relevant Trust policies.

The Sonstrust will continue to take all reasonable steps to comply with GDPR and all other applicable legislation in this area. We do this not simply as a matter of legal requirement but to demonstrate our willing commitment to all involved with the, Trust, the Club and the local and football community it serves.

Farewell to Callum, Who Always Wanted Sons to Flourish

May 23, 2018

 

THE Sonstrust has conveyed its sincerest condolences to the family of Dumbarton director Callum Hosie, who sadly died of cancer last Monday.

Tributes were paid to Callum at his family funeral in Southport yesterday (Tuesday 22nd May 2018), where the Club and all associated with it were represented by vice-chairman Colin Hosie.

A full obituary and tributes can be found at the DFC site here and in the local press last week and this week.

Sonstrust Chairman Brian Payne said: “Callum had a great love of Dumbarton FC, and everyone associated with the Club is very saddened by his passing. We echo the generous sentiments that have been widely expressed over the past few days.

“We have been directly in touch with the Hosie family to pass on our condolences and best wishes, along with the DFC chairman, board and others.

“We are pleased to have received a message assuring us that the family are following Callum’s wishes in their continuing desire that Dumbarton FC should be in a position to thrive well into the future.

“The Sonstrust remain committed to that vision, and fans are currently working hard with the Club and the board, led very positively by new Chairman John Steele, to address our present challenges and chart a positive way forward.

“We hope very much that owners Brabco, of whom Callum Hosie was a director, will be fully supportive of these moves, engaging directly with the Club board and the Trust board in securing a ‘win-win’ solution for us all following recent challenges.

“We know that Callum would want no less for the Club and town he loved.”

Moments That Matter

May 17, 2018

So, the end of another season which finished not as everyone hoped.

After a marathon 53 game campaign, our beloved Dumbarton Football Club finds themselves in tier 3 of the SPFL and now face a new season in Ladbrokes League One.

Sons fans are devastated. We have enjoyed a purple period in the club’s history with six straight campaigns in the country’s professional second footballing level as Scotland’s best part-time club (operating mostly in a full-time environment).

It’s been a blast. A rollercoaster ride of emotion and for many Dumbarton fans a period of sustained success.

But we ALL now face what is a new era at our famous old club.

There are lots of challenges to be met head-on, including off-field issues.

With determination and drive, a full summer of preparation and hard work behind the scenes and your continued and invaluable support in 2018-19, one poor campaign can so easily be followed by a season not to be missed.

There are though no guarantees.

As a supporters trust, we are enthused by the refreshing and open approach that the club is now engaging with. Some say about time. No arguments from us on that.

We as fans may not be owners, but let’s be honest here, DFC is our club. We have invested more than most both in cash through the turnstiles and in our emotional attachment.

If the last 20/30 years tells us anything, it’s that you can never predict what memories might be waiting to be made just around the corner.

The club needs our support, perhaps more than ever. They (we) are working hard to make the matchday experience better for all.

Better late than never.

Finances are tight – right now where isn’t? And football clubs who have limited income streams feel the pinch more than most.

Season ticket sales are important to DFC. There is a direct correlation between how many are sold and what budget can be made available to the manager. Always has been, always will.

This close season with the club’s new tier 3 status, budgets are being reviewed with a clear loss of prize money being a huge factor.

Let’s not kid ourselves on this either. Times are tough.

This is where we come in. If it’s at all possible, we urge Sons fans to renew their undoubted loyalty to the club by purchasing a season ticket for the new campaign and maybe encourage a pal or two to join in our passion for OUR club.

The Sonstrust, through its members, is fully engaged in making the whole club better.

We have to.

As above, DFC belongs to us.

#For Every Dumbarton Fan.

We Are Recruiting

May 3, 2018

THE Sonstrust are looking for a reliable supporter/trust member to become part of the half-time draw (50/50) team.

The half-time draw is co-ordinated by the Supporters Trust but we need a match day supervisor and if you are over 16, available for all home matches (Saturdays and midweek), reliable, have an outgoing personality then you could be the person required.

Benefits include free entry to every DFC home game throughout the season(s).

Interested? Then contact Alan Findlay on 07904 666 014 or drop an e-mail to secy@sonstrust.net

Alternatively, leave contact details in the comment section of this post and we will respond.

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