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Trust Welcomes New Gaffer

October 21, 2018

#DuffsDumbarton #JoinJim.pngTHE Sonstrust, which brings together Dumbarton fans locally and across the globe, has welcomed the appointment of Jim Duffy as the club’s new manager today, and has thanked the chairman and board “for acting in such a careful, listening and timely way.”

A trust statement, reproduced on the club website, showing the strong partnership that now exists between the supporters and the board, continued:

“Jim Duffy is one of the best-known and most popular managers in Scottish football in recent times.

“Had his Morton team enjoyed a bit more luck in the 2017 Premiership playoffs, they could have become a top flight side.

“To bring a manager with his CV to the club is a real coup, and credit must go to the board and sponsors for ensuring this is able to happen.

“Now, as supporters and as a club, we must look to move forward.

“It is fair to say that results have not matched ambitions so far, bringing about understandable frustration.

“But starting from Saturday’s home game against East Fife, we have a fresh canvas and an opportunity to climb the League One table.

“The clocks have not even gone back yet and we still have 26 more opportunities to put points on the board.

“We look forward to seeing as many supporters as possible at the East Fife game on Saturday – and hearing them getting behind the team and its new regime.”

Our picture (courtesy of Donald Fullarton) shows Jim (second from left) with (left to right) DFC vice-chairman Colin Hosie, chairman John Steele, and DFC’s Sonstrust and commercial director Alan Findlay – who organised today’s proceedings. Thanks also to reporter Andy Galloway for all his work around this appointment. 

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New Management and Fresh Impetus

October 13, 2018

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THE search for a new manager and a fresh sense of impetus is now in full swing at Dumbarton FC, following the departure of gaffer Stevie Aitken — and the Sonstrust is calling on all Sons fans to pull together as the club looks to reshape and consolidate after a difficult start to life in League One.

The trust, which brings together Dumbarton fans near and far, has been properly consulted in the recent deliberations by the board at DFC. The chairman and directors have listened to supporters at every stage, while recognising that their primary responsibility for the future of the club has to be discharged with full knowledge and recognition of a large range of on- and off-field factors.  Some of these are publicly visible, while others can only really be assessed with close connection to the hands-on running of the club. We thank them for acting decisively and thoughtfully when the time felt right to make a change.

Parting company with a manager who has shown real commitment and worked so hard for us is never easy. As a trust, we send our very best wishes to Stevie Aitken for his future, and we offer our sincere thanks for all that he has done  during his time with Dumbarton FC. That has included getting us to our first major Cup final in the modern era and negotiating the demands of the Championship with slender resources and a part-time team.

This season we have been hit by a horrendous and continuing catalogue of injuries which staff and players have coped with as best they could. We are still not out of the woods on that front, but the board believes that a fresh perspective can begin to turn things around as the situation improves, and all efforts are now being made to secure the right person to lead that task in the second quarter of the 2018/19 season and beyond.

As a trust we recognise that our members have often had sharply divided opinions on how to move forward in recent weeks. We now need to heal those differences and pull together in support of the team. In particular, we are all going to need to play our part in helping to generate the resources Dumbarton FC needs to move forward. This is a time for solidarity among all those who have the best interests of the Sons at heart.

Pie and a Punt! Race Night Announced

October 1, 2018

Continuing our success of the social activity, we are planning another event for Dumbarton Football Club fundraising at the start of next year.

A Pie and a Punt!

A race night with a difference.

The date is to be confirmed as it all depends on how the Sons get on in the Scottish Cup – but it will be either Feb 9th or March 2nd (at the C&G Systems Stadium). So treat this announcement as a wee heads up!

Price for entry per person will be just £5!

Further details to be announced ASAP.

Trust Travel v Stranraer, Sat 8th October 2018

October 1, 2018

BOOKINGS continue to be taken for our supporters bus planned for Sons next away day at Stranraer on 8th October, 2018.

Our usual booking procedure applies – 3 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/

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RESTORATION OF DFC MEMORABILIA

September 21, 2018

AS part of the Sonstrust’s ongoing work in and around the C&G Systems Stadium, Bar ’72 in the community suite will once again look terrific with the restoration of the club’s memorabilia to the facilities walls.

Members of the Sonstrust, led by membership secretary Tommy Hughes have given up their weekend holiday Friday to come along to kick-start the process.

First items to be restored are frames containing a selection of the club’s matchday programme and there are plans over the next few months to have all previously removed items back in situ.

Tommy said: “The community suite looks very stark and bare without our items of club history on display.

“The walls were painted during the summer, and we have plans to re-vamp the floor and dance floor area too, and it’s time to put things back.

“We have a long and proud past and we should show it off.”

Sons next home game is next Saturday (29th) when Raith Rovers visit, sponsored by Scotserve Ltd.

THIS STORY ALSO FEATURES ON http://www.dumbartonfootballclub.com

Trust Travel v Airdrie, 22nd September, 2018

September 20, 2018

BOOKINGS continue to be taken for our supporters bus planned for Sons next away day at Airdrie on 22nd September 2018.

Our usual booking procedure applies – 3 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/

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Club Engages Fans’ Concerns

September 7, 2018

John Steele on the busTHE chairman and board of DFC have been in detailed discussions with gaffer Stevie Aitken this week, following a really disappointing start to the season, and their straightforward statement about where things stand can be found on the club site here

As most of you will know, club chairman John Steele also travelled with fans on the Trust Travel Section bus last week, and is talking with supporters before both home and away games.

From the trust’s point of view this directness and collaborative spirit is a massive and welcome change over what has happened in the past. It’s a sign that we really can take the club we love forward together, on and off the pitch.

Supporters’ concerns and voices are also heard directly though our elected board member, Alan Findlay, of course. In addition, we have have a fans’ action group (Gillie Brough, Jordan Brownlee, Alastair Thorn, Paul McDonald, David Ferguson, Jack Brough, Fraser Clarke, Andrew McCulloch, Andy Galloway and Robbi Docherty) who’ve been working steadily and busily on improvements around the stadium.

That’s all to the good, and we hope trust members will appreciate the hard work people have been putting in.

What hasn’t been good, obviously, have been results on the pitch so far…

We don’t need telling how frustrated many of you are about that. What people are saying IS being heard.

It’s important to stress that what’s being said by the club right now about the incredible number of injuries as being the core problem isn’t an excuse or spin, it’s hard fact.

There’s regular, detailed discussion going on about how to deal with the situation — and the commitment of all our staff players (including the ones who’ve been turning out in spite of health issues!) is wholehearted.

In turn, we really need you to stick together, turn up and support the lads!

We have a double-header against Montrose in the Irn Bru Cup and League One this weekend and next. You can be sure that everyone on the field and on the bench will be busting a gut to get the outcome we want — and a positive atmosphere from the stands can make a BIG difference.

‘Mon eh Sons!

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