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Fans Vote For Dumbarton’s Future

March 18, 2011

SONS supporters have voted overwhelmingly against ‘regionalising’ the lower divisions in Scottish football and admitting ‘colt’ SPL teams into the lower leagues.

More than 95% of the 250+ supporters who took part in the match day ballot on 5 March, and in the equivalent online polls, want to maintain a national, professional league below the top flight.

Both regional leagues and colts are ideas which the Scottish Premier League has put forward as part of its outline proposals for restructuring the game in Scotland.

In response to a third question, almost all Sons fans said they believed that supporters should be properly represented on the governing bodies that run Scottish football.

Dumbarton is the first SFL club to directly ask its supporters what they think of some of the major issues raised by the much-publicised SPL proposals, and the similar ideas produced by former first minister Henry McLeish in his report for the SFA on the future of the game.

The poll took place at the match against Livingston two weeks ago, as well as on the Sonstrust website (where the full results will be published next week) and on the three Facebook groups associated with the club.

The Sonstrust Board will be following up the vote by writing to DFC, Supporters Direct and the Scottish Football League over the issues.

The Scottish Premier League has announced that it will unveil and vote on its full plans for SPL1 & 2 “within a few weeks”.

At a meeting of 34 Supporters’ Trusts in Falkirk six weeks ago, there was a strong feeling that what has been put forward so far does not offer a sustainable future for the game in Scotland, and a desire that fans should be consulted and involved. The Sonstrust has taken a lead in this regard.

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