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Sonstrust Gives Backing To SD

June 13, 2011

THE Sonstrust has issued a press statement this morning, backing Supporters Direct (and in particular, Supporters Direct Scotland, of which we are members) in the light of current media controversies.

It reads, in full:

DUMBARTON FC TRUST BACKS SUPPORTERS DIRECT

The supporters’ co-operative at Dumbarton Football Club (the Sonstrust, which helps
run many of the club’s regular activities) has given its “strong backing” to Supporters
Direct, following a funding row in England over some inappropriate comments made
on the personal Twitter account of the CEO – who has now resigned.

“Supporters Direct plays a key role in promoting community ownership in football, to
ensure that local clubs really engage with fans and the neighbourhood. It would be
tragic if this work was undermined,” said Alan Findlay, who is the trust and
commercial director at Dumbarton FC.

He added: “Things are really tough down south at present, but this is precisely the
moment for fans in Scotland to really get behind Supporters Direct and help to make
it more visible and effective. That’s what we have been doing at Dumbarton.”

The Sonstrust was among the first supporters’ co-ops founded in Scotland. It has
raised thousands of pounds for the club, runs its website and matchday programme,
has set up a bursary fund for the local community, and achieved a record membership
last season – over half the regular home attendance at Strathclyde Homes Stadium.

Supporters Direct in England faces the loss of over a million pounds from a Premier
League fans fund over the ‘twittergate’ row involving former CEO Dave Boyle. This
is a real threat to its existence.

However, the organisation in Scotland is backed differently, and is counting on a
groundswell of grassroots support to help it ride out the storm and move forward.

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Updates will also be appearing on the SD-backed website Changing Scottish Football, which we helped to establish.

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