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Newco: Sons Fans Speak Out

June 27, 2012

THE response to the Sonstrust Board statement about the ramifications of Newco Rangers being considered for inclusion in the SFL First Division has shown how passionately many Dumbarton Supporters feel about the issue.

The Trust Board wants to reflect the depth of those concerns  to the Club and the football authorities, while also monitoring developments closely and looking at responses to the range of options being considered.

To make sure that supporters get their say, we are about to write to every Trust member, and we are also launching an online poll here on the Sonstrust website so that YOU can vote on what you think should happen. VOTE NOW!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Alan McAllister permalink
    June 27, 2012 4:07 pm

    Being abroad, the only way we can show support for Dumbarton FC is through shirt sponsorshipWe sponsored a player’s home and away shirt last season, and were planning to do so again this season. However, we will hold off from doing this until we know that Dumbarton FC have officially opposed a Newco entry into Division 1. If we are made aware that DFC votes for Newco’s entry, we will not sponsor.

  2. Matt McLeod (Falkirk Fan) permalink
    June 27, 2012 6:39 pm

    I will never return to the ground of any team who vote in favour of Sevco entering the SFL1. I dont even believe they should win any application to SFL3 as they have no accounts and they are an absolute shambles at the moment. Airdrie were denied in 2002, the same should happen with Sevco. Anything else will be putting money before sporting integrity. Its time to put football first.

  3. Jim McGhee permalink
    June 27, 2012 6:54 pm

    A Dumbarton fan for over 50 years, now working abroad having attended most of the games last season, I have already made my views known to the official Sons website. I was not happy with Alan Adamson, in the Daily Record, saying the fans and the chairman were excited at the prospect of playing Rangers at Ibrox in Division 1. What fans was he speaking for? Certainly not me. If Dumbarton FC back such a move, when even Rangers fans acknowledge that Division 3 would be the only fair way back into the leagues, I for one won’t be back.

  4. Bob Ewan permalink
    June 28, 2012 11:55 pm

    As a Dumbarton supporter since the 1960s, I am utterly appalled at any possibility that my club might be complicit in allowing a club which has disgraced Scottish football and cheated every one of us to escape the consequences. This is the best opportunity in my lifetime to breathe new life into the game in this country while taking a huge step to rid us of the sectarian bigotry which shames Scotland. Last season ended in great style and it was wonderful to be there to support the team at Airdrie just as it was at Hampden in 1970 when we amazed Scottish football with our displays against a Celtic team that was certainly one of the best in the world at that time. But, if Dumbarton support in any way this disgusting stitch-up to allow a re-incarnation of Rangers entry into any league above division 3, I will not be back. If the competition is fixed in favour of two teams, what would be the point?

  5. Pete Mc permalink
    June 29, 2012 7:48 am

    Mr Doncaster of the SPL seems to have been very big on sweeping generalisations since this situation first reared its head but is often found lacking in solid facts to substantiate his assertions.I would hope the Dumbarton Board and all others will have been provided with supporting financial schedules to confirm exactly on what basis he has arrived at the scenarios he suggests will be fact without the admittance of Sevco 58 to the First Division. The whole exercise for me is more redolent of self preservation of position for those meant to lead Scottish Football rather than any genuine attempt to improve the game.

  6. June 29, 2012 8:51 pm

    Let no-one be in any doubt that the stated resolve, so far at any rate, of enough SPL clubs to dent a Newco admission to that division is now being used a bullying bludgeon to the clubs of the SFL.

    I would hope and expect that the Board of Directors of Dumbarton Football Club will stand firm against such tactics. Indeed, until the not-so-veiled threat from the SPL hierarchy was issued yesterday I was willing to consider the pros and cons of a Newco being admiited to SFL Division One, but I have now come down firmly in the’ No’ camp.

    Can I also concentrate the mind of every DFC Director by reminding them that whilst they may have a financial investment, of whatever stake, they are each only a transient custodian of the integrity, reputation and traditions of DFC. Any die cast in the next few days may last a very long time indeed.

  7. ROD permalink
    July 2, 2012 9:08 pm

    The only fair option for newco ‘Rangers’ is to start in Division Three, like any other club admitted to the SFL would have to do. Anything other than this would mean Directors of clubs selling out their fans for short term financial gain. Unfortunately, finance is at the heart of this issue and that is why we have the SFA, SPL, SFL & SKY TV putting pressure on and trying to do deals with clubs to ensure ‘Rangers’ stay outside the SPL is as short as possible. I would hope DFC Directors take a principled stance, take note of their supporters opinion and vote against the inclusion of a newco in Division One.

  8. Brian permalink
    July 2, 2012 10:28 pm

    “When people cheat in any arena, they diminish themselves-they threaten their own self-esteem and their relationships with others by undermining the trust they have in their ability to succeed and in their ability to be true.”
    ― Cheryl Hughes.
    She said it better than I could. If Rangers are admitted to SFL1 then any championship trophy should be renamed “The Judas Chalice”. Why is the silence deafening from the DFC board? As one of the founding clubs in the Scottish League don’t let your integrity be bought for 30 peices of silver.

  9. andrew cooper permalink
    July 3, 2012 3:00 am

    i for one disagree with the above if for no other reason you are giving celtic cart blanch for the SPL title for wow long ?

  10. Eoghan Warner permalink
    July 3, 2012 12:45 pm

    The SFL would have to change the rules to let a newco into the first division. When Rangers were administrated, they should have been put in the third division, this happened to Livingston and they didn’t ask to go to the Second division. Also when Rangers got liquidated, which means their company no longer exists, their newco should have to apply to join the SFL. The normal course for any other new company is to apply to join the SFA and then the SFL, if they are wanting to go pro. Just because this newco is named Rangers shouldn’t give them the right to just jump back in to the first division. What about teams in the junior leagues who may have applied to join the SFL, like Clydebank for example, they will think the SFA care more about a newco, than them. I think Rangers should apply to the SFL, and if successful should start in the third division. The Dumbarton board should be opposed to Rangers jumping the queue into the first division.

  11. Steve Young permalink
    July 4, 2012 2:28 pm

    I introduced my son to DFC as his local club and we are both season ticket holders ( we also sponsor a player ).
    If a decision is made that is not in line with the views of the majority of sons fans, then I will look to another sport.
    We can’t allow such an obvious carve up. Any perceived financial benefit will be nullified with empty stadiums….

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