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Play for the Sons – Team Sheet!

July 6, 2017

So, here we are – on the final straight for this weekend’s Play for the Sons game at the Dumbarton Football Stadium!

Both managers have a sterling line-up of Sons fans to coach and revealed today are the starting elevens for both sides.

Gates open at 1pm this Saturday (8th July) and entry to the game is absolutely free although we will have donation buckets available for anyone looking to make a small contribution to the fundraising efforts.

Our friends from YOUR Radio will also be in attendance taking over the PA for the day. At half-time there will be a penalty kick competition where members of the crowd will be invited to take part.

YOUR Radio will also be giving fans a chance to win £500 by taking part in the station’s Tight Squeeze competition, sponsored by Helensburgh Toyota.

The video below explains all!

 

SOLD OUT – Comedy/Curry Night, 8th July 2017

July 3, 2017

SonsTV – Brae Shop Remain as Sponsors

June 14, 2017

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GREAT news!

Robert Ryan, a Sonstrust member and owner of the Brae Shop in Rhu has agreed to again sponsor SonsTV for the up and coming 2017/2018 Championship campaign, meaning that edited action from the majority of DFC matches will be available free of charge for Sons fans worldwide.

Robert supported SonsTV with a similar deal last season and the Sonstrust is delighted to make this announcement.

The promotional video David (at SonsTV) created for last season for the Brae Shop is shown below.

On behalf of Sonstrust members and Dumbarton fans worldwide, a huge thanks to Robert for continuing his support.

 

 

Stadium Relocation Planning Application

June 5, 2017

sonstrustlogoFOLLOWING confirmation that an application for the development of a new stadium for Dumbarton FC has been lodged by Brabco, the clubs owners, on behalf of the company established for the relocation project*, the Sonstrust has committed itself to constructive engagement on the details of the plan (now viewable here at WDC) — which will go out to public consultation as part of a careful process of evaluation. 

The following initial statement has been issued on behalf of the trust: 

“After several years of uncertainty there is a sense of relief that the planning application for a new stadium has now been submitted, and that we should have clarity on whether or not this development is going ahead by the end of the year.

“We note that according to the statement on the club website the application has gone in under the name of Brabco, the majority shareholders and owners, not the club itself.* This is important in terms of financial liability for the application and the project overall.

“We have always been told that the club itself will have no liability for a new stadium build, so that if there are future problems they will not imperil the club’s assets and its future sustainability. This is vital for us as fans, obviously.

“We will now be looking at the planning application, which we have not been shown ahead of its submission, in detail. We have had several indicative meetings with Brabco in the run-up to their application, to discuss general principles and concerns.

“Obviously, it is now all about the detail, the feasibility of the plans, the financing, the security of the club, and building a stronger  partnership moving forward between ourselves as supporters, the new chairman, the club board and the majority shareholders.”

The trust remains committed to its longstanding position, agreed at two AGMs and implemented by our board, which is that whether DFC moves or stays, the right decision is the one that will best benefit the club we love.

Regarding the proposal for a new stadium at Dalmoak, many supporters remain to be assured that the development will be workable and sustainable — but there is also openness and positivity towards continuing progress for the club on and off the field.

In addition to communications and projects officer Simon Barrow, who has been leading for us in negotiations with the owners on the new stadium proposals, our nominated representatives in ongoing discussions with Brabco (we have had three meetings so far), as well as club director and trust representative Alan Findlay, are trust board member Alistair Thorn and fans’ spokesperson (and former DFC trust director) Stephen Lynch.

We are anticipating a number of meetings over the summer to look at the plans and the way they might be realised in detail, and we are also doing our own work on income generation possibilities moving forward, as well as the transition of the trust from a provident society (a cooperative) to a democratically run Community Interest Company (CIC).

As far as the stadium relocation and redevelopment is concerned, if the plans prove beneficial and sustainable for the club, meeting the needs of supporters and the community as well as the developers, we remain more than willing to get behind them. But solid business modelling, transparency, positive engagement with supporters and the community, contingency planning (a ‘plan B’) and provable, practical deliverability remain absolutely vital to ensure the ‘win-win’ solution that Brabco have assured us this will be. That is what we will continue to ask for and work for moving forward.


Note * ‘Dumbarton Community Football’, the name on the application, is a company established for the stadium development by Brabco 736 Ltd., not the club itself.

 

Trust Response on Youth Football

June 4, 2017

youth footballTHE Sonstrust has responded to an announcement from the Club Board about withdrawal from Academy Football, stressing the need for ongoing commitment to youth football in the area in new ways moving forward. 

“The Sonstrust is extremely saddened and disappointed that Dumbarton FC will not be able to participate in competitive youth football within Club Academy Scotland next season (2017/18), and the distress this has caused all involved.

“We understand the financial and other reasons for this regrettable decision, and the need to act swiftly to give the boys and parents involved the best chance of finding an alternative club before the end of June.

“We are especially sorry to see the closure of the Youth Development Initiative in its current form, because the Sonstrust played a major role in getting it launched in the first place.

“Our commitment to working with the club to find another way to support youth community football in the Dumbarton area remains strong. We are pleased that the club has made the same commitment in its own statement.

“We note that this decision has been levered by decreasing grant funding coming from the Scottish Football Association (SFA) and ongoing uncertainty surrounding Project Brave — the plan to focus the nation’s youth development resources on a small number of elite clubs. This raises huge questions for the future of the game.

“Our massive thanks go to Tony McNally and to all who have invested time and effort in YDI over the years.

This is not the end of the story regarding Dumbarton FC and youth football. We want to see a new chapter as soon as that can be achieved. We will do all we can to make that happen.”

Welcome for new DFC Chairman

May 29, 2017

Les HopeTHE chairman of the Sonstrust, Brian Payne, has written to new club chairman Les Hope to convey our best wishes to him in his important new role, and to commit the trust to working constructively with Dumbarton FC on the big issues it faces on and off the field.

Brian said: “Congratulations, from not just myself but all our members within the Sonstrust, in your elevation to the Chairman position at Dumbarton FC.

“It is no doubt a huge role to undertake what with the challenge as the only (now one of two) part-time teams in the Championship, our current sustainability at The Rock and the plans in place to relocate to Youngs Farm.

“While it is with some sadness that we see Alan Jardine retiring I am hopeful the good work he has done for the club will continue, particularly in regard to financial sustainability. It is without doubt big shoes to fill.

“All the best in the future for yourself and DFC.”

Brian also assured the new chairman that the trust and the trust director will continue to seek ways to benefit the club moving forward, as well as to represent the interests and views of fans on key issues.

The trust has also expressed its appreciation for all the work done for the club by outgoing chairman Alan Jardine over many years.

Comedy and Curry Night – 8th July

May 17, 2017

Curry Comedy Night Poster July 2017

WOW! What an evening of entertainment we have lined up for the evening of Sat 8th July 2017.

A night of great food and even greater laughs with a stellar line-up from the cream of Scotland’s comedy talent – all playing at the home of Scotland’s original Champions – Dumbarton FC.

Gary Little
As heard on BBC Scotland’s ‘Jail Mates’ ‘A master storyteller. Runs rings round his comedy peers’ (Herald). ‘Born raconteur’ (Scotsman).

Susie McCabe
One of Chortle.co.uk’s ‘2017: Ones to Watch’ ‘A naturally funny storyteller and a genuine stand-up. Highly recommended’ (Kevin Bridges).’Bold, engaging and insanely entertaining’ (EdFestMag.com). ‘Prepare to laugh yourself silly’ (ThreeWeeks).

Rosco McClelland
Scottish Comedian of The Year 2016 ‘Unquestionable shades of Billy Connolly, engaging attention to detail offset by some lovely, slightly surreal touches’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘McClelland’s gravelly and animated onstage presence emitted continuous laughter from the audience’ (Skinny).

And Our MC John Gavin
Scottish Comedian of The Year 2009, So You Think You’re Funny? Finalist ‘His effortless likeability and unaffected charm make his conversational set all the more engaging… a class act’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Hard hitting and side splitting’ (Daily Record)


All rounded off with a curry, rice & popadoms.

All proceeds from the night will be donated to Dumbarton FC to help secure a place in the Championship for an amazing 7th season.

Of course, non-Sons fans are welcome too!

You can purchase a limited number of tickets online – click through using the link below.

http://buytickets.at/sonssupporterstrust/99192  (see note below).

PLEASE NOTE IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED YOUR INTEREST IN THIS EVENT VIA GILLIE, ROBBI or ALAN, DO NOT USE THIS FACILITY!

You can by tickets in person from the stadium or email gilliebrough@gmail.com 

Note: a 90p transaction fee is applied to online tickets to all online tickets. This is to cover the PayPal transaction fees involved and ensure we maximise the proceeds for the club. 

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