Sunday 4th July 2021

THE Dumbarton FC Manager’s Fund was set up by a working group of fans in association with the Sons Supporters Trust and launched at the end of September 2019.

The sole intention was to provide a direct and regular source of income that supports the first team manager in the recruitment and/or retention of playing squad members. The Fund got off to a good start, but none of us could have foreseen the upheaval about to hit us in 2020.

Dumbarton Football Club are extremely grateful to all the fans and sponsors who have and continue to support us during what has been an extremely difficult period as our club approaches its 150th anniversary. At the start of 2020, who could possibly have predicted the devastating effects which the coronavirus pandemic would have on all of our lives? Sons’ fans responded magnificently in 2020 to help keep the club in business in these unprecedented times. Our beloved club may well not be here today without your continued support, help and donations.

Having spent six seasons in the Championship, our relegation in season 2017/18 was felt both on and off the park. The loss of income through relegation from the Championship was substantial, and we currently find ourselves in a very competitive League One. The Manager’s Fund can be one way of supporting the club’s push back to the Championship.

If we wish the club to consolidate our league position and in time achieve promotion again, we continue to pull together to do everything we can to help this come to pass. We need the support of our fans and the local community if we want to maintain a successful senior football team in the town and surrounding area.

We must try to help give our new manager, Stevie Farrell, the tools he requires continually to improve the squad for both the forthcoming and subsequent seasons. We guarantee that any funds raised from the fund will be entirely separate from the day to day Club accounts and ring-fenced for use purely to strengthen the playing squad. We have already seen some quality signings made for the forthcoming season and are pleased to report that the Manager’s Fund has contributed to this.

We would ask you to consider contributing an affordable monthly payment or a lump sum. All donations will go to a separate bank account that will be audited jointly by individuals both from the Sons Supporters Trust board and other supporters.

You can choose either a single lump sum payment or a recurring monthly payment.

Sons Supporters Trust members should have received an email in the last few days with a standing order form, and also the policies and procedures for administering the fund. If you have not received this, or wish to receive a copy, these can be provided.

There is no time obligation and if your circumstances were to change, your regular contributions can be cancelled at any time.

Alternatively you can pay into the account directly using the following details:

Sort Code:80-22-60
Account: 19582263
Name: DFC Manager’s Fund
Reference: Your name

Or by cheque payable to ” DFC Manager’s Fund” posted to “FAO Manager’s Fund, Dumbarton Football Club, Castle Street, Dumbarton G82 1JJ’

If you would like any further information before deciding to contribute, you can email Robbi Docherty (rdocherty@dumbartonfc.co.uk). You can also donate in person to Paul McDonald, Jordan Brownlee, Gillie Brough or Robbi Docherty in the Community Suite/Bar 72 at the C&G Systems Stadium on match days, which we hope all supporters will be able to attend when season 2021/22 gets underway. Online payments can also be made via PayPal. Paper forms will be available at the stadium or can be sent by email.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Dumbarton Football Club and the Sons Supporters Trust

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