Sunday 22nd April 2018

NEW Dumbarton FC Chairman John Steele wants everyone to pull together as Sons face the challenge of relegation playoffs after a long, hard campaign in the Scottish Championship.

The message was delivered directly to fans as part of the annual Awards social event following the game against Falkirk yesterday. It was John’s first public outing as Chairman following his election to the board and the top position recently, and the decision of former chairman Les Hope to step down before the end of the season.

Speaking to supporters, Mr Steele thanked them for their loyal backing of the club, urged them to get behind the team and the club as it faced big challenges on and off the pitch, and pledged that the days of “us and them” – a gulf between the boardroom and the fans – was something that needed to be left in the past.

He also thanked the manager, team, staff and many volunteers who keep the club running.

There are other changes being made in the boardroom too. Club doctor Neil Mackay has come on board. Both he and Mr Steele, who is a well-regarded solicitor from Helensburgh, have long-term behind the scenes involvements with Dumbarton FC.

They join on the board Vice-Chairman Colin Hosie, Sonstrust representative and Club commercial director Alan Findlay, and Callum Hosie representing owners Brabco.

Sonstrust Chairman Brian Payne welcomed the changes taking place and the message of the Club Chairman.

“Despite the challenges we face, there’s a fantastic collaborative spirit being rekindled at Dumbarton FC right now. We all need to pull together for the future of the Club we love, and that’s what we are going to do,” he said.

More on the Awards event to follow.

Simon Barrow

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