Thursday
Apr102014

Chairmans Report

Let me start by offering you all an apology, it has been two months since my last update, and although our communications director has been requesting this update for weeks now it has taken a while for me to put pen to paper so to speak. The last three months have been incredibly busy, not only from a Society point of view but from a personal point of view too, however I do realise that communications is the one key factor to Society members and I will endeavor to ensure updates are more frequent going forward.

Our minutes are available for all to read online at www.dee4life.com so I won’t go into great detail on every issue, instead I would like to concentrate on a few items.

 New DFCTV site & Live Streaming

Myself and the Society are rightly proud of our new look site and services which we took the decision to fully fund back in October. The costs of a new website to host the live streaming and being able to service all platforms like smart phones and tablet computers were considerable, the time put into it, mostly by our communications director Ross Day, was more than any volunteer could be expected to put in to it.

We took the early decision to use a similar format of web page as the Club was working on to keep things familiar and promote the “One Dundee” projection. I think everyone who has had a look will agree that the new DFCTV site looks fantastic, as does the new club site.

We must thank all subscribers of “Club Dundee” packages, without their continued support we would not have been able to fund these improvements!, so  a massive thanks must also go to our “Club Dundee” volunteers, not just Ross but the team who record the footage, do the interviews, edit it and upload it onto the website, maintain databases, do the monthly checks for payment updates and also to the Club for providing the manager, players and the match footage to show the action, without which “Club Dundee” would not be able to function.

The Live Streaming service has been an instant hit with our Exile members who have really got behind the live streaming and have either purchased a “Exile” package or are purchasing live coverage on a game to game basis, this backing ensures that ‘Club Dundee’ will continue to grow and improve.

We are currently transmitting live streaming of all home games but are actively investigating the possibility of doing away games next season too as well as introducing live audio commentary of all games to our members in the UK.

 

KPI’s

As you all are aware when the investment offer was agreed by our members, the majority shareholders in the football club became Football Partnership Scotland. It is therefore the Club Board’s decision whether or not to publish KPI’s in the same way the Society did when we held the majority shareholding in the Club. The Society have asked the Club Board via our two representatives if the club could publish KPI’s in a similar manner as they were before. So far the Club Board feel that the controls put in place by the SPFL negate the need to publish KPI’s, we will keep asking though in the hope that a revised set of KPI’s will be forthcoming.

Investment

There has been some discussion on fans forums regarding the Society being asked to donate money to the club. I would like to put all members in the loop.

The Society received a request from the club board via the fans representative to see if the Society would be willing to make a contribution towards the wages of an unsigned and unnamed player. After careful consideration, and a good look at our aims, objectives and rules, it was deemed inappropriate to donate money to the club for this purpose.  A meeting was arranged between the Club Board and the Society Board and this led to a better understanding which enabled the Society Board to make much better informed decisions.

The Society Board recognise  that we are still the largest single shareholder in the club with approximately  one third of the issued shares in Dundee FC. This comes with a responsibility to share the burden of the weight of running Dundee FC in partnership with FPS. We have therefore agreed a part payment on DFCTV money due to the club after the end of our financial year and to invest a 5 figure sum into the club. Our investment will go towards helping with stadium & pitch improvements.

I say investment, as we have been encouraged to take shares for the money by the Club Chairman, Bill Colvin. If he, or any other director (person) was investing in Dundee FC they certainly wouldn’t just hand over their money, they would want something in return. We did look at purchasing DFC Bonds, however at the end of the day, the Society Board took the decision to purchase shares in DFC this time. I can’t say at this moment if this will be the done thing in the future, I am well aware that some members feel that we shouldn’t purchase shares and should just hand over the Society’s money to the club, equally there are members who feel we should buy shares, we will never please everyone, so we took the decision to purchase shares this time, next time we will make what we think is the correct decision at the time.

The meeting between the Club Board and the Society Board was the first of regular meetings, which both boards have agreed to have, on top of this the club Chairman and myself have agreed to have regular meetings and we also talk frequently about the club. This will go some way to both boards having a better understanding of each other and help towards the ultimate goal of bettering Dundee FC.

 

Dens buy back proposal

This is not a Society initiative however it is something we are really keen on and more than willing to play a part in achieving. Our own Ian Baird has given many hours of his time to researching the best methods of achieving the buy back.

There have been several meetings and discussions between various interested parties, however at this time it remains an idea and only that. Decisions have to be taken on what route the Dens buy back scheme takes, a Community Interest Company (CIC) or a charitable status scheme, all this has to be done with the blessing of Mr Bennett, Dundee FC as tenant and all the groups that are involved in trying to bring this together. One thing I would say is, that it is the current Society Board’s long term aim to help bring Dens back into Dundee hands and whatever way or whoever is responsible for this to happen will have the backing of the Society as long as it is not in anyone’s single control and can never be sold off or mortgaged against which has caused us so many problems in the past.

So, that’s four topics I am sure you have an opinion on, not the usual tripe from me but I thought I would do something different this time and engage on topics I thought you might be interested in.

 

One other piece of news you will not be aware of is the other half of our communications team, Mike Jeffries, has decided to retire from the Society Board. Mike has served the Society in one way or another for 10 years and will be sadly missed by all connected with the Society. No matter the make up of the Society board over this period all held him in the highest of regard and the current Society board will be poorer without him. Mike leaves us with our thanks, gratitude and best wishes for the future.

 

4 games to go!!

 

Finally, 4 games left to go, two home and two away. I was at Hamilton last week and the thought that struck me was how well all these Championship Clubs are doing out of Dundee FC. Some people are quick to bring up our past and as we all heard on a Saturday evening sports radio program some are quite rude about our club, however when did we last see a Championship club bring 2000 fans to Dens Park for a game of football?

 

The management and the players will do the best they can and we can only hope that it goes the way we are all dreaming it will. One thing we can do though is make a difference from the terraces, a large and noisy home support starting this Saturday could just make the difference between winning this league and not, so I ask you all to dig deep, again, if you can come along to Dens for these two games and raise the old roof of Dens Park and cheer this great club of ours proudly over the line.

Keep the Blue Flag Flying High,

 

Peter Campbell

Chairman

Dundee FC Supporters’ Society.

Thursday
Apr102014

Fans Rep Report

The Society has launched new membership packages in the last few weeks, namely Gold+, Exile and Diamond. The introduction of these packages gives better options to suit all price ranges.

All details of these are available at www.dfctv.co.uk and will feature on the new Society site once launched. Please feel free to email the Society if you require more information.

 

Penman Lounge

I have agreed with George and Ann Harris, the Penman Lounge Hosts, that any person with a birthday or special occasion in the Penman around 1/1.30pm can be taken along to the boardroom for some pictures. In the last few weeks I have had fans ranging from as young as 5 to those much much older! So please ask or drop me an email the week before if you have a special occasion coming up.

New Club website

I had a few complaints about the lack of fans forum on the new DFC website.

The main reason for removal was the forum only had around twenty regular users and all comments needed looked at by an administrator before being allowed on the forum. As it was an official forum all comments had to be policed far more than the unofficial forums that we all use!

Our new website is designed around Social Media integration as the club is moving with the times and I would urge all fans to engage with the club through these mediums.

 Live Streaming

The new live screening of our games to overseas fans is proving very popular with our Exiled fans, with around 50 people watching the last two home games online. A huge well done from all involved in getting this service set up and I am sure it will continue to evolve and improve over the coming months!

 

Now we are entering the business end of the season, the club need everyone to get behind Paul and the team to help spur us over the finishing line as Champions! As I for one, do not want to be involved in any play-off!

 

Colin Reid

Fans Rep

Colin.Reid@dee4life.com

Tuesday
Apr082014

Dee Promotions - Ladies Dinner

Gents, why not treat the "Ladee" in your life to a fabulous night out and raise funds for Youth Development through Dee Promotions. Alternatively, treat the Ladies in your office or Ladies, get together with your family and friends and come along and support this fantastic night out.

Maybe you would be able to sponsor the evening -

Main Event Sponsor - £1000, includes &Table of 10, backdrop on stage, compnay logo on menues and accreditation on main club website)

Table Decoration - £50, includes Company name on set of balloons.

Champagne reception - £150

Programme Sponsor - £150

If you are interested please contact Alison McQueen of Dee Promotions on 01382 884450 or by Email

Individual Tickets cost £40 - For further details on the evening - Click Here

Tuesday
Apr082014

DUNDEE FC Official Expedition to Mt Toubkal (June 2015)

Are you up for a challenge, Dundee Fans are being asked to "volunteer" to join DFC Board members, Coaching Staff and Players of Dundee FC in an adventure of a lifetime by climbing North Africa's highest peak, Mount Toubkal (4167m) and at the same time raising money for Youth Development at Dundee FC.

see the full advert by clicking here

Thursday
Mar202014

Bill Brown - Scottish Football Hall of Fame?

 

Bill Brown was one of the greatest Scottish goalkeepers of the post-war period and is a legendary figure at both Dundee and Tottenham Hotspur Football Clubs. At Dundee he was a member of the League Cup winning team in 1951-52. He went on to be a member of the Tottenham Hotspur team that was the first team in the modern age to win the English League and Cup Double in 1960-61. This was followed by another FA Cup win in 1962. They then became the first British team to win a European Trophy. The European Cup Winners Cup in 1963. 

 

He won 28 full Scottish caps and represented the country at the World Cup Finals in Sweden in 1958. He was his countries most capped goalkeeper. A record which only fell in 1979. He also represented his country by playing at Scotland Schoolboys, Youth and ‘B’ levels as well as playing for the Scottish League XI.

William Dallas Fyfe Brown was born an only child in Arbroath on October 8th 1931.  He had a trial for Scottish Schoolboys playing at outside left. Only later switching to goalkeeper when the Arbroath High School’s regular goalkeeper was injured. After leaving school he started an apprenticeship as an electrician, whilst on the pitch he progressed from juvenile sides Arbroath Cliffburn and Carnoustie Juveniles to junior club Carnoustie Panmure. Bill played for Scotland Schoolboys V Wales in 1947. He joined Dundee shortly before his 18th birthday after being pursued by a number of clubs from both sides of the border. At Dundee he gained future international honours at Youth level. His Dundee first team debut came in January 1950 against Clyde but it took him several seasons before he became a  regular in the side. In 1951-52 he was a member of the Dundee team that won its first trophy in 41 years when they won the League Cup beating Rangers in the final.  He may well have won more domestic honours, missing two Cup finals due to National Service which was spent in the Royal Air Force Police.

In 1956 he won a Scotland B cap Versus England. Later that year he earned the first of his eight Scottish League caps. He was a member of the Scotland team chosen for the 1958 World Cup finals. He finally made his debut in the final game with France having understudied the great Tommy Younger on more than 20 occasions. Bill would earn 28 caps for Scotland, four whilst at Dundee the rest after his move to Tottenham. He became the most capped goalkeeper in Scottish history. His last appearance for his country was in November 1965. His international career spanning more than seven years. His record as most capped goalkeeper would stand for another 14 years before finally falling to Alan Rough in 1979. 

 

He made a total of 274 appearances for Dundee, including 62 clean sheets. The Dundee Club describe him thus “As a keeper who was elastically agile, endowed with remarkably sharp reflexes and was never less than impeccable for Dundee“.

He transferred to Tottenham Hotspur in June 1959 for a fee of sixteen and a half thousand pounds. A hefty fee in those days which Dundee used in the installing of floodlights at Dens Park.

He became a key member of the team alongside two other great Scottish legends, John White and Dave Mackay, both of whom have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame. His manager Bill Nicholson later described him as “One of his best signings”. The Tottenham team would became the first team in the twentieth century to win the English League and Cup Double in 1960/61. The following season they retained the FA Cup. Then in 1962 /63 they were the first British team to win a European Trophy. Defeating the holders Atletico Madrid 5-1 in the Final of the European Cup Winners Cup. This success included two titanic battles with Glasgow Rangers. At Tottenham he became one of the first goalkeepers to develop the quick accurate throw to his own team rather than the traditional long punt downfield. Bill made a total of 222 League appearances for Tottenham as well as 23 FA Cup matches and 17 in European competition. Such was his consistency during those glory years, from 1960 to 1963, Bill missed just a dozen games out of a possible 204. Tottenham’s obituary  contains the following tribute. 

“Has strong claims to being the finest Scottish ‘keeper of the post-war era. Consistently brilliant, of willowy build, Bill’s acrobatics brought off many an ‘impossible’ save.”

He made his last appearance for Spurs in May 1966 and transferred to Northampton Town FC the following October. He spent a season at Northampton Town where he played a total of  21 games. 

In April 1967 he signed for the Canadian club Toronto Falcons.  He played another 16 games for them before retiring from the game. 

After retiring he was a property developer for a short period before being employed by the  Ontario Government Land Department for 20 years retiring in 1995. A keen sportsman all his life having played Basketball as a youth in retirement he enjoyed a game of Curling. His passion however was Golf which he played up to a few months before his passing and at one time had a handicap of two.

Bill did return to White Hart Lane in 1984 to pay tribute to his former manager Bill Nicholson. In March 2004 he was too ill to return when he was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame. He sadly passed away in November of the same year. 

Throughout his career Bill was known for being ‘a safe pair of hands’. He is described as possessing a good positional sense and great concentration which allowed him to carry out his duties without fuss in a characteristically calm manner. There was no hint of a showman about him. Yet when called upon was quick, agile and breathtakingly acrobatic with immaculate handling. He inspired confidence throughout his own team. 

As a youngest I had the pleasure of watching him play a number of times. I also had the privilege of speaking to him several times at the training ground and I remember a kind friendly man who always had time to stop and speak to the schoolboys. 

2014 will mark the tenth anniversary of his passing. I believe there is no better time or manner to honour his memory and pay tribute to a fine ambassador to the game, his clubs and his country than to induct him into The Scottish Hall of Fame. An honour I feel is long overdue.

I wish to thank for their kind assistance in preparing this nomination Dundee FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC and Northampton Town FC.

PLEASE - if you haven't already done so support this nomination by emailing<Colin.Lobban@scottishfootballmuseum.org.uk>

 

Monday
Mar172014

DFCTV Milestone!

 

 

 

Tomorrow sees a major milestone in the history of DFCTV, while those living local will stream into Dens through the turnstiles to cheer the Dee on, those living out with the UK will have their own chance to stream into Dens! Our new live streaming service debuts tomorrow and we expect an impressive one for our new Exile club members who will be watching our promotion push live.

Our streaming service is also available on a game by game basis to those who are not members of the Exile package, but live out with the UK. To sign up for the stream you should go to www.dfctv.co.uk and click on register, Scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘DFCTV LIVE – ABROAD ONLY’ This will allow you to sign up at a cost of £10 and provide access to DFCTV for 24 hours.

 

Those who are looking to sign up from non-UK bank accounts should contact ross.day@dee4life.com who will arrange payment via paypal

 

Enjoy the Game!

Thursday
Mar062014

New membership packages

Dundee FC Supporters’ Society Ltd is delighted to introduce our revamped Club Dundee scheme. We have added 3 new packages to our existing offerings of Gold and Platinum.

 

First we have the new Exile package. Available only to fans living outwith the UK, the package provides:-

 

  • ·         Access to all Live Streamed games
  • ·         Weekly entry into the Dee Promotions Lottery
  • ·         All other benefits received by Gold members

This package is priced at £18 per month or £200 per year.

 

Our second new package is Gold Plus, and is for fans who want something a little more than the standard Gold membership. Benefits include:-

 

  • ·         Shirt signed by the player of your choice
  • ·         Ball signed by the 1st team
  • ·         Exclusive lunch with the 1st team
  • ·         All other benefits received by Gold members

This package is priced at £25 per month or £250 per year.

 

 

The third of our new packages is Diamond, a package offering a host of benefits including:-

 

  • ·         Entry into the weekly Dee Promotions Lottery
  • ·         Ticket for the annual Hall Of Fame dinner
  • ·         Evening drinks reception with the management team
  • ·         Shirt signed by the player of your choice
  • ·         Ball signed by the 1st team
  • ·         Exclusive lunch with the 1st team
  • ·         All other benefits enjoyed by Gold members

This package is priced at £60 per month or £600 per year.

Thursday
Mar062014

Revamped DFCTV now live!

 

 

We are delighted to announce that the long awaited and eagerly anticipated revamped DFCTV site is finally up and running! The launch of this new site allows us to offer a live streaming service of all our home games to our fans outwith the UK, which will ensure that fans all over the world will be able to watch and, we trust, revel in, our title run in!

All current users of DFCTV can expect an email in the next few hours with instructions on how to access the new site.

We are proud to have secured sponsorship from AAM Advisory http://www.aam-advisory.com/ for our Live Streaming service.  AAM provide a range of expert financial services to expatriates around the globe.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank MTC (http://www.mtcmedia.co.uk/) for their help and support in designing the website

Should you have any questions about this service, such as how can it be accessed, who can access it and at what cost, please contact ross.day@dee4life.com

Sunday
Mar022014

"We need to get the fans falling in love with the club again.” - Paul Hartley

“We need to get the fans falling in love with the club again.”

                                                                              - Paul Hartley

 

Our new manager’s working day starts around 7.30am and finishes around 6.00pm (although only when there isn’t a game to go to  in the evening!). But despite his busy schedule he still had time to fit in a meeting with Mike Jeffries, one of our Communications Directors, and to relay a message to our fans.

 

This is what Paul had to say:- 

 

“Supporters are pivotal to what we’re trying to do here. The backing they’ve given the team, and the numbers that have come out and watched the team home and away show the potential that we have. So we need to get the fans falling in love with the club again. The way you do that is by having a team out on the park fighting for each other, having good quality and playing in the right manner and the right way.

 “Fans will always be here, that’s for sure. They’ve backed the team for the last ten years or so no matter what has happened on and off the park in terms of having two administrations, which is difficult, and by doing so they’ve shown that the fans are right behind the club.

 “We are getting bigger gates than four or five of the Premiership clubs, which indicates that if we’re doing well and are at the top of the league what can we do next season if we have the team on the park and the product? And we want to get back to playing our neighbours across the road.  That’s what the fans live and breath for. Financially it’s good, but I think that as a supporter, as players or as the manager that’s what we all want. You líve for derby days. They’re great. I know it’s all about three points, but it’s a different game from any other game. And that’s what we want. We want to be back playing at the highest level, and we will do our best to get there. But that needs the backing of everybody; not just the fans and the players, but everybody at the club. We want this place to be a happy place. We want people to be saying nothing but good things about the club on and off the park.”

Saturday
Mar012014

Halle-loo-jah!

There will be relief beyond belief for our female fans who inhabit the South enclosure to know that the long awaited ladies’ loo is finally finished and as from Saturday 1st March will be open for business. And of course the ladies won’t even have to spend a penny to “spend a penny”.