Wednesday
Feb262014

Society Board Meeting Update

- Minutes of Previous meeting held on the 27/1/14 were agreed and approved and will be posted online shortly

- Robyn Findlay has kindly volunteered to act as the Society minutes Secretary

- John Burke (DSA Treasurer) was present to discuss the recent successful Valentines Dinner

- There have been a few issues with the new website that have prevented us going live with it or the last few weeks, hopefully this will be sorted in time for Saturdays game

- Letters will be drafted and posted to all members to advise on the upcoming changes to membership and the implementation of the annual membership fee as voted on at Augusts AGM

As always full minutes will be provided once approved by the society board at our next meeting

 

Monday
Feb242014

Seniors Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Seniors Club will take place on the 27th of February @ 1.30pm in the Penman Lounge.

 

The guest speaker this month is the new man in the dug out, Paul Hartley.

 

All fans welcome

Monday
Feb032014

DFCSS Statement

The Board of DFCSS have been aware for some time of the mounting concerns of our members regarding the recent stop/start nature of our team’s promotion bid, with the main body of opinion attributing this largely to inconsistencies in the decision making of John Brown during his tenure as manager of the team.

Through our representatives on the DFC Board, Colin Reid and Bob Hynd, we put our concerns to the club Directors who to their credit took them on board, discussed them with John himself and concluded that the course of action most likely to stabilise our team’s performances and give us the best possible opportunity of achieving the success we all long for is for a new man to take control of the team and spearhead our return to the SPL.

You, the fans, have spoken and been heard! We now call on each and every one of you to put any disharmony behind you and rally round our new manager as he gets our team pulling together and fully focused on the task ahead. Let's turn out in numbers to cheer the Dark Blues on, not just against the Accies this coming Saturday but every inch of the way from now to the winning line in May. Between us, if we stick together we can do this!

Friday
Jan312014

Fans’ Rep Report: December 2013

 

DFC Board Meeting: 17th December 2013, 6.30pm.

Directors present were Bill Colvin (Chairman) by telephone, John Nelms (JN), Steve Martin (SM), Ian Crighton (IC), Colin Reid (CR) and Bob Hynd (RWH). Others in attendance were Scot Gardiner (SG) and Jim Thomson (General Manager) (JT).

This was the only DFC Board meeting held in December, but it was a 3-hour meeting and there was lots to discuss.

Youth Player of the Year (The Isabel Sneddon Trophy) – Alistair Gibb presented a commemorative trophy to John Nelms at the 40th Anniversary dinner on Sunday 15th December and this will be presented annually in Isabel’s memory to the Club’s Youth Player of the Year. Everyone thought this was a tremendous gesture. The dinner itself was a big success. The feedback and goodwill have been excellent.

120th Anniversary Dinner – It will be recalled that this event, scheduled to take place in the Malmaison Hotel, had to be relocated to the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews at the eleventh hour. SM asked that John Brown (Commercial) and all other staff be commended in the minutes for relocating and organising the event in tremendously difficult circumstances. This was another highly successful sell-our event, with 170 in attendance.

Talent Identification – JN indicated that the Manager’s requirements, if they could be met, were a centre-half, centre-midfielder, centre-forward and a winger. A discussion took place around the current playing squad, the style of play and the Manager’s “shopping list”, with suggestions and views from various Board members.

IC asked if it would be possible to invest money  in Solar Panels to save on energy costs and possibly earn revenue. A discussion took place and JT and RWH are to investigate the possibility and report back.

National Performance Centre - Having lost the original bid to Herriot Watt University in Edinburgh, a secondary Regional Football Centre has now been proposed by the Scottish Government to be located in Dundee with a minimum investment of £10 million

Matters raised by DFCSS—

  • ·                Clarity on the Jim Spence/BBC issue is sought and a discussion took place. The Chairman expressed the view that maybe a clear the air meeting can take place.

 

  • ·                I referred to the proposal to have signed items in the shop and asked when this service would be available. SG indicated this would be early in the new year.

Catering complaints — I raised the subject of a complaint made to me regarding the early closure of the catering in the South Stand before the start of the second half of the Cowdenbeath match. JT spoke personally with the Catering Manager who explained that due to the prevailing south westerly gales and rain it became necessary to close the south facing serving hatches as the wind and rain were driving into the units causing all sorts of chaos. The units continued to offer a service from the side east facing doors until the normal closing time.

A complaint was also raised regarding the catering units, again in the South Stand, running out of hot water at half-time v Dumbarton. JT again spoke to the Catering Manager and was informed that due to high demand the two water heaters could not keep up. A new third heater was installed by our home game v Livingston.

Nutrition – Scott Baptie has been retained and has given his initial consultation to the players and the nutrition staff. Scott is now collecting individual information on those players who have initiated their individual plans. Breakfast   and lunch menus have been modified to provide the appropriate nutrition per the plan. Scott is to give youth consultation at family meetings in January. 

DFC App... i-Dees fan app – UPDATE

Our new App will now launch in the new year on i-tunes as the software is being updated.

Hall of Fame — The next event is being planned for September 2014 and will be the Hall of Fame Dinner which will follow a new and updated format.

Whisky — A new Gillie’s Goals has been launched and follows the success of the sold out 120th Edition.

Play-Off Dates — We shall shortly be issued with end of season dates for the play-offs although we do not plan to be involved in them!

Colin Reid

colin.reid@dee4life.com

Wednesday
Jan292014

Dee My Valentine - DSA Cabaret Evening

 

Monday
Jan272014

Society Meeting Live Update 27/01/14

-Minutes of our previous meeting held on the 13/01/14 were approved and will be posted online tomorrow

-Hopeful the Live Streaming and new DFCTV website will be ready to launch for Saturdays home game. Watch this space!

-New membership packages breakdown agreed, Gold + and Diamond to join the two current membership schemes. Exile package will also be available for those out with the UK, this package will provide a live streaming season ticket

-Progress is being made on ensuring the Society is ready for the implementation of the annual membership fee from the 1st of June, as voted by members at last years SGM.

-Fans' Rep, Colin Reid, told the board he had recieved many emails following Saturdays defeat and that he would endevour to represent the fans views in the boardroom

 

As always full minutes will be made available once approved at the next Society Board meeting

 

Ross Day

Monday
Jan202014

Chairmans Update

It’s been a busy time since my last Chairman’s update. The AGM came and went in November. I was pleased with the way it turned out and felt that the Society got the organisation just right on the day. There was a healthy turn out, the accounts and reports were all signed off and there was a good Question and Answer session afterwards. The AGM also saw Ian Baird and Bob Hynd elected onto the Society board, bringing with them a wealth of business experience. 

The first meeting after the AGM saw Carol Findlay co-opted as the new Financial Director. At this meeting we also discussed ways of getting Society information out to those not online. One of the areas we’re looking at is utilising noticeboards around the stadium, and we’ll have more news on this in due course. Dave Forbes also volunteered to do a Society update at Dundee FC Seniors Supporters Club meetings, so I’m certain measures such as these will help get our news and information out to a wider community of Dundee fans. 

Around this same time the planning started for the Junior Dees’ Christmas Party, and also for the annual players’ visit to the kids with the misfortune of being in hospital at the festive season.

Towards the end of November myself and other Society Directors were invited to attend a Dark Blues Business Trust meeting, which focused mainly on discussing potential options to buy back Dens Park. It’s very early days, however the Trust’s investigations and feasibility appraisals appear to be making good progress and there is a huge will within the Dundee FC community for this to happen. Further meetings will take place in the coming months, at which it is hoped a viable proposal will be presented to the Society for consideration. 

December saw me visit Craigowl Primary School to present, along with the ArabTrust, a cheque for sponsorship of the Dundee Primary Schools’ Football League. It’s great to be able to play a small part in trying to ensure that football thrives in our Primary schools, and fantastic to see a good number of Dundee shirts being worn by the youngsters. December also saw the 2012/13 season Goals DVD being sent out to Gold club members. This involved many a night spent in front of the TV sticking DVDs into envelopes, putting address labels and stamps on the envelopes and then getting them along to the post office the next day. If any Gold club members still haven’t received their Goals DVD from last season please get in touch with a Society Board member. 

As December progressed my focus was spent mostly as a volunteer to help with the aforementioned players’ hospital visit and Junior Dees’ Christmas Party. Special thanks go to Jacqui Robertson for the amount of time and effort she put into these events. There were others who also gave up their time to wrap presents and help out at the party, but if it hadn’t been for Jacqui then the two

events would have been poorer for it. Jacqui reported back that the players were fantastic at both events and the Society really appreciates their support. 

The New Year kicked off with a Society Board meeting on Monday 13th January. We hadn’t had a meeting since the end of November so more than four hours after the start of the meeting we were still at it! Live streaming testing has gone very well and we believe we’re more or less there now. We’re waiting for the new website to be ready and there has been a slight delay as the project was more complex than first thought. Again, however, we’re nearly there, with archive material currently being uploaded in preparation for the launch. 

The Society Board still has one co-optee space to be filled and we’re on the lookout for someone who can act as Secretary. If you are interested in helping out and this role is one that interests you, please get in touch with a Society Director who will give you more information on the role and responsibilities of being a Director of DFCSS. 

We are also turning our attention towards Annual Membership of the Society, as voted for by our members at the SGM last August. This is due to come into force on 1st June this year. Provisionally the Society are looking to set the annual fee at £5 and letters have to be sent out to all members by 1st March giving notice, so the planning for this has already started. 

Of course as well as all the above, I have also thoroughly enjoyed away days at Hamilton, Greenock, Alloa and Kirkcaldy which have returned a fantastic four wins out of four. Home form isn’t as good as the recent 100% away record but everyone wants the same goal and if everyone sticks together and backs the team I’m confident we’ll be where we want to be come May. There’s been a lot of discussion recently about the difference between the support at home and away games, although I’m pretty sure the same people who travel to the away games and give superb backing to the boys on the park all attend the home games as well. The secret is getting them to deliver the same type of backing at Dens. I’m not sure how this is achieved, but maybe it’s time to experiment with a singing section within the ground and actively encourage those who wish to give vocal support to the team to sit together in one part of the ground. It’s been mentioned before I know and it may not work. It may be worth a try though, and if it doesn’t work then what has been lost? 

Meanwhile, keep the faith and believe!

 

Yours in Dark Blue,

 

Peter Campbell

Chairman

Dundee FC Supporters’ Society.

Monday
Jan132014

Society Board Meeting Live Updates

-Minutes of previous board meeting (21/11/12) approved with amendments, these will published online shortly

-Graham Pert provided an update on the continuing work on the new ladies toilet block in the Derry.

-Society will be writing to all members in the coming months with regard to the introduction of annual subscription

-Society are looking for  a Secretary to co-opt onto the board, any volunteers should email ross.day@dee4life.com

-Development of new DFCTV website is continuing at pace, it is hoped we will be ready to launch by month end

-Society would like to thank Verity Tynan who has resigned form her position as minutes secretary

 

As always full minutes will be provided after approval at the next board meeting

Thursday
Jan092014

Money Money Money!!

Back in December we told you about the bumper cheque being presented by Dee Promotions to help DFC’s Youth Development programme but we didn’t reveal the amount of the donation. That was because we didn’t want to steal Dee Promotions’ thunder ahead of the stadium announcer informing the crowd at half-time during the match that week. However, for those of you who for whatever reason missed out being at Dens Park that day we are now happy to disclose that the sum in question was a whopping £35,000, representing another superb effort by Dee Promotions, spear-headed by their manager Alison McQueen.

 

Pictured, left to right, are John Nelms, Graham Thomson, Alison  McQueen and Steve Martin.

 

 

Meanwhile, the lads and lassies of Ellenbank Bar Dark Blues had been backing a winner by holding a race night in the Dee Club. And so just two weeks after Dee Promotions’ cheque presentation to our Youth Development programme Dee Promotions themselves became recipients of a cheque, this time for £1,000.

 

The cheque, which was gratefully received by Alison and John, was handed over by Ellenbank Bar Dark Blues stalwarts Bruce Elder (left) and Jim Glennie (right).

If YOU would like to find out more about Dee Promotions and how you can become a part of it with a chance of winning one of the great prizes on offer every week simply call the stadium on 01382 884450

Friday
Jan032014

A message from Afar

We recieved an email over the new year period from a Greek Dundee FC supporter living in Germany, who has taken his time to wish us all a happy new year, see the meassge from Chris below

 

Message: Dear Friends!


Being a Greek living in Germany, I am a big fan and supporter of Dundee FC which was the first Scotish football team I have ever seen. This was many years ago and I was immediately fascinated by the art of playing, the club itself and its amazing supporters!


I am also a deeply supporter of the greek Club "GC Apollon Smyrnis" and the Chairman of the Supporters Club "Apollonian Light Brigade". Our club's colours are also blue-white as you are. Apollon Smyrnis is the oldest Greek sports club, established in 1890 (official in 1891). Because of all that, I have great respect and sympathy to your club also and my dream is a European Cup final between DFC and Apollon :-):-) Hope to see you in Premier League very soon!


May this new year, bring love, joy and even more success in your life. Wish all Members and Friends of Dundee FC Supporters' Society a very Happy New Year.


Kind Regards
Chris