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O'Kelly Isley III

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  1. Seems we're wasting our time celebrating our 150th Anniversary on December 23rd this year. 1879 ? Who made this thing ?
  2. Whilst it's a decent article we can be assured that every lever of the Tory machine will be pulled to ride this out, and whoever is sacrificed it is very unlikely to be any politicians. Let's all now move on to Charles and Camilla visiting the Queen Vic.
  3. Syvertsen not returning according to the OS.
  4. I think we need to separate the football from the other stuff as the two are not really related. The target audience for Abba tributes, psychic nights, comedy clubs, etc., will likely be very different from those of us whose obsession is the fitba club. As has been said it might bring in some revenue and the guy behind it all seems very enthusiastic - so far, so good. However, your point about the Board 'focusing their efforts on the football side of things' is absolutely spot-on. On current evidence though, keep your expectations low.
  5. I think you are being incredibly naive if you think that mid-term local elections and Parliamentary bye-elections are any barometer to future GE's. And in my experience the Americanisation of English politics has not been replicated in Scotland. Like Highlandmagyar I am a natural Labour voter who will only ever return to that ticket in an independent country. I think you need to recognise that large swathes of the English electorate have now lurched so far to the right that well-meaning but ultimately futile wishful thinking won't cut it. Nor will an uninspiring leader like Keir Starter.
  6. Yet more bread and circuses for the gullible 20% who can't see this for the distractive shite it is. That reminds me, we haven't yet had a visit from the Earl of Dumbarton, I wonder where he is these days.
  7. Like many successful businessmen Robertson didn't always get it right, but by God he made a difference to the club on and off the park. And as he was never shy of seeking publicity I suspect the two stunts you refer to were just that, publicity stunts, like the 'signing' of Johann Cruyff and the 'Third Force In Scottish Football' wind-up.
  8. It was interesting at the dinner on Saturday night to be reminded of the purchase of DFC in the late 1960's by Hutchison Engineering and how the stewardship of the club under the Chairmanship of owner Robert Robertson produced arguably the club's golden period of the last 125 years. It was a very successful partnership of owner, boardroom and playing staff, and is in stark contrast to the last decade and more in which remote majority shareholders have attempted to mine profit from speculative land development, with the football club becoming the vehicle for it. The ownership issue is fundamental here, and my main concern is that despite all available evidence the club BoD appears to still have confidence in Cognitive Capital as per the statement of last Sunday.
  9. No, just no. Nothing against Sparky but the season just ended absolutely convinced me that my long-held view on players returning to former clubs was spot-on. Time for Managers and assistants to make new pals.
  10. In the same way that John Reid (remember him ?) pushed ID Cards when he was Home Secretary. I seem to remember he had some sort of connection to the De La Rue Group which had an interest in the scheme.
  11. Aye, and Chris Hamilton playing very well in midfield this season on loan at Arbroath, in contrast to his time here where he became frustrated and eventually anonymous before Hearts withdrew him. It goes to prove the old adage that it's easier to look a decent player in a decent team than a poor one.
  12. And how the English love it. Meanwhile back in the real world....
  13. Should I be worried about seeing Willo Flood in a local Gregg's this morning ?
  14. I think you just nailed it there Jan. As regards Carswell, I feel he has now been here too long and it is showing both in attitude and performance. His conduct at times has been poor for a club captain - I would opt next season for Ryan McGeever - and it's probably best for both parties if he moves on with our good wishes. My main concern is just how you sell the club to incoming players on a shoestring budget and a pitch that has become notorious.
  15. No, Andy had just become third to every ball.
  16. I'd echo your thoughts Jan, but of course we don't know whether the conversations were one way - it may be that young Sam didn't fancy warming his backside in League Two and perhaps Paul Paton decided to move on. We simply don't know. As regards Norway, perhaps keep but on the understanding that he needs a physical sidekick up front, and whilst he is literally a big character I think a negative call needs to be made on Josh being that guy. Ainslie Park excepted, Stanger has shown good potential, and I'd really like to see us with Carlo back on loan if possible. And I wouldn't be at all surprised if that list of players on two-year deals shrinks by a couple of names Enthusiasm remains firmly on hold for now.
  17. A dignified message, fair play to him
  18. Queens Park, Kilmarnock, Stranraer, Rangers and ourselves is the recognised order.
  19. I'd like to raise the following points..... Firstly, as a Trust Board member I would wholeheartedly endorse supporters communicating their concerns directly with the club; as you will have already seen the Trust yesterday submitted a fairly lengthy letter of our own but the voice of the individual adds significantly to the collective strength of feeling. The only caveat I would add is that the tone can be robust and direct, but totally devoid of any abusive or inflammatory language as that will simply be counterproductive - sincerely, it's advice as opposed to a lecture. Secondly, in discussion on the managerial position at a DFC Board meeting convened on Sunday, the Community Director fully articulated the Trust's opinions on the matter, with the conclusions reflecting the prevailing consensus of the Board as a group. Finally, there has been recent mention of the club's 150th Anniversary effort. I'm a member of the four-person Steering Committee, and all of us are Trust Members. Never mind the disappointment of relegation on football grounds, it was hardly the intro to the 150th anyone associated with DFC would have wished for, not lease ourselves. However, the Committee works on the basis that an event of of this historic magnitude transcends any contemporary issues or concerns, and crucially the efforts are intended in support of Dumbarton Football Club founded on 23rd December 1872 as opposed to any other aspects or individuals, all of which are transient across its history. We celebrate Scotland's fifth-oldest club and the first-ever outright winners of the Scottish League. The current BoD has been fully supportive and has financially underwritten the initial purchase of home and away anniversary strips and a range of branded merchandise, and we are confident these will find favour with the supporters and indeed collectors of football memorabilia. There are also a number of events planned and we hope for everyone's support in what is a celebration of our club.
  20. I think today has been something of a watershed. Writing as a Trust Board member, the last year or so has been incredibly frustrating in the sense that you read some of the posts on here and want to respond but for various reasons that is not always the correct course of action Suffice to say that there is currently a very concerning disconnect between the owners, the DFC Board and the supporters, and whilst I don't expect any overnight change we must at least begin to create the Venn diagram that absolutely should be integral to a club like Dumbarton. That can be helped by honest and transparent dialogue. We have now asked a number of fundamental and relevant questions in writing; we now expect the club ownership and Board to respond in kind. The days of rambling Zoom calls, windy rhetoric and vague promises must be over.
  21. Indeed, but it may have been more honest to give due credit to the former Associate Director who was instrumental in the refurbishment works. As a reminder, himself and a fellow Associate Director as well as the Company Secretary and a former Chairman became so frustrated with those 'club owners with ambitious plans' that they all resigned their positions in mid-season. We should not forget that, and what it tells us.
  22. Where did you see that on the club website, I can't seem to find it ?
  23. As a Trust Board member I can assure you that is absolutely NOT the Trust position, default or otherwise. Unfortunately, one of the conditions of holding office in an organisation is that you are constrained by a collective responsibility as to what you can put in the public domain, but believe me the sense of disappointment and frustration we currently feel mirrors that of the posters on here. I will repeat, the Sonstrust is a firm advocate of change at Dumbarton FC but that is currently a huge work in progress. That fight goes on, but please read between the lines here folks..... Today's game was very much a tale of the expected to anyone who has watched Dumbarton this season, but that doesn't make the timid manner of our relegation any more palatable. What's done is done though and it's what happens now that becomes important. Taking my Trust hat off and writing as a lifelong Sons fan I will say this; my continuing purchase of a season ticket will be contingent on seeing what management team and playing squad is in place as we enter next season. My loyalty to DFC is on the record over decades but it is neither guaranteed or elastic, and I will not continue to subsidise mediocrity.
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