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  1. I don't have the answer, but If you are just going to passivley wait until that happens then the club will continue its steady decline. In this day and age with all the competing factors and costs, you cant afford to sit back and wait for people to start to care. Even in the recent period of relative succcess in the Chamionship, the attendances never really picked up as they showed. If the recent discussion is anything to by, the Club might be better off with a Part Time manager (some creative recruitment needed obviosuly) and a Full Time Commerical Manager to increase the clubs fund for all the other suggestions. rather than the current set up.
  2. There isnt the demand in the local area for youth football. Vale juniors have an under 19s and under 21s but other than that the nearest at that age Is clydebank. Both these are seen as pathways to their 1st team at junior level so doubt they would just roll over and cherry pick the best of their boys. Plus the standard is a million miles away from league 1 level so would be a pointless task. A better option would be to get an affiliation with either st Pat's or Dumbarton Accies and take their best players in a crisis, even that would be a disaster. "There isnt the demand in the local area for youth football". - I'm not sure what that means so I'm going to strongly disagree. There are 3 extremely well run Community Clubs in DFCs normal catchment area. All going through the SYFAs Quality Mark Process at various stages. Dumbarton United, Dumbarton Riverside and Ardencaple. between those 3 they probably have 300-400 boys AND GIRLS playing at all age groups and guessing over 100 parent / volunteers doing all sorts of coaching and Admin, thats not counting a myriad of other clubs in the area that dont quite have teams at all age groups. The Vale Juniors have also added a U15s team this year by essentially taking over the DU team that play in Tier 1 Paisley League. (no demand for youth football but there were 2 full 2005 squads at DU alone). They need that pathway of players. As you mentioned, we also have 2 of the best run and most successful Amateur teams in Scotland in the area. There is a massive demand in this area for football of all levels. They are also self sustaining already financially. The Vale have the U21, U19s and U15s none of those will impact on any first team budget at the Vale. All of these Clubs are to various degrees all much more engaged in there local community than DFC. Thats a fact. The quality is there as well. Anyone involved in Youth Football knows boys of all ages signed Pro Youth with Celtic, Rangers, Hibs, Motherwell, St Mirren, Partick etc. from the area. as an example many of the team that were the Finalists in Scottish this year at U14s were from Dumbarton / Helensburgh / Clydebank and are being picked up by Pro Youth. We all appreciate the club dont have the funds to support a Youth set up and they dont have the volunteers to set one up from scratch. But they could have been engaging the local clubs that are already set up and successful doing that to put a pathway to Senior football in the area in place. Even if it never produces a player for the first team, it brings the club closer to the community and opens up a whole new group of young fans (with or without drums) to come along and feel connected.
  3. Good question. Now its all weather. Are Clydebank looking to bring all the age groups in. Would they get preference from WDC in booking and rates. Would say the 2005s be able to use it Saturday mornings? I know Renfrews pitch is well used by P&JDYFL 2008s right up to 12 or 1pm on a Saturday, even when there are home games at 2pm. Plus its a cracking set up for kids football given Renfrew open the pie/ coffee shop. Hopefully they make a good bit extra for their troubles.
  4. Going to try and come along as well, any insight into any comings and goings at Millburn this year?
  5. This is the type of mindset that needs to change at a lot of "traditional" Scottish Clubs, both Junior and Senior. As others have touched on already. Don't look at it as Juniors v Womens football. Embrace the change in society, engage more with your communities in providing that pathway for all young kids boys and girls all the way to an Adult Mens and Womens team. Worth it just to get all those local people participating in the sport, but has the added benefit of you encouraging a new generation and demographic of fans for the club.
  6. Its maybe just me, but did those people really turn up to support the grade? If it had been an Amateur Cup Final between the exact same teams, same players at the same venue, are you saying some of those that did go wouldn't have? Genuine question....I'm from an area where there is only 1 junior team in a 7 mile radius and I just cant understand that phrase. granted I'll watch any game at any level if I can.
  7. how long into the close season and we haven't had a favourite strip discussion : ') for some light relief the new AIK away strip borrows alot from the sons.
  8. Would they accept 30 Iceland poly bags?
  9. Totally amatuer....seen many a youth tournaments with literallly a hundred odd boys and girls get a medal just for turning up. The organisers still know the right thing to do is to take whatever time is needed and present them all with the medals individually in front of whoever is present. It gives recognition to any sponsors, recognition to the players and coaches, promotes sportmanship and the game in general. This excuse that they may have played trialists in the last game is exactly that, an excuse. You're not telling me that even if the whole 11 that started were the youth team. That the players thathad played 30+ games all season were not going to be there at the last league game watching and supporting as part of a Team. Or are we saying that for players in successful league winning teams, that if they are not selected on the day they dont even bother to turn up and watch there team. I know the club are playing it down and have said in the past they have handed them out later at the club presentation night. But I think even that approach denies the palyers and coaches the proper recogniction for there efforts. As with most professional leagues the winners presentation should be public with as high a profile as possible. How else can the SJFA promote the league and teams within it.
  10. not sure if this is in reposne to my comment or not, so forgive me if not. WDC have always owned a lot of sites, doesnt mean they invest in protecting there assets when they do.
  11. You already know WDC are not going to pay for that, they may put in CCTV as they did at Dumbarton East. But as I said its useless in the dark.
  12. There is no excuse really, they are arseholes with no appreciation for the time and money that goes into running clubs that rely of these types of facilities. They dont understand as they have nothing wothwhile to do most of the time and in most cases nothing to really lose. To them its just another facility going up in there area that they wont get access to or use. It might as well be brand new fancy houses. Seem similar damage to the community pitch at Dumbarton East when it was upgraded. A few bright sparks took a carry out down, burst through the fence and proceeded to have a campfire on the edge of the eighteen yard box !! That facility already had a large fence and CCTV, made no difference. If they want in and to do damage they will. The facility at Dumbarton East is now mostly unlocked at all times, during school holidays and weekends were its in use.,There are literaly a hundred kids on it. Its well used and more importantly other than a few bottles left lying its looked after by the kids, as its there space to play. Unbelievably the only issue is selfish dog walkers. in a park with plenty large grass areas, they choose to walk there dogs on the 4g surface and they inevitably leave some dog shit. A better deterent would be to get the young team involved at Holm Park, give them some free tickets to games, allow them some time on the pitch to play. That way they see the consequences of there actions and have some connection with the facility.
  13. Not really shite or opinion that can be sucked up.....just sharing a stat that is interesting. Especially as Liverpool fans are always keen to aim the bottlers accusation at everyone else.. As you so rightly point out City won there last 14 games there is no competing with that,. By wonderful coincidence Liverpools last dropped points was the derby at Goodison
  14. serial bottlers.. last 10 years..only team to be top at Christmas and not win the league.
  15. I've stood at the side of enough pitches as a coach and parent to know the answer....as to why you.... BUT at development football, which 9v9 is there should be no referees needed. There is nothing at stake other than child development and safety.
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