Chair’s Update – September 2022

Dear Member,

September has come and gone and while Dundee sit lower in the Championship league table than we would like, we remain optimistic about the direction Gary Bowyer is taking the team in. Games so far have certainly been more entertaining than we have seen for a few years, so fingers crossed that October brings with it more consistency in the big matches to come.

While our ability to influence events on the park is limited, what we can do is try to ensure that Dundee supporters enjoy the experience of following the club. To that end, Dee4Life’s George McIrvine met DSA committee men Davie Craig, Matt Edwards and Jim Mitchell and DFC Supporters Liaison Officer John Burke last week.

The purpose of this meeting was to explore how Dundee fans can best be represented, with the specific topics discussed including e-ticketing, pay-at the-gate and the resurrection of the Junior Dark Blues. As you know, Dee4Life previously had an offer to fund e-ticketing turned down but we remain committed to addressing the number one issue raised by our members in recent months. All parties were agreed that the JDBs were important to capturing future generations of supporters and we are always interested in supporting initiatives that help the club to grow its fanbase.

Co-operation between ourselves and the DSA continues to develop with George reporting that all enjoyed the meeting. Aside from covering serious matters, it is always good to meet up with other Dundee diehards and talk football, something I was reminded of when I attended the recent new stadium consultation and bumped into many of the Dark Blues I have become well acquainted with over the years.

That so many supporters took time out of a working day to absorb the information on display reflects the fact that the proposed Camperdown development is a potential watershed moment for the club. Dee4Life remains supportive of the concept in principle although many questions about the project remain unanswered and, once we have discussed these as a board, we will seek clarification on various points. We are keen to hear from members what they think about the proposals so please feel free to get in touch to share your views.

You will hopefully have seen that the Dee4life group has undergone something of a rebranding, including the launch of a more modern, dark blue and white logo. Some fans have asked us about the distinction between Dee4Life and Dundee FC Supporters’ Society (DFCSS), While the latter remains the registered name at Companies House, our preferred title is Dee4Life, which we feel best reflects the group ethos.

As such, we will always refer to ourselves as Dee4Life, or the Trust, and our director Mary Coyle has taken the initiative by placing an order for pin badges incorporating the new logo. These will be available shortly, and we will also soon be able to announce further developments that reflect our new look and vision for the future.

Last week, notice was given of the Dee4Life AGM which will take place at 11am on Saturday 19 November, and we hope to see as many of you as possible at this event.

We remain committed to building a stronger membership. The more fans we have in our ranks, the better we can represent them. If you are not already a member, please consider joining today.

Best regards,

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