Chairman’s monthly update

Apparently there’s a World Cup on, but anyone who is anyone had their eye fixed firmly on the Scottish Championship this November. With three straight league wins and a potential Scottish Cup banana skin safely navigated, it’s been a good month for Dundee supporters and long may it continue.

I’m delighted to report that this upturn in fortune has been matched by a rise in our Dee4Life membership, with almost 400 now signed up and numbers increasing every day. Our medium-term target is 1000, and with figures doubling over the past month we are making good progress towards that goal. To those newly joined, thank you and welcome – please feel free to get in touch with comments, concerns and ideas. We are accountable to you all and welcome constructive criticism and the chance to engage with our fellow Dees. It has been particularly heartening to see members using social media to encourage others to sign up. We will always seek to represent you and to do what we believe to be in the best interests of Dundee FC and its fans.

The board’s efforts to modernise the Trust’s operations, allied to good, old-fashioned leafleting and other initiatives has helped, but the concern felt by many Dundee fans is likely the main driver behind this rise. Our recent AGM at Dundee Social Club demonstrated the clear concern amongst Dark Blues regarding lack of communication from the club, particularly around the proposed Camperdown development and the implications of leaving Dens Park.

In light of the fears expressed by our members, we once again wrote to the club to seek answers to the fans’ questions and for reassurance on the risks posed to the club. We sincerely hope that the board will choose to engage with supporters to allay these fears and allow us to move forward together.

A week after the AGM, Dee4Life directors George McIrvine and Grant Hill were back at Thistle Street as guests of Dundee FC Supporters’ Association at their latest meeting of member clubs. George and Grant outlined the changes that have taken place at Dee4Life over the past five months and our future plans as well as discussing the club’s current situation. It was clear that the frustrations expressed at our AGM were shared by those present.

The relationship between different Dundee supporters’ groups might previously have been strained but I believe there is now a mutual determination to work together for the betterment of both club and supporters.

Best wishes
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