Dear Dundee supporter,
Following our day of action at Saturday’s game, the Dee4Life membership now stands just shy of 500. This is the highest the figure has been for almost a decade but is still below where we want to be.
I want to welcome our new members to the fold and to thank existing members for their ongoing support. I would also like to ask the non-members among you to consider joining and supporting our efforts.
Dee4Life were the matchball sponsor at the Kilmarnock game (with four of our members randomly selected to enjoy the hospitality places we received) and we will be raffling this off to members this week.
All supporters who sign up by 5pm on Wednesday will join existing members in the draw to win the signed ball that was presented to our party after Saturday’s game.
Over the past year we have raised a number of issues with the club that members have brought to us. These include maintenance of Dens Park, entry issues, disabled parking and access, the way season ticket sales were handled, the 1893 Foundation and tannoy problems.
We supported Community Trust initiatives, helped connect the club with tradespeople willing to carry out maintenance work at Dens, and have put several thousands pounds into the club in the form of sponsorship and advertising.
We have handed out thousands of flyers at games and have greatly improved our relationship with the Dundee Supporters Association. We offered to subsidise memberships for the relaunched Junior Dees to help families during the cost-of-living crisis and our long-standing offer to support the introduction of eticketing remains on the table.
We recently took out two advertising hoardings at Dens and sponsored the South East Section’s first Tifo in order to attract a younger membership. We have been more active on social media, in addition to making the updates we send to members available to all fans via these channels.
Dee4Life are the club’s second largest shareholder and custodians of the A shares purchased with money raised by Dundee supporters. That means we have a responsibility to work on behalf of the entire fanbase so want to be as representative as possible by ensuring our membership is as broad as possible.
Our primary focus has been to establish a formal framework for fan representation with the club and to have the board address the concerns that our members have raised around the new stadium development. This has been a lengthier and more complicated process than we envisaged and we will be providing a comprehensive rundown of these efforts in our next monthly update.
What is clear is that the more members we have, the stronger the fan voice is so if you are a non or former member, please consider joining for just £10 a year. And if you do so before Wednesday, you have the chance to win the ball signed by the Dundee squad.
For existing members, please encourage family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances – anyone you’ve ever heard express sympathy for DFC basically! – to sign up.
Let’s hit 500 this week and keep growing from there.
Chair of Dee4Life