Membership news

The Trust has been engaged in an unprecedented flurry of activity recently, with the ballot of fans on the future of the club just completed, our involvement with the club programme and our upcoming SGM.

To successfully follow through on all of these initiatives, and to someday acquire the necessary capital to achieve our goal of fan ownership of the club – a goal endorsed by 85% of our fanbase – The Trust needs the significantly increased financial support of its members. We have assembled some recurring membership packages – which do not have to be renewed annually.

We are launching these today, and the committee of management have set the following goals:

At least 100 new or renewing members signed up by the end of May 

At least 10 members at the €50 a month level by the end of May. We have been contacted by an anonymous benefactor who has pledged that should we reach this goal, they will match these payments for two months, donating €1000 Euro to the Trust. If you feel you are in a position to provide a matching pledge, please contact us at

Details of the reoccurring memberships and the rewards each one provides are here:

One off membership payments (minimum €15) are still available at our stands on match-days.

If you renew, please share the fact you have done so on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #redstogether.

Table Quiz:

– On the 23rd of April at 7:30pm The 1895 Trust and the SSDG will be running a fund raising Table Quiz. Former Shels stalwart Stuart Byrne will be MC-ing a few rounds and there are some great prizes to be won. Please dig deep if you can to support both organisations and their aims.
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Ballot results & SGM

Ballot on the club’s future:

The results of the Trust’s ballot on the future of the club are in – and they are overwhelming. Shels fans, by a margin of 95% to 5%, are not in favour of a ground-share with Bohemians in Dalymount Park.

The Trust was looking for a mandate from the fans and this is a clear indication of the fans’ vision for the future of Shelbourne FC. The second balloted question on fan ownership was also crystal clear, Shelbourne fans voted 85.71% (156) for collective fan ownership and control, 9.34% (17) had no opinion and 4.95% (9) voted against.

The next steps are all-important now. The Shelbourne family now has to step up and express our wishes to the forces that wish to see us in Dalymount Park: clearly against our wishes. Those next steps will start immediately. We are asking all Shelbourne supporters to contact and e-mail their local TD’s and Councillors. We will have instructions on the best way to do that on our website soon.

Special General Meeting:

It is now very important that The 1895 Trust has a meeting of members and supporters to discuss how we campaign from this point on. We are calling a SGM for the 11th of May in the Bar in Tolka Park starting at 7:30pm. This is the starting point of the campaign for our voices to be heard and it is most important that as many Shels supporters as possible attend on the night.

Other Events and Notices:

– The 1895 Trust has 2015 Membership now open starting at €15 for the year. Please visit us at our stand by the club shop on match nights to discuss the options for membership including Standing Orders.

– On the 23rd of April at 7:30pm The 1895 Trust and the SSDG will be running a fund raising Table Quiz. Any campaign or project that the 1895 Trust runs now or in the future will require funding, to be as effective as possible. Please dig deep if you can to support the idea of fan ownership and a strong voice for the fans wishes.


1895 Trust.
Fan Vote Result.
Assuming no financial or other restrictions, what is your preferred location and arrangement for a future home for Shelbourne FC?
Stadium Vote Total Vote Percentage Vote
Redeveloped Tolka 115 64.25%
Groundshare Dalymount Park 9 5.03%
Greenfield Northside 11 6.15%
Municipal Ringsend/Irishtown 32 17.88%
Groundshare Home Farm 12 6.70%
Other 0 0.00%
Total Valid Poll 179
Total Spoiled Vote 5
Total Votes Cast 184


Question Asked. Do you believe Shelbourne FC should be owned , run and operated collectively by its fanbase?
Ownership Vote Total Vote Percentage Vote
Yes 156 85.71%
No 9 4.95%
No Opinion 17 9.34%
Total Valid Poll 182
Total Spoiled Vote 2
Total Votes Cast 184

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Ballot, programme & membership

Launch of Ballot on Club’s Future:

After extensive consultation on the wording of the Trust’s proposed ballot on the future of the club, we are pleased to announce voting is now open. Fans can vote by post or at our next two home games, with results being announced at a Special General Meeting in early April. Please click here for more details.

2015 Membership now open:

Following much discussion, the Committee of Management have decided to change our membership fee structure. Whilst the traditional pay-what-you-can system remains, we are encouraging fans to sign up to reoccurring monthly payments. This ensures both a greater financial contribution to the trust as well as convenince for you, as we will not be asking you to renew on an annual basis. You can sign up via standing order with your bank, by using the document accessible at this link. We will also have an online sign up option available shortly.


Finally, the Trust and SSDG have collaborated to put in place new arrangements for the programme this year. Niall Farrell is the programme’s new editor, replacing Frank Young, who has done stalwart work for many years. The Trust has also agreed to partially fund an initial run of the programme but will be presenting a business plan and financial projections at our forthcoming SGM for members to vote on.
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Ballot information

Click on the link for information on the Proposed ballot.

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Report from information meeting

Last night’s information meeting saw Shelbourne fans voice their concerns about the proposed move to Dalymount Park and the future of the club.

Supporters decided that the Trust’s ballot should contain a single multi-choice question – on supporters’ preferred home for the club – with the proposed question on ownership structures probably being rephrased to be more simplified.

The options available to the club were discussed, with attendees raising the possibility of alternate venues, including at Home Farm in Whitehall. The pros and cons of any move, including a move to Dalymount, were debated – with supporters agreed on the need for a ballot to find out which is the preferred option and establish a mandate for the Trust.

Click here to view Trust chairperson Lee Daly’s presentation from last night (which was not displayed due to technical difficulties.)

Further information on the ballot will be shared in the coming weeks – the ballot is planned to start on the day of Shelbourne’s first home match of the season (Friday March 6th, against Finn Harps.)

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