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.)
The 1895 Trust is holding an open meeting this Thursday, February 12th, at 8pm in Tolka Park for all Shelbourne supporters to consult on our upcoming ballot concerning the club’s future.
The first proposed question on the ballot concerns the ownership and running of the club, while the second hopes to measure the preferences of fans regarding the club’s future home (see below for full details of proposed questions).
The purpose of the ballot is to establish a mandate for the Trust looking ahead into the club’s future – supporters are encouraged to vote for their personal preference, rather than voting based on what they see as most feasible or realistic.
Supporters will be able to cast their votes in person, at selected home matches, or by post. Please
email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions regarding the wording of the questions or the running of the ballot.
Proposed Question 1:
Assuming no financial or other impediments exist, what is your preference for how Shelbourne FC should be owned and operated?
-A limited company operating as a members club (EG Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers)
-A limited company heavily funded by a sole individual (EG St Pat’s, Wexford Youths)
-A co-operative with a high subscription fee to fund costs (EG Sligo Rovers, Cork City, Finn Harps)
-A co-operative with a nominal subscription fee (EG AFC Wimbledon, FC United of Manchester; this is the 1895 Trust’s current model)
-A limited company operated by a number of volunteer businessmen/women (Shelbourne’s current model)
Proposed Question 2:
What is your preferred – in order of preference 1 through 5 if necessary – location and arrangement for a future home for Shelbourne FC?
-A redeveloped Tolka Park.
-Groundshare in Dalymount Park.
-A greenfield site on the Northside of the city.
– A municipal stadium in Ringsend/Irishtown.
– Other (please state).
The 1895 Trust has been approved as a member of the Football Against Racism Europe (Fare) Network.
The Fare network is an umbrella organisation that brings together individuals, groups and organisations driven to combat inequality in football and use the sport as a means for social change.
Fare’s commitment to tackle discrimination through football’s inclusive power is based on the principle that the game, as the most popular sport in the world, belongs to us all and can propel social cohesion.
Fare combats all forms of discrimination, including racism, far-right nationalism, sexism, trans- and homophobia and discrimination against disabled people.
The Trust worked with Fare as part of Fare week in 2013 and 2014, and hopes to continue this work in the future.