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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Groundshare ballot information meeting

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 shelstrust@gmail.com 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).

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1895 Trust approved for Fare membership

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.

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Ballot on club’s future

The 1895 Trust will hold a ballot on two questions concerning the future of Shelbourne Football Club.
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 Trust is looking for feedback on these questions, so that voting may commence as soon as possible.
There will be an open meeting to consult on the referendum and provide information for supporters on February 12th at 8pm in Tolka Park.
We are looking for your feedback, so please email shelstrust@gmail.com 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 Pats’, 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 (Our current model)
Proposed Question 2:
What is your preferred 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.
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On a potential groundshare

The 1895 Trust is working with public representatives to ensure transparency on the subject of the proposed redevelopment of Dalymount Park, which could potentially involve Shelbourne.

As detailed by Dáil Question No. 581, and featured in several media reports in recent months, this proposal is at an early stage. The aforementioned Dáil Question, put to Minister for Sport Michael Ring by Joan Collins TD (with the assistance of the Trust), affirms this status. Cllr John Lyons also submitted a question to Dublin City Council on the matter on our behalf. You can find the full details of both below.

The 1895 Trust is actively seeking the input of members on the issue. We will not take a position on the issue until mandated to do so by our members. We are currently preparing to hold a referendum to gauge the views of our members on both the ground issue and the future ownership of the club. The results of this referendum will be announced and actions debated at Special General Meeting to be held after our first two home games of the year, to allow sufficient time to consult and debate amongst our fans.

 

Dublin City Council question:

COUNCILLOR JOHN LYONS: To ask the Chief Executive to provide details on any recent discussions between Bohemians FC, Shelbourne FC, the FAI, the City Council, and any other parties with regards to plans to develop Dalymount Park and the role the council may play in any such plans.

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S REPLY: The Planning and Economic Development Department held a meeting with the management of Dalymount Park as part of the preparation of the issues paper for the review of the Phibsborough LAP. This meeting was one of several stakeholder consultation meetings conducted as part of the process and its purpose was to identify strategic matters relating to the future of Dalymount Park.

These matters were highlighted in the recent issues paper. There has been some tentative discussions with the FAI and Bohemians Football Club in relation to the future of Dalymont Park. There is a suggestion that Dublin City Council could acquire Dalymont Park, lease it to the FAI who would facilitate both Bohemians and Shelbourne Football Clubs to play their matches there. There are significant financial issues to be resolved before such a proposal could be achieved.

 

Dáil Question No: 581:

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding plans for Dalymount Park’s redevelopment along with Dublin City Council, the FAI, Bohemian FC and Shelbourne FC; the stage the project is currently at; if there are firm timeframes in his Department for completion of the project of a potential ground-share between Bohemian FC and Shelbourne FC and if funds have been earmarked for such a project at this stage. – Joan Collins. *

Answered by the Minister of State for Sports and Tourism, Michael Ring: I am aware that Dublin City Council is examining a proposal involving Dalymount Park and the two clubs referred to by the Deputy. However the proposal is at an early stage and the question of any allocation from my Department does not arise at this stage.

 

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