Guest of Society Director Maurice Kidd for a bit of Boardroom hospitality last Saturday was Billy Shepherd. A former Society Director himself, Billy has been involved at the club looking after match day mascots for many years. Maurice said "Billy is one of many volunteers behind the scenes, whose great work probably goes unnoticed by most. Fortunately, I have seen how Billy transforms an already special day for mascots into a day they will remember for the rest of their lives, and I was therefore delighted the Society recognised his excellent work and invited him to the Boardroom."
Billy told us "It was a great afternoon. I look after the mascots pre-match so I’m familiar with what goes on behind the scenes on matchdays – it’s my dream job as far as I’m concerned, even if I am a volunteer!
"Being invited into the boardroom, however, was still a fantastic experience and it’s great that so many ordinary fans are now getting the chance to mix with the people who run the Club. This has been unheard of in all the years I’ve supported Dundee FC, and must still be fairly unique amongst most football clubs. I see it as a clear indication of the positive direction the Club is now taking and it was obvious on the day that we now have a group of people running Dundee FC who have the grand old lady’s best interests at heart.
"For any Dee, a visit to the boardroom will be a special experience and I was extremely grateful for the opportunity.
We've fallen a bit behind with the Gold/Platinum Monthly Draws, so to rectify the situation, Society Board Members Steve Ayre and Eddie Devlin have drawn a number of winners to catch up. Winners are therefore as follows:
October's winner was Norma Dye, who will be attending Dundee's match v Hamilton on February 11th.
The draw for November was won by Bill Tait, who will be guest at the Dundee v Ross County game on February 25th.
Andre Coppens won December's draw and Andre will join the Society Board for the game on March 10th v Ayr Utd.
January's winner is Grant Anderson, who has won hospitality for the game on 24th March v Raith Rovers.
Congratulations to Norma, Bill, Andre and Grant.
The Gold and Platinum monthly draws are just one benefit of subscribing to the membership schemes - if you're not already a member and would like to sign up or find out more about each scheme, visit our memberships page.
Things are hotting up for the Capital Dark Blues Burns Supper this coming Saturday, with a number of attractions confirmed!
Dave Ellis told us "Bobby Wishart of the famous 1962 XI will be attending, we have some 'alternative' Burns entertainment and some interesting auction and raffle items including golf, rugby, and the inevitable bottles of refreshments. Matt Lockwood will be there to explain penalty taking and Nicky Riley on hamstrings as well as the Capital Dark Blues’ very own board member, Fraser MacDonald, who will give an inside update on what’s happening at Dens. But what we need is YOU!! And your chums!!" Tickets are still available – so contact Dave to book your place.
The time – 7.30pm, Saturday 21st January (after the Partick Thistle game)
The place – Willowbrae Bowling Club, Edinburgh
The details – 3-course Burns Supper, auction, raffles, fun and nonsense, and much, much more…
Tickets are priced at just £20 and are available from Dave Ellis on 07912 653013 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A couple of weeks ago, Society Director Fraser MacDonald welcomed Stephen Stewart of the Dark Blues Down Under for a bit of Boardroom Hospitality. He enjoyed it so much, he came back to Dens on Boxing Day! This time, accompanied by Stuart Webster, Stephen handed over a cheque for £500 to Dundee FC Supporters’ Society Director Steve Ayre on behalf of the Dark Blues Down Under.
Steve said “I was delighted to meet the guys and accept the £500 donation on behalf of the Society. The continued commitment and support shown from the DBDU despite being so far from Dens Park is greatly appreciated by the Supporters' Society and the Club.”