The Dundalk FC 500 Club was launched last Tuesday night as the club aim to continue building a strong financial footing for the future.
After the grave difficulties felt by everyone connected with the club last season, they are now looking to build for the future with this fundraising initiative.
It is aimed at allowing supporters to make a financial contribution to Dundalk which will grant them membership status.
Supporters can do this for as little as €2 per week, starting with Level One Membership, or rising to Level Four status which costs €15 each week.
As well as availing of the benefits of the various membership schemes, fans are also promised access to member meetings and a say in how the club is run going forward.
Chairman of the DFC Community Trust and Board Member, Simon Blackmore, is pleased with how far the club has come but is adamant that hard work still needs to be done.
“Financially the club is in a different league than last season but to maintain it we need support. It is also about giving fans a say in how the club is run.
“In this membership, you will also get first preference for tickets and we want people’s involvement in it to be as easy as possible and we want them to feel comfortable with doing so.
“We have had an amazing season - I have been more nervous this year with us at the top that I was at the bottom - but people need to join up to keep us up there and challenging. We want this to continue.”
It was confirmed that those involved in the current Patron and Friends of Dundalk schemes will have those memberships carried over into the 500 Club.
With morale high in the Lilywhite camp given their incredible league and cup form, chairman Ciaran Bond asked supporters who travelled to Inchicore in their thousands for the recent league clash against St Patrick’s Athletic to do their best to help the club continue forward by involving themselves in the scheme.
“We took 1,544 fans to Richmond Park last week and if a third of them gave €2 a week for a year then that is over €50,000”, he said.
“That would be fantastic for the club. We are already ahead of where we had targeted but we want to keep continuing that work for many years to come.”
As well as details about the 500 Club being unveiled in the Lilywhite Lounge, confirmation came from the club that Jim Murphy’s 350 page plus new Dundalk FC book will be released in time for Christmas and the proceeds from the book will benefit the club entirely.