Bond - We must emulate Rovers and Sligo

Padraig Whelan

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Padraig Whelan

Bond - We must emulate Rovers and Sligo
Dundalk chairman Ciaran Bond has urged fans to become members of the club’s new 500 Club scheme.

Dundalk chairman Ciaran Bond has urged fans to become members of the club’s new 500 Club scheme.

Bond insisted this scheme was important as the club look to raise funds and involve supporters in the decision making process at Oriel Park and hopes it will give them more of a sense of involvement with the club.

“It is massive for the club and the importance of it is two-fold,” he said after the launch.

“First and foremost there is a financial contribution and secondly as the club evolves, we want to see the members become more actively involved in the everyday management of the football club.

“I think that is important because supporters become more of a part of it and that makes people feel more attached and will do a lot more for the football club as opposed to just coming up and supporting the team.”

He also hopes the Lilywhites can replicate similarly successful member schemes that have been put in place by other League of Ireland clubs.

“When you look at what Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers have, these all have membership clubs who are driving the club across different aspects. I think it is important that we are not left behind by our rivals.”

Bond was insistent that people cannot confuse Dundalk’s sensational season this year with financial safety off the field.

“There is still a lot of work that still has to be done and it cannot be taken for granted.

“People will look and see the big crowds coming and think ‘oh yeah, the money is flowing into Oriel Park and we can take a backseat’ but we have got this club to a stable situation and we aim to go higher next year. That next step is just as important as anything.

“We have our goals for the long term in place and we always said that this is a three to four year plan”, he added.

“This membership scheme probably should have come about a lot earlier but obviously there was different things going on in the background financially and we decided that this was a more opportune time to bring it out.

“I think it is crucial going forward that this membership evolves and almost become part-owners of this football club.”