Matt BreachThe thoughts of Chairman Matt

After six years as chair of the Dons Trust Board, Matt Breach decided to take a small step back and is now assisting Mark Davis, the new chair. We asked Matt to share with us his thoughts on his time in the role.

When I was first elected to the Dons Trust Board, Erik phoned me and briefed me about the impending charge that the club faced over playing Jermaine Darlington without obtaining international clearance. That was certainly a baptism..

Mark DavisStepping into the Breach

Newly appointed Dons Trust Board chair Mark Davis sets out the board’s priorities and explains some new ways of working for 2018.

Every year, one of the first actions of the board, following the Dons Trust Board elections and AGM, is to appoint the Trust’s officers for the coming 12 months. After six years as chair, Matthew Breach has decided to step back from that role and, following a discussion at the board’s first January meeting, it..

Goodbye Columbus?

Dons Trust member Brian Everett lives in the USA, and his local team, Columbus Crew, are now seriously threatened with a huge relocation. Here he explains why he is taking inspiration from the AFC Wimbledon story.

 

As you prepare for kick-off at the Cherry Red Records Stadium today, I will be logging into my computer and following the game from Columbus, Ohio, in the United States. Why would someone five hours behind, 3,854 miles away, and who has never..

The 2017 FSF awards

Dons Trust Board member Tim Hillyer attended the annual Football Supporters’ Federation awards event, and was impressed by how prestigious an occasion it has become.

 

 

The run-up to Christmas signals the start of the season of awards presentations. The Football Supporters’ Federation kick off the annual prize-giving merry-go-round with a formal dinner interspersed with speeches. A measure of the increasing stature of this event is the number of high-profile guests in attendance this year, including such well-known names..

Working hard behind the scenes

 

Dons Trust Secretary Tom Brown introduces the team of people who support the Dons Trust Board and tells us about the areas in which they work.

 

What we do

 

The Dons Trust secretariat supports the Board in a number of ways:

compiling agendas and minutes for the Board’s meetings each month preparing papers for general meetings and sending them out to members communicating with members via Webjam, Twitter and Facebook keeping the Trust’s website up to date..

Fan power in action

Dons Trust Chair Matt Breach and Vice-Chair Mark Davis look back on the role that DT members and AFC Wimbledon supporters – plus one or two others – have played in bringing the Dons home.

 

This week’s news about the new stadium is a proud moment for us all. It really does look as if AFC Wimbledon, the fans-owned club formed from the ashes of Wimbledon FC, is going to pull off a coup that our predecessor and its multi-millionaire..

A new national fans’ organisation?

Significant discussions are currently being held about whether the two best-known national supporter groups can continue with their separate identities or should combine forces under one banner, writes Dons Trust Board member Tim Hillyer.

In 1999, the government’s Football Task Force delivered its findings. The two fans’ bodies that existed at the time, the National Federation of Football Supporters’ Clubs and the Football Supporters’ Association, merged in 2002 to form the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF). That same period saw the..

Matt BreachLooking out for the fans

Dons Trust Board Chair Matthew Breach explains some of the “outward-facing” work that the Trust is involved with and why it is so important.

Most of the time that the Dons Trust Board (DTB) spends together (a regular monthly meeting plus a number of ad hoc meetings for specific issues) is devoted to the club, concentrating on implementing our strategic oversight of the Football Club Board (FCB) on issues such as football, finances, youth development, commercial operations and – particularly..

Rail Football Forum

Dons Trust Board member Tim Hillyer reports on his role as a member of the Rail Football Forum, which seeks to improve the experience of all football fans travelling to matches by rail.

An unexpected duty in my role on the National Council of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) is to attend meetings of the Rail Football Forum as a supporter representative, together with officers from British Transport Police and their security counterparts from the various rail operators (known as..

Helping girls’ grassroots football

Michael Ross, Chair of the Morden Girls League, describes how the Dons Trust has contributed to this community-based initiative.

The Morden Girls League provides free football for girls aged from 13 to 16 throughout south-west London, and it is hugely grateful to the Dons Trust for their financial support over the years. It is just the sort of grassroots community initiative that the DT is there to help.

The League celebrates its 21st birthday this season. It is run entirely..