Today marks the 50th day since Shelbourne FC issued a statement (4 October 2016) announcing the club would be relocating to Dalymount Park. That announcement was in stark contrast to a previous promise by club chairman Joe Casey at the club’s Fans’ Forum in Tolka Park on 2 March 2015 that there would be no move without the consultation of the fans.
The same statement from the club also alleged that Shelbourne supporters’ groups had lobbied Dublin City Councillors in favour of the club relocating to Dalymount Park. No Shelbourne supporters’ group has ever publicly supported the relocation of the club to Dalymount Park and the position of Reds Independent with regard to that issue was addressed in a public statement on 5 October 2016.
The same statement on 5 October 2016 called upon the board of Shelbourne FC to explain two simple things which they publicly stated.
1) What happened to the promise by Joe Casey to consult with the supporters over the relocation of the club?
2) To name the supporters’ groups that the board alleged had lobbied DCC in favour of the club relocating to Dalymount.
Despite the statement from RI on 5 October, and countless requests for an explanation on social media from fans to simply explain their public statement, the board has contemptuously ignored the supporters.
As Shelbourne FC is currently a privately owned entity with no obligation nor accountability to its’ supporters, we find that we can no longer continue to fund the club in any way while the current board hold its’ supporters in such disregard.
It is with deep regret that we hereby find ourselves with no other option but to ask all Shelbourne supporters not to fund the club in any way while the status quo exists. We ask supporters not to pay into home league matches nor any cup matches that the club are entitled to a percentage of gate receipts from. We also ask supporters not to buy any product that will fund the club nor to fund the club through any form of sponsorship.
Red Inc. Issue 59 will be on sale Saturday night at the Waterford United game, outside the ground, from 7 pm up til kick off, and again outside Tolka at full time.
This month’s issue contains a look at the potential effect of Dundalk’s Euro success, focuses on the latest on Dalymount, RI FactCheck, a look back on the Doherty era, a feature on a Red at Euro 2016 and all your usual favourites as well as a whole lot more.
It is a special 36 page end-of-season special edition, all for a mere €2.
While yesterday’s official confirmation that Shelbourne FC plan to relocate to a redeveloped Dalymount Park at some stage in the future couldn’t be considered a shock, there are issues that we would like the club to clarify regarding the statement that they issued (Statement from Shelbourne Board of Management 4 October 2016).
Yesterday’s statement claimed that Shelbourne supporters’ groups had lobbied Dublin City Councillors in support of the club relocating to Dalymount. Reds Independent would like to take this opportunity to clarify that they are not one of those groups, and in the interests of transparency would like the club to name those Shelbourne supporters’ groups who it is alleged did lobby DCC councillors in favour of moving the club to Dalymount.
Furthermore, at the club’s annual Fans’ Forum on 2 March 2015, club chairman Joe Casey informed the supporters present that the club would not move anywhere without consulting the fans. We are not aware of any such consultation process taking place, so we would like the board to clarify if such a process did take place, and if so, give further details of said process, or if it was decided to disregard the promise made to fans.
Finally, we would like to express our disappointment with the board’s statement describing the club as an “inconvenience” to those living close to Tolka Park, an insult to our supporters who would never view our great club in such a light. Aside from the fact that Tolka Park is there longer than probably every resident in the area, such a statement could come back to haunt the club in the future. Any planning permission that is sought for any facility by the club or for a facility by any other entity that the club may be hoping to use, could be jeopardised and can now be objected to with the club’s own description of itself as an inconvenience, and ironically will probably be used by those who will no doubt be objecting to “Project Dalymount”.
Red Inc. Issue 58 will be on sale Friday night at the Cobh Ramblers game, outside the ground, from 6.20 pm up til kick off, and again outside Tolka at full time.
This month’s issue contains a look at Red identity, a review of up and coming Dublin band Oski Bravo’s debut single, a focus on the return of begging bowl season, we catch up with the affairs of our former Euro opponents and all your usual favourites as well as a whole lot more.
It is a special 32 page edition, all for a mere €2.
Red Inc. Issue 57 will be on sale Friday night at the Athlone Town game, outside the ground, from 7 pm up til kick off, and again outside Tolka at full time.
This month’s issue contains a look at Doc’s tactics, a review of Chris Sands’ new book, an examination of declining attendances, the return of Gah season and all your usual favourites as well as a whole lot more.
It is a special 36 page Cup Final 96 commemoration edition, all for a mere €2.
Thanks to everyone who bought a copy of the fanzine on Friday, as ever your custom is appreciated and it’s always a great thrill to see how well it’s received amongst Reds and to hear so many positive comments. Nice one.
We have 15-20 copies left; If you’re looking for a copy down in Athlone, get in touch with Lord Summerisle on the forum. Any remaining copies will be sold at the Cabinteely game(s) the following week.
RI56 is presently being compiled, and will be out on the opening day of the season, 4th March, for the game against Cobh. As always we are looking for your articles, opinions, letters, ideas, pictures, cartoons, piss-takes and anything else that is relevant to football but particularly the Reds and the LOI.
If you have an article or piece you would like to submit please send it to:
The deadline for contributions is 27 February, so get writing now!
Red Inc. Issue 55 will be on sale Saturday night at the Cobh Ramblers game, outside the ground, from 6.45 pm up til kick off, and again outside Tolka at full time.
This month’s issue contains a feature on the recent plaque unveiling, a look back on the season, Dalymount, a report from an exile returning home to watch the Reds, all your usual favourites as well as a whole lot more.
It is a 32 page end-of-season edition, for a mere €2.