In 2004, a group of Pars fans, bound by a common vision of the important role that supporters had to play in the governance of their club, formed the Pars Supporters Trust. For the next few years, the PST as they came to be known, played a predominantly fundraising role for the Club, but really came into it’s own when the Club was plunged into the depths of administration in April 2013. The PST immediately became a focal point in the fans’ efforts to stave off the threat of liquidation, and mobilised the fan base to donate time and money to help ultimately “Save The Pars”, “Buy The Pars” and then “Keep The Pars”.
Central to all of this was one of the PST’s founder members, Margaret Ross, who became Chair of the PST in 2004, and remained so until her untimely passing in December 2016.
Under Margaret’s leadership, the PST helped to not only save the club, but became a key player in the governance of Pars United (CIC), the fans group which successfully assumed ownership of DAFC in October 2013. Margaret herself became a director of Pars United (CIC) until 2016, as well as being the PST’s representative on the Board of Directors of Dunfermline Athletic FC.
Following her death, her friends and colleagues on the PST Board wanted to ensure that Margaret’s contribution to the Pars cause would live on, and so in January 2017, the Margaret Ross Memorial Fund was created, as a lasting tribute to Margaret.
The aim of the Fund is to make an annual contribution to individuals or projects within the Under 20 or youth team set up at East End Park.
At the launch of the Memorial Fund on 1st February 2017, Drew Main from the PST said “Whilst Margaret immersed herself in so many groups and projects within the Pars family, she always had a soft spot for the welfare of our U20 players or youngsters who are making their way through the youth system. Our intention is to ring-fence money from a couple of fund raising events throughout the year specifically for the Memorial Fund which we will then use for the benefit of our younger players, the idea being that we can provide funds in this way on an annual basis in Margaret’s memory”.
DAFC Club Chairman Ross McArthur reiterated “this is a fantastic way for Margaret’s memory to be preserved within the Pars Family. As Drew highlights, Margaret was always thinking about the younger players at our club and making sure they had every opportunity to achieve their goals. I am sure she would be proud of her PST colleagues continuing to ensure the younger players at our club are looked after”.
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