History of ArabTRUST

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February 2013 saw ArabTRUST celebrate the first 10 years of its existence. It was originally launched off the back of a campaign called United for Change that called for an increase in supporter representation within the Dundee United Boardroom. ArabTRUST's evolution started long before 2003. Calls for fans to be able to own shares in the Dundee United Football Company Ltd. intensified in 1992, and that's where our genesis begins.

 

 

  

The Final Hurdle fanzine Arab Poll '92 February 1992

 

 

UNITED for CHANGE 1998. Pressure group UNITED for CHANGE gathered pace throughout the year.

 

 

February 2000 - Having a say?

 

 

The Final Hurdle fanzine (issue 45) February 1999. Bottom right: What are your views on ordinary fans owning shares?

 

 

23rd January 2000 – Scotland on Sunday

 

 


March 2000 – The Final Hurdle issue 46

 

 

The Final Hurdle fanzine (issue 46) March 2000

 

 

The Final Hurdle fanzine (issue 46) March 2000

 

 

4th June 2000 –Sunday Herald: Scots supporters disadvantaged by devolution, say fans coalition

 

 

2nd December 2000 – The Courier: Footballs fans set to lobby parliament

 

 

21st October 2001 – Sunday Herald: Scotland seeks direct support

 

 

12th February 2002 – Funding for football supporters’ trusts

 

 

arabtrust.org.uk registered 25th September 2002

 

 

Shares for United supporters 24th October 2002

 

 

Dundee United supporters acquired their first ever shareholding in the Club when the newly formed Dundee United Supporters’ Trust ‘ArabTRUST’ accepted a number of shares from United Chairman Eddie Thompson.

 

Dundee United Supporters’ Trust ‘ArabTRUST’ accepting a number of shares from United Chairman Eddie Thompson

 

 

Dundee United Supporters’ Trust ‘ArabTRUST’ accepting a number of shares from United Chairman Eddie Thompson

 

  

The official launch of ArabTRUST is announced 8th January 2003

 

 

Formed to provide United supporters with a recognised say in the affairs of the club by means of collective share ownership and representation within the boardroom. The formal launch took place at the Tangerine Club (now known as Club 83) and amongst the packed crowd, the Lord Provost John Letford, Willie Pettigrew, Eddie Thompson, Danny Griffin and Jimmy Briggs attended. Whilst ArabTRUST was not launched until this time, United supporters were in the vanguard of the supporters’ trust movement, helping to establish Supporters Direct in Scotland in 2002. That afternoon, we played Motherwell at Tannadice in the SPL. We won 2-1 with goals from Andy Tod and Charlie Miller.  

From here, ArabTRUST would go on to become the third largest shareholder in Dundee United behind the Thompson family and invest over £250,000 in the club's youth system during the first decade.

ArabTRUST's first ever Associate Director, Mike Barile, would be appointed in March 2004 representing over 600 members by 2005.