Dumbarton FC’s newest board member has made history by becoming the first female to sit on the board of directors in the club’s history – and she has admitted it’s about time.

Stephanie Park, a lifelong supporter, was recently elected as the Sons Supporters Trust Representative.

Stephanie has been a fan since she was aged 13 and she even worked at the pie stall at Boghead in her youth before going on to further volunteer for the club, including setting up the Sonstrust and now running hospitality at the club on a matchday.

The new role involves taking questions, ideas and concerns of Dumbarton supporters and Sonstrust members directly to the club’s board and Stephanie is excited to get started.

Speaking to the Reporter, Stephanie, who is a police officer, said: “I was over the moon when I first found out I had been elected.

“I knew it would be quite tight because the other two candidates were really good as well so I was ecstatic when I found out.

“I knew there was a vacancy because Alan [Findlay] had stepped down so I voiced my interest a few months previous and then I found out it was going to be a formal election process.

“I just want to get stuck in but everything is kind of on hold or been pushed back. You can’t have face to face meetings or organise things but we’ll get around it.

“It’s about time there was a woman on the board.

“A lot of the clubs are run by, and I don’t mean this in a derogatory way, but it’s a lot of older men.

“They’ve maybe got a certain way of doing things and a way that things have always been done so I’m hoping that I can go in with new fresh ideas.

“When I first started going to games there wasn’t many women and I remember going to away games and the stadiums didn’t even have female toilets. It was so male orientated.

“Hopefully this can encourage more women to become involved. It’s long overdue.”

John Steele, club chairman, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Stephanie as a director of Dumbarton FC.

“She brings fresh experience and enthusiasm to the challenges we face, as well as a woman’s perspective and wisdom.”

Jack Brough, Sonstrust secretary, said: “We are very pleased indeed that Stephanie has been chosen to represent us on the Dumbarton FC board, after careful consultation and a democratic vote.

“Fans will have a strong voice and advocate in Stephanie.”

He added: “We would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the work that outgoing trust nominee Alan Findlay did over many years.”

The club’s fundraising campaign continues to grow and is now just £1,500 away from the £25,000 target.

Stephanie added: “The fundraising has been absolutely fantastic. I’m so pleased at how well it has gone.”

Donations can be made at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dumbarton-fc-sos.