The Yellow and Blue 10-Point Plan will be discussed in detail through a series
of panel discussions.
The Discussion Series has three objectives:
To enable those who are interested to understand more about the different points and why they are
considered important. Many fans will not necessarily understand every debate and will want to know
more to help them make up their minds.
To invite challenges and alternative proposals to the points that are being proposed and make them
To help the DTB develop actions that can take these points forward and to develop its own strategic
thinking and direction.
These will take place via Zoom with each call concentrating on a number of the points. It is hoped that
many people as possible will be able to listen in and take part, but it is recognised that not everyone
can do so.
The Plan was developed by a group of Dons fans in consultation with a range of
aim of which is to inspire a new direction for the Dons Trust and AFC Wimbledon.
The Dons Trust Board (DTB) has made it clear that it wants to have a strategy discussion and the Plan is
a contribution towards that. Others may have different views and are also free to make their own
Equally, it is possible the Plan could form the basis for a manifesto for someone who wants to stand for
election to the DTB.
Ultimately it will be for the democratically-elected members of the DTB to make the decision about how
the organisation moves forward.
The Plan covers 10 different points. These are not the only points of discussion for the future
direction of the DTB or club and other people may consider that there are other points which they think
need to be debated.
It is also the case that this is not an ‘all or nothing’ document. People are free to agree or disagree
with individual points to a greater or lesser extent. Some of the points raised might be far less
controversial than others.
2nd August - Standing up for football - Points 4, 5 & 6
2nd August 2020 - 5pm BST
Standing up for football -
Points 4, 5 & 6
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Each Zoom call will take the following format:
1 hour duration.
There will be a chair who will ensure order and control the discussion. Only the chair will have
their microphone live at all times. Other speakers will be un-muted when called.
The chair will not contribute to the debate other than to call speakers and to read out questions
that have been submitted in writing beforehand, or through the 'Q&A' function.
One of the authors of the 10-point Plan will outline the reasons for the area of discussion and
why they are putting forward the points they are.
A challenger, who will be nominated in advance, will put forward alternative arguments and raise
questions. This person will not simply raise direct contra arguments, but look at how to
constructively improve the plan also look at points not considered by the proposers.
A representative of the Dons Trust Board will then be given the opportunity to input.
The proposer will have the chance to come back with answers.
At this point the floor will be opened and those who have indicated they wish to contribute to the
debate either to ask a question or to make a point - will be able to do so. The chair will ensure
they are kept reasonably brief.
Questions will be selected and read out from the ‘Q&A’ function.
People who wish to speak can do so however they must have video on and use the ‘Raise Hand’
function to alert the chair.
The Chat function will be an open forum where anyone can say what they please. This will give
people who have already spoken the chance to come back without being given the microphone again.
The chair will ensure that contributions are kept on topic.
The chair will have the right to allow the challenger, the proposer and the Dons Trust Board
member to speak during the floor debate in order to clear up a point of misunderstanding, but this
should not be the norm and would be agreed via the private message function to the chair on Zoom.
At the end of the session, the challenger, the proposer and the Dons Trust Board member will each
have a chance to come back with concluding remarks.
This is a consultation exercise rather than a decision-making forum and so there won’t be votes
It is expected that the debate will be polite. To that end, we recognise that all those contributing are
Dons fans. No one fan is better than another, no matter how long they have been supporting or how many
games they attend per season. We respect the right to disagree but require that you play the issue not
the person. Therefore any contributor making comments that are personal in nature will be ejected from
the discussion. We also ask that there is no swearing and that all contributors use their real names.
Whilst we all understand that feelings about MK and those behind the franchising are strong and there
will be a specific discussion about relations with them (and other discussions will allude to them), the
rule about personalised attacks and swearing should also apply to these discussions.
After the discussion has ended, the proposers may decide to update the Yellow and Blue Plan. A record of
the chat together with notes of the points made will be given to the DTB and a recording of the
discussion may also be embedded on the Yellow and Blue 10-point plan website.