Dumbarton F.C.

Dumbarton Football Club is a semi-professional football club in Dumbarton, Scotland.[4] Founded on 23 December 1872, they are one of the oldest football clubs in Scotland.[5][6][7] The club plays home games at the Dumbarton Football Stadium next to Dumbarton Castle.

Dumbarton
Dumbarton FC logo.svg
Full nameDumbarton Football Club
Nickname(s)The Sons
Founded23 December 1872; 148 years ago (1872-12-23)
GroundDumbarton Football Stadium, Dumbarton
Capacity2,020[1]
OwnerCognitive Capital[2]
ChairmanJohn Steele[3]
ManagerStephen Farrell
LeagueScottish League One
2020–21Scottish League One, 9th of 10
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club were one of the most successful of the nineteenth century, winning the Scottish Football League in the first two seasons of the competition (the first jointly with Rangers). Since then, the club have spent the majority of their history outside the top flight, with their last appearance at the top level coming in 1984–85 and the side currently playing in League One. The club were the first team (and one of only two) to win at least one league title in each of the top four tiers in the Scottish football league system.

Stephen Farrell is currently the club's manager, having been appointed in May 2021.[8]

In May 2021, it was announced that Dumbarton were to change ownership, with previous owners Brabco selling their majority share to Cognitive Capital.[9]

Colours and badgeEdit

For 2020–21, the side will wear strips from the Joma brand for the 7th season. After 7 seasons playing in predominantly white the home strip is mainly yellow with black trim. The away kit is black with yellow trim.

The club's badge features an elephant with a castle on its back, this represents Dumbarton Rock with Dumbarton Castle upon it, based on the historic town crest. Dumbarton Rock, a volcanic plug, is said to resemble an elephant. The team's nickname 'The Sons' is derived from the phrase 'Sons of The Rock', a term used for those born in the town of Dumbarton.

StadiumEdit

 
View of the stand at the Dumbarton Football Stadium
 
View from the stand at the Dumbarton Football Stadium

Dumbarton play their home games at Dumbarton Football Stadium, known as the C&G Systems Stadium for sponsorship reasons (commonly referred to as "The Rock" by supporters). The 2,020[1] all seated stadium has been used since 2 December 2000. The main (and currently only) stand is overshadowed by Dumbarton Rock & sits aside the banks of the River Leven. The stadium has been named for sponsorship purposes for most of its existence:

  • Strathclyde Homes Stadium (Dec 2000 – Sep 2011) until the receivership of Strathclyde Homes[10]
  • Dumbarton Football Stadium (Sep 2011 – Feb 2012)
  • Dumbarton Football Stadium Sponsored by DL Cameron (Feb 2012 – Jul 2012)
  • The BetButler Stadium (Jul 2012 – Sep 2014) until the liquidation of BetButler[11]
  • Dumbarton Football Stadium (Sep 2014 – Jun 2015)
  • The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium (Jul 2015 – May 2017)
  • The YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium (July 2017 – May 2018[12])
  • C&G Systems Stadium (May 2018 – )[13]

Prior to December 2000, the team played at Boghead Park from 1879 until the end of the 1999–00 season; at that time their tenure of 121 years was the longest a senior Scottish club had stayed at the same ground. Between May and November 2000, Dumbarton shared Cliftonhill in Coatbridge with Albion Rovers.

In November 2014 the club's owners, Brabco, formally announced their intention to move to a new ground[14] after only 15 years at their current home, situated in what is currently Young's Farm to the North of Dumbarton between Dalreoch and Renton. The proposed development would have doubled the existing capacity to 4,000, with the existing site being used to build 180 houses and a walkway along the River Clyde connecting the town centre with Dumbarton Castle. The plans were rejected by West Dunbartonshire Council in March 2018.[15]

AttendancesEdit

Season League Average Highest
2019–20 League One 663 1,394
2018–19 League One 637 1,353
2017–18 Championship 838 1,652
2016–17 Championship 1,130 1,660
2015–16 Championship 1,033 1,978
2014–15 Championship 1,074 1,850
2013–14 Championship 938 1,469
2012–13 First Division 927 1,530
2011–12 Second Division 660 1,088
2010–11 Second Division 640 853
2009–10 Second Division 695 1,227
2008–09 Third Division 722 1,396
2007–08 Third Division 560 907
2006–07 Third Division 709 1,089
2005–06 Second Division 946 1,594
2004–05 Second Division 900 1,446
2003–04 Second Division 1,039 1,861
2002–03 Second Division 950 1,501

Supporters and cultureEdit

Dumbarton were the first league club in Scotland to have a supporters' trust, which works to strengthen the links between the club and the fans. The trust own a significant number of shares in the club and are currently the fourth largest shareholder. Following a £25,000 direct investment, the trust also has a representative on the club board of directors. The supporters' trust works with the club to produce the match programme & run the club website. As well as those important functions, the trust's main role at the club is that of overseeing commercial activity.

One of the main ways supporters back the club financially is by playing the club's weekly lottery. Launched in association with Our Club Lotto by supporters trust board member Stephanie Park in 2020, fans of the club have raised thousands of pounds through their entries.[16] Draws to win up to £10,000 take place every Wednesday night with all profits reinvested into the running of the football club.[17]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 1 September 2021[18]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ENG Sam Ramsbottom
2 DF   SCO Ryan McGeever
3 DF   SCO Paddy Boyle
4 DF   SCO Edin Lynch
5 DF   SCO Gregor Buchanan
6 MF   SCO Stuart Carswell (captain)
7 MF   SCO Conner Duthie
8 MF   SCO Andy Geggan
9 FW   SCO Kalvin Orsi
10 MF   IRL Eoghan Stokes
11 MF   SCO Ross MacLean
12 GK   SCO Calum Erskine
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF   SCO Joe McKee
15 MF   SCO Carlo Pignatiello (on loan from Livingston)
16 MF   SCO Mark Lamont
17 FW   NOR Kristoffer Syvertsen
18 MF   NIR Paul Paton
19 MF   SCO Callum Wilson
20 DF   SCO Sam Muir
21 GK   SCO Patrick O'Neil
22 DF   SCO Kirk McKnight (on loan from Kilmarnock)
24 MF   SCO Evan Maley
25 FW   SCO Ryan Schiavone (on loan from Hearts)
28 FW   SCO David Hopkirk

Hall of FameEdit

Recently, the club and its fans named their "best player of all time" and a "Hall of Fame" including:

InternationalsEdit

19 Dumbarton players were chosen to represent Scotland between 1880 and 1898.[19] The club's international players were as follows:[19]

Coaching staffEdit

Position[20] Name
Manager Stephen Farrell[8]
Assistant Manager Frank McKeown[8]
Goalkeeping Coach Eric Phillips[21]
Physiotherapist Kirsten Murray
Kit Man David Richardson[22]

Recent league historyEdit

Season P W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos League
2020–21 22 7 4 11 14 24 -10 25 9 League One
2019–20 28 11 5 12 35 44 -9 38 6 League One
2018–19 36 12 10 14 60 60 0 46 6 League One
2017–18 36 7 9 20 27 63 −36 30 9(R) Championship
2016–17 36 9 12 15 46 56 −10 39 8 Championship
2015–16 36 10 7 19 35 66 −31 37 8 Championship
2014–15 36 9 7 20 36 79 −43 34 7 Championship
2013–14 36 15 6 15 64 64 0 51 5 Championship

Managerial historyEdit

Manager records for all league, league play-offs, League Cup, Scottish Cup & Challenge Cup games (i.e. not including friendlies & Stirlingshire Cup games)[23]

  • Permanent managers only. Stats include permanent managers who had initial caretaker spells.

As of match played 11 September 2021:

Name Nat. From To Record
Pld W D L %won
Stephen Farrell   May 2021 Current 11 3 1 7 27.30
Jim Duffy   October 2018 May 2021 94 33 18 43 35.11
Stephen Aitken   May 2015 October 2018 154 42 38 74 27.27
Ian Murray   November 2012 May 2015 108 41 15 52 37.96
Alan Adamson   October 2010 October 2012 83 32 16 35 38.55
Jim Chapman   December 2007 October 2010 113 39 27 57 34.50
Gerry McCabe   June 2006 November 2007 57 25 11 21 43.86
Paul Martin   December 2004 June 2006 67 12 15 35 17.91
Brian Fairley   March 2003 December 2004 66 30 10 26 45.45
David Winnie   June 2002 March 2003 34 11 6 17 32.35
Tom Carson   October 2000 June 2002 67 32 13 22 47.76
Jimmy Brown   March 1999 October 2000 66 26 10 30 39.39
Ian Wallace   November 1996 March 1999 95 26 24 45 27.37
Jim Fallon   September 1995 November 1996 50 2 6 42 4.00
Murdo MacLeod   June 1993 August 1995 88 28 24 35 31.81
Billy Lamont   April 1990 June 1993 138 54 30 54 39.13
Jim George   October 1988 April 1990 77 29 20 28 37.66
Bertie Auld   January 1988 September 1988 24 4 8 12 16.66
Mark Clougherty   July 1987 January 1988 30 9 7 14 30.00
Alex Totten   July 1986 April 1987 46 23 8 15 50.00
Derek Whiteford   May 1986 May 1986
Alex Wright (caretaker)   February 1986 May 1986 17 6 5 6 35.30
Davie Wilson   March 1984 February 1986 97 32 22 43 33.00
Billy Lamont   July 1981 February 1984 124 44 26 26 35.48
Sean Fallon   July 1980 May 1981 43 14 12 17 32.56
Davie Wilson   July 1977 April 1980 127 51 38 38 40.16
Alex Wright   March 1973 May 1977 192 66 42 84 34.37
Jackie Stewart   November 1968 January 1973 190 89 34 67 46.84
Ian Spence   September 1967 October 1968 46 13 11 22 28.26
Willie Toner   October 1964 September 1967 131 47 27 57 35.88
Jackie Fearn   May 1962 September 1964 100 41 17 42 41.00
Bobby Campbell   July 1961 May 1962 43 10 10 23 23.26
Bobby Combe   May 1959 November 1960 63 28 14 21 44.44
Peter McGown   May 1954 April 1959 216 108 33 75 50.00
William Irvine   June 1950 May 1954 155 51 32 72 32.90
William Guthrie   August 1946 June 1950 153 42 27 84 27.45
Jackie Milne   June 1945 August 1946 38 14 6 18 36.84
William Guthrie (secretary)   August 1944 June 1945 30 9 3 18 30.00
Fred Donovan (secretary)   June 1940 June 1944 120 45 20 55 37.50
Jimmy Smith   January 1939 June 1940 45 9 8 28 20.00
Fred Donovan (secretary)   June 1931 January 1939 274 98 48 128 35.77
Donald Colman   June 1922 May 1931 359 139 65 155 38.72
Paddy Travers   April 1920 May 1922 95 24 17 54 25.27
George Livingstone   March 1919 April 1920 47 14 12 21 29.79
James Collins   May 1914 March 1919 174 55 46 73 31.61

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

CupEdit

NationalEdit

OtherEdit

ReservesEdit

  • Scottish Second XI Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1881–82
    • Runners-up (3): 1883–84, 1886–87, 1889–90
  • Glasgow & District Reserve League:
    • Runners-up (2): 1942–43 (First Series), 1943–44 (First Series)
  • Scottish Alliance Reserve League:
    • Winners (1): 1956–57 (First Series)
    • Runners-up (1): 1956–57 (Second Series)
  • Combined Reserve League:
    • Winners (1): 1958–59 (Second Series)
    • Runners-up (1): 1958–59 (First Series)
  • Scottish Reserve League (West):
    • Runners-up (1): 1985–86
  • Glasgow & District Reserve League Cup:
    • Runners-up (1): 1942–43
  • Dumbartonshire Second XI Cup:
    • Winners (5): 1888–89, 1889–90, 1890–91, 1891–92, 1892–93

YouthsEdit

  • Scottish Under 19s League:
    • Runners-up (1): 2010–11

Club recordsEdit

Biggest win:
(Scottish Cup): 13–2 v Kirkintilloch Central (1 September 1888)

Biggest loss:
Scottish Football League: 1–11 v Albion Rovers (30 January 1926)
Scottish League Cup: 1–11 v Ayr United (13 August 1952)

Biggest home attendance:
Boghead Park: 18,001 v Raith Rovers, (2 March 1957)
Dumbarton Football Stadium: 1,978 v Rangers, (19 September 2015)[26]

Most goals in a season: Kenny Wilson (38), 1971–72

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Dumbarton: Private equity firm Cognitive Capital Ltd buys Scottish League 1 club". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
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  4. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
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  6. ^ "Who are Scotland's oldest professional football clubs". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Football - Dumbarton". www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
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  10. ^ "Strathclyde is latest Scots victim of building slump". The Scotsman. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  11. ^ "BetButler update". Gambling Commission. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  12. ^ "CLUB STATEMENT - YOUR RADIO". Dumbarton Football Club. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  13. ^ Barrow, Simon (5 May 2018). "C&G SYSTEMS ARE NEW STADIUM SPONSORS". Dumbarton Football Club.
  14. ^ "Dumbarton Relocation Planning update". Dumbarton FC. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  15. ^ "CLUB STATEMENT". Dumbarton Football Club. 29 March 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  16. ^ "New lottery just the ticket for helping Dumbarton FC raise vital funds". www.msn.com. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  17. ^ "Dumbarton FC - Play our online lottery to help us raise funds!". Our Club Lotto. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  18. ^ "First Team Squad". Dumbarton FC. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
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  21. ^ "Dumbarton Football Club - GOALKEEPER COACH ARRIVES". www.dumbartonfootballclub.com. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  22. ^ "Dumbarton Football Club - KIT MAN POST CHANGES HANDS". www.dumbartonfootballclub.com. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  23. ^ Kemp, David. "Club Managers Past & Present". Sons Archive. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  24. ^ Shared with Rangers after both clubs ended the season on 29 points. A play-off game at Cathkin Park on 21 May 1891 finished 2–2, so the clubs were declared joint champions
  25. ^ Known as second division prior to 1975
  26. ^ "Dumbarton 1–2 Rangers". Retrieved 4 June 2016.

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