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Dumbarton F.C
Club crest
Full name Dumbarton Football Club
Nickname(s) The Sons
Founded 1872; 145 years ago (1872)
Ground Dumbarton Football Stadium, Dumbarton
Ground Capacity 2,020[1]
Chairman Les Hope[2]
Manager Stevie Aitken
League Scottish Championship
2016–17 Scottish Championship, 8th
Website Club website
Current season

Dumbarton Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Dumbarton, Scotland.[3] Founded in 1872, just after Queen's Park (1867), Kilmarnock (1869) and Stranraer (1870), they play home games at the Dumbarton Football Stadium next to Dumbarton Castle.

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, and last played at the top level in 1985, thus being the only existing Scottish league champions never to have competed in the Scottish Premier League. The club were the first team (and one of only two) to win at least one league title in each of the four tiers in the Scottish league system.

Stevie Aitken is the club's manager, having been appointed on 27 May 2015.[4]

Colours and Badge[edit]

For the 2017–18 season, the team will wear strips from the Joma brand. The home strip is a modern take on the popular strips from the 1970s and early-1980s, an all white base with a black and gold band across the front, with further gold and black stripes above and below the main band[5]. The away kit meanwhile is red and black stripes in tribute to the original colours[6] of Dumbarton Athletic.[7]

The clubs' 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 teams nickname 'The Sons' is derived from the phrase 'Sons of The Rock', a term used for those born in the town of Dumbarton.

Stadium[edit]

Dumbarton Rock & The Stadium

Dumbarton play their home games at Dumbarton Football Stadium (commonly referred to as "The Rock" by Supporters) and known as 'The YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium' for sponsorship reasons. 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 [8]
  • 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 [9]
  • Dumbarton Football Stadium (Sep 2014 – Jun 2015)
  • The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium (Jul 2015 – May 2017)
  • Dumbarton Football Stadium (Jun 2017 – July 2017)
  • The YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium (July 2017 –)


Prior to December 2000 the team played at Boghead Park from 1879 until the end of the 1999–00 season, 121 years is currently the longest a senior Scottish club has 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 its intention to move to a new ground,[10] after only 15 years at their current home, to be situated in what is now Young's Farm to the North of Dumbarton between Dalreoch and Renton just off the A82 by-pass. The proposed new development, which had long been rumoured, will double the existing capacity to 4,000 in a mix of seating and terracing, add additional hospitality and non-footballing facilities, allow for training and community artificial pitches and increase access and parking facilities from the current site. The existing site would be used by Denny Homes to build 180 houses and a walkway along the River Clyde connecting the town centre with Dumbarton Rock.

Attendances[edit]

Season League Average Highest
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[edit]

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.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 August 2017[11]

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

No. Position Player
1 Scotland GK Scott Gallacher
2 Scotland DF David Smith
3 Scotland DF Christopher McLaughlin
4 Scotland DF Andy Dowie (captain)
5 Scotland MF Grant Gallagher
6 Scotland MF Stuart Carswell
7 Scotland FW Calum Gallagher
8 Scotland MF David Wilson
9 Scotland FW Mark Stewart
10 Scotland MF Tom Walsh
11 Scotland MF Chris Johnston
No. Position Player
12 Scotland DF Sam Wardrop (on loan from Celtic)
14 Scotland MF Kyle Hutton
15 Scotland DF Dougie Hill
16 Scotland FW Greg Morrison (on loan from Ross County)
17 Scotland FW Ally Roy (on loan from Hearts)
18 Scotland MF Kyle Prior
19 Scotland GK Jamie Ewings
20 Cyprus MF Dimitris Froxylias
21 Scotland FW Danny Handling
27 France FW Christian Nadé
55 Scotland DF Craig Barr (vice-captain)


Hall of Fame[edit]

Hall Of Fame[edit]

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

  • Lawrie Williams – 372 apps (1970–1980)[12]
  • Ray Montgomerie – 180 apps (1981–1988)
  • Murdo MacLeod – 87 apps (1975–1978) and 66 apps (1993–1995) as Player/Manager
  • Donald McNeill – 320 apps (1975–1988)
  • Colin McAdam – 70 apps (1969–1975)
  • Albert Craig – 138 apps (1981–1986)
  • Tom McAdam – 76 apps (1970–1975)
  • Johnny Graham – 385 apps (1967–1977)
  • William Wallace – 84 apps (1972–1975)
  • Kenny Wilson – 74 apps (1970–1972)
  • Charlie Gibson – 257 apps (1989–1996)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position[13] Name
Manager Stephen Aitken[4]
Assistant Manager Ian Durrant[14]
Goalkeeping Coach Jamie Ewings[15]
Physiotherapists Gillian Martin & Kirsten Murray
Club Doctor Dr Neil MacKay
Kit Man Colm McKinley

Recent league history[edit]

Season P W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos League
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
2012–13 36 13 4 19 58 83 −25 43 7 First Division
2011–12 36 17 7 12 61 61 0 58 3 Second Division

Managerial history[edit]

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

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

As of match played Saturday 28 October 2017.

Name Nat. From To Record
Pld W D L %won
Stephen Aitken Scotland May 2015 Current 104 27 29 48
Ian Murray Scotland November 2012 May 2015 108 41 15 52 37.96
Alan Adamson Scotland October 2010 October 2012 83 32 16 35 38.55
Jim Chapman Scotland December 2007 October 2010 113 40 27 46 35.39
Gerry McCabe Scotland June 2006 November 2007 57 25 11 21 43.86
Paul Martin Scotland December 2004 June 2006 67 12 15 35 17.91
Brian Fairley Scotland March 2003 December 2004 66 30 10 26 45.45
David Winnie Scotland June 2002 March 2003 34 11 6 17 32.35
Tom Carson Scotland October 2000 June 2002 67 32 13 22 47.76
Jimmy Brown Scotland March 1999 October 2000 66 26 10 30 39.39
Ian Wallace Scotland November 1996 March 1999 95 26 24 45 27.37
Jim Fallon Scotland September 1995 November 1996 50 2 6 42 4.00
Murdo MacLeod Scotland June 1993 August 1995 88 28 24 35 31.81
Billy Lamont Scotland April 1990 June 1993 138 54 30 54 39.13
Jim George Scotland October 1988 April 1990 77 29 20 28 37.66
Bertie Auld Scotland January 1988 September 1988 24 4 8 12 16.66
Mark Clougherty Scotland July 1987 January 1988 30 9 7 14 30.00
Alex Totten Scotland July 1986 April 1987 46 23 8 15 50.00
Derek Whiteford Scotland May 1986 May 1986
Alex Wright (caretaker) Scotland February 1986 May 1986 17 6 5 6 35.30
Davie Wilson Scotland March 1984 February 1986 97 32 22 43 33.00
Billy Lamont Scotland July 1981 February 1984 124 44 26 26 35.48
Sean Fallon Republic of Ireland July 1980 May 1981 43 14 12 17 32.56
Davie Wilson Scotland July 1977 April 1980 127 51 38 38 40.16
Alex Wright Scotland March 1973 May 1977 192 66 42 84 34.37
Jackie Stewart Scotland November 1968 January 1973 190 89 34 67 46.84
Ian Spence Scotland September 1967 October 1968 46 13 11 22 28.26
Willie Toner Scotland October 1964 September 1967 131 47 27 57 35.88
Jackie Fearn Scotland May 1962 September 1964 100 41 17 42 41.00
Bobby Campbell Scotland July 1961 May 1962 43 10 10 23 23.26
Bobby Combe Scotland May 1959 November 1960 63 28 14 21 44.44
Peter McGown Scotland May 1954 April 1959 216 108 33 75 50.00
William Irvine Scotland June 1950 May 1954 155 51 32 72 32.90
William Guthrie Scotland August 1946 June 1950 153 42 27 84 27.45
Jackie Milne Scotland June 1945 August 1946 38 14 6 18 36.84
William Guthrie (secretary) Scotland 1944 1945
Fred Donovan (secretary) Scotland 1940 1944
Jimmy Smith Scotland 1939 1940
Fred Donovan (secretary) Scotland 1931 1939
Donald Colman Scotland 1922 1931
Paddy Travers Scotland 1921 1922
James Collins Scotland September 1920 May 1921
George Livingstone Scotland March 1919 September 1920
James Collins Scotland May 1914 March 1919

Honours[edit]

Club records[edit]

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)[18]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dumbarton Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Findlay, Alan. "BOARDROOM UPDATE". Dumbarton Football Club. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Dumbarton Football Club – STEPHEN AITKEN ANNOUNCED AS NEW SONS MANAGER". dumbartonfootballclub.com. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Findlay, Alan. "THE 'BIG REVEAL' - NEW HOME KIT 2017/2018". Dumbarton Football Club. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  6. ^ Findlay, Alan. "FAVOURABLE REACTION TO NEW KIT". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Findlay, Alan. "NEW STRIP REVEALED". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Strathclyde is latest Scots victim of building slump". The Scotsman. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "BetButler update". Gambling Commission. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Dumbarton Relocation Planning update". Dumbarton FC. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "2017–18 Dumbarton squad". Dumbarton FC. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  12. ^ "Lawrie Williams". Sons Archive. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  13. ^ "Dumbarton Football Club – Management". dumbartonfootballclub.com. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  14. ^ Findlay, Alan (27 January 2017). "New assistant manager". Dumbarton FC. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  15. ^ Findlay, Alan. "FRIENDLIES ARRANGED". Dumbarton Football Club. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  16. ^ 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
  17. ^ Known as second division prior to 1975
  18. ^ "Dumbarton 1–2 Rangers". Retrieved 4 June 2016. 

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