|Full name||Dumbarton Football Club|
|Ground||Dumbarton Football Stadium, Dumbarton|
|2016–17||Scottish Championship, 8th|
Dumbarton Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Dumbarton, Scotland. 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.
Colours and Badge
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. The away kit meanwhile is red and black stripes in tribute to the original colours of Dumbarton Athletic.
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.
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 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 
- 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 
- 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, 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.
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.
- As of 31 August 2017
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Hall of Fame
Hall Of Fame
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)
- 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)
|Assistant Manager||Ian Durrant|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Jamie Ewings|
|Physiotherapists||Gillian Martin & Kirsten Murray|
|Club Doctor||Dr Neil MacKay|
|Kit Man||Colm McKinley|
Recent league history
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.
|Stephen Aitken||May 2015||Current||104||27||29||48|
|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||40||27||46||35.39|
|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)||1944||1945|
|Fred Donovan (secretary)||1940||1944|
|Fred Donovan (secretary)||1931||1939|
|James Collins||September 1920||May 1921|
|George Livingstone||March 1919||September 1920|
|James Collins||May 1914||March 1919|
- Scottish Football League:
- Scottish First Division:
- Scottish Second Division:
- Scottish Third Division:
- Scottish Cup:
- Scottish Qualifying Cup:
- Runners-up (1): 1911–12
- Scottish Consolation Cup:
- Runners-up (2): 1907–08, 1910–11
- Scottish Supplementary Cup:
- Runners-up (1): 1945–46
- Scottish Combination League:
- Winners (1): 1905–06
- Festival of Britain St. Mungo Quaich:
- Winners (1): 1951–52
- Oban Saints Keyline Trophy:
- Winners (1): 2005–06
- Stirlingshire Cup:
- Stirlingshire Consolation Cup:
- Runners-up (1): 1950–51
- Dumbartonshire Cup
- Winners (20): 1884–85 1888–89, 1889–90, 1890–91, 1891–92, 1892–93, 1893–94, 1894–95, 1897–98, 1898–99, 1914–15, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1939–40
- Runners-up (17): 1895–96, 1896–97, 1900–01, 1905–06, 1906–07, 1907–08, 1908–09, 1909–10, 1913–14, 1917–18, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1933–34, 1934–35
- Dumbartonshire Association Tournament
- Winners (1): 1885–86
- League Charity Cup
- Winners (1): 1890–91
- Glasgow Charity Cup
- Runners-up (2): 1881–82, 1884–85
- Greenock Charity Cup
- Winners (2): 1889–90, 1890–91
- Runners-up (2): 1888–89, 1891–92
- Dumbartonshire Charity Cup
- Winners (5): 1916–17, 1917–18, 1919–20, 1921–22, 1922–23
- Runners-up (3): 1918–19, 1924–25, 1925–26
- Clydebank Charity Cup
- Runners-up (1): 1918–19
- United Abstainers F.C. Gold Cup
- Runners-up (1): 1889–90
- 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
(Scottish Cup): 13–2 v Kirkintilloch Central (1 September 1888)
Most goals in a season: Kenny Wilson (38), 1971–72
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- "Lawrie Williams". Sons Archive. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
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- 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
- Known as second division prior to 1975
- "Dumbarton 1–2 Rangers". Retrieved 4 June 2016.