DUM­BAR­TON

Evergreen - - News - ALAN ROBIN­SON

Hav­ing been formed in 1872, Dum­bar­ton are the third old­est League club north of the bor­der. Nick­named “The Sons of the Rock”, they played at Bog­head Park from 1879 un­til mov­ing to a new ground in the town in 2000.

Dum­bar­ton were run­ners- up in the Scot­tish Cup in 1881 and 1882 be­fore lift­ing the tro­phy in 1883 af­ter de­feat­ing Vale of Leven. They would go on to play in the fi­nal a fur­ther three times be­fore the turn of the cen­tury only to lose on each oc­ca­sion. The club were also one of the founder- mem­bers of the Scot­tish League and shared the first cham­pi­onship with Rangers in 1891 prior to win­ning it out­right the fol­low­ing sea­son. How­ever, in 1897 they lost their place in the League and did not re­turn to the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion un­til 1906.

Pro­mo­tion fol­lowed in 1913 and they en­joyed top- flight sta­tus un­til 1922. There then fol­lowed a long spell in the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion be­fore they be­came cham­pi­ons in 1971- 72 which co­in­cided with their cen­te­nary. Un­for­tu­nately, the re­or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Scot­tish League in 1975 meant that they found them­selves back in the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion.

Since that time the club have only played one sea­son ( 198485) at the high­est level and are cur­rently per­form­ing in the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship. Dum­bar­ton’s all- time record goalscorer with 202 is Hughie Gal­lacher be­tween 1954 and 1962, and a life­long sup­porter of the club was the fa­mous au­thor A. J. Cronin.

Dum­bar­ton, 1937 Back row ( left to right): J. Colquhoun ( Asst. Trainer), A. Young, J. Glass, J. Casey, A. Scott, A. Sin­clair, S. Mur­ray.

Front row J Mowatt, E. McDon­nell, J. Rae, H. McFar­lane, J. Cuth­bert, S. Small.

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