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Dumbarton Football Club is a semi-professional football club in Dumbarton, Scotland. Founded on 23 December 1872, they are one of the oldest football clubs in Scotland. The club plays 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, 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. Jim Duffy is currently the club's manager having been appointed in October 2018.

Colours and badge

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 features gold and black stripes, taking inspiration from the club's colours from 1890 to 1930, a period in which the team won two league titles and the Scottish Cup. The away kit is white with black 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.

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 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) * The YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium (July 2017 – May 2018) * C&G Systems Stadium (May 2018 – ) 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 their intention to move to a new ground 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.

Attendances



Supporters and culture

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. Draws to win up to £10,000 take place every Wednesday night with all profits reinvested into the running of the football club.

Players



Current squad



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 McNeil – 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



Recent league history



Managerial 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 6 April 2021:

Honours



League

* Scottish Football League: ** Winners (2): 1890–91,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 1891–92 * Scottish First DivisionKnown as second division prior to 1975: ** Winners (2): 1910–11, 1971–72 ** Runners-up (2): 1907–08, 1983–84 * Scottish Second Division: ** Winners (1): 1991–92 ** Runners-up (1): 1994–95 ** Play-Off Winners (1): 2011–12 * Scottish Third Division: ** Winners (1): 2008–09 ** Runners-up (1): 2001–02 * Scottish Combination League: ** Winners (1): 1905–06

Cup



National

* Scottish Cup: ** Winners (1): 1882–83 ** Runners-up (5): 1880–81, 1881–82, 1886–87, 1890–91, 1896–97 * Scottish Challenge Cup: ** Runners-up (1): 2017–18 * 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 * Festival of Britain St. Mungo Quaich: ** Winners (1): 1951–52

Other

* Stirlingshire Cup: ** Winners (16): 1952–53, 1956–57, 1964–65, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1995–96, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13 ** Runners-up (6): 1969–70, 1973–74, 1978–79, 1981–82, 2001–02, 2011–12 * 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 * Oban Saints Keyline Trophy: ** Winners (1): 2005–06

Reserves

* 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

Youths

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

Club records

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

References



External links

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Supporters Trust Website
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