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2009/10 – Game 2 – Dumbarton vs. Partick Thistle

July 16, 2009

Dumbarton vs. Partick Thistle

Dumbarton 0 vs. 2 Partick Thistle

Pre-season Friendly
Tuesday 14th July 2009, Kick-Off 7.30pm
Strathclyde Homes Stadium, Dumbarton

Down to Dumbarton this evening for my first pre-season friendly this year. This is the first time Dumbarton have played since the tragic death of their captain Gordon Lennon last month.

Coincidentially the opposition, Partick Thistle, are one of Lennon’s former clubs. There’s a collection received by the Sons Supporters Trust on behalf of the Gordon Lennon Memorial Fund in aid of his dependents. The admission price has been set at an affordable £5 and this should have contributed to a decent amount of money going to the collection.

I enjoyed my two trips to Dumbarton last season, so much so that I’m sure I’ll be back a few times this season to see how they fare in the Second Division. I only saw Thistle once last year, in their 2-0 post Christmas defeat to Ross County. I have to say that it was possibly the worst match I saw all season. Freezing cold too, but then that was hardly Thistle’s fault.

This looks as if it will be an entertaining match. Thistle have already got their pre-season underway beating Cowdenbeath 4-1, then on Saturday drawing one-all with Stirling Albion.

The Community Suite at Strathclyde Homes Stadium has become my favourite pre-match venue. To be fair I didn’t go to that many social clubs or pubs pre or post match last season. I’ll endeavour to get into more this season. With cheap drink and lively banter at all the tables the Community Suite should really be a must visit for all groundhoppers coming along. The jerseys, programmes and photographs of the club’s history are also of interest for anyone wanting their money’s worth from the day.

I notice that the club have installed a very nice framed photographic montage of Gordon Lennon. His portrait being surrounded by numerous photos of him playing and celebrating with last season’s third division trophy.

There is a minute’s applause before kick-off and all the Dumbarton players wear black armbands. The Sons Supporters Trust are planning a benefit match for later in the season.

Partick Thistle are turning out this evening in their famous pink and grey kit.

Up front for Thistle tonight is Jim Hamilton, who appears to be continuing his campaign to play for every club in Scotland, with the Jags the 10th senior side he’s turned out for.

At left-back for the visitors is the former Dumbarton man Patrick Boyle. Signed from The Sons only last week Boyle has a decent game, solid in defence while creating the odd chance with the occasional long ball.

Dumbarton start the game well and create a few half-chances.

It’s Thistle who get the goal though as a free-kick from outside the box drops to John Robertson who tucks it away.

Former Thistle man Stevie Murray is the stand-out for Dumbarton. Every time he got the ball he looked to beat a man, even if there was none near him. I first saw him turn a cup replay for Thistle against Dunfermline in January of last year. I always enjoy a winger happy to take opposition defenders on rather than look for the easy option. He creates a few chances and his efforts seem to be appreciated by Sons and Jags supporters alike.

Seven minutes into the second half Hamilton comes off injured as he takes a nasty high foot to the head.

Jim Hamilton leaves the field injured

As it’s a pre-season friendly, there are a few trialists on the pitch and we have a few curios in the numbered shirts division. With substitutions Thistle have two players wearing number 15 shirts and two in number 16 jerseys. Dumbarton have a sub with no shirt number at all.

With a few minutes remaining a ball beats the whole Dumbarton defence. Substitute Doolan turns and slots the ball low into the corner of the net.

It’s a typical pre-season friendly all said and done. Played in a friendly spirit, but by no means an exciting game or any real indicator as to how the sides will perform in their respective leagues next season.

Should you wish to contribute to the memorial fund for Gordon Lennon there are details for how you can do so on The Sons Supporters Trust website.

Here’s the match report from Partick Thistle’s website.

Dumbarton: David McEwan, Andy Geggan, A Trialist (Martin McNiff, 45), Mick Dunlop, Ben Gordon, Ryan McStay (Ross O’Donoghue, 60), Ross Clark (Roddy Hunter, 60), Scott Chaplain, Darren Gribben (Ian Chisholm, 71) Derek Carcary (A Trialist, 60 mins) Stevie Murray. Unused Sub: Michael White.

Partick Thistle: Jonny Tuffey, Paul Paton (Martyn Corrigan, 51 mins), Patrick Boyle (Stephen McKeown, 45),
Ricky Little, John Robertson (Alan Archibald, 45), Ian Maxwell, Paul Cairney, David Rowson, Liam Buchanan, Jim Hamilton (Kris Doolan, 52), Chris Erskine (Bryan Hodge, 67 mins). Unused Sub: Ryan Scully.

Scorers: Robertson (40), Doolan (86)

Referee: Gary Hilland

Assistant Referees: John Gilmour and Jim Burns

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Game Forty-Seven – Dumbarton vs. Elgin City

May 9, 2009

Dumbarton players at the final whistle

Dumbarton 6 vs. 0 Elgin City

Irn-Bru Scottish League Division Three
Saturday 2nd May 2009, Kick-Off 3pm
Strathclyde Homes Stadium, Dumbarton

I enjoyed my last visit to Strathclyde Homes Stadium in September and said to myself at the time that I would come back to hopefully see The Sons win the league. Well, today was that day.

Dumbarton need both Cowdenbeath and East Stirling to fail to record wins while they take maximum points in order to take the Division Three title.

When I arrive at the ground I go into the Community Suite which is packed. As I said on my last visit I enjoy looking around the old photographs, team shirts and match programmes on the walls.

One thing I seemed to have missed last time around is that when I go to take a seat I realise that around 90% of the home seating appears to be reserved for season ticket holders. I don’t know if fans’ tickets allocate them to a specific seat, but not wishing to be difficult I endeavour to sit in a seat that’s not reserved. I had intended to sit somewhere near the halfway line and high up, but I end up in a seat in line with the penalty spot in the front row. I shouldn’t complain really as that meant I was in prime position for all four of the first half goals.

There’s a good attendance today, so most seats around me fill up before kick-off and there’s a decent atmoshpere in the ground. A beach ball is bounced around until it lands pitchside and rolls around behind the stand from where the steward refuses to retreive it.

It’s a sunny afternoon, and although there’s a slight chill, it’s a pleasant enough temprature and a good day for football.

Dumbarton take the lead on 19 minutes when Derek Carcary races onto a through ball. His shot is blocked by McNulty in the Elgin goal, but the keeper can only send it up into the air. “That’s still going in,” the man next to me says, and indeed he’s right as the ball drops into the net.

Dumbarton fans celebrate the first goal

The second goal comes in the 28th minute when Denis McLaughlin taps the ball in from close range after a cross from Pat Boyle.

News comes through that Cowdenbeath are two goals down and the fans have now decided that the title is as good as theirs.

In the 38th minute Carcary bags a lovely second goal, going round the goalkeeper then knocking the ball into the net.

Carcaray completes his hat-trick two minutes before half-time he runs at the Elgin defence, weaving his way through. It looks like he’s at too awkward an angle to find the shot, but he squeezes it in and the ball rolls over the line for 4-0 Dumbarton.

It’s great football and one of the best displays I’ve seen all season.

When the second half begins it’s obvious that Elgin have had a rollocking in the dressing room. They start much brighter than they ended the first 45. They have more shots in the first ten minutes of the second period than they did in the whole of the first.

It’s Dumbarton though who score again and Derek Carcaray becomes the first man in 36 years to score four goals in a single game for Dumbarton.

Stevie Miller has had a great game, showing some brilliant touches throughout the match. He gets on the scoresheet himself with six minutes remaining when he latches on to a loose ball in the penalty box.

At the final whistle the players gather to hear thow their title rivals have got on. They begin restrained celebrations.

After what seems like an age we hear that Cowdenbeath have drawn two-all and this means there is no way they can catch The Sons at the top of the league.

However, East Stirling have won. This means that mathematically Dumbarton can still be caught. The announcer reminds the players and fans that although it’s unlikely they’ll lose the league now, they can’t celebrate until next week.

The players reluctantly head for the dressing rooms and the fans put the party on hold until the following week in Annan.

It would now take a 19 goal turnaround on the last day to prevent Dumbarton winning the league.

“We’ve won the title, as simple as that,” the guy next to me in the toilet says.

A report from Dumbarton’s website is here. I have more photographs here.

Dumbarton players at the final whistle

Dumbarton: McEwan, Lennon, Dunlop, Gordon, Boyle, McStay (Geggan 77), Clark (Canning 74), Forbes, Murray, McLaughlin, Carcary (Brannan 73). Subs Not Used: Chisholm, McGeown.

Scorers: Carcary (19, 39, 43, 66) McLaughlin (28), Murray (84)

Elgin City: McNulty, Edwards (Niven 61), Kaczan, David W Craig, Nicolson, Cameron (Crooks 54), Gillespie (Stephen McKenzie 73), O’Donoghue, David A Craig, Campbell, MacKay. Subs Not Used: MacDonald, Robertson.

Attendance: 1,396

Referee: Eddie Smith

Assistants: Tom Murphy and Stuart McMillan

Game Eleven – Dumbarton vs. Cowdenbeath

September 22, 2008

Strathclyde Homes Stadium

Dumbarton 2 vs. 1 Cowdenbeath

Irn Bru Scottish League Division Three
Saturday 20th September 2008, Kick-Off 3pm
Strathclyde Homes Stadium, Dumbarton

As a Clydebank supporter Dumbarton should be the sworn enemy. However I could never really get into disliking them even when there was a footballing rivalry available to both sets of fans. Dumbarton, being just down the road always seemed quite homely and if it wasn’t against Clydebank I was always pleased to see them win.

This is my first visit to the appalingly named Strathclyde Homes Stadium, Dumbarton’s home ground for around 8 years. I’ve been to Boghead plenty over the years. Clydebank even had a period when they played their home games there.

Strathclyde Homes Stadium is only a short walk away from Dumbarton East train station and sits on the bank of the Firth of Clyde.

I get there in plenty of time for the kick-off so I wander 100 yards from the ground to Dumbarton Rock bowling club at the foot of Dumbarton Castle. Although the sign says ‘Members Only’ it’s populated mainly by Cowdenbeath fans. Aberdeen’s home game with Dundee United is on the telly and a 35ml Jack Daniels and Cola is £1.60. Can’t ask for much more from a Saturday afternoon boozer.

Dumbarton Supporters Club

Today is ‘Raise the Rock’ day where the Dumbarton Supporters Trust attempt to drum up more fans. For this reason admission to today’s game has been reduced to £5 for adults.

Once inside the ground the supporters club is open and I go inside for my second drink of the day. This time a 35ml Spiced Rum and cola costs £1.80. Before a Dumbarton match seems to be an economical time to get pished.

An Emcee is on the mic all throughout my visit to the supporters club, which looks pretty much like any bowling club or function hall. The walls are adorned with pictures, shirts, flags and other such memoribillia from throught the club’s 136-year history.

Photographs of their famous former players such as Ian Wallace and Graeme Sharp are up there as well as team groups from various seasons over the decades. There are also signed shirts and photos from the last game at Boghead and the first match at their current ground.

A group of gents are piling up Belhaven Best cans into a formidable pyramid while a local scout troupe are selling home baking in the corner. The new strip is also on sale at the back of the room, where I pick up a team sheet.

I get myself a pie. When I find myself stood over a bin in order to eat it I think something has gone far wrong. One bite is enough to know it’s quite disgusting. I drop it into the bin. Having had nothing to eat so far today though I have another go at the pie stall. This time I opt for a steak pie. Thankfully it’s everything you’d expect from a football match snack food.

The game itself begins as quite an open encounter. Cowdenbeath have a good chance early on that they put over the crossbar. Dumbarton go close themselves a moment or two later.

On the 36th minute Derek Carcary curls a peach of a shot into Cowdenbeath’s net from around 25 yards.

I missed the start of this conversation, but this was what I heard from the two old boys sat behind me in the first half.

Old Boy 1: He fair brings a lot of fanny though.

Old Boy 2: Even I was excited and I’m 66.

In addition to the memorabilia on the walls in the supporters club, the other leftover from the days at Boghead seems to be the announcer’s record collection. Or more accuratley his record. We are treated to Glenn Frey’s ‘The Heat is On’ at least twice over the course of the afternoon.

Dumbarton certainly seemed on top of things in the second half although they didn’t really threaten to increase their lead any.

As the game wore on however you could just feel that they were losing their grip on it a bit. Attacks ended up with the ball going backwards and defenders began to panic on the ball.

So it was no surprise when Cowdenbeath scrambled the ball home in the 90th minute. Two points dropped, thought much of the home crowd as they trotted out.

But this game wasn’t over. Dumbarton put pressure on the Blue Brazil’s defence winning a free-kick over on the left. Deep into injury time the ball was swung over for Ben Gordon to head past the keeper.

Amazingly The Sons had won it and the players and remaning fans went mental. Just enough time for Cowdenbeath to kick-off, but nothing more. Not the greatest game of football, but the thrilling ending was what we go to the game for.

Dumbarton Celebrate Their Last Minute Winner

I have some more photographs here.

Dumbarton: McEwan, Lennon, Wilson, O’Byrne, Gordon, Clark, Carcary (Gray 52), Geggan, McLeod (Canning 67), Keegan (Michael Moore 84), Murray

Scorers: Carcary (36), Gordon (90)

Cowdenbeath: Hay, Baxter, Ross (Adamson 64), McGregor, Mbu, Armstrong, Fairbairn (Ramsay 80), Fleming, Gemmell, Tomana (Stein 41), McQuade

Scorer: McQuade (90)

Attendance: 801