Dumbarton fc

Dumbarton F.C
Full name Dumbarton Football Club
Nickname(s) The Sons
Founded 1872
Ground The Bet Butler Stadium, Dumbarton
Ground Capacity 2,025
Chairman Alan Jardine
Manager Ian Murray
League Scottish Championship
2012–13 Scottish First Division, 7th
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Dumbarton Football Club is Scotland's 4th oldest football club, founded in 1872, just after Queen's Park (1867), Kilmarnock (1869) and Stranraer (1870). They come from the town of Dumbarton in West Dunbartonshire and play their home games at the The Bet Butler Stadium, next to Dumbarton Castle.

The club were one of the greatest clubs of the nineteenth century, winning the Scottish Football League in the first two seasons of the competition. 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 to not have competed in the current Scottish Premiership.

In May 2009 Dumbarton were crowned Third Division champions after a late run of form; however, the following month club captain Gordon "Guido" Lennon died in an offroad car accident in Inverness. Despite an understandable difficult start to the 2009–10 campaign the team managed to consolidate their place in the Irn-Bru Second Division with a 6th place finish. In 2011–12 they earned third place and won the promotion playoffs to go up to the First Division for the first time since 1995–96.

Due to a poor start to life in the First Division the club parted company with manager Alan Adamson on 22 October 2012, with Jack Ross taking over temporary charge. Former Hibernian Captain Ian Murray was appointed the manager's job. He officially took over on Monday 26 November 2012.

Colours and Badge

For the 2013/14 season the team will continue to wear strips under their own '1872' brand. The home strip is based on the popular strips from the 70s & early 80s. An all white kit with a single black & gold band across the front. The away kit is of a similar design in all gold.

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.


Main articles: The Bet Butler Stadium and Boghead Park

Dumbarton play their home games at The Bet Butler Stadium (commonly referred to as "The Rock" by Supporters). The 2,025 all seated stadium has been used since December 2000. The main (and currently only) stand is overshadowed by Dumbarton Rock & sits aside the banks of the River Leven, which makes it one of the most picturesque stadiums in the UK. Prior to that the team played at Boghead Park from 1879 until the end of the 1999–2000 season, 121 years is currently the longest a senior British club has stayed at the same grounds. Between May and November 2001, Dumbarton shared Cliftonhill in Coatbridge with Albion Rovers.


Season League Average Highest
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
2004–05 Second Division 900
2003–04 Second Division 1039
2002–03 Second Division 950


Dumbarton were the first league club in Scotland to have a supporters' trust, which works to strengthen the links between the club & the fans. The trust own a significant number of shares in the club and 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.


Steve Kerr

Current squad

As of 10 Aug 2013[1]

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

No. Position Player
1 Scotland GK Stephen Grindlay
2 Scotland DF Paul McGinn
3 Scotland DF Scott Smith
4 Scotland DF Andy Graham
5 Republic of Ireland DF Aaron Barry (on loan from Shef Utd)
6 Northern Ireland MF Chris Turner
7 Scotland MF Mark Gilhaney
8 Scotland MF Scott Agnew
9 Scotland MF Mitchel Megginson
10 Scotland FW Kevin Smith
11 Scotland MF Steven McDougall
12 Scotland FW Bryan Prunty
14 Scotland MF Garry Fleming
No. Position Player
15 Scotland MF Jordan Kirkpatrick
16 Scotland DF Scott Linton
17 Scotland FW Colin Nish
18 Scotland MF Martin McNiff
19 Scotland GK Jamie Ewings
20 Scotland DF Jack Ross
21 Scotland DF Josh Horne
22 Scotland GK Josh Lumsden
23 Scotland DF Joe Coleman
24 Scotland MF Alistair McKerracher
26 Scotland MF Hugh Murray
27 Scotland DF Ian Murray (player manager)
For recent transfers, see List of Scottish football transfers summer 2012.

Hall Of Fame

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


Former Hibernian, Rangers and Norwich City defender Ian Murray is currently player-manager who officially took over on Monday 26 November 2012. Jack Ross is his assistant.

Jim Gallacher is the goalkeeping coach. His son, Paul Gallacher currently plays in goal for Partick Thistle. Jim Gallacher used to play for Arbroath and made over 600 appearances for Clydebank.

Dumbarton's physio Is Ahmed Habib, who formerly worked for Ross County and Falkirk.

Recent league history

Main article(s): Dumbarton F.C. seasons

Season P W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos League
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
2010–11 36 11 7 18 52 70 −18 40 7 Second Division
2009–10 36 14 6 16 49 58 −9 48 6 Second Division
2008–09 36 19 10 7 65 36 +29 67 1 Third Division

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 Sunday 3 November 2013: (latest game: DUMBARTON 2-1 COWDENBEATH-Scottish Cup Round 3)

Name Nat. From To Record
Pld W D L %won
Ian Murray Scotland November 2012 Present 39 18 4 17 46.15
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 September 1995
Billy Lamont Scotland April 1990 June 1993
Jim George Scotland September 1988 April 1990
Bertie Auld Scotland January 1988 September 1988
Mark Clougherty Scotland 1987 January 1988
Alex Totten Scotland 1986 1987
Derek Whiteford Scotland 1986 1986
Davie Wilson Scotland 1984 1986
Billy Lamont Scotland 1981 1984
Sean Fallon Republic of Ireland 1980 1981
Davie Wilson Scotland 1977 1980
Alex Wright Scotland 1973 1977
Jackie Stewart Scotland November 1968 January 1973
Ian Spence Scotland September 1967 October 1968
Willie Toner Scotland October 1964 September 1967
Jackie Fearn Scotland May 1962 September 1964
Bobby Campbell Scotland April 1961 May 1962
Bobby Combe Scotland May 1959 November 1960
Peter McGown Scotland May 1954 April 1959
William Irvine Scotland June 1950 May 1954
William Guthrie Scotland August 1946 June 1950
Jackie Milne Scotland June 1945 August 1946
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


  • Scottish Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1882–83
    • Runners-up (5): 1880–81, 1881–82, 1886–87, 1890–91, 1896–97

Club records

Biggest league win: 13–2 v Kirkintilloch Rob Roy (1888)

Biggest league loss: 1–11 v Albion Rovers (1926)

Biggest league cup loss: 1–11 v Ayr United (13 August 1952)

Biggest home attendance: 18,001 v Raith Rovers, (2 March 1957)

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


  • [1] ontherocks.org.uk
  • [2] dumbartonfootballclub.com

External links

  • Supporters Trust Website

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