1882–83 Dumbarton F.C. season
|Stadium||Boghead Park, Dumbarton|
Following two seasons as runners-up, it was 'third time lucky' for Dumbarton in the Scottish Cup where they were at last crowned Scottish champions. On the road to the final Dumbarton disposed of the holders, Queen's Park in the quarter final and after a 2-2 draw, defeated their old rivals Vale of Leven in the final.
In the Glasgow Charity Cup, Queen's Park got revenge for their Scottish Cup exit by beating Dumbarton in the semi final.
During the season, 19 'other' matches were played, including home and away fixtures against Vale of Leven, Hearts, Rangers, St Bernards and Cowlairs, a win over Ayrshire Cup holders Kilmarnock Portland, and a north of England 'tour' which took in three matches during the New Year holidays. In all, of these matches, 14 were won, 2 drawn and 3 lost, scoring 54 goals and conceding 18.
All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.
|30 September 1882||R2||King's Park||H||8-1||unknown|
|21 October 1882||R3||Jamestown||H||8-1||Lindsay;Anderson(3);Brown,R(S);Miller,J;unknown(2)|
|11 November 1882||R4||Thornliebank||A||3-0||Lindsay;unknown(2)||2,000|
|3 February 1883||R6||Queen's Park||H||3-1||Brown,R(P);McKinnon,W(2)||10,000|
|17 March 1883||SF||Pollokshields Athletic||H||5-0||McKinnon;McArthur(3);Paton||3,000|
|31 March 1883||F||Vale of Leven||A||2-2||Paton;McArthur||15,000|
|7 April 1883||Fr||Vale of Leven||A||2-1||Brown,R(P);Brown,R(S)||15,000|
Glasgow Charity Cup
|28 April 1883||SF||Queen's Park||A||1-2||Weir||5,000|
|2 September 1882||Hearts||H||4-1||unknown|
|16 September 1882||Rangers||A||1-1||OG||3,000|
|23 September 1882||3rd LRV||H||4-0||Hutton;Miller;Brown;unknown|
|7 October 1882||St Mirren||A||4-0||unknown|
|14 October 1882||Kilmarnock Portland||H||3-1||McArthur;unknown(2)|
|28 October 1882||Vale of Leven||A||0-1||4,000|
|18 November 1882||Northern||H||3-1||unknown|
|25 November 1882||St Bernard's||H||4-0||unknown|
|23 December 1882||Rangers||H||3-1||MacNab;unknown(2)||2,000|
|30 December 1882||Blackburn Rovers||A||3-1||Lindsay;Brown;McKinnon||2,000|
|1 January 1883||Bolton Wanderers||A||2-0||Weir;Lindsay||5,000|
|2 January 1883||Halliwell||A||10-1||McKinnon(3);Lindsay(2);Brown(2);OG;unknown(2)||5,000|
|6 January 1883||Cowlairs||H||2-1||McAulay;unknown||2,000|
|13 January 1883||St Bernard's||A||2-5||unknown|
|20 January 1883||Vale of Leven||H||4-1||unknown|
|10 February 1883||Partick||A||2-0||McArthur;Kerr|
|24 February 1883||Pollokshields Athletic||A||1-0||unknown||7,000|
|3 March 1883||Hearts||A||0-0|
|10 March 1883||Cowlairs||A||2-3||unknown|
|FW||Robert 'Plumber' Brown||7||2||7||2|
|FW||Robert 'Sparrow' Brown||7||2||7||2|
An international trial match was played on 3 March 1883 to consider selection of teams to represent Scotland in the upcoming games against England and Wales. Robert 'Plumber' Brown, Joe Lindsay, James McAulay, Peter Miller and Michael Paton all took part.
As a result, William McKinnon, earned his first and second caps and both James McAulay and Peter Miller earned their second and third caps against England and Wales respectively. In addition Michael Paton earned his first international cap for Scotland against England.
Two matches were played by the Scotch Counties during the season.
On 13 January 1883, Robert 'Sparrow' Brown, William McKinnon and Peter Miller played against Lancashire - drawing 3-3, and on 27 January 1883, Jock Hutcheson, James McAulay, William McKinnon, James Miller and Peter Miller all played against Birmingham & District - with James Miller scoring one of the 'Scotch' men's goals in the 2-2 draw.
Of note amongst those donning the club's colours for the first time was Robert 'Plumber' Brown.
Dumbarton competed in the Scottish Second XI Cup, anxious to repeat their success of the previous season. Reports on these matches are sketchy, no doubt due to the overwhelming local interest in the Scottish Cup progress at the same time. The local press makes reference to a tie against Hurlford, which was to have been played on the same date as the 'senior' cup semi final against Pollokshields. It is likely this would have been postponed, but there are no subsequent records of the scores. In addition there is mention made of a subsequent cup tie against Kilmarnock Athletic, who were the ultimate winners of the trophy.
Scottish Second XI Cup
|27 January 1883||R2||South Western||H||11-0|
|10 February 1883||R3||Partick||H||4-1|
* Dumbarton maintained a 100% home record for the second successive season - 12 wins. The 'unbeaten' run on home soil now extended for almost 4 seasons.
- Smailes, Gordon (1995). The Breedon Book of Scottish Football Records. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-020-X.
- This was the first playing of the Scottish Cup semi final but the result was successfully protested by Pollokshields to the S.F.A..
- McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers.
- Tom Veitch (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Willie Lang (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- R Anderson (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- George McArthur (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- James Miller (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- James McAulay (London Hearts Profile)
- William McKinnon (London Hearts Profile)
- Peter Miller (London Hearts Profile)
- Michael Paton (London Hearts Profile)
- Scottish Football Historical Archive