1897–98 Dumbarton F.C. season
|Stadium||Boghead Park, Dumbarton|
|Scottish Cup||First Round|
In the absence of any league commitments, the Dumbarton committee had to work hard to bring together a fixture list which would meet the club's financial needs.
Things were not helped by the briefest of involvements in the Scottish Cup, where Dumbarton were knocked out in the first round by St Bernards, after a 1-1 draw.
Nevertheless, locally there was better news with Dumbarton winning the Dumbartonshire Cup for the ninth time, beating Vale of Leven in the final.
During the season, 23 'other' matches were arranged, where there was much to be pleased about. There was an impressive unbeaten run of 8 games at the beginning of the season, several wins against league opposition and a successful 'mini' tour of the highlands during the New Year holidays. Of these matches 13 were won, 4 drawn and 6 lost, scoring 69 goals and conceding 49.
All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.
|8 January 1898||R1||St Bernard's||A||1-1||Murphy||3,500|
|15 January 1898||R1r||St Bernard's||H||1-3||Gillies||6,000|
|26 March 1898||F||Vale of Leven||A||3-2||Speedie(2);Littlejohn||3,000|
|2 September 1897||Renton||A||2-0||Reid;Mackie|
|4 September 1897||Stenhousemuir||A||4-4||unknown|
|11 September 1897||Queen's Park||A||4-2||McFarlane(2);Speedie;OG||2,000|
|18 September 1897||Vale of Leven||H||6-1||Morrice(2);Richmond;unknown(3)|
|2 October 1897||Leith Athletic||A||2-2||Speedie;Mackie|
|9 October 1897||Falkirk||A||2-1||Morrice;Reid|
|16 October 1897||Abercorn||A||2-2||Speedie;Murphy|
|23 October 1897||Queen's Park||A||1-1||Mauchan|
|30 October 1897||Renton||H||2-1||unknown|
|13 November 1897||St Mirren||H||0-1|
|20 November 1897||Morton||A||1-2||unknown|
|27 November 1897||Vale of Leven||A||3-1||Watt;Forrest;Thomson|
|18 December 1897||Clyde||A||4-5||Reid;unknown(3)|
|25 December 1897||Kilmarnock||H||2-9||unknown|
|1 January 1898||Inverness Clachnacuddin||A||10-4||unknown||3,500|
|3 January 1898||Aberdeen||A||2-0||OG(2)|
|22 January 1898||Partick Thistle||A||3-1||McNab(2);Littlejohn||1,500|
|5 February 1898||Celtic||H||2-3||Mitchell;Richmond|
|19 February 1898||E Stirling||A||4-1||McNab;Speedie;Littlejohn;unknown|
|5 March 1898||Kilmarnock Athletic||H||9-1||unknown|
|19 March 1898||Morton||H||2-1||unknown|
|11 April 1898||St Bernard's||A||0-5||1,000|
|16 April 1898||Airdrie||H||2-1||unknown|
William Thomson earned his third and fourth caps against Wales and Ireland respectively in the 1898 British Home Championship.
A Dumbartonshire representative match was played against a Lanarkshire XI on 29 January 1898 in which Docherty, Daniel Thomson, William Thomson, Lewis Mackie and Speedie were all selected to play - Willie Speedie scored the Dumbarton county goal in the 1-1 draw.
Amongst those players leaving the club was internationalist Leitch Keir. A servant to the club since its cup winning season of 1882-83, Keir decided to move on to Motherwell.
Dumbarton lost in the first round of the Scottish Second XI Cup to Queen's Park.
Scottish Second XI Cup
- John Docherty (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Samuel Skinner (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Daniel Thomson (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Morrice (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- James Richmond (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Daniel Coll (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Alexander Gillies (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Hugh Murphy (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Thomas Reid (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Willie Speedie (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- William Thomson (London Hearts Profile)
- Scottish Football Historical Archive