1911–12 Dumbarton F.C. season
|Stadium||Boghead Park, Dumbarton|
|Scottish League Division Two||3rd|
|Scottish Cup||First Round|
League: John Rowan (11)|
All: Hill/Speedie/Potter (12)
Season 1911–12 was the 35th Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at national level, entering the Scottish Football League for the 13th time, the Scottish Cup for the 29th time and the Scottish Qualifying Cup for the 10th time.
Dumbarton were unable to maintain a bright start to their sixth successive Second Division campaign but finished 3rd with 27 points, 8 behind champions Ayr United.
Qualification for the Scottish Cup was successful, by reaching the final of the Scottish Qualifying Cup before losing to Dunfermline Athletic. In the Scottish Cup itself however Dumbarton lost out in the first round to East Stirling.
Locally, Dumbarton decided not to enter the Dumbartonshire Cup due to an otherwise busy schedule.
During the season 8 'friendly' matches were also played, including a 'benefit' game for Herbert MacPherson whose bright career was ended by a leg break in the New Year game against Dundee Hibs. Of these matches, 6 were won, 1 drawn and 1 lost, scoring 17 goals and conceding 5.
All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.
|19 August 1911||St Bernard's||H||3-0||Speedie(2);Menzies||3,000|
|26 August 1911||Vale of Leven||A||4-2||Rowan;MacPherson;Menzies;Hill||3,000|
|9 September 1911||Cowdenbeath||H||2-0||Rowan;MacPherson||3,000|
|23 September 1911||Arthurlie||A||2-4||Menzies;OG|
|30 September 1911||Abercorn||H||1-5||Brown||2,000|
|14 October 1911||Leith Athletic||A||2-2||Rowan;MacPherson||2,000|
|21 October 1911||Abercorn||A||1-2||Ferguson|
|4 November 1911||St Johnstone||A||1-0||Hill|
|16 December 1911||Vale of Leven||H||2-0||Rowan;Speedie||3,000|
|2 December 1911||Ayr United||A||1-2||Brander|
|9 December 1911||Arthurlie||H||1-0||Speedie||2,000|
|23 December 1911||St Bernard's||A||1-2||Hill||3,000|
|30 December 1911||Albion Rovers||H||2-0||McGillivray(2)|
|2 January 1912||Dundee Hibs||H||1-0||Speedie||3,000|
|6 January 1912||Cowdenbeath||A||3-0||Brander;Speedie;Hill|
|13 January 1912||Leith Athletic||H||5-2||Hamill(3);Speedie;Hendry||2,000|
|27 January 1912||E Stirling||H||2-1||Rowan;Robertson|
|10 February 1912||Ayr United||H||6-1||Rowan(3);Hill(2);Brander|
|17 February 1912||Dundee Hibs||A||2-4||Brander;Speedie||2,500|
|24 February 1912||St Johnstone||H||4-1||McGillivray(2);Hill;OG|
|2 March 1912||Albion Rovers||A||1-2||Rowan|
|9 March 1912||E Stirling||A||0-1||2,000|
There were no applicants from the Second Division for promotion. It had however been agreed that the bottom First Division club - St Mirren - would be replaced by the Second Division champions - Ayr United - but in the end for financial reasons this did not take place.
|20 January 1912||R1||E Stirling||A||0-3||4,000|
|16 September 1911||R1||Port Glasgow||H||1-0||Hill|
|7 October 1911||R2||Galston||A||3-2||MacPherson(2);Hill|
|28 October 1911||R3||Renton||H||5-0||MacPherson(3);Hill(2)|
|11 November 1911||R4||E Stirling||H||4-1||Rowan(2);MacPherson;Speedie||5,000|
|18 November 1911||SF||Ayr United||H||4-1||Speedie(3):Hill||6,000|
|25 November 1911||F||Dunfermline Athletic||A||0-1||9,000|
|15 August 1911||Vale of Leven||H||3-0||Brander(2);Hill||2,000|
|16 March 1912||Abercorn||H||2-1||Speedie;Potter|
|30 March 1912||Motherwell||H||3-1||Hill;Rowan;Haggerty|
|6 April 1912||Raith Rovers||H||3-0||Speedie(2);Hamill|
|13 April 1912||Third Lanark||H||3-0||Robertson(2);Speedie|
|17 April 1912||Queen's Park||H||1-2||Rowan||2,500|
|20 April 1912||Glasgow Perthshire||H||2-1||Potter;Hill|
|27 April 1912||Hamilton||H||0-0|
|No.||Pos||Nat||Player||Total||Second Division||Scottish Cup||Qualifying Cup|
|GK||John B Miller||10||0||9||0||0||0||1||0|
Amongst those players joining and leaving the club were the following:
* Johnny Hill would set 2 records during the season. First, his appearance in the league match against St Johnstone on 4 November was his 123rd competitive match for the club - overtaking Bob Gordon's record set in the previous season. Second, the league match against East Stirling on 9 March would be Hill's final game for the club - during his six seasons with the club he set a new record of 139 appearances in all national competitive matches.
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- Hugh Wallace (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Andrew Cochrane (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Willie Lithgow (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Robert Muirhead (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- George Fyfe (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Matthew Haggerty (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Andrew Potter (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Willie Wilson (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- William Brown (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- David Hamill (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Samuel Hendry (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Herbert MacPherson (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Alex McGillivray (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Andy Robertson (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Scottish Football Historical Archive