1920–21 Dumbarton F.C. season
|Stadium||Boghead Park, Dumbarton|
|Scottish League Division One||21st|
|Scottish Cup||Fourth Round|
League: Duncan Walker (15)|
All: Duncan Walker (21)
|Highest home attendance||10,000|
|Lowest home attendance||2,000|
|Average home league attendance||4,000|
- 1 Overview
- 2 Results
- 3 Player statistics
- 4 Factfile
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Dumbarton's eighth season in a row in the 'top flight' witnessed a slump in form with a 21st-place finish out of 22, with 24 points, well behind champions Rangers. In addition to an outflow of some of the team's talent, the inability to score was also a problem, and with just 41 goals to their credit, Dumbarton finishing up as lowest scorers in the league.
In the Scottish Cup, Dumbarton reached the fourth round before losing to Rangers.
Locally, Dumbarton again failed to progress from the sectional stage of the Dumbartonshire Cup and in the Dumbartonshire Charity Cup following a draw with Vale of Leven in the semi final, a replay date could not be arranged and Dumbarton agreed to scratch from the competition.
Finally, a friendly was also played against Rothesay Juniors.
All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.
|19 August 1920||Partick Thistle||A||0-1||15,000|
|21 August 1920||Clydebank||H||1-0||Scott||4,000|
|25 August 1920||Morton||H||1-2McDiarmid||3,000|
|28 August 1920||Dundee||H||1-1||Marshall||3,000|
|31 August 1920||Clyde||A||1-2||Walker||7,000|
|4 September 1920||Hamilton||A||1-1||McDonald||5,000|
|7 September 1920||Queen's Park||A||0-3||6,000|
|11 September 1920||Albion Rovers||H||0-4||3,000|
|16 September 1920||Ayr United||A||0-3||3,000|
|18 September 1920||Hibernian||A||0-2||10,000|
|25 September 1920||Clyde||H||0-2||4,000|
|2 October 1920||Morton||A||1-4||Browning||10,000|
|9 October 1920||Rangers||H||2-5||McDiarmid;Fraser||10,000|
|16 October 1920||Raith Rovers||A||1-3||Raeside||3,000|
|23 October 1920||Queen's Park||H||4-0||McDiarmid(2);Walker;Browning||3,000|
|30 October 1920||Airdrie||A||1-1||Walker||5,000|
|6 November 1920||Celtic||H||1-3||Walker||10,000|
|13 November 1920||Third Lanark||A||0-4||4,000|
|20 November 1920||Motherwell||A||2-8||Walker(2)||5,000|
|27 November 1920||Aberdeen||H||0-1||2,000|
|4 December 1920||Partick Thistle||H||0-1||3,000|
|11 December 1920||St Mirren||A||1-4||Walker||6,000|
|18 December 1920||Kilmarnock||H||1-0||Walker||3,000|
|25 December 1920||Hearts||A||2-6||McTavish;McDiarmid||12,500|
|1 January 1921||Ayr United||H||0-1||8,000|
|5 January 1921||Clydebank||A||2-1||Somerville;Walker||6,000|
|8 January 1921||Falkirk||A||1-5||Walker||7,000|
|15 January 1921||Raith Rovers||H||2-0||Walker;Browning||3,000|
|22 January 1921||Rangers||A||0-2||15,000|
|29 January 1921||Dundee||A||1-2||Walker||16,000|
|12 February 1921||Airdrie||H||1-2||Mannion||4,000|
|23 February 1921||Kilmarnock||A||1-4||Walker||1,500|
|26 February 1921||Motherwell||H||2-0||Somerville;McDiarmid||3,000|
|7 March 1921||Falkirk||H||4-1||Early;McTavish;McDiarmid;Chalmers||2,000|
|12 March 1921||Hibernian||H||1-0||McTavish||3,000|
|19 March 1921||Third Lanark||H||0-1||3,000|
|26 March 1921||Aberdeen||A||0-2||12,000|
|2 April 1921||Celtic||A||1-1||Walker||10,000|
|8 April 1921||St Mirren||H||1-0||Walker|
|11 April 1921||Hearts||H||0-3||3,000|
|16 April 1921||Hamilton||H||3-0||Mannion(2);Fraser||3,000|
|23 April 1921||Albion Rovers||A||0-3||6,000|
The bottom two clubs in the First Division - Dumbarton and St Mirren - retained their places in the First Division as the only applicant for promotion from the Second Division - Dunfermline Athletic - failed to find a proposer and seconder in the vote.
|5 February 1921||2||Elgin City||H||3-0||Walker(2);McDiarmid||4,000|
|19 February 1921||3||Nithsdale Wanderers||H||5-0||Walker(4);McDiarmid||4,500|
|5 March 1921||4||Rangers||H||0-3||6,000|
|6 January 1921||P||Dumbarton Harp||H||3-2||Rae;Mannion;Walker||4,000|
|13 April 1921||P||Renton||H||2-2||Chalmers(2)|
|20 April 1921||P||Vale of Leven||A||1-2||Fraser||2,000|
|25 April 1921||P||Clydebank||A||2-2||McDiarmid;McTavish||2,000|
Final league table
|1||Vale of Leven||4||3||0||1||5||3||2||6|
Dumbartonshire Charity Cup
|11 May 1921||SF||Vale of Leven||A||1-1||Grainger||2,000|
|11 August 1920||Rothesay Juniors||A||1-0||Marshall||2,000|
|No.||Pos||Nat||Player||Total||First Division||Scottish Cup|
Amongst those players joining and leaving the club were the following:
* The league match against Dundee on 29 January marked both Thomas Raeside's and Pat Travers's 100th appearances for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 15th and 16th Dumbarton players to reach this milestone.
* The league match against Aberdeen on 26 March marked Bob McDermid's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 17th Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
* John Miller would set 3 records during the season. First, the league match against Partick Thistle on 19 August marked Miller's 200th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the third Dumbarton player to break the 'double century'. Second, his appearance in the league match against Celtic on 2 April was his 226th competitive match for the club - overtaking Alexander Thom's record set in the previous season. And third, the league match against Hearts on 11 April would be Miller's final game for the club - during his eight seasons with the club he set a new record of 228 appearances in all national competitive matches
* George Livingstone was replaced by James Collins as team manager in September 1920.
* 101 goals were scored against Dumbarton in all matches - the fourth time that a 'century' had been conceded during a single season.
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- McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers.
- Litster, John. Record of Pre-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications.
- John Hagen (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Percy Wharrier (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Peter Brown (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Alex Marshall (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Ernest Somerville (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Eli Cotterill (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- James McDonald (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Arthur Early (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- William Fraser (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Charles Gordon (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Thomas Mannion (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Thomas Maxwell (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- John McMillan (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- George Rae (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Smith (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Scottish Football Historical Archive