1920–21 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1920–1921 season
Manager James Collins
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish League Division One 21st
Scottish Cup Fourth Round
Top goalscorer League: Duncan Walker (15)
All: Duncan Walker (21)
Highest home attendance 10,000
Lowest home attendance 2,000
Average home league attendance 4,000

Season 1920–21 was the 44th Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at national level, entering the Scottish Football League for the 22nd time and the Scottish Cup for the 33rd time.

Overview[edit]

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.[1] 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.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
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

Promotion/Relegation Election[edit]

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.

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
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

Dumbartonshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
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[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Vale of Leven 4 3 0 1 5 3 2 6
2 Clydebank 4 2 1 1 7 5 2 5
3 Dumbarton 4 1 2 1 8 8 0 4
4 Renton 3 1 1 1 4 7 –3 3
5 Dumbarton Harp 3 1 0 2 4 5 –1 2

Dumbartonshire Charity Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
11 May 1921 SF Vale of Leven A 1-1 Grainger 2,000

Other Match[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
11 August 1920 Rothesay Juniors A 1-0 Marshall 2,000

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[2][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total First Division Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland John Hagen 1 0 1 0 0 0
GK Scotland John Miller 29 0 27 0 2 0
GK Scotland Percy Wharrier 15 0 14 0 1 0
DF Scotland Peter Brown 20 0 20 0 0 0
DF Scotland Donald Colman 20 0 17 0 3 0
DF Scotland Alex Marshall 5 1 5 1 0 0
DF Scotland Ernest Somerville 15 2 14 2 1 0
DF England Joseph Till 38 0 35 0 3 0
MF Republic of Ireland Harry Chatton 13 0 13 0 0 0
MF Scotland Eli Cotterill 1 0 1 0 0 0
MF Scotland Archibald Mackie 11 0 11 0 0 0
MF Scotland James McDonald 17 1 17 1 0 0
MF Scotland Thomas Raeside 36 1 33 1 3 0
MF Scotland James Scott 37 1 34 1 3 0
MF Scotland Pat Travers 19 0 16 0 3 0
FW Scotland John Browning 35 3 32 3 3 0
FW Scotland Andrew Chalmers 8 1 8 1 0 0
FW Scotland Peter Currie 4 0 4 0 0 0
FW Scotland Arthur Early 12 1 10 1 2 0
FW Scotland William Fraser 8 2 8 2 0 0
FW Scotland Charles Gordon 5 0 5 0 0 0
FW Scotland Thomas Mannion 23 3 20 3 3 0
FW Scotland Thomas Maxwell 7 0 7 0 0 0
FW Scotland Bob McDermid 41 9 38 7 3 2
FW Scotland John McMillan 4 0 4 0 0 0
FW Scotland John McTavish 22 3 22 3 0 0
FW Scotland George Rae 12 0 12 0 0 0
FW Scotland Smith 1 0 1 0 0 0
FW Scotland Duncan Walker 36 21 33 15 3 6

Transfers[edit]

Amongst those players joining and leaving the club were the following:[3]

Factfile[edit]

* 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smailes, Gordon (1995). The Breedon Book of Scottish Football Records. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-020-X. 
  2. ^ McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers. 
  3. ^ Litster, John. Record of Pre-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications. 

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