1937–38 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1937–1938 season
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish League Division Two 7th
Scottish Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Jimmy Smith (29)
All: Jimmy Smith (29)

Season 1937–38 was the 61st Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at national level, entering the Scottish Football League for the 39th time and the Scottish Cup for the 50th time.

Overview[edit]

Dumbarton made another encouraging start to their 15th season in a row in the Second Division, with only one defeat in their first 8 games. Although that form wasn't maintained fully, Dumbarton had their best season for a number of years by finishing 7th out of 18, with 39 points - 20 behind champions Raith Rovers. For the fifth time, Dumbarton maintained an unbeaten home league record, but with only 3 wins from 17 fixtures away from Boghead, promotion was never going to be a real possibility.[1]

In the Scottish Cup, Dumbarton came up against first division Kilmarnock in the first round and despite a good fight were to finish up second best.

Elsewhere, a friendly match was played against East Stirling.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
14 August 1937 Brechin City A 4-3 Smith,J(3);Murray
21 August 1937 Stenhousemuir H 5-1 Smith,G(3);Smith,J;Duffy 3,500
28 August 1937 East Stirlingshire A 2-2 Smith,G;Murray
4 September 1937 Dundee United H 5-1 Smith,G(2);Smith,J(2);Murray 4,000
11 September 1937 Forfar Athletic A 3-4 Smith,G(2);Duffy
18 September 1937 Leith Athletic H 3-0 Duffy;Smith,J;Robertson 4,000
25 September 1937 Airdrie A 3-1 Smith,G(2);Robertson 4,000
2 October 1937 Cowdenbeath H 4-4 Devers(2);Smith,G;Smith,J 3,000
9 October 1937 East Fife A 1-4 Duffy 2,000
16 October 1937 Raith Rovers H 2-2 Smith,J;Robertson 5,000
23 October 1937 Dunfermline Athletic A 1-4 Robertson 3,000
30 October 1937 King's Park A 0-1
6 November 1937 Albion Rovers H 3-2 Smith,G;Smith,J;Robertson 6,500
13 November 1937 Alloa Athletic A 1-2 Smith,J
20 November 1937 Montrose H 4-0 Duffy(2);Smith,J;OG 4,000
27 November 1937 St Bernard's A 0-1 1,000
4 December 1937 Brechin City H 7-0 Smith,J(3);Duffy(2);Murray;Smith,G 2,000
18 December 1937 East Fife H 3-2 Smith,G;Smith,J;Duffy
25 December 1937 Stenhousemuir A 2-4 Smith,G;Smith,J
1 January 1938 Forfar Athletic H 2-0 Smith,G;Duffy 4,500
3 January 1938 Cowdenbeath A 1-4 Duffy
8 January 1938 Leith Athletic A 0-2 2,000
15 January 1938 East Stirlingshire H 3-1 Smith,G;Duffy;Cochrane 2,500
29 January 1938 Dundee United A 4-1 Smith,J(2);Smith,G;Robertson 2,000
5 February 1938 Edinburgh City H 8-0 Smith,G(4);Smith,J(2);Robertson(2) 2,500
12 February 1938 Montrose A 0-0
19 February 1938 Raith Rovers A 0-7 5,000
26 February 1938 King's Park H 4-1 Smith,J(2);Smith,G;trialist
12 March 1938 Dunfermline Athletic H 4-1 Smith,J(3);Smith,G 5,000
19 March 1938 Albion Rovers A 0-3
26 March 1938 St Bernard's H 2-1 Smith,G;Smith,J 4,000
2 April 1938 Edinburgh City A 0-4
9 April 1938 Airdrie H 2-0 Smith,G;Robertson 5,000
16 April 1938 Alloa Athletic H 2-2 Smith,J;Kemp

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
22 January 1938 1 Kilmarnock A 0-6 9,000

Other Match[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
5 March 1938 East Stirlingshire H 3-3 Smith,G(2);ANO 1,000

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[2][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Second Division Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland William Morrison 24 0 23 0 1 0
GK Scotland Robert Muir 11 0 11 0 0 0
DF Scotland John Casey 31 0 30 0 1 0
DF Scotland John Clay 32 0 31 0 1 0
DF Scotland James McKain 7 0 7 0 0 0
MF Scotland Daniel Clancy 19 0 18 0 1 0
MF Scotland Coleman 1 0 1 0 0 0
MF Scotland John Curley 2 0 2 0 0 0
MF Scotland William Deans 7 0 7 0 0 0
MF Scotland Ferguson 1 0 1 0 0 0
MF Scotland John Irvine 13 0 13 0 0 0
MF Scotland William Kemp 11 1 11 1 0 0
MF Scotland James McAllister 21 0 20 0 1 0
MF Scotland David Muir 2 0 2 0 0 0
MF Scotland Stephen Murray 28 4 27 4 1 0
MF Scotland Willie White 19 0 18 0 1 0
FW Scotland Sandy Cochrane 15 1 15 1 0 0
FW Scotland Thomas Devers 7 2 7 2 0 0
FW Scotland Archibald Duffy 26 12 25 12 1 0
FW Scotland Abram Robertson 34 9 33 9 1 0
FW Scotland Gavin Smith 35 25 34 25 1 0
FW Scotland Jimmy Smith 35 29 34 29 1 0
FW Scotland Sneddon 2 0 2 0 0 0
FW Scotland Trialist 2 0 2 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

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

Factfile[edit]

* Much of the season's success was due to the arrival of the Smith brothers - Gavin and Jimmy - as they contributed between them 54 of the 85 goals scored by Dumbarton in the league.
* The Dumbartonshire Cup, which had been a feature of Dumbarton seasons since 1884, was to be no more. With Dumbarton being the only senior club in the county it was agreed to disband the Dumbartonshire Association.
* The 63 goals scored at Boghead in league matches beat the previous highest number of home league goals (56) set in the 1929-30 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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