1939–40 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1939–1940 season
Manager Jimmy Smith
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish Western Division 16th
War Emergency Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer League: Alex Stewart (7)
All: Alex Stewart (7)

Due to the outbreak of WW2, there was no 'official' senior football competition in Scotland, with the Scottish Football League and the Scottish Cup both suspended for the duration. Therefore season 1939–40 was the first Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed in the 'emergency' competitions which were arranged by the clubs themselves.

Overview[edit]

Four games into the new season, Britain was at war with Nazi Germany and all official Scottish football competition would be suspended for its duration. However, in October 1939, while the Scottish football authorities had decided that official league and cup football should be suspended, the clubs themselves wanted competitive football to continue in some form and arranged for two regional leagues of 16 teams each to be played, with Dumbarton playing in the Western Division – along with the likes of Celtic, Rangers etc. – teams they had not played since being relegated in 1922. Players registrations were effectively cancelled and wages fixed at £2 per week which meant that players were free to sign for clubs local to their war work as 'guest players'. However, as most of the First Division players were already contracted to play for their opponents it was no surprise that in this first season Dumbarton finished bottom (16th out of 16) with 18 points – 30 behind champions Rangers.

In place of the Scottish Cup, a War Emergency Cup was established, to be played for by all the teams competing in the regional leagues. Dumbarton reached the second round before losing to Airdrie.

Elsewhere, while the Dumbartonshire Cup competition had been discontinued some years earlier, during the weeks between the suspension of the Scottish League and the start of the regional leagues, Dumbarton played Vale of Leven (now a junior football side) for custody of the trophy, and the senior team duly won the day.

In addition, following the demise of the Dumbartonshire Association, Dumbarton had been accepted as members of the Stirlingshire Association, and took part for the first time in the Stirlingshire Cup. Dumbarton were knocked out at the semi final stage by Falkirk, although the competition was never completed.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish Western Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
21 October 1939 Queen's Park H 1–3 Cowan 4,000
28 October 1939 Kilmarnock A 0–5 3,000
4 November 1939 Albion Rovers H 4–1 Browning;Murray;Mills;Speedie 5,000
11 November 1939 Clyde A 3–3 Murray(2);Mills 4,000
18 November 1939 Hamilton H 1–2 Lang 6,000
25 November 1939 Rangers A 1–2 Murray
2 December 1939 Airdrie A 2–3 Dunn;Mills
9 December 1939 Ayr United H 2–1 Dunn;Mills 1,500
16 December 1939 Motherwell A 1–5 Mathers 2,500
23 December 1939 Celtic H 1–5 Mathers 7,000
30 December 1939 Partick Thistle A 4–0 Collins(2);Nichol;Dunn 4,000
1 January 1940 Morton H 3–2 Milne(2);Speedie
2 January 1940 Queen of the South A 1–3 Milne
6 January 1940 St Mirren H 3–2 Mathers;Speedie;Milne 3,500
10 February 1940 Clyde H 1–2 Browning 3,000
17 February 1940 Hamilton A 2–4 Collins;Milne
16 March 1940 Motherwell H 0–1 2,000
23 March 1940 Celtic A 0–4
27 March 1940 Third Lanark A 2–3 Lang;Speedie
30 March 1940 Partick Thistle H 0–0 2,000
2 April 1940 Queen's Park A 1–4 McLean 4,000
6 April 1940 Morton A 0–5
10 April 1940 Kilmarnock H 2–2 Mathers;Dunn
13 April 1940 Queen of the South H 1–3 Stewart,A 2,000
17 April 1940 Albion Rovers A 1–3 Stewart,A
20 April 1940 St Mirren A 2–1 Casey;Shields
24 April 1940 Rangers H 2–3 Stewart,A(2) 2,500
27 April 1940 Third Lanark H 3–2 Shields(2);Stewart,A 2,000
4 May 1940 Airdrie H 0–1 1,800
11 May 1940 Ayr United A 4–4 Shields(2);Stewart,A(2) 7,000

Scottish War Emergency Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
24 February 1940 1(1) Arbroath H 4–3 Lang(2);Dunn;Milne 4,500
2 March 1940 1(2) Arbroath A 2–0 Dunn(2) 2,150
9 March 1940 2 Airdrie H 0–2 5,500

Dumbartonshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
30 September 1939 F Vale of Leven H 4–2 McBride(2);Nichol;OG

Stirlingshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
16 August 1939 1 Falkirk Amateurs H 9–1 Cowan(3);Nichol(2);Getty(2);Nesbit;unknown 2,000
7 October 1939 SF Falkirk A 2–3 Nichol;McLean 4,000

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
12 August 1939 Leith Athletic A 2–1 Nichol;Getty
19 August 1939 East Fife H 3–3 Cowan;McBride;Nichol 5,500
26 August 1939 Dundee A 1–3 McBride
2 September 1939 Edinburgh City H 3–2 Cowan(3) 3,000
14 October 1939 Rangers H 4–3 Nichol(2);Lang;Speedie 3,000
  • Note – the matches against Leith Athletic, East Fife, Dundee and Edinburgh City were all Second Division fixtures prior to the suspension of the Scottish League.

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[1][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Western Division Emergency Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland John Hill 6 0 6 0 0 0
GK Scotland William Morrison 1 0 1 0 0 0
GK Scotland Duncan Yuill 26 0 23 0 3 0
DF Scotland James Brown 4 0 4 0 0 0
DF Scotland John Casey 19 1 16 1 3 0
DF Scotland Johnny Soutar 33 0 30 0 3 0
DF Scotland Willie Steel 19 0 19 0 0 0
DF Scotland Kenneth Stewart 2 0 2 0 0 0
MF Scotland John Browning 28 2 25 2 3 0
MF Scotland Robert Fraser 6 0 6 0 0 0
MF Scotland John Mathers 26 4 24 4 2 0
MF Scotland David McLean 18 2 17 2 1 0
MF Scotland Stephen Murray 9 4 9 4 0 0
MF Scotland Fulton Wilson 15 0 13 0 2 0
FW Scotland Bowden 1 0 1 0 0 0
FW Scotland David Collins 24 3 22 3 2 0
FW Scotland David Cowan 2 1 2 1 0 0
FW Scotland Willie Dunn 18 7 15 4 3 3
FW Scotland John Getty 5 0 5 0 0 0
FW Scotland John Lang 14 4 11 2 3 2
FW Scotland John McBride 1 0 1 0 0 0
FW Scotland Willie Mills 7 4 7 4 0 0
FW Scotland Jackie Milne 15 6 14 5 1 1
FW Scotland William Nichol 27 2 24 2 3 0
FW Scotland James Shields 6 5 6 5 0 0
FW Scotland Smith 1 0 1 0 0 0
FW Scotland Bobby Speedie 19 4 17 4 2 0
FW Scotland Alex Stewart 11 7 11 7 0 0

Factfile[edit]

* Jimmy Smith gave up the manager's position in May 1940 to join the club board.
* The number of goals conceded in all games during the season was 101, the seventh time the unwanted 'century' had been broken.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers.

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