1939–40 Dumbarton F.C. season
|Stadium||Boghead Park, Dumbarton|
|Scottish Western Division||16th|
|War Emergency Cup||Second Round|
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.
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.
All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.
Scottish Western Division
|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|
|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|
|30 September 1939||F||Vale of Leven||H||4–2||McBride(2);Nichol;OG|
|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|
|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.
|No.||Pos||Nat||Player||Total||Western Division||Emergency Cup|
* 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.
- McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers.
- John Hill (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- William Morrison (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Duncan Yuill (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- James Brown (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Johnny Soutar (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Kenneth Stewart (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Robert Fraser (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- John Mathers (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- David McLean (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Fulton Wilson (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- John McBride (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- William Nichol (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- James Shields (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Smith (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Robert Speedie (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Alex Stewart (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Scottish Football Historical Archive