1956–57 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1956–1957 season
Manager Peter McGown
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish League Division 2 9th
Scottish Cup Seventh Round
Scottish League Cup Prelims
Top goalscorer League: Hugh Gallacher (28)
All: Hugh Gallacher (37)

Season 1956–57 was the 73rd football season in which Dumbarton competed at a Scottish national level, entering the Scottish Football League for the 51st time, the Scottish Cup for the 62nd time and the Scottish League Cup for the 10th time.

Overview[edit]

By coming so close to promotion the previous season, confidence was high to mount a serious challenge on the Division 2 title. However, despite breaking the 100 goals scored in a league season for the first time, the 70 against was never going to be 'championship material' and only a 9th place was achieved with 38 points, 26 behind runaway winners Clyde.

In the Scottish Cup, however, two Division 1 clubs were defeated en route to a quarter final against Raith Rovers.

Dumbarton returned to old habits in the League Cup by failing to qualify from their section, although it was their poor home performances which were to count against them this season.

It was however the Stirlingshire Cup which was to bring some cheer, as an aggregate win over Alloa Athletic was to bring the cup home to Dumbarton for the second time.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
22 August 1956 Cowdenbeath A 1-2 Whalen
5 September 1956 Hamilton H 2-0 Gallacher,H;McKeown
8 September 1956 Stenhousemuir A 3-1 Brown(2);Whalen
12 September 1956 Hamilton A 1-1 Rollo 5,000
15 September 1956 East Stirling H 3-2 Kiernan(2);Hunter
19 September 1956 Cowdenbeath H 2-3 Kiernan;Hunter
22 September 1956 Stirling Albion A 1-3 Hunter 5,500
29 September 1956 Berwick Rangers H 4-0 Brown;Whalen;Kiernan;;Glover 4,300
6 October 1956 Stranraer A 4-5 Kiernan(3);OG
13 October 1956 Third Lanark H 0-1 6,000
20 October 1956 Clyde H 2-3 Gallacher,H;Rollo 8,000
27 October 1956 Arbroath A 2-3 Gallacher,H(2)
3 November 1956 Forfar Athletic A 2-0 Gallacher,H;Gallagher 1,600
10 November 1956 Brechin City H 2-2 Cairns;Whalen
17 November 1956 Montrose H 7-0 Brown(3);Auld(2);Craig;Heaney
24 November 1956 Morton A 1-1 Gallacher,H 2,000
8 December 1956 Dundee United H 3-2 Auld(2);Brown 5,000
15 December 1956 Alloa Athletic A 3-2 Gallacher,H(2);Brown
22 December 1956 Albion Rovers H 8-1 Gallacher,H(5);Brown;Heaney;Auld
29 December 1956 Clyde A 3-5 Gallacher,H;Heaney;Auld 9,000
1 January 1957 Stirling Albion H 1-3 Whalen
2 January 1957 East Stirling A 2-3 Cairns;Brown
5 January 1957 Stenhousemuir H 6-2 Brown(3);Gallacher,H;Gibson;Kiernan
12 January 1957 Berwick Rangers A 0-1
19 January 1957 Stranraer H 4-1 Gallacher,H(2);Brown;Cairns
26 January 1957 Third Lanark A 0-7 6,000
9 February 1957 St Johnstone H 4-1 Gallacher,H(2);Gallagher;Brown
6 March 1957 Arbroath H 3-1 Gibson;Gallacher,H;Auld
9 March 1957 Brechin City A 1-4 Rollo
16 March 1957 Montrose A 6-1 Rollo;Brown;Gibson;Gallacher,H;Gallagher;Auld
23 March 1957 Morton H 2-2 Gallacher,H;Brown 5,000
10 April 1957 Forfar Athletic H 5-1 Cairns;Brown;Gibson;;Gallacher,H;McKeown
13 April 1957 Alloa Athletic H 5-0 Gibson(2);Gallacher,H(2);Brown
17 April 1957 Dundee United A 1-3 OG 1,500
20 April 1957 Albion Rovers A 1-3 McCall
24 April 1957 St Johnstone A 6-0 Gallacher,H(3);Gibson(2);McKeown

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
2 February 1957 5 Queen of the South A 2-2 Gallacher,H;Brown 7,199
6 February 1957 5R Queen of the South H 4-2 McCall;Gibson;Gallacher,H;Whalen 5,700
16 February 1957 6 Motherwell A 3-1 Gibson(2);Cairns 16,000
2 March 1957 7 Raith Rovers H 0-4 18,001

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
11 August 1956 P Brechin City H 1-8 Gallacher,H 6,000
15 August 1956 P Hamilton A 3-5 Gallacher,H(2);Whalen
18 August 1956 P Alloa Athletic H 1-1 Gallacher,H
25 August 1956 P Brechin City A 4-3 Gallacher,H(2);Hunter;McCall
29 August 1956 P Hamilton H 3-4 Whalen(3) 5,000
1 September 1956 P Alloa Athletic A 3-1 Rollo;Gallacher,H;Glover

Stirlingshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
SF Falkirk WO
29 April 1957 F1 Alloa Athletic H 4-2 Auld;Gallacher,H(2);Whalen
30 April 1957 F2 Alloa Athletic A 1-1 Gallacher,H

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
23 January 1957 Celtic H 2-5 Gallacher,H(2) 7,000
1 April 1957 Combined Services XI H 2-2 Gallacher,H;Brown

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[1][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Second Division Scottish Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland Tommy McCulloch 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
GK Scotland Alex McNeill 9 0 6 0 0 0 3 0
GK Scotland Eddie O'Donnell 36 0 29 0 4 0 3 0
DF Scotland Joe Gallacher 15 0 11 0 0 0 4 0
DF Scotland John McKay 43 0 35 0 4 0 4 0
DF Scotland Willie Neilson 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
DF Scotland Alex Rollo 41 5 32 4 4 0 5 1
MF Scotland Benny Cairns 40 5 32 4 4 1 4 0
MF Scotland Tommy Craig 41 1 33 1 4 0 4 0
MF Scotland Jim Hunter 22 4 17 3 0 0 5 1
MF Scotland Jimmy Mann 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
MF Scotland John McCall 40 3 31 1 4 1 5 1
FW Scotland Bertie Auld 16 8 15 8 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland Les Brown 39 20 30 19 4 1 5 0
FW Scotland Hugh Gallacher 39 37 29 28 4 2 6 7
FW Scotland John Gallagher 16 4 13 4 2 0 1 0
FW Scotland Bobby Gibson 20 11 16 8 4 3 0 0
FW Scotland John Glover 8 2 7 1 0 0 1 1
FW Scotland John Heaney 16 3 12 3 4 0 0 0
FW Scotland Hendry 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Felix Kiernan 11 8 11 8 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Billy McKeown 12 3 11 3 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland John McMillan 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Jim McQuade 6 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
FW Scotland Alex Stewart 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
FW Scotland Tom Whalen 23 10 17 5 1 1 5 4

Transfers[edit]

Amongst those players joining and leaving the club were the following:[2]

Reserve Team[edit]

Dumbarton played a 'reserve' team in the Alliance League, which was set up for Division 2 sides. The season was split into two 'series' - with Dumbarton winning the First Series (with 6 wins and 2 draws from 10 games) and finishing as runners up in the Second (with 6 wins and 3 draws from 12 games).

Factfile[edit]

* The league match against Montrose on 17 November marked John McKay's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 41st Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
* The league match against Stirling Albion on 1 January marked Hugh Gallacher's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 42nd Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
* The Scottish Cup tie against Queen of the South on 2 February marked John McCall's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 43rd Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
* The Scottish Cup quarter final tie against Raith Rovers attracted a crowd of 18,001 to Boghead, which still stands as the record home attendance.
* Dumbarton broke both the goals for and goals against 'centuries' during the season. By scoring 134 goals in all games, this was the ninth time that the 'century - for' had been broken, and by conceding 109, this was the 15th time that the 'century - against' had been broken.
* Boghead had floodlights installed during the season, and the friendly against Celtic was played to celebrate the 'switch on'.

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. 
  2. ^ Litster, John. Record of Post-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications. 

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