1971–72 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1971–1972 season
Manager Jackie Stewart
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish League Division 2 Champions
Scottish Cup Fourth Round
Scottish League Cup Prelims
Top goalscorer League: Kenny Wilson (38)
All: Kenny Wilson (43)

Season 1971–72 was the 88th football season in which Dumbarton competed at a Scottish national level, entering the Scottish Football League for the 66th time, the Scottish Cup for the 77th time and the Scottish League Cup for the 25th time.

Overview[edit]

After fifty years of trying, Dumbarton at last gained promotion back to the top flight of Scottish League football, by winning the Division 2 title - their first national championship win in 60 years. It was however not all plain sailing, with just 3 points from the first 6 games, all was not looking good at the start of the campaign, but a single defeat in the next 14 games put Dumbarton back on track. Ultimately when the final game arrived against Berwick Rangers, only a win would secure the championship, while a draw would confirm promotion, with a defeat consigning Dumbarton to another season in the lower division. Fortunately all went well in front of a massive 9,000 home crowd - a 4-2 win being recorded and First Division football next season.

In the Scottish Cup, Dumbarton lost out to Raith Rovers in the fourth round.

The League Cup at the start of the season was, for some unknown reason, a complete disaster. After the previous season's success and a full squad to choose from, Dumbarton were unable to bring about a repeat, and with a single win and a draw from the six sectional games, there was to be no further interest in the competition.

The season commenced with a new sponsored competition - the Drybrough Cup - played for by the four top scoring sides from the two divisions in the previous season. As top scorers in the Second Division, Dumbarton were matched up against the First Division's top scorers, Celtic in the first round, and it was the Glasgow side who advanced to the next round.

Locally, in the Stirlingshire Cup, Dumbarton were knocked out in the first round by Alloa Athletic, on penalties after a drawn game.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
4 September 1971 Clydebank H 2-3 McCormack;Wilson,K 3,000
8 September 1971 Hamilton H 2-0 Coleman;Goodwin
11 September 1971 Stranraer A 1-2 Wilson,K 1,200
15 September 1971 Stirling Albion A 0-2
18 September 1971 Forfar Athletic H 2-2 Wilson,K;Graham 1,000
25 September 1971 Raith Rovers A 1-6 Graham 1,500
29 September 1971 Hamilton A 6-2 McCormack(2);Wilson,K(3);Gallagher,B
2 October 1971 Brechin City H 4-0 Graham;Gallagher,C(2);Gallagher,B 1,500
9 October 1971 Berwick Rangers A 2-2 McCormack(2) 660
16 September 1971 Stenhousemuir H 3-2 Garaham;Gallagher,C;Wilson,K 1,200
23 October 1971 East Stirling A 3-1 Gallagher,C;Wilson,K(2) 750
30 October 1971 Arbroath H 1-2 Wilson,K 2,000
6 November 1971 Cowdenbeath A 1-0 Wilson,K 1,500
13 November 1971 Albion Rovers H 3-0 Wilson,K(3) 2,500
20 November 1971 Queen of the South A 4-2 Gallagher,C(2);Wilson,K(2) 1,500
4 December 1971 Montrose H 3-2 Gallagher,C;Wilson,K;McCormack 1,500
11 December 1971 Queens Park A 1-0 Wilson,K 1,594
18 December 1971 Alloa Athletic H 7-1 Gallagher,C;Wilson,K(4);McCormack(2) 1,500
25 December 1971 St Mirren A 2-2 McCormack;Wilson,K 5,000
1 January 1972 Clydebank A 3-2 McCormack;Wilson,K(2) 4,000
3 January 1972 Stranraer H 2-4 McCormack;Wilson,K
8 January 1972 Forfar Athletic A 1-1 Kidd 996
12 February 1972 Stenhousemuir A 3-0 Gallagher,C;McCormack(2) 500
19 February 1972 East Stirling H 4-0 Coleman;Gallagher,C;Wilson,K(2) 2,500
4 March 1972 Arbroath A 2-3 Coleman;McCormack 1,958
11 March 1972 Cowdenbeath H 2-1 McCormack;Wilson,K 2,000
18 March 1972 Albion Rovers A 1-0 Jenkins 500
25 March 1972 Queen of the South H 2-0 Gallacher,C;Wilson,K 4,000
8 April 1972 Montrose A 3-2 McCormack(3) 1,200
11 April 1972 Stirling Albion H 2-1 Gallagher,C;McCormack
15 April 1972 Queens Park H 3-0 Gallagher,C;Wilson,K(2) 4,000
18 April 1972 Raith Rovers H 5-0 Wilson,K(5) 4,000
22 April 1972 Alloa Athletic A 1-0 Gallagher,C 2,000
26 April 1972 Brechin City A 2-1 Gallagher,C(2)
29 April 1972 St Mirren H 1-2 Gallagher,C 9,000
3 May 1972 Berwick Rangers H 4-2 Gallagher,C(2);Coleman;Wilson,K 9,000

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
5 February 1972 3 Hamilton H 3-1 Gallagher,C;Wilson(2) 2,395
26 February 1972 4 Raith Rovers A 0-3 6,236

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
14 August 1971 P Stirling Albion H 1-1 Gallagher,B 1,500
18 August 1971 P Stenhousemuir A 3-2 Coleman;McCormack;Wilson,K 1,200
21 August 1971 P Queen of the South A 0-1 2,000
25 August 1971 P Stenhousemuir H 1-2 Gallagher,B
28 August 1971 P Stirling Albion A 2-3 Wilson,K;Miller 2,000
1 September 1971 P Queen of the South H 1-3 Jenkins

Drybrough Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
31 July 1971 1 Celtic A 2-5 Gallagher,C;Wilson,K 22,000

Stirlingshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
30 November 1971 1 Alloa Athletic A 1-1* Wilson,K

* - lost on pemalties

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
7 August 1971 East Fife H 1-5 Wilson,K 1,500
27 November 1971 Celtic XI H 3-0 McCormack(2);Wilson,K
15 January 1972 Partick Thistle H 2-2 Paterson;Wilson,K

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[1][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Second Division Scottish Cup League Cup Drybrough Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland Bruce Livingstone 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK Scotland Sandy McLaughlin 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK Scotland Laurie Williams 43 0 34 0 2 0 6 0 1 0
DF Scotland Colin McAdam 17 0 10 0 0+1 0 6 0 0 0
DF Scotland Allan McKay 25 0 22 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
DF Scotland George Muir 14 0 9 0 0 0 4 0 1 0
DF Scotland Billy Wilkinson 26 0 23 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
MF Scotland Jack Bolton 38 0 29 0 2 0 6 0 1 0
MF Scotland Johnny Graham 43 4 34+1 4 1 0 6 0 1 0
MF Scotland Gordon Menzies 10 0 8 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
MF Scotland Ken Morrison 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
MF Scotland John O'Brien 6 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
FW Scotland Peter Coleman 43 5 33+1 4 2 0 6 1 1 0
FW Scotland Iain Fearn 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Brian Gallagher 16 4 10+1 2 0 0 4 2 1 0
FW Scotland Charlie Gallagher 36 20 30+1 19 1+1 1 2 0 1 0
FW Scotland Brian Goodwin 11 1 6 1 0 0 4+1 0 0 0
FW Scotland Kenny Jenkins 45 2 36 1 2 0 6 1 1 0
FW Scotland Ronnie Kidd 4 1 3 1 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
FW Scotland Tom McAdam 3 0 1+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Roy McCormack 45 20 36 19 2 0 6 1 1 0
FW Scotland Drummond Mentiply 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
FW Scotland Ian Miller 9 1 7 0 0 0 1+1 1 0 0
FW Scotland John Paterson 15 0 4+8 0 2 0 0 0 0+1 0
FW Scotland Davie Wilson 15 0 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Kenny Wilson 44 43 35+1 38 2 2 5 2 1 1

Transfers[edit]

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

Reserve Team[edit]

For the second season running, Dumbarton competed in the Combined Reserve League. Results were mixed and as with the previous season, reporting of results was scarce, nonetheless it is known that the league was never competed.

Factfile[edit]

* The League match against Berwick Rangers on 9 October marked Kenny Jenkins's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 62nd Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
* The League match against Stenhousemuir on 16 October marked Roy McCormack's 200th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 11th Dumbarton player to break the 'double century'.
* Dumbarton scored 109 goals in all matches during the season, the 14th time that the 'century' had been broken, and the second season in a row.

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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