1971–72 Dumbarton F.C. season
|Stadium||Boghead Park, Dumbarton|
|Scottish League Division 2||Champions|
|Scottish Cup||Fourth Round|
|Scottish League Cup||Prelims|
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.
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.
All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.
|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|
|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
|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|
|31 July 1971||1||Celtic||A||2-5||Gallagher,C;Wilson,K||22,000|
|30 November 1971||1||Alloa Athletic||A||1-1*||Wilson,K|
* - lost on pemalties
|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|
|No.||Pos||Nat||Player||Total||Second Division||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Drybrough Cup|
Amongst those players joining and leaving the club were the following:
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.
* 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.
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- Ian Miller (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- John Paterson (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
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