1977–78 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1977–1978 season
Manager Davie Wilson
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish League Division 1 4th
Scottish Cup Fifth Round
Scottish League Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Derek Whiteford/ Jocky Whiteford (15)
All: Jocky Whiteford (17)

Season 1977–78 was the 94th football season in which Dumbarton competed at a Scottish national level, entering the Scottish Football League for the 72nd time, the Scottish Cup for the 83rd time and the Scottish League Cup for the 31st time.

Overview[edit]

Dumbarton played league football in Division 1 for the third year running. Davie Wilson's first season as manager began well, and while always up with the leading pack, it was to be the case that too many draws rather than wins would prevent a serious challenge on the title. Nevertheless, a 4th-place finish was a creditable result.

In the Scottish Cup, Hearts were once again the opponents, but it was Dumbarton who were to progress this time after a drawn game. In the quarter final, however Partick Thistle were to prove too good on the day.

In the League Cup, qualifying groups were dispensed with and replaced with straight knock-out ties on a home-and-away basis. It was however to prove a bit of an embarrassment when in the first round, a 4-1 home win against Hamilton was followed by a 6-0 away drubbing.

Locally, in the Stirlingshire Cup, Dumbarton were defeated by local rivals Clydebank in the semi final.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
13 August 1977 Hearts H 2-2 Bourke(2) 7,000
20 August 1977 Arbroath A 2-2 Bourke;Muir 1,200
27 August 1977 Queen of the South H 2-0 Whiteford,J;Brown 2,000
10 September 1977 Morton A 0-0 3,000
14 September 1977 Airdrie H 2-1 McNeil;Fyfe
17 September 1977 Dundee A 1-2 Whiteford,D 4,725
24 September 1977 Montrose H 4-0 Whiteford,D(2);Whiteford,J;Fyfe
28 September 1977 East Fife A 1-3 Whiteford,D 879
1 October 1977 St Johnstone H 5-1 Whiteford,J;Brown;Fyfe(2);Whiteford,D 1,500
8 October 1977 Kilmarnock A 2-2 Whiteford,D;Whiteford,J 3,000
15 October 1977 Hamilton H 1-0 Whiteford,D 2,500
19 October 1977 Stirling Albion A 3-2 Whiteford,J(2);Brown 1,000
22 October 1977 Hearts A 1-2 Gallacher 9,200
29 October 1977 Arbroath H 1-0 Gallacher 1,500
5 November 1977 Queen of the South A 0-1 1,500
12 November 1977 Morton H 1-1 Gallacher 5,000
19 November 1977 Dundee H 0-0 3,500
26 November 1977 Montrose A 2-2 Whiteford,J;Muir 950
3 December 1977 St Johnstone H 2-0 Whiteford,J;Whiteford,D 1,600
10 December 1977 Kilmarnock H 2-2 Fyfe;Whiteford,J 2,500
17 December 1977 Hamilton A 3-3 Whiteford,J(2);Whiteford,D 2,500
24 December 1977 Alloa Athletic A 3-2 Gallacher;Whiteford,J;Whiteford,D 1,000
31 December 1977 Queen of the South H 1-1 Muir
2 January 1978 Morton H 1-4 Whiteford,J 5,000
7 January 1978 Arbroath A 1-1 Whiteford,J 1,100
4 February 1978 St Johnstone H 2-1 Whiteford,D;Whiteford,J 1,500
11 February 1978 Kilmarnock A 1-0 Whiteford,D 5,000
25 February 1978 Hamilton H 1-1 Whiteford,D 2,000
4 March 1978 Hearts A 1-1 Gallacher 8,000
18 March 1978 Stirling Albion A 2-2 Brown(2)
21 March 1978 East Fife H 3-0 McNeil;Gallacher(2) 3,000
25 March 1978 Stirling Albion H 2-2 Muir;OG 2,000
4 April 1978 Airdrie A 2-0 Muir;Gallacher 2,000
8 April 1978 Alloa Athletic A 0-3 1,000
12 April 1978 Dundee H 2-1 MacLeod,M;Gallacher
15 April 1978 East Fife A 0-0 651
19 April 1978 Montrose H 2-2 MacLeod,A;McCluskey 1,500
22 April 1978 Airdrie H 2-1 Whiteford,D;Govan 1,000
29 April 1978 Alloa Athletic H 2-0 Whiteford,D;Blair 1,000

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
29 January 1977 3 Alloa Athletic A 2-2 Whiteford,J;MacLeod,M 1,450
6 February 1978 3R Alloa Athletic H 2-1 MacLeod,M;Fyfe 1,750
18 February 1977 4 Hearts H 1-1 Whiteford,D 6,677
27 February 1978 4R Hearts A 1-0 Gallacher 14,000
11 March 1978 5 Partick Thistle A 1-2 Fyfe 4,500

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
31 August 1977 1(1) Hamilton H 4-1 McCluskey;Muir;Whiteford;J;Bourke 1,000
3 September 1978 1(2) Hamilton A 0-6 1,000

Stirlingshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
5 October 1977 1 East Stirling H 4-1 Whiteford;J;Fyfe;Muir;OG 800
20 April 1978 SF Clydebank A 1-4 Whiteford,D

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
5 August 1977 Lossiemouth A 1-1 unknown
6 August 1977 Nairn County A 3-0 Gallacher;MacLeod,A(2)
7 September 1977 St Mirren A 1-1 Blair

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[1][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total First Division Scottish Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland Jim Cruickshank 6 0 3 0 1 0 2 0
GK Scotland Laurie Williams 40 0 36 0 4 0 0 0
DF Scotland Don Watt 15 0 9+3 0 1 0 2 0
MF Scotland Pat McCluskey 34 2 28 1 4 0 2 1
MF Scotland Columb McKinley 13 0 12+1 0 0 0 0 0
MF Scotland Ally MacLeod 20 0 11+7 0 1+1 0 0 0
MF Scotland Donald McNeil 38 2 30+1 2 5 0 2 0
MF Scotland Martin Mowatt 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
MF Scotland Jim Muir 37 6 29+1 5 5 0 2 1
MF Scotland Graeme Sinclair 40 0 36 0 4 0 0 0
MF Scotland Derek Whiteford 46 16 39 15 5 1 2 0
FW Scotland Raymond Blair 23 2 8+11 2 2+2 0 0 0
FW Scotland John Bourke 5 4 3 3 0 0 2 1
FW Scotland Ally Brown 46 6 38+1 6 5 0 2 0
FW Scotland Joe Coyle 4 0 2+1 0 0 0 0+1 0
FW Scotland Graham Fyfe 34 7 29 5 5 2 0 0
FW Scotland Brian Gallacher 42 10 34+1 9 5 1 2 0
FW Scotland Dave Govan 2 1 1+1 1 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Drew Harvey 4 0 0+4 0 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Murdo MacLeod 46 3 39 1 5 2 2 0
FW Scotland Jocky Whiteford 32 17 27 15 3 1 2 1

International Caps[edit]

Murdo MacLeod and Graeme Sinclair were selected to play for the Scottish League in a match against an Italian League XI in Verona, which resulted in a 1-1 draw.

In addition Ally MacLeod was part of the Scottish Youth (under 19) side which competed in the UEFA Youth Championships. He played in all seven matches, against Denmark (1-0 and 2-0), West Germany (1-0), Portugal (1-0), Italy (0-0), Yugoslavia (2-2) and Poland (1-3) - Scotland finished in 4th place.

Transfers[edit]

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

Reserve Team[edit]

Dumbarton competed in the Scottish Reserve League First Division and finished 8th of 11.

In the Scottish Second XI Cup, Dumbarton lost to Ayr United in the first round, and in the Reserve League Cup, Dumbarton lost to Rangers, on aggregate, in the first round.

Factfile[edit]

* The League match against Arbroath on 20 August marked Jim Muir's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 74th Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
* The League match against Airdrie on 14 September marked Ally Brown's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 75th Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
* The League match against Hamilton on 25 February marked Laurie Williams's 300th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 5th Dumbarton player to achieve this accolade.

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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