1983–84 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1983–1984 season
Manager Billy Lamont/ Davie Wilson
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish League Division 1 2nd
Scottish Cup Fourth Round
Scottish League Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Joe Coyle (14)
All: Joe Coyle (15)
Highest home attendance 3,000
Lowest home attendance 400
Average home league attendance 1,200

Season 1983–84 was the 100th football season in which Dumbarton competed at a Scottish national level, entering the Scottish Football League for the 78th time, the Scottish Cup for the 89th time and the Scottish League Cup for the 37th time.

Overview[edit]

At the ninth time of asking, and in what was the club's 100th year of competitive football, Dumbarton managed to achieve that elusive promotion and a place in next season's Premier Division, although it was not to prove to be all 'plain sailing'. Indeed, after 6 games, with 3 wins it was looking like another average 'middle of the table' campaign. However an unbeaten run of 12 games was to follow changing the club's fortunes and Dumbarton were suddenly right up there with the 'front runners' - and then disaster struck! Billy Lamont resigned his managerial post to take up the reins at fellow Division 1 club Falkirk. Credit to Dumbarton that they had a new manager in Davie Wilson in place within two weeks, and the club guaranteed promotion with 2 games to play, although they were unable to catch champions Morton, who finished 3 points ahead.

In the Scottish Cup, after a fine win over Raith Rovers, Dumbarton lost to Division 1 'champions in waiting', Morton in the fourth round.

The League Cup format was again reorganised, with a first round being played before sectional games were introduced. However the first tie against Premier Division Hibernian was to prove too much of a hurdle to get over.

Locally, in the Stirlingshire Cup, Dumbarton released their grip on the trophy with a loss in the first round to Alloa.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
20 August 1983 Clydebank H 2-0 Coyle,T(2) 1,789
3 September 1983 Ayr United A 2-1 Bourke;Coyle,J 1,015
10 September 1983 Partick Thistle H 0-1 2,000
14 September 1983 Brechin City H 1-2 McGowan,P 450
17 September 1983 Meadowbank Thistle A 2-0 Bourke;Coyle,J 450
24 September 1983 Falkirk A 1-4 Coyle,J 1,200
28 September 1983 Hamilton H 2-0 Ashwood;Coyle,J 400
1 October 1983 Raith Rovers H 2-1 McNeil;Ashwood 550
8 October 1983 Morton A 2-2 Bourke(2) 1,500
15 October 1983 Clyde H 1-0 Ashwood 500
22 October 1983 Kilmarnock A 2-2 McNeil;Ashwood 1,500
29 October 1983 Alloa Athletic H 1-1 Ashwood 700
5 November 1983 Airdrie A 1-1 Bourke 1,100
12 November 1983 Brechin City A 3-2 Coyle,J(2);Coyle,T 700
13 November 1983 Meadowbank Thistle H 0-0 600
26 November 1983 Morton H 1-1 Ashwood 1,500
3 December 1983 Raith Rovers A 3-1 Bourke;Ashwood;Coyle,J 750
10 December 1983 Falkirk H 3-0 McGowan,M;Coyle,J(2) 1,500
17 December 1983 Hamilton A 1-4 Ashwood 940
26 December 1983 Partick Thistle A 0-1 3,821
31 December 1983 Ayr United H 2-1 Montgomerie;Bourke 1,250
2 January 1984 Clydebank A 2-0 Coyle,J;Robertson 1,040
7 January 1984 Kilmarnock H 4-3 Coyle,T;Ashwood;Bourke;Coyle,J 1,000
4 February 1984 Airdrie H 4-2 Robertson;Crawley;Coyle,J;OG 1,000
11 February 1984 Hamilton A 3-3 McNeil;Robertson;Bourke 1,015
21 February 1984 Alloa Athletic A 0-1 459
25 February 1984 Raith Rovers H 3-1 Bourke(2);Craig 750
29 February 1984 Clyde A 0-0 970
3 March 1984 Falkirk H 2-0 Ashwood;Coyle,J 1,050
10 March 1984 Kilmarnock A 0-0 McNeil;Ashwood 1,140
17 March 1984 Meadowbank Thistle H 3-0 Robertson;Bourke(2) 1,200
24 March 1984 Partick Thistle A 0-0 4,156
31 March 1984 Alloa Athletic H 2-0 Ashwood;McCaig 1,000
7 April 1984 Clydebank H 2-1 Coyle,T;McCaig 978
14 April 1984 Morton A 0-2 3,850
21 April 1984 Brechin City A 3-0 Coyle,T;Coyle,J;McCaig 700
28 April 1984 Clyde H 2-2 Craig;Coyle,T 2,900
5 May 1984 Airdrie A 4-1 Ashwood;Craig(2);Walsh 2,000
12 May 1984 Ayr United H 0-3 3,000

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
6 February 1984 3 Raith Rovers A 4-1 Ashwood(2);Bourke;Coyle,J 1,950
18 February 1984 4 Morton A 1-2 Craig 3,383

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
24 August 1983 1(1) Hibernian A 0-5 2,193
27 August 1983 1(2) Hibernian H 1-2 McGrogan 760

Stirlingshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
10 August 1983 1 Alloa Athletic A 2-3 McCaig;McGrogan

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
8 August 1983 EnglandHartlepool United H 1-3 unknown
17 August 1983 Celtic XI H 1-0 McGowan,P

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 Tom Carson 40 0 37 0 1 0 2 0
GK Scotland Jim Stewart 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
DF Scotland Martin McGowan 35 1 34 1 1 0 0 0
DF Scotland Ray Montgomerie 43 1 39 1 2 0 2 0
MF Scotland Albert Burnett 14 0 8+4 0 1 0 1 0
MF Scotland Joe Carson 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
MF Scotland Mark Clougherty 41 0 38 0 2 0 1 0
MF Scotland Tommy Coyle 43 7 38+1 7 2 0 2 0
MF Scotland Albert Craig 30 5 21+5 4 0+2 1 2 0
MF Scotland Jim Hughes 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+1 0
MF Scotland Dave McCaig 32 3 10+19 3 0+1 0 1+1 0
MF Scotland Donald McNeil 36 3 31+1 3 2 0 2 0
MF Scotland Stuart Robertson 28 4 23+3 4 2 0 0 0
MF Scotland David Stevenson 5 0 1+2 0 0 0 2 0
FW Scotland Kenny Ashwood 33 15 31 13 2 2 0 0
FW Scotland John Bourke 38 14 34 13 2 1 1+1 0
FW Scotland Joe Coyle 41 15 39 14 2 1 0 0
FW Scotland Gerry Crawley 29 1 19+6 1 2 0 2 0
FW Scotland Pat McGowan 23 1 14+7 1 0 0 2 0
FW Scotland Joe McGrogan 9 1 2+6 0 0 0 1 1
FW Scotland Allan Moore 5 0 2+2 0 0 0 0+1 0
FW Scotland Martin Walsh 2 1 1+1 1 0 0 0 0

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 (West), which was split into winter and spring series.

In the first series, of 12 fixtures, 6 were won and 3 drawn - and Dumbarton finished 5th of 13. In the second series, 4 games were won and 2 drawn of 10 ties - but the league was never completed.

Factfile[edit]

* Between the league game against Raith Rovers on 25 February and the league game against Clydebank on 7 April, Tom Carson did not concede a single goal - a record of 655 minutes.
* The League match against Hamilton on 11 February marked Pat McGowan's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 88th Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
* The League match against Raith Rovers on 25 February marked Donald McNeil's 200th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 17th Dumbarton player to break the 'double century'.

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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