1984–85 Dumbarton F.C. season
|Stadium||Boghead Park, Dumbarton|
|Scottish Premier League||9th|
|Scottish Cup||Third Round|
|Scottish League Cup||Second Round|
League: Joe Coyle (7)|
All: Joe Coyle (9)
Season 1984–85 was the 101st football season in which Dumbarton competed at a Scottish national level, entering the Scottish Football League for the 79th time, the Scottish Cup for the 90th time and the Scottish League Cup for the 38th time.
Dumbarton's return to the top tier of Scottish league football for the first time in a decade was to be shortlived. At the end of the year, it was looking likely that survival might be achieved, being 6 points clear of the relegation zone, however with only a win and a draw being taken from the last 15 matches, Dumbarton finished in 9th place and relegated to the First Division for next season.
In the Scottish Cup, Dumbarton lost to First Division Motherwell in the third round - the team who would replace them in the Premier Division at the end of the season.
The League Cup format reverted to straight knock-out, and after a first round win over Queen of the South, Dumbarton lost to fellow Premier Division opponents Dundee United.
Locally, in the Stirlingshire Cup, after a win on penalties over Falkirk in the first round, a reversal of rolls was the case in the semi final in a disappointing 'penalties' semi final defeat to East Stirling.
Finally, Premier Division status brought with it an added bonus - being a participant in the annual televised indoor Tennent's Sixes tournament. Unfortunately Dumbarton did not progress beyond the group stages.
All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.
|11 August 1984||Morton||A||1-2||Robertson||2,500|
|18 August 1984||Rangers||H||1-2||Craig||10,000|
|25 August 1984||Dundee||H||2-1||Coyle,J(2)|
|1 September 1984||Hearts||A||0-1||6,914|
|8 September 1984||Celtic||H||1-1||Coyle,J||8,416|
|15 September 1984||Hibernian||A||3-2||Coyle,T;Coyle,J(2)||3,642|
|22 September 1984||Aberdeen||H||0-2||4,000|
|29 September 1984||St Mirren||H||0-1||2,520|
|6 October 1984||Dundee United||A||0-1||5,852|
|13 October 1984||Morton||H||3-1||Kay;Craig;Coyle,J||2,000|
|20 October 1984||Rangers||A||0-0||16,521|
|27 October 1984||Dundee||A||1-1||Ashwood|
|3 November 1984||Hearts||H||0-1||2,706|
|10 November 1984||Celtic||A||0-2||13,701|
|17 November 1984||Hibernian||H||2-2||Craig;McGowan,P||2,003|
|24 November 1984||Aberdeen||A||0-1||13,200|
|1 December 1984||St Mirren||A||0-0||2,450|
|8 December 1984||Dundee United||H||2-2||Bourke;Crawley||1,524|
|15 December 1984||Morton||A||4-2||Coyle,T;Bourke(2);Simpson||2,000|
|29 December 1984||Rangers||H||2-4||Coyle,J;Simpson||7,800|
|1 January 1985||Dundee||H||1-0||Craig|
|5 January 1985||Hearts||A||1-5||McNeil||7,571|
|19 January 1985||Hibernian||A||1-3||Kay||7,421|
|2 February 1985||Aberdeen||H||0-2||3,500|
|9 February 1985||St Mirren||H||1-1||Kay||1,684|
|23 February 1985||Dundee United||A||0-4||5,693|
|2 March 1985||Rangers||A||1-3||Coyle,T||8,424|
|16 March 1985||Morton||H||1-0||Simpson||900|
|23 March 1985||Hearts||H||1-3||Bourke||2,207|
|3 April 1985||Celtic||H||0-2||7,000|
|6 April 1985||Hibernian||H||0-2||5,064|
|13 April 1985||Dundee||A||0-1||3,386|
|20 April 1985||Aberdeen||A||0-4||12,500|
|27 April 1985||Dundee United||H||0-2||818|
|4 May 1985||St Mirren||A||0-1||2,646|
|11 May 1985||Celtic||A||0-2||6,514|
|30 January 1985||3||Motherwell||A||0-4||2,852|
Scottish League Cup
|22 August 1984||1||Queen of the South||A||2-1||Coyle,J(2)|
|29 August 1984||2||Dundee United||H||0-4||2,500|
|23 October 1984||1||Falkirk||A||1-1*||Craig|
|5 May 1985||SF||East Stirling||A||0-0|
* - won on penalties
- lost on penalties
|4 August 1984||Watford||H||2-1||Craig;Bourke||4,000|
|16 February 1985||Kilmarnock||A||5-3||unknown|
|No.||Pos||Nat||Player||Total||Premier Division||League Cup||Scottish Cup|
Dumbarton competed in the Scottish Premier Reserve League, winning 4 and drawing 5 of 36 matches finishing 10th of 10.
In the Reserve League Cup Dumbarton lost in the second round to Aberdeen and in the Second XI Cup lost out to Motherwell in the first round.
* The League Cup match against Queen of the South on 22 August marked Martin McGowan's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 89th Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
* The League Cup match against Queen of the South on 22 August also marked John Bourke's 200th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 18th Dumbarton player to break the 'double century'.
* The League match against Aberdeen on 22 September marked Joe Coyle's 200th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 19th Dumbarton player to break the 'double century'.
* The League match against Rangers on 20 October marked Albert Craig's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 90th Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
- Scottish Football League Review 1985-86. The Scottish Football League. 1986.
- Litster, John. Record of Post-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications.