1984–85 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1984–1985 season
Manager Davie Wilson
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish Premier League 9th
Scottish Cup Third Round
Scottish League Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer 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.

Overview[edit]

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.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
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

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
30 January 1985 3 Motherwell A 0-4 2,852

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
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

Stirlingshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
23 October 1984 1 Falkirk A 1-1* Craig
5 May 1985 SF East Stirling A 0-0dagger

* - won on penalties
dagger - lost on penalties

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
16 February 1985 Kilmarnock A 5-3 unknown

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[edit]

[1]
No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier Division League Cup Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland Gordon Arthur 38 0 35+0 0 2+0 0 1+0 0
GK Scotland Dougie McNab 1 0 1+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
DF Scotland Rob Campbell 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
DF Scotland Martin McGowan 30 0 28+0 0 2+0 0 0+0 0
DF Scotland Ray Montgomerie 6 0 6+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Mark Clougherty 31 0 28+0 0 2+0 0 1+0 0
MF Scotland Tommy Coyle 39 3 34+2 3 2+0 0 1+0 0
MF Scotland Albert Craig 38 4 35+0 4 2+0 0 1+0 0
MF Scotland Harry Curran 2 0 0+2 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Alan Kay 39 3 36+0 3 2+0 0 1+0 0
MF Scotland Steve McCahill 28 0 26+0 0 0+1 0 1+0 0
MF Scotland Dave McCaig 3 0 0+3 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Donald McNeil 30 1 24+3 1 2+0 0 1+0 0
MF Scotland Stuart Robertson 25 1 21+2 1 1+0 0 1+0 0
MF Scotland Jim Simpson 28 3 15+10 3 0+2 0 1+0 0
MF Scotland Graeme Sinclair 5 0 5+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW Scotland Kenny Ashwood 28 1 19+6 1 2+0 0 0+1 0
FW Scotland John Bourke 29 4 24+2 4 2+0 0 1+0 0
FW Scotland Joe Coyle 38 9 28+7 7 2+0 0 1+0 2
FW Scotland Gerry Crawley 22 1 16+5 1 1+0 0 0+0 0
FW Scotland Stuart MacIver 3 0 1+2 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW Scotland Pat McGowan 15 1 13+1 1 0+0 0 0+1 0
FW Scotland Allan Moore 4 0 1+3 0 0+0 0 0+0 0

Transfers[edit]

[2]

Reserve Team[edit]

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.

Factfile[edit]

* 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scottish Football League Review 1985-86. The Scottish Football League. 1986. 
  2. ^ Litster, John. Record of Post-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications. 

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