1987–88 Dumbarton F.C. season
|Stadium||Boghead Park, Dumbarton|
|Scottish League Division 1||12th|
|Scottish Cup||Third Round|
|Scottish League Cup||Third Round|
League: Owen Coyle (14)|
All: Owen Coyle (14)
|Highest home attendance||1,283|
|Lowest home attendance||700|
|Average home league attendance||850|
Season 1987–88 was the 104th football season in which Dumbarton competed at a Scottish national level, entering the Scottish Football League for the 82nd time, the Scottish Cup for the 93rd time and the Scottish League Cup for the 41st time.
Following two promotion challenging seasons, Dumbarton inexplicably sank to the bottom of the First Division and were relegated to the third tier of Scottish league football. With the loss of Sir Hugh Fraser, finances at the club were tight, and with this in mind it was decided to appoint Mark Clougherty as player/manager. However results were generally poor and the board sacked Clougherty in January. In his place Bertie Auld was appointed and despite a spirited draw against Hibernian in the Cup, a winless run of 12 games would ensure the club's drop into bottom place in the league - a place they would occupy even though Dumbarton were unbeaten in their last four games.
In the Scottish Cup, another third round exit was Dumbarton's fate, although this would be after a draw against Premier Division opponents Hibernian.
In the League Cup, for the second year in a row Celtic were Dumbarton's third round opponents and it would be the Premier Division side that would ease through to the next round.
Locally, however Dumbarton regained the Stirlingshire Cup, with a final victory over Stirling Albion.
All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.
|8 August 1987||Clyde||A||0-5||1,000|
|11 August 1987||Meadowbank Thistle||H||2-3||Martin;MacIver||740|
|15 August 1987||Kilmarnock||H||1-3||Martin||800|
|22 August 1987||Airdrie||A||1-0||Coyle,O||1,200|
|29 August 1987||Clydebank||H||1-1||Rooney,B||1,200|
|5 September 1987||Hamilton||A||1-2||Houston||1,765|
|12 September 1987||Forfar Athletic||H||1-1||Rooney,J||700|
|15 September 1987||Partick Thistle||A||2-1||Rooney,J;Coyle,O||1,140|
|19 September 1987||East Fife||A||2-1||McGowan;Kay||619|
|26 September 1987||Queen of the South||H||2-2||Coyle,O;Houston||700|
|29 September 1987||Raith Rovers||A||1-4||Houston||1,730|
|3 October 1987||Clyde||H||1-1||McCahill||1,200|
|7 October 1987||Meadowbank Thistle||A||0-0||650|
|10 October 1987||Airdrie||H||0-0||1,200|
|17 October 1987||Forfar Athletic||A||2-0||Coyle,O;McCoy||671|
|20 October 1987||Partick Thistle||H||4-2||Coyle,O(2);MacIver;McCoy||800|
|24 October 1987||Kilmarnock||A||0-1||1,571|
|27 October 1987||Raith Rovers||H||1-3||Coyle,O||700|
|31 October 1987||Hamilton||H||2-1||Coyle,O;McCoy||900|
|7 November 1987||Clydebank||A||1-3||McGowan||1,431|
|14 November 1987||East Fife||H||1-1||MacIver||600|
|21 November 1987||Queen of the South||A||0-2||1,100|
|28 November 1987||Clyde||A||4-3||Docherty(2);Coyle,O;MacIver||800|
|5 December 1987||Meadowbank Thistle||H||0-1||500|
|12 December 1987||Forfar Athletic||H||0-1||507|
|19 December 1987||Partick Thistle||A||3-1||McNeil;Docherty;Coyle,O||1,407|
|26 December 1987||Hamilton||A||0-2||1,250|
|2 January 1988||Clydebank||H||1-3||OG||1,200|
|9 January 1988||East Fife||A||4-3||McCoy(2);Coyle.O;McGowan||615|
|16 January 1988||Queen of the South||H||0-2||800|
|23 January 1988||Kilmarnock||H||1-0||Rooney,J||950|
|6 February 1988||Airdrie||A||1-1||McCoy||1,150|
|13 February 1988||Raith Rovers||A||1-1||OG||1,802|
|27 February 1988||Clyde||H||0-1||750|
|5 March 1988||Forfar Athletic||A||0-4||397|
|19 March 1988||Hamilton||H||1-1||McCoy||1,283|
|22 March 1988||Partick Thistle||H||1-2||Coyle,O||925|
|26 March 1988||Clydebank||A||0-1||1,088|
|2 April 1988||Airdrie||H||0-1||800|
|9 April 1988||Kilmarnock||A||1-3||McCoy||2,205|
|16 April 1988||Queen of the South||A||0-0||1,100|
|23 April 1988||East Fife||H||0-0||700|
|30 April 1988||Meadowbank Thistle||A||4-2||McCabe;Coyle,O;McGowan,P;Docherty||600|
|7 May 1988||Raith Rovers||H||3-0||Rooney,J;Coyle,O;Docherty||800|
|30 January 1988||3||Hibernian||H||0-0||7,000|
|2 February 1988||3R||Hibernian||A||0-3||8,000|
Scottish League Cup
|19 August 1987||2||Ayr United||A||1-0||McNeil||2,428|
|26 August 1987||3||Celtic||H||1-5||Martin||9,429|
|13 October 1987||1||Stenhousemuir||A||3-3*||unknown|
|26 April 1988||SF||Alloa Athletic||H||2-0||unknown|
|10 May 1988||F||Stirling Albion||A||2-1||McCahill;Docherty|
* - won on penalties
|3 August 1987||Southampton||H||1-1||McNeil|
|5 August 1987||Celtic||H||1-2||Coyle,O|
|No.||Pos||Nat||Player||Total||First Division||League Cup||Scottish Cup|
Dumbarton competed in the Scottish Reserve League (West), winning 11 and drawing 11 of 33 games.
* The League match against Clydebank on 29 August marked Owen Coyle's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 93rd Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
* The League match against Forfar Athletic on 12 September marked Donald McNeil's 300th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 6th Dumbarton player to achieve this accolade.
* The League match against Forfar Athletic on 12 September also marked Steve McCahill's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 94th Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
* The League match against Queen of the South on 26 September marked Pat McGowan's 200th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 20th Dumbarton player to break the 'double century'.
* The League match against East Fife on 14 November marked Alan Kay's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 95th Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
* The League match against Raith Rovers on 13 February marked Gerry McCoy's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 96th Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
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