1987–88 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1987–1988 season
Manager Mark Clougherty
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish League Division 1 12th
Scottish Cup Third Round
Scottish League Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer 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.

Overview[edit]

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.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
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

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
30 January 1988 3 Hibernian H 0-0 7,000
2 February 1988 3R Hibernian A 0-3 8,000

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
19 August 1987 2 Ayr United A 1-0 McNeil 2,428
26 August 1987 3 Celtic H 1-5 Martin 9,429

Stirlingshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
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

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
3 August 1987 EnglandSouthampton H 1-1 McNeil
5 August 1987 Celtic H 1-2 Coyle,O

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[1][2][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total First Division League Cup Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland Gordon Arthur 44 0 40+0 0 2+0 0 2+0 0
GK Scotland Hugh Stevenson 4 0 4+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
DF Scotland Willie Cairns 18 0 16+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
DF Scotland Craig Cranmer 22 0 18+2 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
DF Scotland Gerry Doyle 6 0 4+2 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
DF Scotland Stevie Gow 4 0 1+1 0 0+2 0 0+0 0
DF Scotland Ray Montgomerie 35 0 31+0 0 2+0 0 2+0 0
MF Scotland Joe Carson 3 0 2+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Mark Clougherty 4 0 4+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Owen Coyle 45 14 38+3 14 2+0 0 2+0 0
MF Scotland Tommy Coyle 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Jim Creaney 4 0 2+2 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Robert Docherty 23 5 19+2 5 0+0 0 2+0 0
MF Scotland Alan Kay 21 1 18+3 1 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Dave Martin 46 3 42+0 2 2+0 1 2+0 0
MF Scotland Gerry McCabe 6 1 5+1 1 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Steve McCahill 46 1 41+1 1 2+0 0 2+0 0
MF Scotland Donald McNeil 26 2 24+0 1 2+0 1 0+0 0
MF Scotland Jim McNeil 16 0 4+10 0 2+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Jim Rooney 46 4 42+0 4 2+0 0 2+0 0
FW Scotland Jimmy Bell 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW Scotland Billy Blackie 4 0 4+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW Scotland Peter Houston 46 3 37+5 3 2+0 0 2+0 0
FW Scotland Stuart MacIver 26 4 12+12 4 1+0 0 0+1 0
FW Scotland Gerry McCoy 32 8 30+0 8 0+0 0 2+0 0
FW Scotland Pat McGowan 45 4 39+2 4 2+0 0 0+2 0
FW Scotland Dougie McGuire 3 0 3+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW Scotland Benny Rooney 15 1 4+9 1 1+1 0 0+0 0

Transfers[3][edit]

Reserve Team[edit]

Dumbarton competed in the Scottish Reserve League (West), winning 11 and drawing 11 of 33 games.

Factfile[edit]

* 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scottish Football League Review 1988-89. The Scottish Football League. 1989. 
  2. ^ McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers. 
  3. ^ Litster, John. Record of Post-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications. 

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