1995–96 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1995–1996 season
Manager Murdo MacLeod/Jim Fallon
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish League Division 1 10th
Scottish Cup Second Round
Scottish League Cup Second Round
Scottish Challenge Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Martin Mooney (5)
All: Martin Mooney (6)
Highest home attendance 2,733
Lowest home attendance 654
Average home league attendance 1,352

Season 1995–96 was the 112th football season in which Dumbarton competed at a Scottish national level, entering the Scottish Football League for the 90th time, the Scottish Cup for the 101st time, the Scottish League Cup for the 49th time and the Scottish Challenge Cup for the sixth time.

Overview[edit]

After the success of the previous season, no one could foresee the disaster that was to befall Dumbarton. The league season had begun brightly, with the club sitting atop Division 1 with 2 wins from 2. However manager Murdo MacLeod then departed for Premier Division Partick Thistle, and it all began to fall apart. A reluctant Jim Fallon stepped up from his assistant managerial post to take on the reins but it was clear from the start that he was ill-prepared for what was to be faced. Indeed, the only other win to be registered throughout the remainder of the league campaign was an impressive victory over champions elect Dundee United. From December, a string of 19 consecutive defeats in the league were suffered, Dumbarton's worst losing streak in their long history. Relegation back to Division 2 was a certainty long before the season had ended.

In the national cup competitions, it was now four seasons without a single win. In the Scottish Cup Airdrie defeated Dumbarton in the second round.

In the League Cup, Premier Division Kilmarnock were victors over Dumbarton, but only after extra time.

Finally, the long wait for a win in the Challenge Cup continued - a first round defeat to Brechin City was the sixth in a row.

Locally, there was something to cheer as the Stirlingshire Cup returned to Boghead, with a final win over East Stirlingshire.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
12 August 1995 Hamilton H 1-0 Burns 1,191
26 August 1995 Morton A 2-1 Mooney;Charnley 2,612
2 September 1995 Dunfermline Athletic H 0-4 1,952
9 September 1995 Airdrie H 1-2 Martin 1,320
16 September 1995 St Johnstone A 1-4 McKinnon 2,273
23 September 1995 Dundee H 1-5 McGarvey 1,207
30 September 1995 Clydebank A 1-2 Gibson 913
7 October 1995 Dundee United H 1-0 Mooney 2,013
14 October 1995 St Mirren A 2-3 Mooney;McGarvey 2,377
21 October 1995 Dunfermline Athletic A 1-3 Gibson 3,842
28 October 1995 Morton H 0-1 2,378
4 November 1995 St Johnstone H 1-3 Mooney 1,050
11 November 1995 Airdrie A 1-2 OG 1,205
18 November 1995 Clydebank H 1-2 Mooney 1,043
2 December 1995 Dundee United A 0-8 5,285
5 December 1995 Dundee A 1-1 Dallas 2,804
9 December 1995 St Mirren H 0-0 1,461
16 December 1995 Hamilton A 0-3 762
6 January 1996 St Johnstone A 0-3 2,448
13 January 1996 Airdrie H 1-2 Granger 1,045
20 January 1996 Dundee United H 1-3 Ward 1,354
23 January 1996 Dundee H 1-2 Ward 761
3 February 1996 St Mirren A 0-5 1,838
13 February 1996 Hamilton H 1-2 Granger 654
17 February 1996 Clydebank A 0-1 612
24 February 1996 Morton A 0-2 2,833
2 March 1996 Dundee A 0-3 1,712
9 March 1996 Dunfermline Athletic H 0-3 1,477
16 March 1996 Clydebank H 0-1 654
23 March 1996 St Johnstone H 0-3 903
30 March 1996 Airdrie A 1-5 Foster 1,062
6 April 1996 Dundee United A 1-6 Sharp 7,142
13 April 1996 St Mirren H 0-1 1,139
20 April 1996 Dunfermline Athletic A 1-4 Dallas 5,971
27 April 1996 Morton H 0-1 2,733
4 May 1996 Hamilton A 1-2 Granger 657

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
30 January 1996 2 Airdrie H 1-3 Mooney 1,076

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
19 August 1995 2 Kilmarnock A 0-1 5,011

Scottish Challenge Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
22 August 1995 1 Brechin City H 0-1 524

Stirlingshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
29 July 1995 1 Alloa Athletic A 2-0 Meechan;McGarvey
15 April 1996 SF Stirling Albion H 3-3* unknown
6 May 1996 F East Stirling H 2-1 unknown

* - won on penalties

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[1][2][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total First Division League Cup Challenge Cup Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland Peter Dennison 2 0 2+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
GK Scotland Ian MacFarlane 25 0 22+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
GK Scotland Kenny Meechan 13 0 12+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
DF Scotland Roland Fabiani 23 0 19+1 0 1+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
DF Scotland Alan Foster 12 1 10+2 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
DF Scotland Stevie Gow 23 0 20+1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
DF Scotland Jim Hamilton 3 0 3+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
DF Scotland Martin Melvin 34 0 32+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
MF Scotland Hugh Burns 14 1 10+1 1 1+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
MF Scotland Chic Charnley 20 1 16+2 1 1+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Joe Goldie 2 0 1+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Toby King 31 0 27+1 0 1+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
MF Scotland Jim Marsland 20 0 18+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Paul Martin 14 1 12+0 1 1+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Martin McGarvey 27 2 14+10 2 1+0 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
MF Scotland Sam McGivern 13 0 9+2 0 1+0 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Jim Meechan 34 0 31+1 0 1+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
FW Scotland Stephen Dallas 23 2 8+14 2 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 0
FW Scotland Charlie Gibson 32 2 23+6 2 0+1 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
FW Scotland Martin Glancy 1 0 1+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW Scotland Alan Granger 34 3 20+11 3 0+1 0 1+0 0 0+1 0
FW Scotland Colin McKinnon 35 1 31+2 1 0+0 0 0+1 0 1+0 0
FW Scotland Martin Mooney 39 6 31+5 5 1+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 1
FW Scotland Lee Sharp 15 1 14+1 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW Scotland Hugh Ward 15 2 10+4 2 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0

Transfers[3][edit]

Reserve Team[edit]

Dumbarton competed in the Scottish Reserve League (West), and with 4 wins and 3 draws from 22 games, finished 12th and last.

Factfile[edit]

* The League match against Clydebank on 30 September marked Martin Melvin's 200th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 23rd Dumbarton player to break the 'double century'.
* The League match against Hamilton on 16 December marked Jim Meechan's 200th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 24rd Dumbarton player to break the 'double century'.
* The League match against St Mirren on 9 December marked Martin McGarvey's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 109th Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
* The season ended with a two unwanted records being broken. In addition to the longest losing streak in the league - which extended to a 20 game drought once the Scottish Cup defeat is taken into account - the number of games without a win was also broken. From 14 October, there were 28 consecutive winless games in the league - and 29 consecutive competitive games during the season.
* The two home wins recorded in the league during the season matched the record fewest league home wins last seen during the 1896-97 season. In addition, the 15 home defeats in the league was a new record, easily beating the previous worst of 11 during the 1920-21 season.
* The 10 goals scored at Boghead in league matches beat the previous fewest number of home league goals (16) set in the 1918-19 season.


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scottish Football League Review 1996-97. The Scottish Football League. 1997. 
  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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