1996–97 Dumbarton F.C. season
|Manager||Jim Fallon/Ian Wallace|
|Stadium||Boghead Park, Dumbarton|
|Scottish League Division 2||9th|
|Scottish Cup||Second Round|
|Scottish League Cup||Second Round|
|Scottish Challenge Cup||First Round|
League: Hugh Ward (7)|
All: Hugh Ward (7)
|Highest home attendance||762|
|Lowest home attendance||411|
|Average home league attendance||627|
Season 1996–97 was the 113th football season in which Dumbarton competed at a Scottish national level, entering the Scottish Football League for the 91st time, the Scottish Cup for the 102nd time, the Scottish League Cup for the 50th time and the Scottish Challenge Cup for the seventh time.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Results & fixtures
- 3 Player statistics
- 4 Factfile
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Despite the failures of the previous season, manager Jim Fallon retained his position and unfortunately that decision was to prove disastrous as the league campaign started off in the same poor manner as the previous one. By the end of October, Dumbarton had one win to show for 13 league matches, and had sunk to second bottom place, resulting in Fallon's resignation. Within a week Ian Wallace, one of the club's brightest stars of the 1970s, had been installed and things began to take a turn for the better. Three wins on the trot in November saw Wallace named as Second Division manager of the month, but it wasn't to last. Results began again to go downhill, but even with three games left it was within Dumbarton's own hands whether a second successive relegation would occur. A last minute defeat to Stranraer and an uninspiring loss to Queen of the South meant that they had to better any result that Stranraer could achieve on the last day. As it was, a win over Brechin City was not enough, and it would be Third Division football next season and the fourth tier of Scottish football for the first time in the club's history.
In the national cup competitions, the drought on wins extended for a fifth season. In the Scottish Cup Cowdenbeath defeated Dumbarton in the second round.
In the League Cup, Premier Division Dundee beat Dumbarton, also in the second round.
Finally, in the Challenge Cup, it was a seventh first round defeat in seven attempts – this time to Montrose.
Locally, in the Stirlingshire Cup the misery was compounded with a defeat to Falkirk.
Results & fixtures
 Win Draw Loss
Scottish Second Division
|17 August 1996 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||1–1||Stranraer||Boghead Park|
|Dallas 43'||McIntyre 50'||Attendance: 560
|24 August 1996 Scottish Second Division||Queen of the South||2–1||Dumbarton||Palmerston Park|
|Meechan 66'||Attendance: 1,127
|31 August 1996 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||1–1||Brechin City||Boghead Park|
|McGivern 57'||Kerrigan 13'||Attendance: 560
|7 September 1996 Scottish Second Division||Clyde||0–1||Dumbarton||Broadwood Stadium|
|Ward 87'||Attendance: 721
|14 September 1996 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||2–4||Livingston||Boghead Park|
|Harvie 9' (pen), 44'
|21 September 1996 Scottish Second Division||Berwick Rangers||3–1||Dumbarton||Shielfield Park|
|Ward 76'||Attendance: 326
|28 September 1996 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||1–1||Stenhousemuir||Boghead Park|
|Meechan 67'||Henderson 85'||Attendance: 524
|5 October 1996 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||1–3||Ayr United||Boghead Park|
|Dallas 13'||Kinnaird 28'
|12 October 1996 Scottish Second Division||Hamilton||2–0||Dumbarton||Cliftonhill Stadium|
|19 October 1996 Scottish Second Division||Stranraer||2–0||Dumbarton||Stair Park|
|26 October 1996 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||1–2||Queen of the South||Boghead Park|
|Rowe 31' (OG)||McFarlane 68'
|2 November 1996 Scottish Second Division||Livingston||5–0||Dumbarton||Almondvale Stadium|
Harvey 20', 34'
|9 November 1996 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||2–2||Clyde||Boghead Park|
|16 November 1996 Scottish Second Division||Stenhousemuir||0–1||Dumbarton||Ochilview|
|Meechan 23'||Attendance: 564
|23 November 1996 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||1–0||Berwick Rangers||Boghead Park|
|Ward 51'||Attendance: 601
|30 November 1996 Scottish Second Division||Ayr United||1–4||Dumbarton||Somerset Park|
|English 24'||McKinnon 49'
Glancy 56', 65'
|14 December 1996 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||1–3||Hamilton||Boghead Park|
|Wilson 55'||Fotheringham 40'
Ritchie 55', 65'
|26 December 1996 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||2–2||Stranraer||Boghead Park|
|28 December 1996 Scottish Second Division||Brechin City||2–1||Dumbarton||Glebe Park, Brechin|
|Granger 89' (pen)||Attendance: 356
|11 January 1997 Scottish Second Division||Berwick Rangers||0–3||Dumbarton||Shielfield Park|
|18 January 1997 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||1–1||Ayr United||Boghead Park|
|Sharp 80'||Sharp 39' (OG)||Attendance: 801
|21 January 1997 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||0–2||Stenhousemuir||Boghead Park|
|1 February 1997 Scottish Second Division||Hamilton||4–0||Dumbarton||Cliftonhill Stadium|
|Ritchie 4', 33', 43', 53'||Attendance: 505
|8 February 1997 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||2–3||Livingston||Boghead Park|
|22 February 1997 Scottish Second Division||Queen of the South||4–0||Dumbarton||Palmerston Park|
|Bryce 54', 74', 76', 77'||Attendance: 908
|1 March 1997 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||1–2||Brechin City||Boghead Park|
|Hringsson 16'||McKellar 11'
|4 March 1997 Scottish Second Division||Clyde||2–1||Dumbarton||Broadwood Stadium|
|Hringsson 51'||Attendance: 480
|8 March 1997 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||2–2||Berwick Rangers||Boghead Park|
|15 March 1997 Scottish Second Division||Stenhousemuir||1–4||Dumbarton||Ochilview|
|Harrow 70'||Wilson 21'
|22 March 1997 Scottish Second Division||Ayr United||1–1||Dumbarton||Somerset Park|
|Horace 44'||Meechan 27'||Attendance: 1,575
|5 April 1997 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||0–3||Hamilton||Boghead Park|
|McCormick 30', 51'
|12 April 1997 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||2–0||Clyde||Boghead Park|
|19 April 1997 Scottish Second Division||Livingston||1–2||Dumbarton||Almondvale Stadium|
|McLeod 18'||Meechan 81'
|26 April 1997 Scottish Second Division||Stranraer||1–0||Dumbarton||Stair Park|
|Higgins 86'||Attendance: 739
|3 May 1997 Scottish Second Division||Dumbarton||0–3||Queen of the South||Boghead Park|
|Mallan 23', 73', 90'||Attendance: 643
|10 May 1997 Scottish Second Division||Brechin City||0–3||Dumbarton||Glebe Park, Brechin|
|Glancy 11', 73'
Scottis League Challenge Cup
|10 August 1996 Scottish Challenge Cup Round 1||Montrose||2–0||Dumbarton||Links Park|
Coca-Cola League Cup
|13 August 1996 Scottish League Cup Round 2||Dundee||2–1||Dumbarton||Dens Park|
|Dallas 28'||Attendance: 1,872
Tennant's Scottish Cup
|13 January 1997 Scottish Cup Round 2||Cowdenbeath||1–0||Dumbarton||Central Park, Cowdenbeath|
|Scott 49'||Attendance: 294
|No.||Pos||Nat||Player||Total||Second Division||League Cup||Challenge Cup||Scottish Cup|
* The League match against Brechin City on 31 August marked Jim Marsland's 200th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 25th Dumbarton player to break the 'double century'.
* The League match against Ayr United on 5 October marked Ian MacFarlane's 200th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 26th Dumbarton player to break the 'double century'.
* The League match against Livingston on 19 April marked Colin McKinnon's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the 110th Dumbarton player to reach this milestone.
* Dumbarton became only the second team in Scottish League history to be relegated in successive seasons.
* For the second successive season Dumbarton matched the record fewest league home wins during a season - just two!
- Rothmans Football Yearbook 1997/98. London: Headline Book Publishing. 1998. ISBN 0-7472-7738-9.
- Scottish Football League Review 1997-98. The Scottish Football League. 1998.
- McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers.
- Litster, John. Record of Post-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications.
- Derek Barnes (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Peter Dennison (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Billy Davidson (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Graeme McKenzie (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- David Reid (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Joe Goldie (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Adrian Mellis (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- John Scott (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Stephen Dallas (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Alan Granger (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Hrienn Hringsson (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Ross McCuaig (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Jim McGall (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Scottish Football Historical Archive