1996–97 Dumbarton F.C. season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Dumbarton
1996–1997 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
Top goalscorer 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.

Overview[edit]

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[edit]

[1]  Win   Draw   Loss

Scottish Second Division[edit]

Scottis League Challenge Cup[edit]

Coca-Cola League Cup[edit]

Tennant's Scottish Cup[edit]

Stirlingshire Cup[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[2][3][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Second Division League Cup Challenge Cup Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland Derek Barnes 12 0 11+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
GK Scotland Peter Dennison 2 0 2+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
GK Scotland Ian MacFarlane 11 0 9+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
GK Scotland Kenny Meechan 14 0 14+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
DF Scotland Jamie Bruce 9 0 9+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
DF Scotland Billy Davidson 17 0 12+4 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
DF Scotland Stevie Gow 26 0 21+3 0 1+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
DF Scotland Graeme McKenzie 5 0 4+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
DF Scotland Martin Melvin 25 0 23+0 0 1+0 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
DF Scotland David Reid 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Joe Goldie 4 0 1+3 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Toby King 30 2 27+0 2 1+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
MF Scotland Jim Marsland 34 0 30+1 0 1+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
MF Scotland Gerry McCabe 4 0 4+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Martin McGarvey 15 0 7+5 0 1+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
MF Scotland Sam McGivern 2 1 1+1 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland Jim Meechan 39 6 36+0 6 1+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
MF Scotland Adrian Mellis 1 0 1+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Scotland John Scott 2 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 0
MF Scotland Willie Wilson 21 4 21+0 4 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW Scotland Stephen Dallas 17 3 15+1 2 1+0 1 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW Scotland Martin Glancy 34 6 24+8 6 0+0 0 0+1 0 1+0 0
FW Scotland Alan Granger 8 1 2+4 1 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+1 0
FW Iceland Hrienn Hringsson 3 3 3+0 3 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW Scotland Ross McCuaig 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW Scotland Jim McGall 6 0 0+6 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW Scotland Colin McKinnon 37 4 34+0 4 1+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
FW Scotland Martin Mooney 25 1 18+4 1 1+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
FW Scotland Gordon Parks 4 0 4+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW Scotland Robert Reilly 8 1 2+6 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW Scotland Lee Sharp 38 5 35+0 5 1+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
FW Scotland Hugh Ward 37 7 26+9 7 0+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0

Transfers[4][edit]

Factfile[edit]

* 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!

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rothmans Football Yearbook 1997/98. London: Headline Book Publishing. 1998. ISBN 0-7472-7738-9. 
  2. ^ Scottish Football League Review 1997-98. The Scottish Football League. 1998. 
  3. ^ McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers. 
  4. ^ Litster, John. Record of Post-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications. 

External links[edit]