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29 Palms – Robert Plant

Tom Morton dug this one out on his Radio Scotland show today. Isn’t this good?


Death List 2008

Thank you to another of Dumbarton’s enlightened for telling me about Death List 2008.
What happens is that a list of 50 of those well known people most likely to pop their clogs in the year is drawn up. So far eleven out of the fifty have turned up their toes, the latest being Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Looking at the list you’ll see names that you didn’t realise were still alive. We had a straw poll at the game last night and we reckon you should get your money on Clive Dunn and Norman Wisdom. An amusing aside is in the job description column where Elizabeth Taylor is listed as ‘wife’ and Michael Foot as ‘tramp’


That is how the sky above Strathclyde Homes Stadium was described to me by a fellow spectator at the Dumbarton v Annan game last night. You definitely get a better class of punter at Dumbarton. Fortunately I had the phone on hand to capture the moment.

In Defence of Penalties.

Last night the Sons played host to Annan Athletic in the Co-operative Insurance Cup. It was the first visit to the Rock by the borders side and to be honest the home support were apprehensive following Annan’s 4-1 defeat of Cowdenbeath at the weekend. The game was another frustrating affair with Sons having superiority of possession but unable to convert it to goals despite good early efforts by Craig Brittain and Derek Carcary. Steven Archibald also went close for the Borders side.

At the start of the second half at 0-0, Dumbarton were denied a clear penalty kick when Paul Keegan was brought down in the box by Alan Inglis but the ref only a few yards away inexplicably waved away the claims. Further efforts by Darren Johnsone of Annan and Sons sub Fergus Tiernan were dealt with comfortably by the respective keepers. 0-0 full time.

Extra time saw Sons have a penalty awarded against them 1-0 for Annan from Mike Jack’s spot kick. To their credit, and despite the ordering off of Andy Geggan (having just been given a yellow for the penalty) for protesting to the ref, Dumbarton never gave up and in 115 minutes with the clock running down, Raymond Logan found the net with a low diving header. 1-1 at full time and the best entertainment of the evening was to come. Sons and Annan converted four penalties each. Annan’s fifth effort by Alan Inglis (see above) was saved by Sons keeper Dave McEwan leaving Stevie Murray to slot home no 5 for Sons and win the day.

Many people don’t like penalties as a way of deciding a match, but I tend to think it is a skill based way of settling a game which has failed to produce a winner in two hours of play. It’s also an exciting way to end a game.

A frustrating night in many ways but the right result in the end if only for the never say die attitude of the Sons. The reaction of Stevie Murray and the rest of the players was as if they’d just won the cup! I always like to see players rejoicing in a victory and showing that it means something to them. Hard lines on Annan who must feel they let things slip after being in the lead v. 10 men.

The ref was terrible.