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Not a misprint or a typo!

Dumbarton 2 (two) Partick Thistle 0 (nil)


At the turn of the year, Dumbarton languished at the bottom of the league with five points. Since then they have gained nine further points, scoring nine goals in the process. The Sons have won three out of the last four with two of those victories being against the league leaders at the time.

Last season the team’s dramatic revival went on to become a successful promotion bid via the play offs. This season an escape from relegation* would be no less a feat.

The general perception amongst supporters was that both the manager and the players were incapable of redeeming their position. The manager was sacked in November and Ian Murray 31 year old former Hibs and Rangers player was brought in.

Has Murray’s presence in the dugout been the difference? or are the players much better than everyone thought? I’d have said that the second part must at least be true. One wonders just what has happened in the short time that Murray has been there to have moulded what looked like a team of no hopers into a winning side? Not that I’m complaining!

He (Murray) was interviewed on the radio after the match and came over very well.

Of course things could turn again just as suddenly but at the moment it’s good to see that the team has at least given itself a fighting chance of progressing from the bottom rung.

In other Sons news, I see that former boss Jim Chapman has taken over at third division Annan Athletic. Jim took Sons to the third division championship in 2008/09. I wish him well in his new job.

The match report from yesterday is here

*Although reconstruction could save us anyway


3 Responses

  1. Reconstruction has only ever stuffed us, Rab. (1922, 1974, 1995.)
    With that in mind I expect it won’t come in till 2014-15 and the bottom club in Div 1 will be relegated as part of it.
    If it is in place for 2013-14 then it might be Airdrie United who are saved. (They seem to make a habit of escaping the lower divisions on non-playing grounds.)

  2. It’s being so cheerful that keeps me going.

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