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Making a Point

The Sons, almost unbelievably, are one point from first division safety following their comfortable 4-1 home victory against Airdrie United yesterday. In a reprise of last season’s 2nd leg play off result at Airdrie they never looked in any serious danger of not winning the game.

Goals from Graham, McGinn, McDougall and Agnew settled the comfortable affair and now Sons only need a point from their last two games, or indeed for either Dunfermline or Cowdenbeath do drop a point in theirs to guarantee safety.

This is all of course notwithstanding tomorrow’s meeting at Hamilton called by the seriously deluded and frankly bonkers concerned Hamilton chairman Les Gray following the SPL vote which kicked the league reconstruction vote into touch this week.

The meeting will no doubt discuss the idea of an SPL2 once again.

Hopefully wise counsel amongst the other clubs will prevail.

It may not though.

In the meantime, another quite remarkable season for the Sons.

What’s wrong with Scottish Football?

Well, may I offer a pictorial exhibit of Airdrie United’s New Broomfield stadium, just after kick off time yesterday in the first division game against Dumbarton?

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The stadium, built in 1998 for Airdrieonians, was that club’s undoing. Encumbered with the debt for building the field of premier dreams they were liquidated after the 2001-2002 season when they finished second in the first division, thus just missing out on the SPL.

Reborn as Airdrie United (same strip, same nickname, essentially same club) having bought Clydebank FC in a piece of jiggery pokery*, they continue to have this millstone of a 10,000 seater stadium.

Here are the stats:


In other words it has only twice been more than half full and never once full.

The building of the stadium was in the response to the setting up of the SPL in 1998 which had a 10,000 seater criteria for any club who wished to be promoted to that exalted company. Another consequence of the madness of setting up that league took place in Peterhead today, where the local side narrowly missed out on a victory against a club who in 1998 thought that they were contenders to win the Champions League.

Anyhoo, for the second week running it was good to meet up with Jack Stephen at the game. Maybe Jack would agree that the Sons were rather unfortunate to have suffered a 4-1 defeat having dominated at least 40 minutes of the match and laid siege to the Airdrie goal for much of that time.

Bad (pisspoor) defending, a rubbish ref and well, lack of scoring prowess, cost us the game.

The 4-1 scoreline was a mirror image of the result in the play off game at the end of last season.

I’m not too downhearted. Cowdenbeath next week in a bottom of the table clash.

Onwards and upwards!

*PS The announcer at Airdrie, reporting the results and half times from other divisions, announced “Peterhead 2, The club formerly known as Rangers 2″

In that spirit, I should have reported the result as The club formerly known as Clydebank 4 Dumbarton 1 but I hate to lose a local derby.

Stunning

It was on the way home yesterday from the Sons stunning 4-1 victory against Airdrie United* that a friend highlighted the fact that after seven games this season Dumbarton languished at the foot of the second division with only two (edit) seven points.

Even in early new year it still looked bleak for the club in terms of retaining their second division status.

We wondered if any other club had ever recovered from such a position to be promoted?

*If you check the footage at 1hr 45mins and about 20 secs you’ll see what supporting a wee team is all about.

Yes!

Today’s the Day

I have supported Dumbarton FC man and boy since 1970. During those 42 years I have seen them promoted six times, which rather neatly defines that relationship between club and supporter in seven year cycles. I have (I think) seen them relegated/reconstructed in a six year cycle so today’s second leg first division play off at Airdrie is an opportunity for equilibrium.

There’s committed and committed………

I haven’t been at all that many games this season, and to be honest had taken a scunner to the whole fitba’ thing earlier in the campaign. However there’s nowt like a wee bit of success to tempt a guy back.

Wednesday’s first leg resulted in a narrow victory for the Sons with two goals worthy of winning any match. There is a common thread running on the chatboards that whoever scores the first goal today will win the tie and therefore first division status. I don’t necessarily agree with that because the Sons have been performing Lazarus like all season. In fact one of their comebacks, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, was against today’s opponents at today’s venue, the plastic pitch at New Broomfield.

Whatever the outcome today, getting to the first division play offs has been a real achievement so we’ll go and cheer the team with a good heart and I’ll hope that my prediction of a 1-1 draw comes to pass.

C’mon!

Ian McMillan! Alex McDonald! Paul Jonquin! Section B! Jim Traynor! Can you hear me? Your boys took a hell of a beating!

A rather tricky second leg to come on the Airdrie plastic carpet but a thoroughly satisfying win last night.

Get the calculators out!

The Sons go to Stirling today  knowing that a victory will confirm their place in the play offs for promotion to the first division. I can well remember a previous visit to Forthbank when, with Murdo McLeod as manager, Sons clinched promotion with a 2-0 victory there in 1994-95. I had a beer or two that night!

From Sons website here are the possible outcomes of today’s game with a thought spared for the Binos who are battling relegation to the third division.

Play-Off Scenario

If Sons WIN they will clinch a play-off place tomorrow whatever happens elsewhere.

If Sons DRAW then their play-off place will be confirmed if Stenhousemuir do not win at Arbroath. Because Airdrie United and East Fife are playing each other at New Broomfield, they will not both be able to overtake Sons.

If Sons LOSE , they can still seal a play-off place tomorrow. However, they need Stenny to lose at Arbroath and the Airdrie United v East Fife game not to end in a draw.

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