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Fitting Tribute

Thanks to all who turned up today to give Guido the memorial he deserved. The camaraderie and good fun amongst the players today is something that Guido would have revelled in.

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Action from the game today

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Jedward? Actually its fourth official Ian Cunning and former Son Craig Brittain

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The job's yours Rab!

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Guido's mum and dad with his brothers Scott and Buchan

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The players at the end of the game

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Today’s Match

Today we remember Gordon Lennon

To get some idea of what Guido and Dumbarton FC meant to each other go to Sons TV and click on Annan Title Celebrations

Has anybody here seen our good friend Guido?
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He touched a lot of people,
But it seems the good die young.
I just looked ’round and he was gone.

Gordon Lennon Memorial Match

Thank you to the various sources who have publicised the Memorial Match for Sons skipper Gordon Lennon who died in a tragic accident in June.

There has been good coverage today from The Scottish League and also an excellent piece by my friend Willie Cochrane in The Sun.

There also has been terrific support from Alan Findlay at the DFC Website

I am the fund chairman but to be honest most of the hard work for this game has been done by Gilbert Lawrie and Jim Chapman, Chief Executive and Manager of Dumbarton FC respectively. Thanks also to Denise Currie and the team at Sonstrust for their help.

The game is at 2pm this Sunday at Strathclyde Homes Stadium Dumbarton and there will be tickets available on the day.

Harmony Row Match for Gordon Lennon.

I mentioned recently that Harmony Row and Knightswood would stage a re-run of their 2004-05 Scottish Amateur under 21 Cup Final in aid of the Gordon Lennon Memorial Fund.

The game took place yesterday and the folks at Harmony Row had everything very well organised. It was an entertaining game, the final score being 4-4 with Knightswood taking the trophy on penalties.

Thanks to the two teams, the donations of raffle prizes and the generosity of those present the total raised was over £2,000. Well done to all.

Click on any photo to view.

Emotional Day

The third division championship flag was raised yesterday by Gordon Lennon’s family.

The Lennon family raised the flag

The Lennon family raised the flag

It was a highly charged day and some of the players and officials were clearly still in an emotional state as the game v Alloa Athletic kicked off.

Players and officials pay tribute to Gordon Lennon as the flag is raised

Players and officials pay tribute to Gordon Lennon as the flag is raised

As it turned out Alloa won 3-1 but that doesn’t tell the full story of the game. Sons dominated for long spells and it really was a series of defensive blunders that cost us dearly.

Upwards and onwards!

Harmony Row Youth Club.

As I have mentioned I am chairman of the Gordon Lennon Memorial Fund which we have set up for Guido’s dependents.

So far including a quite staggering donation from Annan Athletic of £1,000 (their players’ win bonus from their pre-season tournament topped up generously by the club itself) the fund stands at over £6,000.

In May 2005 Guido was a member of the Harmony Row Youth Club team from Govan who won the Under 21 Scottish Amateur Cup in a match against Knightswood Juvenilles.

Alex Clearlie, Gordon Leanon and David Crilly with the cup at the end on the match.

Alex Clearlie, Gordon Lennon and David Crilly with the cup at the end on the match.

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Such was his popularity amongst both his team mates and opponents that the two teams who faced each other at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium that day are to re-convene for another match on Sunday 16th August at 2pm. The venue is Alex Ferguson Park which is adjacent to the Braehead Shopping Centre (It is beside the Purple Hotel which in turn is just behind Ikea).

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Training on the pitch at Harmony Row.

Last night Guido’s brother Scott and I attended a committee meeting at Harmony Row where dedicated committee members were planning the game.

In a city which often attracts the wrong headlines in a footballing context, Harmony Row is a great example of how a local club can really be part of the community. Sir Alex Ferguson their former illustrious player who has given his name to their park returned to open their new ground last year and is their patron (The club founded in 1915 is a registered charity)

Training on the pitch at Harmony Row.

I left Harmony Row last night with a good feeling. John Doyle and the committee there are doing a great service not only to the young folk in the area but to football in general.

Anyone who has a couple of hours to spare on Sunday 16th August can go along and witness the enthusiasm surrounding the club as well as helping a worthy cause.

The Season Beckons

The Sons have played a few games in the pre-season. Home defeats by Partick Thistle and St Mirren as well as away draws at the Annan Tournament (against the hosts and Queen of the South) mean that it’s been a mixed bag so far.

Tonight at Strathclyde Homes Stadium we entertain Middlesbrough, newly relegated from the Premiership. Whilst on paper the home side stand not a chance, I’ve seen Sons beat English top and second tier opposition a few times over the years so here’s hoping. I haven’t yet been at a game because of holidays and work so I’m looking forward to this one.

No matter the result it’ll be good experience for the Dumbarton players

Boro’ are bossed by former player and Aston Villa and England star Gareth Southgate who is one of these unfortunate players who will ever be remembered for a moment of disaster rather than all the success he achieved as a player.

It’s one minute fifteen seconds in here:

Footnote: In the collections for the Gordon Lennon fund and taking into account pledges, the amount raised tops £5,000. There have been donations from two prominent Celtic players, the match officials at the Sons v St Mirren game and also the Annan squad who donated their win bonuses at the weekend (Annan FC have pledged to make the amount up to £1,000 as well as donating their 50/50 draw money) Top marks to everyone but especially Annan FC where Gordon played his last match as a championship winner before his tragic death.