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Just Dandy!

It’s not bad being a supporter of Dumbarton FC these days. Best part time club in the land by a country mile and in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup for the first time in 35 years.

The quarter final draw has paired the Sons with in-form Aberdeen at Pittodrie. I have been listening and reading the media comments over recent days and it seems like it’s bad news for my team. The decision has been made that the Dandies are this seasons cup winners and no mistake.

Dons’ legend Willie Miller seems to be getting quite carried away by the fact that his old club are already in the League Cup Final and ‘Only two games away from a second final appearance of the season’. He came out with a humdinger of a comment in the press this week, i.e. that he regarded the current Aberdeen side as potentially as good as the one that he played in in the early 80s.

The side that won the European Cup Winners Cup and the European Super Cup.

Whilst I wouldn’t make any extravagant claims about Dumbarton, I would urge caution to those tipping the Dons for cup glory. Their opponents in the quarter finals are unbeaten in 2014 and are top scorers in the Championship. Confidence is high.

Aberdeen have a good cup tradition punctuated only by defeats in recent years from lower league clubs including the likes of Stenhousemuir and Queens Park.

I think the Sons and manager Ian Murray, who was on the radio with Miller on Monday night, are wise to keep their powder dry. Miller was a tad patronising to Murray who gave some modest, self effacing responses.

Come on the Sons!

It’s a Murraycle

To say that Ian Murray has done well since coming in as Dumbarton boss would be to understate the case.

At Christmas the team was struggling with a total of five points from 13 games.

In the six games since, the Sons have won five, their only defeat coming against a Dunfermline side who scored their only goal in the first minute.

I hear that Murray has changed the training regime and requires the players to stick to a certain diet. The players are weighed and have targets.

Whatever, it would seem that Murray has got essentially the same dispirited group of players playing with new belief in themselves.

He was on telly last night and you can see and hear him by clicking here and going to fiteen minutes in.

What about the Sons then?

A few weeks ago, Dumbarton sat anchored in bottom place in division one with five points from thirteen games. They had lost ten of those games, drawn two and had won only one.

Since then they have played six league games and won five of them. Much of the credit must go to the manager Ian Murray who at 31 years of age is, I think the youngest in senior football in Scotland (someone will no doubt correct me if I’m wrong in that).

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The BBC seem to have decked out the league table in DFC’s club colours!

It is tradition for Sons fans not to believe their eyes or results in such circumstances. Last season when we had a similar turnaround in fortunes after Christmas and eventually gained promotion it was put down to luck by many of the fans.

It has always been thus.

Yesterday there was certainly not much luck involved in the Sons victory, although the third goal (a deflection by one of their own defenders) which sealed it was maybe a bit unfortunate for Hamilton who had been threatening an equaliser at 2-1.

The team played with great determination yesterday and there was a poise and flair about their play which had been marked absent in the earlier part of the season.

Well done to Ian Murray who will surely pick up the dreaded Manager of the Month award (I say dreaded – it’s usually followed by a disaster) but in particular well done to the players who have rediscovered belief in themselves to go on what has been a quite remarkable run of results.

Good Luck Ian!

The Sons yesterday appointed former Hibs captain Ian Murray (31!) as their new (player) manager, with caretaker boss Jack Ross remaining as assistant.

It’s a tough shift for him to try to keep the Sons in the first division and one feels that both parties have taken a bit of a gamble on the appointment.

Anyway, as a supporter of 42 years standing I wish him all the best in his first venture into football management.