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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.

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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.

In the Final

Well done to my team Dumbarton FC for holding out against an Arbroath onslaught yesterday to qualify for the first division play off final. Sons will play Airdrie United at home on Wednesday night with a second leg next Sunday at New Broomfield.

I’m fairly surprised that the club hasn’t taken a decision to make the game all ticket. Dumbarton stadium holds 2,000. For a decisive match in the third division in 2002 v Queens Park over 1800 turned up and in an important third division game v Elgin in 2009  nearly 1400 came along with all but around 40 or so being home fans.

This is no third division fixture, it’s a first division play off and whilst it is midweek with fairly typical cold wet May weather forecast, Airdrie is on the train line to Dumbarton.

Having said that decisions have been taken before to make games all ticket which have had a downward effect on the attendance.

I suppose whatever decision is made it will not please everyone.

Sons have beaten Airdrie twice this season as well as drawing once with one defeat on the four fixtures. It all points to a close final.

I’d love to see a near full house on Wednesday and a Sons victory.

Good Luck Dumbarton

I don’t have much time this morning.

Just enough to wish the Sons all the best in the play off second leg this afternoon at Arbroath.

 

 

Well Done the Sons!

What more is there to say? Dumbarton go in to the second leg of the first division play off against Arbroath with a 2-1 advantage.

They have done tremendously well getting this far considering their position in January when there was almost a resignation that the club would be in the “other” play offs and there were murmurings about sacking the manager/board/pie sellers etc.

So whatever Saturday’s result at Arbroath well done everyone at Dumbarton for a fine end to the season.