Posted in Dumbarton FC at 12:00 on 24 July 2016
Scottish League Cup*, Dens Park, 23/7/16.
Wew were impressive in the first half and dominated it apart from a brief interval when they scored a silly free kick to give away at the edge of the box which Mark Brown flapped at.
Robert Thomson held the ball up well and generally looked lively, Ryan Stevenson and Andy Stirling combined well down the left hand side. We played some good stuff. The equaliser followed a cleared corner back out to Ryan Stevenson whose first time cross was headed back across to Robert Thomson (maybe a shade offside) who was under pressure but stooped to head the ball down and Frazer Wright (there’s a novelty; Frazer Wright!) bundled it over the line. The keeper clawed it out and we thought it hadn’t been given at first but the linesman had spotted it as over. The second had parallels a Robert Thomson headed effort had crossed the line – just) before it was cleared. I couldn’t actually see the shot as the guy in front had jumped up to claim the goal and obscured the ball. I just saw it travel into the net. It was soon obvious Gregor Buchanan had hit the shot.
Second half was a totally different story. Dundee looked much sharper and we barely got a kick. Their equaliser was offside though and their third came fom a free-kick that certainly wasn’t a foul – but it was coming. Mark Brown had made a great double save somewhere around there to keep us just about in it but it only delayed things. The last three they just walked through us.
On the first half performance we might just be able to compete this season. On the second we definitely won’t.
*Now the Betfred Cup.
Posted in Dumbarton FC, Events dear boy. Events at 12:00 on 18 July 2016
In amongst all the stuff going on in the world – a certain referendum result, the resultant resignation by Mr Irresponsible (see posts here,) a constitutional coup d’état in the UK followed by the appointment of a buffoon as Foreign Secretary, an inadequate with mental problems rampaging along a packed, festive promenade in a lorry deliberately targeting families and children, a seeming military coup d’état in Turkey with characteristics that are very odd and which swiftly fell apart, not to mention the ongoing mayhem in Iraq, Syria and so on – people have to get on with things and carry on, marking the milestones in their lives.
So it was that I missed Sons opening game of the season (about which the only thing positive to be said is that we twice came back from a goal down.)
Why did I miss a game so easily travelable for me?
I was at a piss-up in a brewery.
To clarify: it was my younger son’s wedding and the happy couple decided to hold their nuptials at the West Brewery, in part of the former Templeton’s Carpet Factory, near Glasgow Green, (which I now realise I haven’t yet posted my photographs of.)
One of the advantages of holding a wedding in a brewery is …… beer. As well as the usual immediate post ceremony libation of wine the choice of beer was available, great foaming jugs of the stuff (and half-pint glasses – just as well; the beer seemed quite strong.)
Then these two jugs appeared on the table before the meal. The beers were Munich Red and St Mungo, both very palatable:-
A few minutes later another jug was added. This was a wheat beer of some sort, to the front in this shot. Less to my taste, though:-
There was a lot of dad dancing going on – and not just from the older ones like myself. But a good time was had by all.
Posted in Dumbarton FC, European Championship, Football, World Cup at 12:00 on 16 July 2016
Way back in the dim mists of time the world was a simpler place and football did not dominate the calendar. World Cup finals were 16 teams large and the European Championship only had four qualifiers until it expanded to eight teams in 1980.
In Scotland the football season started on the second Saturday in August and finished on the last Saturday in April.
I thought it was pushing it when the season began edging into July to accommodate the Challenge Cup and altered League Cup format.
Today though is the 16th of July. The schools have barely broken up for the summer. Yet the Sons have a first game of the official season at Station Park, Forfar, in yet another alteration to the League Cup. It barely seemed the old season had ended when pre-season games began.
The squad manager Stevie Aitken has collected seems a little thin. The League Cup looks on paper to be not too daunting but I have no idea how we will fare against the three lower division sides in our group. (I expect to be beaten by Dundee.)
The league is a different matter. Already it looks tough. We’ll be relying on another full-time side to be rubbish (as Livingston were last season) to avoid the relegation play-offs and even then we’d have to finish above Ayr United, by no means a given.
How long we can continue to defy gravity I don’t know. This may be the season we don’t.
Posted in Dumbarton FC at 12:00 on 29 June 2016
The club website yesterday published a picture of the new strips for this season.
I’m not sure I like either of them. I suppose the home one is acceptable enough.
Posted in Dumbarton FC at 12:00 on 18 June 2016
The league fixtures for next season have come out.
It might seem ridiculous given Hearts and Rangers have gone from this division but every year it just looks harder.
I don’t like the fact we’re facing Dunfermline at their place for the first game. They ought to be on a high after promotion. Mind you, what sort of form either side might be in after the League Cup section games is anyone’s guess. Their group looks reasonably tough.
Posted in Dumbarton FC, Football at 19:30 on 9 June 2016
I see from the club website that the Challenge Cup has been given a revamp so that it will now include more Scottish clubs from outwith the SPFL, top division under 20 sides and even clubs from Wales and Northern Ireland. The format looks like a right dog’s dinner.
I note that Tier 2 clubs won’t be joining till Round 3. It won’t make any difference to us. We always lose in it anyway. (I doubt being seeded will alter that at all.)
What concerns me most is the inclusion of the top division under 20s sides. This feels like the thin end of a wedge that will eventually see them allowed to play in the lower leagues. I know similar provision happens in Spain etc with reserve teams but the Scottish scene has unique characteristics that make me uncomfortable at the thought.
Edited to add. I just took in the fact that the draw will be regionalised. Fat chance of me getting to a a game then. (But maybe we’ll be in the North for that too.)
There have also been changes to the laws of the game. We’ll need to see how those work out.
Posted in Dumbarton FC at 12:00 on 4 June 2016
Now we have the dates for the League Cup games. I suppose I ought to mention it’s now called the Betfred Cup (but I shan’t do it again.)
Forfar Ath, Away, 16th July
East Fife, Home, 19th July
Dundee, Away, 23rd July
Peterhead, Home, 30th July
So, despite my son arranging his wedding day to avoid the football season, the powers that be have managed, by changing the opening day by a considerable margin, to put a game on then anyway. The season’s barely over and the new one’s only just over a month away.
Posted in Dumbarton FC at 12:00 on 29 May 2016
Sons have drawn Dundee, Peterhead, Forfar Athletic and East Fife.
Which will be the two away games is yet to be announced at time of writing.
Posted in Dumbarton FC at 19:50 on 26 May 2016
I see from the club website that Sons have been included in the north area for the purposes of the new format of the League Cup (or Betfred Cup as it is officially known.)
Given that one of the major reasons for change was to have ties between sides more or less local to each other this decision seems utterly bizarre.
It is however a consequence of Sons relative success in that we have been included in the second layer of seeds due to finishing 8th in the second tier of the SPFL last season.
There is a possible nightmare scenario of trips to Dingwall or Inverness, Peterhead or Cove Rangers.
Posted in Dumbarton FC at 12:00 on 2 May 2016
SPFL Tier 2, Recreation Park*, 1/5/16
So the season ends with a draw. At least we got an away goal in 2016 to show for it. Young Donald McCallum doesn’t have a bad scoring record for us and it’s not his first against Alloa.
The starting line-up may be reflective of Stevie Aitken’s thoughts for next year or on those who may not be with us.
It’s time now to put the Sons tops away for a couple of months. The end of July won’t be long in coming round though.
*Yes it is; don’t try to kid us.