Final Farewell To Boghead

This is the real end of an era.

Though manager Jim Chapman played for us when we were domiciled at Boghead, with the release of Craig Brittain – announced by the club website today – there is no longer a current player link to our old ground.

Dumbarton played at Boghead for over a century, and at the time of the move to the Rock (SHS Stadium,) were comfortably the longest continuous occupiers of one site in senior football in Britain. This record will of course be superseded by other clubs. (It probably has been already.)

The loss of wee Craigie is notable for that alone but his leaving was always going to be marked for another reason.

Craig had been loaned out to Beith Juniors at the beginning of this season and was already missed by the fans as he was a favourite who always gave his best for the club whenever he was in the team. That move is now permanent.

He suffered from the fact that he was of diminutive stature: it was probably this that meant he never moved on to a “bigger” club and that caused a succession of managers to drop him when they arrived only to restore him to the team when they eventually discovered that he was the best left back we had – by a long way. It is a testament to the way he approached his football with the team that this never prevented him giving his best and ensured the long standing affection the fans have for him. There are few players nowadays whose senior football is played with the one club for so long.

His service to the club was recognised with a testimonial a couple of seasons ago. No one deserved it more.

There were signs last season – a long injury break among them – that the standards he had achieved were beginning to slip. Nevertheless he was still a fans’ favourite and the loan to Beith was subject to criticism in some quarters. And Dumbarton left backs years from now will be told, “You’re not a patch on wee Craigie.”

Jim Chapman is not one for sentimentality, however. He has come to the conclusion that Craig can no longer contribute to the club as effectively as others in the squad. His decision. Players in the left back berth have a lot to live up to, though.

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  1. sonsdiary

    Jack the wee man is the last connection with boghead from the playing staff but I am afraid there are still some dinosaurs in officialdom left.
    Can they not get freed????

  2. Bigrab

    Craig’s a hard act to follow.

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