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Irn Bru Cup

I see our Irn Bru Cup (once known as the Challenge Cup) fate has been settled.

Stanraer away.

Since no-one can remember the last time we beat Stranraer (and in recent encounters we’ve made a habit of going two goals up against them but still losing in the end) and our record in this competition is shocking in the extreme there’s no reason to expect we’ll be in the next round.

Morton Up First

I see from the club’s website that Sons first game of the new season will be away to Morton. The game is scheduled for Saturday 26th July; less than a month away.

Unlike the last two seasons we haven’t been drawn against Stranraer. I had half expected us to get St Mirren since Ian Murray has gone to manage there.

The second round is due on 19th or 20th August. I don’t suppose we’ll be interested in that one.

Quick Appointment

Sons new manager has been appointed very quickly.

On the face of it, it’s a good move. Stephen Aitken has a good track record with Stranraer, helping them to promotion from the bottom division and consolidating their position in Tier 3 where they have finished third and second in the past two seasons. And in Stephen Farrell he has an assistant: something the club has been working without for a while.

Only time will tell whether it’s been too hasty but there was a need to set things moving with very few players signed up so far for next season. He ought to have good knowledge of the lower divisions and of players there who may be capable of the step up.

Stranraer 3-2 Dumbarton

Petrofac Training Cup, Round 1, Stair Park, 26/7/14.

And so it goes.

Again.

Domestic Football Update

Our traditional first round exit in the – now renamed – Challenge Cup (its new name is the Petrofac Training Cup) will be to the same opponents who did for us last year, Stranraer.

Cup draw

How bizarre it is to see the names of Hearts and Hibs along with Rangers in this context.

Stranraer 4-2 Dumbarton

Scottish Challenge Cup, Round 1, Stair Park, 27/7/13.

And so it begins again….

I don’t know why we bother playing in this competition. Our record in it is beyond rank.

And we haven’t beaten Stranraer since November 2002. The previous win was ten years before that.

Cup Draws

Mixed fortunes in the two cup draws.

In the Challenge Cup we’re away to Stranraer on Jul 27th. That’s a bit far for me to travel I fear. Still it’ll only mean me missing our annual early dismissal from that trophy.

In the League Cup, it’s Albion Rovers at home on Aug 3rd. A chance to see former Sons in action again. (Three of them apparently.)

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