Sunday, May 20, 2012
THIS ONE'S FOR A REGULAR READER....
The picture above is the fantastic view of the home ground of Dumbarton FC.
As wiki explains, Dumbarton Football Club is Scotland's 4th oldest football club – founded in 1872, just after Queen's Park (1867), Kilmarnock (1869) and Stranraer (1870). They come from the town of Dumbarton in West Dunbartonshire and play their home games at the Dumbarton Football Stadium,sponsored by DL Cameron, next to Dumbarton Castle. The club were one of the greatest clubs of the nineteenth century, winning the Scottish Football League in the first two seasons of the competition.
Since then the club have spent the majority of their history outside the top flight, and last played at the top level in 1985, thus being the only existing Scottish league champions to not have competed in the current Scottish Premier League.
The clubs' badge features an elephant with a castle on its back, this represents Dumbarton Rock with Dumbarton Castle upon it, Dumbarton Rock, a volcanic plug is said to resemble an elephant & the teams nickname 'The Sons' is derived from the phrase 'Sons of The Rock' a term used for those born in the town of Dumbarton.
The 2,025 all seated stadium has been used since December 2000. The main (and currently only) stand is overshadowed by Dumbarton Rock & sits aside the banks of the River Leven, which makes it one of the most picturesque stadiums in the UK. Prior to that the team played at Boghead Park from 1879 until the end of the 1999–2000 season, 131 years is currently the longest a senior British club has stayed at the same grounds.
Son of The Rock is the name taken by one of the most loyal and regular readers of TVV. He's not only from the town but he's a huge fan of his local team....and this afternoon, on a weekend when so many important football matches were played across the UK and Europe, his team triumphed in a play-off match to earn the right to compete next season in Scottish League Division 1....where they will play against, among others, Raith Rovers FC. I'm delighted for him and all the other Dumbarton fans. It will be a great way to celebrate the team's 140th Birthday....and I look forward to meeting up and having a few beers on each of the four occasions our respective teams will play one another.
And here's a great wee song that commemorates a match/incidents played at the team's former ground:-
mp3 : The Supernaturals - High Tension At Boghead
It was a song on this 1997 single which reached #38 back in 1997:-
mp3 : The Supernaturals - Prepare To Land
Enjoy the celebrations SotR.