Dumbarton F.C.

Dumbarton Football Club is a semi-professionalfootball club in Dumbarton, Scotland.[3] Founded on 23 December 1872, they are one of the oldest football clubs in Scotland.[4][5][6] The club plays home games at the Dumbarton Football Stadium next to Dumbarton Castle.

Association football club in Scotland

Football club
Full name Dumbarton Football Club
Nickname(s) The Sons
Founded 23 December 1872; 148 years ago (1872-12-23)
Ground Dumbarton Football Stadium, Dumbarton
Capacity 2,020[1]
Owner Cognitive Capital[2]
Chairman Dr Neil Mackay
Manager Stephen Farrell
League Scottish League One
2020–21 Scottish League One, 9th of 10
Website Club website
Current season

The club were one of the most successful of the nineteenth century, winning the Scottish Football League in the first two seasons of the competition (the first jointly with Rangers). Since then, the club have spent the majority of their history outside the top flight, with their last appearance at the top level coming in 1984–85 and the side currently playing in League One. The club were the first team (and one of only two) to win at least one league title in each of the top four tiers in the Scottish football league system.

Stephen Farrell is currently the club’s manager, having been appointed in May 2021.[7]

In May 2021, it was announced that Dumbarton were to change ownership, with previous owners Brabco selling their majority share to Cognitive Capital.[8]

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For 2021–22, the side will wear strips from the Joma brand for the eighth season. After 7 seasons playing in predominantly white the home strip is mainly yellow with black trim. The away kit is black with yellow trim.

The club’s badge features an elephant with a castle on its back, this represents Dumbarton Rock with Dumbarton Castle upon it, based on the historic town crest. Dumbarton Rock, a volcanic plug, is said to resemble an elephant. The team’s nickname ‘The Sons’ is derived from the phrase ‘Sons of The Rock’, a term used for those born in the town of Dumbarton.

View of the stand at the Dumbarton Football Stadium
View from the stand at the Dumbarton Football Stadium

Dumbarton play their home games at Dumbarton Football Stadium, known as the C&G Systems Stadium for sponsorship reasons (commonly referred to as “The Rock” by supporters). The 2,020[1] all seated stadium has been used since 2 December 2000. The main (and currently only) stand is overshadowed by Dumbarton Rock & sits aside the banks of the River Leven. The stadium has been named for sponsorship purposes for most of its existence:

  • Strathclyde Homes Stadium (Dec 2000 – Sep 2011) until the receivership of Strathclyde Homes[9]
  • Dumbarton Football Stadium (Sep 2011 – Feb 2012)
  • Dumbarton Football Stadium Sponsored by DL Cameron (Feb 2012 – Jul 2012)
  • The BetButler Stadium (Jul 2012 – Sep 2014) until the liquidation of BetButler[10]
  • Dumbarton Football Stadium (Sep 2014 – Jun 2015)
  • The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium (Jul 2015 – May 2017)
  • The YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium (July 2017 – May 2018[11])
  • C&G Systems Stadium (May 2018 – May 2021 )[12]
  • Dumbarton Football Stadium (May 2021 – September 2021)
  • Moreroom.com Stadium (September 2021 – )[13]

Prior to December 2000, the team played at Boghead Park from 1879 until the end of the 1999–00 season; at that time their tenure of 121 years was the longest a senior Scottish club had stayed at the same ground. Between May and November 2000, Dumbarton shared Cliftonhill in Coatbridge with Albion Rovers.

In November 2014 the club’s owners, Brabco, formally announced their intention to move to a new ground[14] after only 15 years at their current home, situated in what is currently Young’s Farm to the North of Dumbarton between Dalreoch and Renton. The proposed development would have doubled the existing capacity to 4,000, with the existing site being used to build 180 houses and a walkway along the River Clyde connecting the town centre with Dumbarton Castle. The plans were rejected by West Dunbartonshire Council in March 2018.[15]

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