Written by John - OTR Friday, 17 December 2010 22:20
No surprise there. Tomorrow's game against Peterhead has been called off.
Written by John - OTR Sunday, 12 December 2010 22:28
Yes, don't bother going to Brechin on Tuesday night. Game's off. Not because of the weather - but due to Scottish Cup replay scheduling. But the weather would have got to it anyway I reckon.
Written by John - OTR Friday, 10 December 2010 12:42
Don't forget people, tomorrow's game against Airdrie United has been postponed.
So don't go there.
In fact, even if there was a game on, don't go there.
Written by John - OTR Thursday, 25 November 2010 17:02
Saturday's game against Alloa has been postponed due the withdrawal of labour by the the lying collection of numpties commonly known as Grade One Referees.
Written by John - OTR Sunday, 21 November 2010 12:45
That'll be the cup run over for another year then meaning that Adamson can devote all his energy, holistically, on avoiding relegation.
Yip, there will be no distractions so he can develop players to their full potential and get them all singing from the same hymnsheet, while running ideas up the flagpole if necessary to see if anyone salutes.
I, for one, look forward to this new era for Dumbarton FC. I am excited by the prospect of new aligned AND integrated synergies bringing a win-win situation to the table for our team. And by team, I don't mean the eleven donkeys on the pitch. No, this is a community effort. It's upto the community to ensure that everyone commits to executing the directors'..........plans.
Written by John - OTR Saturday, 20 November 2010 11:26
...old donkey-herder still employed despite being crap at donkey-herding.
I've been a bit quiet on the Dumbarton from recently.
Following on my from last post, Jim Chapman did indeed go. But not totally. He's been bumped upstairs into the post of "Director of Community and Football Development". A grand title but probably just what Jim was doing anyway - minus the management of the first team.
What was most disturbing was the amount of corporate-speak bollocks that appeared in the club's official press release.
"After discussions, Jim has accepted the post of Director of Community and Football Development as he is of the belief that the holistic development of the Club is of prime importance."
"Holistic"!??! - are you fucking kidding me?
Anyway, new Interim Manager, Alan Adamson, has managed to get a couple of wins under his belt against East Fife and Ayr United and even managed to retain the Stirlingshire Cup (see here for video of last season's Cup hoisting). Today, he will be in charge in the Scottish Cup against Greenock Morton at The Rock.
Should be a tough game.
Written by John - OTR Saturday, 23 October 2010 22:58
... this season has become.
It is patently obvious to everyone that Jim Chapman is not up to the job. He never has been, he never will be.
His tactics have bemused fans throughout his tenure, his signings have left fans scratching their heads.
It's time for him to go.
But the club have him signed up to a full time contract, and the rumour is that they cannot afford to terminate it. So the club and fans are going to be stuck with a manager who in any other profession would be sacked due to poor performance.
If Chapman had any honour, he would resign. But it very much doubt that he will.
Just go Chapman.
Written by John - OTR Thursday, 02 September 2010 07:46
This appeared in my feed this morning from the Official Dumbarton FC website.
"SONSTV Updated - HIGHLIGHTS from last Saturday's match at Methil are now available to view on SonsTV!"
Note the ironic exclamation mark. Nice one, DFC. Made me laugh.
I'm almost tempted to head over the official site just to see what were deemed "highlights" of a 6-0 thrashing by East Fife.
Written by John - OTR Monday, 26 July 2010 11:36
One minute I'm basking in the glow of Dumbarton's mid table finish and the next the new season is underway. So much for my site revamp plans.
So that's Dumbarton's first competitive game done and dusted, losing on penalties to Greenock Morton in the Alba Challenge Cup. A gallant performance against the team from the higher division, no doubt. I wouldn't know as I wasn't there.
It's a Mickey Mouse tournament anyway. As is the League Cup for which Sons have to traipse down to Dumfries for next Saturday. Another gallant defeat on the cards there methinks.
But that will get them out the way and leave the team to concentrate on the league campaign. I can hardly contain my excitement.
Apparently the Sons are playing some club named Clydebank FC on Wednesday. Now it's obviously not the real Clydebank FC, the Bankie Bastards of old, as they were involved in that tumultuous series of events which spawned the evil that is Airdrie United, but they are close enough to the previous incarnation to warrant the dusting down the old songs.
"And we hate Clydebank
And we hate Clydebank
And we hate Clydebank
And we hate Clydebank
And we hate Clydebank
And we hate Clydebank
'cos we are the Clydebank haters"
Written by John - OTR Monday, 19 April 2010 12:13
Well, I did actually manage to get to Alloa on Saturday and saw the Sons take three points off the league leaders in a game with plenty of twists and turns.
The first twist was Dumbarton taking the lead when a low cross ball evaded the Alloa defenders and landed at the feet of the unmarked David Winters. Winters made no mistake, blasting the ball into the net.
Five minutes later, another twist as Alloa's David McClune got his marching orders after holding back Iain Chisholm on the edge of the box. A red card seemed a bit over top until I realised it was McClune's second yellow. Fair enough, off you go son.
With the way the match had been going, I felt that Dumbarton were going to stroll through the rest of the game. The teams had been fairly even before the first goal. In fact, I had been wondering how the hell Alloa had such a commanding lead in the division. After all, I had seen Sons take them apart at the previous game at Recreation Park and we were on top here.
At the start of the second half, I began to see why. Alloa came out firing, really taking the game to Dumbarton. That pressure was rewarded when Chris Smith attempted an overly physical shoulder charge in the penalty area. From where I was standing, I couldn't see whether the contact was clean shoulder-to-shoulder but the physicality of the challenge was probably enough for the referee to make his mind up. Penalty to Alloa it was. And duly dispatched. 1-1.
Alloa kept up the pressure especially on Chris Smith who nearly cost Dumbarton the lead with some terrible defending and some ill-advised challenges. But Sons survived.
In the 64th minute, Wyness put Sons back in front from an Iain Chisholm cross and Wyness hit the crossbar a few minutes later.
As the game went on, it became end-to-end excitement. Sons had several great opportunities to score but missed and Alloa kept piling on the pressure with goalmouth stramashes galore and several corners in the final five minutes.
I was a relieved man when the referee finally brought the game to a close.
So three points to Dumbarton, taking us into 5th place, thanks to Peterhead's humbling by Clyde. Sons are now four points off Brechin City in the fourth playoff place but we're going to need to win both our remaining games and hope that Brechin don't get two points from their remaining matches against Cowdenbeath (twice) and Stirling Albion.
** Comedy moment of the match - The Alloa PA system playing the theme tune to the A-Team after Alloa scored. Hilarious. In a very bad way **
** Rare celebrity sighting of the match - A certain Mr Robert Ryan of pet shop and blogging fame was at the game today. **
Written by Administrator Saturday, 17 April 2010 09:08
I might actually make the game today.
Written by John - OTR Sunday, 07 March 2010 15:55
Yesterday's 1-0 defeat by Brechin City leaves Dumbarton's promotion hopes in a bit of state. Sitting in 7th place with 28 points, Sons are now nine points behind 4th place Brechin who have managed to open a 6 point gap between them and 5th place.
It looks too big of gap for Sons to bridge, especially with the backlog of games that are due to played in March and April as Sons traditionally do not do well on a busy schedule.
Personally, I'd be happy with just finishing in mid-table given that it's Sons first season in the Second Division for a few years. But I'm also hoping that JIm Chapman can pull out a late season flourish just like last year.
Written by John - OTR Friday, 01 January 2010 10:42
Another unsurprising outcome.
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