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2 - 1
League (Division One)
Jocky Scott (81)
Gordon Wallace (83)
1. Thomson Allan
2. Bobby Wilson
3. Dave Johnston
4. Bobby Robinson
5. George Stewart
6. Doug Houston
7. Jimmy Wilson
8. Gordon Wallace
9. John Duncan
10. Jocky Scott
11. Ian Scott
Duncan Lambie for Ian Scott
||Ronnie Kidd for Charlie Gallagher|
E. Thomson (Edinburgh) (Referee)
Dumbarton are a club with a proud tradition, being founder members of the Scottish League. Quiz addicts will also be able to tell you that they shared that first championship with Rangers way back in season 1890-91 after a play-off ended in a 2-2 draw and went on to win the second one outright.
Indeed, if goal difference had been in operation in those days they would have won the first title outright as well. The Sons also have a Scottish Cup win to their credit way back in 1883.
It is perhaps a little surprising therefore that this season is only the 20th time they and Dundee have ended up in the same division. Indeed there was not one League contest between the two teams throughout the 1950s and 1960s. The early seventies however saw Dumbarton regain Divsion One status and although they didn't make the Premier League, on reconstruction Dundee joined them in the newly constituted First Division soon after.
That decade then, saw the teams thrown together much more often and it is to its early years we turn for today's spotlight on previous encounters.
It was Saturday, February 10 1973 to be exact and that season had seen Dumbarton make their return to top flight football after 50 years. That date in February was their first visit to Dens on League business since season 1946-47 and the following men were under starters orders for the occasion.
DUNDEE: Allan, R. Wilson, Johnston, Houston, Stewart, Robinson, J. Wilson, Wallace, Duncan, J. Scott, I. Scott. Sub: Lambie.
DUMBARTON: Williams, McKay, Wilkinson, Cushley, Bolton, Graham, Coleman, Gallagher, T. McAdam, Wallace, D. Wilson. Sub: Kidd.
REFEREE: E. Thomson, Edinburgh.
Dundee started the game with a stiff wind at their backs. However, a lot of the early play was bogged down in midfield with both teams finding the ball awkward to control.
The first serious shot at goal came from the visitors in 15 minutes when a 25-yarder from Graham dipped over. Dundee replied with a similar shot from Doug Houston.
In 25 minutes lain Scott picked up a leg injury and was substituted by Duncan Lambie. Soon afterwards Davie Johnston unleashed one of his ferocious free kicks from about twenty five yards, which was grabbed at the foot of the post by Lawrie Williams.
Dundee seemed to be taking charge now. A corner from Jocky Scott created havoc in the Sons defence before Davy Wilson relieved the situation by speeding upfield with the loose ball.
The home side picked up where they left off in the second half. A George Stewart header was stopped near the post by Graham. A Jocky Scott shot went over like a rocket from 20 yards. Another effort from the present coach at Dens, hit Cushley and rebounded to safety.
Dumbarton replaced Gallagher with Kidd but Dundee remained very much in control. Little winger Jimmy Wilson was in particularly sparkling form. However, it was no one man show and Jocky Scott, John Duncan, Gordon Wallace and Davie Johnston were all thwarted by Dumbarton's goalkeeper Lawrie Williams who was later to have a spell on loan with Dundee.
As often happen, just when the fans had resigned themselves to seeing a no score draw, the deadlock was broken with nine minutes remaining. Gordon Wallace wandered out to the right and put in an excellent far post cross. Jocky Scott threw himself full length to score with a header. Another couple of minutes saw Dundee go two up and again Wallace and Scott were involved. It began with a Lambie cross which was headed into the danger area by Jocky for Gordon Wallace to shoot past a despairing Williams.
The scoring wasn't finished either. With Dundee still pressing, Dumbarton hit on the break. Present manager Davy Wilson found himself in splendid isolation as he placed a long shot past Thomson Allan.
Although George Stewart appeared from nowhere to chase the ball goal wards he couldn't prevent it entering the net to make the score 2-1 and so it stayed.
There was no doubt that Dundee were deserved winners in this match though for long enough it looked like they would have to settle for a draw.
In the end it was that reliable scoring duo of Wallace and Scott who saw the homesters through. Given Dundee's present scoring problems it is interesting to note their strength in that department in 1973.
Apart from Wallace and Scott, they also possessed John Duncan who at the time of the Dumbarton game was top scorer in Scotland with 28 goals. These three played a big part in enabling Dundee to finish in their favourite 5th place that season.
Dumbarton approached that game at Dens third from bottom of the League, they remained in that position at the end of the season and this was enough to see them avoid relegation. Perhaps their determination in those days was born out of the strong Old Firm contingent in their ranks.
There was Davy Wilson whose most successful playing days were during his spell at Ibrox; John Cushley and Charlie Gallagher, both fine players, who had the misfortune of having to compete for their places against the likes of Billy McNeill and Bertie Auld respectively during their days with Celtic.
There was also Willie Wallace another Celtic stalwart from that all conquering team. The final Old Firm connection for Dumbarton in that game was youngster Tom McAdam who now of course does his stuff for Celtic. McAdam also had a spell down the road and was the subject of Dundee interest not very long after that 1973 game.
Match report written by David Quinn (Matchday Programme)
|Thomson Allan (GK)||26||27||-||27||-|
|Duncan Lambie (sub)||20||15||1||47||3|
No league table has been added for this season.