Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

DUMBARTON READY TO BATTLE AGAIN

Friday 17th November 2017

IT'S Scottish Cup weekend for Sons tomorrow, with Elgin City visiting the YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium.

Colin Steven will be the man in the middle, assisted by Kyle Cockburn and Steven Strang. Mr Steven was the referee when Sons defeated Inverness CT 2-1 at the YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium in September.

Sons have played City three times in Scottish Cup terms. Once in 1921 with Sons winning 4-0. In 1989 a 2-2 draw at Borough Briggs (goals from Pat McGowan and John McQuade) meant a replay at Boghead resulting in a 4-2 win. Stuart MacIver grabbed two with Pat Cairney and John McQuade also scoring.

December 2nd, 2000 had City as the very first visitors to our 'new' home at the foot of Dumbarton Rock. 3-0 was the final scoreline in Sons favour with goals from Paddy Flannery, Andy Brown and Craig Brittain. Our team on that historic day was - John Hillcoat, Steven Bonar, Craig Brittain, Kevin McCann, Jamie Bruce, Michael Dickie, Dave Stewart, Alex Grace, Joe Robertson, Paddy Flannery, Andy Brown. Subs - John Wight, John Dillon, Stephen Jack, Chris Gentile.

Our very first match mascot at what is now the YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium was Jack Brough. 'Wee' Jack, who is actually not so wee anymore, turned eighteen during the week and will be as usual, attending the game tomorrow, loyally cheering on his beloved team. All at DFC wish him Orrabest and thank him (and his mum) for unwavering support.

Manager Stevie Aitken is looking forward to the match and is hoping that recent cup success can be continued tomorrow. He said: "It's an opportunity for both clubs to try and progress. Elgin have been playing well of late, so we will need to be on top of our own game to see us through."

Both Sam Wardrop (pictured) and Ally Roy have been given clearance buy their parent clubs to turn out for Sons in the Scottish Cup as has Greg Morrison. Christian Nade is available but David Smith's injury has flared up again and he'll miss tomorrow's game. Chris McLaughlin will have a late fitness test on a troublesome hamstring complaint to determine if he can play.

Alan Findlay