Thursday 6th October 2022
CLUB directors, staff and volunteers, along with a number of special guests, came together to launch Dumbarton FC’s special 150th anniversary exhibition at Dumbarton Library last night.
The exhibition features a fantastic array of displays and memorabilia which every football fan in the local area should take the opportunity to see.
They include Murdo MacLeod’s jersey from the 1995 promotion decider at Stirling Albion, and items dating back as far as the 19th century.
Councillor Douglas McAllister, Provost of West Dunbartonshire, hosted last night’s event, and presented Sons chairman Neil Mackay with a memento from the council.
This was followed by a performance from club poet Stephen Watt of his poem ‘Full Circle’, written for the club’s 150th anniversary.
The display was then opened by two people very worthy of the honour – supporters Jake and Alan McShannon.
The father and son duo travel all the way from Campbeltown – roughly a 250-mile round trip from Dumbarton – to see Sons play on a regular basis, at home and away.
Provost McAllister said: “The history books chronicle one of Scotland’s oldest clubs and unquestionably among the most successful teams of the late 19th Century.
“But what they don’t capture is the essence of what Dumbarton Football Club means to its fans and the positive impact it has on our community. The shared experiences, the common passion that connects families, friends and neighbours from generation to generation.
“Dumbarton Football Club is weaved deeply in the fabric of this town because it represents its people and our sense of civic pride.
“This exhibition revels in the rich history and tradition that has defined the Sons of the Rock for 150 years – and with today’s team currently standing proudly at the top of League 2, we allow ourselves to hope that another proud achievement will be added to that legacy this season.”
The exhibition is now open at the library’s heritage centre until Saturday, December 17, and is free to visit.
The library’s opening hours are: Monday 9.30am-5pm; Tuesday 1pm-8pm; Wednesday 9.30am-8pm; Thursday and Friday 9.30am-5pm; Saturday 10am-1pm. It is closed on Sundays.
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