Tuesday 6th May 2014

THE Dumbarton FC chairman and board are determined to continue the success of the Club on and off the field next season and beyond.

That was the key message from supremo Alan Jardine in a well-received speech to the Party at the Rock season-end awards ceremony at the Bet Butler Stadium on Saturday 3rd May.

The Club chairman, who also took the opportunity to urge multi-award winning defender Paul McGinn to resign for the next season (pictured), said that many will see the past few years as a “purple patch” for Dumbarton.

However, in paying tribute to the fans, the board, the players and staff, Mr Jardine made it clear that the aim of all at the Club is to consolidate and build on the extraordinary success embodied in this season’s fifth place finish in the second tier of Scottish football.

“We’ve done it once and we’re going to do it again” he warned opponents jovially in an entertaining, morale boosting speech, which included reference to his own 57 years as a Sons supporter. “God bless ’em black and gold!”

Since 2009/9 Dumbarton have been promoted twice, notably winning the Third Division Championship, followed by the First Division play-off final in 2011/12.

They have also claimed three Stirlingshire Cup final victories, finishing 7th in the SFL First Division in 2012/13 and 5th in the inaugural SPFL Championship 2013/14, as well as reaching the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup this season and only losing out by a single goal to top-flight Aberdeen.

Simon Barrow

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