Tuesday 14th June 2022

IT is with very deep sadness that we have learned that Davie Wilson, who won promotions with Dumbarton as player and manager, has passed away at the age of 85.

Davie became a Sons player in the later part of the historic 1971/72 season, joining us from Dundee United.

He went on to play 15 games during that season, including the 4-2 victory over Berwick Rangers which sealed the championship.

Davie then took part in a further 48 fixtures during the subsequent 1972/73 campaign before retiring as a player. He scored three goals for Dumbarton, all during his second season.

He became assistant manager in 1974 and was in that post when Sons reached the semi-final of the Scottish Cup in 1976.

When Alex Wright left the post the next year, Davie became manager himself and stayed in charge until 1980.

After a spell as Kilmarnock’s assistant manager, he returned for a second spell as Sons boss in 1984 when Billy Lamont left for Falkirk.

Davie continued the positive run of results that season to ensure that Dumbarton reached the Scottish Premier Division as runners-up to Morton.

He left the manager’s post for a second time in 1986, having managed the club for a total of 132 games in his first spell and 76 in his second.

Before coming to Dumbarton as a player, Davie also enjoyed an extremely successful career as a player with Rangers, winning 11 domestic honours including four league titles. He was also a runner-up with the Ibrox club in the 1961 European Cup Winners’ Cup.

He was also capped for Scotland 22 times as a player, scoring 10 goals.

The thoughts of everybody at Dumbarton FC are with Davie’s family and friends at this extremely sad time. Funeral details will be posted on our club website when known.

Dumbarton Football Club

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