Saturday 19th May 2012
WIN or lose tomorrow, Dumbarton are determined to enjoy the occasion at the Excelsior Stadium.
Sons slender 2-1 lead, achieved in the play-off final first leg at the Dumbarton Football Stadium against Airdrie United means that not losing the second leg in North Lanarkshire will propel Scotland’s first league champions back into the SFL first division.
Gaffer Alan Adamson agrees that achieving that outcome would be remarkable.
He said : “Given the start we had to the season, being 90 mins away from 1st division football is a dream. But in saying that, we deserve to be in there fighting, make no mistake about that.
“We’ve had a fanastic time this season and one more push will see us over the line.
“However, if we don’t make it, we can’t be too disappointed although that’s easy to say at this point mind you! It’s been a great season regardless of the outcome and we’ll be going to Airdrie in a positive frame of mind.”
Team News : Skipper Paul Nugent is suspended following his late dismissal last Wednesday and the manager has two hamstring victimes to worry about. Midfielder Mark Gilhaney is a real doubt and struggling with the same ailment is striker Craig Dargo.
Supporters Notes : Sons fans will be housed in the East Stand at the Excelsior (opposite main stand) with entrance prices as follows : Adults – £15, Concessions – £10, Under-16s – £7, Disabled and Carer – £10 (must be pre-ordered via Airdrie United FC).
The Sonstrust supporters buses leave Castle Street (adjacent to Dumbarton High Street) at 2pm. There may be some places left, but please check by calling Tommy H on 07710771341. To find out what bus you will be on if you have already booked, surf into www.sonstrust.net
And don’t forget that win or lose this Sunday, there will be a party at the Dumbarton Football Stadium to celebrate what has been a fantastic season. And YOU are invited!
Manager Alan Adamson explains : “The players would like to thank the fans for their backing this season so no matter the result on Sunday there will be a celebration of the campaign at the stadium.
“It’s only right that we give something back.”
Trust Director Alan Findlay commented : “The community suite will be open for drinks and it will give the players and fans to mingle properly and truly celebrate the season just about to end.
“It’s been a fantastic effort by everyone connected to the club and no matter what happens during the final at Airdrie, we’ll have a good time at the Rock.
“We’ll have music and of course access to the bar in the community suite and it’s an open invite to every fan to come along.”