Saturday 26th May 2018

DUMBARTON’S matchday programme, Sons View, produced and funded by the Sonstrust, has been named as runner-up in the Championship by a collectors’ publication for season 2017/18.

The widely-distributed Programme Monthly magazine has deemed that Sons’ programme was second only to Dunfermline Athletic as the best in the SPFL’s second tier.

It is the programme’s highest ever finish in the annual award ratings, with Morton completing the top three in the division.

Edited by Edinburgh man Graeme Robertson (pictured), the programme is also set to celebrate its 50th anniversary during the coming season.

The verdict by Programme Monthly reads: “Sons View is a fine effort with strong bias towards current-day content amidst a clever design.

“The writing is lovingly done by a series of strong contributors and perhaps the only elevation would be a further historical series on one of Scotland’s oldest clubs.”

The reviewer will get their wish next season, with another comprehensive history series lined up for the 2018/19 campaign on another season which is marking a round anniversary.

But that is not all that Graeme is working towards.

He said: “Work is already underway on next season and, with it being a special year for the programme, we aim to do it justice.

“We’re delighted with such a strong showing in this respected poll. Doing the programme is a labour of love for myself and the team behind it.

“These include writers Simon Barrow (also associate editor), Andy Galloway and Alan Findlay, award-winning poet Stephen Watt, and photographers Donald Fullarton, Andy Scott and Tommy Hughes. I’d like to thank every one of them for their input which has brought this reward.

“We should also give a special mention to Adrian Hewlett, our designer, and the team at Curtis Sport who play an invaluable role in helping us produce such a professional product.”

Graeme added: “There has been some discussion about the future of programmes in other parts of the game in the UK, but here at Dumbarton, these publications remain a fixture.

“Be in no doubt that we’ll return next season, and we’ll aim to keep the standard as high as it was last season.”

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