Wednesday 23rd May 2018

IN every walk of life, in everything we do, there is a moment that gets us hooked.

If you’re a film fan, there was a movie that really got you going. There was an episode of your favourite TV series that made you want to watch again and again.

And if you’re a football fan, there’s a match that kept you coming back.

Dumbarton supporters are no different. For every one of us, there is THAT game. The fixture which made us decide we wanted to be a Son of the Rock for as long as possible.

When you buy a season ticket, you are giving yourself the opportunity to experience THAT game.

And we want to use the stories of Sons fans to convince others to come along and support their local club on a matchday.

Today, we hear from Fraser Clarke, whose ‘I was there’ moment is a special game against Elgin City.

It is still the joint record goal haul by Dumbarton at what is now the C&G Systems Stadium – but who knows? Maybe they’ll beat it this season.

Here’s what Fraser sent to us to help convince others to come along to Dumbarton.

Dumbarton v Elgin City – Saturday, May 2 2009

“They say that you never forget your childhood heroes, and that’s certainly the case for me and the title winning squad of 2008/09.

“Even a decade on I can still name the team that took to the field on ‘that day’ in Annan (McEwan, Lennon, Boyle, Dunlop, Gordon, Clark, McStay, Forbes, McLaughlin, Carcary, Murray). They played some amazing football, and I used to relish going into school every Monday to show people the highlights on the all new ‘SonsTV’.

“There are plenty of games that stick in the mind from that season, but none demonstrated the awesome attacking power like the 6-0 victory against Elgin City.

“The background was simple. A Sons win could, if Cowdenbeath slipped up, effectively secure the title. Almost 1,400 Dumbarton fans turned up, numbers so large that even the away end was opened to the home support.

“A sensational first-half had Dumbarton 4-0 up at half-time, with Derek Carcary having bagged a 24 minute hat-trick.

“In the second-half Sons calmed down slightly, with only Carcary and cult-hero Stevie Murray adding to the scoreline. Del’s four goal haul made him the first player since the 70s to score four in one game – coincidentally at a time where my Dad was a similar age to me in ’09.

“At full-time news came through that Cowdenbeath had failed to win, with the players and supporters staying behind for a while to savour the moment. As an 11 year old it was incredible to get so close to the guys I tried to emulate every time I pulled on my boots – I even managed to get a high-five from four goal hero Carcary!

“It’s moments like that, that make being a Dumbarton supporter magical.”

That’s Fraser’s ‘I was there’ moment following Dumbarton. Buy a season ticket for the coming campaign and you will have the chance to create yours.

If you ARE already a season ticket holder and HAVE already renewed, thank you for your continued support. Now there is something else for you to do – bring a pal.

Let your football-loving friends know that there’s a place in their hometown where dreams and memories are made, with more to come. Let them know there is so much to be gained from supporting Dumbarton, and that we’d LOVE to have their support.

If you ARE already a season ticket holder and HAVEN’T renewed yet, we trust that you will renew and we look forward to your return. And as above – bring a pal if you can!

If you AREN’T a season ticket holder, or are one of the pals that we ask our current season ticket holders to bring – please do come along. As a taster, we have our home Betfred Cup ties, which are pay at the gate anyway. Hopefully the bug will bite you there and then, but if not, keep coming – because one day, it will.

Thank you for your support.


Do you have an ‘I was there’ moment that you’d like to share with Sons supporters old and new, hoping to attract them along to future games? Can you come up with around 200 words on that moment?

Please send it to us using the email address below – you must tell us who you are, but if you wish to remain anonymous on the website, no problem, just advise as such.


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