Wednesday 29th April 2020

DUMBARTON’S matchday programme, Sons View, has finished second in League One as part of Programme Monthly’s annual review of matchday magazines in Scotland.

The publication, produced by the Sons Supporters Trust, finished second only to an exceptional edition produced by Clyde, which is frequently recognised as one of the best in the entire SPFL.

Sons View was winner in last season’s League One, when the Bully Wee were in League Two and therefore not in direct competition.

Despite not quite retaining the title, Dumbarton editor Graeme Robertson (pictured), who has been in post since 1991, is satisfied after a truncated season.

He said: “While we would of course have liked to have retained the title, we realise what a quality edition Clyde produce and they are very worthy winners.

“For us, with a small but very willing team of volunteers, we’ll more than readily accept second place and recognise it as an achievement.

“Monday nights prior to home matches are always busy for us, putting together the next edition. Our programme has made great strides over the years and we’re glad to be able to keep it going.

“It’s just disappointing we weren’t able to complete the season, although there are of course completely valid reasons why.

“In the absence of a final issue of the season, I’ll use the website to thank everybody who works on, buys and contributes to Sons View. Your role is very much appreciated.”

On the plans for Sons View in Dumbarton’s 150th anniversary season, which is on the horizon in two years’ time, Graeme simply said: “Watch this space.”

Dumbarton’s score in the Programme Monthly table for League One was 88.4 per cent, compared to Clyde’s 93.6 per cent.

The Programme Monthly judges wrote in their assessment of Sons View: “Overall this is a very well thought-out programme, abounding in fan-penned articles, a really refreshing approach. Good value for money.”

The full rankings for League One were:

1st – Clyde
2nd – Dumbarton
3rd – Stranraer
4th – East Fife
5th – Raith Rovers
6th – Montrose
7th – Airdrieonians
8th – Falkirk

Forfar Athletic and Peterhead do not issue programmes on matchdays, although Peterhead make theirs available online ahead of each match.

Andy Galloway

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