Before each away game, Pars Review looks at the venue we will be travelling to: its history, with rare photos showing changes to the opposition club's stadium over the years, and how it looks now. On Saturday we travel to the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, home of Dumbarton.
Dumbarton moved to their current home in 2000. They had previously played at Boghead Park from 1879 until moving across town 16 years ago. This article will look at both stadiums.
Boghead Park had a capacity of 18,000 at its peak, but like many provincial grounds in Scotland, the venue reduced in size over the years. Originally an all-terraced ground, a small main stand seating just 80 people was constructed in 1913. The photos below show crowds making their way into Boghead, with the main stand in the background, and a view of the stand from inside the ground.
This stand remained until 1980 when a 300 seat modern stand was built. It can be seen below towards the centre-left side of the picture.
The ground gradually fell into disrepair and as the above photos show, it was a mixture of different shaped enclosures, and a pitch that was prone to becoming water-logged. The ground was well-named Boghead!
By 2000, Boghead was the oldest stadium in Scotland in continuous use (121 years). That year, the move was made to a new but even smaller stadium , in the shadow of Dumbarton Rock. It is one of the most picturesque venues in Scottish football as the following photos show. Set beneath the Rock, and beside Dumbarton Castle, the ground has just one stand, and no terracing. Its capacity of 2020 is the second smallest of all 42 SPFL clubs.
The photo below shows the stadium as viewed from Dumbarton Rock.
Currently named the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, the venue has had various names in its short history, with the ground's name being for hire, resulting in it being titled the Strathclyde Homes Stadium, the Bet Butler Stadium, and for a 4 month period in 2012 "The Dumbarton Football Stadium sponsored by DL Cameron".
This will be the Pars' third visit to this stadium, and it has been 35 years since Dunfermline last lost an away match in Dumbarton.
Despite only being in the venue for less than 20 years, Dumbarton have recently announced plans to move to another new stadium in the town. The new venue will have a 4000 capacity and will include increased hospitality, access to and from main roads and potential for community use. Full story: www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/new-dumbarton-fc-stadium-funded-9087392
More views of the current Dumbarton stadium and its surroundings: