An in-depth look at the club we are about to face, including some Pars-related information. Tomorrow's regular Friday match preview will cover the game itself from another angle.
Dumbarton were formed in 1872 and are the fourth-oldest SPFL club. They won the Scottish League in its first two seasons (the first jointly with Rangers) in the 1890s, having earlier won the Scottish Cup in 1883. For the majority of their history, Dumbarton played at Boghead (1879-2000), which at 121 years is the longest unbroken period that any Scottish professional football club has played at the same stadium. They currently play at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, which has been their home since December 2000. In recent years, Dumbarton have played in the Championship, defying their pre-season relegation favourite status, which is mainly due to being one of the few part-time clubs in the division.
Dumbarton: Last 3 seasons
2013/14: 5th, Championship
2014/15: 7th, Championship
2015/16: 8th, Championship
Pars/Dumbarton: Head to head record - last 10 meetings:
Pars wins: 8 Draws: 1 Dumbarton wins: 1
Dumbarton: Last five outings:
25 February - Championship - Drew 2-2 v Falkirk (A)
18 February - Championship - Drew 2-2 v Ayr United (H)
4 February - Championship - Drew 2-2 v St Mirren (H)
28 January - Championship - Won 3-1 v Raith Rovers (A)
21 January - Championship - Lost 2-1 v Queen of the South (H)
Dumbarton: Numbers game
Dumbarton have scored more away goals in the Championship this season than any other team in the division.
They have had just one clean sheet in their 12 away games in the League this season.
They have the joint highest number of penalty kicks scored this season in Championship games (4) and joint highest conceded (5).
Three Dumbarton players have previously played for Dunfermline: Gregor Buchanan played 1 season for Dunfermline in 2014/15, making 36 appearances. Andy Stirling also was a Pars player for that solitary season, playing 18 times before going on loan to Stirling Albion for the remainder of his Pars contract. Robert Thomson made 9 appearances for the Pars in 2013.
From the current Pars squad, only Andy Geggan has played for Dumbarton. He spent 5 years there, from 2006 to 2011, making 158 appearances.
Pars/Dumbarton - previous meetings
Pars Review match reports from the games between the teams this season:
6 August 2016 - Pars 4, Dumbarton 3
29 October 2016 - Dumbarton 2, Pars 2
Dumbarton: Key player
Still just 23 years old, Robert Thomson was a youth team player with Dundee United and made his senior debut on loan with Dunfermline in 2013. He established himself at Brechin City, scoring 30 goals in 70 starts, which won him a move to the Championship with Dumbarton last summer. He has been a first team regular this season and has scored 6 goals so far. He signed a pre-contract agreement with Morton last month, and will move there at the end of this season.
Dumbarton: In the dugout
After a relatively successful period as manager of Stranraer, Stephen Aitken was appointed Dumbarton manager in May 2015. Aitken was a midfielder in his playing days, appearing over 100 times for Morton and then moving to Stranraer where he played 156 League games. He became the assistant manager at Stranraer in 2009 while still playing, and then was made manager in 2012.
A centre forward who played 217 games for Dumbarton over 2 spells at the club (1973-1978; 1982-1987), and scored 78 goals. Also played for Dundee United, Kilmarnock and Brechin, and during his 15 year playing career, scored a total of 134 goals in 412 games for his various clubs.
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