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Dumbarton Football Club
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On a Saturday afternoon in 1872 a group of young men watched their first ever game of football when The Vale of Levern travelled to the Old Recreation Ground at Crosshill, Glasgow to be beaten 3-0 by Queens Park. The next day this same group of men decided to form their own club at Dumbarton. They could little have foreseen that they were about to create a team that was to be a dominant force in the early days of Scottish Football. They joined the newly formed Scottish Football Association in 1873 and by 1879 had moved into their ground at Boghead Park, where they put together an unbeaten home run lasting five years. Dumbarton won the Scottish Cup in 1882-83 and were beaten finalists on a further five occasions. They met English FA Cup winners Blackburn Olympic, as holders of the Scottish Cup, and pounded them 6-1 to be proclaimed champions of Britain. Dumbarton joined the newly formed Scottish Football League for the 1890-91 season and finished up sharing the championship with Rangers. Dumbarton won the title outright in the following year. Dumbarton also has the distinction in 1892 of handing Celtic their biggest home defeat in a friendly (0-8) and Rangers their biggest ever league defeats (6-0).


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