Spotlight on The Sons

Robert Robertson on was Chairman of Dumbarton FC and took a struggling Dumbarton in the 1960s to notable success in the 1970s. Appointed in 1968, he was outspoken and often controversial.
He had big plans and vowed to make ‘The Sons’ the third force in Scottish Football by moving them to Cumbernauld, which was rejected.
Robertson was responsible for the building of the new stand and recruiting of Jackie Stewart – not the motor racing champion – as manager who achieved promotion for the club. During his tenure, the club enjoyed its highest ever profile as his eccentric plans made the headlines; these included the attempted signings of Denis Law and Johann Cruyff.
There’ still time to enjoy our Dumbarton FC 150th Anniversary exhibition in Dumbarton Library. Please check library opening times over the festive period.
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Directors of Dumbarton FC – John Hosie, club secretary; Archie Ayre, Martin Foy, Robert A Robertson and Alex Jackson. Below are caricatures of the players from that era drawn by Tom Ferguson.

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