My football experience started with my grandfather taking me to Hampden to watch Queens Park. We travelled by public transport from Dalmuir to the games in the late 60s. I remember if there was a game on New Year’s day my parents and my brother would come along as well to make it a family afternoon out. ( my brother is not a football fans and prefers fishing while my parents watched Aberdeen when they lived there) don’t know why my grandfather supported Queens Park. When I started work and bought a car we started to support Dumbarton and my grandfather and I would go to home and away games all over the country. It was a great time supporting the Sons competing against the big teams. Moving on a few years it took my wife to be to games but she always wanted to leave early so she stopped coming to the games and I could enjoy myself. When children came along I stopped going for about 8 years but continued to keep an interest in how they were doing. When my son was old enough he would come to the games and was a mascot at one of the home games. When he moved to the new stadium he was a ball boy for a few years, his reward for doing this was 50p, a pie and a coke at half time! Once he was in his teens he lost interest in football although he will now come to the occasional game. He wanted to go to Ibrox to see Rangers play so I took him to Walter Smith’s testimonial. At one point during the game a shout went up “stand up if you gate Celtic’, we looked at each other and thought for our safety we should better stand. Never been back to Ibrox and I can see why the ugly sisters are hated. The year we won promotion at Annan my son, my cousin and her son were there. On the way back we had Jim Traynor on the radio going on about whoever had won the Premiership and no mention of the other leagues, so my cousin phoned in and gave him short shift about ignoring the other leagues! Now in my mid 60s I still go to Dumbarton and have enjoyed the good times (being in the Championship and a cup final) and unfortunately the not so good times just now, hopefully things will improve. I have nothing but respect for the supporters outside Rangers and Celtic who are not glory hunters but support their local team through thick. And thin. If only the powers that be redistributed the money to the clubs that need it would be much better for the game as a whole.