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46 minutes ago, FifeSons said:

Any guesses on who the strikers we’re speaking to might be?

Isaac Layne or someone who played for Stranraer 2 years ago before dropping into the juniors or something.

I would even take a punt on someone like PJ Crossan at this time. I don't think he had a great season (suspect injuries possibly played a part) but at least he has a wee bit of something about him if you manage him well... oh wait. Maybe not.

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5 hours ago, squeezebox-son said:

Isaac Layne or someone who played for Stranraer 2 years ago before dropping into the juniors or something.

I would even take a punt on someone like PJ Crossan at this time. I don't think he had a great season (suspect injuries possibly played a part) but at least he has a wee bit of something about him if you manage him well... oh wait. Maybe not.

Naw, just naw.  There's a team called Newell's Old Boys in Argentina and that's quite enough thanks.

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Hello workington supporter here,been looking at your club in light of what seems like a very random preseason game for both clubs, however would think the teams will be of very similar standards and should be a decent work out. For those who dont know Workington lost football league status in 1977 and since have meandered around the English non league scene, now marooned in the NPL north west after missing out on the title on the last day and then losing the play offs,things might be improving with the return of former manager Danny grainger and crowds at the back end of the season going over the 1000 mark. Many Scottish players have played for the reds over the years with lots settling into the area,loose connections an old neighbour of mine Jimmy Scott played for dumbarton in 1951 ,Alex Rollo finished his career at Workington and striker Barry Diamond one of the first players I remember watching in 1980 was born in Dumbarton.  Shame the game is a Tuesday night but hopefully a few will make the long trip

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16 minutes ago, Whiteside said:

Hello workington supporter here,been looking at your club in light of what seems like a very random preseason game for both clubs, however would think the teams will be of very similar standards and should be a decent work out. For those who dont know Workington lost football league status in 1977 and since have meandered around the English non league scene, now marooned in the NPL north west after missing out on the title on the last day and then losing the play offs,things might be improving with the return of former manager Danny grainger and crowds at the back end of the season going over the 1000 mark. Many Scottish players have played for the reds over the years with lots settling into the area,loose connections an old neighbour of mine Jimmy Scott played for dumbarton in 1951 ,Alex Rollo finished his career at Workington and striker Barry Diamond one of the first players I remember watching in 1980 was born in Dumbarton.  Shame the game is a Tuesday night but hopefully a few will make the long trip

Hello, if the match had been on a saturday it would have been easier for folk to go down, but couple that with us being in turmoil at the moment, with a crap manager, turnout may not be that good sadly.

All the best 👍

 

 

 

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22 hours ago, squeezebox-son said:

Isaac Layne or someone who played for Stranraer 2 years ago before dropping into the juniors or something.

I would even take a punt on someone like PJ Crossan at this time. I don't think he had a great season (suspect injuries possibly played a part) but at least he has a wee bit of something about him if you manage him well... oh wait. Maybe not.

There are no Junior leagues here now.

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Tommy Muir signed for Annan. I thought Farrell would’ve gone in for him, given he signed him at Stranraer. I suppose he maybe did and he knocked us back.

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5 hours ago, FifeSons said:

Tommy Muir signed for Annan. I thought Farrell would’ve gone in for him, given he signed him at Stranraer. I suppose he maybe did and he knocked us back.

It looks like he’s from down that neck of the woods so if we had wanted to sign him (I’m not convinced we did) it would’ve been a hell of a lot of travelling for him with us training in Glasgow. 

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1 minute ago, Bring Back Paddy Flannery said:

It looks like he’s from down that neck of the woods so if we had wanted to sign him (I’m not convinced we did) it would’ve been a hell of a lot of travelling for him with us training in Glasgow. 

"A clear failure by Dumbarton FC to house prospective players in the central belt. Farrell out." - FifeSons.

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8 hours ago, Whiteside said:

Hello workington supporter here,been looking at your club in light of what seems like a very random preseason game for both clubs, however would think the teams will be of very similar standards and should be a decent work out. For those who dont know Workington lost football league status in 1977 and since have meandered around the English non league scene, now marooned in the NPL north west after missing out on the title on the last day and then losing the play offs,things might be improving with the return of former manager Danny grainger and crowds at the back end of the season going over the 1000 mark. Many Scottish players have played for the reds over the years with lots settling into the area,loose connections an old neighbour of mine Jimmy Scott played for dumbarton in 1951 ,Alex Rollo finished his career at Workington and striker Barry Diamond one of the first players I remember watching in 1980 was born in Dumbarton.  Shame the game is a Tuesday night but hopefully a few will make the long trip

It's not that long a trip to be honest. Easier to get to than some of the treks in the Scottish Leagues. 

I'm looking at heading down, I'll see how my work rota is. 

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2 hours ago, Bring Back Paddy Flannery said:

It looks like he’s from down that neck of the woods so if we had wanted to sign him (I’m not convinced we did) it would’ve been a hell of a lot of travelling for him with us training in Glasgow. 

Yeah, I wondered if that might be the case. FWIW, I wasn’t hoping we’d sign him, just could’ve Farrell going for him.

1 hour ago, Sweet Pete said:

"A clear failure by Dumbarton FC to house prospective players in the central belt. Farrell out." - FifeSons.

You must have me confused with someone else. Nothing but positive vibes from this forever optimist.

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10 hours ago, Whiteside said:

Hello workington supporter here,been looking at your club in light of what seems like a very random preseason game for both clubs, however would think the teams will be of very similar standards and should be a decent work out. For those who dont know Workington lost football league status in 1977 and since have meandered around the English non league scene, now marooned in the NPL north west after missing out on the title on the last day and then losing the play offs,things might be improving with the return of former manager Danny grainger and crowds at the back end of the season going over the 1000 mark. Many Scottish players have played for the reds over the years with lots settling into the area,loose connections an old neighbour of mine Jimmy Scott played for dumbarton in 1951 ,Alex Rollo finished his career at Workington and striker Barry Diamond one of the first players I remember watching in 1980 was born in Dumbarton.  Shame the game is a Tuesday night but hopefully a few will make the long trip

It has been a long time in coming but this is the second leg of the friendly with Workington which I attended at Boghead on 5th August 1969, with the chance for the Sons to avenge that 1-2 defeat.  Aye, we've both had our struggles since then but at least we are both still drawing breath.  IIRC it was Wimbledon who replaced the Reds in the Football League, I can hardly believe that was 45 years ago.

According to the excellent Sons Archive website Alex Rollo played 41 times for us, his debut being the incredible League Cup 1-8 defeat to Brechin at Boghead on the opening day of season 1956/57.  Barry Diamond was something of a teenage prospect when he joined us but he departed before ever playing for what was at that time a good first team squad - did he not also play for Barrow in the North West ?

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18 hours ago, Whiteside said:

Hello workington supporter here,been looking at your club in light of what seems like a very random preseason game for both clubs, however would think the teams will be of very similar standards and should be a decent work out. For those who dont know Workington lost football league status in 1977 and since have meandered around the English non league scene, now marooned in the NPL north west after missing out on the title on the last day and then losing the play offs,things might be improving with the return of former manager Danny grainger and crowds at the back end of the season going over the 1000 mark. Many Scottish players have played for the reds over the years with lots settling into the area,loose connections an old neighbour of mine Jimmy Scott played for dumbarton in 1951 ,Alex Rollo finished his career at Workington and striker Barry Diamond one of the first players I remember watching in 1980 was born in Dumbarton.  Shame the game is a Tuesday night but hopefully a few will make the long trip

There's a pretty big range of quality across the Northern Premier. I've a soft spot for South Shields due to having family in the area. What they're doing with the redevelopment of their ground and the way they've grown their fan base is fantastic. They'd do well in the Scottish lower leagues and we'd struggle against them. 

Stalybridge  or Grantham Town? We'd still be strong favourites.

Thats no real difference from non-league football north of the border though. Teams like Pollok or Auchinleck Talbot would run a lot of lower league teams close.

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4 hours ago, BallochSonsFan said:

There's a pretty big range of quality across the Northern Premier. I've a soft spot for South Shields due to having family in the area. What they're doing with the redevelopment of their ground and the way they've grown their fan base is fantastic. They'd do well in the Scottish lower leagues and we'd struggle against them. 

Stalybridge  or Grantham Town? We'd still be strong favourites.

Thats no real difference from non-league football north of the border though. Teams like Pollok or Auchinleck Talbot would run a lot of lower league teams close.

And Clydebank could beat Clyde or Elgin …..

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9 minutes ago, Greenmachine said:

And Clydebank could beat Clyde or Elgin …..

I doubt that. Can't see Clydebank having enough about them to defeat either of those teams.

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15 hours ago, O'Kelly Isley III said:

It has been a long time in coming but this is the second leg of the friendly with Workington which I attended at Boghead on 5th August 1969, with the chance for the Sons to avenge that 1-2 defeat.  Aye, we've both had our struggles since then but at least we are both still drawing breath.  IIRC it was Wimbledon who replaced the Reds in the Football League, I can hardly believe that was 45 years ago.

According to the excellent Sons Archive website Alex Rollo played 41 times for us, his debut being the incredible League Cup 1-8 defeat to Brechin at Boghead on the opening day of season 1956/57.  Barry Diamond was something of a teenage prospect when he joined us but he departed before ever playing for what was at that time a good first team squad - did he not also play for Barrow in the North West ?

I've been looking at old pictures of Boghead looked a fantastic old school ground,our ground still looks like its stuck in a time warp.

Barry diamond must have went to Barrow as a young teenager came to the reds for 2 seasons then returned to Barrow and scored a lot of goals that got him into the football league with Rochdale ,then played with a lot of non league clubs around Manchester area, I assume settling in down there. As far as I know the Rollo family stayed down here and one of his sons was actually a board member a few years ago.

Reading up on the history of Dumbarton reminds me of my terrible lack of knowledge of Scotland and football teams that I've known all my life I would struggle to locate geographically. Come retirement a venture into Scotland's football world will be an aim

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9 minutes ago, FifeSons said:

I'm guessing the fixture list will likely be announced next week?

Next Friday (June 19) I think. Or that's the date I've got marked in my calendar for the paper anyway!

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