The world in 2008 may still be a grim place in many respects, but Fergus Tiernan (53") and Brian McPhee (63") made it a Happy New Year for new Sons boss Jim Chapman this afternoon, as Dumbarton won 2-0 at home against his old side Albion Rovers to clamber into eighth spot in the Irn-Bru Scottish Football League Third Division. With Forfar losing 1-0 to Elgin, that means we won't go bottom even if the Loons pick up three points from their game in hand. Shire were also dumped 3-0, so if we can stay on level points with them we have a goal difference advantage of six. Always look on the bright side of life... it may or may not be the start of a new era at SHS, but it's certainly a much-needed boost.
Naturally, I put it all down to my friend Kevin Scully, Leyton Orient fanatic and Rector of St Matthew's Bethnal Green, for giving the Sons an honourable mench in his Christmas Eve sermon. We'd been at the O's the previous day, when St M's were manager's sponsor (picture to follow, I hope). Kevin's anecdote was ostensibly about how our different interests mould our perceptions about events in life, but any excuse to shoehorn the Beautiful Game in, really. Quoth he: "I have a friend who came to the football with me the other day. As we sat suffering the game which was to end 0-0 between Leyton Orient and Yeovil, he would look down every now and then at his mobile phone. Why? He was receiving up to the minute texts on a game in Scotland, where his beloved Dumbarton were losing to Montrose. Yes, he was interested int the game in front of him, but he had brought with him other concerns." Mais naturellement.
[Pic (c) and acknowledgements to DFC and Donald Fullarton. Go buy loads of his wonderful photos]