Saturday, 12 April 2008

Doonhamer heaven

Congratulations to Scottish First Division mid-tablers Queen of the South, who got to the Scottish Cup Final for the first time in their history this afternoon, with a hard fought and historic 4-3 win over SPLers Aberdeen. Incredibly, the Doonhamers could be in Europe next season, if Rangers overcome Partick Thistle and St Johnstone, as expected, and win the League. If they don't, another piece of history will occur: a Final with no-one from the top flight in it. Either way, that's got to be good for the game north of the border.

As it happens, there are a number of Dumbarton connections with Queens. Back in July 2007 we lost keeper Stephen Grindlay to them, but he has been kept out of the team by Hearts on-loan Scottish under-21 international Jamie MacDonald. Equally important for us was sorely missed striker Stephen Dobbie (pictured), who made 17 appearances for the mighty DFC in 2006-7, netting 10 goals. He went off in the Aberdeen semi just before half-time.

Then there's forward Robert Campbell. Finally, midfielder Neil Scally also turned out for the Sons, but suffered a serious knee ligament injury against Dunfermline at East End Park in December 2007 and has been out for the season.

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