Well, the precedent wasn't good anyway. But it's still sad that the Mighty DFC got whopped 5-0 at home to Dunfermline Athletic. Not so much of a "football family fun day" as we might have hoped, then. Presciently (as ever) my Far Post column in Sons View for this game -- which I'll post here tomorrow, when everyone has recovered a bit -- was entitled 'The ingredients for success'. In the longer run, I hope - though not too long, as we have Division Two to negotiate from next week, and we definitely want to stay there for a bit. Until we go up again, that is.
Making a return to Strathclyde Homes Stadium this afternoon, as Alan Findlay reminded us, was former Sons boss Gerry McCabe, now assistant to Pars manager Jim McIntyre. Gerry held the Dumbarton managerial reins in season 2007-8. Also back at the Rock with the opposition was midfielder Graeme Holmes, who spent eight months with Sons in 2004-5, pulling on the famous gold jersey on 12 occasions.
Today "David Graham opened the scoring early for the Pars, with Andy Kirk finding the net twice and Alex Burke and Steven Bell also scoring," writes Alan. "Sons also had Iain Chisholm sent off for a second bookable offence on an afternoon to forget."