Published 01 July 2022
DUMBARTON football legend Murdo MacLeod is donating his shirt from one of greatest days in the club’s history to form the centrepiece of a new 150th anniversary exhibition.
Now he’s urging fans to get involved too by sharing their personal stories and unique memorabilia from a lifetime of following the Sons of The Rock.
MacLeod was recently inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his stellar service – first as a teenager grabbing his big break and again, 15 years later, when he returned as player/manager.
It was during that second stint in 1995 that supporters enjoyed one of the most iconic moments in the club’s history, earning promotion from Division Two with a dramatic win away to Stirling Albion on the last day of the season.
So when MacLeod heard that the club, in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council’s Arts & Heritage team, is staging a special exhibition to mark its 150th anniversary he pledged the No.6 shirt that he wore on that special day.
MacLeod said: “Dumbarton will always be important to me as it’s the rock on which my entire career was built – and it’s nice to be a part of the long history of one of the oldest clubs in the world.
“Over the years I was privileged to enjoy trophy success with a few clubs (Celtic, Borussia Dortmund, Hibs) but that day in Stirling when we secured promotion was as special a moment as any of them.
“I’m proud to have played my part and hope that having my shirt on display will jog a few memories for people who were at Forthbank on that special day.”
The 150th anniversary exhibition will be on show at Dumbarton Library Heritage Centre from October 6 to December 17, and organisers would love to hear from fans who wish to contribute.
By sharing your funny anecdotes, interesting stories about a memorable matchday, a favourite player or an unforgettable moment that remains special, your voice can help to build a unique local record of the club’s history.
You can share your contribution via email at email@example.com – please include any photographs that help to illustrate your story.
Exhibition curators are also keen to expand the museum collection of objects relating to the club. If you have memorabilia that you would consider donating just get in touch in at the same email address with more information and a note of your contact details for a member of the council’s Arts & Heritage team to get back to you.