MEMBERS of the Dumbarton team who won the Scottish League second division title in 1972 were honoured guests at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium as today's team earned a vital Ladbrokes Championship point at home to bottom side St Mirren.
The heroes of the past joined a 1,342 crowd — the majority very supportive fans of the Buddies — and enjoyed a closely contested and entertaining match in which ex-Sons assistant manger Jack Ross saw his side twice take the lead, but on both occasions Stevie Aitken's men hit back.
The opening exchanges were scrappy, as both sides struggled to assert control. On 11 minutes Daniel Harvie saved Sons when he somehow managed to hook the ball off the line after Cameron Smith's shot took a deflection and almost went in.
From then on, Dumbarton produced the majority of the pressure in the opening 45 minutes, despite losing captain Darren Barr to a knock on 25 minutes. New recruit Tom Lang was his replacement.
Ten minutes later, against the run of play, St Mirren were in front. A ball from the left hand side was picked up by David Clarkson, who finished from close range to make it 1-0.
Dumbarton took the game to their opponents early in the second half. Buddies thought they had weathered the initial storm, but then Christian Nade struck, unleashimg a bullet header from a fierce corner on 55 minutes, catapulting Sons right back into the match.
Stevie Aitken was forced into another change on 64 minutes, as Stuart Carswell gave way for Lewis Vaughan.
Then on 71 minutes Harry Davies met a free kick into the box and headed home powerfully to put St Mirren back in front at 2-1.
But Sons were not to be beaten. From a Christian Nade pass Robert Thomson levelled again on 80 minutes with a great turn to beat his man before finishing from close range.
The home side fought hard right until the final whistle in search of all three points, but the Saints managed to hold on for a draw.
The Class of 72 are pictured. From left: defender Jack Bolton, forward Charlie Gallagher, full back Alan McKay, keeper Lawrie Williams, winger Peter Coleman, striker Roy McCormick, physio Bobby Holmes, midfielder Johnny Graham, and striker Kenny Wilson.