Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Falkirk v Lenzie - Sat 30th Nov 1878

Falkirk Herald - Thu 5th Dec 1878


In the football match which was played between the Falkirk and Lenzie clubs at Randyford on Saturday last, the lovers of this invigorating and popular game witnessed a contest which, while animated with that friendly rivalry common to such occasions, was conducted with a degree of skill and precision, creditable in a high degree to those who comprised the various teams. The deservedly high reputation enjoyed by the Lenzie men will have undergone no deterioration from Saturday's performance, whilst the representatives of Falkirk - though this club has been but newly set afoot - manifested a spirit which augurs well for the future. The match, notwithstanding the somewhat inclement nature of the weather and the unfavourable condition of the turf, was watched throughout with unmistakeable interest by the various onlookers. The ball was set off by the home team. The kick was well replied to, but before a minute had elapsed, by splendid passing from centre to back on the part of the Falkirk men, the ball was safely lodged within the strangers' goal. Having again kicked off, Lenzie kept the ball entirely within their own territory till at last after a spirited contest they cleverly secured a goal. With the teams again equal play was resumed, both sides putting forth their best efforts in the endeavour to steal a march on each other; but after a few minutes spent on neutral ground, the strangers, ere half-time was called, became, by a mere accident, once more successful. Having reversed position, both sides scored a goal, the playing of the home team being the while particularly good. The brothers Peddie, who were pitted against M'Gregor and Fisher, the renowned back players for Lenzie, proved themselves to be, by their masterly management of the post committed to their charges, very superior players, a remark which may also apply to Neil, Leishman, and Richardson, and the back play of Walker was exceptionally fine. The match concluded in a win for the strangers by one goal, which, however, was not secured without a severe struggle, as the home team during the latter part of the game were evidently retrieving whatever had been lost, and might have been successful in bringing about a draw had not time been called when success seemed inevitable. The following comprises the names of the local team:- W.Carmichael (goal), R.Service, A.Walker (backs), G.Richardson, W.Gentleman (half-backs), W.Peddie, R.Peddie, J.Taylor, J.Walker, J.Leishman, and J.Neil (forwards).

Thursday, 15 December 2016

King's Park v Grasshoppers - Sat 17th Nov 1878

Stirling Journal - Thu 22nd Nov 1878


A match between the above clubs came off on the ground of the former on Saturday, and resulted in a draw, both teams scoring two goals. The game was greatly interfered with by some of the spectators rushing in on the ground whenever a dispute arose, and it is to be hoped the same will not be repeated. Teams:- King's Park - Goal, ?.Taylor; backs, W.Gentles, D.Mackenzie?; half-backs, J.Leishman, H.Lundie; forwards, James McInnes, J.McDonald, James Gray, J.Shaw, J.Hay and J.Oliphant (captain). Grasshoppers - Goal, J.Anderson (captain); backs, J.Ure, J.Paterson; half-backs, A.Paterson, J.Hamilton; forwards, W.Shirra, J.Hamilton, H.McPhee, M.Dobson, W.Forrester and A.Moffat.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Falkirk v Campsie Glen - Sat 28th Sep 1878

Falkirk Herald - Sat 5th Oct 1878



The above tie was played at Randyford on Saturday last, in the presence of a large turn-out of spectators, and resulted in a win for the Falkirk team by two goals to none. The home team having won the toss, kicked off at 3.45, the forwards at once taking the ball to their opponent's goal, and smartly passing it through, scoring the first goal one minute after the kick off. During the rest of the game some excellent playing was shown by both sides. A little before time was called the home team showed their superiority by taking the ball up the whole of the field, and by some clever passing, sent it through the goal, thus winning the match by two goals to none. The home team played well together, the following are the players:- Falkirk - R.Peddie (captain), W.Peddie, left; John Taylor, W.Gentleman, centre; James Neill, James Ferguson, right; W.Geddes, half-back; George Richardson, half-back; D.McMillan and R.Service, backs; William Carmichael, goal. Campsie Glen - J.McFarlane (captain), C.Reid, left, A.Stirling, J.Murray, centre; J.McKay, M.Dalton, right; T.Rodger and J.Murray, half-backs; T.Reid and G.Gray, backs; W.Brown, goal.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

King's Park 2nd XI v Falkirk 2nd XI - Sat 28th Sep 1878

Stirling Observer - Thu 3rd Oct 1878


A match between the above named clubs came off on the ground of the former on Saturday, and resulted in favour of the home team by one goal to nothing. Teams:- King's Park- Goal, W.Brown; backs, D.McKenzie, J.Leishman; half-backs, G.Marshall, G.Lundie; forwards, J.Hay, J.McInnes, J.Christie, J.Elliot, D.McInnes, and J.Oliphant (captain). Falkirk - Goal, R.Cuthell; backs, L.Watson, H.Smith; half-backs, F.Buchanan, W.Binnie; forwards, A.Ferguson, W.Johnston, J.Paterson, J.Fleming, T.Hamilton, and T.Taylor (captain).

Monday, 12 December 2016

Falkirk v King's Park - Sat 21st Sep 1878

Stirling Observer - Thu 26th Sep 1878


A match between the above named clubs came off at Falkirk on Saturday, and after a well-contested game, resulted in favour of the home team by one goal (and a disputed one) to nothing. The following are the names of both teams:- Stirling King's Park- Goal, W.Marshall; backs, F.Suter, W.Gentles; half-backs, H.Lundie, J.Shaw; forwards, P.Lennie, J.Edmund, W.Murdoch, J.McDonald, P.Morrison, and J.Oliphant (captain). Falkirk - Goal, W.Carmichael; backs, R.Service, A.Walker; half-backs, W.Geddes, G.Richardson; forwards, W.Peddie, W.Gentleman, J.Ferguson, J.Taylor, J.Neil, and R.Peddie (captain).

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Falkirk v Govanhill - Sat 6th Apr 1878

Falkirk Herald - Sat 13th Apr 1878


This match took place on the ground of the East Stirlingshire Cricket Club at Randyford. The weather was favourable, and a goodly number of spectators passed the gate to witness the match. The ball was kept well in the centre of the field for some time after the "kick off", when the Govanhill carried it well into the Falkirk territory, but any advantage they obtained was neutralized by the ineffectual and erratic shots at goal which their men attempted. The ball was now taken by the Falkirk men right down into the Govanhill lines, where the play was mostly carried on till half-time was called. In the second half the Govanhill assailed the Falkirk goal with spirit, and latterly succeeded in securing a goal, although rather simply. No other score was made up till the finish - Govanhill being successfull by one goal to nothing. The Falkirk men played well, and if they had utilised their "backs" to more advantage, the tables might have been turned. For Falkirk, Neil, Peddie, Leishman (forwards) and Richardson (half-back) played pluckily. The following was the Falkirk team:- Neil, R.Peddie (captain), W.Peddie, Leishman, Gentleman, Taylor (forwards); Richardson, Johnson (half-backs); Service and Buchanan (backs); and McEwan (goal). We were unable to obtain a list of the Govanhill team.

Grasshoppers v Britannia - Sat 6th Apr 1878

Falkirk Herald - Thu 11th Apr 1878


A friendly match at football came off here on Saturday between our local club and the Britannia, Glasgow. The game commenced at 5 o'clock PM. The Britannia, having won the toss, very wisely chose the end from which a pretty stiff breeze was blowing, thus giving them a very great advantage over the Bonnybridge team, who also had a bright sun full in their faces. Notwithstanding these disadvantages, coupled with the fact that one or two of their best players were unable to be present, Bonnybridge scored a goal in about twenty minutes. By the time sides were changed the sun did not shine on the ground, and there was scarcely any wind, so that the Britannia never had the disadvantages which were so much against Bonnybridge during the first half of the game. After sides were changed no more goals were won on either side, but Bonnybridge had by far the best of the play, the 'fighting' being in front of the Britannia's goal two-thirds of the time. As 'time' drew near Britannia seemed to lose hope, as their efforts were concentrated in the defence of their goal, and the kicks which they got, when fortune favoured them were devoted to kicking the ball not toward their enemies' goal, but beyond the boundaries with the evident desire of 'killing time'. altogether the Britannia showed poorly.