Friday, 24 June 2016

Robert Hamilton - President of Falkirk FC 1908

I know I normally post about football players, and to be fair it is because there is not very much of interest to say about football club board members or directors or whatever. And rightly so. But I found this bit from the FH in 1908, and the article says that the Falkirk Football Club President was a player with Zetland Swifts in his youth so that is good enough.



Thursday, 23 June 2016

East Stirlingshire v Stoke - 6th August 1887

From the Falkirk Herald Saturday 13th August 1887.

EAST STIRLINGSHIRE v STOKE - The East Stirlingshire opened their season at Merchiston Park, Bainsford, on Saturday by a match with Stoke-on-Trent, the holders of the Staffordshire Cup. The weather was most unfavourable , rain having fallen heavily for several hours prior to the game commencing, and continuing throughout the whole of the play. This had a very telling effect on the attendance of spectators, and the numbers present would not exceed 1000. The visitors won the toss, and elected to defend the west goal, and McLauchlan kicked off, and from a miss from Reid the visitors got the leather at once well into the home territory, but Wilson and Doyle at back played a fine defence, and the goal was well cleared, and the ball taken into mid-field, where play remained for a time.
Play had gone on for about twenty minutes , when Dunn, from a smart pass by McLauchlan, headed the leather between the uprights, and thus registered the first goal for East Stirlingshire. For about a quarter of an hour East Stirlingshire kept up a most determined attack on the Stoke goal, shot after shot being sent in in rapid succession, but they were as smartly saved by Rowley. A minute from the call of half-time the home team relaxed their pressure, and Bollom, getting away with the leather, ran it right up the field. He made a straight shot for goal, but the leather striking Sharp, the ball rebounded, and on Sharp running out to lift it he slipped, owing to the soft condition of the ground, and Bollom, who had followed it up, touched the leather, and it rolled through between the posts. Half-time was then called, leaving the score at one goal each.
In the second half a lot of hard work was put in by both teams, and, when the game had gone about half an hour, McLauchlan scored a second goal for East Stirlingshire. The visitors tried hard to equalise, but were unable to do so, and time was called, leaving the result - East Stirlingshire, two goals; Stoke, one.
Teams:- Stoke - Goal, Rowley: backs, H.Montford and T.Clave; half backs, E.Smith, G.Shott (Captain) and W.Holford; forwards, right wing, A.Edge and J.Sayer; centre, L.Bollom; left wing, T.Wainwright and J.Owen. East Stirlingshire - Goal, Sharp; backs, Wilson and Doyle; half backs, Inch, Kadie and Johnstone; forwards, right wing, Stewart and Reid; centre, McLauchlan; left wing, Dunn and Honeyman.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Pen Pic - James Macrae - East Stirlingshire FC - 1907

Here is another Prominent Player from Falkirk District in 1907, this time a 'shire player James Macrae, which means I really do not know that much about him. Read the bio I say.


I will go and look at his stats and add something here :)

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Pen Pic - James Reid - Falkirk FC - 1907

This post from the prominent footballers series is that of James 'Punkie' Reid. Another local lad who Falkirk pinched from East Stirlingshire twice. Although starting his career at Inside-Right, in his second spell at the club he played almost exclusively at Right-Half, to such success that in 1907 he played in the Scottish League International Trial, then in 1909 in the Scottish International Trial, sadly though not being given the honour of representing his country.


After his Falkirk career he moved on to Cowdenbeath, then served in the Great War with Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Pen Pic - John Simpson - Falkirk FC - 1907

This the legend that was Jock Simpson in 1907.


Nothing more need be said.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Pen Pic - John Morrison - Falkirk FC - 1907

John Morrison is the next in this series of prominent players from 1907, and I have to say he is one of my pet favourite players in the history of Falkirk FC. Although he would be special because [as far as I am aware] he is the only player to play for the club in every single position of the old 2-3-5 formation [okay he only played in goal once, in a friendly v Peebles Rovers]: but most importantly, by 1910 he went by the nickname "Slasher", there, that is enough.

He would have been a 'one club man' apart from the fact that his work took him to Paisley, and wartime restrictions on movement compelled him to play for St Mirren in 1913/14.


After his playing career he became the Secretary/Manager of East Stirlingshire, Third Lanark then St Mirren, retiring in Paisley during the second war.

Pen Pic - Thomas Baird - East Sirlingshire - 1907

Yet another in the series of Pen Pics of Prominent Falkirk and District Football Players. This one, Thomas Baird is a rarity, in that he is one of few footballers that played for all three Scottish League teams in the District: Falkirk, Stenhousemuir then East Stirlingshire. The only catch being that he played for Falkirk and Stenhousemuir before they had joined the League.


Although a local, I have never quite been able to pinpoint where he was from, and he dissappeared off the radar not long after this season.