Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Lenzie v Falkirk - Sat 29th Mar 1879

Falkirk Herald - Sat 5th Apr 1879


The return match between these clubs was played at Lenzie on Saturday, and after a very enjoyable game, resulted in favour of the home team by two goals to none. Falkirk, losing the toss, kicked off against a slight wind, but the ball was immediately returned, a raid was made on the Falkirk goal, and a corner kick was gained; but although splendidly placed by Borland, the strangers managed to keep their fortress safe, and in return had a run into home territory. Good runs were made by both sides during the first half - the backs playing in good form, and keeping the goals safe till shortly before half-time was called. A scrimmage took place in front of the stranger's goal, and Farquhar put the ball through. During the second half Lenzie played much better, and had many corner-kicks, from one of which by Borland, S.Broadfoot headed a goal, and although Falkirk wrought hard, and got the ball up two or three times, they were unable to score. Borland, Baird and M'Gregor, forwards; and S.Broadfoot, W.Paterson, half-backs played a splendid game for Lenzie, and Neil, Leishman and Peddie, forwards; Walker, back;  and Carmichael, goal; did good service for Falkirk. A match for the benefit of Falkirk Certified Industrial School is to be played on the ground of the Falkirk club on Saturday, 12th curt., between the same clubs, when a good contest is expected. Teams:- Lenzie - J.Paterson, goal; M.Broadfoot and Archers, backs; S.Broadfoot and W.Paterson, half-backs; Baird, Borland, Farquhar, Agar, Cree and M'Gregor, forwards. Falkirk - W.Carmichael, goal; A.Walker and Richardson, backs; J.Law and R.Service, half-backs; J.Neil, J.Leishman, J.Ferguson, R.Johnston, W.Peddie and J.Taylor, forwards.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

James Leishman

James Leishman

b 25th June 1857, Bothwell, Lanarkshire
d 7th November 1935, Camelon, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Competitive Debut – Saturday September 27th 1879 v Grasshoppers (H) Scottish Cup 1st Rd

Positions – Outside-Left, Centre-Forward, Left-Back

Scottish Cup Matches/Goals [6/5]
Stirlingshire Cup Matches/Goals [3/-]
Other Matches/Goals [27/3]

Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1885/86]

Falkirk FC Club Captain 1879/80

Hat-Tricks – 1 [Scottish Cup [1]]

Note - Scorer of Falkirk's first recorded hat-trick, v Bonnybridge Grasshoppers (A) Scottish Cup 2nd Rd, Saturday October 8th 1881

James Leishman c1880

Robert Service

Robert Service

b 27th March 1857, Closeburn, Dumfriesshire

Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Competitive Debut – Saturday September 28th 1878 v Campsie Glen (H) Scottish Cup 1st Rd

Positions – Left-Back, Left-Half, Forward

Scottish Cup Matches/Goals [2/-]
Other Matches/Goals [11/-]
Scottish 2nd XI Cup Matches/Goals [1/-]

Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1879/80]

Played in Falkirk's first ever Senior Competitive Match v Campsie Glen (H) Scottish Cup, 28th September 1878

Uncle of Charles Service [Falkirk FC 2nd XI]

Note - After his short football career he became a baker with a business first in Kilsyth then in West Bridge Street.

Falkirk Herald - Wed 22nd December 1886

Falkirk v Govanhill - Sat 22nd Mar 1879

Falkirk Herald - Sat 29th Mar 1879


On Saturday last a football match between the Falkirk Football Club and the Govanhill took place on the ground of the former at Randyford. The ground was in splendid condition, and the weather was all that could be desired. The kick-off took place at 4:15, and not minutes had elapsed when a goal was secured by the home team. The play throughout was most regular, passing being a particularly good feature on both sides, and the struggle of both teams pretty equal. At the second half, the Falkirk men completely overcame their opponents, and at the close the game stood - Falkirk 2 : Govanhill 1. For the former club Messrs J.Neil and J.Leishman at their usual posts did good service, while Mr J.Richardson, as formerly, kept up his commendable style. Mr J.Law, we noticed, had more style than formerly, and did equally good service. for the Govanhill team each respective man played and kept steady at their posts. there was a large turn-out of spectators, and the day's playing was as successful as any which has been witnessed this season, the reason being due to the well-matched strength of the rival teams.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Falkirk v Kelvinbank - Sat 8th Mar 1879

Falkirk Herald - Sat 15th Mar 1879


On Saturday last the Falkirk Football Club maintained the series of matches, which during the late storm were wholly put a stop to, when an interesting contest took place with the Kelvinbank men (Glasgow). The weather, on account of the high wind, was not favourable for football, though otherwise very pleasant. The Kelvinbank team having won the toss, decided to play with the wind. Before two minutes had elapsed a rather easily secured goal was obtained by the strangers. The play was inclined to be a little out of order, and nothing particular tranpired during the first half, the game standing in favour of the strangers by three goals, the home team never having obtained entrance within the enemy's territory, a result probably due to the fact of the wind being dead against the Falkirk men. Ends having been reversed, curious to say the wind considerably abated, and shifted its quarter away to the south-west, thus presenting the "Bairns" from obtaining the advantage enjoyed by their opponents. The play, however, now became stiffer, but the Falkirk men were by no means in their best form, a deterioration which may be largely attributed to the want of practice caused by the late storm. In the first half the contest was devoid of any noteworthy feature other than the very superior playing of J.Richardson, as back, and J.Law, as half-back, who, although having little style, played with an enthusiasm which made him the most serviceable man on the field. we understand that an arrangement has been made to play a second match, on the 12th of next month, with the Lenzie Club, and from the reputation which the two clubs when matched formerly obtained, and from the fact that the proceeds of the drawings are intended to be devoted to the funds in support of the Industrial School, it is expected that the match will be a more than usually interesting one.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Angus McEwan

Angus McEwan

b 29th October 1856, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
d < 1943

Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Positions – Goalkeeper
Other Matches/Goals [3/-]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78]

Note - in the first ever report for a Falkirk match in the Falkirk Herald, was listed as "A.M'Queen"

1861 Census - Child - Cow Wynd, Falkirk - b c1857, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
1871 Census - Auctioneer's Clerk  - Cow Wynd, Falkirk - b c1855, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
1881 Census - Wood Merchant's Clerk - Bean Row, Falkirk - b c1858, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
1891 Census - Clerk - Melville Street, Falkirk - b c 1857, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
1901 Census - Spirit Merchant - 13 Pitt Terrace, Stirling, b c 1857, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Stirling Observer - Tuesday 13th April 1943

Falkirk v Petershill - Sat 7th Dec 1878

Falkirk Herald - Thu 12th Dec 1878


This match was played on the ground of the latter at Randyford on Saturday afternoon last and resulted in a draw, no goals having been secured. There was nothing conspicuous in the playing of either team except that of John Adam, who was in splendid form as a forward, and likewise W.Carmichael, who guarded the goal with great vigilence. During the first half the home team kept the ball entirely within their own territory, while the same remark in the latter half also applies to the strangers. The game, as contrasted with that of the Saturday previous, was exceedingly tame, but this was due to the very hard state of the ground caused by a frost - a drawbackwhich the strangers seemingly were not slow to take advantage of for the introduction of some rough playing into the contest. On the whole, in comparing the rival teams, Falkirk, considering its youth, held its opponents in check in a highly creditable manner. Agood number of spectators turned out to witness the game. The following are the names of the players:- Petershill Team - James Blair, goal; A.Stark, J.Kein, backs; R.Stoddart (captain), A.Lauder, half-backs; J.Dick, E.Kein, D.Johnston, J.Scobbie, J.M'Allan, H.Webster, forwards. Falkirk Team - Wm.Carmichael, goal; George Richardson, W.Gentleman, backs; John Adam, R.Service, half-backs; Jas.Niel, T.Taylor, J.Taylor, W.Binnie, W.Peddie, R.Peddie (captain), forwards.