Sunday, 4 March 1979

Belfast v Lenzie - Thu Apr 3rd 1879

Belfast Morning News - Fri Apr 4th 1879


A match between the representatives of the Lenzie (Glasgow) Club and a local team came off yesterday on the grounds of the Ulster Cricket Club, and was the first under the Scottish Association rules in which an Irish team has taken part. The weather was most favourable, and the game was witnessed by a vast number of spectators. The strangers having won the toss, elected to play with the wind, and almost immediately after the kick off, the Belfast team carried the first goal. This seemed to put the Scotchmen on their mettle, for they went to work in right earnest, and rapidly scored four goals in succession. Towards the end of the first half the strangers scored again, and the Belfast men took two goals in the second half. The match, which throughout proved most agreeable, thus closed  in favour of the Scotchmen by five goals to three. In the course of the game W.T.Herron took the first goal for Belfast and played very well, being ably supported by Jackson, M'Donald, and M'Aleavy. Altogether the play of our local team was very good, and showed that they require only a little practice to enable them to compete with all comers. Before leaving the ground Mr. Sydney Broadfoot, captain of the Scotch team, took the opportunity of presenting two association balls to the Belfast Club in remembrance of their pleasant match and in the hope that they would be used to further in Ireland. The teams were as follows:- Lenzie - Goal - C.Cree; backs - O.Buck and J.Archer; half-backs - S.Broadfoot and W.Patterson: forwards - F.Archer, J.Macgregor, J.Macpherson, J.Cree, D.Dewar, and M.Broadfoot. Belfast - Goal - J.Watson; backs, H.Davis and J.M.Mack; half-backs, R.M.Sloan and W.A.Glass; forwards, W.T.Herron, W.Jackson, J.Henderson, R.Hughes, J.A.MacDonald, and A.Murray; reserve, R.M.Potts.

Notes -

This match does not really belong on this blog, but I came across it researching Sydney Broadfoot who played one game for Falkirk this season, and since I had found the report I thought I might as well put it up in case anybody found it useful.

There is a McAleavy referred to in the text, but no one of that name in the Belfast team listed. There however is a J.M.Mack in the Belfast team, which would point toward that player being John McAlery.

Incidentally Sydney's brother who also played here was Melbourne Broadfoot, and Sydney's twin sister was Adelaide Broadfoot.

Saturday, 3 March 1979

Falkirk 2nd XI v Lenzie 2nd XI - Sat 20th Sep 1879

Falkirk Herald - Thu 2nd Oct 1879


Played at Falkirk on Saturday, and resulted in the defeat of the home club, who had by far the best of the game throughout, and pressed their opponents (who played with ten men) from beginning to end, but seemed to be unable to score when they had a chance, while the strangers, who played a very plucky game, and rarely managed to get away with the ball, were twice successful in scoring. For the home team - Binnie, M'Callum, Taylor, and Fleming, forwards; J.Mitchell, half-back; and Murphy, back, were most prominent; and for the strangers H.Walker, Forrester, and M'Ausland, forwards; J.Walker, half-back; and Buck, back, were in good form. Teams - Falkirk - Taylor, Binnie, D.Fleming, J.M'Callum, R.Peddie, W.Peddie, forwards; J.Fleming and J.Mitchell, half-backs; A.Mitchell and Murphy, back; H.Hendrie, goal. Lenzie - M'Ausland, Forrester, H.Walker, W.Cree, and P.Cree, forwards; J.Walker and Addie, half-backs; O.Buck and W.Gentleman, back; J.Lochtie, goal.

Note- I believe that W.Gentleman in the Lenzie side was William Gentleman of Falkirk.

Lenzie v Falkirk - Sat 20th Sep 1879

Falkirk Herald - Thu 2nd Oct 1879


These two teams met for the first time this season at Lenzie on Saturday, 20th ult., and after a very pleasant game victory was declared in favour of the home club by 3 goals to 1. Lenzie lost the toss, and had to kick off against the wind; but the Falkirk men returned the ball, and pressed the home team but were unable to score, the shots going over the bar. During the whole of the first half the play was nearly equal, and half-time was called without advantage to either side. After change of ends the Lenzie team played much better together than the strangers, and were successful in taking three goals - their opponents only being able to take one. For the home team M'Gregor, Borland, and F.Archer, forwards, played well, while Barretto and J.Archer, backs, were in grand form. For the Falkirk team Neill, Leishman, and Johnston, forwards, Service, half-back, and Richardson, back, were most conspicuous. Teams - Lenzie - Goal, M'Kenzie; back, Barretto and J.Archer; half-backs, J.Paterson and Dewar; forwards, M'Gregor, Borland, Farquhar, F.Archer, J.Cree, and Fraser. Falkirk - Goal, G.Richardson; backs, H.Smith and J.Richardson; half-backs, W.Ferguson and R.Service; forwards, Neill, Leishman, A.Ferguson, A.Smith, T.Hamilton, and R.Johnston.

Kirkintilloch Athletic v Falkirk - Sat 6th Sep 1879

Falkirk Herald - Sat 13th Sep 1879


This match was played at Kirkintilloch on Saturday last. Being the opening of the season there, and from the opposing clubs never having met before, there was a very large turn-out of spectators, and much interest was taken in the game. The Falkirk captain won the toss and elected to play down-hill, and immediately after the kick-off the strangers assumed the offensive, and gave the home team plenty of work in defending their goal; and although they managed to make several pretty runs in the direction of the Falkirk goal, they were always checked by the backs, who were in good form. Falkirk, however, appeared to be unlucky, as half-time was called and ends changed without scoring. On the ball being again kicked off the home team set to work in earnest, and after some good play were successful in lowering the Falkirk colours. This seemed to put new life into the game; and Falkirk playing well together, by some neat passing made a raid on the home team's goal and lowered it. Only 10 minutes was now left and both sides seemed determined to do their utmost to gain the match, but the Falkirk team (although by far the lighter, seemed to be in better form) came away with a grand rush, and scored again. Time was shortly afterwards called, victory resting with Falkirk by 2 goals to 1. Falkirk Team - Forwards - J.Leishman (captain), T.Hamilton, R.Johnston, A.Smith, A.Ferguson, J.Neil. Half-backs - W.Ferguson, H.Smith. Backs - J.Richardson,  and -.Elliot. Goal - S.Broadfoot. The names of the Kirkintilloch players could not be obtained.

Friday, 2 March 1979

Bathgate v Falkirk - Sat 14th Jun 1879

Falkirk Herald - Sat 21st Jun 1879


This match was played at Bathgate on Saturday last in presence of a large number of spectators, and resulted in a victory by the strangers by three goals to one. Falkirk lost the toss, and had to kick off with the sun in their faces, but had the advantage of the sloping ground; and before many minutes were busy round the Bathgate goal and Taylor breasted the ball through. After the kick-off Bathgate made a nice run up the field, but the play of the backs was too good, and it resulted in nothing; and Falkirk returning to the charge, Ferguson scored the second goal, and in a few minutes afterwards the Bathgate colours were lowered for the third time, the result of some neat passing by Johnston and G.Richardson, Hamilton giving the finishing touch in neat style. Immediately after G.Richardson had to retire, having got a severe kick during a scrimmage. Half-time was called without further score. On resuming play, Bathgate made a nice run up to Falkirk territory, only, however, to be sent back again, Service and J.Richardson kicking with unerring precission. Runs were made by each side without any result, until Wallace took the ball well up to the Falkirk goal, and, during a sharp scrimmage, one of the Falkirk backs made a mis-kick and sent the ball through his own goal. After this Falkirk kept Bathgate in their own ground, and no further score was made, although the home team's goal had several narrow escapes - the match thus resulting in the defeat of Bathgate. For the Bathgate - Wallace (forward), Dudgeon and Anderson (half-backs) and Wilson (goal), played well; and for Falkirk, the whole team were in good form - Johnston, Ferguson and Hamilton (forwards), Service (half-back) and J.Richardson (back) played splendidly. Teams - Bathgate - goal, J.Wilson; backs, Weston and Anderson; half-backs, Dudgeon and Lauder; forwards, Wallace, Farquhar, W.Lumsden, Binnie, J.Lumsden, and Easton. Falkirk - goal, W.Carmichael; backs, J.Richardson and Smith; half-backs, Law and Service; forwards, J.Leishman, Hamilton, Johnston, G.Richardson, T.Taylor, and A.Ferguson.

West Lothian Courier - Sat 21st Jun 1879


A match between these two clubs took place on the ground of the former on Saturday last. The game being new to the town, a large number of spectators assembled on the ground and witnessed the sport with the keenest interest. It was to be regretted that the Chemical Band did not put in an appearance as was expected; but the plucky and determined play of the Bathgate lads against a team of experienced and strong active men was in itself a sufficient attraction for the good townsfolk who turned out. Bathgate having won the toss for choice of ends, sent their opponents to the upper end of the feild for the first half; and the Falkirk club managed to carry three goals before half-time was called. One of their men having retired, they continued to play 10 against the Bathgate 11, and a close and keen game ensued, during which Bathgate secured one goal. For the Falkirk Club, J.Richardson & H.Smith distinguished themselves as backs; J.Law and R.Service as half-backs; Leishman, right-wing; Ferguson, left-wing; and Johnston, centre; while all the forwards showed excellent play. Among the Bathgate Club those best worthy of notice were Weston, back; Lauder, half-back; and Wallace, right-wing, who played a splendid game; Wilson, goal-keeper, who did some useful work; and J.Lindsay, who distinguished himself amongst the forwards. At the finish victory was declared by 3 goals to 1.

Lenzie v Falkirk - Sat 12th Mar 1879

Falkirk Herald - Sat 19th Apr 1879


There was a large turn-out of spectators on Saturday to witness this match, which was played on the ground of the latter club at Randyford Park for the benefit of the industrial schools of Falkirk. This match makes the third which has taken place between these clubs this season, all of which have resulted in favour of Lenzie, this final conflict ending, after a pleasant game  in a victory for them by two goals to none. The Falkirk won the toss and chose to play with a strong breeze in their favour. This advantage, however, did not profit them much, as the Lenzie succeeded, about twenty minutes after the kick-off, in scoring a goal, thanks to a fine shot by J.M'Gregor. After change of ends, although Lenzie certainly thing pretty much their own way, owing principally to want of judgement in shooting at goal, they only once successfully stormed their opponents' fortress. For the Falkirk - who, by the way, did not play up to their usual form - Richardson (back), Service (half-back), and the Peddies (forwards), played best; while for the Lenzie J.Agar and J.Cameron deserve a word of praise. Falkirk - Goal, W.Carmichael; backs, W.Gentleman and J.Richardson; half-backs, R.Service and J.Law; forwards, W.Peddie, J.Taylor, R.Peddie, J.Ferguson, J.Leishman, and J.Neill. Lenzie - Goal, J.Paterson; backs, M.Broadfoot and J.Archer; half-back, S.Broadfoot and J.Fairlie; forwards, W.Paterson, J.Agar, J.S.Cree, J.Cameron, F.Archer, and J.M'Gregor. After the match, the Lenzie team were hospitably entertained by the Falkirk Club in the new Crown Hotel. Baillie Mitchell presided, and a very enjoyable evening was spent.

"The treasurer of the Falkirk Certified Industrial School thankfully acknowledges reciept of the sum of £11 from Falkirk FC".