Thursday, 27 September 1979

Falkirk v Grasshoppers - Sat 27th Sep 1879

Falkirk Herald - Sat 4th Oct 1879


This match came off on Saturday last on the ground of the former at Randyford. Owing to this being the first draw for the association cup, great interest was manifested by the large number of spectators who appeared on the ground - there being about 400. The home team won the toss, and played off with a little win in their favour, pressing the strangers' goal, evidently determined that their first essay for the cup would be a success. After some hard playing on the part of both clubs, half-time was called with one goal and a disputed one to the credit of Falkirk. The ends now being changed, the wind by this time blowing stronger than the first half, was more favourable to Bonnybridge, who, taking the advantage of this, played with a vigour, seemingly resolved to retrieve lost honours; but the "bairns" showed an impregnable front, and having pressed their opponents' goal pretty hard for about half an hour, were successful in placing other two goals to their credit. Towards the end of the game play was getting very loose on the part of the home team, for which they payed dearly by Bonnybridge securing two goals. For the Falkirk team, Leishman, A.Ferguson, and Johnston played well: while James Richardson, as back, was always on the spot, and saved many dangerous attacks. The Bonnybridge team played well, the only name worthy of mention being Paterson (back) who appeared to be in rare form and kicked well. The following are the teams:- Falkirk - Forwards: Leishman, A.Ferguson, Johnstone, A.Smith, Neil, Hamilton; half-backs - Service, Wm.Ferguson; backs - J.Richardson, Smith; goal - D.M'Nair. Bonnybridge - Forwards - Dobson, Irvine, Moffatt, Sutherland, Smith, Mitchell; half-backs - Crombie, A.Paterson; backs - J.Paterson, Forrester; goal - J.Anderson.


Throughout the article referred to Bonnybridge, however the village's club was correctly called Grasshoppers.

I believe this was the first time Falkirk FC were referred to as the "bairns" in print.