Monday, 31 January 2000

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.

Friday, 28 January 2000

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

Tuesday, 25 January 2000

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.

Monday, 24 January 2000

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).