Friday, 28 May 2010

Falkirk FC - Advert for Players

This is about the earliest mention of Falkirk FC I've found from 12th of January 1878, a nice advert for players - 1876 my behind!


I like it

Falkirk FC 1914/15

I found this team pic of Falkirk, somewhat bizarrely, in a Bo'ness history booklet [suggesting it was a Bo'ness team]. Having seen lots of Falkirk teams and players they were not fooling me though. However I need some help nailing down all the players.



Through overlaps in known players' careers this can only have been taken during the 1914/15 season.

Players

Unknown, Unknown, John Morrison [RH], Unknown, James Robertson [CF], Unknown,
John McNaught [OR], James McMillan [LH], Robert Orrock [RB], Unknown, Thomas Glancy [OL].

Unknown players [LB Alex Henderson], [CH Frank Reilly] [GK Alex stewart or Andrew Henderson] [IL James Thomson or Michael Gibbons] [IR John Ramsay or Michael McCulloch]

From line ups it is one of these matches [all league matches]
Nov 14th Hearts A 0 2 Lea
Nov 21st Clyde H 3 1 Lea
Dec 12th Motherwell A 1 4 Lea
Dec 19th Morton H 2 0 Lea
Jan 1st Clyde A 2 4 Lea
Jan 9th Dundee A 0 1 Lea

Alex McCrae - 1920 to 2009

Alex McCrae died toward the end of last year, I never noticed it in the Falkirk Herald, but then again I don't always read it.

So here is a brief resume of his career


Haddington Ath ???? to June 1941 Lea - Unkn Cup - Unkn LCu - Unkn Tot - Unkn

Hearts June 1941 to May 1947 Lea - 24/10 Cup - 7/3 LCu - 2/- Tot - 33/13

Charlton Ath May 1947 to ???? 1948 Lea - Unkn Cup - Unkn LCu - Unkn Tot - Unkn

Sunderland ???? 1948 to May 1953 Lea - Unkn Cup - Unkn LCu - Unkn Tot - 130/49

Falkirk from May 1953 to Sept 1957 Lea - 94/33 Cup - 17/9 LCu - 5/1 Tot - 116/43

Ballymena Utd from Sept 1957 to ???? Lea - Unkn Cup - Unkn LCu - Unkn Tot - Unkn

Tot - 249/105


Later spells as a manager with Stirling Albion, Falkirk and Ballymena United.

Alex was born in Stoneyburn on the 2nd of January 1920, and died in Blackburn, West Lothian on the 8th of October 2009.

RIP






Thursday, 27 May 2010

Tennant-McFarlane Case 1893

This is a report from the Falkirk Herald spelling out the findings of a dispute over whether Falkirk or East Stirlingshire owned two players.

The thing to keep in mind when it comes to this, is that even though Falkirk effectively lost the case and had to publicly withdraw all allegations as to the ESFC getting them to sign 'under duress', neither Tennant nor McFarlane EVER played for 'shire [whereas John Pray, Alex Gillespie, Alex Stark, the brothers Gibson, and many other Falkirk regulars often turned out for ES, and vice versa Laurence McLachlan, Peter Steele, Alex Kennedy, etc for Falkirk], and both players trained with Falkirk throughout the three months in which they were only eligible to play for 'shire. The ES board maintained that it was all above board and they were Compos Mentis when they signed, but all the circumstantial and peripheral clues point to the fact that you should never spend a drunken Friday night in the Blue Bell Inn, Bainsford, else you might wake up Saturday morning a 'shire player.
There were many fall-outs between the two clubs at the time, but by and large the relationship was amicable.


The Tennant-Macfarlane Case

Settled Out of Court-Terms of Agreement



As is now well known the much talked of Tennant-Macfarlane case has been settled out of court. The settlement was effected on Monday last, and was the outcome of somewhat prolonged negotiations and conferences between representatives of both clubs. It will be remembered that the local football circles were startled with the news on the 26th August last that the previous night Thomas Macfarlane, right back, and James Tennant, inside left, of the Falkirk team, had signed on for East Stirlingshire. They were afterwards duly registered as Professionals by the Scottish Football Association. Both players, through the secretary of the Falkirk club (Mr Robert Bishop) desired East Stirlingshire, for reasons mentioned, to release them, which E.S. Refused. Macfarlane and Tennant afterwards made application to the Scottish football Association for reinstatement as amateurs, which was rejected on the ground that it was the duty of the players to get the professional forms reduced. Then followed an action by Macfarlane and Tennant in the Court of Session against E.S.F.C., and several of the office bearers, members of committee, and two of the members, to have the professional forms reduced, in which action defences were lodged and expensive and prolonged litigation was in prospect. A strong desire was felt and expressed on all hands to have the dispute between the two clubs amicably adjusted, and the present agreement is the outcome of the intervention and efforts of the friends of both parties. As considerable curiosity has been manifested to know the terms of the agreement, we append them as set forth in the original document:-

First- The Falkirk Football Club shall unreservedly withdraw and apologise for, in writing, all insinuations and imputations contained in the various letters sent by their Secretary to the East Stirlingshire Football Club anent the circumstances and others, under whichthe said Thomas McFarlane and James Tennant signed foresaid professional forms; and the said Thomas McFarlane and James Tennant and the said Falkirk Football Club, for their Interest, shall unreservedly withdraw and apologise for, in writing, all insinuations and imputations contained in foresaid summons and reduction against the East Stirlingshire Football Club and their members.

Second- In consideration thereof the East Stirlingshire Football Club shall, so far as they can competently do so, grant release to the said Thomas McFarlane and James Tennant of their professional engagements with them.

Third- The Falkirk Football Club and the East Stirlingshire Football Club shall play a friendly game at football at Brockville Park, Falkirk, on the afternoon of Saturday, ninth December, eighteen hundred and ninety three, at half-past two o'clock; the game to be suitably advertised. The price of admission shall be sixpence per head. The members of both clubs shall be admitted free on showing their membership cards. The free proceeds of the gate money shall be divided equally between the two clubs. Out of the share falling to the Falkirk Football Club there shall be paid to East Stirlingshire Football Club the sum of seven pounds ten shillings sterling.

Fourth- Both parties shall concur in having the action of reduction before referred to taken out of court with all convenient speed. The pursuers and defenders in said action shall each pay their own expenses.

Fifth- The Falkirk Football Club and the East Stirlingshire Football Club shall pay the expenses of this agreement equally.

The agreement is signed by Messrs Murdoch McIntyre and James Halley.
It may be mentioned that in addition to the above, Falkirk receives the money drawn for the stand.

Falkirk FC - Most Senior Goals in a Season

Div 1

Div 2

SCu

LCu

Oth

WWII

Tot

Season

Evelyn Morrison

43

-

2

-

-

-

45

1928/29

Kenny Dawson

-

37

3

-

-

-

40

1935/36

Angus Plumb

-

25

1

13

1

-

40

1951/52

Robert Keyes

30

-

4

-

-

-

34

1937/38

Douglas Moran

-

30

-

4

-

-

34

1960/61

Robert Keyes

-

29

4

-

-

-

33

1935/36

Kenny Dawson

-

-

-

-

-

33

33

1939/40

John Simpson

32

-

-

-

-

-

32

1907/08

Archie Aikman

20

-

1

10

-

-

31

1947/48

George Brooks

-

-

-

-

3

28

31

1945/46

Kenny Dawson

27

-

2

-

-

-

29

1936/37

James Bartram

25

-

4

-

-

-

29

1933/34

James Dyet

23

-

4

-

-

-

27

1930/31

John Whiteford

-

24

1

2

-

-

27

1974/75

Richard Cadette

-

17

-

4

6

-

27

1993/94

Darryl Duffy

-

17

-

4

6

-

27

2004/05

James Inglis

-

-

-

-

-

27

27

1943/44

James Robertson

26

-

-

-

-

-

26

1913/14

Tim Morgan

25

-

1

-

-

-

26

1931/32

John Simpson

24

-

2

-

-

-

26

1909/10

Daniel Paterson

24

-

2

-

-

-

26

1926/27

Robert Keyes

24

-

2

-

-

-

26

1936/37

John Whiteford

-

16

1

3

6

-

26

1975/76

Clyde Skene

24

-

1

-

-

-

25

1907/08

David Cowan

-

23

2

-

-

-

25

1935/36