Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Evelyn Morrison - Consecutive Scoring

I don't know if it is a Scottish record or not, I'm pretty sure it's a Falkirk FC record, and quite possibly a Scottish top division record, but Evelyn Morrison scored in sixteen consecutive League matches played by Falkirk FC.

DateOppVenResGls
03/11/1928Cowdenbeath
A
1-3
1
10/11/1928Rangers
H
1-4
1
17/11/1928Queen's Park
A
3-1
3
24/11/1928Raith Rovers
H
4-1
4
01/12/1928Kilmarnock
H
2-2
1
08/12/1928Celtic
H
3-0
1
15/12/1928Aberdeen
A
3-5
1
22/12/1928St Johnstone
H
2-0
2
29/12/1928Clyde
H
2-1
2
01/01/1929Airdrieonians
H
2-1
2
02/01/1929Motherwell
A
1-2
1
12/01/1929Hamilton Academical
A
2-2
2
26/01/1929Aberdeen
H
2-0
2
09/02/1929Dundee
A
2-1
1
20/02/1929Third Lanark
H
3-1
1
23/02/1929Hearts
H
3-3
3


Not a bad record all told, 28 goals in 16 matches,
Needless to say Morrison played all matches as a Centre-Forward.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Falkirk FC the First League Eleven

These are the eleven players who represented Falkirk FC in their first outing in League Football, this is as much relevant info that I have found about them, though I'm sure some of it will be wrong.


William Allan (GK)
b Falkirk, Stirlingshire
d
Debut – Saturday May 18th 1901 v Vale of Leven (H) Benefit Match
League Debut – Saturday August 16th 1902 v Clyde (A) Scottish League Division
Positions – Goalkeeper
Club Honours – Scottish League Division 1 RU 1907/08, Dewar Shield RU 1903/04, Dunedin Cup W 1917/18, Stirlingshire Cup W 1919/20, RU 1920/21, Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1901/02, 1902/03, 1906/07, Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1901/02, 1906/07, 1907/08, 1915/16
Scottish League Division 1 Matches/Goals [105/-]
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [38/-]
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [5/-]
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches /Goals [4/-]
Minor League Matches/Goals [18/-]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [33/-]
Known Career – Woodbine Rovers, Vale of Carron, East Stirlingshire [1900/01-1900/01], Falkirk [1900/01-1903/04], Rangers [1903/04-1904/05], Albion Rovers [1904/05-1905/06], Falkirk [1906/07-1907/08], Hibernian [1907/08-1916/17], Falkirk [1915/16-1920/21], Clackmannan [1918/19], Stenhousemuir [1921/22]

James Hill (RB)
b
d
Debut – Monday April 29th 1901 v Everton (H) Friendly
League Debut – Saturday August 16th 1902 v Clyde (A) Scottish League Division 2
Positions – Right-Back
Club Honours – Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1901/02, Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1901/02, 1902/03
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [23/-]
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [2/-]
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches /Goals [4/-]
Minor League Matches/Goals [8/-]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [14/-]
Known Career – Gairdoch Juniors, Falkirk [1900/01-1903/04]

Thomas Miller (LB)
b c1883, Edinburgh
d c1932, Edinburgh
Debut – Monday July 29th 1902 v Alloa Athletic (A) Stirlingshire Coronation Cup 1st Rd
League Debut – Saturday August 16th 1902 v Clyde (A) Scottish League Division 2
Positions – Left-Back, Left-Half, Centre-Forward
Representative Honours – Scottish League v English League 1909/10
Club Honours – Scottish League Division 1 RU 1909/10, Scottish League Division 2 RU 1904/05, East of Scotland League W 1904/05, Dewar Shield W 1909/10, RU 1903/04, Stirlingshire Consolation Shield W 1902/03, 1904/05, Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1904/05, 1908/09, RU 1903/04
Scottish League Division 1 Matches/Goals [22/-]
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [65/11]
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches /Goals [6/1]
Minor League Matches/Goals [12/4]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [30/1]
Known Career – Edinburgh Myrtle, Heart of Midlothian, Falkirk [1902/03-1904/05], Chelsea [1905/06-1908/09], Falkirk [1909/10], Dundee Hibernian [1910/11], Hamilton Academical [1910/11-1911/12], Liverpool [1911/12], Victoria FC (Canada), Hamilton Academical [1915/16], St Bernards [1919/20], Hamilton (Canada), Royal Albert [1923/24], Hamilton Academical [1923/24-1926/27], Raith Rovers [1926/27-1927/28], Bathgate

William “Victor” Scott (RH)
b
d
Debut – Saturday March 31st 1900 v Kilsyth Wanderers (A) Central Combination
League Debut – Saturday August 16th 1902 v Clyde (A) Scottish League Division 2
Positions – Left-Half, Right-Half, Right Back
Club Honours – Scottish League Division 2 RU 1904/05, East of Scotland League W 1904/05, Central Combination RU 1900/01, Dewar Shield RU 1903/04, Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1902/03, 1904/05, RU 1900/01, Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1904/05, RU 1900/01, 1903/04
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [59/3]
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches /Goals [11/-]
Minor League Matches/Goals [38/2]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [32/-]
Scored on his League Debut
Known Career – Falkirk [1899/00-1905/06], Camelon [1902/03]

Charles Pringle (CH)
b Falkirk, Stirlingshire
d
Debut – Monday July 29th 1902 v Alloa Athletic (A) Stirlingshire Coronation Cup 1st Rd
League Debut – Saturday August 16th 1902 v Clyde (A) Scottish League Division 2
Positions – Centre-Half, Left-Half
Club Honours – Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1902/03
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [17/1]
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches /Goals [4/-]
Minor League Matches/Goals [1/-]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [7/-]
Known Career – Heart of Midlothian [1899/00-1902/03], Falkirk [1902/03-1903/04]

William Goudie (LH)
b
d
Debut – Saturday August 31st 1901 v Camelon (A) Friendly
League Debut – Saturday August 16th 1902 v Clyde (A) Scottish League Division 2
Positions – Left-Half
Club Honours – Dewar Shield RU 1903/04, Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1901/02, Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1901/02
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [18/1]
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [2/-]
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches /Goals [6/-]
Minor League Matches/Goals [10/1]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [11/1]
Known Career – Third Lanark [1896/97], Rangers [1897/98-1898/99], Partick Thistle [1899/00-1900/01], Rangers [1901/02], Falkirk [1901/02-1903/04]

Alexander Kinghorn (OR)
b 20th December 1877, Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire
d 5th December 1911, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
Debut – Thursday September 2 1897 v Dunblane (H) Friendly
League Debut – Saturday August 16th 1902 v Clyde (A) Scottish League Division 2
Positions – Outside-Right
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [13/1]
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches /Goals [3/1]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [1/-]
Known Career – Vale of Grange, King's Park, London Caledonians, Falkirk [1897/98], St Bernards [1897/98], Falkirk [1901/02-1902/03]

John Kellock (IR)
b
d
Debut – Saturday September 14th 1901 v Scottish Amateur XI (H) Friendly
League Debut – Saturday August 16th 1902 v Clyde (A) Scottish League Division 2
Positions – Inside-Right, Outside-Left, Inside-Left
Club Honours – Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1901/02, Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1901/02
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [15/-]
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [3/2]
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches /Goals [4/-]
Minor League Matches/Goals [6/5]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [13/5]
Known Career – Heart of Midlothian [1898/99-1900/01], Cowdenbeath [1900/01], Falkirk [1901/02-1905/06], Third Lanark [1905/06]

Ebenezer Taylor (CF)
b
d
Debut – Monday August 4th 1902 v Alloa Athletic (A) Stirlingshire Coronation Cup 1st Rd replay
League Debut – Saturday August 16th 1902 v Clyde (A) Scottish League Division 2
Positions – Inside-Right, Inside-Left, Centre-Forward
Club Honours – Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1902/03
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [12/1]
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches /Goals [1/-]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [7/1]
Known Career – Falkirk [1902/03-1903/04]

Andrew Burt (IL)
b 30th April 1873, Slamannan, Stirlingshire
d June 1951, Glasgow
Debut – Saturday September 21 1895 v East Stirlingshire (A) Friendly
League Debut – Saturday August 16th 1902 v Clyde (A) Scottish League Division 2
Positions – Centre-Forward, Inside-Right, Inside-Left
Representative Honours – Stirlingshire v Forfarshire 1896/97
Club Honours – Central Combination W 1899/00, RU 1900/01, Midland League RU 1895/96, Stirlingshire Cup W 1895/96, RU 1897/98, Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1901/02, RU 1895/96, 1897/98, 1900/01, Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1901/02, 1902/03, RU 1900/01
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [10/1]
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [5/1]
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches /Goals [23/15]
Minor League Matches/Goals [110/53]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [41/27]
Hat-Tricks – 8 [Scottish Qualifying Cup [2] Central Combination [1] Stirlingshire Cup [2] Other [3]]
Known Career – Slamannan Swifts, Slamannan Rovers [1892/93-1894/95], Falkirk [1895/96-1902/03, 1905/06]

George Campbell (OL)
b c1884, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
d 13th February 1909, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
Debut – Saturday September 29th 1900 v Stenhousemuir (A) Scottish Qualifying Cup 2nd Rd
League Debut – Saturday August 16th 1902 v Clyde (A) Scottish League Division 2
Positions – Outside-Left, Centre-Forward
Club Honours – Scottish League Division 2 RU 1904/05, Dewar Shield RU 1903/04, Stirlingshire Cup W 1905/06, Stirlingshire Consolation Shield W 1902/03, 1904/05,
Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1904/05, 1905/06, RU 1903/04
Falkirk Top League Goalscorer 1902/03 [14]
Scottish League Division 1 Matches/Goals [16/10]
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [53/25]
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches /Goals [6/1]
Minor League Matches/Goals [19/8]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [31/11]
Scored on his League Debut
Hat-Tricks – 2 [Division 1 [1] Division 2 [1]]
Known Career – Brockville Star, Vale of Carron, Bo'ness Our Boys, Falkirk [1900/01-1906/07], Dunipace Juniors, Raith Rovers [1907/08-1908/09]

Enjoy!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Unfortunate Falkirk Players - ?.Muir

???? Muir

Debut – Saturday April 4th 1885 v East Stirlingshire (A) Friendly
Position – Goalkeeper
Known Career – Falkirk [1884/85]

Note - There is next to nothing I can add to the above. I can only surmise that he was the 3rd XI goalkeeper in 1884/85, selected when John Mitchell had been injured the previous week [he never appeared in any 2nd XI reports I have], though he may have been from a local minor team.

The main point is that this was the first ever match ES beat Falkirk, there was big rivalry even back then, and this poor chap let in eight against them and was never seen again.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Obscure Falkirk Matches - 8th Jul 1891

I have come across many cricket matches in Falkirk between footballers and cricketers, but this is the earliest match that I have found listed as between Falkirk FC & Falkirk CC, earlier matches were always listed as between cricketers & footballers, but never ascribed to a club [on either side].

There were other reciprocal games, eg East Stirlingshire played East stirlingshire FC occasionally at football, but Falkirk FC, as far as I know, never played a cricket team at football. Sadly I do not have the complete scorecard for this match but at least it shows that many of our best players of the time were willing to turn out for such a match, it probably more shows the broader sporting viewpoint of the time [compared to now and the disparagement of cricket in Scotland for no good reason], and that footballers, although not fantastic at other sports, did practice them during the off season.

Wednesday 8th July 1891, Crichton Park, Falkirk
Friendly Cricket Match
Falkirk CCFalkirk FC
?.Grantb Smith0A.Starkb G.Brown4
?.McVicarb Smith1H.Smithc Higgins b J.Brown7
J.Brownb Gillespie3?.Hamiltonb G.Brown0
G.Brownb Smith2J.Drummondb Todd24
W.Toddc & b Smith3J.Gillespieb J.Brown0
?.Barrb Smith0W.Murphylbw b G.Brown0
?.Callanderc McDonald b Smith2W.Robertsrun out0
?.Higginshit wicket b W.Murphy0P.Rankineb Todd8
?.Rankineb Smith4?.McIntoshb G.Brown13
?.Mathiesonb Smith1J.Murphynot out0
?.Liddellnot out2T.McDonaldb G.Brown0
Extras6Extras8
Total24Total64
Known Bowling Figures
Falkirk FC BowlingFalkirk CC Bowling
H.Smith??88J.Brown??73
J.Gillespie??51G.Brown??235
W.Murphy??61W.Todd??112
Falkirk FC won by 40 runs.


Notes
Crichton Park was on the modern Bell's Meadow, more toward the BMX Track than the centre, but the exact location is still unknown.
(NB - I have had a message from Alan McCabe questioning the location I have given for Crichton Park, given the information he has sent me, I shall be looking into the situation, later)

William Todd may have bowled for both sides, as the printed scorecard gives Todd as the bowler of Mathieson, but the report claims Harry Smith took 8 for 8, Todd was also a member of Falkirk FC, though made few appearances, so it is a possibility.

Harry Smith, Falkirk FC's goalkeeper was also a regular cricketer for Stenhousemuir CC [I believe he was a leg spinner].

Falkirk FC had two McIntoshes playing at the time, the brothers John & Gilbert, John was the better footballer, Gilbert the better cricketer, so this was probably Gilbert, but the scorecard only stated 'McIntosh'.

Falkirk FC had two Hamiltons playing at the time, the brothers Thomas & William, William played more cricket, so I presume it was he, but have no real data.

This was the first ever match played by this, reformed, Falkirk Cricket Club. They never lasted long, not surprising as [apart from Castings CC] the town has never had a regular club.