Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Falkirk v East Stirlingshire Part I

I like to do things in parts I often have too much info on stuff to publish everything at once. So in honour of the "World's Greatest Derby" I have decided to eventually publish as much detail as I have of every single match between there two great rivals, in order -

27th August 1881 at Randyford Pk, Falkirk [Friendly]
East Stirlingshire 0 Falkirk 5
East Stirlingshire - Unknown.
Falkirk - Unknown.
Scorers - Unknown.

31st December 1881 at Blinkbonny Field, Falkirk [Friendly]
Falkirk 3 East Stirlingshire 1
Falkirk - Unknown.
East Stirlingshire - Unknown.
Scorers - Unknown.
Note - Another source states 3-0.

20th April 1882 at Bainsford [Friendly]
East Stirlingshire 1 Falkirk 6
East Stirlingshire - --: P.Mitchell & --; -- & --; -- & --, -- & --, -- & --.
Falkirk - --; -- & J.Leishman; -- & --; D.Fleming & --, R.Gibson & --, W.Gibson & A.Ferguson.
Scorers - Unknown : R.Gibson, Unknown (5)

2nd September 1882 at Merchiston Pk, Bainsford [Friendly]
East Stirlingshire 0 Falkirk 4
East Stirlingshire - G.Mitchell; P.Mitchell & J.Anderson; R.Kidston & R.Sharp; A.Cockburn & J.Stewart, L.McLachlan & ?.Taylor, P.McGregor & J.Neil.
Falkirk - A.Turnbull; J.Murphy & J.Mitchell; J.Balloch & H.Hendry; T.Hamilton & D.Fleming, R.Gibson & A.Hendry, G.Robb & W.Gibson.
Scorers - T.Hamilton, R.Gibson, A.Hendry, Unknown.
Notes - This was probably the first ever match to be played at Merchiston Pk. James Neil for East Stirlingshire had previously played for Falkirk, he was the first of many to cross that divide.

13th January 1883 at Blinkbonny Field, Falkirk [Friendly]
Falkirk 4 East Stirlingshire 1
Falkirk - --; J.Mitchell & --; -- & --; T.Hamilton & --, W.Sanderson & --, A.Ferguson & --.
East Stirlingshire - Unknown.
Scorers - T.Hamilton, A.Ferguson (2), W.Sanderson : Unknown.

18th August 1883 at Merchiston Pk, Bainsford [Friendly]
East Stirlingshire - Unknown.
Falkirk - Unknown.

27th October 1883 at Merchiston Pk, Bainsford [Friendly]
East Stirlingshire - A.Cockburn; -- & --; -- & --; -- & --, -- & --, -- & --.
Falkirk - --; -- & --; -- & --; -- & --, -- & --, -- & W.Gibson.
Scorers - Unknown : W.Gibson, Unknown.
Crowd - 500+.

29th March 1884 at Lock 16, Camelon [Stirlingshire Cup Final]
Falkirk 1 East Stirlingshire 1
Falkirk - A.Turnbull; W.Hamilton & J.Murphy; H.Hendry & J.Balloch; W.Taylor & A.Ferguson, T.Hamilton & A.Hendry, R.Gibson & W.Gibson.
East Stirlingshire - A.Cockburn; P.Mitchell & J.Anderson; T.Williamson, A.Inches & K.McKenzie; N.McLauchlan & L,McLachlan, P.McGregor, W.Dunn & R.Sharp.
Scorers - W.Taylor : W.Dunn.
Crowd - c2000.
Note - The Lock 16 ground was Tayavalla's home ground and was then generally accepted to be the best in Stirlingshire.

5th April 1884 at Lock 16, Camelon [Stirlingshire Cup Final Replay]
Falkirk 3 East Stirlingshire 1
Falkirk - A.Turnbull; W.Hamilton & J.Murphy; H.Hendry, R.Bishop & J.Balloch; W.Taylor & A.Ferguson, T.Hamilton, R.Gibson & W.Gibson.
East Stirlingshire - A.Cockburn; P.Mitchell & J.Anderson; T.Williamson, A.Inches & K.McKenzie; N.McLauchlan & L,McLachlan, P.McGregor, W.Dunn & R.Sharp.
Scorers - W.Taylor (2), R.Gibson : R.Sharp.
Crowd - c2500-3000.

I was going to do it in blocks of ten, but since this neatly fits three season I think I'll stop at nine for now, enjoy.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Thomas Ferguson = Falkirk FC

I get a bit bored of 'alleged' reference books which contintue to state that Geordie Watson has made the most appearances for my beloved Falkirk FC [even though they cover their behinds with the boring [post war] bit]. In my humble opinion, if you want to be known as a source you ought research your stuff before proclaiming facts [however skewed]. To this point, I'd like to promote a too often forgotten chap from Longcroft who was almost omnipresent 'between the sticks' throughought an entire decade, and by this I don't mean ten years, I mean the twenties....

SeasonLeaSCuMinOthTot
1918/19---22
1919/204113247
1920/213644145
1921/22402-547
1922/233836451
1923/243863451
1924/253844-46
1925/263832-43
1926/273766352
1927/283845148
1928/293834247
1929/303783250
1930/312737-37
1931/325---5
Total451474726571


The above, except for League & Cup matches, is but a minimum, Tommy may have played more [but I doubt as many as 600!].

Apart from a little time with Bedlay Juniors before Falkirk FC snapped him up, Tommy played his entire club career at Falkirk, except for accepting the challenge of guesting with Third Lanark on their tour of Argentina/Uruguay in 1923 [sadly it is slightly difficult finding accurate details of those matches]. Thomas died in South Africa in June 1955, clearly a well travelled man.

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Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Falkirk FC 100 Club - Bobby Keyes

This is one of several [well..... I think seven, maybe eight, off the top of my head] players who scored 100+ goals for Falkirk FC, I fully intend to profile their known goals, appearances would be trickier, but give it time, including three who have been almost completely forgotten as their careers happened before Falkirk joining the league, though I might not do all [we'll see]. This is about Bobby Keyes who sparked up a lethal partnership at IL or CF with the legendary Kenny Dawson at OL in the years leading up to WWII, like Kenny we will never know how their careers might have ended had Hitler not got in the way.

Bobby Keyes


SeasonLeaCupMinOthTot
1934/35513-9
1935/3628*47140
1936/372425334
1937/383047-41
1938/391116119
1939/4014^3$-7!24
1940/4113+1&--14
1941/422+---2
Total127162812183


Notes

* Div 2
^ N/E League
! Includes matches expunged because of WWII
$ Emergency Cup
+ Southern League
& Southern League Cup
Min - Minor Cups
Oth - Non-Competitive matches

Points of Interest

Hat-Tricks – 10
Division 1 - 3
Division 2 - 3
Scottish Cup - 1
Stirlingshire Cup - 1
Infirmary Shield - 1
Other - 1

100th First Class Goal v St Mirren (A) Apr 30th 1938, Scottish League Division 1 [118 Matches]
100th League Goal v Motherwell (A) Apr 14th 1939, Scottish League Division 1 [139 Matches]
Scored five goals in the Scottish League Division 2 v King's Park (H) Jan 18th 1936
Scored five goals in the Scottish League Division 2 v St Bernards (H) Feb 29th 1936
Scored five goals in the Falkirk Infirmary Shield Semi-Final v East Stirlingshire (H) May 7th 1938