Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Kenneth Dawson

It is a very complicated thing trying to tell Falkirk's highest ever goalscorer, and frankly when you look at the books it is not surprising. Most books name Douglas Moran as the club's top scorer with the handy [post-war] caveat. Without saying a word against the venerable Mr Moran, the simple fact is that several years earlier another man scored many more goals for the club : Kenneth Dawson.

The main problem is that right in the middle of Kenny's career was the whole messy affair of WWII.

A huge bloke [for the time] Kenny Dawson hailed from Forres in Morayshire [lack of DOB or any good biographical detail is a repetitive thing with Kenny], but the earliest that is known of him is as a very young outside-left with Nairn County [I have read he had previously been with junior side Forres Thistle, but cannot substantiate this]


Nairn County c 1933 [Kenny Dawson bottom right]

The scouts of Sheffield United were clearly busy for he was signed up with the club by the end of the season. Whatever happened down south it never worked out for young Kenny as by the end of the 1933/34 he was back in the Highland League this time playing with Forres Mechanics, which is when Falkirk swooped.




Forres Mechanics 1934

Falkirk signed Kenny at the beginning of 1935 and the young outside-left was soon blooded in the end of season Stirlingshire & Infirmary Cup matches. To say the least he impressed: scoring on début against the 'shire and ending with twelve goals from eight matches due to a fantastic double hat-trick against King's Park in the Stirlingshire Cup Final.




Falkirk had been truly dreadful in the League that season, seeing the club relegated for the first time in their history, but in Division 2 Kenny teamed up with seemingly unstoppable outside-right Alex Carruthers and centre-forward Bobby Keyes to blast every other team out of the reckoning, and with a whole s**t load of goals came straight back up. Kenny scored the [still] record most League goals scored from outside-left [39] which obviously brought the scouts sniffing.

Kenny continued to score regularly from the wing in the top division [though understandably not as highly] right up until Blackpool came up with a reputed £2500 bid for his services. even back then this was too much for a club like Falkirk to turn down, so Kenny packed his bags to try his luck in England once again.

With happen-stance a chap called Adolf Hitler decided to attempt to shut down normal British Domestic football about this time and all players were sent back to their place of residence, and guess what? Kenny had only the year before married a girl from Bainsford so returned to the district and the team he was always destined to play for .....

Due to wartime restrictions on travel the just started 1939/40 season was scrapped and the league was split into two regionial leagues, Falkirk being placed in the Eastern League. Except for Hearts & Hibs this was a very weak competition, and although Falkirk won in the end [Kenny being top scorer] they were well beaten in the end-of-season deciding match v Western champions Rangers.

Again wartime travel restrictions had a part to play in Kenny's career, and in 1944 Kenny's new job took him to Glasgow, so this meant a move to the Hi Hi, for the remainder of the war.

The season after the resumption of footballing normality, Kenny returned to his spiritual home of Brockville Pk. He was clearly no longer the lightning fast, goalscoring winger of the immediate pre-war period, but he was good enough to hold down a place in a club that had come out of the war in a much weaker position than that in which they had entered it. Kenny played out the rest of his career, in and out of the side, occasionally showing moments of his old self, often showing his age until he finally hung up his boots in 1950.




Falkirk FC c 1947

After football Kenny reputedly opened a tobacconists on Thornhill Road in the Grahamston part of Falkirk before disappearing off the radar...


Known Career – Forres Thistle?, Nairn County [1933/34], Sheffield United [1933/34], Forres Mechanics [1934/35], Falkirk [1934/35-1937/38], Blackpool [1938/39], Falkirk [1938/39-1943/44], Third Lanark [1944/45-1945/46], Falkirk [1946/47-1950/51]


Kenneth Dawson with Falkirk Football Club

Début – Saturday February 9th 1935 v East Stirlingshire (A) Stirlingshire Cup Semi-Final
League Début – Saturday March 2nd 1935 v Rangers (H) Scottish League Division 1
Last Match – Saturday September 30th 1950 v Partick Thistle (H) Scottish League Division A

Positions – Outside-Left, Inside-Left, Centre-Forward

Club Honours – Scottish League RU 1939/40, Scottish League Division 2 W 1935/36, Scottish League Cup RU 1947/48, Southern League Cup RU 1942/43
Dewar Shield RU 1935/36, 1939/40, 1947/48, Stirlingshire Cup W 1934/35, 1938/39, 1948/49, Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1934/35, 1935/36, 1938/39

Falkirk Leading League Goalscorer - 1935/36 [39], 1936/37 [26], 1939/40 [28], 1940/41 [23], 1941/42 [10]


Known Forres Mechanics Career

Highland League Matches Goals [17/24]

Known Falkirk Career

Scottish League Matches/Goals [204/129]
Scottish Cup Matches/Goals [20/12]
Scotish League Cup Matches/Goals [23/13]
Senior Matches/Goals [247/154]
WWII Matches/Goals [133/83]
Senior Matches/Goals including WWII [380/237]
All Competitive Matches/Goals [416/265]

Hat-Tricks – 17 [Division 1 [4] Division 2 [5] League Cup [1] WWII League [4] Stirlingshire Cup [1] Friendly [2]]
100th League Goal v Queen of the South (H) Saturday February 11th 1939, Scottish League Division 1 [123 Matches]
100th First Class Goal v Clyde (A) Saturday December 24th 1938, Scottish League Division 1 [127 Matches]
Scored six goals in the Stirlingshire Cup Final 2nd Leg v King's Park (H) April 29th 1935
Scored five goals in the Scottish League Division 2 v Cowdenbeath (A) February 1st 1936

Played for Scottish FA XI v British Empire Army XI at Tynecastle Pk, Edinburgh, 24th April 1940

Season
Div 1
Div 2
SCu
LCu
WWII Lea
WWII Cup
Oth Cup
Friendly
Total
1934/35
4
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
9
-
-
8
12
1935/36
-
-
34
39
5
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
5
1
1
45
48
1936/37
38
26
-
-
2
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
2
-
-
42
30
1937/38
33
21
-
-
4
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
1
-
-
40
23
1938/39
23
14
-
-
3
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
2
1
1
31
21
1939/40
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
27
28
4
1
4
4
9*
7*
44
40
1940/41
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
29
23
8
1
-
-
-
-
37
24
1941/42
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
26
10
5
1
-
-
-
-
31
11
1942/43
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
2
12
6
-
-
-
-
16
8
1943/44
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
18
11
-
-
-
-
-
-
18
11
1946/47
12
2
-
-
3
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
17
3
1947/48
16
6
-
-
-
-
10
6
-
-
-
-
5
2
1
-
32
14
1948/49
22
12
-
-
1
-
6
4
-
-
-
-
6
3
2
-
37
19
1949/50
20
6
-
-
2
1
6
3
-
-
-
-
1
-
4
7
33
17
1950/51
2
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
-

170
90
34
39
20
12
23
13
104
74
29
9
36
28
18*
16*
434
281

* 7 games with 4 goals in matches which no longer counted in competitions due to wartime circumstances.

PS - Any historians of Forres Thistle, Nairn County, Sheffield United, Forres Mechanics, Blackpool and Third Lanark who can tell me about Kenny's exploits at other clubs please get in touch, I would love to know his complete career.

Note - I have since learnt of more possible info on his life, but I am waiting on more clarity before publishing...

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Falkirk FC Record Transfers


It is always a pain in the behind trying to work out Falkirk FC's record signings & sales, but now I have a starting place when it would seem from Everton's minutes that they payed us £100 for Sandy Young in 1901 ......




http://www.evertoncollection.org.uk/asset_arena/6/95/6596/v0_medium.jpg

the quest goes on ......

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Falkirk FC Graves - Gibby McKie


Gilbert McKie


Bannockburn Cemetery

   
b c1915, Cowie, Stirlingshire
d 30th July 1965, Stirling, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday May 1st 1937 v East Stirlingshire (H) Falkirk Infirmary Shield Final
League Debut – Saturday August 14th1937 v Rangers (A) Scottish League Division 1
Positions – Goalkeeper

Club Honours – Dewar Shield W 1938/39, Stirlingshire Cup W 1937/38, 1938/39, Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1936/37, 1937/38, 1938/39

Scottish League Division 1 Matches/Goals [63/-]
Scottish Cup Matches/Goals [7/-]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [13/-]

Known Career – Alva Albion Rangers, St Ninians Thistle, Falkirk [1936/37-1942/43], Clyde [1942/43-1945/46], Stenhousemuir [1946/47]

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Falkirk FC Graves - Clyde Skene


I shall say this only once [to paraphrase] Clydesdale Duncan Skene.


CD Skene [better known as Clyde Skene] was Falkirk's last great amateur. Yes, he played for the love of the game [it helps when you come from a well-off family], he was a brother of the Scotland Goalkeeper Leslie Skene.

The family [and Clyde] was from Larbert [lived in a very big house near the Broomage [local shit [outsiders ignore]]], very educated family.

Since he was an amateur Falkirk had no sinecure on his services thus he often would play for Queen's Park, but I still rate him.

Simple fact is he might have been one of Falkirk FC's greatest centre-forwards but he was more concentrated on his educational & civil career.

He died & was buried in Oxfordshire, but there is a grave in Grandsable Cemetery [Grangemouth] bearing his name.



Known Career – Falkirk Amateurs, Stenhousemuir, Queen's Park [1903/04-1908/07], Falkirk [1906/07-1908/09], Queen's Park [1910/11-1910/11], Falkirk [1910/11], Stenhousemuir [1912/13], Dundee [1913/14], Dunfermline Athletic [1914/15], Montrose [1914/15]

b 24th June 1884, Larbert, Stirlingshire
d 29th December 1945, Eynsham, Oxfordshire

Scottish League Division 1 Matches/Goals [49/41]
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [8/1]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [1/3]
Total Competitive Matches [58/45]

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Falkirk FC Graves - Patrick Docherty 1910 to 1985

As some of you may have noticed there is no real point of this blog, I just know a lot of 'stuff' about Falkirk FC and the club's former players and did not see the point of keeping it all locked away in my hard drive. And since I am certainly too lazy to knuckle down to write a book I share it here, bit by bit, when I get round to it to let anyone who is vaguely interested look when they want.

As noted a couple of posts ago about Pat Murphy, a lot of time is spent in cemetaries [not just for research: they are very peaceful places] so I know a lot of graves of former Falkirk players and I usually take a picture on my phone, so here is a new strand of posts, gravestones of former Falkirk players.

I must admit though that this one was sent to me by Paul Doherty, a Dundee United fan who researches the history of King's Park, the pre-WWII team from Stirling, thanks.

Patrick Docherty



Bannockburn Cemetary

Patrick was a left-half signed from Juniors Croy Celtic at the start of 1935 at the same time as Falkirk legend Kenny Dawson, but never really had many opportunies in what was to be the season of Falkirk's first ever relegation from Division 1. He was given more of a go the next season with an injury to regular left-half James McNair, but never quite managed to convince the management to keep him on when the club bounced straight back up and was allowed to go on a free to Leith Athletic.

Following spells with King's Park & Dundee United, injury curtailed his football career, and after serving in the RAF during the war concentrated on his true profession of teaching. He was recorded as being a headmaster [retired] when he died.




Patrick Docherty

b 12th November 1910, Bannockburn, Stirlingshire
d 2nd June 1985, Dundee

Debut – Saturday February 9th 1935 v East Stirlingshire (A) Stirlingshire Cup Semi-Final
League Debut – Saturday February 16th 1935 v Albion Rovers (A) Scottish League Division 1
Positions – Left-Half, Inside-Left

Club Honours – Dewar Shield RU 1935/36, Stirlingshire Cup W 1934/35

Scottish League Division 1 Matches/Goals [3/-]
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [13/-]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [4/-]

Known Career – Croy Celtic, Falkirk [1934/35-1935/36], Leith Athletic [1936/37], King's Park [1937/38], Dundee United [1937/38]

Height - 5 ft 10 in: Weight 11 st 0 lbs [1935]

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Evelyn Morrison - Falkirk's Greatest Ever Centre-Forward?

Evelyn Morrison

Obviously, having never seen him play I can not say whether Evelyn was Falkirk FC's greatest centre-forward. Others scored more goals, but he played for less than two years, anyway statistics can be very misleading.

What is certain is that he had a phenomenal scoring record. He still holds the Falkirk record for most League goals in a Season [43], he still holds record for scoring in the most consecutive League matches in Scotland [16], he scored nine Hat-tricks [4 goals three times] for Falkirk, and though these facts do not necessarily make him the best he is definitely up there.

however like all Scots who score regularly he quickly came to the notice of the English Scouts and was soon on his way to Sunderland. For whatever reason he never quite made it at Roker Park and after a season and a half was back in Scotland, this time with Partick Thistle. After a season with the Jags he effectively disapeared from senior football, though Partick Thistle held his League registration for the next five seasons ...

Sorry about the quality of the picture.


Known Career
Hamilton Academy, Moorpark Amateurs, Stenhousemuir [1927/28], Falkirk [1927/28-1929/30], Sunderland [1929/30-1930/31], Partick Thistle [1931/32]


Falkirk FC Career Figures P    G
Scottish League           58   75
Scottish Cup              7    5
Other Cups                6    8
Friendlies                1    -
Total                     72   88

Falkirk Career Match by Match

Date Opp V F A Comp Gls
Jan 7th 1928 Celtic H 1 3 Scottish League Division 1 1
Jan 14th 1928 St Mirren A 2 3 Scottish League Division 1 2
Jan 21st 1928 St Bernards H 3 1 Scottish Cup 1st Rd 1
Jan 28th 1928 Partick Thistle H 2 1 Scottish League Division 1 1
Feb 4th 1928 Ayr United A 4 2 Scottish Cup 2nd Rd 2
Feb 8th 1928 Heart of Midlothian A 3 9 Scottish League Division 1 2
Feb 11th 1928 Aberdeen H 5 1 Scottish League Division 1 2
Feb 18th 1928 Hibernian A 0 0 Scottish Cup 3rd Rd -
Feb 22nd 1928 Hibernian H 0 1 Scottish Cup 3rd Rd Rep -
Feb 25th 1928 Dundee H 5 1 Scottish League Division 1 4
Mar 10th 1928 Kilmarnock A 1 1 Scottish League Division 1 -
Mar 17th 1928 Raith Rovers H 4 1 Scottish League Division 1 4
Mar 28th 1928 Rangers A 0 4 Scottish League Division 1 -
Mar 31st 1928 Hibernian H 2 2 Scottish League Division 1 2
Apr 7th 1928 Dunfermline Athletic A 0 1 Scottish League Division 1 -
Apr 16th 1928 Heart of Midlothian A 1 2 Dunedin Cup Semi-Final -
Apr 21st 1928 Hamilton Academical H 1 2 Scottish League Division 1 1
Apr 24th 1928 Burnley A 0 2 Benefit -
May 5th 1928 Bo'ness N 3 0 Falkirk Infirmary Shield Semi-Final 3
May 12th 1928 Stenhousemuir N 2 2 Falkirk Infirmary Shield Final 2
Aug 11th Clyde A 1 2 Scottish League Division 1 1
Aug 25th Partick Thistle H 0 0 Scottish League Division 1 -
Aug 28th King's Park H 2 4 Stirlingshire Cup 2nd Rd -
Sep 1st Hamilton Academical H 4 2 Scottish League Division 1 3
Sep 8th Hibernian A 2 3 Scottish League Division 1 1
Sep 15th Ayr United H 5 2 Scottish League Division 1 2
Sep 22nd Dundee H 1 3 Scottish League Division 1 1
Sep 29th Third Lanark A 2 5 Scottish League Division 1 2
Oct 6th Heart of Midlothian A 2 6 Scottish League Division 1 1
Oct 13th St Mirren H 2 2 Scottish League Division 1 -
Oct 20th Airdrieonians A 3 2 Scottish League Division 1 1
Oct 27th Motherwell H 0 7 Scottish League Division 1 -
Nov 3rd Cowdenbeath A 1 3 Scottish League Division 1 1
Nov 10th Rangers H 1 4 Scottish League Division 1 1
Nov 17th Queen's Park A 3 1 Scottish League Division 1 3
Nov 24th Raith Rovers H 4 1 Scottish League Division 1 4
Dec 1st Kilmarnock H 2 2 Scottish League Division 1 1
Dec 8th Celtic H 3 0 Scottish League Division 1 1
Dec 15th Aberdeen A 3 5 Scottish League Division 1 1
Dec 22nd St Johnstone H 2 0 Scottish League Division 1 2
Dec 29th Clyde H 2 1 Scottish League Division 1 2
Jan 1st Airdrieonians H 2 1 Scottish League Division 1 2
Jan 2nd Motherwell A 1 2 Scottish League Division 1 1
Jan 12th Hamilton Academical A 2 2 Scottish League Division 1 2
Jan 19th St Bernards A 2 1 Scottish Cup 1st Rd 1
Jan 26th Aberdeen H 2 0 Scottish League Division 1 2
Feb 2nd Queen of the South A 2 1 Scottish Cup 2nd Rd -
Feb 9th Dundee A 2 1 Scottish League Division 1 2
Feb 16th Aberdeen H 3 5 Scottish Cup 3rd Rd 1
Feb 20th Third Lanark H 3 1 Scottish League Division 1 1
Feb 23rd Heart of Midlothian H 3 3 Scottish League Division 1 3
Mar 2nd Partick Thistle A 2 5 Scottish League Division 1 -
Mar 9th Cowdenbeath H 2 2 Scottish League Division 1 1
Mar 12th St Mirren A 0 5 Scottish League Division 1 -
Mar 30th Raith Rovers A 0 2 Scottish League Division 1 -
Apr 20th Celtic A 0 3 Scottish League Division 1 -
Apr 27th Hibernian H 2 1 Scottish League Division 1 1
Apr 29th Stenhousemuir H 5 0 Falkirk Infirmary Shield Semi-Final 3
May 4th East Stirlingshire H 1 2 Falkirk Infirmary Shield Final -
Aug 10th Aberdeen H 3 2 Scottish League Division 1 3
Aug 17th Dundee A 0 0 Scottish League Division 1 -
Aug 24th Queen's Park H 1 2 Scottish League Division 1 -
Aug 31st Rangers A 0 4 Scottish League Division 1 -
Sep 7th Morton H 3 0 Scottish League Division 1 2
Sep 14th Hamilton Academical A 2 0 Scottish League Division 1 1
Oct 5th Celtic A 0 7 Scottish League Division 1 -
Oct 12th Heart of Midlothian H 2 3 Scottish League Division 1 2
Oct 19th Motherwell A 3 4 Scottish League Division 1 1
Oct 26th Airdrieonians H 3 2 Scottish League Division 1 2
Nov 2nd Partick Thistle A 0 5 Scottish League Division 1 -
Nov 9th St Mirren A 3 2 Scottish League Division 1 2
Nov 16th Hibernian H 1 1 Scottish League Division 1 -