Falkirk FC - Founders

"Founders" is really the wrong way to put it, I just do not know who were the founders of the club, the following were the people known to be involved during the first season.

I shall expand when I research the individuals


J??? Bennet

Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Positions – Forward
Other Matches/Goals [2/-]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78]


F??? Buchanan

Debut – Saturday April 6th 1878 v Govanhill (H) Friendly
Positions – Back
Other Matches/Goals [1/-]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78]


M??? Cowan

Debut – Saturday? March? ??th 1877 v Grasshoppers (A) Friendly
Positions – Forward
No competitive matches for Falkirk FC
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78]


John Fleming

b 9th October 1858, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday? March? ??th 1877 v Grasshoppers (A) Friendly
Positions – Forward
No competitive matches for Falkirk FC
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78]

Profession - Baker on the High Street



b 24th January 1857, Avonbridge, Stirlingshire
d 30th June 1938, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Positions – Back, Half-Back, Centre-Forward
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [1/-]
Other Matches/Goals [7/-]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1878/79]
Played in Falkirk's first ever Senior Competitive Match v Campsie Glen (H) Scottish Cup, 28th September1878
Played for Lenzie 2nd XI v Falkirk 2nd XI, Friendly at Randyford Grd, Falkirk, 27th September 1879
Emigrated to Chicago, USA c1881.
"Annual Reunion of Falkirk Bairns in Chicago, 1909, Jacobsen's Halls, Chicago" - "Wm Gentleman, who came from Falkirk 28 years ago, informed the company that, when there, he paid the first 10/- that started the Falkirk Football Club"
[Source – Falkirk Herald, Edition Saturday March 20th 1909]

Profession - Cattle Merchant


William Johnston

Debut – Saturday April 6th 1878 v Govanhill (H) Friendly
Positions – Half-Back, Forward
Other Matches/Goals [3/-]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1879/80]
In early 1886 owned a restaurant in either Alexandria or Dumbarton


James Leishman

b c1856
d 7th November 1935, Camelon, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Positions – Outside-Left, Centre-Forward, Right-Back
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [6/5]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [3/-]
Other Matches/Goals [26/3]
Hat-Tricks – 1 [Scottish Cup [1]]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1885/86], East Stirlingshire [1884/85]
Scorer of Falkirk's first recorded hat-trick, v Bonnybridge Grasshoppers (A) Scottish Cup 2nd Rd, Saturday October 8th 1881


Charles Malcolm

b 5th September 1856, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday? March? ??th 1877 v Grasshoppers (A) Friendly
Positions – Forward
No competitive matches for Falkirk FC
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78]

Profession - Bar Manager, High Street


Angus McEwan

b 29th October 1856, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Positions – Goalkeeper
Other Matches/Goals [3/-]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78]

Profession - Bar Manager, Back Row [Manor Street]


James Neil

b 26th October 1854, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
d 21st October 1888, Carron, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Positions – Outside-Right, Inside-Right
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [5/-]
Other Matches/Goals [23/4]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1881/82], East Stirlingshire [1882/83-1884/85]
Played in Falkirk's first ever Senior Competitive Match v Campsie Glen (H) Scottish Cup, 28th September1878
The first player of many to cross the great Falkirk-East Stirlingshire divide
As far as I’m aware the first former Falkirk player to pass on

Profession - Iron Moulder, Carron


Richard Peddie

b c1857, Pallion, Durham
d 11th February 1905, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Positions – Inside-Left
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [1/-]
Other Matches/Goals [7/-]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1878/79], Zetland [1882/83]
Played in Falkirk's first ever Senior Competitive Match v Campsie Glen (H) Scottish Cup, 28th September1878
Brother of William Peddie [Falkirk 1877/78-1878/79]
Had previously played Rugby for Grangemouth FC
In June 1882 was one of the founders of Zetland FC, the first Association Football club from Grangemouth


William Peddie

b c1855, Hylton, Durham

Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Positions – Outside-Left
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [1/-]
Other Matches/Goals [8/-]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1878/79]
Played in Falkirk's first ever Senior Competitive Match v Campsie Glen (H) Scottish Cup, 28th September1878
Brother of Richard Peddie [Falkirk 1877/78-1878/79]
Had previously played Rugby for Grangemouth FC


George Richardson

b 9th November 1859, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
d 10th June 1941, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Positions – Goalkeeper, Right-Back, Left-Half, Forward
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [2/-]
Other Matches/Goals [11/-]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1880/81]
Played in Falkirk's first ever Senior Competitive Match v Campsie Glen (H) Scottish Cup, 28th September1878
Brother of James Richardson [Falkirk 1878/79-1880/81]
Falkirk Secretary [1879/80-1882/83]

Profession - Iron Founder's Clerk



b 27th March 1857, Closeburn, Dumfriesshire

Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Positions – Left-Back, Left-Half, Forward
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [2/-]
Other Matches/Goals [10/-]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1879/80]
Played in Falkirk's first ever Senior Competitive Match v Campsie Glen (H) Scottish Cup, 28th September1878.

Profession - Baker in West Bridge Street.


John Taylor

Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Positions – Half-Back, Centre-Forward
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [1/-]
Other Matches/Goals [8/-]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1878/79]
Played in Falkirk's first ever Senior Competitive Match v Campsie Glen (H) Scottish Cup, 28th September1878


Thomas Taylor

Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Positions – Back, Forward.
Other Matches/Goals [3/1]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1878/79]


Lewis Watson

d 27th Jun 1922, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday April 13th 1878 v King's Park (A) Friendly
Positions – Goal
Other Matches/Goals [1/-]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1878/79]