Showing posts with label 1876. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1876. Show all posts

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Grasshoppers v Caldercruix - Sat 7th Oct 1876


Falkirk Herald - Sat 14th October 1876


A match between the above teams was played at Bonnybridge on the ground of the former, on Saturday last, in presence of a considerable number of onlookers, and resulted in the favour of the Grasshoppers by two goals to one. The toss being won by the Grasshoppers, the ball was kicked off by Peters, the Caldercruix captain. A brilliant run was made up to the enemy's goal by the strangers, but it was soon returned and kept there until Clarke kicked a goal for the home team. Shortly after, ends being changed, a goal was secured for the strangers by George McGuire. Both teams seemed now to play in better order, but it was evident that the home team had the advantage of their opponents, the ball being kept ringing off their goal lines, and eventually another goal was kicked for the home team by James Clarke.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Smith & Wellstood's v Grasshoppers - Sat 25th March 1876

Falkirk Herald - Thu 30th Mar 1876


Smith & Wellstood's Glasgow Warehouse Employees v Grasshoppers - Owing to the undecided manner in which the match on the 18th inst. was finished, these two teams arranged to meet again on the 25th inst., when the final contest for superiority took place. The game, which was a decided improvement on the last, both with regard to the individual and combined play of the teams, was played on the "Rovers'" field, Glasgow, they having kindly lent it for the occasion. The ball was kicked off at 3:15, and was for some time kept in the centre, till the Grasshoppers' forwards got away with it, when, after some neat passing and dribbling by Mitchell and Clarke, the latter succeeding in scoring a goal. On the ball being again kicked off, the Glasgow men settled well to their work and tried their utmost to equalize the game, but their efforts were vain, for again their opponents' forwards got the ball amongst them, and after a good run down the field Dobson centered the ball and Clarke skillfully shot it through below the tape, thus scoring goal number two. Ends having been changed, with the wind in their favour, the Glasgow forwards Laine, Smith, and Todd, made some capital efforts to score, but without success, the ball always being returned from the feet of king and Lapsley. The game thus ended in a win for the Grasshoppers by two goals to none. Besides those before mentioned, Paterson, Ure, and Smith for the Grasshoppers, and Smith, Bell, and Marshall for Glasgow did good work for their respective sides. After the match the strangers were hospitably entertained to a substantial dinner and tea by the Glasgow team, and a most enjoyable evening was spent.

Grasshoppers v Smith & Wellstood's Employees - Sat 18th Mar 1876

Falkirk Herald - Thu 23rd March 1876


Bonnybridge Grasshoppers v Smith & Wellstood's Employees, Glasgow - These two teams met on the ground of the former on Saturday last, and a well contested game was the result. Up till half-time neither side succeeded in scoring, and it was thought that the game would be a draw, but, as the end approached, the Grasshoppers redoubled their efforts, and succeeded in securing a goal about five minutes before time was called. The goal was, however, disputed by the strangers for a time, but, on seeing that they were wrong, several of those who "had a right to know" gave in; though several others maintained that a foul had occurred before the goal was taken. Lane, Smith and Todd, for the strangers, and Clarke, Mitchell and Paterson for the home team played well through the game.

Midland v Grasshoppers - Sat 5th Feb 1876

In my ongoing attempt to cover early football in Central Scotland I have to cover some of the really early matches about which, it sometime seems, I am the only person that has any interest, but, the sooner I do it, the sooner I can get on to the later stuff.

This match was part of the first 'derby' in Stirlingshire, in effect the "Bonnybridge Derby". It would seem that the first match is lost, but luckily was referred to in this report [which is a shame because the Greenhill side won the first game].

Falkirk Herald - Sat February 12th 1876

Football- Midland Club v Grasshoppers - This match was played on Saturday on the ground of the former at Greenhill. The ball was kicked off at 3:30, and was kept well in the centre of the ground for a time, until Watson got away with it, and after some skillful dribbling, passed it to Marshall, who scored a goal for the Midland. On the ball being again kicked off, Mitchell and Clarke carried it well up to the Midland goal line, but failed to put it through. The ball was kept constantly going from one goal line to the other till half-time, both teams playing well, and their utmost to score. On ends being changed, the Grasshoppers' forwards got the ball well down into their enemy's quarters, and in spite of the efforts of Watson (who dribbled well, but always found Glaister at his post and one too many for him), they kept it there, and succeeded in scoring two goals before time was called, their own goalkeeper only once handling the ball after half-time. Besides those already mentioned, Mackie, Fotheringham, and Murray for the Midland, and Lapsley, Crombie, McPhie, and Paterson for the Grasshoppers played well through the whole game, which was witnessed by a large company. The Grasshoppers showed a decided improvement since their last match with the Midland (which they lost by one goal and two disputed to none) both in their style of playing and the position of their men, which added greatly to their success."

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Falkirk FC - Formation

I once wrote a little piece for the Soccer History Quarterly magazine about the formation of my beloved Falkirk FC. It was mainly a refutation of the oft cited date of 1876 for the formation of Falkirk Football Club and my arguments as to why I think the club was actually formed in 1877. I'm not going to republish that article here [no, if you want to read it, buy the magazine [or at least read the copy in Falkirk Library, then subscribe to the magazine]], no, here I am just going to reproduce two articles from the local press which lend much credence to my argument, and leave you to consider which date seems most likely.

"Falkirk Football Club: Celebration of Semi-Jubilee"

Published in the Falkirk Mail on Saturday the 15th of March 1902

"Last night, in the Falkirk Town Hall, the Falkirk Football Club celebrated their semi-jubilee, when a social, concert, and dance were held when Mr Murdoch McIntyre, president of the club presided over an attendance of about 300. The chairman was supported by the following :- Councillor Stevenson, hon. president: Mr Thomas Waugh, vice president: Mr Wm. Nicol, secretary of the club: Mr D.M. Reid, secretary of the Stirlingshire Football Association: Mr J. Morrison (Falkirk Amateurs), Mr Martin (Camelon), Mr McNicol (King's Park), Mr McLaren (Alloa Athletic), and Mr F. Lindsay (Dunipace).

After tea had been partaken of the Chairman addressed the audience and gave a brief resume of the club's history. In 1877 the club was inaugurated, and their first ground was Brockville Park. After being there for a few years they removed to Randyford. Subsequently they removed their camp to Blinkbonny, where they remained for a few years. They ultimately returned to their old quarters at Brockville Park. When they first occupied the park they paid in rental £12, while today they paid £50, which showed how the value of the land had increased, and gave some indication of the efforts they had to make to meet the rental. They had always been able to keep the old ship rolling, and he hoped they would continue to do so for a great number of years (applause.) He mentioned that they had had three leases of of five years each of Brockville, and they had now entered their fourth lease of five years, and hoped they would be able to continue there for another term of five years at least (applause.) He did not see many of the old members present that evening who were at the institution of the club. he had expected another gentleman [illegible word] who was one of three who held a meeting about the cross in the High Street, when there was some talk of the club being formed. A meeeting [sic] was held in the Newmarket Inn, which used to be the club headquarters, and they decided to advertise the matter. They did so and the result was that a large meeting of the young men of the town was held and the club was formed. Although they had had many years of ups and downs, the club had always been kept going, and it was now for the members of the club to rally round the committee and make it a better success than ever next year (applause.) They had every prospect of it being better than it had been last year (applause.) In regard to the "gates" in the early days, they used to draw £1 or 25s, while recently they realised £150 in a Scottish Cup tie. Their lub had always had a sort of middle class team. They had never been able to raise many stars. They had, however, given to the football world John Drummond of the Rangers (applause) and John Prey [sic] of Bury (applause.) They had also as a player Alexander Stark (applause.) He was never able to get an international cap, but he was chosen to play in the trial teams. As for playing for the Falkirk Club he was always willing to give them a helping hand (applause.) He mentioned that during the year they had played 32 matches, of which they had won 18, lost 10, and drawn 4. That was a very good record (applause.) Although they did not lift the Qualifying Cup they hoped that next year they would be able to do so (loud applause.)

An enjoyable programme was thereafter submitted. Songs were contributed by Misses Helen Henderson and Nimmo, and Messrs Geo. Mallice, Robert Walker, D. Grant (comic) and Wm. Nicol the popular club secretary: while recitations were given by Mr Will. Stevenson. At an interval Mr J. Malcolm gave an interesting display with the indian clubs.

There was a large number at the dance which followed. The music was supplied by mr Fleming's orchestra, and the duties of M.C. were discharged by Mr Wm. Allan (the club's goalkeeper.) Messrs R. Mathieson & Sons, High Street, purveyed, and the refreshments were supplied by Mr George D. Wright, High Street. The function throughout was of a very enjoyable and most successful kind."

And a second piece by 'Scrutator' (the sports editor of the Herald) on the same day

"Athletic Notes by Scrutator"

Published in the Falkirk Herald on Saturday the 15th of March 1902

"Last night the Falkirk Club celebrated their semi-jubilee with a soiree, concert and ball in the Town Hall. The club has seen a few ups and downs since 1877, and there has been many a change since I witnessed one of the first practice games on the slope where the present Brockville Park now stands. That game stands out in my memory as being noteworthy for the play of two Kelvingrove players, who came from Glasgow to give the Falkirk players a lesson - one of the two being a brother of Geordie Richardson's an old Falkirk player"

There you go, both local newspapers said the date, however I am not trying to start a campaign to rewrite history [again] just pointing out that this kind of thing is not always so straight forward all the time, not long after 1902 there was an 'accident' at Brockville Park, and many of the club's records and ledgers were lost forever. Thus I have had to research individually players from before centralised player registration. But if it was so easy it wouldn't be half as much fun, would it?

Friday, 10 December 1976

King's Park v Grasshoppers - Sat 25th Nov 1876

Falkirk Herald - Sat 2nd December 1876


Played at stirling on Saturday, and resulted in a draw, each side having scored a goal, the ball being kept in the Stirling ground nearly the whole of the time, during which several shots were made at goal, but owing to the slippery condition of the ground the aim was not certain.


Played on the ground of the former, at Bonnybridge, on saturday, and resulted in a victory for the home team by three goals to nothing.

Stirling Journal - Fri 1st December 1876


On Saturday a match was played in the King's Park between the 1st eleven of the Stirling King's Park and Bonnybridge Grasshoppers. The game resulted in a draw, both teams having secured a goal. After the game both teams adjourned to the Sun Inn where refreshments were served. On the same day the second elevens of the fore-mentioned teams met at Bonnybridge, and had a friendly match, which resulted in favour of the Grasshoppers by three goals to nothing. The match was played during a drenching rain, which rendered play very difficult.