Showing posts with label 1878. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1878. Show all posts

Monday, 15 November 2010

Falkirk FC the first Cup Match

Following on from my earlier post about Falkirk Football Club's first Scottish League match I now bring a few details of Falkirk FC's first ever competitive match. This is a lot more difficult to find player details as there are no League registration records, also this is during the time when the club is just finding it's feet, so some players whilst, no doubt, being enthusiastic, were probably not up to the job [perhaps why they played so few games...]. I fully intend to write a post on Falkirk's first ever match, but it is going to be difficult as i have yet to find a contemporary report [and am losing hope of ever doing so], and have conflicting information from equally valid sources, but I shall prepare something...

Until then, this is Falkirk's first match in the Scottish Cup, the club's first competitive match, played against a long forgotten team from nearby [relatively speaking]. Very few details were given, for example no scorers were named:

William Carmichael
b
d
Debut – Saturday September 29th 1878 v Campsie Glen (H) Scottish Cup 1st Round
Position – Goalkeeper
Known Career – Falkirk [1878/79]

D??? McMillan
b
d
Debut – Saturday September 29th 1878 v Campsie Glen (H) Scottish Cup 1st Round
Position – Right-Back
Known Career – Falkirk [1878/79]

Robert Service
b 27th March 1857, Closeburn, Dumfriesshire
d
Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Position – Left-Back, Left-Half, Forward
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1879/80]

W??? Geddes
b
d
Debut – Saturday September 21st 1878 v King's Park (H) Friendly
Position – Right-Half
Known Career – Falkirk [1878/79, 1880/81]

George Richardson
b 9th November 1859, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
d
Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Position – Left-Half
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1880/81]
Brother of James Richardson [Falkirk 1878/79-1880/81]
Falkirk Club Secretary [1879/80-1882/83]

James Neil
b 26th October 1854, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
d 21st October 1888, Carron, Stirlingshire
Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Position – Outside-Right
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1881/82], East Stirlingshire [1882/83-1884/85]
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.

James Ferguson
b
d
Debut – Saturday September 21st 1878 v King's Park (H) Friendly
Position – Inside-Right
Known Career – Falkirk [1878/79]

John Taylor
b
d
Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Position – Centre-Forward
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1878/79]

William Gentleman
b 24th January 1857, Avonbridge, Stirlingshire
d
Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Position – Centre-Forward
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1878/79]

Richard Peddie
b c1857, Sunderland, Durham
d
Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Position – Inside-Left
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1878/79], Zetland [1882/83]
Brother of William Peddie [Falkirk 1877/78-1878/79]

William Peddie
b c1855, Sunderland, Durham
d
Debut – Saturday March 23rd 1878 v Grasshoppers (H) Friendly
Position – Outside-Left
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [1/-]
Known Career – Falkirk [1877/78-1878/79]
Brother of Richard Peddie [Falkirk 1877/78-1878/79]

The match report from the Falkirk Herald of the 5th Oct 1878 was as follows:

"The above tie was played at Randyford on Saturday last, in the presence of a large turn-out of spectators, and resulted in a win for the Falkirk team two goals to none. The home team having won the toss, kicked off at 3:45, the forwards at once taking up the to their opponents' goal, and smartly passing it through, scoring the first goal one minute after the kick off. During the rest of the game some excellent playing was shown by both sides. A little before time was called the home team showed their superiority by taking the ball up the whole of the field, and by some clever passing, sent it through the goal, thus winning the match by two goals to none. The home team played well together. The following are the players:-
Falkirk - R.Peddie (Captain), W.Peddie, (left); John Taylor, W.Gentleman (centre); James Neill James Ferguson (right); W.Geddes (half back) George Richardson (half back); D.Mcmillan and R.Service (backs); William Carmichael (goal).
Campsie Glen - J.McFarlane (captain), C.Reid (left); A.Stirling, J.Murray (centre); J.McKay, M.Dalton (right); T.Rodger and J.Murray (half backs); T.Reid and G.Gray (backs); W.Brown (goal)."

You clever kids will notice that the score given in the report is different from the official SFA scoreline of 1-0, but as this is the only match report I have ever come across [and the fact I never attended the actual match] I can not say which was the true result of the match, but I am still looking for reports...

Tuesday, 25 January 2000

Falkirk v Petershill - Sat 7th Dec 1878

Falkirk Herald - Thu 12th Dec 1878

PETERSHILL v FALKIRK

This match was played on the ground of the latter at Randyford on Saturday afternoon last and resulted in a draw, no goals having been secured. There was nothing conspicuous in the playing of either team except that of John Adam, who was in splendid form as a forward, and likewise W.Carmichael, who guarded the goal with great vigilence. During the first half the home team kept the ball entirely within their own territory, while the same remark in the latter half also applies to the strangers. The game, as contrasted with that of the Saturday previous, was exceedingly tame, but this was due to the very hard state of the ground caused by a frost - a drawbackwhich the strangers seemingly were not slow to take advantage of for the introduction of some rough playing into the contest. On the whole, in comparing the rival teams, Falkirk, considering its youth, held its opponents in check in a highly creditable manner. Agood number of spectators turned out to witness the game. The following are the names of the players:- Petershill Team - James Blair, goal; A.Stark, J.Kein, backs; R.Stoddart (captain), A.Lauder, half-backs; J.Dick, E.Kein, D.Johnston, J.Scobbie, J.M'Allan, H.Webster, forwards. Falkirk Team - Wm.Carmichael, goal; George Richardson, W.Gentleman, backs; John Adam, R.Service, half-backs; Jas.Niel, T.Taylor, J.Taylor, W.Binnie, W.Peddie, R.Peddie (captain), forwards.

Monday, 24 January 2000

Falkirk v Lenzie - Sat 30th Nov 1878

Falkirk Herald - Thu 5th Dec 1878

FALKIRK v LENZIE

In the football match which was played between the Falkirk and Lenzie clubs at Randyford on Saturday last, the lovers of this invigorating and popular game witnessed a contest which, while animated with that friendly rivalry common to such occasions, was conducted with a degree of skill and precision, creditable in a high degree to those who comprised the various teams. The deservedly high reputation enjoyed by the Lenzie men will have undergone no deterioration from Saturday's performance, whilst the representatives of Falkirk - though this club has been but newly set afoot - manifested a spirit which augurs well for the future. The match, notwithstanding the somewhat inclement nature of the weather and the unfavourable condition of the turf, was watched throughout with unmistakeable interest by the various onlookers. The ball was set off by the home team. The kick was well replied to, but before a minute had elapsed, by splendid passing from centre to back on the part of the Falkirk men, the ball was safely lodged within the strangers' goal. Having again kicked off, Lenzie kept the ball entirely within their own territory till at last after a spirited contest they cleverly secured a goal. With the teams again equal play was resumed, both sides putting forth their best efforts in the endeavour to steal a march on each other; but after a few minutes spent on neutral ground, the strangers, ere half-time was called, became, by a mere accident, once more successful. Having reversed position, both sides scored a goal, the playing of the home team being the while particularly good. The brothers Peddie, who were pitted against M'Gregor and Fisher, the renowned back players for Lenzie, proved themselves to be, by their masterly management of the post committed to their charges, very superior players, a remark which may also apply to Neil, Leishman, and Richardson, and the back play of Walker was exceptionally fine. The match concluded in a win for the strangers by one goal, which, however, was not secured without a severe struggle, as the home team during the latter part of the game were evidently retrieving whatever had been lost, and might have been successful in bringing about a draw had not time been called when success seemed inevitable. The following comprises the names of the local team:- W.Carmichael (goal), R.Service, A.Walker (backs), G.Richardson, W.Gentleman (half-backs), W.Peddie, R.Peddie, J.Taylor, J.Walker, J.Leishman, and J.Neil (forwards).

Friday, 15 December 1978

King's Park v Grasshoppers - Sat 17th Nov 1878

Stirling Journal - Thu 22nd Nov 1878

STIRLING KING'S PARK v GRASSHOPPERS (BONNYBRIDGE)

A match between the above clubs came off on the ground of the former on Saturday, and resulted in a draw, both teams scoring two goals. The game was greatly interfered with by some of the spectators rushing in on the ground whenever a dispute arose, and it is to be hoped the same will not be repeated. Teams:- King's Park - Goal, ?.Taylor; backs, W.Gentles, D.Mackenzie?; half-backs, J.Leishman, H.Lundie; forwards, James McInnes, J.McDonald, James Gray, J.Shaw, J.Hay and J.Oliphant (captain). Grasshoppers - Goal, J.Anderson (captain); backs, J.Ure, J.Paterson; half-backs, A.Paterson, J.Hamilton; forwards, W.Shirra, J.Hamilton, H.McPhee, M.Dobson, W.Forrester and A.Moffat.

Thursday, 14 December 1978

Falkirk v Campsie Glen - Sat 28th Sep 1878

Falkirk Herald - Sat 5th Oct 1878

SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION CUP TIE

FALKIRK v CAMPSIE GLEN

The above tie was played at Randyford on Saturday last, in the presence of a large turn-out of spectators, and resulted in a win for the Falkirk team by two goals to none. The home team having won the toss, kicked off at 3.45, the forwards at once taking the ball to their opponent's goal, and smartly passing it through, scoring the first goal one minute after the kick off. During the rest of the game some excellent playing was shown by both sides. A little before time was called the home team showed their superiority by taking the ball up the whole of the field, and by some clever passing, sent it through the goal, thus winning the match by two goals to none. The home team played well together, the following are the players:- Falkirk - R.Peddie (captain), W.Peddie, left; John Taylor, W.Gentleman, centre; James Neill, James Ferguson, right; W.Geddes, half-back; George Richardson, half-back; D.McMillan and R.Service, backs; William Carmichael, goal. Campsie Glen - J.McFarlane (captain), C.Reid, left, A.Stirling, J.Murray, centre; J.McKay, M.Dalton, right; T.Rodger and J.Murray, half-backs; T.Reid and G.Gray, backs; W.Brown, goal.

Wednesday, 13 December 1978

King's Park 2nd XI v Falkirk 2nd XI - Sat 28th Sep 1878

Stirling Observer - Thu 3rd Oct 1878

STIRLING KING'S PARK (2ND ELEVEN) v FALKIRK (2ND ELEVEN)

A match between the above named clubs came off on the ground of the former on Saturday, and resulted in favour of the home team by one goal to nothing. Teams:- King's Park- Goal, W.Brown; backs, D.McKenzie, J.Leishman; half-backs, G.Marshall, G.Lundie; forwards, J.Hay, J.McInnes, J.Christie, J.Elliot, D.McInnes, and J.Oliphant (captain). Falkirk - Goal, R.Cuthell; backs, L.Watson, H.Smith; half-backs, F.Buchanan, W.Binnie; forwards, A.Ferguson, W.Johnston, J.Paterson, J.Fleming, T.Hamilton, and T.Taylor (captain).

Tuesday, 12 December 1978

Falkirk v King's Park - Sat 21st Sep 1878

Stirling Observer - Thu 26th Sep 1878

STIRLING KING'S PARK v FALKIRK

A match between the above named clubs came off at Falkirk on Saturday, and after a well-contested game, resulted in favour of the home team by one goal (and a disputed one) to nothing. The following are the names of both teams:- Stirling King's Park- Goal, W.Marshall; backs, F.Suter, W.Gentles; half-backs, H.Lundie, J.Shaw; forwards, P.Lennie, J.Edmund, W.Murdoch, J.McDonald, P.Morrison, and J.Oliphant (captain). Falkirk - Goal, W.Carmichael; backs, R.Service, A.Walker; half-backs, W.Geddes, G.Richardson; forwards, W.Peddie, W.Gentleman, J.Ferguson, J.Taylor, J.Neil, and R.Peddie (captain).

Monday, 11 December 1978

Falkirk v Govanhill - Sat 6th Apr 1878

Falkirk Herald - Sat 13th Apr 1878

FALKIRK v GOVANHILL

This match took place on the ground of the East Stirlingshire Cricket Club at Randyford. The weather was favourable, and a goodly number of spectators passed the gate to witness the match. The ball was kept well in the centre of the field for some time after the "kick off", when the Govanhill carried it well into the Falkirk territory, but any advantage they obtained was neutralized by the ineffectual and erratic shots at goal which their men attempted. The ball was now taken by the Falkirk men right down into the Govanhill lines, where the play was mostly carried on till half-time was called. In the second half the Govanhill assailed the Falkirk goal with spirit, and latterly succeeded in securing a goal, although rather simply. No other score was made up till the finish - Govanhill being successfull by one goal to nothing. The Falkirk men played well, and if they had utilised their "backs" to more advantage, the tables might have been turned. For Falkirk, Neil, Peddie, Leishman (forwards) and Richardson (half-back) played pluckily. The following was the Falkirk team:- Neil, R.Peddie (captain), W.Peddie, Leishman, Gentleman, Taylor (forwards); Richardson, Johnston (half-backs); Service and Buchanan (backs); and McEwan (goal). We were unable to obtain a list of the Govanhill team.

Grasshoppers v Britannia - Sat 6th Apr 1878

Falkirk Herald - Thu 11th Apr 1878

FOOTBALL MATCH

A friendly match at football came off here on Saturday between our local club and the Britannia, Glasgow. The game commenced at 5 o'clock PM. The Britannia, having won the toss, very wisely chose the end from which a pretty stiff breeze was blowing, thus giving them a very great advantage over the Bonnybridge team, who also had a bright sun full in their faces. Notwithstanding these disadvantages, coupled with the fact that one or two of their best players were unable to be present, Bonnybridge scored a goal in about twenty minutes. By the time sides were changed the sun did not shine on the ground, and there was scarcely any wind, so that the Britannia never had the disadvantages which were so much against Bonnybridge during the first half of the game. After sides were changed no more goals were won on either side, but Bonnybridge had by far the best of the play, the 'fighting' being in front of the Britannia's goal two-thirds of the time. As 'time' drew near Britannia seemed to lose hope, as their efforts were concentrated in the defence of their goal, and the kicks which they got, when fortune favoured them were devoted to kicking the ball not toward their enemies' goal, but beyond the boundaries with the evident desire of 'killing time'. altogether the Britannia showed poorly.

Grasshoppers v Caldercruix - Sat 30th Mar 1878

Falkirk Herald - Sat 7th Apr 1878

BONNYBRIDGE v CALDERCRUIX

A friendly match at football was played on the green here between the Bonnybridge Club and that of Caldercruix on Saturday last. The Caldercruix company were expected by 3 o'clock pm, but it was close on 5 o'clock before they arrived. However, they were in fine time, although the Bonnybridge team and the large concourse of spectators were somewhat out of patience at the unneccessary delay. The game began by the Caldercruix "kicking off" and then commenced the tug of war. From the appearance of the Caldercruix men, they were lithe looking fellows, and swifter of foot than the Bonnybridge men. It was thought that Bonnybridge would have a small chance with them, but the Bonnybridge team held at it manfully, and although the war was oftener on the territory of Bonnybridge than on the other side they battled their foes to put the ball through their goal. again and again it seemed as if the ball were to be sent through, and as often was it dexterously hurled back by vigilant goal-keeper; and although Caldercruix scored the first goal, it was because the ball struck one of the poles and went through the goal at a tangent in a manner that no vigilence could prevent. After positions were changed another hard tussle ensued; and this time Bonnybridge scored a goal. Time was called before anymore goals were scored, so that the match ended in a draw. Altogether the match was one of the best that has been played here, and was watched with very great interest by the onlookers, as from beginning to end it was doubtful which of the teams were best; for, although Caldercruix team were certainly swifter of foot than the Bonnybridge one, it must be said that Bonnybridge showed, if anything, the greater skill and determination. It may be added that the state of the ground and the weather were all that could be desired, saving that the latter was rather cold for the onlookers.

Sunday, 10 December 1978

Falkirk v Grasshoppers - Sat 23rd Mar 1878

Falkirk Herald - Sat 30th Mar 1878

FALKIRK v BONNYBRIDGE

A return match was played between these clubs on the ground of the former at Campfield on Saturday before a large concourse of spectators. As this is the first match that has been played in Falkirk, it was watched with unusual interest, and a better day for the sport could not have been. For the first part of the game Bonnybridge had the best of it, securing two goals in about twenty minutes. The Falkirk men, however, warmed to their work, and for the remainder of the first half the most of the play was on the Bonnybridge territory. On changing ends, the Falkirk men, working well together, soon succeeded in securing a goal, and shortly afterwards another was placed to their credit. From this to time was called the Falkirk men had the best of it, and a close and well-contested game resulted in a draw. For Bonnybridge, Mitchell and Moffat showed to advantage, and for Falkirk the splendid forward play of Neil observed special mention. R.Peddie, W.Peddie forwards and Richardson half-back played well. The following composed the teams:- Bonnybridge - A.Moffat, J.Mitchell, W.Foster (Captain), J.Clark, T.Smith and A.Paterson, forwards; Wm.Anderson and A.Lapsley, half-backs; Jas.McVee and -.Stark, backs; John Mitchell, goal. Falkirk - J.Leishman, R.Peddie (Captain), Wm.Gentleman, -.Bennet, W.Peddie and -.Neil, forwards; J.Taylor and G.Richardson, half-backs; J.Taylor and R.Service, backs, A.McQueen, goal.

Nota Bene - The published article mispelled the Falkirk Goalkeepers's name, he was actually Angus McEwan, The Falkirk back, J.Taylor was actually Thomas Taylor.

2nd Queen's Park v Lenzie - Sat 17th Jan 1878

Falkirk Herald - Sat 24th January 1878

2ND QUEEN'S PARK v LENZIE

Played on Saturday at Hampden Park, and resulted in the defeat of the Lenzie team by 10 goals to none. The Queen's Park lost the toss, and played against a strong wind. On the ball being kicked off, the Queen's Park immediately commenced an offensive movement, and twenty-six minutes after the start scored No. 1 goal. Shortly before half-time, Smith closed a brilliant run by taking a goal. The Lenzie tried hard to score, and made several runs, led by Macgregor and Beveridge, but the backs and half-backs of the Queen's Park were too watchful to allow the ball to get under the tape. During the second half scoring was the order of the day. In quick succession the goal fell. The Lenzie tried hard to raise the siege, but in vain. More goals would have been got, but the Lenzie goal-keeper played well. The last goal was got two minutes before time from a free-kick by Mackintosh, which, being well put in, was neatly put through by Chrichton. For the Lenzie, Macgregor and Beveridge played in fine form, while S.Broadfoot and Paterson (backs) did yoeman service. The Queen's Park forwards all played well, especially Smith, McGill and Fraser, while Small and Browne (half-backs) kicked and tackled well. The goals were taken by Fraser (3), Smith (1), Chrichton (2), Niven (2), McGill (1), Fulton (1). Teams - Lenzie - Goal, Cumming; backs, M.Broadfoot and Archer; half-backs, Paterson (Captain) and S.Broadfoot; forwards, McGregor, Cree, Agur, Logan, Farquhar and Beveridge. Queen's Park - Goal, Wylie, backs, W.G.Davidson and J.W.Mackintosh; half-backs, Browne and N.M.R.Small; forwards, Smith, McGill, Fraser, Chrichton, Niven and Fulton.

Campsie v Central - Sat 17th Jan 1878

Falkirk Herald - Sat 24th January 1878

CAMPSIE v CENTRAL

At Balglass, on Saturday, and resulted in favour of Campsie by two goals to none. Reid, Devlin and McFarlane for the Campsie played in excellent form; and Dimpsey, Freel and Ward rendered good services for the Central.