Showing posts with label Dundee United. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dundee United. Show all posts

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Peter Cabrelli


Yet another Italo-Scot from North of the Tay [I have a certain fondness for Italo-Scots by virtue of 'being one' just the grandparents were the wrong way round for me to get a cool name], who came south to play for Falkirk.

Peter Cabrelli started off as a nippy wee Inside-Left in School football in Dundee before moving swiftly into the Tayside junior scene with Dundee Osborne. He was soon picked up by Dundee FC but never managed to break into the first team. He knew the score and quickly moved onto Forfar where he started to show what he could do. During his period at Forfar Peter also spent time with family back in Italy where he played matches with Borgotaro, Genoa & Ambrosiana Milano [better know today as Inter, but Mussolini had impelled clubs to use 'Italian' names], it was reported in the Courier at the time that the Milan club offered him profesional terms as a player/coach but he turned them down due to commitments at home.


Peter Cabrelli after signing for Dundee in 1930

Soon the clubs came scouting in Forfar trying to lure him down South, Chelsea and Manchester United being amongst the big names mentioned, but when it came to signing his first full-time deal he made the only obvious choice: turning down such fly-by-night teams to take a chance at being allowed to play on the hallowed turf that was Brockville Park.


Peter Cabrelli with Falkirk in 1935

Peter was moderately succesful in a pretty poor Falkirk side which was facing what would be their first ever relegation. Peter started the next season at Inside-Left but soon found his place being taken by David Cowan [who was it must be said a more consistent scorer] and instead of staying on the sidelines Peter finished the season on loan to King's Park.

Falkirk had signed more forwards for the next season and knowing he could not be guaranteed a first team place Peter moved on to Raith Rovers, who crucially moved him to the position he would later become better known for, they played him as a Left-Half. Peter remained with Raith until the war, when he was called up for national service.

Throughout the war he seems to have played a lot of football, not all of which I have been able to track down. Along with Raith and a season with St Mirren, he played throughout the length & breadth of the UK depending on where he was stationed or when he was on leave. The clubs he played for that I have come across were Dundee United, Consett, Halifax Town, Millwall, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Bradford City, Bradford Park Avenue & Reading.

After the war Peter played the first full peacetime season with Dundee United before winding down with Arbroath then Montrose. But although ending senior profesional football in the 40s Peter continued playing. In particular with the lovely named Dundee Juventus in the Dundee Half-Holiday League


Peter Cabrelli

b 23rd October 1910, Dundee, Angus
d 14th December 1994, Dundee, Angus

Height - 5 ft 7½ in: Weight 11 st 6 lbs [1935]

Forfar Athletic
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [96/19]
Scottish Cup Matches/Goals [4/-]

Falkirk
Scottish League Division 1 Matches/Goals [11/-]
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [9/2]
Scottish Cup Matches/Goals [1/-]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [6/1]

King's Park
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [9/4]
Scottish Cup Matches/Goals [2/1]

Raith Rovers
Scottish League Division 1 Matches/Goals [37/1]
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [66/-]
Scottish League Division East Matches/Goals [27/1]
Scottish North-Eastern League Matches/Goals [1/-]
Scottish Cup Matches/Goals [7/-]
Other Matches/Goals [4/4]

Dundee United
Scottish League Division East Matches/Goals [3/1]
Scottish North-Eastern League Matches/Goals [2/-]
Scottish League Division B Matches/Goals [14/1]
Southern League Cup Matches/Goals [4/-]
Victory Cup Matches/Goals [1/1]

St Mirren
Scottish Southern League Matches/Goals [30/1]

Arbroath
Scottish League Division B Matches/Goals [1/-]

Known Career
Scottish League Division 1 Matches/Goals [48/1]
Scottish League Division 2 Matches/Goals [195/27]
Scottish League Division East Matches/Goals [30/2]
Scottish North-Eastern League Matches/Goals [3/-]
Scottish Southern League Matches/Goals [30/1]
Scottish Cup Matches/Goals [14/1]
Southern League Cup Matches/Goals [4/-]
Victory Cup Matches/Goals [1/1]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [6/1]
Other Matches/Goals [4/4]
Known Matches/Goals [335/38]

Known Career – Dundee Crescent, Dundee Osborne, Dundee [1929/30-1930/31], Forfar Athletic [1931/32-1934/35], Borgotaro, Genoa, Ambrosiana Milano, Falkirk [1934/35-1935/36], King's Park [1935/36], Raith Rovers [1936/37-1945/46], Dundee United [1939/40], St Mirren [1942/43], Consett [WWII], Halifax Town [WWII], Millwall [WWII], Arsenal [WWII], Crystal Palace [WWII], Bradford City [WWII], Bradford Park Avenue [WWII], Reading [WWII], Dundee United [1945/46], Arbroath [1946/47], Montrose [1946/47-1947/48], Dundee Juventus.

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]