Showing posts with label Falkirk FC Players. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Falkirk FC Players. Show all posts

Sunday, 9 October 2016

James Laing WWI

I haven't posted anything in a while mainly because I like to space posts out and because I have been taking advantage of Ancestry's free weekend to look up stuff [for example I found four Falkirk players that served in WWI that I never knew about].

I mean who would have known that Peter Gardiner was in the Army Pay Corp 1914-1918?, or that Thomas Bellingham [who played in the 1880s] at the age of 58 signed up for the Royal Defence Corps, or that Robert Terris was a mechanic in the Fleet Air Arm at HMS Daedalus?

Anyway I'm posting now because I found one of the worst examples of beaurocracy from the Army, ever, on James Higgins Laing's record:

On his conduct sheet, under "Offence"


I'm pretty sure, with a bit of thought, N/A, would have been applicable.

NB - Just for accuracy the other one was John Hotchkies in the A & S Highlanders.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Eben Taylor - Falkirk FC 1902-1903

When researching football players in the dim and distant past I often have to try to find out about their lives outside of football, this can help since it adds more than just puting a players name and clubs into your friendly search engine. When you throw in an adress/spouse's name/employment it just gives more options to explore.

Which is why I was very impressed when I stumbled across the army record of Ebenezer Taylor on one of those stupidly expensive genealogy sites [however I was "researching" on a day when they were giving free access to their military papers last week ;)], and most impressed when I found a letter from his employers Aitken's Brewery to the Army stating that they would re-employ him upon his demobilisation.


From his papers also came lots of biographical details, including his family, and, interestingly [to me anyway], a paper stating that he had been a P.O.W. towards the end of the War.


Now this has got me puzzled, it has the date and place of capture 28th March 1918 at Monchy [which I assume is Monchy-le-Preux], and that he was last interned at what looks like "Wallers", and it is this last name that puzzles me, I can find nothing like this name in the list of Prisoner of War centres used during the War....

As a player he seems to have been good enough, if not setting the world ablaze, and dissapeared from the team as quickly and as anonymously as he appeared. All I know about his past was a throw-away remark on his debut match about him being "a Stirling Junior", and as far as I'm aware he never kicked a ball in anger after leaving Falkirk.

He is occasionally mentioned in the Falkirk Herald, living in Penders Lane,  usually in connection with the brewery, up until 1934, when he simply dissapears, and then in 1943 he is noted as the Late E.Taylor on the occasion of the marriage of his youngest daughter. But in between I have found nothing. Looks like I'm going to have to look to the Falkirk Mail to save the day [again].

Ebenezer Taylor

b c1882, Stirling, Stirlingshire

Debut – Monday August 4th 1902 v Alloa Athletic (A) Stirlingshire Coronation Cup 1st Rd replay
League Debut – Saturday August 16th 1902 v Clyde (A) Scottish League Division 2

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

Club Honours – Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1902/03

Scottish League Div 2 Matches/Goals  12/2
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches/Goals  1/-
Stirlingshire Cup Matches/Goals  1/1
Stirlingshire Consolation Cup Matches/Goals  2/-
Stirlingshire Coronation Cup Matches/Goals  1/-
Falkirk Hospitals Shield Matches/Goals  1/-
Other Matches/Goals  1/1

Total Matches/Goals  19/4

Known Career – Falkirk [1902/03-1903/04]

Played in Falkirk's first ever Scottish League Match v Clyde (A) Scottish League Division 2, 16th August 1902

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Robert Godfrey signs up for McCrae's Battalion 1914

After digging about on the internet today, I came across the attestation papers of Falkirk FC's Robert "Bob" Godfrey, one of the Falkirk players who joined the 16th Royal Scots in the very early days of the war.


A local lad, the family living on the Tryst Road, 'Bob' had just made the step up from junior football in 1912, and was begining to settle into the Falkirk side as a regular as war was breaking out.

Although normally a centre-half, he occasionally played at right-half, and was Falkirk's emergency goalkeeper [in fact he played a number of games between the sticks for the reserves].

After eventually being given a medeical discharge for having "hammer toe", Bob assisted Stenhousemuir before rejoining the Bairns for a season or two. Then he set off on a journey round many of the Scottish Second Division in the immediate post-war years.

Robert Godfrey

b c1891, Larbert, Stirlingshire

Falkirk Debut – Wednesday September 4th 1912 v Heart of Midlothian (H) Benefit Match
Falkirk League Debut – Saturday April 11th 1914 v St Mirren (A) Scottish League Division 1

Positions – Centre-Half, Right-Half, Goalkeeper [occ]

Falkirk Club Honours – Stirlingshire Cup RU 1913/14, 1914/15, Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1912/13

Known Career – Longcroft, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, Banknock Juniors, Falkirk [1912/13-1914/15], Stenhousemuir [WWI], Falkirk [1918/19], Bathgate [1919/20], East Stirlingshire [1919/20-1920/21], Bathgate [1920/21], Ayr United [1920/21], Alloa Athletic [1920/21], Dumbarton [1921/22], St Bernards [1921/22], Vale of Leven [1922/23], Clackmannan [1922/23], East Stirlingshire [1922/23]

NB- I have read that Robert was the Grandfather of St Mirren & Falkirk's Peter Godfrey, but have been unable to find any definitive proof of the link.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

John Rattray - Falkirk FC 1910-1913


John Rattray

b c1891, Ballingry, Fife
d c1958

Debut – Saturday December 24th 1910 v Raith Rovers (A) Scottish League Division 1
Positions – Centre-Forward
Known Career – Lumphinnans Swifts, Falkirk [1910/11-1912/13], Raith Rovers [1913/14-1914/15], Dunfermline Athletic [1915/16], Ayr United [1915/16], Raith Rovers [1915/16-1920/21], Dumbarton [1918/19], Bethlehem Steel (USA) [1921/22-1923/24], Raith Rovers [1924/25], Dumbarton [1925/26]
Notes – Scored on his League Debut
Height - 5 ft 7½ in: Weight 12 st 0 lbs [1913]


Thursday, 1 September 2016

Archie Waugh - Falkirk FC Graves

Whilst out and about perusing my local Cemetery [Camelon] recently I happened across another name from the past that I recognised.


I humbly apologise for my reflection ;(

I will not bluster, Archie Waugh was an average defender, but was a local lad, and son of Thomas a former secretary: after not being able to find a guaranteed spot at Falkirk he moved around before coming back to end his career as a reserve/cover in the late twenties.


Archibald Waugh

b c1899, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
d 5th July 1962, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Debut – Wednesday April 30th 1919 v Cowie Wanderers (H) Benefit Match
League Debut – Saturday September 27th 1919 v Airdrieonians (H) Scottish League
Positions – Right-Half

Club Honours – Stirlingshire Cup W 1919/20, RU 1920/21, Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1921/22, Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1927/28

Known Career – Gairdoch Thistle, Falkirk [1918/19-1921/22], Cowdenbeath [1922/23], King's Park [1922/23-1925/26], Falkirk [1926/27-1929/30]

Robert Parlane - Falkirk FC - 1895-97

Some obituaries you just come across, others you have to look for, this is in the latter camp.


Robert Parlane

b 29th March 1871, Camelon, Stirlingshire
d 9th March 1934, Camelon, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday August 24th 1895 v Kilsyth Wanderers (A) Midland League
Positions – Goalkeeper

Club Honours – Midland League RU 1895/96, Stirlingshire Cup W 1895/96, Falkirk Infirmary Shield RU 1895/96
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches/Goals [9/-]
Midland League Matches/Goals [14/-]
Scottish Combination Matches/Goals [1/-]
Stirlingshire Cup Matches/Goals [6/-]
Falkirk Infirmary Shield Matches/Goals [2/-]
Other Matches/Goals [20/-]
Known Career – Camelon [1893/94-1895/96], Falkirk [1895/96-1896/97], Camelon [1897/98-1898/99]

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Pen Pic - William McAulay - Falkirk FC - 1907

Continuing the Falkirk Herald's "Prominent Players" series of 1907 this time it is William McAulay Falkirk's Inside-Left for the 1906/07 season.

By the time William joined he was already a veteran of top flight football, both North & South of the Border, but he was by no means past it.

After a season with Falkirk he moved to Hibernian before winding his career down at Alloa.


William McAulay

b 1st November 1879, Newton, Lanarkshire
d c1935

Debut – Wednesday August 15th 1906 v Leith Athletic (H) East of Scotland League
League Debut – Saturday August 18th 1906 v Rangers (A) Scottish League Division 1

Positions – Inside-Left, Inside-Right

Known Career – Newton Athletic, Newton Thistle, Cambuslang Hibernian, Celtic [1897/98-1898/99], Sheffield Wednesday [1898/99], Dundee [1898/99], Walsall Town Swifts [1899/00], Aston Villa [1900/01], Portsmouth [1901/02], Middlesbrough [1902/03], Arthurlie [1904/05], Aberdeen [1904/05-1905/06], Falkirk [1906/07], Hibernian [1906/07-1908/09], Alloa Athletic [1909/10-1912/13]

Note - Height 5' 9” - Weight 11st 2lb


Saturday, 9 July 2016

Pen Pic - John McTavish - Falkirk FC - 1907

The great John McTavish paired up with John Simpson to create one of the greatest right-wing partnerships in the history of Falkirk FC. Interestingly the two players careers match well, both joining Falkirk at about 1905 from junior football, both leaving in 1910 to go on to successful careers down south, and both players making slightly over-the-hill comebacks for Falkirk during the First World War.

However there was no doubt about the nationality of McTavish [Simpson was born in England], thus the Scotland selectors were forced [then as now unwillingly] to pay attention to a "provincial" player.

After his football career was over Jock went in to management with East Stirlingshire, however it was brief and he returned to the world of work, settling in Camelon for the rest of his days.


John Kay McTavish

b 7th June 1885, Govan, Glasgow
d 4th April 1944, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Debut – Wednesday August 16th 1905 v Cowdenbeath (A) Friendly
League Debut – Saturday August 19th 1905 v Port Glasgow Ath (A) Scottish League Division 1

Positions – Inside-Right, Inside-Left

Representative Honours – Scotland v Ireland 1909/10, Scottish League v English League 1906/07, 1907/08

Club Honours – Scottish League Division 1 RU 1907/08, 1909/10, Dewar Shield W 1905/06, Dunedin Cup W 1917/18, Stirlingshire Cup W 1905/06, Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1906/07, Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1905/06, 1906/07, 1907/08

Known Career – Ibrox Roselea, Fairfield, Petershill, Falkirk [1905/06-1909/10], Oldham Athletic [1910/11], Tottenham Hotspur [1910/11-1911/12], Newcastle United [1911/12-1912/13], Partick Thistle [1913/14-1916/17], York City [1914/15], Goole Town [1914/15], Falkirk [1917/18], Heart of Midlothian [1917/18], East Fife [1918/19-1919/20], Bo'ness, Dumbarton [1920/21], East Stirlingshire [1921/22]

Scored on his League Debut
Hat-Tricks – 1 [Stirlingshire Cup [1]]

Played for Team 'B' v Team 'A', League International Trial at Glasgow, 25th February 1907
Played for Team 'B' v Team 'A', League International Trial at Glasgow, 17th February 1908
Played for Team 'B' v Team 'A', League International Trial at Glasgow, 16th February 1910
Played for 'Home-Scots' v 'Anglo-Scots', Scottish International Trial at Glasgow, 21st March 1910
Played for Blue v White, Stirlingshire FA Benefit Match at Brockville Pk, Falkirk, 27th April 1910

Note

Brother of Robert McTavish [Falkirk 1906/07-1909/10]

Obituaries

Falkirk Herald - Sat 8th April 1944


Falkirk Mail - Fri 7th April 1944


Bo'ness Journal - Fri 7th April 1944



Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Pen Pic - William Raisbeck - Falkirk FC - 1907

Willie Raisbeck came from a Slamannan/Larkhall football dynasty: the Raisbecks produced several footballers at the turn of the Century. Born in Wallacestone [and not Wallacetown, Ayrshire like it says on his Wikipedia entry], he grew up in Limerigg before the family moved to Larkhall, where he "entered the footballing fraternity".


After his Falkirk career he moved to Alberta, Canada, where he may have played with Lethbridge FC.

William Raisbeck

b 22nd December 1875, Wallacestone, Stirlingshire
d 2nd November 1946, Taber, Alberta, Canada

Debut – Tuesday August 28th 1905 v Hibernian (A) East of Scotland League
League Debut – Saturday September 2nd 1905 v Partick Thistle (A) Scottish League Division 1

Positions – Left-Half

Club Honours – Dewar Shield W 1905/06, Stirlingshire Cup W 1905/06

Known Career – Larkhall Thistle, Clyde [1896/97], Sunderland [1896/97], Royal Albert [1897/98], Clyde [1897/98], Sunderland [1898/99-1901/02], Derby County [1901/02], New Brompton [1902/03], Reading [1903/04-1904/05], Falkirk [1905/06-1906/07], Lethbridge FC [Canada]

Notes.
Cousin of Luke Raisbeck [Falkirk 1901/02]
Height – 5 ft 11 in: Weight 13 st [1906]
Emigrated to Canada, sailing from Liverpool to Montreal on the 20th May 1907 on the Ionian.


Sunday, 3 July 2016

Pen Pic - Hugh Ross McDougal - Falkirk FC - 1907

The latest subject of the Prominent Football Players series, Hugh McDougal was a Highlander [hailing from Kilmallie] who had moved to the Central Belt to take up teaching. Making him one of that rare breed of footballers: the amateur.

In itself that is no bad thing, but the truth of the matter is that most amateurs had to spend most of their time doing, well, a proper job, instead of practicing or training; frankly improving. This in the long term usually means the amateur player in a professional football club becomes a bit part player.

Another effect is that the player goes where the job takes them, and this was the case with Hugh, after a season with Falkirk he moved to Dunfermline Athletic, followed by spells at King's Park, Stenhousemuir and ending his career at East Stirlingshire with the outbreak of the Great War. All of these moves dictated by which teaching positions he took up.

It is hard to gauge his career today because most of his career was spent with non-league teams who are now league teams.



Thursday, 30 June 2016

Pen Pic - William Folley - Falkirk FC 1907

I suppose when the Falkirk Herald decided their Prominent Football Players it must have all been relative, because some of the players have largely been forgotten to history. Or perhaps they were more celebrated in the district back then, no television etc.

William Folley was yet another product of the local junior system, after a couple of seasons with Falkirk, he moved on to East Fife, then Bathgate, before moving "down south" to play with Luton Town, where I lose touch with him...



Sunday, 26 June 2016

Pen Pics - Robert McTavish - Falkirk FC - 1907

Unlike his big brother 'Jock', Robert McTavish did not really get a chance to prove himself in what must have been one of the best Falkirk FC sides of all time. One of the main reasons for his not getting any chances was simply down to that fact that his 'natural' positions on the right wing were taken by the legendary Jock Simpson and his own brother.

This meant that most of his games for the first eleven ended up being at Centre-Forward or Outside-Left, but his performances at Outside-Right for Falkirk 'A' kept him in contention for a place come injury or suspension.



Robert McTavish

b 26th October 1888, Govan, Glasgow
d c1972

Debut – Wednesday April 24th 1907 v Falkirk District XI (H) Benefit Match
League Debut – Saturday November 23rd 1907 v Hamilton Academical (A) Scottish League Division 1

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

Club Honours – Dewar Shield W 1909/10, Stirlingshire Cup W 1909/10, RU 1908/09,
Stirlingshire Consolation Cup W 1907/08

Known Career – Avondale, Ibrox Roselea, Petershill, Rangers [1906/07], Falkirk [1906/07-1909/10], Tottenham Hotspur [1910/11], Brentford [1912/13], Third Lanark [1913/14-1915/16], York City [1914/15], Raith Rovers [1915/16]

Note

Brother of John McTavish - Falkirk FC [1905/06-1909/10 & 1917/18]

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Pen Pic - James Reid - Falkirk FC - 1907

This post from the prominent footballers series is that of James 'Punkie' Reid. Another local lad who Falkirk pinched from East Stirlingshire twice. Although starting his career at Inside-Right, in his second spell at the club he played almost exclusively at Right-Half, to such success that in 1907 he played in the Scottish League International Trial, then in 1909 in the Scottish International Trial, sadly though not being given the honour of representing his country.


After his Falkirk career he moved on to Cowdenbeath, then served in the Great War with Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Pen Pic - John Simpson - Falkirk FC - 1907

This the legend that was Jock Simpson in 1907.


Nothing more need be said.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Pen Pic - John Morrison - Falkirk FC - 1907

John Morrison is the next in this series of prominent players from 1907, and I have to say he is one of my pet favourite players in the history of Falkirk FC. Although he would be special because [as far as I am aware] he is the only player to play for the club in every single position of the old 2-3-5 formation [okay he only played in goal once, in a friendly v Peebles Rovers]: but most importantly, by 1910 he went by the nickname "Slasher", there, that is enough.

He would have been a 'one club man' apart from the fact that his work took him to Paisley, and wartime restrictions on movement compelled him to play for St Mirren in 1913/14.


After his playing career he became the Secretary/Manager of East Stirlingshire, Third Lanark then St Mirren, retiring in Paisley during the second war.

Pen Pic - Thomas Baird - East Sirlingshire - 1907

Yet another in the series of Pen Pics of Prominent Falkirk and District Football Players. This one, Thomas Baird is a rarity, in that he is one of few footballers that played for all three Scottish League teams in the District: Falkirk, Stenhousemuir then East Stirlingshire. The only catch being that he played for Falkirk and Stenhousemuir before they had joined the League.


Although a local, I have never quite been able to pinpoint where he was from, and he dissappeared off the radar not long after this season.

Pen Pic - Clyde Skene - Falkirk FC - 1907

Since I recently came across a series on "Prominent Falkirk and District Football Players" published in 1907 I might as well continue to share them for the World's edification ;/

Today we have the legendary Clydesdale Duncan Skene [for that was his full name], from Tryst Road, Larbert.


The Skenes were a sporting family Clyde also playing in the local cricket leagues, whilst his brother Dr Leslie Skene was a senior goalkeeper for [among others] Glasgow University, Falkirk Amateurs, Stenhousemuir, Queen's Park, Fulham, Glentoran and Scotland.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Pen Pic - Robert Orrock - East Stirlingshire FC

I just found a picture of Robert Orrock at the start of his senior career, he joined East Stirlingshire at the beginning of the 1906/07 season, and would go on and on and on and on.


Soon after this Bobby Orrock joined Falkirk, got capped and played a lot of football before winding up his career back at East Stirlingshire. Last thing I know the Orrock family headed off down under, to enjoy a bit of sunshine.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

William Sanderson

I recently found his obituary. [NB - I only found it because I had found his middle name elsewhere]



William Gaff Sanderson

b 8th June 1861, Polmont, Stirlingshire
d 19th June 1937, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday November 26th 1881 v Alexandra Athletic (H) Friendly
Competitive Debut – Saturday October 2st 1882 v Renton (H) Scottish Cup 3rd Rd

Positions – Centre-Forward
Scottish Cup Matches/Goals [1/1]
Other Matches/Goals [6/2]
Scottish 2nd XI Cup Matches/Goals [1/-]

Known Career – Falkirk [1880/81-1883/84]

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

James Richardson - WWI in Ruhleben

I have spent some time trying to find the details of all the Falkirk FC players who served in the Great War, it is not always easy because most of the files were destroyed in 1940 during the blitz. However there are long and laborious ways around this 'problem'.

However it was during this that I came across another Falkirk FC related tragedy from the first war: that of James Richardson.

James Richardson was like most Victorians Bairns, apart from the fact that due to his Father's profession of Master Mariner, he seems to have born on the Chinchas Islands off the coast of Peru in 1858!

An engineer by trade the first time we come across him in the world of football was whilst studying in Glasgow he was playing with Kelvinbank, and brought the team through to play against a team of players from Falkirk in what was reported to be the first match ever played in Falkirk. This was in December of 1877.

As far as I can tell he played no actual part in the formation of Falkirk FC, however his wee brother George was the first proper secretary of the club [so he was probably in contact], and he probably helped in teaching the initiates in the early days.

After his time in Glasgow he returned to the town where he joined Falkirk for the next couple of seasons, before getting a proper job on the high seas.

The next I learned of his life was his return from Germany at the end of World War One. It seems that the steamer on which he was serving was in port in Hamburg when war was announced between Germany and the UK, and the crew were interned in the Ruhleben Internment Camp for the duration.


Upon his return to Falkirk he got a post as tinsmith in the Gothic Works in Camelon, where he ultimately died within ten years of his time.


James Richardson 

b c1858, Peru 
d 1st October 1927, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
 
Debut – Saturday March 8th 1879 v Kelvinbank (H) Friendly
Competitive Debut – Saturday September 27th 1879 v Grasshoppers (H) Scottish Cup 1st Rd
Positions – Left-Back
Scottish Cup Matches/Goals [1/-]
Other Matches/Goals [8/-]
Known Career – Kelvinbank [1877/78], Falkirk [1878/79-1880/81]
Brother of George Richardson [Falkirk 1877/78-1880/81]