Showing posts with label Falkirk Scorers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Falkirk Scorers. Show all posts

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Falkirk FC's Leading Pre League Scorers


Before Falkirk joined the Scottish League for the 1902/03 season, the club played about in many Local Leagues around Central Scotland with lots of similar sounding names [Midlands this, Central that [and they all seemed to include King's Park and East Stirlingshire too]]. However these were real matches, with real players, and the players, I have no doubt, tried as hard as any other Falkirk player in a midweek First Division match at Recreation Park or wherever.

Along with this came an even larger number of cup competitions as the clubs looked for competitive fixtures, these ranged from the mighty Stirlingshire Cup to the parochial 'Falkirk Cottage Hospitals Shield'.

So I think they ought to be included in the list of Falkirk goalscorers equally alongside anybody who scored in a, now meaningless, Supplementary Cup or Scottish League challenge Cup defeat.

I decided to leave out goals scored in friendly matches even though this is slightly unfair as far more friendlies [or ordinary matches as they were known at the time] played throughout the season, and they were taken far more seriously then.

Anyway in an attempt to keep the number of columns to a minimum I have collapsed these Minor Leagues and Cups into one column each.

Player
Sco Cup
Qua Cup
Min Lea
Min Cup
Total
Andrew Burt
1
15
53
21
90
James Tennant
4
4
35
20
63
Alex Stark
13
-
20
25
58
Andrew Hamilton
4
1
31
21
57
David Ross
3
-
10
26
39
Thomas McDonald
3
-
15
19
37
J??? McLaren
-
-
19
16
35
George Barr
6
-
9
14
29
Richard Greig
4
1
18
6
29
Thomas Glegg
4
2
10
10
26

Sadly there are many, many gaps in both my records and the reportage of this era, so this is by its very nature flawed, but until I find a better source of info I have done what I can.

Of these players five [Andrew Burt, James 'Midgy' Tennant, Andrew 'Buttons' Stark, Tommy McDonald & Thomas Glegg] came from Stirlingshire, three [Tennant, Stark, McDonald] from Falkirk [Burt - Slamannan, Glegg - Carronshore], David Ross was born in Coldingham,
Berwickshire but brought up in Falkirk, three were from Glasgow and suburbs [Andrew Hamilton, George Barr & Ricky Greig].
The player missing - McLaren [James?] I strongly suspect was from Dunipace, but I have not found any solid proof to assert this as yet.

Only Andrew Burt continued with Falkirk into the Scottish League era [Scoring one Scottish League and three minor cup goals in 1902/03].

Andrew Burt's brother Adam [1891-92] and Thomas Glegg's brother Charles [1902/03] also played for Falkirk FC.