Showing posts with label First Match. Show all posts
Showing posts with label First Match. 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...