Showing posts with label King's Park. Show all posts
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Sunday, 20 April 2014

East Stirlingshire Ancients 1893


Not even fifteen years after their birth East Stirlingshire were old enough to be fielding an ancients side, and a bloody good one at that. In 1893 they put out a side which thumped their contemporaries from Stirling. Most of the team, it has to be said, were not long retired from the first eleven. But who am I to argue with History.

On Friday May 5th 1893 East Stirlingshire Ancients beat King's Park Ancients by 5 goals to 2 at Merchiston Pk, Bainsford

ES - James Dougall; Allan Rae & Peter Mitchell; Andrew Inch, Henry Brand & Robert Johnston; Robert Wilson & Peter McGregor, Lawrence McLachlan, John Taylor & Alexander Cockburn.

KP - W.Armstrong; T.W.R.Johnston & Robert Wilson; Wm Muir, Wm Morrison & Wm Miller; B.Taylor & John Gray, Wm McLay, John McLaren & McQueen.

Strangely in all my time I have never come across an East Stirlinjgshire Ancients v Falkirk Ancients match, except for the 10th Anniversary match of the first Stirlingshire Cup, but that was meant to be between the same players, so is not quite the same thing.

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.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Forgotten Derbies – Falkirk v King's Park

Falkirk's obvious rivalry is with our neighbours East Stirlingshire, and for a while this was quite a serious derby in these parts, but circumstances have meant the two clubs rarely play each other in competitive matches so it has ebbed.

It is well known the enmity between the fans of Falkirk & Dunfermline Athletic, and this is what most would recognise as our current main rivals in the so-called “Kincardine Bridge Derby”.

But I was recently looking through Falkirk's New Year Holiday matches and noticed a fixture popping up on a very regular basis which has now gone the way of most history.

The opponents were King's Park and the match was played invariably played in Stirling in the first week of January, usually the first Monday. This was an arrangement which never occurred with East Stirlingshire which is itself interesting.

The rivalry [perhaps a creation of the two teams to try to have a lucrative annual match we will never know] is obvious with hindsight. These were the two oldest and longest established clubs in Stirlingshire [Bonnybridge Grasshoppers were older but they had a precarious existence and had long spells of inactivity] both coming into existence in the mid 1870s. There was possibly also a slight element of snobbery in the fixture, both clubs probably looking down on other relative newcomers to the local football scene.

The earliest found match between the two clubs dates back to April 1878 [though there might have been an match earlier that season which was not noted in the press] when the young bloods of Falkirk travelled to the county town and came away with a very creditable scoreless draw. Over the next decade the reciprocal friendly matches were complimented with the odd meeting in the Scottish & Stirlingshire Cups and largely meetings were very even, only the odd large victory being obtained by either team.

The first recognisable 'holiday' match between the two teams took place on Monday the 4th of January 1892 [this was the first season Falkirk played any special 'holiday' matches [unless the 1887/88 'tour' of the North be can counted]], King's Park winning by two goals to one.

With the exception of 1900 and 1901 [when the match was played as part of the Falkirk & District League schedule] the annual match continued to be played almost every year [several were not played because of the Scottish January weather] until Falkirk joined the Scottish League in 1902 when the fixture list meant there was no space for the match.

But this just meant a switch to May when the two clubs played a benefit or charity match for a worthy cause [though later the worthy cause more increasingly became King's Park itself]. Even these matches were dying by the outbreak of the Great War and never came out of the other side.

Between the wars matches the clubs were restricted to Stirlingshire Cup or Stirlingshire Consolation Cup matches with the odd benefit here or there. But by this time Falkirk had long since stopped treating the Stirlingshire cup with anything like seriousness and in many of these later matches Falkirk played either their reserves or a very weakened side, and King's Park were themselves withering, to the point that it was decided by the directors that they were wound up as an entity during WWII and the relationship between the clubs finally ended.

I cannot say from this distance what this relationship between Falkirk and King's Park was like or how the two sets of supporters felt about the other club. It was quite unlike the Falkirk/East Stirlingshire relationship which could get quite hostile at times. And it is slightly a pity that the club never resumed after the war.

Below is as complete a picture as I can give to the fixture.

Scottish Cup
FFC
Draw
KPFC
FFC
KPFC
In Falkirk
4
1
-
18
6
In Stirling
1
-
-
3
1
Total
5
1
-
21
7
Midland League
FFC
Draw
KPFC
FFC
KPFC
In Falkirk
3
-
-
20
4
In Stirling
1
-
2
7
8
Total
4
-
2
27
12
Central Combination
FFC
Draw
KPFC
FFC
KPFC
In Falkirk
4
1
-
20
10
In Stirling
2
-
3
10
10
Total
6
1
3
30
20
Stirlingshire Cup
FFC
Draw
KPFC
FFC
KPFC
In Falkirk
7
3
3
47
30
In Stirling
4
3
5
24
28
Total
11
6
8
71
58
Redding Pit Disaster Cup
FFC
Draw
KPFC
FFC
KPFC
In Stirling
1
-
-
1
-
Total
1
-
-
1
-
Stirlingshire Consolation Cup
FFC
Draw
KPFC
FFC
KPFC
In Stirling
1
-
2
3
6
Neutral
2
-
-
10
2
Total
3
-
2
13
8
Falkirk & District League
FFC
Draw
KPFC
FFC
KPFC
In Falkirk
1
1
-
5
1
In Stirling
1
-
1
4
6
Total
2
1
1
9
7
Friendlies
FFC
Draw
KPFC
FFC
KPFC
In Falkirk
7
1
1
15
4
In Stirling
10
3
5
45
31
Total
17
4
6
60
35
All Matches
FFC
Draw
KPFC
FFC
KPFC
At Falkirk
27
7
8
128
61
At Stirling
20
6
16
94
84
Neutral
2
-
-
10
2
Total
49
13
24
232
147

Thursday, 4 October 1979

Grasshoppers v King's Park - Sat 4th Oct 1879

Stirling Journal - Fri 10th Oct 1879

Grasshoppers (Bonnybridge) v King's Park (Stirling)

This match came off on the ground of the former on Saturday last, and resulted in favour of the Stirling team by 2 goals to 1. the play of both teams was excellent. Teams:- Grasshoppers - goal, Alex. Brown; backs, James Paterson and Alex. Paterson; half-backs, Messrs. Irvine and Gardiner; forwards, Hamilton (captain), Mitchell, Cherry, Smith, Moffat, and Crombie. King's Park - Goal, W.Wordie; backs, J.Shaw and W.Gentles; half-backs, J.M'Laren and J.Leishman; forwards, W.M'Beath, J.M'Kay, J.M'Donald, P.Lennie, D.Stewart, and J.Oliphant (captain).

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.

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).

Friday, 10 December 1976

King's Park v Grasshoppers - Sat 25th Nov 1876

Falkirk Herald - Sat 2nd December 1876

KING'S PARK v GRASSHOPPERS

Played at stirling on Saturday, and resulted in a draw, each side having scored a goal, the ball being kept in the Stirling ground nearly the whole of the time, during which several shots were made at goal, but owing to the slippery condition of the ground the aim was not certain.

2nd GRASSHOPPERS v 2nd KING'S PARK

Played on the ground of the former, at Bonnybridge, on saturday, and resulted in a victory for the home team by three goals to nothing.

Stirling Journal - Fri 1st December 1876

KING'S PARK v BONNYBRIDGE

On Saturday a match was played in the King's Park between the 1st eleven of the Stirling King's Park and Bonnybridge Grasshoppers. The game resulted in a draw, both teams having secured a goal. After the game both teams adjourned to the Sun Inn where refreshments were served. On the same day the second elevens of the fore-mentioned teams met at Bonnybridge, and had a friendly match, which resulted in favour of the Grasshoppers by three goals to nothing. The match was played during a drenching rain, which rendered play very difficult.