Showing posts with label Leith athletic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Leith athletic. Show all posts

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Falkirk FC Graves - Archie Jack

Signed from prominent Grangemouth junior club Forth Rangers, Archibald Jack was a promising Outside-Left who Falkirk signed at the beginning of the 1913/14 season, but who seemed to have made a good enough impression in his first two reserve matches to be given a shot in a relatively minor match for the first team.

Kilsyth Chronicle - 29th Aug 1913

Jack made his full Falkirk debut against Hearts in the Semi-Final [2nd Rd] of the Dunedin Cup [the Dunedin Cup if you didn't know was a Cup for Edinburgh clubs, plus for some reason never explained Falkirk & Raith Rovers], and Falkirk got a pasting, but luckily for the club with nine minutes to play, the referee stopped the game because of bad light [Falkirk won the 'replay'].

The Scotsman [London Hearts]

Apart from a couple of appearances in early season benefit matches Archie remained solidly in the 'A' side for the next couple of weeks, making his League debut at Pittodrie in a scoreless draw, Archie apparently missing an open goal.....

But, this was not the reason he made so few appearances for the club, it was mainly because Falkirk stuck with Robert Terris at Outside-Left [a move vindicated by the fact that Liverpool signed Terris in February] and already had a replacement for Terris in William Lennie of Aberdeen.

So Archie played out the season in the reserves, winning the Stirlingshire Consolation Cup [Final held over from 1912/13], and being a Runner-Up in the Stirlingshire Cup, making only occasional first team appearances when Terris or Lennie were indisposed, before moving on to Armadale at the end of the season.

After a season and a bit with Armadale he moved on to Leith Athletic until he was called up for the war effort.

It was while he was at Aldershot that he seems to have played occasionally with Tottenham [and indeed it seems preferred playing football to messing about with that army business.

Pall Mall Gazette - April 2nd 1918

I cannot find much information about his time at Spurs [English Football Historians do not seem to pay much heed to their wartime football for some reason], nor have I found any documentation from his time in the army: after Spurs he moved on to South Shields for a time before seemingly drifting off the footballing map.

It was only because I recognised his name whilst checking through Grandsable Cemetery that I was able to confirm that it was him from the papers.

Falkirk Herald - Saturday 3rd December 1938


b 15th August 1889, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire
d 26th November 1938, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire

Debut – Monday August 25th 1913 Falkirk v Heart of Midlothian (A) Dunedin Cup 1st Rd [Abandoned]
League Debut – Saturday September 13th 1913 Falkirk v Aberdeen (H) Scottish League Division 1

Known Career – Forth Rangers, Falkirk [1913/14], Armadale [1914/15-1915/16], Leith Athletic [1915/16-1917/18], Tottenham Hotspur [1917/18-1918/19], South Shields [1919/20].


Scottish League Division 1 Matches/Goals [8/1]
North-Eastern Cup Matches/Goals [1/-]
Stirlingshire Cup Matches/Goals [3/-]
Stirlingshire Consolation Cup Matches/Goals [1/-]
Other Matches/Goals [4/-]



Leith Athletic


Tottenham Hotspur

London Combination Matches/Goals [19/7]

South Shields

English League Division 2 Matches/Goals [7/1]

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]