Showing posts with label Scottish Cup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scottish Cup. Show all posts

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

St Andrews v Grasshoppers - Scottish Cup 1876

The first Scottish Cup match played by a team from Falkirk District, in fact from Stirlingshire, was played in Edinburgh of all places. I believe that back then the early rounds of the Scottish Cup were regionalised, so the fact that Grasshoppers were in the Edinburghshire group shows the lack of football in Central Scotland.

The match itself was probably played on the Meadows [or perhaps Bruntsfield Links], and was the first match of the season for the Grasshoppers. They lost. It was their only competetive game. The teams had a strange relationship with competitions back then.

From the Falkirk Herald Thursday 5th October 1876.

ST ANDREWS v GRASSHOPPERS

These two clubs opened their seasons on Saturday by engaging in an Association Cup tie. The Grasshoppers, who hail from Bonnybridge, took the defensive first, and the Edinburgh team kicked off with the wind favouring. The visitors, although looking heavier than their opponents, were well pressed, and the play was pretty often in their quarters. In the second three-quarters, when ends had been changed , the forwards, whose strength was somewhat increased by an influx of members from the defunct Heart of Mid-Lothian got well in, and T.Purdie kicked a goal. This, although the play still went on, practically decided the tie. Teams:- St Andrews - Messrs R.Winton, goal; G.Purdie and D.Grosset, backs; R.Purdie and R.Rolly, half-backs; D.Ross, D.Brunton, T.Purdie, J.Cochrane, G.Mitchell and J.Alexander, forwards. Grasshoppers - Messrs T.Ure, goal; A.Lapsley and J.King, backs; J.Paterson and W.Anderson, half-backs; T.Smith, H.Macfie, W.Crombie, W.Forester, J.Mitchell and J.Clarke, forwards.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Action Photo - Falkirk v Queen's Park 1914


You how it is with digging out old pictures of football matches from the archives, they are quite impressive in their poor quality retro-coolness. I wish there were so many more of them available [and of course there might be and I have not been looking in the right place yet] but for the moment I will be thankful for what I find.

This picture is from the Falkirk v Queen's Park Scottish Cup match in January 1914, Falkirk's first Cup game since winning the season before. It has a strange caption as it states that the players are [William] Lennie of Falkirk then Todd, Garvie, Young & Kerr [QP] from left to right, whilst it is clearly a Falkirk player at the right [Blue Shirt], so it probably means right to left....

I suppose that since cameras were much more basic than today it must have been very difficult to get a good action photo, therefore many of the other ones taken at the time were blurry and unuseable, so presumeably destroyed.

But what I like most about this picture is that in the background you can clearly see the houses in Watson Street so it was taken before the Shed was built [those very houses are still there a hundred years later]. Well I always like to come across pictures which have new [to me anyway] images of Brockville Park.


The match itself is quite annoying as Falkirk were beaten; the holders knocked out in the First Round. That sort of thing just doesn't happen anymore, and it is a shame it happened to Falkirk on this occasion, as [due to the war] the club would not have the chance to avenge it until 1920 [when Falkirk were beaten again in the First Round].

Will get back to looking through lots and lots of newspapers now, will be back when I find something of interest.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Scottish Cup Final 1913


I rarely publish much about the great moments in the history of Falkirk FC, if you really want you can generally find it somewhere else, I like the slightly out of the ordinary to the outright obscure. But I was asked today which coloured shirts Falkirk & Raith Rovers wore in the 1913 Cup Final, and I simply did not know: so I found out.

Falkirk's attempt at this silly trophy [well admit it, it is hardly the Stirlingshire or the Falkirk Charity Cup] in 1913, it could be said, went very well smiting all and sundry along the way. The reason I am posting this is because I found this lovely picture of Jimmy Robertson in the act of scoring Falkirk's first goal in the final.



I love this, bit weird Falkirk FC wearing all white, but hey. James Robertson was one of our best Centre-Forwards ever, but now, more than a hundred years ago, is remembered by few.

Here is to Jimmy Robertson.

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...

Thursday, 27 September 1979

Falkirk v Grasshoppers - Sat 27th Sep 1879

Falkirk Herald - Sat 4th Oct 1879

FALKIRK V BONNYBRIDGE - CUP TIE

This match came off on Saturday last on the ground of the former at Randyford. Owing to this being the first draw for the association cup, great interest was manifested by the large number of spectators who appeared on the ground - there being about 400. The home team won the toss, and played off with a little win in their favour, pressing the strangers' goal, evidently determined that their first essay for the cup would be a success. After some hard playing on the part of both clubs, half-time was called with one goal and a disputed one to the credit of Falkirk. The ends now being changed, the wind by this time blowing stronger than the first half, was more favourable to Bonnybridge, who, taking the advantage of this, played with a vigour, seemingly resolved to retrieve lost honours; but the "bairns" showed an impregnable front, and having pressed their opponents' goal pretty hard for about half an hour, were successful in placing other two goals to their credit. Towards the end of the game play was getting very loose on the part of the home team, for which they payed dearly by Bonnybridge securing two goals. For the Falkirk team, Leishman, A.Ferguson, and Johnston played well: while James Richardson, as back, was always on the spot, and saved many dangerous attacks. The Bonnybridge team played well, the only name worthy of mention being Paterson (back) who appeared to be in rare form and kicked well. The following are the teams:- Falkirk - Forwards: Leishman, A.Ferguson, Johnstone, A.Smith, Neil, Hamilton; half-backs - Service, Wm.Ferguson; backs - J.Richardson, Smith; goal - D.M'Nair. Bonnybridge - Forwards - Dobson, Irvine, Moffatt, Sutherland, Smith, Mitchell; half-backs - Crombie, A.Paterson; backs - J.Paterson, Forrester; goal - J.Anderson.

Notes-

Throughout the article referred to Bonnybridge, however the village's club was correctly called Grasshoppers.

I believe this was the first time Falkirk FC were referred to as the "bairns" in print.

Thursday, 14 December 1978

Falkirk v Campsie Glen - Sat 28th Sep 1878

Falkirk Herald - Sat 5th Oct 1878

SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION CUP TIE

FALKIRK v CAMPSIE GLEN

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 by two goals to none. The home team having won the toss, kicked off at 3.45, the forwards at once taking the ball to their opponent's 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.