Showing posts with label Thomas McFarlane. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thomas McFarlane. Show all posts

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Falkirk FC Graves - Thomas McFarlane


Tommy McFarlane has a special place in the history of Falkirk FC mainly because of his place in the Tennant-McFarlane Case. Wherein both he & James Tennant signed profesional contracts with East Stirlingshire.

I shan't go over the details of the Tennant-McFarlane case for the very good reason that I have covered it before.



Like we like to pride ourselves, Tommy came from the youth teams, through the reserves to becoming a solid first XI player [yes, he was no Jock Drummond] but he was good enough for the 'shire to want him.

I do not yet get the reason for his dalliance with Camelon, as he lived about midway down Grahams Road, so his local team was Falkirk, it might have been pay. [Falkirk held out against professionalism for a couple of years when the teams of the Working Classes [I really should say teams of the moulders & the founders] started paying.]


Falkirk Cemetery

Thomas McFarlane

b 17th October 1871, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
d 9th January 1940, Falkirk, Stirlingshire

Debut – Saturday August 30th 1890 v Laurieston (A) Friendly

Positions – Left-Back, Right-Back

Representative Honours – Stirlingshire v Forfarshire 1892/93, 1897/98, v Fife 1892/93, 1893/94
Club Honours – Midland League W 1894/95, RU 1895/96, Stirlingshire Cup W 1894/95, 1895/96, RU 1897/9,
Falkirk District Charity Cup W 1891/92, 1893/94, RU 1894/95, Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1891/92, 1892/93, 1893/94, RU 1895/96

Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [7/1]
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches /Goals [11/1]
Minor League Matches/Goals [85/1]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [43/1]

Known Career – Falkirk [1890/91-1897/98], Camelon [1898/99-1899/00], Falkirk [1900/01]

Brother of Robert McFarlane [Falkirk 1892/93-1895/96]

Played for Falkirk District XI v Grangemouth, Benefit Match at Caledonian Pk, Grangemouth, 28th April 1892
Played for Camelon v East Stirlingshire, Benefit Match at Merchiston Pk, Bainsford, 30th May 1892
Played for Camelon v East Stirlingshire, Friendly at Victoria Pk, Camelon, 14th January 1893
Played for Stirlingshire XI v Grangemouth, Benefit Match at Caledonian Pk, Grangemouth, 9th March 1893

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Tennant-McFarlane Case 1893

This is a report from the Falkirk Herald spelling out the findings of a dispute over whether Falkirk or East Stirlingshire owned two players.

The thing to keep in mind when it comes to this, is that even though Falkirk effectively lost the case and had to publicly withdraw all allegations as to the ESFC getting them to sign 'under duress', neither Tennant nor McFarlane EVER played for 'shire [whereas John Pray, Alex Gillespie, Alex Stark, the brothers Gibson, and many other Falkirk regulars often turned out for ES, and vice versa Laurence McLachlan, Peter Steele, Alex Kennedy, etc for Falkirk], and both players trained with Falkirk throughout the three months in which they were only eligible to play for 'shire. The ES board maintained that it was all above board and they were Compos Mentis when they signed, but all the circumstantial and peripheral clues point to the fact that you should never spend a drunken Friday night in the Blue Bell Inn, Bainsford, else you might wake up Saturday morning a 'shire player.
There were many fall-outs between the two clubs at the time, but by and large the relationship was amicable.


The Tennant-Macfarlane Case

Settled Out of Court-Terms of Agreement



As is now well known the much talked of Tennant-Macfarlane case has been settled out of court. The settlement was effected on Monday last, and was the outcome of somewhat prolonged negotiations and conferences between representatives of both clubs. It will be remembered that the local football circles were startled with the news on the 26th August last that the previous night Thomas Macfarlane, right back, and James Tennant, inside left, of the Falkirk team, had signed on for East Stirlingshire. They were afterwards duly registered as Professionals by the Scottish Football Association. Both players, through the secretary of the Falkirk club (Mr Robert Bishop) desired East Stirlingshire, for reasons mentioned, to release them, which E.S. Refused. Macfarlane and Tennant afterwards made application to the Scottish football Association for reinstatement as amateurs, which was rejected on the ground that it was the duty of the players to get the professional forms reduced. Then followed an action by Macfarlane and Tennant in the Court of Session against E.S.F.C., and several of the office bearers, members of committee, and two of the members, to have the professional forms reduced, in which action defences were lodged and expensive and prolonged litigation was in prospect. A strong desire was felt and expressed on all hands to have the dispute between the two clubs amicably adjusted, and the present agreement is the outcome of the intervention and efforts of the friends of both parties. As considerable curiosity has been manifested to know the terms of the agreement, we append them as set forth in the original document:-

First- The Falkirk Football Club shall unreservedly withdraw and apologise for, in writing, all insinuations and imputations contained in the various letters sent by their Secretary to the East Stirlingshire Football Club anent the circumstances and others, under whichthe said Thomas McFarlane and James Tennant signed foresaid professional forms; and the said Thomas McFarlane and James Tennant and the said Falkirk Football Club, for their Interest, shall unreservedly withdraw and apologise for, in writing, all insinuations and imputations contained in foresaid summons and reduction against the East Stirlingshire Football Club and their members.

Second- In consideration thereof the East Stirlingshire Football Club shall, so far as they can competently do so, grant release to the said Thomas McFarlane and James Tennant of their professional engagements with them.

Third- The Falkirk Football Club and the East Stirlingshire Football Club shall play a friendly game at football at Brockville Park, Falkirk, on the afternoon of Saturday, ninth December, eighteen hundred and ninety three, at half-past two o'clock; the game to be suitably advertised. The price of admission shall be sixpence per head. The members of both clubs shall be admitted free on showing their membership cards. The free proceeds of the gate money shall be divided equally between the two clubs. Out of the share falling to the Falkirk Football Club there shall be paid to East Stirlingshire Football Club the sum of seven pounds ten shillings sterling.

Fourth- Both parties shall concur in having the action of reduction before referred to taken out of court with all convenient speed. The pursuers and defenders in said action shall each pay their own expenses.

Fifth- The Falkirk Football Club and the East Stirlingshire Football Club shall pay the expenses of this agreement equally.

The agreement is signed by Messrs Murdoch McIntyre and James Halley.
It may be mentioned that in addition to the above, Falkirk receives the money drawn for the stand.