Showing posts with label Trial Matches. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trial Matches. Show all posts

Friday, 30 July 2010

Obscure Falkirk FC Matches - Trial Match 7th August 1954

Way back in the day, before pre-season friendlies & training camps, Falkirk FC usually kicked off every season with one or two 'trial' matches, these usually took the form of game one the League attack with the Reserve defence, versus their opposites, followed by the likely League XI versus the reserves, but there were usually substitutes [but more often players just swapped sides] done at half time to try things out. Sometimes the games were just between two 'blended' XIs and from the performances the second match XIs were picked.

At the start of 1953/54 & 1954/55 there was only one match, however, and these were especially strange matches as they were played over three periods of thirty minutes each, and several line-ups were used throughout the match, the details of the 1954 was well recorded and the details are below.

Falkirk FC Trial Match, Brockville Pk, Falkirk, Saturday 7th August 1954

Blues 4 Whites 4

First Period

Blues - R.Slater; G.Sievewright & I.Rae; G.Black, R.McKenzie & J.Hunter; S.Taylor & R.Ormond, ?.Gibson, ?.Rose & ?.Brown.
Whites - W.McInnes; A.Parker & J.McAndrew; O.Cosker, P.Ralston & D.Campbell; W.Sinclair & R.Morrison, J.Davidson, A.McCrae & J.Kelly.

Score - Blues 2 [Sievewright Pen 10, Ormond 14] Whites 3 [Davidson 18, 27, Morrison 30]

Second Period

Blues - R.Slater; G.Sievewright & I.Rae; G.Black, R.McKenzie & J.Hunter; S.Taylor & R.Ormond, J.Davidson, ?.Rose & ?.Brown.
Whites - W.McInnes; A.Parker & J.McAndrew; O.Cosker, P.Ralston & J.McCormack; W.Sinclair & R.Morrison, A.Plumb, A.McCrae & J.Kelly.

Score - Blues 2 [Sievewright missed Pen ??] Whites 3 [Kelly missed Pen ??]

Third Period

Blues - R.Slater; G.Sievewright & I.Rae; G.Black, R.McKenzie & J.Hunter; W.Sinclair & R.Ormond, A.Plumb, A.McCrae & J.Kelly.
Whites - A.McFeat; A.Parker & J.McAndrew; O.Cosker, P.Ralston & D.Campbell; S.Taylor & W.Dunlop, A.Aikman, G.Millar & J.Lachlan.

Score - Blues 4 [McCrae ??, Ormond 90] Whites 4 [Cosker ??]

Attendance - c5000

Referee - G.Mitchell [Falkirk]

Sam Taylor [Dunipace Juniors], Bert Ormond [Grange Rovers], Jack McAndrew [Alva Albion Rovers], James Davidson [Cattofield Juniors] & John McCormack [Cowie Juveniles] were all provisional signings: ?.Gibson [????], ?.Rose [????] & ?.Brown [????] were trialists.