1881–82 Dumbarton F.C. season
|Stadium||Boghead Park, Dumbarton|
|Scottish Cup||Runners Up|
Dumbarton reached the final of the Scottish Cup for the second consecutive season. During the early years of the Cup, lodging a protest to a cup result was common place, and this season Dumbarton required to defeat both Hibernian and Rangers twice following successful protests. The final opponents again were Glasgow giants Queen's Park, however after a 2-2 draw in the first game, Dumbarton succumbed 1-4 in the replay.
Dumbarton once again took part in the Glasgow Charity Cup during the season and after a fine replay victory over Rangers in the semi final, came up against their old local rivals Vale of Leven in the final. The game finished in a 2-2 draw, after which there was to be a half hour's extra time. Vale of Leven did not reappear, and the referee ordered Dumbarton to kick off, which they did and duly scored. However the Charity committee decided that a replay should be played, and despite having the majority of the game the 'Vale' won by the only goal.
During the season, 17 'other' matches were played, including home and away fixtures against Vale of Leven, 3rd LRV and St Bernards (including a game to celebrate the opening of St Bernards new stadium at Powderhall), an 11-1 thrashing of Lanarkshire Cup holders, Thistle and three games against north of England opposition. Of these fixtures, 12 were won, 2 drawn and 3 lost, scoring 68 goals and conceding 22.
All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.
|10 September 1881||R1||Alclutha||H||9-0||unknown|
|1 October 1881||R2||Vale of Leven||A||2-0||OG;unknown||4,500|
|22 October 1881||R3||Jamestown||H||5-0||Brown(2);Miller,J;Watt;unknown||3,000|
|24 December 1881||R5||Hibernian||A||6-2||McAulay;Brown;Meikleham(2);Hutcheson;Lindsay||4,000|
|4 February 1882||R6||Rangers||H||5-1||Brown;Miller,J;Lindsay,J(2);McKinnon||5,000|
|18 February 1882||SF||Cartvale||H||11-2||Kennedy,A;Lindsay(4);Meikleham(3);McAulay;Brown;OG|
|18 March 1882||F||Queen's Park||A||2-2||Brown;Meikleham||15,000|
|1 April 1882||Fr||Queen's Park||A||1-4||Miller, J||15,000|
Glasgow Charity Cup
|8 April 1882||SF||Rangers||A||2-2||Brown;Lindsay||5,000|
|29 April 1882||SFr||Rangers||A||4-0||Lindsay(3);Miller||3,000|
|20 May 1882||F||Vale of Leven||A||2-2||Miller;Lindsay||7,000|
|3 June 1882||Fr||Vale of Leven||A||0-1||10,000|
|3 September 1881||Vale of Leven||H||7-2||Lindsay(3);Brown(2);Miller,J;unknown|
|17 September 1881||Kilbirnie||A||4-0||Kennedy(2);Brown;Meikleham|
|8 October 1881||Thistle||H||11-1||Brown;unknown(10)|
|15 October 1881||3rd LRV||H||5-1||Brown(2);Miller,P;Miller,J;Lindsay|
|29 October 1881||South Western||A||0-0||1,000|
|5 November 1881||Hibernian||A||1-2||Swan|
|19 November 1881||3rd LRV||A||5-0||unknown|
|26 November 1881||Walsall Swifts||A||1-1||Meikleham||2,000|
|3 December 1881||Hibernian||A||6-2||Lindsay(4);Meikleham(2)||5,000|
|17 December 1881||Jamestown||A||4-1||Meikleham;unknown(3)|
|31 December 1881||Blackburn Rovers||A||1-5||Miller||5,000|
|1 January 1882||Bolton Wanderers||A||3-2||Lindsay(2);Meikleham||5,000|
|14 January 1882||Renfrew||H||9-0||unknown|
|21 January 1882||St Bernard's||H||5-0||Miller,J;unknown(4)||2,500|
|28 January 1882||Rangers||H||2-1||Meikleham,Kennedy||5,000|
|25 February 1882||Vale of Leven||A||0-2||2,000|
|11 March 1882||St Bernard's||A||4-2||Miller;Lindsay;Kennedy;Meikleham||500|
An international trial match was played on 4 March 1882 to consider selection of teams to represent Scotland in the upcoming games against England and Wales. Jock Hutcheson, Joe Lindsay, James McAulay and Peter Miller all took part.
As a result Dumbarton's James McAulay and Peter Miller earned their first caps playing for Scotland against Wales and England respectively. McAulay scored a goal in the 5-0 win over the Welsh.
Jock Hutcheson and James McAulay played in the Scotch Counties team which played Birmingham & District on 25 February 1882. The 'Scotch' men lost 1-3.
Of note amongst those donning the club colours for the first time was Leitch Keir.
On the other hand, after a playing career spanning over six seasons which included an international cap for Scotland, Archie Lang left the club.
As association football developed in Scotland, it was quite common when '1st XIs' played a fixture, a corresponding 'reserve' match would be played at the same time on the opposing side's ground. However it was not until 1882 that the first competition at national level for reserve sides made its debut - the Scottish Second XI Cup. Dumbarton went on to win the inaugural contest - their first national success.
Scottish Second XI Cup
|11 February 1882||R1||Partick||H||23-0|
|25 February 1882||R2||Queen's Park||A||2-2|
|4 March 1882||R2r||Queen's Park||H||4-0|
|27 March 1882||R3||Kilmarnock Athletic||H||3-0|
|8 April 1882||SF||Clyde||H||5-2|
|6 May 1882||F||Vale of Leven||A||3-0|
* The 11-2 thrashing of Cartvale still stands as the highest score at the semi-final stage in the Scottish Cup.
* Dumbarton kept a 100% home record during the season - 10 straight wins. The unbeaten record on home soil now extended over 3 seasons, with 30 wins and 2 draws.
* 117 goals were scored by Dumbarton in all games played during the season, the first time that the 'century' had been broken over a single season.
- Smailes, Gordon (1995). The Breedon Book of Scottish Football Records. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-020-X.
- This was the first playing of the Scottish Cup 5th Round tie but the result was successfully protested by Hibernian to the S.F.A..
- This was the first playing of the Scottish Cup 6th Round tie but the result was successfully protested by Rangers to the S.F.A..
- McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers.
- John Kennedy (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Swan (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Andrew Kennedy (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- James Meikleham (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- James Miller (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- W Watt (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Hugh Wilson (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- James McAulay (London Hearts Profile)
- Peter Miller (London Hearts Profile)
- Scottish Football Historical Archive