1881–82 Dumbarton F.C. season

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1881–82 season
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish Cup Runners Up

Season 1881–82 was the ninth Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at a national level, entering the Scottish Cup for the ninth time.


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.[1]

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.

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
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
R4 bye
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[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
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

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
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 EnglandWalsall Swifts A 1-1 Meikleham 2,000
3 December 1881 Hibernian A 6-2[2] Lindsay(4);Meikleham(2) 5,000
17 December 1881 Jamestown A 4-1 Meikleham;unknown(3)
31 December 1881 EnglandBlackburn Rovers A 1-5 Miller 5,000
1 January 1882 EnglandBolton 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[3] 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

Player statistics[edit]


No. Pos Nat Player Total Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland John Kennedy 8 0 8 0
DF Scotland Jock Hutcheson 7 1 7 1
DF Scotland Michael Paton 8 0 8 0
DF Scotland Swan 1 0 1 0
MF Scotland James McAulay 8 2 8 2
MF Scotland Peter Miller 8 0 8 0
FW Scotland Robert Brown 8 6 8 6
FW Scotland Andrew Kennedy 8 1 8 1
FW Scotland Joe Lindsay 8 7 8 7
FW Scotland William McKinnon 3 1 3 1
FW Scotland James Meikleham 8 6 8 6
FW Scotland James Miller 8 3 8 3
FW Scotland W Watt 4 1 4 1
FW Scotland Hugh Wilson 1 0 1 0

International Caps[edit]

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.

County Caps[edit]

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.

Reserve Team[edit]

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[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Smailes, Gordon (1995). The Breedon Book of Scottish Football Records. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-020-X. 
  2. ^ 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..
  3. ^ 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..
  4. ^ McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers. 

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