1883–84 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1883–84 season
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish Cup First Round

Season 1883–84 was the 11th Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at a national level, entering the Scottish Cup for the 11th time.

Overview[edit]

After the success of the previous season, Dumbarton fell at the 'first hurdle' in the Scottish Cup by losing to local rivals Renton.[1]

Dumbarton did no better in the Glasgow Charity Cup and lost at the semi final stage to 3rd LRV. A protest was lodged by Dumbarton after the game that their opponents had played several players from other teams - against SFA rules. However the basis of the objection was doomed to failure, due in part to the fact that the game had been refereed by the president of the SFA, and if the protest had been successful, Queen's Park's victory over Rangers would have had to be replayed, as the QP team was similarly sprinkled with 'guest' players - indeed it seemed that very few decisions went against Queens Park in those days!

Elsewhere however Dumbarton's fixture card was a busy one, with 31 'other' matches being played. In Scotland, the season began with a charity match against Rangers in aid of the Daphne Disaster Fund and then home and away fixtures against Queen's Park, Vale of Leven, Rangers, St Mirren (the Renfrewshire Cup holders) and St Bernards - all 10 of which were won, not to mention a 7-0 thumping of Ayrshire Cup holders Kilmarnock Athletic. In addition there were 12 matches played against English opposition, including home and away fixtures against Aston Villa, Walsall Swifts, Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Blackburn Olympic, the 1882-83 FA Cup winners - the 6-1 win at Boghead was in fact recognised as the unofficial Championship of Great Britain. In all, of these matches, 23 were won, 1 drawn and 7 lost, scoring 95 goals and conceding 38.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
8 September 1883 R1 Renton A 1-2 Keir 3,000

Glasgow Charity Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
19 April 1884 SF 3rd LRV A 0-1 7,000

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
31 July 1883 Rangers A 2-4 Brown(P);Brown(S) 2,500
4 August 1883 Vale of Leven A 2-1 Brown;Lindsay
25 August 1883 Hearts A 3-3 Brown;Lindsey;Anderson
1 September 1883 EnglandBlackburn Olympic H 6-1 McArthur;Brown(P);Brown(S);Miller,J;unknown(2) 3,000
17 September 1883 EnglandWalsall Swifts A 2-0 Kennedy;Miller 3,500
22 September 1883 Queen's Park H 3-2 Miller(2);McKinnon
29 September 1883 EnglandBlackburn Rovers H 2-1 McKinnon;Brown 3,000
6 October 1883 Vale of Leven H 3-0 Lindsay(2);Brown(S) 3,000
13 October 1883 3rd LRV A 0-4 1,200
27 October 1883 Rangers H 2-0 Lindsay;McKinnon 5,000
3 November 1883 Queen's Park A 3-1 McKinnon;Colville;Brown 6,000
10 November 1883 St Mirren H 4-2 Brown(S)(2);Brown(P);McKinnon
17 November 1883 Rangers A 4-2 McKinnon;Brown;Colville;unknown 5,000
24 November 1883 EnglandNotts Forest A 3-2 Keir;Hutton;Colville 4,000
1 December 1883 Northern A 5-1 Lindsay(2);Brown(S)(2);Colville
8 December 1883 Kilmarnock Athletic H 7-0 McKinnon(2);Kennedy;unknown(4)
15 December 1883 EnglandWalsall Swifts H 4-0 Brown(2);McKinnon;OG
22 December 1883 Cowlairs H 2-1 unknown
29 December 1883 EnglandOld Carthusian A 2-1 McKinnon;Brown 1,000
31 December 1883 EnglandAston Villa A 0-1 8,000
1 January 1884 EnglandBlackburn Rovers A 1-2 Brown 10,000
2 January 1884 EnglandAccrington A 4-0 unknown 3,000
12 January 1884 Thornliebank H 1-2 Lindsay 2,000
26 January 1884 St Bernard's A 1-0 unknown
2 February 1884 EnglandNotts Forest H 3-1 Lindsay(2);Colville 2,000
9 February 1884 St Mirren A 6-0 unknown 6,000
16 February 1884 St Bernard's H 8-0 McKinnon(3);Lindsay;Brown;Brown;McAulay;unknown
23 February 1884 EnglandBlackburn Olympic A 3-4 Miller(3) 4,000
15 March 1884 Thistle H 3-0 unknown
22 March 1884 Partick Thistle A 1-2 Lindsay 4,000
12 April 1884 EnglandAston Villa H 5-0 McKinnon(2);Lindsay;Miller,J;OG 5,000

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[2][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland James McAulay 1 0 1 0
DF Scotland Jock Hutcheson 1 0 1 0
DF Scotland Willie Lang 1 0 1 0
MF Scotland Leitch Keir 1 1 1 1
MF Scotland Peter Miller 1 0 1 0
FW Scotland R Anderson 1 0 1 0
FW Scotland Robert 'Plumber' Brown 1 0 1 0
FW Scotland Robert 'Sparrow' Brown 1 0 1 0
FW Scotland James Liddell 1 0 1 0
FW Scotland Joe Lindsay 1 0 1 0
FW Scotland James Miller 1 0 1 0

International Caps[edit]

An international trial match was played on 8 March 1884 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.

Subsequently, five Dumbarton players were selected to play for Scotland in the first official British Home Championship.

Robert 'Sparrow' Brown earned his first and second caps against Ireland and Wales respectively.

Joe Lindsay earned his fourth and fifth caps against England and Wales respectively, scoring a goal in the 4-1 win over the Welsh.

William McKinnon earned his third and fourth caps against England and Wales respectively.

James McAulay earned his fourth cap against England and Michael Paton earned his second cap against Wales.

County Caps[edit]

On the same day as the international trial, Ralph Aitken, James Liddell, James Miller and W Watt played in the first team to represent the county of Dumbartonshire since 1876, against Glasgow - where Miller scored twice and Watt once in the 4-1 win.

Reserve Team[edit]

Dumbarton competed in the Scottish Second XI Cup, and reached the final for the second time before losing out to the holders, Kilmarnock Athletic.

Scottish Second XI Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
29 September 1883 R2 Thistle A 6-1
23 November 1883 R3 3rd LRV H 1-1
1 December 1883 R3r 3rd LRV A 5-1
23 February 1884 SF Hurlford H 2-1
22 March 1884 F Kilmarnock Athletic H 1-1
29 March 1884 Fr Kilmarnock Athletic A 1-3

Factfile[edit]

* The defeat to Thornliebank in January 1884 was Dumbarton's first 'home' defeat at Boghead since its official opening in 1879 - a run of 54 wins and 2 draws.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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