1884–85 Dumbarton F.C. season
|Stadium||Boghead Park, Dumbarton|
|Scottish Cup||Third Round|
Dumbarton's run in the Scottish Cup was short-lived as they were knocked out in the third round by Pollokshields Athletic.
As the sport continued to grow, so did the demand for more competitive football, and so began the setting up of regional competitions for clubs in specific counties/cities. The first was nine years earlier with the first playing of the East of Scotland Shield (formerly the Edinburgh FA Cup) and with the formation of the Dumbartonshire Football Association in March 1884, the first Dumbartonshire Cup was put up for competition. With three of the strongest teams in the country at the time playing out of Dumbartonshire, it was no easy feat to win the cup, and Dumbarton required to see off both of their strongest local rivals, Renton in the first round and Vale of Leven in the final, to become the first winners for the county cup.
Dumbarton also reached the final of the Glasgow Charity Cup for the second time. Three tough matches against Rangers were followed by a final against their old adversary Queen's Park, where they lost by the only goal.
During the season, 22 'other' matches were played, including a 0-0 draw against Queen's Park to celebrate the opening of the 'new' Hampden Park and 5 games were played against English opposition with mixed success. Overall, of these matches, 9 were won, 7 drawn and 6 lost, scoring 50 goals and conceding 30.
All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.
|4 October 1884||R2||Albion||H||2-0||Hutton;unknown|
|25 October 1884||R3||Pollokshields Athletic||A||1-4||unknown|
|1 November 1884||R1||Renton||H||4-0||Lindsay(2);Brown;unknown||5,000|
|13 December 1884||R2||Helensburgh Athletic||H||10-1||Lindsay(2);Liddell;Brown;Wilson;Miller,J;McAulay;unknown(3)|
|17 January 1885||SF||Yoker||H||3-1||Wilson;Keir;Watt|
|28 March 1885||F||Vale of Leven||A||3-0||Lindsay(2);McKinnon||3,000|
|11 April 1885||SF||Rangers||A||2-2||OG(2)||3,500|
|18 April 1885||SFr||Rangers||A||1-1||unknown||5,000|
|2 May 1885||SFr||Rangers||A||1-0||Lindsay||7,000|
|9 May 1885||F||Queen's Park||A||0-1||3,500|
|30 August 1884||Partick Thistle||H||4-1||unknown|
|13 September 1884||Walsall Swifts||H||2-0||Brown;Keir|
|20 September 1884||Renfrew||H||3-0||Meikleham(2);McAulay|
|27 September 1884||Rangers||A||2-3||Brown,R(S);unknown||3,000|
|18 October 1884||Queen's Park||A||0-0||6,000|
|15 November 1884||Clyde||H||6-2||unknown|
|22 November 1884||Renton||A||3-2||Liddell(2);Lindsay||5,000|
|29 November 1884||Queen's Park||H||1-1||Brown||3,000|
|20 December 1884||Vale of Leven||A||6-1||Liddell(2);Lindsay;Brown,R(S);OG;unknown||5,000|
|27 December 1884||Queen's Park||A||1-2||Brown||5,000|
|1 January 1885||Blackburn Rovers||A||0-2||10,000|
|2 January 1885||Astley Bridge||A||0-4|
|3 January 1885||Walsall Swifts||A||1-1||Kennedy||2,000|
|5 January 1885||Aston Villa||A||1-1||Liddell||5,000|
|24 January 1885||Port Glasgow Athletic||A||3-3||Brown;unknown(2)|
|7 February 1885||Abercorn||A||3-0||unknown|
|14 February 1885||Hibernian||A||1-2||Keir||2,500|
|14 March 1885||Arthurlie||H||1-3||unknown||2,500|
|21 March 1885||Jamestown||H||1-1||OG|
|4 April 1885||Hearts||H||3-0||McKinnon(2);McMillan|
|25 April 1885||Airdrie||H||1-1||OG|
|16 May 1885||Dundee Our Boys||A||7-0||Lindsay(4);McKinnon(2);Kennedy|
|FW||Robert 'Plumber' Brown||2||0||2||0|
|FW||Robert 'Sparrow' Brown||2||0||2||0|
An international trial match was played on 7 March 1885 to consider selection of teams to represent Scotland in the upcoming games against England and Wales in the 1885 British Home Championship. Robert 'Plumber' Brown, Joe Lindsay, James McAulay and Michael Paton all took part.
Subsequently, five Dumbarton players were selected to play, as follows:
- Robert 'Plumber' Brown and Leitch Keir both earned their first caps against Wales.
- Joe Lindsay earned his sixth and seventh caps against England and Wales respectively. He scored the only goal in the 1-1 draw against the English - and scored a hat-trick in the 8-1 defeat of Wales.
- James McAulay earned his fifth and sixth caps against England and Wales respectively.
- Michael Paton earned his third and fourth caps against England and Wales respectively.
The Dumbartonshire Football Association played three representative matches during the season and Dumbarton players were selected to play as follows:
|11 October 1884||Glasgow||3-3||McAulay;Keir;Brown,P;Brown,S(1);Lindsay;Miller|
|31 January 1885||Renfrewshire||4-2||McAuley;Hutcheson;Miller;Brown,P;Lindsay;Liddell(1)|
|7 March 1885||Edinburgh||4-1||Hutcheson;Miller;Keir;Brown,S;McKinnon(1)|
In addition on the same day as the Edinburgh match, an 'Other Counties' team played against a Glasgow XI, with McAulay; Paton; Brown (Plumber) and Lindsay all selected.
Of note amongst those donning the club's colours for the first time was Ralph Aitken.
Dumbarton withdrew from the Second Eleven Association in protest at the unsuccessful attempt to have the previous year's final against Kilmarnock Athletic replayed.
- Hugh Wilson (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Black (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Hutton (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Andrew Kennedy (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- James McAulay (London Hearts Profile)
- Robert 'Plumber' Brown (London Hearts Profile)
- Joseph Lindsay (London Hearts Profile)
- Leitch Keir (London Hearts Profile)
- Michael Paton (London Hearts Profile)
- Scottish Football Historical Archive