1885–86 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1885–86 season
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish Cup Fifth Round

Season 1885–86 was the 13th Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at a national level, entering the Scottish Cup for the 13th time.

Overview[edit]

Dumbarton had an easy passage through the early rounds of the Scottish Cup before losing out to Hibernian, the East of Scotland Shield holders, in the fifth round after a 2-2 draw.[1]

Locally, Dumbarton failed to hold on to the Dumbartonshire Cup and were defeated at the semi-final stage by Dumbarton Athletic.

It was at the semi final stage of the Glasgow Charity Cup that Dumbarton also tasted defeat, this time to rivals Vale of Leven.

At the start of the season a tournament was played across the county in order to raise funds for the Dumbartonshire association. There were 8 invitees with the first rounds being played in two groups at Alexandria on 4 August and at Helensburgh a week later, where Dumbarton were due to have met Yoker, but their opponents having failed to turn up, the Dumbarton players entertained the crowd by playing a six-a-side match. The semi finals were played at Boghead where Dumbarton drew with Vale of Leven - the replay took place five days later. In the final against Dumbarton Athletic on 27 August Dumbarton won 2-0.

Despite the growing competitive calendar, 23 'other' matches were played, including home and away fixtures against Rangers, Queens Park and Vale of Leven, together with matches against Glasgow Cup holders Cambuslang, and Forfarshire Cup holders, Dundee Harp. In addition a four match tour of the north of Scotland was undertaken during the New Year holidays. Overall, of these matches, 14 were won, 5 drawn and 4 lost, scoring 72 goals and conceding 43.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
19 September 1885 R1 Vale of Leven Wanderers H 3-1 Wilson;Lindsay;Hartley
3 October 1885 R2 Union H 7-0 unknown
24 October 1885 R3 Thistle H 3-0 Tait;Brown,R;Liddell
14 November 1885 R4 Partick Thistle H 3-0 Aitken(2);Lindsay
5 December 1885 R5 Hibernian H 2-2 Brown,R;OG 2,000
12 December 1885 R5r Hibernian A 3-4 Hartley(2);Brown,R 6,000

Dumbartonshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
10 October 1885 R1 Bonhill H 7-0 Aitken;Tait;Brown;Liddell;McMillan;unknown(2)
26 December 1885 R2 Renton H 2-0 McKinnon;unknown 4,500
13 February 1886 SF Dumbarton Athletic A 1-2 Lindsay

Glasgow Charity Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
8 May 1886 SF Vale of Leven A 0-1 6,000

Dumbartonshire Association Tournament[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
20 August 1885 Vale of Leven H 0-0 500
25 August 1885 Vale of Leven A 1-0 unknown 1,500
27 August 1885 Dumbarton Athletic H 2-0 unknown

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
22 August 1885 Morton A 4-3 Miller;unknown(3)
29 August 1885 Rangers H 4-1 unknown
2 September 1885 Vale of Leven Wanderers H 5-0 unknown
5 September 1885 Hearts A 2-1 OG;Gourlay 2,000
26 September 1885 Partick Thistle A 2-2 unknown 4,000
17 October 1885 Queen's Park H 2-3 Tait;Aitken 5,000
31 October 1885 Vale of Leven H 2-2 Lindsay(2) 3,500
7 November 1885 Renton H 4-2 Brown;Aitken;Tait;Lindsay 4,000
21 November 1885 Rangers A 5-2 Aitken(2);unknown(3) 615
28 November 1885 Renton A 0-1[2] 4,000
19 December 1885 Queen's Park A 2-2 Liddell;OG 5,000
1 January 1886 Dundee Harp A 3-1 Lindsay;Aitken;McKinnon 6,000
2 January 1886 Our Boys Dundee A 4-2 McMillan;Aitken;McKinnon(2) 2,000
4 January 1886 Arbroath A 2-2 OG;unknown 3,000
5 January 1886 Aberdeen A 7-0 McAulay(2);OG;unknown(4)
20 February 1886 St Mirren A 4-0 Aitken;unknown(3)
27 February 1886 Hibernian A 1-3 Aitken 2,000
3 March 1886 3rd LRV A 2-1 Brown;McMillan 2,000
20 March 1886 Vale of Leven A 0-3 2,000
17 April 1886 Cambuslang H 3-3 Hartley(2);Brown
22 April 1886 Vale of Leven Wanderers A 5-2 unknown 2,500
24 April 1886 Our Boys Dundee A 5-4 McKinnon;Hartley(3);Lindsay
1 May 1886 Cambuslang A 4-3 McKinnon;Paton;Lindsay;Brown

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[3][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland James McAulay 6 0 6 0
DF Scotland Tom McMillan 6 0 6 0
DF Scotland Michael Paton 2 0 2 0
DF Scotland Hugh Wilson 6 1 6 1
MF Scotland Leitch Keir 5 0 5 0
MF Scotland Peter Miller 6 0 6 0
FW Scotland Ralph Aitken 5 2 5 2
FW Scotland Robert 'Plumber' Brown 6 3 6 3
FW Scotland J Gourlay 1 0 1 0
FW Scotland David Hartley 5 3 5 3
FW Scotland James Liddell 5 1 5 1
FW Scotland Joe Lindsay 5 2 5 2
FW Scotland William McKinnon 2 0 2 0
FW Scotland J McMillan 1 0 1 0
FW Scotland Pete Tait 5 1 5 1

International Caps[edit]

An international trial match was played on 13 March 1886 to consider selection of teams to represent Scotland in the upcoming games in the 1886 British Home Championship. Ralph Aitken, Joe Lindsay and James McAulay all took part.

Subsequently, five Dumbarton players were selected to play, as follows:

- Ralph Aitken, Michael Paton, James McAulay and Joe Lindsay earned their first, fifth, seventh and eighth caps respectively against England.

- Leitch Keir earned his second cap against Ireland. In addition, the Scotland XI who played against Ireland subsequently played a friendly against Dundee Harp on 8 April 1886 - and lost 1-3.

County[edit]

Four representative matches were played during the season by the Dumbartonshire Football Association, and Dumbarton players were selected to play as follows:

Date Opponent Result Players(Goals)
5 September 1885 Forfarshire 2-2 Hutcheson;Liddell;Wilson
30 January 1886 Edinburgh 1-1 Aitken;Brown;Keir;Lindsay;McAulay;McMillan;Miller
13 March 1886 Renfrewshire 2-3 Liddell
10 April 1886 Renfrewshire 2-3 Aitken;Brown;Keir;McAulay;McMillan,T;Miller,P;Paton;Tate

Transfers[edit]

Of note amongst those donning the club's colours for the first time was Tom McMillan.
At the same time two internationalists were lost from the club's squad:
- Robert 'Sparrow' Brown's club career spanned seven seasons, and in addition to his international caps was a member of the Scottish Cup winning side of 1882-82.
- Jock Hutcheson served the club for over a decade, and was also a member of the cup winning squad. He was perhaps unlucky not to earn a Scottish cap, having played in 4 international trials without success.

Factfile[edit]

* In all games played, Dumbarton scored 104 goals - the second time that the 'century' had been broken during a single season.

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. ^ This was the first playing of the Dumbartonshire Cup second round but the result was successfully protested by Dumbarton to the Dumbartonshire Association.
  3. ^ McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers. 

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