1886–87 Dumbarton F.C. season
|Stadium||Boghead Park, Dumbarton|
|Scottish Cup||Runners Up|
- 1 Overview
- 2 Results
- 3 Player statistics
- 4 Reserve Team
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Dumbarton reached their fourth Scottish Cup final full of confidence, especially having defeated Queen's Park in the semi final, but it wasn't to be and Dumbarton lost out to the East of Scotland Shield holders Hibernian by the odd goal in three.
In the Dumbartonshire Cup, Dumbarton met their old rivals Renton in the third round and found them to be too good on the day.
It was much the same story in the Glasgow Charity Cup, where Dumbarton fell at the first hurdle to Queen's Park.
During the season, 26 'other' matches were played, including home and away ties against Rangers and 3rd LRV, matches against Lanarkshire Cup holders, Airdrie and Renfrewshire Cup holders, Abercorn and a two match north of Scotland tour in the New Year Holidays. In addition, four matches were played against English opposition, including a north of England tour during Easter. Overall, the results of these matches were disappointing based on Dumbarton's past successes, with 7 won, 6 drawn and 13 lost, scoring 51 goals and conceding 61.
All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.
|11 September 1886||R1||Vale of Leven Hibernian||H||5-0||Keir,W(2);Brown;Hartley;McMillan,J|
|2 October 1886||R2||Yoker||H||4-0||Brown(2);Jamieson(2)|
|4 December 1886||R5||Dundee Harp||A||2-2||Jamieson;Brown||6,000|
|25 December 1886||R6||Hurlford||A||0-0|
|22 January 1887||R6r||Hurlford||H||3-1||Keir,L;Madden;Jamieson|
|29 January 1887||SF||Queen's Park||A||2-1||Robertson(2)||3,000|
|12 February 1887||F||Hibernian||A||1-2||Aitken||15,000|
|20 November 1886||R2||Yoker||A||9-0||Lapsley;Lindsay;Keir,L;McMillan(2);Keir,W(2);unknown(2)|
|11 December 1886||R3||Renton||H||1-2||unknown||4,000|
|16 April 1887||R1||Queen's Park||A||0-3||5,500|
|21 August 1886||St Bernard's||A||0-2|
|28 August 1886||Rangers||A||1-2||Aitken|
|4 September 1886||Accrington||A||1-3||Brown|
|18 September 1886||Renton||A||0-0||3,000|
|25 September 1886||Airdrie||H||5-1||Tate;Jamieson(2);Keir,W;Keir,L|
|9 October 1886||Vale of Leven||A||1-1||Robertson|
|16 October 1886||Cowlairs||A||0-7|
|23 October 1886||Tollcross||H||6-1||Jamieson(3);Robertson(2);McAulay||1,000|
|30 October 1886||Ayr||A||0-2|
|6 November 1886||Rangers||H||5-5||Keir,W;Lindsay;Jamieson;unknown(2)||2,000|
|13 November 1886||Partick Thistle||H||2-1||Jamieson;unknown||2,000|
|27 November 1886||3rd LRV||H||4-0||Madden(2);Robertson;Keir,W|
|3 January 1887||Our Boys Dundee||A||5-3||Madden(2);Jamieson(2);Hartley||3,000|
|4 January 1887||Arbroath||A||0-2|
|8 January 1887||Hurlford||H||1-2||Robertson|
|5 February 1887||Morton||A||0-1||3,000|
|19 February 1887||Thistle||A||2-3||unknown|
|26 February 1887||St Johnstone||A||3-3||Keir(2);unknown|
|5 March 1887||Battlefield||H||3-2||Jamieson(3)|
|19 March 1887||Port Glasgow||H||1-1||Madden|
|24 March 1887||Montrose||A||6-4||Aitken;Madden;OG;unknown(3)||2,500|
|26 March 1887||Abercorn||A||3-3||Madden;OG;unknown||4,000|
|3 April 1887||3rd LRV||A||1-2||Jamieson|
|8 April 1887||Accrington||H||1-5||unknown|
|9 April 1887||Preston North End||A||0-2||7,000|
|11 April 1887||Blackburn Rovers||A||0-3||5,000|
|FW||Robert 'Plumber' Brown||7||4||7||4|
An international trial match was played on 5 March 1887 to consider selection of teams to represent Scotland in the upcoming games in the 1887 British Home Championship. Leitch Keir, James McAulay and Willie Robertson all took part.
Subsequently, four Dumbarton players were selected to play for Scotland, as follows:
- Leitch Keir earned his third and fourth caps against England and Wales respectively. Keir scored in the 3-2 win over England.
- James McAulay earned his eighth and ninth caps against England and Wales respectively.
- Tom McMillan earned his first cap against Ireland.
- Willie Robertson earned his first and second caps against England and Wales respectively. Robertson scored in the 2-0 win over Wales.
Dumbarton players were selected to play in the Dumbartonshire representative matches as follows:
|16 October 1886||Lancashire||3-4||Brown;Hartley;Keir;McAulay;Robertson(2)|
|26 February 1887||Renfrewshire||3-1||Aitken(1);Hutcheson;Miller,P|
In addition Leitch Keir was selected to play in the West of Scotland side which played an East of Scotland XI on 24 May 1887. The 'West' won 3-1.
Dumbarton rejoined the Second Eleven Association and duly reached their third final in the Scottish Second XI Cup in four attempts before losing out to the holders, Abercorn, after a drawn match.
In addition, Dumbarton entered the Dumbartonshire Second XI Cup competition, and reached the semi final before losing to eventual winners, Renton.
Scottish Second XI Cup
|6 November 1886||R1||Clyde||A||5-1|
|27 November 1886||R2||Rangers||A||3-2|
|25 December 1886||R3||Hibernian||A||2-1|
|29 January 1887||R4||Queen's Park||A||3-2|
|12 February 1887||SF||Hearts||A||4-2|
|23 April 1887||F||Abercorn||A||2-2|
|3 May 1887||FR||Abercorn||A||2-4|
Dumbartonshire Second XI Cup
|22 January 1887||R1||Vale of Leven||A||1-1|
|26 February 1887||R2||Dumbarton Athletic||A||3-1|
|5 March 1887||SF||Renton||A||0-1|
- Smailes, Gordon (1995). The Breedon Book of Scottish Football Records. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-020-X.
- Dundee Harp scratched from the competition.
- This was to be the third round tie of the Scottish Cup but Tollcross could only muster 8 players, and therefore scratched from the competition. In order to avoid disappointing the crowd, a friendly was played with the Tollcross team being supplemented with 3 Dumbarton reserves.
- This was the first playing of the Scottish Cup sixth round replay but the result was successfully protested by Dumbarton to the SFA.
- McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers.
- Vale of Leven expected to play extra time after the game ended in a draw and did not appear for the replay, and so the tie was awarded to Dumbarton.
- R Fergus (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- J Dennett (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- David Hartley (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- R Jamieson (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- W Keir (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- William Lapsley (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- J McMillan (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Pete Tait (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Leitch Keir (London Hearts Profile)
- James McAulay (London Hearts Profile)
- Tom McMillan (London Hearts Profile)
- William Robertson (London Hearts Profile)
- Scottish Football Historical Archive