1886–87 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1886–87 season
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish Cup Runners Up

Season 1886–87 was the 14th Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at a national level, entering the Scottish Cup for the 14th time.

Overview[edit]

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.[1]

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.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
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)
R3 Tollcross WO
R4 bye
4 December 1886 R5 Dundee Harp A 2-2[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

Dumbartonshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
R1 Dumbarton Rock WO
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

Glasgow Charity Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
16 April 1887 R1 Queen's Park A 0-3 5,500

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
21 August 1886 St Bernard's A 0-2
28 August 1886 Rangers A 1-2 Aitken
4 September 1886 EnglandAccrington 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[3] 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[4] 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 EnglandAccrington H 1-5 unknown
9 April 1887 EnglandPreston North End A 0-2 7,000
11 April 1887 EnglandBlackburn Rovers A 0-3 5,000

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[5][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland James McAulay 7 0 7 0
DF Scotland R Fergus 7 0 7 0
DF Scotland Jock Hutcheson 6 0 6 0
MF Scotland J Dennett 1 0 1 0
MF Scotland Tom McMillan 7 0 7 0
MF Scotland Peter Miller 7 0 7 0
FW Scotland Ralph Aitken 2 1 2 1
FW Scotland Robert 'Plumber' Brown 7 4 7 4
FW Scotland David Hartley 5 1 5 1
FW Scotland R Jamieson 6 4 6 4
FW Scotland Leitch Keir 7 1 7 1
FW Scotland W Keir 2 2 2 2
FW Scotland William Lapsley 1 0 1 0
FW Scotland John Madden 4 1 4 1
FW Scotland J McMillan 1 1 1 1
FW Scotland William Robertson 6 2 6 2
FW Scotland Pete Tait 1 0 1 0

International Caps[edit]

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.

County Caps[edit]

Dumbarton players were selected to play in the Dumbartonshire representative matches as follows:

Date Opponent Result Players(Goals)
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.

Transfers[edit]

Of note amongst those donning the club's colours for the first time were John Madden and William Robertson.
At the same time 5-time internationalist Michael Paton was lost from the club's squad.

Reserve Team[edit]

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[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
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[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
22 January 1887 R1 Vale of Leven A 1-1[6]
26 February 1887 R2 Dumbarton Athletic A 3-1
5 March 1887 SF Renton A 0-1

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. ^ Dundee Harp scratched from the competition.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ This was the first playing of the Scottish Cup sixth round replay but the result was successfully protested by Dumbarton to the SFA.
  5. ^ McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers. 
  6. ^ 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.

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