1887–88 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1887–88 season
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish Cup Second Round

Season 1887–88 was the 15th Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at a national level, entering the Scottish Cup for the 15th time.

Overview[edit]

Following an easy first round victory, Dumbarton were knocked out of the Scottish Cup at the second round stage by their old rivals Vale of Leven.[1]

In the Dumbartonshire Cup, it was a similar story, with an easy win in the second round followed by a defeat by Renton in the third round.

A good win in the first round of the Glasgow Charity Cup against 3rd LRV brought some cheer, but Cambuslang were to prove too strong in the semi final replay, after a 1-1 draw.

Dumbarton's fixture list during the season grew to its biggest so far with 44 'other' matches being played, this included home and away ties against Rangers, Hibernian, Vale of Leven, Partick Thistle, Morton, Port Glasgow and 3rd LRV, a match against Renfreshire Cup holders Abercorn, and a 4 match tour of the north of Scotland during the New Year holidays. In addition 6 matches were played against English opposition with mixed results; in all, of these games, 23 were won, 4 drawn and 17 lost, scoring 135 goals and conceding 102.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
1 September 1887 R1 Dunbritton H 10-0 unknown
24 September 1887 R2 Vale of Leven H 1-5 Aitken 3,000

Dumbartonshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
19 November 1887 R2 Methlan Park H 9-0 unknown
10 December 1887 R3 Renton A 0-1

Glasgow Charity Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
25 April 1888 R1 3rd LRV A 5-0 Madden(2);Dewar;OG;unknown 2,000
4 May 1888 SF Cambuslang A 1-1 unknown 2,000
9 May 1888 SFr Cambuslang A 0-3 1,000

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
13 August 1887 Dundee Wanderers A 5-1 unknown
20 August 1887 St Bernard's A 4-5 Robertson;Jamieson(2);OG
23 August 1887 Shettleston A 2-1 Keir(2)
25 August 1887 Northern H 5-1 Bell;Low;Lapsley;Jamieson;unknown
27 August 1887 Queen's Park A 3-5 Aitken;Jamieson;Bell 4,000
3 September 1887 Mauchline H 8-1 Bell(4);Mair;Lapsley;Jamieson;unknown
10 September 1887 Hibernian H 4-2 Jamieson;Bell;Low;Aitken
17 September 1887 Rangers A 3-2 Jamieson;Aitken;Lapsley 1,000
1 October 1887 Albion Rovers H 7-2 Aitken(2);Bell(3);Low;Lindsay 1,000
8 October 1887 EnglandBlackburn Rovers H 2-2 Aitken(2) 2,000
15 October 1887 Partick Thistle A 3-4 Jamieson(2);Aitken
22 October 1887 Motherwell A 1-1 MacPherson
29 October 1887 Athenians H 8-1 Mair(2);Bell(2);Jamieson;Aitken;Lapsley;unknown
5 November 1887 Clyde A 2-1 Jamieson;unknown 2,000
12 November 1887 Vale of Leven H 2-2 Dewar;unknown 2,000
3 December 1887 Morton H 0-4
17 December 1887 Morton A 5-0 Aitken;Bell;Dewar;unknown(2)
24 December 1887 Port Glasgow H 4-0 unknown
31 December 1887 Dundee Wanderers A 5-4 Dewar;Lapsley;OG;unknown(2) 2,000
2 January 1888 Arbroath A 3-2 unknown
3 January 1888 Montrose A 5-1 unknown
4 January 1888 Aberdeen A 12-3 Bell(2);Aitken;Low(2);Dewar;Barr;OG;unknown(4)
7 January 1888 Hibernian A 1-5 Bell
14 January 1888 Clyde A 1-3 Dewar
21 January 1888 St Mirren A 0-1
4 February 1888 Cowlairs H 5-0 Bell(2);Madden;Lapsley;Dewar
11 February 1888 3rd LRV A 1-2 Lapsley
18 February 1888 3rd LRV H 3-1 Galbraith;McMillan;Lapsley
25 February 1888 Kings Park A 4-2 unknown
3 March 1888 Vale of Leven A 3-1 Bell(3) 4,000
10 March 1888 Rangers H 4-4 Aitken(2);Bell;Dewar 3,000
22 March 1888 Montrose A 4-3 unknown 2,500
24 March 1888 Grangemouth A 3-1 unknown
30 March 1888 EnglandPreston North End A 0-7 7,000
31 March 1888 EnglandBurnley A 2-1 Low;unknown 5,000
2 April 1888 EnglandBlackburn Rovers A 1-2 Lapsley 6,000
4 April 1888 EnglandAston Villa A 1-4 unknown
7 April 1888 Queen's Park A 2-6 Aitken;unknown 2,000
14 April 1888 Cowlairs A 0-2 1,000
21 April 1888 Partick Thistle H 1-2 Low
27 April 1888 EnglandPreston North End H 0-1 4,000
28 April 1888 Hearts A 2-1 Dewar;unknown
5 May 1888 Abercorn A 2-3 Low(2)
19 May 1888 Port Glasgow A 2-5 unknown

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[2][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland McLuskie 2 0 2 0
DF Scotland R D Hunter 2 0 2 0
DF Scotland Duncan Stewart 2 0 2 0
MF Scotland J Dennett 1 0 1 0
MF Scotland Leitch Keir 2 0 2 0
MF Scotland McNee 1 0 1 0
MF Scotland Peter Miller 2 0 2 0
FW Scotland Ralph Aitken 1 1 1 1
FW Scotland John Bell 2 0 2 0
FW Scotland R Jamieson 2 0 2 0
FW Scotland William Lapsley 2 0 2 0
FW Scotland J Low 2 0 2 0
FW Scotland Hugh Mair 1 0 1 0

International Caps[edit]

An international trial match was played on 18 February 1888 to consider selection of teams to represent Scotland in the upcoming games in the 1888 British Home Championship. Leitch Keir was selected to take part.

Subsequently, four Dumbarton players were selected to play for Scotland as follows:

- Geordie Dewar and Duncan Stewart earned their first caps and Ralph Aitken earned his second cap against Ireland. Both Dewar and Aitken scored in the 10-2 win over the Irish.

- Leitch Keir earned his fifth cap against England.

County Caps[edit]

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

Date Opponent Result Players(Goals)
22 October 1887 Lancashire 4-1 Jamieson(1);Keir;Stewart
28 January 1888 Edinburgh 4-1 Aitken(1);Bell(2);Dewar;Hunter
28 January 1888 Renfrewshire 2-1 Lapsley;McMillan
25 March 1888 Lanarkshire 1-4 Low

In addition:

- Leitch Keir was selected to play in a Scots Anglo XI against a Scots Welsh XI on 26 May 1888. The 'English' XI won 4-3.

- Geordie Dewar was selected to play in a Scottish Internationalists XI against Perthshire and Aberdeenshire on 20 and 21 April respectively.

Transfers[edit]

Of note amongst those donning the club's colours for the first time were Duncan Stewart and John Bell.
At the same time the club's squad was depleted by the loss four internationalists:
- Robert 'Plumber' Brown and Joe Lindsay moved to local rivals Dumbarton Athletic. James McAulay emigrated to Burma and Billy Robertson also heading for 'pastures new'.
In addition after returning from a short spell with Bolton Wanderers, Jock Hutcheson left the club for the final time.

Reserve Team[edit]

Dumbarton were defeated in the second round of the Scottish Second XI Cup by Vale of Leven.

In the Dumbartonshire Second XI Cup competition, Dumbarton lost out in the semi final to Renton.

Scottish Second XI Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
10 September 1887 R1 3rd LRV H 5-0
1 October 1887 R2 Vale of Leven A 0-4

Dumbartonshire Second XI Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
3 December 1887 SF Renton A 0-1

Factfile[edit]

* The total number of goals scored by Dumbarton in all games during the season was 161. The second season in a row that the 'century' had been broken and beating the previous record set in season 1881-82.
* 112 goals were scored against Dumbarton in all matches - the first time that a 'century' had been conceded 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. ^ McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers. 

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