1888–89 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1888–89 season
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish Cup Semi Final

Season 1888–89 was the 16th Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at a national level, entering the Scottish Cup for the 16th time.

Overview[edit]

A successful run in the Scottish Cup brought Dumbarton to their eighth semi final and their first ever meeting with Celtic. On the day however the Glasgow side were to prove too strong and ran out 4-1 winners.[1]

In the Dumbartonshire Cup, the trophy was lifted for the second time, beating their nearest rivals Dumbarton Athletic easily in the final.

An invitation to compete in the Greenock Charity Cup was accepted, but Dumbarton lost out to the hosts Morton in the final.

During the season, 28 'other' matches were played, including home and away fixtures against Vale of Leven, Dumbarton Athletic and Queen's Park. There were also matches against the current holders of the East of Scotland Shield (Mossend Swifts), the Lanarkshire Cup (Airdrie), the Renfrewshire Cup (St Mirren) and the Stirlingshire Cup (East Stirling), and a 3 match tour of the north of Scotland during the New Year holidays. In England, matches were played against Sunderland and Sunderland Albion, and Dumbarton also gave the Welsh national team a tough work-out in a game at Boghead. Overall, success was mixed, with 9 matches being won, 7 drawn and 12 lost, scoring goals 74 and conceding 67.

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 1888 R1 Kirkintilloch Central H 13-1 Lapsley(6);Chapman(3);Dewar(2);Madden;OG
R2 bye
13 October 1888 R3 Motherwell A 6-2 unknown 3,500
3 November 1888 R4 Methlan Park H 9-0 Bell,Jn(3);Keir;Chapman;Aitken;unknown(3)
1 December 1888 R5 Mossend Swifts H 3-1 Dewar;Bell,Jn;Madden
15 December 1888 R6 St Mirren H 2-2 Bell,Jn(2)
22 December 1888 R6r St Mirren A 2-2 Dewar;Lapsley 6,000
29 December 1888 R6r St Mirren A 3-1 Aitken(2);Bell,Jn 7,000
12 January 1889 SF Celtic H 1-4 Madden 6,000

Dumbartonshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
R2 Dumbarton Thistle WO
8 December 1888 R3 Vale of Leven Wanderers H 5-0 Bell;Chapman;Lapsley;unknown(2)
19 January 1889 SF Vale of Leven H 3-1 Miller;Keir;Chapman 2,000
9 February 1889 F Dumbarton Athletic A 6-2 Madden;Lapsley;Bell;unknown(3) 4,000

Greenock Charity Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
30 March 1889 1 Carlton A 5-2 unknown
14 May 1889 SF 1st RRV Greenock A 10-0 unknown 1,000
1 June 1889 F Morton A 0-2 3,000

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
11 August 1888 Leith Athletic A 3-4 Madden;unknown(2)
18 August 1888 Vale of Leven A 2-2 Lindsay;Madden 4,000
25 August 1888 Queen's Park H 0-3
8 September 1888 St Mirren H 2-2 Lapsley(2)
15 September 1888 Celtic H 1-2 Chapman
29 September 1888 Vale of Leven H 2-1 Lapsley;Madden
6 October 1888 Thornliebank H 9-1 Bell(3);Chapman(3);Liddell;Lapsley;unknown
20 October 1888 Queen's Park A 2-2 Aitken;unknown 10,000
27 October 1888 Thistle H 3-0 Lapsley(2);Bell
10 November 1888 Dumbarton Athletic A 2-3 Bell;Aitken 3,000
24 November 1888 Mossend Swifts H 1-1 unknown
31 December 1888 Strathmore (Dundee) A 2-2 unknown
1 January 1889 Arbroath A 2-2 Caird;Chaplin
2 January 1889 Forfar Athletic A 1-3 Madden
2 February 1889 Renton A 1-6 Madden
16 February 1889 Hibernian A 3-4 Chapman;Lapsley;unknown
2 March 1889 Dumbarton Athletic H 6-1 Lapsley;McMillan;Bell(2);Mair(2) 2,000
9 March 1889 East Stirling A 1-7 unknown
16 March 1889 Queen's Park A 1-1 Madden
21 March 1889 Montrose A 2-4 Bell;unknown 2,000
23 March 1889 Cowlairs A 2-1 Miller;Chapman
6 April 1889 WalesWelsh International XI A 3-0 Chapman;McLeod;Mair
13 April 1889 Hearts A 2-4 OG;Madden
20 April 1889 EnglandSunderland Albion A 6-2 Mair(2);Lapsley;unknown(3)
27 April 1889 Dykebar H 8-0 Bell(3);Mair;unknown(4)
4 May 1889 Albion Rovers A 1-4 unknown
21 May 1889 Airdrie A 3-1 McLeod(2);Stewart
27 May 1889 EnglandSunderland A 3-4 Chapman;unknown(2)

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[2][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland James Bell 8 0 8 0
DF Scotland Dickie Boyle 2 0 2 0
DF Scotland John Hannah 8 0 8 0
DF Scotland Duncan Stewart 5 0 5 0
MF Scotland Geordie Dewar 8 4 8 4
MF Scotland Robert Hannah 1 0 1 0
MF Scotland Leitch Keir 7 1 7 1
MF Scotland Tom McMillan 8 0 8 0
FW Scotland Ralph Aitken 6 3 6 3
FW Scotland John Bell 7 7 7 7
FW Scotland John Chapman 8 4 8 4
FW Scotland James Collins 1 0 1 0
FW Scotland Edward Duffy 1 0 1 0
FW Scotland William Lapsley 8 7 8 7
FW Scotland John Madden 8 3 8 3
FW Scotland Alex Miller 2 0 2 0

International Caps[edit]

An international trial match was played on 16 February 1889 to consider selection of teams to represent Scotland in the upcoming games in the 1889 British Home Championship.

Geordie Dewar was selected to take part and subsequently earned his second cap against England.

County Caps[edit]

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

Date Opponent Result Players(Goals)
26 January 1889 East of Scotland 4-2 Bell,Jas;Bell,Jn;Dewar;Stewart
26 January 1889 Renfrewshire 6-1 Aitken;Madden(3);McMillan
23 February 1889 Birmingham & District 2-5 Madden(1);McMillan(1)

In addition Geordie Dewar was selected to play for a 'Counties' team against a Glasgow Select on 4 October 1888 - Glasgow won 9-0.

Transfers[edit]

Dumbarton continued to attract some of the best players in Scotland, and joining up this season were Dickie Boyle and Geordie Dewar.
Amongst those leaving was internationalist Peter Miller after a career with the club spanning over 13 seasons.

Reserve Team[edit]

Although Dumbarton lost in the second round of the Scottish Second XI Cup to Linthouse, in the Dumbartonshire Second XI Cup, the trophy was won for the first time by beating Vale of Leven in the final.

Scottish Second XI Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
29 September 1888 R2 Linthouse A 4-5

Dumbartonshire Second XI Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
15 December 1888 R3 Jamestown A 9-2
23 February 1889 SF Dumbarton Athletic H 2-0
23 March 1889 F Vale of Leven A 4-0

Factfile[edit]

* The 13-1 victory over Kirkintilloch Central in the first round of the Scottish Cup still stands as Dumbarton's biggest ever win.
* William Lapsley's 6 goals in the Kirkintilloch Central tie continues to be the highest number of goals scored by a Dumbarton player in a single game.
* In all games played, Dumbarton scored 142 goals - the fourth time that the 'century' had been broken during a single season, and the second season in a row.
* At the beginning of the season, Dumbarton appointed its first trainer, James Chapman from Broxburn.
* At the season's conclusion, Dumbarton amalgamated with the town's other senior outfit, Dumbarton Athletic.

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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