1888–89 Dumbarton F.C. season
|Stadium||Boghead Park, Dumbarton|
|Scottish Cup||Semi Final|
- 1 Overview
- 2 Results
- 3 Player statistics
- 4 Reserve Team
- 5 Factfile
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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.
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.
All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.
|1 September 1888||R1||Kirkintilloch Central||H||13-1||Lapsley(6);Chapman(3);Dewar(2);Madden;OG|
|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|
|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
|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|
|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||Welsh International XI||A||3-0||Chapman;McLeod;Mair|
|13 April 1889||Hearts||A||2-4||OG;Madden|
|20 April 1889||Sunderland 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||Sunderland||A||3-4||Chapman;unknown(2)|
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.
Dumbarton players were selected to play in Dumbartonshire representative matches as follows:
|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.
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.
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
|29 September 1888||R2||Linthouse||A||4-5|
Dumbartonshire Second XI Cup
|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|
* 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.
- John Hannah (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Robert Hannah (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- John Chapman (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- James Collins (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Edward Duffy (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- William Lapsley (Dumbarton Football Club Historical Archive)
- Geordie Dewar (London Hearts Profile)
- Scottish Football Historical Archive