1889–90 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1889–90 season
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish Cup Third Round

Season 1889–90 was the 17th Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at a national level, entering the Scottish Cup for the 17th time.

Overview[edit]

Despite managing to negotiate tough ties against their local rivals, Vale of Leven and Renton, Dumbarton were disappointingly knocked out of the Scottish Cup at the third round stage by 3rd LRV, after a replay.[1]

There was however a good deal of success during the season as first Dumbarton retained the Dumbartonshire Cup by beating Vale of Leven in the final.

Then the Greenock Charity Cup came to Boghead, as hosts Morton were dispatched in the final.

There was also an invitation by United Abstainers F.C. to compete in their Gold Cup competition and Dumbarton just failed to take home this trophy as they lost in the final to Third Lanark after a drawn game.

A busy season saw 28 'other' matches played, including home and away fixtures against neighbours, Renton and East of Scotland Shield holders, Hearts, and a 3 match north of Scotland tour during the New Year holidays. There were also reports at the time of Dumbarton playing in a Glasgow Hibernians tournament although details of its completion are unclear, outside Scotland, Dumbarton's first 'overseas' venture was undertaken with a match against Belfast Distillery. Overall, of these matches, 14 were won, 9 drawn and 5 lost, scoring 82 goals and conceding 50.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
7 September 1889 R1 Vale of Leven A 0-0 4,000
14 September 1889 R1r Vale of Leven H 1-1[2] Mair 4,000
28 September 1889 R2 Renton A 2-1 Fraser;Lindsay 4,000
19 October 1889 R3 3rd LRV H 1-1 Boyle 4,000
26 October 1889 R3r 3rd LRV A 0-1 10,000

Dumbartonshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
2 November 1889 R1 Kirkintilloch Athletic A 2-0 Aitken;Fraser
16 November 1889 R2 Jamestown H 7-1 Bell(2);Mair(2);Fraser;unknown(2)
7 December 1889 SF Methlan Park H 4-1 Chapman;Mair;OG;unknown
1 March 1890 F Vale of Leven H 2-0 Galbraith(2) 5,000

Greenock Charity Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
26 April 1890 SF Dykebar A 6-0 Bell;unknown(5) 2,000
31 May 1890 F Morton A 9-0 Taylor(2);Bell;McDonald;Galbraith;McMillan;unknown(3) 2,000

United Abstainers F.C. Gold Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
23 May 1890 SF Rangers A 3-2 McMillan;Bell;OG 3,000
5 June 1890 F 3rd LRV A 0-0
17 June 1890 Fr 3rd LRV A 0-1

Other matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
10 August 1889 Kirkintilloch Athletic A 2-4 McKinnon;Weir
17 August 1889 Leith Athletic A 6-3 Bell(3);Weir;unknown(2)
24 August 1889 Methlan Park H 1-1 unknown
31 August 1889 Celtic A 1-1 Miller 5,000
21 September 1889 Hearts H 1-2 Mair
5 October 1889 Queen's Park A 0-1 1,000
12 October 1889 Union H 2-0 Mair;Chapman
9 November 1889 Thistle A 2-0 Bell;OG
23 November 1889 Celtic A 2-2 Galbraith;Lindsay 3,000
23 November 1889 Cowlairs H 1-1 Bell
14 December 1889 Abercorn A 2-3 Goodwin;Galbraith
21 December 1889 Partick Thistle H 2-2 Galbraith;Mair
28 December 1889 Renton H 3-3 unknown 2,000
1 January 1890 Forfar Athletic A 0-7
2 January 1890 Our Boys Dundee A 4-1 unknown
3 January 1890 Arbroath A 8-3 Bell(2);Aitken(3);O'Kane;unknown(2) 2,000
4 January 1890 Dunfermline Athletic A 8-0 unknown
11 January 1890 Hearts A 2-2 McLeod(2)
25 January 1890 Kilmarnock H 3-1 Bell(2);Mair
22 February 1890 Methlan Park H 3-0 Bell;Galbraith;Aitken
15 March 1890 Renton A 4-0 Mair(3);Hutcheson
22 March 1890 Dumbartonshire Junior Association XI H 3-2 unknown
29 March 1890 Kilmarnock A 2-1 Mair;unknown 4,000
5 April 1890 Clydebank H 4-1 unknown
7 April 1890 Belfast Distillery A 4-4 unknown 3,000
12 April 1890 Thistle A 6-1[3] Galbraith;unknown(5)
24 April 1890 St Bernard's A 5-3 Galbraith(2);Chapman;Taylor;unknown
3 May 1890 Rangers A 1-1 Mair

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[4][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland John McLeod 5 0 5 0
DF Scotland John Hannah 4 0 4 0
DF Scotland Duncan Stewart 5 0 5 0
MF Scotland Dickie Boyle 5 1 5 1
MF Scotland Leitch Keir 5 0 5 0
MF Scotland Alex McDonald 1 0 1 0
MF Scotland Tom McMillan 4 0 4 0
FW Scotland Ralph Aitken 3 0 3 0
FW Scotland John Bell 5 0 5 0
FW Scotland James Fraser 5 1 5 1
FW Scotland James Galbraith 3 0 3 0
FW Scotland Joe Lindsay 3 1 3 1
FW Scotland Hugh Mair 2 1 2 1
FW Scotland Alex Miller 3 0 3 0
FW Scotland James Weir 2 0 2 0

International Caps[edit]

An international trial match was played on 15 March 1890 to consider selection of teams to represent Scotland in the upcoming games in the 1890 British Home Championship. John Bell and John McLeod took part.

Subsequently, both players were selected to play for Scotland against Ireland - John Bell earning his first cap, and John McLeod earning his third (his previous caps were with Dumbarton Athletic).

County Caps[edit]

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

Date Opponent Result Players(Goals)
12 October 1889 Ayrshire 1-4 Stewart;McMillan;McLeod;Bell
1 February 1890 East of Scotland 3-5 McMillan;Keir;Bell;Galbraith
1 February 1890 Renfrewshire 5-7 McLeod;Hannah;Lindsay
19 April 1890 North East Glasgow 2-4 Hannah;McMillan;Boyle

Transfers[edit]

Notable among this season's intake were former Dumbarton Athletic players James Galbraith, John McLeod and Daniel Watson, Jack Taylor who was signed from local team Newtown Thistle and Billy Thomson.
Sadly however the club lost the services of two internationalists - Ralph Aitken (to Newcastle West End) and John Madden (to Celtic).

Reserve team[edit]

Dumbarton reached the final of the Scottish Second XI Cup for the fourth time before losing to Rangers, but retained the Dumbartonshire Second XI Cup by beating Vale of Leven in the final.

Scottish Second XI Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
21 September 1889 R1 Partick Thistle A 3-1
5 October 1889 R2 Kilsyth Wanderers A 13-1
26 October 1889 R3 Queen's Park A 2-2
2 November 1889 R3r Queen's Park H 6-0
R4 Bye
7 December 1889 R5 St Mirren H 6-1
11 January 1890 SF Abercorn A 5-2
15 February 1890 F Rangers A 0-1

Dumbartonshire Second XI Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
14 December 1889 SF Jamestown H 16-0
8 March 1890 F Vale of Leven A 7-1

Factfile[edit]

* Dumbarton scored 119 goals in all matches during the season - the third season in a row and the fifth time in the club's history that the 'century' had been broken.
* Not to be outdone by the 'first team', the 'Rangers' (as the reserve side were known) were also to chalk up over a 'century' of goals (115) in all matches played during the 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. ^ Both Dumbarton and Vale of Leven qualified for the second round.
  3. ^ This match was reported as part of a Glasgow Hibernians Tournament.
  4. ^ McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers. 

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