1890–91 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1890–91 season
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish Football League Champions
Scottish Cup Runners Up
Top goalscorer League: John Bell (20)
All: John Taylor (28)

Season 1890–91 was the 18th Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at a national level, entering the inaugural Scottish Football League and entering the Scottish Cup for the 18th time.

Overview[edit]

Dumbarton took part in the first ever Scottish League Championship, and with 11 wins and 3 draws from their first 14 fixtures, it looked likely that they would win the title, however losses to Celtic and Rangers in their final four ties meant that Dumbarton finished up with the same number of points as Rangers. With no rules on what should happen in such circumstances, the Scottish League decided on a play-off decider, which finished 2-2, and rather than arrange for a further play-off, the inaugural championship was shared.[1]

In the Scottish Cup, Dumbarton almost made it a league and cup double, but lost out to Hearts in the final.

In other competitions, there was a lot of silverware heading towards Boghead. Dumbarton again retained the Dumbartonshire Cup (fourth time overall), beating Vale of Leven in the final, retained the Greenock Charity Cup, by beating the hosts Morton in the final, and in the first (and only) League Charity Cup, Dumbarton beat Celtic in the final. Easily the club's most successful season to date.

Despite all the competitive games, Dumbartons still managed to play 8 'other' matches, of which 5 were won, 2 drawn and 1 lost, scoring 29 goals and conceding 12.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
16 August 1890 Cowlairs H 1-1 Taylor 3,000
23 August 1890 3rd LRV A 3-1 Bell;Taylor;McMillan 4,000
30 August 1890 Hearts H 3-1 Taylor;Bell;Mair 3,000
13 September 1890 Rangers H 5-1 Mair;Bell(3);Taylor 4,000
4 October 1890 Vale of Leven A 3-1 OG;Mair;unknown
11 October 1890 Abercorn H 5-1 Taylor(3);Galbraith(2)
25 October 1890 Cowlairs A 6-1 OG(3);Bell(2);Taylor
27 December 1890 Abercorn A 2-1 Taylor(2) 6,000
24 January 1891 Cambuslang H 5-0 McNaught;Bell(2);Kerr;Thomson
21 February 1891 Celtic H 2-2 Galbraith;Boyle 6,000
28 February 1891 Vale of Leven H 4-0 Keir;Taylor;OG;Boyle
7 March 1891 St Mirren H 5-1 Bell(4);McNaught
21 March 1891 Cambuslang A 2-2 Taylor;Bell
28 March 1891 3rd LRV H 5-1 Bell;McLeod;Hutcheson;Taylor;OG
11 April 1891 Celtic A 0-1 10,000
20 April 1891 Hearts A 4-0 Bell(2);Taylor;Galbraith 5,500
25 April 1891 Rangers A 2-4 Bell(2) 12,000
2 May 1891 St Mirren A 4-2 Galbraith(2);Bell;Miller,J

In the decider, played at Cathkin Park on 21 May 1891 in front of 10,000 spectators, Dumbarton and Rangers drew 2-2, with Taylor and J. Miller scoring for Dumbarton, it was subsequently decided that the Championship be shared.

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
6 September 1890 R1 Smithston Hibernian H 8-2 McNaught;Taylor(2);Galbraith;OG;unknown(3)
27 September 1890 R2 Hibernian A 9-1 Taylor(3);Galbraith(2);Boyle;Mair;McNaught;Bell 3,000
18 October 1890 R3 Clydebank H 6-0 Taylor(4);McMillan;Bell
8 November 1890 R4 Mossend Swifts H 7-3 McNaught(2);McMillan;Mair;Taylor;Miller,A;Galbraith
6 December 1890 R5 5th KRV H 8-0 Taylor(3);Bell;McNaught(2);Boyle;Galbraith
20 December 1890 R6 Celtic H 3-0 Mair(2);Bell 10,000
17 January 1891 SF Abercorn H 3-1 Galbraith;McNaught;Bell 10,000
7 February 1891 F Hearts A 0-1 10,836

Dumbartonshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
R1 Dumbarton Albion WO
22 November 1890 R2 Duntocher Harp A 10-2 Bell;Galbraith;Taylor;unknown(7)
13 December 1890 SF Clydebank A 4-1 Boyle;Mair;Taylor;OG
14 February 1891 F Vale of Leven H 4-1 Mair(2);Taylor;Bell

League Charity Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
16 May 1891 SF Rangers A 1-0 Taylor 7,000
10 June 1891 F Celtic A 3-0 Bell;Taylor(2) 8,000

Greenock Charity Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
4 April 1891 SF Partick Thistle A 2-0 Bell(2)
6 June 1891 F Morton A 5-1 Galbraith;unknown(4) 4,000

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
9 August 1890 Rangers A 1-3[2] unknown
20 August 1890 Leith Athletic A 3-1 Wilson(2);Mair 5,500
29 November 1890 5th KRV H 2-0[3] Taylor;unknown
1 January 1891 Celtic A 1-1 Taylor 15,000
2 January 1891 Arbroath A 6-0 unknown
3 January 1891 King's Park H 8-3 unknown
22 May 1891 Arbroath A 2-2 Miller,J;Bell
23 May 1891 Aberdeen A 6-2 Galbraith;Boyle Miller,J(2);OG;unknown 5,000

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[4][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Scottish League[5] Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland John McLeod 27 1 19 1 8 0
DF Scotland John Hannah 9 0 6 0 3 0
DF Scotland Alex McDonald 3 0 2 0 1 0
DF Scotland Alex Miller 24 1 16 0 8 1
DF Scotland Daniel Watson 26 0 18 0 8 0
MF Scotland Dickie Boyle 26 4 18 2 8 2
MF Scotland Jones 1 0 1 0 0 0
MF Scotland Leitch Keir 21 1 16 1 5 0
MF Scotland Alex Lang 5 0 5 0 0 0
MF Scotland Tom McMillan 20 3 13 1 7 2
FW Scotland John Bell 27 25 19 20 8 5
FW Scotland James Galbraith 26 12 18 6 8 6
FW Scotland William Henderson 1 0 1 0 0 0
FW Scotland Alex Hutcheson 6 1 6 1 0 0
FW Scotland Neil Kerr 1 1 1 1 0 0
FW Scotland Hugh Mair 16 7 8 3 8 4
FW Scotland James McNaught 25 9 17 2 8 7
FW Scotland John Miller 2 2 2 2 0 0
FW Scotland John Taylor 24 28 16 15 8 13
FW Scotland William Thomson 2 1 2 1 0 0
FW Scotland Wilson 5 0 5 0 0 0

County Caps[edit]

A Dumbartonshire representative match was played against Renfrewshire on 15 November 1890 in which McLeod; Watson; McMillan; Boyle; Taylor; Galbraith; Mair and McNaught were all selected to play - Dumbarton county won 3-1.

Transfers[edit]

Despite the club's success, Dumbarton lost the services of internationalists Ralph Aitken and Joe Lindsay. Aitken went to Newcastle West End and having returned from a brief spell with Dumbarton Athletic, Lindsay left this time for Renton.

Reserve Team[edit]

Dumbarton were knocked out at the second round stage of the Scottish Second XI Cup, but once again retained the Dumbartonshire Second XI Cup, beating Clydebank in the final.

Scottish Second XI Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
13 September 1890 R1 Kirkintilloch Athletic A 4-0
4 October 1890 R2 Queen's Park A 0-9

Dumbartonshire Second XI Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
8 November 1890 R1 Dalmuir Thistle A 6-2
8 April 1891 SF Vale of Leven H 4-3
5 May 1891 F Clydebank A 4-0

Factfile[edit]

* John Bell became the first ever League topscorer with 20 goals
* Dumbarton remained unbeaten at home during the season in all matches played - a run stretching back to September 1889.
* Dumbarton scored 165 goals in all games - beating the previous record set in season 1887-88. This was the fourth season in a row and the sixth time in the club's history that the 'century' had been broken.

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. ^ This match was reported as the final tie of a Rangers F.C. Sports Tournament.
  3. ^ This match was to be a fifth round Scottish Cup tie but was postponed due to a frozen pitch. The teams however decided to play a friendly.
  4. ^ McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers. 
  5. ^ includes league play off

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