1895–96 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1895–96 season
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish League Division One 10th
Scottish Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer League: Bell (7)
All: Bell (7)

Season 1895–96 was the 23rd Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at national level, entering the Scottish Football League for the sixth time, and the Scottish Cup for the 23rd time.

Overview[edit]

Dumbarton continued to struggle against the bigger and richer professional clubs and finished 10th (and bottom) of the First Division with 8 points. In the subsequent 'election' process, Dumbarton failed to gain enough votes from the other clubs to maintain their place in the top league and were relegated to the Second Division, their place being taken by the Second Division champions Abercorn.[1]

In the Scottish Cup, Dumbarton were defeated in the first round by Rangers, after a 1-1 draw.

Locally, after eight years as holders, Dumbarton lost in the final of the Dumbartonshire Cup to Renton.

During the season, 11 'other' matches were played, and results here were no better than those in the league and cups, with 3 won and 8 lost, scoring 16 goals and conceding 44.

Unfortunately the drop to the Second Division had a couple of important 'knock-on' effects. Firstly, Alex Lawrence of Dumbarton had to give up his presidency of the Scottish League as the post had to be held by a First Division club representative. In addition, with the loss of income from the 'big club' fixtutes, at the club's AGM on 29 July 1896, it was decided that Dumbarton would return to amateur status.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
17 August 1895 Rangers H 3-5 Saunderson(2);Boyle
24 August 1895 Dundee A 1-4 OG 2,000
31 August 1895 Clyde H 5-4 Hartley(2);Thomson,D;Bell;Weir
7 September 1895 St Bernard's A 3-4 Hartley;Thomson,D;Weir 2,000
14 September 1895 St Mirren H 4-2 Stevenson(2);Hartley;Saunderson
21 September 1895 Hibernian A 2-7 Weir(2) 1,500
28 September 1895 Celtic H 2-3 Nash;Black 4,000
5 October 1895 Third Lanark A 2-5 Nash;Stevenson
19 October 1895 Hearts H 2-9 Saunderson;Boyle 1,200
26 October 1895 St Bernard's H 4-3 Weir(2);Bell;Gracie 1,000
2 November 1895 St Mirren A 2-1 Bell(2)
9 November 1895 Hibernian H 1-3 Bell
30 November 1895 Clyde A 1-5 Woods
7 December 1895 Dundee H 1-2 McIlhany 500
14 December 1895 Third Lanark H 2-4 Bell(2)
21 December 1895 Celtic A 0-3 1,300
4 January 1896 Rangers A 1-3 Saunderson 2,000
15 February 1896 Hearts A 0-7 2,500

Promotion/Relegation Election Results[edit]

Team Votes Result
Clyde 14 Re-elected to First Division
St Mirren 13 Re-elected to First Division
Abercorn 8 Promoted from Second Division
Leith Athletic 4 Not promoted to First Division
Dumbarton 2 Relegated to Second Division
Renton 1 Not promoted to First Division

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
18 January 1896 R1 Rangers H 1-1 Woods
25 January 1896 R1r Rangers A 1-3 McIlhany 6,000

Dumbartonshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
8 February 1896 SF Newtown Thistle H 5-1 Malloy(2);Boyle;Nash;unknown
14 March 1896 F Renton A 0-3 4,000

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
12 October 1895 Royal Albert A 1-5 unknown
16 November 1895 Newtown Thistle H 2-1 Weir;unknown
23 November 1895 Motherwell A 2-3 Stevenson;unknown
1 January 1896 Arbroath A 0-3
2 January 1896 Victoria United A 0-8
1 February 1896 Leith Athletic A 0-5
29 February 1896 Morton A 3-7 Saunderson;unknown(2)
28 March 1896 St Mirren A 1-7 unknown
11 April 1896 Helensburgh A 4-3 unknown
18 April 1896 Linthouse A 2-0 Woods;unknown
25 April 1896 Renton H 1-2 unknown

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[2][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total First Division Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland Robert Colquhoun 1 0 1 0 0 0
GK Scotland John Docherty 18 0 16 0 2 0
GK Scotland Richardson 1 0 1 0 0 0
DF Scotland Campbell 4 0 4 0 0 0
DF Scotland John McNicol 5 0 4 0 1 0
DF Scotland Alex Miller 16 0 14 0 2 0
DF Scotland Henry Mitchell 1 0 1 0 0 0
DF Scotland Daniel Thomson 17 2 15 2 2 0
DF Scotland Morrice 1 0 1 0 0 0
MF Scotland John Gillan 11 0 9 0 2 0
MF Scotland Hastings 2 0 2 0 0 0
MF Scotland Robert Hendry 18 0 16 0 2 0
MF Scotland Billy Nash 16 2 15 2 1 0
MF Scotland St Clair 8 0 8 0 0 0
FW Scotland Bell 12 7 12 7 0 0
FW Scotland Black 2 1 2 1 0 0
FW Scotland William Boyle 3 2 3 2 0 0
FW Scotland James Gracie 6 1 4 1 2 0
FW Scotland Jimmy Hartley 7 4 7 4 0 0
FW Scotland Henry Malloy 4 0 2 0 2 0
FW Scotland McDavid 1 0 1 0 0 0
FW Scotland Hugh McIlhany 8 2 6 1 2 1
FW Scotland McIntyre 1 0 1 0 0 0
FW Scotland Thomas Reid 2 0 2 0 0 0
FW Scotland Albert Saunderson 18 5 16 5 2 0
FW Scotland John Seaton 8 0 8 0 0 0
FW Scotland James Stevenson 12 3 12 3 0 0
FW Scotland Hugh Weir 10 6 10 6 0 0
FW Scotland Samuel Woods 7 2 5 1 2 1

Transfers[edit]

The demise of the club's fortunes had its effect on the ability to hold on to its best players, and amongst those leaving were Tom Keir (to Hearts), John McLeod (to Rangers) and James Stevenson (to Preston North End).

Reserve Team[edit]

Dumbarton lost in the second round of the Scottish Second XI Cup to Third Lanark.

Scottish Second XI Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
7 September 1895 R1 Abercorn H 5-4
5 October 1895 R2 Third Lanark A 2-4

Factfile[edit]

* The league tie against Third Lanark on 5 October marked Alex Miller's 100th competitive appearance for the club - the third Dumbarton player to achieve this milestone.
* During the season, 126 goals were conceded in all matches, beating the previous record set in 1888.

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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