1896–97 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1896–97 season
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish League Division Two 10th
Scottish Cup Runners Up
Top goalscorer League: John Fraser/ Robert Hendry/ Henry Malloy (3)
All: Robert Hendry (9)

Season 1896–97 was the 24th Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at national level, entering the Scottish Football League for the seventh time, and the Scottish Cup for the 24th time.

Overview[edit]

Dumbarton's drop to the Second Division for the first time and the return to amateur status had its consequences for Dumbarton's league performance. The team finished 10th (and bottom) of the league with just 6 points, and at the end of the season the club were voted out of the Scottish League - a mere 5 years after being crowned as undisputed league champions.[1]

Despite the disastrous league performance, Dumbarton reached the final of the Scottish Cup before losing out to Rangers - which makes the decision to exclude the club from the Scottish League somewhat surprising.

Locally, Dumbarton lost in the final of the Dumbartonshire Cup to Vale of Leven.

During the season 3 'other' matches were played, of which 1 was won, 1 drawn and 1 lost, scoring 7 goals and conceding 8.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
15 August 1896 Partick Thistle H 2-2 Malloy;unknown 2,000
22 August 1896 Port Glasgow A 2-3 Malloy;McIlhany
29 August 1896 Morton H 0-3
5 September 1896 Kilmarnock A 1-5 unknown
12 September 1896 Renton A 0-4
26 September 1896 Leith Athletic H 1-2 Malloy
3 October 1896 Airdrie A 2-3 Saunderson;Adamson
17 October 1896 Morton A 1-3 Fraser
24 October 1896 Leith Athletic A 1-7 Hendry
7 November 1896 Renton H 1-3 Boyle
14 November 1896 Partick Thistle A 1-6 Fraser 1,500
28 November 1896 Linthouse A 2-2 Saunderson;Hendry
5 December 1896 Airdrie H 1-3 Hendry
6 March 1897 Linthouse H 4-5 Miller;Mackie;Speedie;Thomson,W
10 April 1897 Kilmarnock H 0-6
17 April 1897 Motherwell A 1-5 Fraser
8 May 1897 Port Glasgow H 4-1 unknown
15 May 1897 Motherwell H 3-1 Morrice;Mackie;Reid

Election results[edit]

Team Votes Result
Motherwell 34 Re-elected to Second Division
Port Glasgow Athletic 27 Re-elected to Second Division
Ayr 24 Promoted from Ayrshire Combination
Dumbarton 17 Not elected to Second Division

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
9 January 1897 R1 Raith Rovers H 2-1 Mair(2)
6 February 1897 R2 Leith Athletic H 4-4 Mackie;Gracie;Hendry;Thomson,W
13 February 1897 R2r Leith Athletic A 3-3 Hendry(3) 6,000
20 February 1897 R2r Leith Athletic A 3-2 Mackie;Speedie;Fraser 4,000
27 February 1897 R3 St Bernard's H 2-0 Thomson,D;Hendry 6,000
13 March 1897 SF Kilmarnock H 4-3 Thomson,D;Mackie;Hendry;Thomson,W 5,000
20 March 1897 F Rangers A 1-5 Thomson,W 15,000

Dumbartonshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
3 April 1897 SF Newtown Thistle A 4-3 unknown
24 April 1897 F Vale of Leven A 2-3 Speedie;unknown 3,000

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
10 October 1896 Queen's Park A 1-6 unknown 1,000
21 November 1896 Vale of Leven A 1-1 unknown
1 May 1897 Vale of Leven H 5-1 Speedie;unknown(4)

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[2][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Second Division Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland John Docherty 25 0 18 0 7 0
DF Scotland Andrew Mauchlen 9 0 4 0 5 0
DF Scotland McBirnie 3 0 3 0 0 0
DF Scotland James McGregor 1 0 1 0 0 0
DF Scotland John McNicol 1 0 1 0 0 0
DF Scotland John Rodger 12 0 10 0 2 0
DF Scotland Samuel Skinner 4 0 4 0 0 0
DF Scotland Daniel Thomson 19 2 12 0 7 2
MF Scotland Duncan 1 0 1 0 0 0
MF Scotland Forrester 2 0 2 0 0 0
MF Scotland John Gillan 23 0 16 0 7 0
MF Scotland Robert Hendry 23 9 17 3 6 6
MF Scotland Leitch Keir 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF Scotland Alex Miller 7 1 2 1 5 0
MF Scotland Henry Mitchell 5 0 5 0 0 0
MF Scotland Morrice 9 1 9 1 0 0
FW Scotland Adamson 2 1 2 1 0 0
FW Scotland Bell 1 0 1 0 0 0
FW Scotland William Boyle 3 1 2 1 1 0
FW Scotland Hugh Craig 5 0 5 0 0 0
FW Scotland John Fraser 17 4 10 3 7 1
FW Scotland James Gracie 7 1 5 0 2 1
FW Scotland Hodge 1 0 1 0 0 0
FW Scotland Lewis Mackie 11 5 5 2 6 3
FW Scotland Hugh Mair 2 2 1 0 1 2
FW Scotland Henry Malloy 10 3 10 3 0 0
FW Scotland Hugh McIlhany 5 1 5 1 0 0
FW Scotland Thomas Reid 6 1 6 1 0 0
FW Scotland Albert Saunderson 23 2 16 2 7 0
FW Scotland John Seaton 3 0 2 0 1 0
FW Scotland Willie Speedie 8 2 3 1 5 1
FW Scotland William Thomson 19 4 12 1 7 3
FW Scotland Watson 4 0 4 0 0 0
FW Scotland Hugh Weir 3 0 3 0 0 0

County Caps[edit]

A Dumbartonshire representative match was played against a Rangers XI on 26 April 1897 in which Docherty; Mauchan; Hendry and Fraser were all selected to play - the match was won by Rangers 2-1.

Transfers[edit]

The loss of league status had its obvious effect with amongst those leaving the club during the season - John Gillan (to Everton), Jimmy Hartley (to Sunderland), Robert Hendry (to Rangers) and Samuel Woods (to Stoke).

Reserve Team[edit]

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

Scottish Second XI Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
? September 1896 R1 St Mirren A ?
3 October 1896 R2 Rangers H 0-4

Factfile[edit]

* Alex Miller's appearance in the Scottish Cup tie against Leith Athletic on 20 February was his 112th competitive match for the club - overtaking Tom McMillan's record set in 1895.
* The league match against Kilmarnock on 10 April would be Alex Miller's final game for the club. During his nine seasons with the club he set a new record of 117 appearances in all national competitive matches.

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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