1897–98 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1897–98 season
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish Cup First Round

Season 1897–98 was the 25th Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at national level entering the Scottish Cup for the 25th time.

Overview[edit]

In the absence of any league commitments, the Dumbarton committee had to work hard to bring together a fixture list which would meet the club's financial needs.

Things were not helped by the briefest of involvements in the Scottish Cup, where Dumbarton were knocked out in the first round by St Bernards, after a 1-1 draw.[1]

Nevertheless, locally there was better news with Dumbarton winning the Dumbartonshire Cup for the ninth time, beating Vale of Leven in the final.

During the season, 23 'other' matches were arranged, where there was much to be pleased about. There was an impressive unbeaten run of 8 games at the beginning of the season, several wins against league opposition and a successful 'mini' tour of the highlands during the New Year holidays. Of these matches 13 were won, 4 drawn and 6 lost, scoring 69 goals and conceding 49.

Results[edit]

Win
Draw
Loss

All results are written with Dumbarton's score first.

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
8 January 1898 R1 St Bernard's A 1-1 Murphy 3,500
15 January 1898 R1r St Bernard's H 1-3 Gillies 6,000

Dumbartonshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
26 March 1898 F Vale of Leven A 3-2 Speedie(2);Littlejohn 3,000

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
2 September 1897 Renton A 2-0 Reid;Mackie
4 September 1897 Stenhousemuir A 4-4 unknown
11 September 1897 Queen's Park A 4-2 McFarlane(2);Speedie;OG 2,000
18 September 1897 Vale of Leven H 6-1 Morrice(2);Richmond;unknown(3)
2 October 1897 Leith Athletic A 2-2 Speedie;Mackie
9 October 1897 Falkirk A 2-1 Morrice;Reid
16 October 1897 Abercorn A 2-2 Speedie;Murphy
23 October 1897 Queen's Park A 1-1 Mauchan
30 October 1897 Renton H 2-1 unknown
13 November 1897 St Mirren H 0-1
20 November 1897 Morton A 1-2 unknown
27 November 1897 Vale of Leven A 3-1 Watt;Forrest;Thomson
18 December 1897 Clyde A 4-5 Reid;unknown(3)
25 December 1897 Kilmarnock H 2-9 unknown
1 January 1898 Inverness Clachnacuddin A 10-4 unknown 3,500
3 January 1898 Aberdeen A 2-0 OG(2)
22 January 1898 Partick Thistle A 3-1 McNab(2);Littlejohn 1,500
5 February 1898 Celtic H 2-3 Mitchell;Richmond
19 February 1898 E Stirling A 4-1 McNab;Speedie;Littlejohn;unknown
5 March 1898 Kilmarnock Athletic H 9-1 unknown
19 March 1898 Morton H 2-1 unknown
11 April 1898 St Bernard's A 0-5 1,000
16 April 1898 Airdrie H 2-1 unknown

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[2][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Scottish Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland John Docherty 2 0 2 0
DF Scotland Samuel Skinner 2 0 2 0
DF Scotland Daniel Thomson 2 0 2 0
MF Scotland Morrice 2 0 2 0
MF Scotland James Richmond 2 0 2 0
MF Scotland William Thomson 2 0 2 0
FW Scotland Daniel Coll 2 0 2 0
FW Scotland Alexander Gillies 2 1 2 1
FW Scotland Hugh Murphy 2 1 2 1
FW Scotland Thomas Reid 2 0 2 0
FW Scotland Willie Speedie 2 0 2 0

International Caps[edit]

William Thomson earned his third and fourth caps against Wales and Ireland respectively in the 1898 British Home Championship.

County Caps[edit]

A Dumbartonshire representative match was played against a Lanarkshire XI on 29 January 1898 in which Docherty, Daniel Thomson, William Thomson, Lewis Mackie and Speedie were all selected to play - Willie Speedie scored the Dumbarton county goal in the 1-1 draw.

Transfers[edit]

Amongst those players leaving the club was internationalist Leitch Keir. A servant to the club since its cup winning season of 1882-83, Keir decided to move on to Motherwell.

Reserve Team[edit]

Dumbarton lost in the first round of the Scottish Second XI Cup to Queen's Park.

Scottish Second XI Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
? R1 Queen's Park H ?

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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