1913–14 Dumbarton F.C. season

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Dumbarton
1913–1914 season
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish League Division One 19th
Scottish Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer League: John Rowan (12)
All: John Rowan (17)
Highest home attendance 13,000
Lowest home attendance 2,000
Average home league attendance 5,631

Season 1913–14 was the 37th Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at national level, entering the Scottish Football League for the 15th time, the Scottish Cup for the 31st time and the Scottish Qualifying Cup for the 12th time.

Overview[edit]

Dumbarton's return to 'top flight' league football for the first time since 1896 witnessed a good start which saw the club unbeaten in their first six league outings, this fine form could not be maintained however and Dumbarton eventually finished 19th out of 20 with 27 points, well behind champions Celtic.[1]

Dumbarton qualified for the Scottish Cup by reaching the fourth round of the Scottish Qualifying Cup before losing to non-league Nithsdale Wanderers.

The Scottish Cup campaign was short-lived as Dumbarton lost out to Third Lanark in the second round.

Locally, after an absence of three seasons, Dumbarton entered the Dumbartonshire Cup but as in their previous six attempts were defeated in the final, this time by Renton.

There was also a benefit match played for long serving player Robert Muirhead, against Third Lanark.

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 1913 Queen's Park H 4-0 Rowan(3);McDade 7,000
23 August 1913 Kilmarnock H 1-1 Ferguson 13,000
30 August 1913 St Mirren A 1-1 Speedie 6,000
1 September 1913 Ayr United H 2-1 Murray,J(2) 4,000
17 September 1913 Ayr United A 2-1 Blyth;Murray,J 4,000
27 September 1913 Motherwell H 1-1 Blyth 5,000
11 October 1913 Hibernian H 0-3 7,000
18 October 1913 Airdrie A 1-4 OG 7,000
25 October 1913 Partick Thistle H 1-0 Rowan 7,000
1 November 1913 Third Lanark A 0-1 8,000
8 November 1913 Rangers A 2-3 McConnell(2) 12,000
15 November 1913 Celtic H 0-4 10,000
22 November 1913 Falkirk A 1-3 Speedie 7,000
29 November 1913 Hamilton H 1-1 McConnell 4,000
6 December 1914 Dundee A 1-5 Pender 8,000
13 December 1913 St Mirren H 2-1 Speedie;McConnell 5,000
20 December 1914 Aberdeen A 3-2 Speedie;McConnell;Pender 6,000
27 December 1913 Clyde A 0-0 4,000
1 January 1914 Raith Rovers A 2-1 Rowan;Lawrie 8,000
3 January 1914 Falkirk H 0-4 6,000
10 January 1914 Celtic A 0-4 11,000
17 January 1914 Hearts H 2-1 Rowan;Brown 7,000
24 January 1914 Kilmarnock A 0-6 4,000
31 January 1914 Aberdeen H 0-1 3,000
14 February 1914 Partick Thistle A 1-2 Rowan 15,000
21 February 1914 Clyde H 1-3 Gildea 5,000
28 February 1914 Motherwell A 3-4 Rowan(3) 5,000
7 March 1914 Dundee H 2-3 Ferguson;Thom 3,000
14 March 1914 Rangers H 0-3 8,000
21 March 1914 Morton A 1-3 Brown 10,000
28 March 1914 Morton H 2-6 Gildea;Murray,J 4,000
31 March 1914 Queen's Park A 0-3 5,000
4 April 1914 Hearts A 1-5 Murray,J 6,500
6 April 1914 Raith Rovers H 2-2 Gildea;Speedie 2,000
11 April 1914 Hamilton A 1-3 Rowan 3,000
15 April 1914 Hibernian A 1-1 Gildea 5,000
18 April 1914 Airdrie H 1-0 Rowan 5,000
23 April 1914 Third Lanark H 2-0 Murray,J;Gettins 2,000

Promotion/Relegation Election[edit]

Only Cowdenbeath from the Second Division applied for admission to the 'top fight' but it was the bottom two in the First Division - Dumbarton and St Mirren - who retained their places in the end of season election, for the third time a vote was held to allow for automatic promotion/relegation but while the 11-7 vote was in agreement it failed to obtain the two-thirds majority required.

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
7 February 1914 R2 Third Lanark A 0-2 6,000

Scottish Qualifying Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
6 September 1913 R1 Vale of Leven A 0-0 6,000
13 September 1913 R1r Vale of Leven H 2-0 Speedie;Rowan 6,000
20 September 1913 R2 Johnstone H 4-0 Rowan(2);Speedie;Blyth 4,000
4 October 1913 R3 Hurlford H 5-1 Riddell(2);Rowan(2);McConnell
18 October 1913 R4 Nithsdale Wanderers A 1-3 Murray,J

Dumbartonshire Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
31 December 1913 SF1 Dumbarton Harp H 1-3 McDade
25 April 1914 SF2 Dumbarton Harp A 4-0 Rowan(4) 3,000
29 April 1914 F Renton A 0-0 4,000
30 April 1914 Fr Renton A 0-1 3,000

Other Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Attendance
5 January 1914 Third Lanark H 1-4 McDermid

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[2][edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total First Division Scottish Cup Qualifying Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland Robert Bryson 15 0 14 0 1 0 0 0
GK Scotland Alex Forsyth 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
GK Scotland Archibald Frew 11 0 11 0 0 0 0 0
GK Scotland John B Miller 17 0 13 0 0 0 4 0
DF Scotland Andrew Clarkson 9 0 8 0 0 0 1 0
DF Scotland John Davie 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
DF Scotland Charles Keir 22 0 18 0 0 0 4 0
DF Scotland William McAlpine 25 0 24 0 1 0 0 0
DF Scotland Raeburn McLay 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
DF Scotland David Slimmon 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF Scotland James Thomson 27 0 22 0 1 0 4 0
MF Scotland Jack Brown 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF Scotland James Chalk 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF Scotland Harry Gildea 27 4 27 4 0 0 0 0
MF Scotland Peter McFie 36 0 31 0 1 0 4 0
MF Scotland Andrew Potter 5 0 3 0 0 0 2 0
MF Scotland James Riddell 32 2 28 0 0 0 4 2
MF Scotland Daniel Steel 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Jim Blyth 20 3 15 2 1 0 4 1
FW Scotland John Brown 10 2 9 2 1 0 0 0
FW Scotland James Ferguson 40 2 34 2 1 0 5 0
FW England Alfred Gettins 5 1 5 1 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Samuel Hendry 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland Thomas Lawrie 3 1 3 1 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Thomas McConnell 28 6 23 5 1 0 4 1
FW Scotland James McDade 9 1 8 1 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland Alex McGillivray 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland John Murray 11 7 9 6 0 0 2 1
FW Scotland William Murray 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland Robert Pender 6 2 6 2 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland John Plank 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
FW Scotland John Robertson 10 0 7 0 0 0 3 0
FW Scotland John Rowan 35 17 30 12 1 0 4 5
FW Scotland Finlay Speedie 36 7 32 5 1 0 3 2
FW Scotland Alexander Thom 24 1 23 1 1 0 0 0
FW Scotland Walter Wilson 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

Amongst those players joining and leaving the club were the following:[3]

Reserve Team[edit]

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

Scottish Second XI Cup[edit]

Date Rd Opponent Venue Result
21 September 1912 R1 St Mirren H 1-0
28 September 1912 R2 Kilmarnock A 0-4

Factfile[edit]

* The Qualifying Cup tie against Nithsdale Wanderers was played by the Dumbarton Second XI, due to the fact that on the same day the first team were on league duty against Airdrie.
* The Qualifying Cup replay against Vale of Leven on 13 September marked Finlay Speedie's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the seventh Dumbarton player to achieve this milestone. He celebrated the occasion by scoring a goal in the 2-0 victory.
* The league match against Celtic on 10 January marked John Rowan's 100th appearance for Dumbarton in all national competitions - the eighth Dumbarton player to achieve this milestone.
* 101 goals were scored against Dumbarton in all matches - the third time that a 'century' had been conceded during a single 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. ^ McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers. 
  3. ^ Litster, John. Record of Pre-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications. 

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