Dundee 5
Heart of Midlothian 0
League (Division One)

5 - 0

League (Division One)
Saturday, October 12th, 1895
Carolina Port
Attendance: 8,000
3:30 PM Kick-off

Dave T. McDonald 
Dave T. McDonald 
Bill Thomson 
Thomas Vail 
Bill Sawers 

Team Managers

Starting Eleven
1. Francis Barrett
2. Johnny Darroch
3. Charlie Burgess
4. James Dundas
5. William Longair
6. Bill Hendry
7. Bill Thomson
8. Bill Sawers
9. Thomas Vail
10. Dave T. McDonald
11. Sandy Keillor

Match Officials

Mr. McLeod (Cowlairs) (Referee)

Match Report

These teams met for the first time this season in a League fixture on the ground of the first-named club. Owing to the improved form displayed by the home team in their latest matches, and the fact that the visitors were the winners of the League flag last year and were bidding fair to retain the honour this season, a hard game was looked for, and quite 8000 spectators paid for admission to the enclosure.

Both teams were at full strength, saving that Gardner appeared in place of Fairbairn, the visitors' usual goalkeeper. The teams were:- Dundee - Barrett; Darroch and Burgess; Dundas, Longair, and Hendry; Thomson, Sawers, Vail, McDonald, and Keillor.

Hearts - Gardner; McMillan and Mirk; Begbie, Russell, and Hogg; MacLaren, Baird, Michael, King, and Walker. Mr McLeod, Cowlairs, was referee.

The Hearts, winning the toss, set Dundee to face a stiffish breeze, while the rays of the sun were also to the disadvantage of the home team. The Hearts were first to make way, but Burgess repelled the attack, and, the Dundee forwards getting on the leather, the visitors' goal ran an extremely narrow escape. Thomson raced up the touch-line, and then transferred to Vail, who in turn gave Keillor a chance, but he skied the ball when almost under the bar and it went out side.

Favoured by the strong wind which blew straight down the field, the maroons beat back the home men and compelled them to act on the defensive. A couple of stinging shots, one from the foot of Walker and the other from King, were saved in splendid style by Barrett.

The stripes again broke through and brought the sphere to within shooting distance. Longair headed in, but the Heart's custodian returned. McDonald was on the spot, however, and landed the ball into the net with a smart header. This success was greeted with loud cheers from the spectators.

The strangers bustled about after this, and the Dundee citadel was again subjected to a vigorous attack. A brace of fouls against Dundee quickly followed, and on each occasion the ball was landed into the net without, however having been touched by any of the players in its passage. The maroons maintained the siege but the Dundee defence was impregnable, though some close shaves were experienced, Baird at one time just landing the ball on top of the net, while King twice struck the crossbar with long shots.

Another visit to Gardner relieved the monotony, and Vail sent in a scorcher which the Hearts custodian dropped on his knees to save.

After this play was confined to the Dundee end, but Barrett and the backs were equal to all the calls made on them, and when hostilities temporarily ceased Dundee held the lead by 1 goal to nil.

After a lengthened absence the teams again lined up. Dundee now had the wind advantage, and the odds were in favour of their pulling off the match. They went to work in business-like fashion, and were soon swarming in front of the maroons' citadel. A second point for Dundee was not long in coming, A hard shot from the right was muddled by one of the Edinburgh backs, and McDonald, running up, sent it straight in. No sooner was play restarted than the ball was carried up to the visitors' end of the field.

Several likely shots were sent in without result. Thomson at length found an opening, and scored number three, the ball striking the inside of the post and glancing off into the net. The Hearts rallied for a bit after this, and play on their part became desperate.

The Dundee defence was too good, however, and they were sent to the right about ere Barrett got an opportunity of handling the leather. Getting down again Vail added a fourth goal to the Dundee score, this point being gained after a smart bit of passing on the left wing, which the Dundee centre capped by outstripping the backs and shooting straight in while on the run.

For the first time in the second period the Hearts became dangerous. Walker and King eluding the vigilance of the Dundee halves, broke away at top speed. Near goal Michael got on, but Longair checked his career, and in the tussle the Dundee man fouled his opponent. The referee promptly awarded a penalty. Russell stepped forward and took the kick, but Barrett, who had come out to the six yards line, stopped the shot with his knee, and after a short scrimmage the ball was sent spinning down the field, to the evident delight of the Dundee supporters.

The stripes seemed now inclined to toy with their opponents, but for all that they held the upper hand, and Sawers, after a bit of "sand-dancing," ran smartly in, and registered a fifth point. This concluded the scoring, and when the whistle was blown the result read, Dundee, 5 goals; Heart of Midlothian, 0.

Match report written by The Courier | Ref. BNA (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board | Copyright Statement -

Squad Statistics (as at October 12th, 1895)

1895-96 All Time
Francis Barrett (GK)23 10 - 40 -
Charlie Burgess21 10 - 10 -
Johnny Darroch - 10 - 34 -
William Longair25 9 - 491
Sandy Keillor27 81509
Bill Hendry - 9 - 9 -
Bill Sawers - 332211
Thomas Vail - 2222
James Dundas27 1044917
Dave T. McDonald - 7575
Bill Thomson - 101479

League Table (as at October 12th, 1895)

No league table has been added for this season.