Heart of Midlothian 2
Dundee 0
League (Division One)


2 - 0


League (Division One)
Saturday, November 2nd, 1895
Tynecastle Park
Attendance: 7,000
3:00 PM Kick-off

Willie Michael
Alex King

Team Managers

Starting Eleven
Jock Fairbairn
Bob McCartney
James Mirk
Isaac Begbie
Dave Russell
George Hogg
Tom Chambers
Davie Baird
Willie Michael
Alex King
Johnny Walker.
Francis Barrett .1
Johnny Darroch .2
Charlie Burgess .3
James Dundas .4
Bill Hendry .5
George Reid .6
Bill Thomson .7
Bill Sawers .8
Thomas Vail .9
Sandy Keillor .10
Dave T. McDonald .11

Match Officials

Mr McKenzie (Referee)

Match Report

The visitof Dundee to the Scottish capital to fulfil their return engagement with the present leaders of the Scottish League championship was looked upon by their followers as a very trying point in the career of the club.

The heavy smash a week ago at Parkhead and the serious injuries which the players had sustained at the hands of the Celtic men were not the best preparations for a meeting with the Hearts. At the beginning of the second half some six or seven thousand spectators were inside the grounds. The weather was beautifully fine, and the ground was in superb order for a fine match when the following teams appeared.

Hearts - Fairbairn; McCartney and Mirk; Begbie, Russell, and Hogg: Chambers, Baird, Michael, King, and Walker.

Dundee - Barrett; Darroch and Burgess; Dundas, Hendry, and Reid; Thomson, Sawers, Vail, Keillor, and McDonald.

Answering to Mr McKenzie's call, Dundee set the game agoing. Thomson was the first to show to advantage, but Russell quickly sent the ball well up the field and allowed his side to press. Walker and then Baird had tries at the Tayside citadel, but the siege was removed. The home team continued to put vigour into their play, but every chance awarded them was missed.

Pegging away in irresistible fashion, the Hearts were once more in the vicinity of Barrett, and goal was at last obtained by Michael.

The ball was quickly centred, and down came the Tynecastle forwards once more. A foul in close proximity to their goal looked dangerous, but the kick did not aid the homesters. Barrett, who so far had been playing a fine game, repelled numerous shots, and, being well backed up by Darroch and Burgess, any further addition to the score was prevented up to the interval, at which point the Hearts led by 1 goal to nothing.

On resuming the Edinburgh team was the first to press, but again their efforts were repelled in the pluckiest fashion by the Dundonian backs. The Hearts, evidently not content with their one goal lead, were still pestering the visitors' citadel without avail.

The game now veered round in favour of Dundee, and bad luck seemed to be the only cause that prevented them from scoring. A rather soft goal was obtained by the leaders, King sending in a shot which glanced off Burgess' head into the net.

After this further reverse the Dundee forwards tried hard to score, and Vail was responsible for rather a shady piece of play on Fairbairn. The referee, however, did not treat the case as a serious one, and the game was continued. Shortly after the whistle sounded. Midlothian, 2 goals; Dundee, 0.

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

Squad Statistics (as at November 2nd, 1895)

1895-96 All Time
Francis Barrett (GK)23 12 - 42 -
Charlie Burgess21 12 - 12 -
Johnny Darroch - 12 - 36 -
Sandy Keillor27 101529
Bill Hendry - 10 - 10 -
Dave T. McDonald - 9595
Bill Sawers - 532411
Thomas Vail - 4242
James Dundas27 1245117
George Reid - 1 - 73
Bill Thomson - 121499

League Table (as at November 2nd, 1895)

No league table has been added for this season.