Dumbarton 1
Dundee 2
League (Division One)


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League (Division One)
Saturday, December 7th, 1895
Boghead Park
Attendance: 500
3:00 PM Kick-off

Hugh McIlhany Thomas Vail 
William Thomson 

Team Managers

Starting Eleven
1. John Docherty
2. Alex Miller
3. Billy Nash
4. John Gillan
5. Daniel Thomson
6. Hugh Weir
7. Hugh McIlhany
8. Samuel Wood
9. Bell
10. Albert Saunderson
11. Robert Hendry
Francis Barrett .1
Johnny Darroch .2
Charlie Burgess .3
James Dundas .4
William Longair .5
Bill Hendry .6
William Thomson .7
Sandy Gilligan .8
Thomas Vail .9
Bill Sawers .10
Sandy Keillor .11

Match Officials

Mr. McKenzie (Rangers) (Referee)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Courier | Ref. BNA (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board | Copyright Statement - .

At Boghead in wintry weather, and in presence of about 500 spectators. The ground was thickly coated with snow, and the surface underneath was hard and slippery, rendering the footing insecure.

The teams were:- Dundee - Barrett: Darroch and Burgess: Dundas. Longair, and Hendry; Thomson, Gilligan, Vail, Sawers, and Keillor.

Dumbarton - Docherty; Thomson and Miller: Nash, Gillan, and Hendry; Bell, Woods, McIlleny, Saunderson, and Weir. Referee Mr McKenzie, Rangers.

Vail started the leather for Dundee, no advantage being gained from the choice of ends. The pace at the outset gave promise of a hard match, and both goalkeepers were early called on to use their hands.

Play soon slackened down, and for a time a hand against Dumbarton gave Dundee the advantage. Darroch took the kick, and landed the ball in the mouth of the goal. Vail caught the goalkeeper at the right moment, and ball and custodian were sent between the posts.

Dundee resumed the attack, and Docherty had several hard shots to repel. The left winger on the home side relieved the monotony, and after carrying the ball almost the entire length of the field, he sent in a hard one, which Barrett just managed to scoop out.

Vail shortly after put the leather into the Dumbarton net but offside was given. Towards the end of the first half Keillor worked the ball up very cleverly, and near goal crossed over to Thomson, who had no difficulty in beating Docherty with a swift grounder. Offside was again claimed, but not allowed, and the teams crossed over with Dundee leading by 2 goals to 0.

No time was lost in getting to work again. Dumbarton attacked with spirit, and McIlheny, from a smart pass by Saunderson, opened the scoring for the home side. Dundee afterwards pressed vigorously, but Docherty displayed excellent ability as a goalkeeper, and nullified every attempt to put the ball past him.

A run up by the Dumbarton right wing changed the aspect of affairs. McIlheny scored a goal which the referee promptly disallowed for offside. Dumbarton did not seem to relish this ruling, and some temper was shown in their play, hard knocks being given and returned.

Near the finish an exciting scrimmage was witnessed in front of the Dundee goal. Dundee were pressing, and the backs were lying weil down the field when the Dumbarton forwards broke through. Barrett ran out to save, but he missed his kick, and the goal lay at the mercy of Dumbarton. Hendry arrived in the nick of time, however, and kicked the ball over the line. The corner kick brought no advantage, and the whistle was blown shortly after with the scores standing Dundee, 2 goals: Dumbarton, 1.

Squad Statistics (as at December 7th, 1895)

1895-96 All Time
Francis Barrett (GK)23 15 - 45 -
Charlie Burgess22 15 - 15 -
Johnny Darroch - 15 - 39 -
Bill Hendry - 13 - 13 -
William Longair25 131532
Sandy Keillor28 131559
James Dundas27 1545417
Sandy Gilligan - 924214
Bill Sawers24 832711
William Thomson21 1525210
Thomas Vail - 7474

League Table (as at December 7th, 1895)

No league table has been added for this season.