Leith Athletic 3
Dundee 2
League (Division One)


3 - 2


League (Division One)
Saturday, October 20th, 1894
Bank Park
Attendance: 1,000
3:00 PM Kick-off

Boyd Bill Sawers 
David McInroy 

Team Managers

Starting Eleven
T. Hamilton
W. Hamilton
Francis Barrett .1
Johnny Darroch .2
George Campbell .3
James Dundas .4
William Longair .5
Sandy Keillor .6
William Thomson .7
William Richardson .8
Bill Sawers .9
David McInroy .10
Willie Fleming .11

Match Officials

James McLauchlan (Celtic) (Referee)

Match Report

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

The Dundee League combination, in their first visit to the capital, experienced most miserable weather, and as a result the game was witnessed by little over 1000 spectators.

This was much to be regretted, as in the ordinary course of good weather the attendance would have been six times this, for so far Dundee have played remarkably well against the crack Edinburgh combinations.

The Athletic were first out, but it was some time before their opponents trotted out, a ringing cheer greeting them. Both were at full strength, the teams being:- Dundee - Barrett: Darroch and Campbell; Dundas, Longer, and Keillor; Thomson, Richardson, Sawers, McInroy, and Fleming.

Leith Athletic - Kay: McCartney and Leslie: McNab, Wilson, and Fraser; T. Hamilton, W. Hamilton, Paterson, Boyd, and Gillespie. McLaughlin (Celtic), was referee.

Campbell won the toss, and compelled his opponents to kick off in the teeth of a strong wind and a blinding rain. The Dundonians were not long in getting to business, and a warmer from Thomson made the Leith crowd hold their breath.

It was cleared however, and a couple of corners shortly afterwards had a like termination.

Still the visitors kept on the offensive, and from a free kick a lot of scrambling took place in the goalmouth of the Athletic. Sawers was high above the others, and this stood his side in good stead, for he at last managed to head the ball safely past Kay.

This was an early beginning, and the northern chances looked exceptionally bright when the forwards dashed away in several likely looking runs.

Sawers was not throwing great form, but Thomson was making all amends in this direction by sending in terrific shots from the line. These attacks were at last beaten back, and a run by W. Hamilton completely transferring the scene of action.

Campbell made a bad mess of the tackling, and the ground lad had a clear field. He passed finely over, but luckily for Dundee Peterson, with no one except Barrett before him, sent the ball far over the bar.

Dundee had another break away, but it was of short duration, and headed by Boyd the homesters pressed severely. Play was far and exciting, and at last the Athletic rushed the ball through. Scarcely had the ball been again set agoing than down came the Athletic forwards, and Hamilton with the first shot at them the lead.

This was good business against wind and rain, and inspired by this success the forwards played up with great dash. Keillor brought off a grand bit of saving, and tearing down banged the ball right into the goal.

No one was there to take advantage of this, and a minute later a powerful shot by the veteran skimmed the bar.

After this the Athletic had all the best of it, and just on the interval another point was scored. It was, however, disallowed, and half-time sounded with the scores reading 2-1 for the Athletic.

Fortunately for Dundee the rain held off in the second half, but the wind was still strong. They had the best of the opening stages, but it was not long before the Athlete took the game in hand.

Longair was lame, and more in the way than anything else. Twice Dundee were penalised, but nothing in the way of disaster resulted. Thomson change the venue, and sent in a long dropping shot which deserved success.

The Northerners were now showing improved form, and pressed incessantly. Luck was dead against them, and every shot was cleared. Time was drawing near, and it looks as if nothing further would be scored.

Five minutes from time the equalising point was banged through from a scrimmage. The Athletic were not yet done with, and rushing down on restarting the ball was fouled by Dundas.

McCartney placed it right in front of Barrett, and from an exciting scrimmage which followed Boyd scored. Dundee made a last desperate effort, but it was all over, the scores reading-Leith Athletic, 3 goals; Dundee, 2 goals

Squad Statistics (as at October 20th, 1894)

1894-95 All Time
Francis Barrett (GK)22 8 - 14 -
Johnny Darroch - 8 - 8 -
Willie Fleming - 8383
George Campbell - 8 - 13 -
Sandy Keillor26 8 - 266
William Longair24 8 - 251
James Dundas26 712413
David McInroy - 31138
William Richardson - 2 - 2 -
Bill Sawers23 8686
William Thomson20 83257

League Table (as at October 20th, 1894)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

No games played.