Dundee 1
Celtic 2
League (Division One)

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League (Division One)
Saturday, August 10th, 1895
Carolina Port
Attendance: 10,000
3:30 PM Kick-off

Dave T. McDonald 
Allan Martin
Sandy McMahon

Team Managers

Starting Eleven
1. Francis Barrett
2. Johnny Darroch
3. Charlie Burgess
4. James Dundas
5. Bill Hendry
6. William Richardson
7. Bill Thomson
8. Dave T. McDonald
9. Thomas Lonie
10. Willie Ford
11. Sandy Gilligan
Daniel McArthur
Barney Battles
Tom Dunbar
Peter O'Rourke
James Kelly
Alexander King
Tom Morrison
James Blessington
Allan Martin
Sandy McMahon
John Divers

Match Officials

Mr Baillie (St Bernards) (Referee)

Match Report

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

Splendid weather favoured the opening of the first-class football season in Dundee. The ball was set a-rolling by the first Scottish League fixture of the year, the contestants being Dundee v. Celtic.

Much interest was taken in the match, and between 10,000 and 12,000 spectators attended at Carolina.

Both teams were expected to be strongly represented for the occasion, but, as it happened, Dundee at the last moment were handicapped by the absence of two good players.

Keillor unfortunately was suffering from an injury, and Longair was not forward. The absence of this couple caused a rearrangement necessary.

The two elevens as they appeared on the field were:- Dundee - Barrett; Darroch and Burgess; Dundas, Hendry, and Richardson; Thomson, Macdonald, Lone, Gilligan, and Ford.

Celtic - McArthur; Battles and Dunbar; O'Rourke, Kelly, and King: Morrison, Blessington, Martin, McMahon, and Divers.

Referee -Mr Baillie, St Bernard's.

Both teams were loudly cheered on appearing. Celtic kicked off and manoeuvred on the right, but Darroch, although he kicked into touch, tackled strongly and gave relief. The home right were next prominent, and Thomson and Macdonald dodged right along to the goal line. A fine centre by the latter and a miss by Dunbar called the Celtic defence to arms.

The leather stayed for a minute in Gilligan's possession, but then it was sent behind, the first goal kick thus falling to Dundee.

Celtic next pressed, but they never got behind the backs. A short time afterwards Macdonald was instrumental in gaining a corner, but the kick, though neatly taken, was not well enough backed up, and the opportunity was lost. Dundee for the succeeding few minutes were beaten back to their own lines, and had to concede a corner which, however, yielded no tangible result.

Macdonald and Divers in the course of a tussel to get the ball from midfield collided, and the latter, hurting his leg, had to be assisted from the field.

A spell of slower play followed, but this was relieved by the whites (Dundee) resuming the pressing. Shooting was not very accurate, but Lonie with one grand effort missed the post by less than an yard.

With their four forwards Celtic played an excellent, dashing game, and for a while Dundee had to exert all their energy to repel the attack. McMahon placed beautifully, and through his endeavours the other forwards were able to send in shots which the home forwards had great difficulty in saving.

The play again quickened, and the ball travelled rapidly. Dundas made one gallant attempt and McArthur had to catch the leather and throw it out.

Immediately afterwards Celtic again escaped with difficulty. A corner fell to the homesters on the right wing, and the ball, speeding to the opposite side, Richardson caught it and sent it on to the top of the net.

On the other land, Celtic had also chances. One low shot troubled Barrett greatly. He got hold of the ball, but he fumbled with it and ultimately allowed it to go behind. At the corner kick the defence was maintained.

The closing few minutes of the half were very exciting, Celtic, with Divers back, pressed in a most determined fashion, and Dundee offered just as stubborn defence. Burgess was responsible for an unfortunate foul within the penalty line. A corner followed, and another foul was obtained off Thomson, but through it all the defence came out strong, and the whistle sounded without any scoring.

Dundee began the second period with a reorganised team, which was rendered necessary by the disablement of Richardson.

Four forwards were played, and Thomson was brought to left half-back. With these changes Dundee did not show well.

They were at once called upon to defend, and the Celtic, after pressing for five minutes, scored their first goal from a pretty piece of play.

Morrison placed a pass beautifully, and Martin notched the point, Barrett having no chance of saving. As soon as the ball was restarted Celtic came away once more, and the leather in a minuteute rolled over the bar.

Richardson after this was able to resume, but he could hardly be relied on. An encouraging change for Dundee came over the game, and the whites pressed, Darroch making a fine attempt. Another grand opportunity was lost. Thomson passed to Lonie, who got behind Battles and Dunbar, and even McArthur, but Ford rushed in as the leather was almost between the posts and headed over the bar.

Then play came back to the east end, and on several occassions the ball was all but rushed through.

The Celtic secured a corner, and the ball, striking the bar and rebounding into play, McMahon with his head scored the second point.

Then came the surprise of the match. When every one thought Dundee had collapsed the forwards came away, and Macdonald, sending in a long unexpected shot, beat McArthur amidst loud cheering.

Celtic replied with vigour, and secured a foul near the posts, but the ball went outside. After this they took the upper hand, and pressed, almost without cessation, to the close.

Dundee's efforts to equalise were not concerted enough, and the whistle sounded, leaving the Celtic winners, the scores standing:-Celtie, 2; Dundee, 1.

Squad Statistics (as at August 10th, 1895)

1895-96 All Time
Francis Barrett (GK)23 1 - 31 -
Johnny Darroch - 1 - 25 -
Charlie Burgess21 1 - 1 -
Bill Hendry - 1 - 1 -
Thomas Lonie - 1 - 42
William Richardson - 1 - 122
Willie Ford - 1 - 1 -
Dave T. McDonald - 1111
Bill Thomson - 1 - 388
James Dundas27 1 - 4013
Sandy Gilligan - 1 - 3412

League Table (as at August 10th, 1895)

No league table has been added for this season.