Francis Barrett Player Profile

Personal

  • Full Name: Francis Barrett
  • Born: August 2nd, 1872 (Dundee)
  • Died: March 22nd, 1907 (Dundee)

Career



Dundee Career Summary


Competitive Friendlies Other (War)
1893-94 6-17- - -
1894-95 24-21- - -
1895-96 19-20- - -
TOTAL 49-58- - -

NOTES:
Other Cups may include: Anglo-Scottish Cup, Challenge Cup, Cup Winners' Cup, Drybrough Cup, International Soccer League, League Cup, Summer Cup, Texaco Cup.


Biography


Dundee’s fine tradition of great goalkeepers stretches back to Dundee’s first ever season when Francis Barrett was capped by Scotland in The Dee’s inaugural year in March 1894.

Francis ‘Frank’ Barrett was born in Dundee on August 2nd 1872 and started his football career with Northern League side Dundee Harp. Harp had been founded to provide a sporting focus for the large Irish Catholic community in Dundee, following the examples of Hibernian in Edinburgh and Celtic in Glasgow and Barrett, whose parents were born in Ireland, was part of that community.

Dundee Harp harboured ambitions to be Scottish League members and the top club in the city and recorded a remarkable 35-0 victory over Aberdeen Rovers in the Scottish Cup in 1885. However they were denied a world record score by Arbroath beating Bon Accord 36-0 in the same round of the cup on the same day but only after honest Harp officials corrected the referee who had miscounted and originally recorded the score as 37-0!

Harp’s hopes of being Juteopolis’ top side was put into jeopardy in August 1893 when the merger of East End and Our Boys formed a new club the Dundee Football and Athletic Club who were elected to be new members of the Scottish League.

Dundee FC’s start in the Scottish League was inauspicious with just four wins in their first 13 matches and in December, in an attempt to bolster the side, they signed goalkeeper Francis Barrett from Harp. Dundee also wanted to prove that they were willing to sign the best players locally whatever their religion and it was seen as good business to have the popular ‘Irishman’ in the side.

Dundee had already used three goalkeepers in their inaugural season and made his debut away at Heart of Midlothian on December 16th but he couldn’t prevent ‘the ten-bobbers’ going down 3-0. (Dundee’s early nickname was ‘the ten-bobbers’ as they initially only paid players a modest 10/- per week with a bonus of 2/6d per point).

Barrett’s second game also saw him concede three but Dundee defeated Arbroath 7-3 in the Forfarshire Cup semi-final before defeating his old side Dundee Harp 4-0 in the final on January 20th – his first clean sheet for The Dee which helped win the Club win their first ever trophy

Dundee’s form continued to be erratic beating St Bernards 5-3 and Renton 8-1 (Barrett’s competitive home debut at Dundee’s home of West Craigie Park) but losing 10-3 to St Mirren and 7-2 to Rangers on the last day of the league season as Dundee finished 8th out of 10 ten teams with 15 points and successfully gained re-election,

Two weeks after the last game at Ibrox, Barrett was called up by Scotland despite having conceded 25 goals in his six league games and he was joined in the squad by team mates William Longair and Sandy Keillor. All three lined up against Ireland at Solitude in Belfast on March 31st 1894 therefore becoming Dundee’s first ever Scotland internationals in the 2-1 win. It was one of only three times in history that Dundee had three players in the Scotland starting XI and it was unique in that all three were Dundonians born and bred.

Almost 12 months to the day Barrett earned his second cap in a 2-2 draw with Wales in Wrexham and for the second time played alongside two Dundee team mates, this time Sandy Keillor and Willie Sawers.

Frank’s second season at Dundee saw the Club now playing at Carolina Port and he was an ever present as The Dee finished 8th for a second year with a point less and were again re-elected. Dundee again won the Forfarshire Cup, this time against Lochee United and reached the Scottish Cup semi-final where they lost to Renton in a second replay after knocking out Celtic 1-0 at home in the third round.

Season 1895/96 saw Barrett an ever present until the last day of the season as Dundee improved their league position to a credible fifth with only two points more.

In the summer Barrett left to sign for Newton Heath and had actually played against them for Dundee in a 2-1 friendly win on January 1st in only his third match and he would miss just seven matches in five years for the Manchester side, chalking up 132 appearances.

In May 1900, he left Newton Heath for Football League club New Brighton Tower from Merseyside who played in the 80,000 capacity Tower Athletic Ground. However in 1901 New Brighton Tower folded after just three years in the league and Frank briefly returned to Manchester, making eight appearances for Manchester City. In 1903, he became one of the founding players of Aberdeen but retired at the end of the 1905/06 season through ill health. His health being such that he was unable to work and a Frank Barrett Benefit Fund was set up by The Dons who played Sheffield Wednesday in a benefit match in October 1906 which raised the sum of £20.

Unfortunately Frank’s health did not improve and on March 22nd 1907 he passed away in Dundee with the cause of his death currently unknown. Tragically he was only thirty-five years of age and after his death, Newton Heath, who were now called Manchester United gifted £35 to his widow in memory of his service to their club.

For Dundee Barrett was a popular custodian with good shot stopping ability and earned a special place in the Dark Blues’ history as one of a trio of Dundee players who were the first to be capped for Scotland.

Debut

December 16th, 1893
Heart of Midlothian 3 - 0 Dundee

League (Division One)


Playing Statistics - First Team Competitive matches (All Seasons)



Competition NPS Win % Draw % Loss %
League 41-- --
Scottish Cup 8-- --
Totals: 49-- --

 Recent Starting Appearances (First Team Competitive matches)
 25/01/96 2nd Round vs. Third Lanark (A) 1 - 4
 18/01/96 Division One vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 3
 11/01/96 1st Round vs. Morton (A) 3 - 2
 14/12/95 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 1 - 2
 07/12/95 Division One vs. Dumbarton (A) 2 - 1

 Recent Goals Scored (First Team Competitive matches)
 None

 List of First Team Competitive matches played (click to expand)
 25/01/96 2nd Round vs. Third Lanark (A)  1 - 4
 18/01/96 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 3
 11/01/96 1st Round vs. Morton (A)  3 - 2
 14/12/95 Division One vs. Clyde (H)  1 - 2
 07/12/95 Division One vs. Dumbarton (A)  2 - 1
 30/11/95 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 3
 23/11/95 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  2 - 0
 02/11/95 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 2
 26/10/95 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 11
 12/10/95 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  5 - 0
 05/10/95 Division One vs. St Bernard's (H)  4 - 1
 28/09/95 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 3
 21/09/95 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 1
 14/09/95 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  4 - 3
 07/09/95 Division One vs. Clyde (A)  1 - 0
 31/08/95 Division One vs. Hibernian (H)  2 - 2
 24/08/95 Division One vs. Dumbarton (H)  4 - 1
 17/08/95 Division One vs. St Bernard's (A)  2 - 4
 10/08/95 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 2
 18/05/95 Division One vs. Clyde (A)  0 - 2
 04/05/95 Division One vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 27/04/95 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A)  3 - 1
 30/03/95 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 4
 16/03/95 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 1
 09/03/95 Semi Final Replay vs. Renton (N)  0 - 3
 23/02/95 Semi Final Replay vs. Renton (N)  3 - 3
 16/02/95 Semi Final vs. Renton (H)  1 - 1
 26/01/95 Division One vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 1
 19/01/95 3rd Round vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 0
 22/12/94 Division One vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 2
 15/12/94 2nd Round vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 0
 08/12/94 Division One vs. St Bernard's (A)  0 - 2
 01/12/94 Division One vs. Leith (H)  4 - 1
 24/11/94 1st Round vs. Orion (A)  5 - 1
 03/11/94 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  1 - 2
 20/10/94 Division One vs. Leith (A)  2 - 3
 13/10/94 Division One vs. Dumbarton (A)  4 - 2
 29/09/94 Division One vs. St Bernard's (H)  2 - 2
 15/09/94 Division One vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 5
 08/09/94 Division One vs. Dumbarton (H)  3 - 0
 01/09/94 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 1
 18/08/94 Division One vs. Clyde (H)  4 - 1
 11/08/94 Division One vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 1
 10/03/94 Division One vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 7
 24/02/94 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H)  1 - 1
 17/02/94 Division One vs. St Mirren (A)  3 - 10
 10/02/94 Division One vs. Renton (H)  8 - 1
 27/01/94 Division One vs. St Bernard's (A)  5 - 3
 16/12/93 Division One vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 3

 List of First Team Competitive goals scored
None

  = Starting Appearances (Sub Appearances) | = Goals | NPS = Squad Appearances (as Non-Playing Sub) | GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in


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International Career (Scotland)


Caps: 2

International Debut: March 24th, 1894 v. Ireland

Barrett was selected for his country twice during his time at Dens. His debut was in a 2-1 win against Ireland and his last appearance in a 2-2 draw with Wales.