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1894–95 Dumbarton F.C. season

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The 1894–95 season was the 22nd Scottish football season in which Dumbarton competed at national level, entering the Scottish Football League and the Scottish Cup. In addition Dumbarton played in the Dumbartonshire Cup.

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Dumbarton 1894–95 football season
Dumbarton
1894–95 season
Stadium Boghead Park, Dumbarton
Scottish League Division One 9th
Scottish Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer League: William Campbell (7)
All: William Campbell/ Hugh Craig (7)

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On 11 August Dumbarton travelled down the coast to open Somerset Park for the season and came away with a 1-1 draw.

The first real test for the new look Dumbarton team came a week later with a visit to Ibrox in the league. Rangers ran out easy 3-0 winners, but it was not all gloom as the result may have been different but for the lack of a Dumbarton striker.

After a free week, Dumbarton entertained Leith Athletic in the league and recorded their first win by 3-2. Leith however were not aided by an injury to one of their players requiring them to play with a man short for most of the second half.

On 8 September it was a trip north for a league match against Dundee and after holding their own in the first half it was the home side who triumphed 3-0.

A week later St Bernards were entertained at Boghead and after well contested game it was the visitors who left with both points after a 4-3 win.

On 22 September, Dumbarton travelled to Paisley to play St Mirren in the league. Goal scoring was no problem but it would be their old colleague John Taylor who did the damage by scoring a hat-trick for the Saints in a second 4-3 defeat in a row.

The run of defeats continued a week later when unbeaten league leaders Hearts left Boghead having inflicted a crushing 4-1 defeat on the Dumbarton men.

So at the end of September Hearts led the league with 10 points from 5 matches, followed by Rangers with the same number of points from 6 games. Dumbarton lagged at the bottom along with Leith and Third Lanark with just one win to show from 6 games.

After a free week, Dundee came to Boghead to fulfil the return league fixture and unfortunately the result was no different with a 4-2 defeat being suffered. As in previous weeks the problem seemed to be staying power as Dumbarton led 2-1 going into the second half. In addition an injury to D Thomson required yet a further call on the 2nd XI with James Hartley being the newest recruit so far.

The downward spiral continued on 13 October when a visit to Parkhead finished in a 6-0 thrashing from Celtic.

And it was no different the following week where Dumbarton continued their travels, this time to Tynecastle, and suffered a 3-1 defeat to unbeaten Hearts.

At the end of October Hearts were running away at the top of the league unbeaten with 18 points from 9 games followed by Rangers with 12 points from 8 games. Dumbarton were marooned at the bottom with 2 points to show from their 9 games.

A home game at Boghead on 3 November against Clyde brought some hope of a return to winning ways, but things were against Dumbarton from the start as Tom McMillan was missing due to injury requiring a shuffling of the pack. As it happened his defensive skills were much missed as Clyde left with a 2-1 victory.

The return of McMillan a week later against Third Lanark at Cathkin Park did little to stem the run of bad results and Dumbarton left having suffered a 6-3 beating. Again it was a case of holding their own until the latter stages of the game before tiring badly. It proved however to be Tom McMillan’s final appearance for the club – during his ten seasons he set a record of 111 appearances in all national competitive matches.

On 17 November Dumbarton travelled to Cappielow in a friendly against Second Division Morton. The match was evenly contested but finished in a 2-1 victory for the home side.

A week later there was a welcome relief from the league with Dumbarton’s first tie in the Scottish Cup. However this was no walkover with the visit of Ayrshire side Galston who had already a few scalps to their name in the competition. Being his 100th appearance for Dumbarton, McLeod switched to striker with 2nd XI player, Robert Colquhoun replacing him as goalkeeper, and while his effect up front was ineffectual, Dumbarton managed to scramble a 2-1 win.

The league at the end of November looked more and more like Hearts for the taking with 11 wins from 11 games, Rangers trailing 8 points behind, though with 2 games less played. Dumbarton sat at the bottom with their solitary win.

The first Saturday in December saw a return to league duty and the daunting visit of Rangers to Boghead. Rangers were trying their best to keep pace with league leaders Hearts but on Dumbarton’s side was the fact that Rangers had not yet won a league match at Boghead. As it was Rangers wait would be extended for a further season with Dumbarton pulling off an incredible 1-0 victory.

On 8 December Dumbarton carried forward their new found confidence with a friendly win at Alexandria against Vale of Leven by 3-1.

The mini revival came to an end the following weekend with a 2-1 second round Scottish Cup defeat against King’s Park at Stirling. The task was more challenging than would have been the case with the loss of Tom McMillan and yet another 2nd XI debutant, George Jackson, taking his place in the team.

Things went from bad to worse on 23 December when Dumbarton returned from Edinburgh having suffered a 5-0 league thrashing from St Bernards.

On the last day of the year Dumbarton played a friendly at Tontine Park against neighbours Renton and came away with a 2-1 win.

The league at the end of 1894 still looked like a stroll for Hearts, though having tasted defeat for the first time, they headed Rangers by 6 points with 6 games to play. Dumbarton were joined at the bottom by Leith Athletic both with 2 wins.

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