1883–84 Dumbarton F.C. season
|Stadium||Boghead Park, Dumbarton|
|Scottish Cup||First Round|
Glasgow Charity Cup
Dumbarton's fortunes were no better in the Glasgow Charity Cup where they lost at the semi final stage to 3rd LRV. A protest was lodged by Dumbarton after the game that their opponents had played several players from other teams - against SFA rules. However the basis of the objection was doomed to failure, due in part to the fact that the game had been refereed by the president of the SFA, and if the protest had been successful, Queen's Park's victory over Rangers would have had to be replayed, as the QP team was similarly sprinkled with 'guest' players - indeed it seemed that very few decisions went against Queens Park in those days!
Friendlies and other matches
Notwithstanding the early cup exit, Dumbarton's fixture card was a busy one.
The season began with a charity match against Rangers in aid of the Daphne Disaster Fund. This was followed in Scotland with home and away fixtures against Queen's Park, Vale of Leven, Rangers, St Mirren (the Renfrewshire Cup holders) and St Bernards - all 10 of which were won, in addition to a 7-0 thumping of Ayrshire Cup holders Kilmarnock Athletic.
There were also 12 'friendly' matches played against English opposition, including home and away fixtures against Aston Villa, Walsall Swifts, Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Blackburn Olympic, the 1882-83 FA Cup winners. The 6-1 win at Boghead against 'Olympic' was at the time recognised as the unofficial Championship of Great Britain.
In all, 23 matches were won, 1 drawn and 7 lost, scoring 95 goals and conceding 38.
|31 July 1883 Friendly||Rangers||4-2||Dumbarton||Kinning Park|
|25 August 1883 Friendly||Hearts||3-3||Dumbarton||Tynecastle Stadium|
|1 September 1883 Friendly||Dumbarton||6-1||Blackburn Olympic||Boghead Park|
|17 September 1883 Friendly||Walsall Swifts||0-2||Dumbarton||The Chuckery|
|22 September 1883 Friendly||Dumbarton||3-2||Queen's Park||Boghead Park|
|Miller 20', 46'
|29 September 1883 Friendly||Dumbarton||2-1||Blackburn Rovers||Boghead Park|
Referee: T Lawrie
|3 November 1883 Friendly||Queen's Park||1-3||Dumbarton||Titwood Park, Strathbungo|
|10 November 1883 Friendly||Dumbarton||4-2||St Mirren||Boghead Park|
|Referee: W McIntosh|
|17 November 1883 Friendly||Rangers||2-4||Dumbarton||Kinning Park|
|24 November 1883 Friendly||Notts Forest||2-3||Dumbarton||Park Side, Nottingham|
|29 December 1883 Friendly||Old Carthusian||1-2||Dumbarton||Kennington Oval|
Referee: C Alcock
|31 December 1883 Friendly||Aston Villa||1-0||Dumbarton||Wellington Road (Perry Barr)|
|1 January 1884 Friendly||Blackburn Rovers||2-1||Dumbarton||Leamington Road|
|Douglas 15', 85'||Brown||Attendance: 10,000|
|12 February 1884 Friendly||Dumbarton||3-1||Notts Forest||Boghead Park|
Lindsay 40', 55'
|Miller,P 50' (OG)||Attendance: 2,000|
Referee: W Young
|16 February 1884 Friendly||Dumbarton||8-0||St Bernard's||Boghead Park|
|23 February 1884 Friendly||Blackburn Olympic||4-3||Dumbarton||Hole-i'-th'-Wall, Blackburn|
Referee: Mr Critchley
|12 April 1884 Friendly||Dumbarton||5-0||Aston Villa||Boghead Park|
Of note amongst those donning the club's colours for the first time was Robert 'Plumber' Brown.
Only includes appearances and goals in competitive Scottish Cup matches.
|Robert 'Plumber' Brown||FW||1||0|
|Robert 'Sparrow' Brown||FW||1||0|
An international trial match was played on 8 March 1884 to consider selection of teams to represent Scotland against Ireland, England and Wales in the inaugural British Home Championship. Jock Hutcheson, Joe Lindsay, James McAulay and Peter Miller were all selected to take part.
Subsequently, the following Dumbarton players were selected:
- Robert 'Sparrow' Brown earned his first and second caps against Ireland and Wales respectively.
- Joe Lindsay earned his fourth and fifth caps against England and Wales respectively, scoring a goal in the 4-1 win over the Welsh.
On the same day as the international trial, a Dumbartonshire XI played against a Glasgow XI. Ralph Aitken, James Liddell, James Miller and W Watt played, with Miller scoring twice and Watt once in the 4-1 win.
Dumbarton reached the final of the Scottish Second XI Cup for the second time in three seasons before losing out to the holders, Kilmarnock Athletic.
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