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DOUGLASDALE JFC

In 1927 Douglasdale Juniors were formed with the newly signed players as listed below.  The Dale also received a helping hand with the demise of Muirkirk Athletic and the Glenbuck Cherrypickers, as the following report suggests:

At the annual general meeting of Muirkirk Athletic it was reported that there had been a deficit of £60 over the past two seasons, and it was decided to drop the team for 1927-28. This meant, of course, with the Cherries also not functioning, that there would be no Junior football in the district. As a result most of the local players were fixed up with other Clubs, quite a few joining the new combination at Douglas—Douglasdale

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At the same time as Douglasdale were founded an article in the newspaper was  announcing the arrival of the Prime Minister of the day Mr Stanley Baldwin for a garden fete to be held in the Douglas Castle policies, where 20,000 people were expected to pack the grounds.  

 

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This report is of a game against local rivals Douglas Water Thistle  in the early stage of their opening campaign in 1927

       

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The ‘Dale were off and running and had a good start to their Junior career, with a fine crop of players and a sound financial base. However as befalls most teams over a period of years the lean times came more often than the fat ones.
 

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The first few years of their existence provided much hope for the village as in 1931 they reached the Hozier Cup final and were prominent near the top of the Lanarkshire League

The main office bearers at this time were:

President Mr C Finlay, Vice President Mr D Burnside

Secretary Mr A Burt, Treasurer Mr W Sloan

Match Secretary Mr J Welsh
 

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Gibby Knox was obviously one of their key players and showing great committment by travelling from his then home in Paisley to play for the 'Dale.  Ex Douglas West goalkeeper Stannage was also prominent and McQuire was a prolific goal scorer netting 51 times in the 1930/31 season

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   Gibby Knox featured some 50 yrs after his footballing heyday.  Bill 'Binks' Walker is pictured bottom right in the 'Dale' photo behind Gibby

  

       

The famous five Knox brothers, Hugh, Alec, Tom, William and Peter from Glenbuck who were prolific 5-a side players taking on all comers and defeating them. They played together extremely successfully as a team in five-a-side tournaments. Their most successful season saw them win all but one of the 41 tournaments that they entered. The usual prize in these tournament was a barometer or a clock, and they amassed so many that they would often simply hand them to friends on the touchline as gifts rather than carry them home.

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'Dale win the Consolation Cup at Crabtree Park beating Carluke Rovers by three goals to nil

 

1932 was arguably the best footballing year in Douglasdale’s history as they topped the Lanarkshire League and had tremendous cup victories over St Rochs and Kello Rovers

Note the crowd of 2000 at the Kello Rovers game, surely a record for Crabtree Park

      ‘Dale top the table during the 1932/33 season

 

In 1933 George Scanlon Snr of Douglasdale FC was appointed President of the South Lanarkshire Junior FA

           Douglasdale FC pictured in 1934

Dickson; Wilson, Stannage; Graham, Bulloch and Drimnar;   Robertson, Davidson, Dalling, Menzies and McDougall

 

           An undated picture of the 'Dale in the '30's

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Although the ‘Dale had had shown early promise, particularly in the 1930’s, throughout their history they never reached the high standard of near neighbours Douglas Water Thistle, who were consistent in winning trophies and producing players who graduated to the senior ranks. 

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Juvenile teams Douglas Westonians and later Douglas West Rovers provided a number of players who would go on to play for the ‘Dale and they did manage to produce some fine players who inevitably were snapped up by the more successful Junior clubs or Senior teams. 
 

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Season 1936/37 saw a number of 'Dale players sign for senior clubs, among them John Smith - Man Utd and later Gillingham, Robert Cook - Portsmouth, J Leitch - Hibs.

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                       Mining for Football Gold in Lanarkshire
Real Madrid Connection
What is the link between the former Lanarkshire Junior club Douglas Water Thistle and Real Madrid
The surprising response is John Fox "Jack" Watson, who was born in Hamilton and started his football career with Douglas Water Thistle and then played with a number of clubs in England including Bury, Crystal Palace & Fulham
In 1948, Real Madrid's manager Mike Keeping, who had been a teammate of Jack Watson at Craven Cottage, signed him for the Madrid giants as a player coach. He made only one first team appearance- a 3-1 away defeat to Celta Vigo- but has still achieved fame as the only Scot, so far, to have played for Real Madrid.'
Douglasdale as feeder club

Maybe not all that surprising to folks familiar with the Douglas football scene. The Benburb selectors certainly paid a visit in the late 1920s/early 1930s but not to Douglas Water Thistle, instead setting their sights on local rivals Douglasdale Juniors. Amongst that first squad was a young defender from Coalburn by the name of Jock Shaw. Finding this a rich seam of talent,the Tinto club returned a few years later to recruit a young right back this time. Bobby Kelso would go on to win two Scottish Junior Cup Winners medals with the Bens in 1934 and 1936.

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        'Dale v Lanark 1937

 

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After the second world war the ‘Dale team were up among the top teams in Lanarkshire Junior League reaching the Hozier Cup final again in 1947 beating Lanark Utd in the semi-final

 

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Douglas was not immune to the occasional spot of crowd trouble and even pitch invasions as the following report shows

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                          DOUGLASDALE FC 1949

Top row left to right - Skip Smith, Joe McBride, Davy Haddow, Peter Smith, Hugh McIlvoy, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Turnbull, ??

Bottom Row left to right - Archie McConnell, Matt Clougherty, Johnny McCabe, Jimmy Campbell, Jimmy' Rookie' Neilsen

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In season 1949/50 Douglasadale JFC won their first ever, and only honour in their entire history, when they captured the Hozier Cup, defeating Lanark Utd 2-1 in the final at Lesmahagow

                  

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In Nov 1949 ‘Dale lost two players to Luton Town as can be seen in the article below

 

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The 1950’s were a quiet time football-wise in the Douglas area. The Dale were still up and playing, however the halcyon days of the early ’30,s, and the euphoria of actually winning a junior football trophy by way of the Hozier Cup in 49/50 had evaporated and throughout the decade the team struggled to keep going.  Nevertheless the 'Dale had some useful local players and on the occasion gave many of the top teams a right good test at Crabtree.
 
                                 DOUGLASDALE JFC
 
 
Back Row left to right - ??, McBride, Attie Scott, ??, Lafferty, Jimmy Smith, ??, Campbell, Trainer
 
Front row left to right - ??, Twaddle, ??, ??, ??, ??, Paterson, ??
 
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A good crowd watching the 'Dale in 1950.  Jim Welsh is in the centre of the picture with the late Dirry Gardiner behind him. Anybody recognise themselves?
 
 
 
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The 'Dale in action (pictures courtesy of Robert Tweedie) in a Scottish Cup Tie against Shettleston in 1955
 
 
 
 
Note the old pavilion and the ice cream van supplying a decent sized crowd
 
 
Dale players and supporters
 
 
 
Standing Left to right - Tom Nelson, John Kerr, Tam Jamieson, Jock Simpson, Dougie McQueen, Johnny Broadfoot, Charlie Dobbie, Jock Telfer,Jimmy Pringle, Bill Prosser, Dougie Scott, Davie Anderson
 
Kneeling left to right - Tam Cunningham, ? Mitchell, George Shankly
 
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The following report is from the Benburb Juniors website
 

A Day out in Douglasdale

The second round draw of the Scottish Junior Cup in 1957/58 paired Benburb with Douglasdale Juniors and come Saturday 2nd November 1957, 1000 eager spectators packed into Crabtree Park for the visit of the Bens.
The Tinto side started with more aggression and it took 20 minutes before Douglasdale could muster an attack. But even then it was of little menace to the visiting defenders and Smith in the Benburb goal. As the game turned out the Bens keeper was only one of over a thousand witnesses who saw a spectacular and brilliant performance by his opposite number, Lowrie, in the Douglasdale goal. On another day Bens might've left for Govan with a barrowload of goals.
Syme, Bens' National Service outside-left was causing havoc in the home side's backline with his speed on the wing and the pacy McAlpine in the centre was another source of torment.
By half-time, the teams were goalless with Bens the team denied; principally by an outstanding goalkeeper but also some poor finishing on the part of the Tinto forwards.
The second half produced a great winning goal by McAlpine who squeezed his effort in via the underside of the bar to beat Lowrie and send the Bens contingent home happy. Bens played confidently throughout and their victory was more comfortable than the solitary goal suggested but they had to survive a Walker shot which went close in the final minutes before Douglasdale's hopes were finally extinguished.
DOUGLASDALE : Lowrie, Leiper, Grant, Samson, Murphy, Mitchell, King, McManus, Walker, White, Elliot.
BENBURB : Smith, Young, Cairns, McCormack, Nicolson, McKay, Drummond, McLean, McAlpine, Stevenson, Syme.

 
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In October 1958, Douglasdale player Alex McBeth, normally a goalkeeper, but also a good outfield player was playing at full back when he suffered a severe and eventually fatal injury as the following report describes
 
           
                
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In 1960 the 'Dales demise was in freefall as they were soundly thrashed by Armadale at Crabtree Park, and indeed were beaten by the same margin in the second leg at Armadale 
 
           
  
The wing-half playing for Armadale was Tom Hope, later to play a big part in the success of Douglas Amateurs
 
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There have been of course many local players and officials associated with the 'Dale over the years not previously mentioned, among them:
 
Officials - George Scanlon Snr, Simon Kerr, Adam McMillan, Jock Adams, Tarry Gold, Chippy Bell Snr, Hugh Hodge, Renton Laidlaw, Shabs Gardiner, Davie Bell
 
Players  -  Attie Scott, Jock Gardiner, Chick Finlay, Jock Hyslop, Jock Telfer, Tiger Shaw, Jackie Mitchell, Robbie Anderson

 The club nearly folded on several occasions in the late '50's and finally had to resign from the Lanarkshire league in 1961, never to be re-formed  

 

 

 

 

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