Dumbreck F.C.

Dumbreck Football Club were a 19th-century football club based in Glasgow.

Full nameDumbreck Football Club
GroundMiddleton Park,[1] Ibroxhill


The club was formed out of the Dumbreck Cricket Club[2] and was one of the eight founder members of the Scottish Football Association.[3] In its first year of existence, the club was the opposition for Queen's Park on 25 October 1873 for the first match played at the first Hampden Park.[4]

Dumbreck entered Scottish Cup tournaments between 1873–74 and 1877–78, [5] the club's best run coming in 1875-76, when it reached the quarter-finals (last 7). The club was unlucky to draw the dominant Queen's Park and lost 2-0; the club protested after the match about one of the Queen's Park goals. One noteworthy factor was that the Dumbreck goalkeeper M'Geoch was a pioneer in drop-kicking the ball, rather than kicking it from dead, which was considered at the time to generate greater distance.[6]

Although the club was active in the Scottish FA committees until 1877, the club seems to disappear before the 1877-78 season; it withdrew from the Scottish Cup rather than face the new Shawfield club.[7][8] The club was definitely dissolved by 1879.[9]


Dumbreck played in blue shirts with white shorts, with scarlet stockings in 1873 and black and white stockings in 1874.[9][10]

Notable playersEdit

  • Alex M'Geoch (also spelled McGeoch), who represented Scotland on four occasions.[11]


  1. ^ "Association Game". Glasgow Herald: 5. 24 January 1976.
  2. ^ "Football Notes". North British Daily Mail: 4. 17 February 1873.
  3. ^ "Brief History of the Scottish Football Association". Scottish Football Association. Archived from the original on 1 July 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  4. ^ The Men with the Educated Feet, F.H.C Robertson, Page 10
  5. ^ "Scotland – Cup Results 1873/74-1877/78 and 1889/90-1995/96". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Football in the Glasgow district". Glasgow Herald: 7. 20 December 1875.
  7. ^ "Association Cup ties". North British Daily Mail: 4. 12 September 1877.
  8. ^ The Shawfield club changed its name afterwards to Derby.
  9. ^ a b "Scottish Football Club Directory 1829–2009".
  10. ^ Charles Alcock Yearbooks 1873-74
  11. ^ "Scotland – International Matches 1872–1880". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 11 October 2017.