Port Glasgow Athletic F.C.

Port Glasgow Athletic was a football club based in Port Glasgow, Scotland. The club was formed in 1878 and originally named Broadfield before changing their name in 1881. They played in the Scottish Football League between 1893 and 1911, and were based at Clune Park.

Port Glasgow Athletic
Full namePort Glasgow Athletic Football Club
Founded1878
Dissolved1912
GroundDevol Farm, Port Glasgow (former)
Clune Park, Port Glasgow (former)
Parklea, Port Glasgow
CapacityParklea : 150

HistoryEdit

Originally based at Devol Farm, Port Glasgow, the club moved to a new ground called Clune Park on the town's Glasgow Road. The Port played for one season in the Scottish Football Alliance in 1891–92 and spent 1892–93 playing cup-ties and friendlies. They rejoined the Scottish Alliance for 1893–94, but before the new season, the Alliance was more or less absorbed by the Scottish Football League as its Division Two. During their first season in the Scottish League they had a record seven points deducted for rule infringements. For a time this left the club at the foot of the Division with −2 points.

After winning Division in 1901–02, the Port gained election into Division One.[1] Despite struggling at the top level due to operating as an amateur club for most of the time, the club managed to stay in the division for eight years.[1]

In the Scottish Cup, they reached the semi-finals in 1898–99 and 1905–06. On the latter occasion they knocked out Rangers in the quarter-finals. They also competed often in the Glasgow Cup. Their most well-known player was probably Gladstone Hamilton, the only player to be capped by Scotland while with the club.[2] He played on the left wing for Scotland in the 1–0 win over Ireland in the 1906 British Home Championship.[2] Two of his brothers were also Scottish internationalists though they played for Queen's Park. Gladstone later moved to England to join Brentford.

The club was relegated in 1909–10 and finished eighth in the 1910–11 Division Two table.[1] Due to their precarious financial standing the club chose not seek re-election to membership of the Scottish League. After leaving the Scottish Football League, the club surprisingly joined the Scottish Football Union, but ceased operations as a senior side midway through the season. Apparently many of the players who were amateurs joined Port Glasgow Athletic Juniors. This club may have started out as the club's third team which they had put in the juniors in the 1890s.

The club was nicknamed "The Undertakers" – the reasons for this are somewhat confused. One explanation is the involvement of a local funeral director in the founding of the initial side or, more likely, they were known as the Undertakers because they played in black and white.

HonoursEdit

  • Scottish Football League
Scottish Qualifying Cup
Renfrewshire FA Cup
  • Winners: 1884–85, 1894–95, 1895–96, 1899–1900, 1908–09[4]
West of Scotland League
  • Champions: 1901–02[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Bob Crampsey (1990). The First 100 Years. Scottish Football League. p. 297. ISBN 0-9516433-0-4.
  2. ^ a b "Port Glasgow Athletic". www.londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Scottish Cup Competitions". SFHA. 10 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Renfrewshire Cups". SFHA. 29 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Glasgow & West of Scotland League". SFHA. 16 August 2020.
Sources
  • Dave Twydell (1993) Rejected FC Glasgow & District, Yore Publishing
  • John Aitken (2013) The Scottish Football League 125, Scottish Non League publishing
  • John Aitken (2005) West of Scotland Juniors, Scottish Non League publishing
  • John Aitken (2013) The Scottish Junior Football Association 125 years, Scottish Non League publishing

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