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Bob Ferrier, Dumbarton FC
Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 1:53 pm
Can anyone provide information on Bob Ferrier who played for Dumbarton up to 1894 before haqving a successful career at Sheffield Wednesday 1894 - 1906. I am particularly looking for info when he played for Dumbarton. Thanks.
Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:34 pm
Litster says that he played for Dumbarton in 1892/1893 & 1893/1894. I'll see if Emms has any appearance data tonight.
Other than that...born 1874 Dumbarton, died 1947. Signed for Dumbarton from L'Homme Qui Rit (Dumbarton).
Wicked name for a pub team, I'd say.
Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:59 pm
Hi there and welcome to the forum. Bob Ferrier made his league debut for Dumbarton in a 3-2 defeat away to Rangers on September 3rd 1892, playing at outside-right. He made seven first team appearances all told in 1892-93 - five league, two Scottish Cup - turning out at both inside-right and on the left wing as well as the right. He didn't score any goals.
In 1893-94 he was more or less a fixture at inside-right, playing 15 of the 18 league matches and both Scottish Cup ties the Sons had that season. His first goal came one day short of a year after his league debut when he scored the Sons' only strike in a 5-1 home defeat by St Bernard's on September 2nd 1893. He netted six times in all that season, all in the league. He bagged a brace in a 4-2 away win at Leith Athletic on October 28th, scored one in a 2-0 home win over Renton on November 18th, one in a 3-1 home win over Leith Athletic on Feb 3rd 1894 and for the final time in a 2-1 home triumph against Third Lanark on March 17th.
Incidentally these last two goals were in successive league matches despite the six-weeks time lag. His final appearance for Dumbarton was in a 2-1 away defeat by Hearts on April 28th.
His overall record was 24 apps (20 lg, 4 SC) 6 goals.
As you say he then moved on to Sheffield Wednesday (then known as just The Wednesday) where he stayed for 11 largely successful seasons. Although suffering relegation in 1898-99 (the first year of automatic promotion and relegation) this was more than compensated for by a Second Division championship medal the following season and two League Championship successes in successive seasons - 1902-03, 03-04. He wasn't part of the Yorkshire side's FA Cup-winning team of 1896.