Durhamstown Rangers 1880s

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Durhamstown Rangers 1880s

Post by bobby s » Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:44 pm

In the 1886/1887 Scottish Cup, Hibs played and beat Durhamstown Rangers.

Where on earth is Durhamstown, anyone know/help please? There's a place called Durhamstown in the Irish republic - surely not?
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Re: Durhamstown Rangers 1880s

Post by leicester » Sun Jun 14, 2015 3:14 pm

According to a stray mention in an 1886 edition of the Edinburgh Evening News, it is/was "near Bathgate". Two other near contemporaneous mentions on the BNA site of other Durhamstown Rangers fixtures, but not the Hibs game.

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Re: Durhamstown Rangers 1880s

Post by BMCCOLL » Sun Jun 14, 2015 3:50 pm

Durhamtown (note the spelling) was a mining area about a mile south of Bathgate on the Whitburn Road.

Durhamtown Rangers were formed in 1883, changing their name to Erin Rovers in 1887. A year later they merged with Bathgate Volunteers to form Bathgate Rovers which disbanded in 1893.
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Re: Durhamstown Rangers 1880s

Post by bobby s » Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:30 pm

Thanks for that guys - extremely helpful as always.
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Re: Durhamstown Rangers 1880s

Post by EastJunior » Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:24 am

As others have said, it’s now an area of Bathgate although in those days it probably sat separate. If you class it as part of Bathgate in those days I think Bathgate had two senior teams at the time.

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Re: Durhamstown Rangers 1880s

Post by LLD » Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:24 pm

Durhamtown was located where the Birniehill area of Bathgate is today.

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