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Durhamstown Rangers 1880s

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:44 pm
by bobby s
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?

Re: Durhamstown Rangers 1880s

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 3:14 pm
by leicester
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.

Re: Durhamstown Rangers 1880s

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 3:50 pm
by BMCCOLL
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.

Re: Durhamstown Rangers 1880s

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:30 pm
by bobby s
Thanks for that guys - extremely helpful as always.

Re: Durhamstown Rangers 1880s

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:24 am
by EastJunior
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.

Re: Durhamstown Rangers 1880s

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:24 pm
by LLD
Durhamtown was located where the Birniehill area of Bathgate is today.