The Beautiful Dribbling Game
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The 1881 Third Round match between Partick Thistle and Petershill was successfully protested by the latter on what grounds?
The crowd encroached on the field of play
The condition of the playing surface
The enclosure was not properly kept
Question 1 Explanation:
As the enclosure was not properly kept play was held up for some time by horses breaking in.
From an initial membership of 16 clubs in 1873 how many clubs were members of the S.F.A. in 1880?
Question 2 Explanation:
The annual meeting of the S.F.A. in April 1880 reported a membership of 140 clubs.
Ayr Academy and Ayr Eglinton amalgamated on the 19th October 1876 to form which club?
Question 3 Explanation:
Ayr Academicals went on to amalgamate with Ayr Thistle to form Ayr F.C. in 1879.
On what grounds did Thornliebank protest against Arthurlie after their 1-0 1882 Third Round defeat?
The match finished several minutes before time.
There were no flags to mark the touchline.
That the ball was oval in shape.
Question 4 Explanation:
The match was ordered to be played again, at Arthurlie's ground at Barrhead owing to the shape of the ball - "an extremely paltry excuse."
In which season was the Qualifying Cup Competition introduced?
Question 5 Explanation:
At the May 1895 S.F.A. Annual General Meeting, Mr Silman proposed that a qualifying cup should be instituted as "it would be a stimulus to the Young Clubs, and would be for the good of football generally."
How many attempts did Kilmarnock and Hurlfold take to resolve their 1885 Second Round tie?
Question 6 Explanation:
A total of five matches were played between the two sides with Kilmarnock failing to appear on another occasion.
Oxford and Derby played two drawn matches in their First Tie of 1878. Who progressed to the Second Ties?
Question 7 Explanation:
The competition rules of that time allowed both teams to qualify for the next round after two drawn matches.
The 1892 Preliminary Stage Second Round match between Johnstone Wanderers and Harp (Dundee) was abandoned after 80 minutes for what reason?
The referee had enough.
It became too dark to see.
Johnstone Wanderers walked off.
Question 8 Explanation:
The referee, Mr Williamson, from Edinburgh, had enough of "22 men trying to emphasis 22 different views at one time" so "turned and fled" from what was a "rough and disagreeable match."
What was the result of the highest drawn cup match?
Question 9 Explanation:
Q.O.S. Wanderers and 5th K.R.V. drew 7-7 in their First Round cup tie, at Nunholm North, on 8th September 1883. The Wanderers led 5-2 at half-time and opened the scoring in the second half.
How many officers and sailors of the Russian yacht Lividia, attended Rangers First Round tie with Govan in 1880?
Question 10 Explanation:
250 attended the match at Kinning Park on 11th September in which Rangers won 4-1.
Queen's Park reached the final of the English F.A. Cup in 1884 in which they lost 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers. How many Scotsmen took part out of the twenty two players?
Question 11 Explanation:
11 of the Queen's Park players plus 5 imports in the Blackburn team. A number of clubs took part in the English F.A. Cup until it was ruled at the 1887 S.F.A. A.G.M. "That clubs belonging to this association shall not be members of any other national association."
Michael D'Arcy Jun. scored how many goals for Harp in their 35-0 victory over Aberdeen Rovers in 1885?
Question 12 Explanation:
He scored 10 goals in their 12th September First Round victory. This total was, however, surpassed the same day by John Petrie of Arbroath, who scored 13 goals against Bon Accord.
Some of the spectators at Ayr's 1889 16-0 defeat of Beith left in disgust. Why was this?
They were unable to follow the scoring.
The roughness of the game.
They were Beith supporters.
Question 13 Explanation:
As a result it was expected that a scoring board would be erected in future.
How many times have Queen's Park won the cup?
Question 14 Explanation:
Queen's Park won the competion in 1874, 1875, 1876, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1884, 1886, 1890 and 1893
The Fouth Tie match of 1877 between Barrhead and Partick was stopped for what reason?
An injury to one of the players
Question 15 Explanation:
After 25 minutes one of the Partick players, John Currie, a baker, got one of his legs broken.
Which team had the biggest away victory in the cup competition?
Heart of Midlothian
Question 16 Explanation:
At Redding, in a Second Round match on the 24th September 1887, Camelon beat Redding Athletic 17-0.
The 1883 Third Round match in which Kilmarnock Athletic beat Greenock Morton 2-1, was ordered to be replayed by the Association Committee on the evidence supplied by who?
The Kilmarnock captain
One of the umpires
Question 17 Explanation:
The match was ordered to be replayed again at Greenock based on the honesty of the Kilmarnock Captain that a foul had been committed, one not seen by the referee.
Glengowan were disqualified for rough play in their Second Tie match with Airdrie in October 1878. What did their secretary claim?
The game was stopped due to one of the Airdrie players brutally kicking a Glengowan player.
That one of their players had to retire after 10 minutes due to rough play.
Both of the other answers
Question 18 Explanation:
The Glenegowan Secretary, James Glen, also stated that " .. on no account would we play them again unless before a committee from the Association."
What was introduced by the International Board in June 1891?
The corner kick.
The mandatory use of goal-nets.
The penalty kick
Question 19 Explanation:
Four days after its introduction on the 2nd June, Royal Albert were awarded the first ever penalty kick in the Airdrie Charity Cup final against Airdrieonians. James McLuggage scored from the spot kick.
1st Renfrewshire R.V. successfully protested against Woodvale in their 1888 Second Round match as it was played on the ground of the Thornliebank - Woodvale not having a private ground of their own. What happened in the replayed tie?
Woodvale failed to turn up.
1st R.R.V. scratched.
Woodvale turned up with only 8 players and had to scratch.
Question 20 Explanation:
Woodvale only appeared with 8 players for the match at Academy Park, Greenock and so had to scratch. They were give two substitutes by the Volunteers but lost by 5 goals to nil in the friendly match they played instead.
Ayr Academicals played a novel match with Glasgow University in November 1878. What was novel about it?
It was a 4 a-side match
It was played under electric light
It was a 5 a-side match
Question 21 Explanation:
The match at Springvale Park was another in a series of exhibition matches under electric light. Rain, however, began falling shortly after half-time causing the generator belts to slip and the lights to go out.
St Bernard's were a footballing breakaway from which team?
3rd Edinburgh Rifle Volunteers
Heart of Midlothian
Question 22 Explanation:
St Bernard's broke away from 3rd Edinburgh R.V. in 1878 and went on to win the cup in 1895.
What colour of strips did Rob Roy of Callander wear against Arbroath in their 1880 Third Round tie?
Red and white hoops
Green and white stripes
Question 23 Explanation:
While Arbroath wore striped guernseys, Rob Roy wore Rob Roy tartan.
What was significant about the 1879 First Tie between Barrhead and Renfrew?
A fight broke out and the game was abandoned
Rifle bullets whizzed over the pitch
Question 24 Explanation:
Rifle bullets from the nearby Nitshill range came flying over the players and spectators.
The Dalry protested for a variety of reasons after their defeat by Lugar Boswell in their 1886 Second Round tie. Which one was the grounds for the Committee ordering a replay?
The referee was affiliated with the Lugar.
The referee was incompetent.
The game finished in darkness.
Question 25 Explanation:
After some "delicate questions" had been put to the referee by the Committee, the protest was upheld by 11 votes to 9.
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