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Club History


Club History
1951

1951

Gayfield’s record attendance of 13,510 watches Arbroath lose 2-0 to Rangers in a Scottish Cup tie. Willie Thornton got both the goals. In the league, Arbroath finished bottom of B Division.

1949

1949

Death of Bob McGlashan

1949

Former Aberdeen, Chelsea and Scotland player Alec Cheyne appointed manager to replace Arch Anderson who moved to Ayr United

1948

1948

Club chairman Provost John Lamb is elected President of the SFA.

1947

1947

George Leuchars retires from the club after 54 years service as player, trainer and groundsman.

1946

1946

To be replaced by Arch Anderson.

1946

Arbroath are beaten 2-0 by Aberdeen in the semi final of the Scottish Cup in front of 22,000 at Dens Park. It’s the only time the Lichties have reached this stage of the competition. The Dons defeated Hibs in the final. The Lichties finished the season third from bottom of the B Division.

1945

1945

A dinner for Bob McGlashan is held at the Seaforth Hotel to mark his 50 years service to the club as player, trainer, secretary and manager. McGlashan left the club in February

1940

1940

Arbroath Football Club effectively closed down for the duration of World War Two. When the Scottish League started again at the end of the War, the Lichties were shocked to find themselves put into the Second Division despite having been in the First Division prior to the outbreak of hostilities.

1935

1935

This was one of the most successful spells in the history of the club. Arbroath maintained their First Division status, finishing 11th (1935-36), 14th (1936-37), 11th (1937-38) and 17th (1938-39) from 20 clubs.

1934

1934

Manchester United sign 21 year-old George Mutch for £800. He later scored the winning goal for Preston in an FA Cup Final and he was capped by Scotland.

1934

Arbroath finish second to Third Lanark and clinch promotion to the First Division under the captaincy of Colin McNab. Goalkeeper George Cumming is the star player, conceding just 42 goals in 34 games and achieving 15 shut-outs –  the best record in the whole Scottish League. In October 1936, after much transfer speculation, Middlesborough paid £3000 for his services. It was a record fee for a Scottish goalkeeper. He was later capped.

1928

1928

Arbroath achieve their highest ever finishing position since joining the Scottish League when finishing third behind Dundee United and Morton in Division Two

1925

1925

In the last game played at old Gayfield Arbroath defeated King’s Park 2-1.

1925

First game at “Greater” Gayfield: East Fife win 4-2. Arbroath’s first victory at the new ground was a 5-2 win over Queen of the South, with Johnny Slavin grabbing a hat-trick.

1921

1921

 Arbroath beat Johnstone 3-1 in the first Scottish league match played at Gayfield. Two players were sent off (Donnachie of Arbroath and Harvey of Saints) and police were called to stop a near riot when fans invaded the pitch. The Lichties finished the season in 16th position from 20 clubs in Division Two.

1920

1920

A benefit game for Jocky Petrie was held when Arbroath hosted Forfar Athletic at Gayfield. The Lichties then gained admission to the Scottish Alliance – composed of mainly reserve teams of league clubs.

1919

1919

A skeleton Central League got underway but Arbroath were excluded.

1915

1915

Official football suspended in April 1915 following outbreak of World War One. Arbroath FC closes down. Jack Pearson and Alec Milne  sign for Tottenham

1912

1912

Arbroath beaten in final of Qualifying Cup by Abercorn of Paisley.

1911

1911

Arbroath reach final of Dewar Shield for first time, but lose to St Johnstone.

1909

1909

Formation of Central League. Arbroath played in it, but retained membership of Northern league

1909

Arbroath beaten in final of Scottish Consolation Cup by Wishaw Athletic

1903

1903

Arbroath win the Scottish Qualifying Cup by beating Albion Rovers 4-2 at Dens Park: Arbroath again reach the Scottish Cup quarter finals but lose 3-1 at home to Dundee.

1903

Arbroath win the Scottish Qualifying Cup by beating Albion Rovers 4-2 at Dens Park

1899

1899

Arbroath lose 5-2 to Galston in the Qualifying Cup Final at Hampden Park.

1898

1898

Arbroath win Dundee and District Charity Shield, beating Dundee Wanderers

1895

1895

Arbroath lost 4-2 to Annbank (after 0-0 draw) in the semi final of the first Scottish Qualifying Cup..

1893

1893

Arbroath win the 1892-93 Northern League title

1892

1892

First Northern League season was 1891-92 and the first title was shared by Our Boys and East End. Arbroath finished fifth. It was also decided to increase membership from eight to ten and Johnstone Wanderers (Dundee) and Victoria United (Aberdeen) were elected for season 1892-93.

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