Meeting of the Scottish FA (December 8, 1903)


December 8, 1903
The Scottish Football Association Committee met last night at 6 Carlton Place, Glasgow. Captain R.M. Christie (Dunblane) presided. The Referee Committee intimated that if a referee blew his whistle for an infringement of the laws he was not at liberty to allow the game to proceed, but must put in force the penalty for which he blew the whistle.

The ballot for the first round of the Scottish Cup resulted:
Dundee v Queens Park;
Third Lanark v Newton Stewart;
Alloa Athletic v Aberdeen;
Nithsdale Wanderers v Kilmarnock;
St. Bernards v West Calder Swifts;
6th G.R.V. v Morton;
Port Glasgow Athletic v Leith Athletic;
Glasgow Rangers v Heart of Midlothian;
Hibernians v Airdrieonians;
Abercorn v Maxwelltown Volunteers;
St. Johnstone v Hearts of Beath;
Ayr v St. Mirren;
Celtic v Stanley;
Kilwinning Eglinton v Albion Rovers;
Motherwell v Partick Thistle;
Clyde v Arbroath.

To be played on ground of first-named club on January 23.

J. Young, centre half of Port Glasgow Athletic, was reported for tripping Mr. Deans, the referee in the League match against the Heart of Midlothian. The player stated the act was unintentional, but after hearing both parties it was decided to suspend Young for one month.

Several other cases of misconduct were also dealt with. A. Breslin claimed arrears of wages and a free League transfer from Clyde, but after considering the player’s agreement the committee unanimously dismissed the case.

The secretary was empowered to reinstate as amateurs all those professionals who applied before December 15, and whose applications were in order.

The president gave notice of motion that the grounds for the English and Welsh international matches be chosen at the next meeting of committee, on January 26.

In connection with this there was a lengthy discussion regarding the terms the association accepted for the use of enclosures, and ultimately a motion was made that offers containing terms be asked, but on a vote this was defeated.

On the recommendation of the Army Association it was decided not to reinstate as an amateur Gunner Wright, of Leith Fort, who had signed a professional form subsequent to joining the army.

Mr. O’Hara, Celtic, moved hat the association take steps to determine the position of football clubs under the new Licensing Act, but after some debate the matter was left over until next meeting.

The following transfers were passed:
James Henderson, Annbank to Liverpool; T. Porteous, Stenhousemuir to Bo’ness; A. Bryce, Johnstone to Wallsend Parkvilla; R. Kerr, Third Lanark to Maxwelltown Volunteers; J. Russell, Falkirk to Bo’ness; J. Graham, Kilmarnock to Alloa Athletic; Edward Anderson, St. Mirren to Woolwich Arsenal; J. Torrance, Stenhousemuir to Camelon; T. Willis, Ayr to Newcastle United; J. Russell, Bo’ness to Falkirk; J. McLeod, Kilmarnock to Maybole; J. Stewart, Lochee United to Raith Rovers; P. Mackie, Aberdeen to Middlesbrough; W. Streng, Renton to Celtic; T. Wallach, Clyde to 6th G.R.V.; William Henderson, Third Lanark to Thornliebank; A. Findlay, Third Lanark to Thornliebank.
(Edinburgh Evening News: December 9, 1903)