In the article regarding Maryfield United’s wonderful achievement of winning the Scottish Juvenile Cup in 1967 (BwB July 5), club skipper and striker Gil Kerr did mention some of the names in the story may need clarification.
Ann Grant picked up on this because her husband Dave was mentioned as one of the committee men in the story.
Thankfully, I got Dave’s name correct.
Ann offered: “Yes, a few of the names were mixed up.
“It is Michael McInally and not Ron. Likewise, it is Ron Watson and not Ron Bennett.
“Michael and Dave seemed to be the coaches of the team.”
Ann, who stayed in Erskine Street around that time but who now lives in Whitfield, continued: “Around that time, they used to occupy a couple of rooms at the old police sub-station in Constable Street as their clubrooms.
“Constable Street is just off Victoria Street.
“They refurbished the place, with the cells becoming showers and the like.”
Ann then pursued another line of questioning.
“I wonder if you could help me in another matter,” Ann went on.
“My great-grandfather was Joseph Clark, who was born in 1874, and he played for Dundee FC around the turn of last century.
“I’ve also come across a medal of his, which could be a Scottish Cup medal.
“I think he also played at some point for Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers.”
I can only find Joseph Clark playing for Dundee for two seasons from 1896.
Indeed, his very first game for the Dark Blues was in a 3-0 home win over Hibs — and he netted all three goals.
That stat alone makes him part of a very small select who have hit a hat-trick on their Dundee debut.
Most of his games in that first season were played on the right-wing or inside-right, and he played 16 out of 18 league games, scoring eight goals.
He also took part in three Scottish Cup ties, scoring once.
The following season saw his goals completely dry up and, during his 19 games (16 league, three cup), he failed to find the net.
Indeed, the Dens men finished bottom of the 10-team league but were successfully re-elected to continue playing in the top flight the following season.
Joseph wasn’t around when Dundee won the Scottish Cup in 1910, so the medal must be from some other competition.
My research revealed he played just one game for Bolton against Middlesbrough on April 7, 1900, in a 3-0 victory but did not score.
He had a spell with Newton Heath (later to be known as Manchester United in 1902) before joining Bolton.
I don’t have any game stats from his time in England but one comment is of interest . . . “He left the club to volunteer for the Boer War”, which would be the Second Boer War.
Joseph also had spells with Dunfermline and East Fife later in his career.
As ever, any further information would be welcomed.