In 1891, Ardrossan Seafield was the only football team in the town. Seafield Park was again mentioned despite having been reported as the site of building work in 1890. A new team, Ardrossan Britannia was founded.
KILWINNING FAIL TO TURN UP FOR ARDROSSAN SEAFIELD FIXTURE
The Ardrossan Seafield youths had an unexpected day off last Saturday (27 December 1890) and they blame the Kilwinning Crusaders for it. The Crusaders would have shown some courtesy had they wired that they were unable to come. It was too bad not to do so.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 January 1891
SEAFIELD 3 - GLASGOW TITWOOD 3
Ardrossan Seafield and Glasgow Titwood played a three-each draw on Friday last (2 January 1891)
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 January 1891
SEAFIELD 1 - KILWINNING MONKCASTLE SWIFTS 1
This game was played on the ground of the former and terminated in a draw, one each, on Saturday (10 January 1890).
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 16 January 1891
RANGERS 7 - ARDROSSAN SEAFIELD 3
This game was played at Quarry Park, Irvine on Saturday 17 January 1891. Seafield kicked off and after twenty minutes fast play, Garven scored for the Rangers. Immediately after, Black equalised and Sinclair placed Ardrossan in the ascendancy. The Rangers added other two before half-time and the teams crossed over three to two in favour of the Rangers. Seafield rather fell away in the second half but managed to put on one goal more while the Rangers scored four times. The game ended Rangers 7 Seafield 3. The Ardrossan Seafield had four new hands in their team at Irvine where they suffered a heavy defeat. The Rangers played a good game especially Campbell and Mackay while the pick of the Seafield was Blair, Anderson and Black. Blair deserves special mention, he having acquitted himself very well in goal. The Seafield will have as their guests tomorrow (24 January 1891) Irvine Eglinton.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 23 January 1891
SEAFIELD 3 - IRVINE EGLINTON 3
These teams met at Seafield Park, (probably on 24 January 1891), a few spectators turning out to see the young uns do battle at the popular pastime. The Eglinton, losing the toss, kicked off and Seafield first pressed, eventually making a good attempt by propelling a long shot. Eglinton afterwards got away and closed upon the home goal where they secured a free kick several yards off but they failed to score. Again, they pressed for a little when the ball was taken to the other end and after some fair work, a rush was made on the Eglinton fortress when the Irvine custodian first saved it but the ball was sent in again and Simpson managed to score the first goal for the Seafield about fifteen minutes from the start. However, they did not keep the lead long as about two minutes later, the Eglinton equalised while some few minutes more saw Eglinton score their second point. The strangers were, if anything, having now the best of it and attacked several times but without effect. Ardrossan had also several look-ins but no further scoring took place and the first half ended Eglinton 2 Seafield 1. Starting the second portion, Seafield again was the first to show up and although the Eglinton did break away at intervals, they were never dangerous. Five minutes from the resumption of the game, Seafield again equalised while in the next five, Sinclair scored a third point for them with a nice shot. The play thereafter was much in favour of the ground team who lost different chances to increase their score through rather loose tactics. No alteration in the score took place until the game was thirty minutes old when the Eglinton, who had previously closed on alternate occasions on their opponents' citadel, notched their third goal and the teams were once more on an equal footing. This was all the scoring and the match terminated in a draw, three goals each.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 30 January 1891
On 1 August 1890, in a story about former Ardrossan Ensign players, the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald reported that 'building operations have been started on the Ensign's field and the club, up to the present, seems defunct'. On 16 August 1889, it reported that Ensign had changed its name to Ardrossan Football Club. The implications are apparently that building operations were started on Seafield Park and that Ardrossan Football Club was defunct. Ardrossan's last reported game was a two-each home draw with Partick Thistle Strollers on 11 April 1890. In contradiction of the building work reports, Seafield Park is mentioned in this and subsequent reports.
SEAFIELD 3 - SALTCOATS VICTORIA STROLLERS 2
Last Saturday (31 January 1891), Ardrossan Seafield beat Saltcoats Victoria Strollers by three goals to two at Ardrossan.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 February 1891
SEAFIELD 7 - DALRY THISTLE 3
This game was played on Seafield Park, Ardrossan before a fair turnout of spectators. Seafield set the ball in motion and after fifteen minutes play, Robertson scored the first goal for Ardrossan. Five minutes afterwards, Simpson added a second. The Thistle, who were playing a hard game, now gave a good display of passing and McCracken on the left beat Blair with a beauty. Ardrossan scored again and the first half ended three goals to one in favour of Seafield. On resuming, Dalry kept up a spirited attack for some time on the Ardrossan fortress but the defence of the backs was too much for them. McCracken again sent in a scorcher which Blair cleared safely. Not to be denied, they again attacked and through a miskick on the part of Wilson, the Thistle scored a second point. The home team not took the game on hand and quickly scored other five goals, one of which was disallowed. When the whistle blew, Seafield ran out winners by seven to three. The Ardrossan juniors were evidently in good form when they whipped the Dalry Thistle so unmercifully. All round, the Seafield lads played a good game while Smith and McCracken were most prominent for Dalry.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 February 1891
SEAFIELD 1 - QUEEN'S PARK VICTORIA ELEVEN 2
These teams met in a friendly rivalry at Seafield Park, Ardrossan before a good attendance of onlookers. In the first half of the game, the Victoria was the only team to find an opening, scoring twelve minutes after the start. Starting the second part, the visitors again took up the running and succeeded in notching a second point three minutes from the kick-off. This proved their total score and now Seafield had their turn, Anderson scoring the first point for them three minutes after the strangers' second success. The home team continued to have rather the best of matters but failed to put on the equalising point and Victoria thus won the game by two to one. On the whole, play was well divided, the strangers all round showing good play while for the home team, Robertson and Dunlop, the two backs and the goalkeeper shined best.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 February 1891
ARDROSSAN SEAFIELD TO PLAY HOLEHOUSE ATHETIC
On Saturday (14 March 1891), the Ardrossan Seafield will have a visit of the Holehouse Athletic at Seafield Park, Ardrossan.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 March 1891
SEAFIELD 2 - HOLEHOUSE ATHLETIC 2
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 March 1891
The score was included in a list of results without reports. The game was played on 14 March 1891.
SEAFIELD 4 - STEVENSTON THISTLE SECOND ELEVEN 2
At Seafield Park, Ardrossan, the home team kicked off against the breeze and after twenty minutes pressing, Greig scored for the Thistle. Ardrossan after this forced the ball up the field but Sommerville cleared safely. Marshall scored another and the teams crossed over with the Thistle leading by two to nil. Resuming, Seafield immediately assumed the aggressive but for fifteen minutes were unable to score when Anderson put on the first point. Shortly after, Boyce added another. Meanwhile the Thistle were not yet idle, Edmonds, Marshall and McMillan constantly making raids on the Ardrossan territory but Blair and Gibson were all there and prevented them from scoring. Templeton and Sinclair added two more goals for Seafield and a hard game ended in a win for the Seafield by four to two. Gibson, late of Ardrossan Ensign Football Club, has enlisted in the ranks of the Seafield. The youngsters are glad of his help. Saturday's game with the Stevenston Thistle second string was well-contested. The best for the Thistle was the left wing, the backs and goalkeeper while Simpson, Blair and Sinclair were the pick for the home team. Seafield play the Holehouse Athletic on Saturday at Perceton, Irvine and instead something more than a draw as at Ardrossan.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 3 April 1891
ATHLETIC 1 -ARDROSSAN SEAFIELD 1
The Ardrossan Seafield did not succeed in beating the Holehouse Athletic last week but the youngsters managed to hold their own with them, the result being the same as at Ardrossan, one goal each. For the Athletic, the right wing, centre and left half showed up best while Sinclair, Dunlop and Wilson were most prominent for Seafield. Tomorrow (11 April 1891), Glasgow Haywood will be the guests at Seafield Park, Ardrossan. Dalry Thistle would like to have another game with the Ardrossan Seafield. What say you to this, Seafield? The Thistle are open from home on Saturday.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 10 April 1891
ARDROSSAN SEAFIELD 0 - GLASGOW HAYWOOD 7
Having lost their field for the season, the Ardrossan Seafield played their final game last Saturday (11 April 1891) on Seafield Park and certainly, it was not the least eventful. Glasgow Haywood were the visitors and so efficient were they that they never allowed the home youths one morsel of comfort but beat them soundly by seven to nil. Unfortunately, Seafield was not fully represented and to make matters worse they had only nine players for a good part of the game.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 17 April 1891
Despite what is written above, this was not Seafield's final game of the season as can be seen from the reports below. The significance of 'Having lost their field for the season' is uncertain.
OF LOCAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS
In order to let the honours go round, we this week devote space to our portrait of one who is well known in football circles, perhaps more so among juniors than seniors for the simple reason that the club with which he is connected only this season promoted themselves to the position of seniority. We therefore bring before your notice:
In early years, he had a strong fancy for the game and first played in the Clydesdale, a team now long defunct. Hogarth (shown left) next joined the late Ardrossan Ensign but for reasons best known to himself, he severed his connection therewith several years past when he was instrumental in forming the present Saltcoats Victoria club and at the present time is captain of the first eleven. Willie, who possesses good speed and has already breasted the tape several times, is a back player of good ability and although he perhaps lacks to some extent the tacking qualities and genuine play of his left-wing mate - a portrait of whom we are not at liberty to give - yet his performances on the whole characterise him as a player of average worth and with a little more experience, he may yet have the good fortune to be recognised by the Ayrshire Association when dividing the honours. Like other clubs, the Saltcoats Victoria have had a variety of goalkeepers and among the first of these was the now and even then stalwart form which the portrait indicates. In every respect, McDonald (shown right) possessed the necessary qualities of a good goalkeeper and he only needed experience before he could excel underneath the bar. However, as time advanced, changes were made and the place of McDonald and others is now ably filled by William Bain, late of the Ardrossan Ensign Football Club.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 1 May 1891
RANGERS 3 - ARDROSSAN SEAFIELD 5
In the first round of the Holehouse Athletic Junior Badge competition, these teams played off their tie at Holm Park on Saturday (9 May 1891). The teams were: Seafield - Blair; Wilson and Fulton; McCrone, Robertson and Dunlop; Crawford, Anderson, Sinclair, Templeton and Simpson. Rangers - Mackay, Currie and Feenie; Workman, Boyle and Babington; Arthur, Dugald, Clark, Rankin and Campbell. Sinclair kicked off for Seafield against the wind and immediately the Rangers bore down on Ardrossan's goal but the defence was good and the Rangers were sent away empty-handed. Play was transferred to the other end and Simpson put on the first goal of the match for Seafield seven minutes from the start. The Rangers again went away briskly and from a corner, Arthur equalised while shortly after Workman put on a second and the teams changed over with the Rangers leading by two to one. When the ball was again set in motion, the Rangers pressed and from a foul against Dunlop, Arthur added a third. After this, play was more equal until the last fifteen minutes when Simpson scored the second goal for Ardrossan and shortly after the same player chalked off number three. The Rangers were now completely hemmed in at every point. Still keeping up the pressure, Crawford scored the fourth and Anderson the fifth goal for Seafield who ran out winners by five to three. The wind was strong but otherwise the play was all that could be desired. The Rangers have lodged a protest against Fulton, one of the Seafield players, on the ground that he is a senior.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 15 May 1891
RANGERS v ARDROSSAN SEAFIELD TIE TO BE REPLAYED
As stated last week, the Irvine Rangers, in their tie with Ardrossan Seafield at the Holehouse Athletic Badge competition, lodged a protest against one of the Seafield players, on the ground that he was a senior. The case was considered this week and the result is that the tie is to be replayed tomorrow (23 May 1891). Rather hard thing, Seafield but hope you may give the Rangers a double-strong dose the second time.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 22 May 1891
RANGERS 3 - ARDROSSAN SEAFIELD 1
These teams met at Holehouse (on 23 May 1891) to play off their protested tie in the Holehouse Junior Badge competition when the Rangers proved the victors this time by three to one.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 29 May 1891
FOUR-A-SIDE FOOTBALL COMPETITION
A four-a-side trades football competition takes place on Saturday first (27 June 1891) at Brewery Park, Saltcoats and as a number of entries have been made, a good afternoon's sport is anticipated. The competition is confined to Saltcoats, Ardrossan and Stevenston.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 26 June 1891
ARDROSSAN FOUNDRY WINS FOUR-A-SIDE FOOTBALL COMPETITION
The trades football competition at Brewery Park, Saltcoats could scarcely be said to have been either in point of play or attendance, a triumphant success but at the same time, we think it was a 'paying concern' and we congratulate the members of the Victoria club on their 'trade adventure'. Among the fifty-two tradesmen who toed the leather, there were several clever 'uns and while there were some who were once prominent members of senior clubs, we knew another who played with a certain team not a hundred miles from Brewery Park this last season for the Scottish Cup. The team in which the party referred to was one of the best quarters which appeared on the field and the four who beat them in the semi-final had hard work in doing so before they came out winners of what proved a close contest. Keenness was depicted on the faces of not a few of the contestants and to secure a badge, they of course did their level best but there were others whose performances proved not a little amusing. Of the thirteen teams which competed, the Ardrossan Foundry number 1, Saltcoats Warehousemen, Stevenston Dynamite Joiners, Saltcoats Labourers and Ardrossan Engineers number two were the most efficient players of the lot. The winners, Ardrossan Foundry number one, played three games scoring seven goals to nil while the runners-up, Saltcoats Warehousemen, appeared on four occasions and one corner in all
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 3 July 1891
PROPOSAL TO FORM IRVINE AND DISTRICT JUNIOR FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
A proposal has been set on foot by some of the junior football clubs in and around Irvine with a view to forming an Irvine and District Junior Association. The clubs which have been informed are Crosshouse, Plann, Overton, Montgreenan Rangers, Holehouse Athletic, Troon, Saltcoats Wanderers, Ardrossan Seafield, Dalry Thistle, Beith Thistle (Knockbuckle Eleven), Vale of Garnock, Springside, Irvine Eglinton, Irvine Roslin and Irvine Rangers.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 17 July 1891
It appears that the Association did not develop as there were no further reports on it.
TO ALEXANDER SIMPSON OF ARDROSSAN SEAFIELD FOOTBALL CLUB
On Saturday evening last (18 July 1891), a number of the members of the Ardrossan Seafield Football Club met Mr Alexander Simpson in Mrs Wylie's and presented him with a silver badge with gold centre on the occasion of his leaving Ardrossan for Glasgow. Mr Hugh Wylie, in making the presentation, referred to Mr Simpson's long connection with Seafield, spoke of the pleasant relations that always existed between him and the other members of the club and of the regret they all felt at his departure from among them. He concluded by asking Mr Simpson to accept of the badge as a small token of their esteem and regard for him. Mr Simpson make a fitting reply, alluding to the many pleasant memories of the Seafield he would carry with him and expressing his deep sense of their kindness in making him the recipient of such a souvenir. Thereafter a pleasant evening was spent in song until ten o'clock. The badge bore the following inscription. Presented to Alexander Simpson by the Seafield Football Club on his leaving Ardrossan, 18 July 1891.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 24 July 1891
KILWINNING SCOTIA 2 - ARDROSSAN BRITANNIA 2
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 16 October 1891
The score was included in a list of results without reports. The game was played on 10 October 1891.
BRITANNIA 0 - KILWINNING VICTORIA 0
KILWINNING ABBEYGATE 4 - ARDROSSAN SEAFIELD 4
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 30 October 1891
The scores were included in a list of results without reports. The games were played on 24 October 1891.