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Monday, 20 July 2009

They Wore the Dark Blue for Club and Country - Francis Barrett

Yes, I've "borrowed" yet another feature from the programmes of the 80's-90's, and I suppose the best place to start is at the beginning- 31st March 1894 to be precise. That's when Dundee FC, not even a year old, supplied their first player- Francis Barrett- to the national team. He wasn't to be the city's first internationalist, however, that honour belongs to Dundee Strathmore's William Alexander Dickson who scored 4 goals against Ireland in a 10-2 win in 1888; worthy of an article in his own right.

Francis Barrett, a goalkeeper, was born in Dundee in 1872. He started his career at Dundee Harp before joining Dundee during the 1893-94 season. Barrett won his two caps while at the Dark Blues with his first coming in 1894 against Ireland in the British International Championship in Belfast. He was to be joined by two of his Dundee team mates, William Longair and Alexander Keillor, in the line up for that game.

The game itself was played in front of 6,000 fans at the Solitude in Belfast and Barrett would concede a second half goal, but Scotland would win the game 2-1 thanks to 2 first half goals. He would be dropped for the England game in April of that year but nevertheless, he played his part in Scotland's victorious Home International campaign that season.

His second cap was against Wales in 1895 at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham in front of 4,000. Again he was joined by two Dundee team mates in the game, this time it was Alexander Keillor and William Sawyers. In this game the Scots recovered from a 2-1 deficit at half time to draw the game 2-2. Once again he'd play only the one game in the competition as Scotland only manage to finish joint second.

Barrett's solid performances for Dundee would earn him a move to Newton Heath in 1896, now called Manchester United, of course. Barrett played for New Brighton Tower, Arbroath, Manchester City before ending his playing days with Aberdeen, joining them upon their formation in 1903.

Barrett, it is said, died in 1907 aged just 35.

Barrett's Internationals:
Ireland 1-2 Scotland, 6,000, Belfast 31 March 1894
Wales 2-2 Scotland, 4,000, Wrexham 23 March 1895

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