A Cavers involved in a rumpus at an 1897 football match

There’s a new website, Welsh Newspapers Online, which provides free access to digitised copies of lots of historic Welsh newspapers. Although Cavers people don’t generally appear in Wales the Welsh newspapers sometimes re-reported something from elsewhere that did mention a Cavers. And searching the site just now I found this gem, reported in various Welsh newspapers, clearly originally from a Scottish paper, most probably one in Dumfriesshire:

Evening Express, 15 April 1897


Three football players in the Moffat Club, named James Cavers, James Easton, and John Borroman, were at Dumfries on Wednesday fined £2 each, with the alternative of fourteen days’ imprisonment, for having threatened and seized hold of William Hay, the referee in a cup-tie at Moffat. One of the defendants attempted to pull Hay’s nose. For having mobbed and thrown eggs at the referee at the close of the match James Bell, George Harkness, Thomas Grant, John McKie, and William Davidson were fined £1 each or seven days’ imprisonment.

James Cavers can be confidently identified as the 1871-born son of George Cavers and Ann Richardson. He appears in the 1891 and 1901 census returns at Moffat, living with his parents. His occupation was saddler. For more on his ancestral line see here.