NEWTONGRANGE STAR
1945/46

STORY OF THE SEASON
   

Junior football hadn't shut down entirely during World War Two although Star called it a day during 1939/40. A few Lothians cubs continued and formed a Joint Lanarkshire-Lothians League, which was won by Fauldhouse United in 1944/5. None of Star's Midlothian rivals took part - only the West Lothian clubs were involved.

The Edinburgh and District League got going again for 1945/6. Star and Arniston were the only Midlothian clubs involved. Apart from that membership was quite widespread, with Alva Albion Rangers from Clackmannanshire, Forth Rangers from Grangemouth and Dunipace (more recently of the West Region) joining in addition to Preston Athletic and Tranent from East Lothian. However, things were far from back to normal. Clubs used a large number of players because regulars were frequently unavailable due to military service. A typical line-up from the early part of the 45/6 season was:
Eastway; W Pryde; Martin; Whitehead; Lothian; Daly; Bryden; Tail, Boswell; A Pryde; H Pryde.

Later in the season a typical line-up was long the lines of:
Eastway; Pryde; Sim; Bryden; Whitehead; Darling; Park; Fisher; Tail; Purves; Walker.

Star's first committee for the first post-war season was as follows:
James Darling (President)
Robert Pearson (Vice President)
James Neilson (Secretary)
Charles Martin (Minute Secretary)
Henry Knight (Treasurer)
G Denholm (Representative)
David Reid (Trainer)
James Brown (Groundsman)
R Bryson, J Wilson, J Moffat, W Telfer, D Irvine, W Pryde, E Weatherby, A Clark,
D Kerr, J Pearson, J Hay (other committee members)

The season started well with a 6-1 win against Arniston Rangers in the League at Victoria Park. Henry Pryde scored a hat trick, with Weatherspoon, Smith and Slater scoring the other goals.

The Scottish Junior Cup saw Star drawn away to Bathgate Thistle. The home side ran out convincing 3-0 winners. In the East of Scotland Cup Star went down 3-1 to Bo'ness United but only after a marathon tie. There were three drawn games before the deciding tie at neutral Bathgate. At the first game, at Newtongrange, a collection was taken in aid of the local Welcome Home Fund for demobilised servicemen. Five Pounds 12 Shillings and Tenpence Halfpenny was taken, raising the Fund total to over £350. Star's conquerors In the Brown Cup were also from West Lothian - Fauldhouse winning a replay after a 2-2 draw at Victoria Park.

The season was dominated by Fauldhouse United. In addition to winning the League Championship, Fauldhouse also won the Scottish Junior, East of Scotland and Brown Cups as well as the Thornton Shield. Star were one of the teams beaten by Fauldhouse during their Brown Cup run. The only major trophy they didn't win was the St Michaels Cup which went to Tranent.

Star were simply happy to get the season under their belt. They finished in the top half of the table, comfortably ahead of local rivals Arniston. Home results were generally pretty good with teams finding Victoria Park a hard place to come. However, Star struggled on their travels and conceded some heavy defeats including 7-2 thrashings at Tranent and Bo'ness. A Supplementary League was organised at the end of the season to provide some more fixtures during which Star defeat Arniston 9-0 at Gorebridge.

Source: Newtongrange Star FC match programme [22-Jul-08]

EDINBURGH & DISTRICT LEAGUE
PLD
W
D
L
F
A
PTS
Fauldhouse United
21
19
2
0
86
23
40
Bo'ness United
22
19
4
5
85
55
30
Tranent Juniors
23
13
1
9
84
60
27
Newtongrange Star
24
11
4
9
68
68
26
Musselburgh Athletic
24
11
2
11
56
73
24
Bathgate Thistle
25
10
3
12
73
73
23
Polkemmet Juniors
21
10
2
9
72
51
22
Armadale Thistle
23
10
2
11
73
61
22
Whitburn Juniors
23
10
1
12
65
72
21
Forth Rangers
25
9
2
14
47
68
20
Preston Athletic
22
7
4
11
50
82
18
Alva Albion Rangers
21
8
1
12
69
82
17
Arniston Rangers
24
6
4
14
61
104
16
Dunipace Juniors
23
6
2
15
60
83
14
 
OPPONENTS
VENUE
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
CROWD
Alva Albion Rangers
H
5-4
Whitehead 2, Purves 2, Dunn
A
Armadale Thistle
H
A
Arniston Rangers
H
6-1
H. Pryde 3, Weatherspoon, Smith, Slater
1200
A
Bathgate Thistle
H
3-2
Whitehead, Adams, H. Pryde
A
2-4
Whitehead, Dunn
Bo'ness United
H
2-2
Fisher, Tait
A
2-7
Park, Dunn
Dunipace Juniors
H
2-2
Purves, McLean
A
3-5
Purves 2, Halliday
Fauldhouse United
H
0-3
A
Forth Rangers
H
2-1
A. Pryde, Dunn
A
Musselburgh Athletic
H
2-4
Whitehead, Tait   

Team from: Eastway, W. Pryde, Martin, Whitehead, Lothian, Daly, Bryden, Tait, Boswell, A. Pryde, H. Pryde.

A
0-1
Polkemmet Juniors
H
A
Preston Athletic
H
A
Tranent Juniors
H
3-3
Purves, Tait, Grieve
A
2-7
W. Pryde, Purves
Whitburn Juniors
H
5-2
H. Pryde 2, Purves, ?, ?
A

SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
A
Bathgate Thistle
0-3

THORNTON SHIELD
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
?

EAST OF SCOTLAND CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
A
Bo'ness United
2-2
Johnstone, H. Pryde
H
Bo'ness United
3-3
H. Pryde, Tait, Fraser
N
Bo'ness United
<draw>
N
Bo'ness United
1-3
A. Pryde

ST MICHAELS CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
?

BROWN CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
H
Fauldhouse United
2-2
Purves, Fisher   

Eastway, W. Pryde, Sim, Bryden, Whitehead, Darling, Park, Fisher, Tait, Purves, Walker.

A
Fauldhouse United
2-5
Tait 2

SUPPLEMENTARY CUP
PLD
W
D
L
F
A
PTS
Tranent Juniors
Newtongrange Star
4
4
0
0
23
5
8
Musselburgh Athletic
2
0
0
2
4
9
0
Preston Athletic
Arniston Rangers
2
0
0
2
1
14
0
 
OPPONENTS
VENUE
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
Arniston Rangers
H
5-1
Whitehead 3, Tait 2
A
9-0
H. Pryde 4, Whitehead, Fisher 2, Slater, Park
Musselburgh Athletic
H
5-1
Fisher 4, Tait
A
4-3
A. Pryde, H. Pryde, Park, Whitehead
Preston Athletic
H
A
Tranent Juniors
H
A