There had been just 14 teams
in the Edinburgh and District league for 1945/6 but this rose
to 20 for 1946/7. Bonnyrigg Rose, Dalkeith Thistle and Rosewell
Rosedale all made welcome returns, which meant plenty of local
derby games - Arniston had resumed for 1945/6 along with Star.
There were a few more name sin the league that will be unfamiliar
to today's fans - Thorntree United (from Port Seton), Grange Rovers
(from Grangemouth) and Polkemmet (from Harthill) all taking part.
Star had a season that could best be described as 'average'. They
played 38 League games and gained 38 points - in those days it
was two points for a win, and one for a draw. 17 games were won,
17 lost and just 4 drawn. League games certainly didn't lack entertainment
-Star scored an impressive 103 goals, but conceded a spectacular
105. League Champions were Bo'ness United, who also reached the
Scottish Junior Cup Final, and the East of Scotland Cup Final.
Star's League results included an excellent 7-3 win at Dunbar,
but also a less satisfactory 1-6 reversal at Grange Rovers.
Star's own Scottish Cup campaign began and ended against Fife
opposition. In Round One Kelty Our Boys came over the Forth to
Newtongrange and were defeated 7-1. Williams (4), Tait (2) and
Pryde scored Star's goals in an excellent performance. But Round
Two brought a trip to Fife to face Lochgelly Albert, where Star
In the East of Scotland Cup Star fell at the first hurdle, going
down 5-2 at home to Bathgate Thistle. Star fared little better
in the other local Cup competitions.
Throughout that season Star were strengthened by the arrival of
two Hearts reserve players 'on loan'. Right Half Freddie Glidden
was a West Lothian lad who had progressed through schools and
juvenile football and joined Whitburn Juniors. Hearts signed him
in 1946 but quickly farmed him out to Newtongrange for two seasons.
While with Star he was capped by Junior Scotland. Glidden went
back to Hearts in 1948 and spent 11 years at Tynecastle, winning
all three major Scottish Honours - a Championship (1957/8), the
Scottish Cup (1955/6) and the League Cup (1954/5 and 1958/9).
Despite outstanding performances for Hearts down the years Glidden
was overlooked by the international selectors. Perhaps if he had
played for a more fashionable team in the West ... In those days
a career in top flight football did not lead to fortune; Glidden
retired from football in 1962 and became a sub-postmaster in Edinburgh.
Star's other loan signing from Hearts was the great Willie Bauld.
His goalscoring exploits with the juveniles (latterly Musselburgh
Union) attracted senior scouts. Sunderland thought they had signed
him and the SFA had to arbitrate before ruling that Hearts had
got him first - that was in May 1946. Hearts sent him out to Newtongrange
at the start of 46/7 and he spent most of the season at Victoria
Park before switching to a second loan deal at Edinburgh City.
Bauld went back to Hearts in 1947 and scored 183 League goals
for the Tynecastle side. Like Glidden, he also won the 'full set'
of domestic honours, but his total of 3 international caps was
a small reward for a long career at the top. He became a newsagent
close to Tynecastle. His death at the age of 49 in 1977 came as
a great shock.