NEWTONGRANGE STAR
1953/54

STORY OF THE SEASON
   

Could Star win the Mid / East Division of the Edinburgh and District League for the fourth year in a row? Hopes were high they could achieve this feat but in the end they had to settle for second place. With a couple of weeks of the season left Star seemed to be home and dry, but Arniston Rangers came with a late run to pip them in the last game. The Gorebridge side went on to beat Bo'ness United in the Play Off for the overall Championship.

Star scored an amazing 105 goals in their 30 league games, conceding just 50.

The season had started with a Friendly match against Larkhall Thistle which gave a portent of what was to come. Star won 7-1 against the Lanarkshire team, with Bobby Kinghorn scoring a hat trick.

The Scottish Junior Cup was a major disappointment. Star were drawn at home to Loanhead Mayflower and lost 2-1; it was the third year in a row that Loanhead had ended Star's hopes in the national cup competition. The Semi Final stage was achieved in the East of Scotland Cup after wins over Haddington and Bathgate, but Star lost to Fauldhouse by 2-1. The Semi Final was played on neutral territory at Dalkeith. The Haddington tie, which Star won 7-3, was played at Haddington's old Brewery Park ground, just off the High Street in the East Lothian town. Slater scored four that day.

The other Cups saw mixed fortunes. First Round defeat from Whitburn in the Thornton Shield (1-2 at Victoria Park); Second Round defeat away to Bathgate in both the St Michael Cup and the Brown Cup; Quarter Final defeat at Bo'ness in the RL Rae Cup. In the more local Murray Cup Star finally lifted some silverware, defeating Easthouses in the Semi Final and Dalkeith Thistle (2-1) in the Final. Slater and Kinghorn, inevitably, were the scorers.

Source: Newtongrange Star FC match programme [4-Oct-08]

EDINBURGH & DISTRICT LEAGUE MID/EAST DIVISION
PLD
W
D
L
F
A
PTS
Arniston Rangers
29
21
2
6
84
48
44
Newtongrange Star
30
20
4
6
105
50
44
Dunbar United
30
21
1
8
97
72
43
Easthouses Lily
29
16
5
8
82
63
37
Musselburgh Athletic
29
14
5
10
80
77
33
Loanhead Mayflower
28
15
3
10
61
46
33
Edinburgh City
28
14
5
9
57
51
33
Tranent Juniors
28
15
2
11
72
58
32
Dalkeith Thistle
30
12
2
16
85
74
26
Rosewell Rosedale
29
11
2
16
79
89
24
Ormiston Primrose
27
9
5
13
50
67
23
Penicuik Athletic
30
9
4
17
59
63
22
Bonnyrigg Rose
28
8
4
16
61
79
20
Haddington Athletic
29
8
2
19
57
93
18
Thorntree United
29
7
3
19
58
99
17
Preston Athletic
29
3
7
19
57
96
13
 
OPPONENTS
VENUE
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
Arniston Rangers
H
1-0
Slater   

The winner was scored with only 5 minutes remaining.

A
4-2
Preston 3, Kinghorn
Bonnyrigg Rose
H
4-2
Slater 2, Williamson 2
A
3-0
Kinghorn 2, Fitzpatrick
Dalkeith Thistle
H
3-3
Laing, Kinghorn, OG
A
4-0
Paton 2, Martin, Slater
Dunbar United
H
A
1-2
Kinghorn
Easthouses Lily
H
3-1
Preston, Slater, Fitzpatrick
A
3-2
Fitzpatrick 2, Kinghorn
Edinburgh City
H
2-2
Martin, Kinghorn
A
Haddington Athletic
H
9-2
Slater 4, Fitzpatrick, Tighe, Preston, Paton, Morris
A
3-1
Fitzpatrick, Kinghorn, Halliday
Loanhead Mayflower
H
3-0
Martin, Tighe, Kinghorn
A
1-5
Kinghorn
Musselburgh Athletic
H
5-0
Paton 2, Maxwell, Slater, Fitzpatrick
A
1-3
Kinghorn
Ormiston Primrose
H
8-0
Tighe 2, Kinghorn 3, Slater, Morris, Ferguson
A
2-2
Maxwell 2
Penicuik Athletic
H
7-1
Kinghorn 6, Paton
A
1-1
?
Preston Athletic
H
4-2
Paton, Kinghorn, Tighe
A
6-3
Martin 2, Kinghorn 2, Slater, Tighe
Rosewell Rosedale
H
1-3
Tighe
A
5-3
Kinghorn 2, Fitzpatrick, Slater, Paton
Thorntree United
H
A
9-3
Fitzpatrick 3, Morris 2, Paton 2, Slater, Kinghorn
Tranent Juniors
H
6-3
Slater 3, Kinghorn, Lannan, Paton
A
2-0
Fitzpatrick, Kinghorn

SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
H
Loanhead Mayflower
1-2
?

THORNTON SHIELD
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
H
Whitburn Juniors
1-2
Slater

EAST OF SCOTLAND CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
Bye
2
A
Haddington Athletic
7-3
Slater 4, Paton 2, Preston
QF
H
Bathgate Thistle
6-2
Slater 3, Paterson 2, OG
SF
N
Fauldhouse United
1-2
Slater

ST MICHAELS CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
H
Arniston Rangers
1-1
Preston
A
Arniston Rangers
3-1
Fitzpatrick, Slater, Preston
2
A
Bathgate Thistle
2-3
?

BROWN CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
A
Thorntree United
6-1
Kinghorn 4, Morris, Preston
2
A
Bathgate Thistle
2-5
Fitzpatrick 2

R L RAE CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
H
West Calder United
5-1
Slater 2, Laing 2, Paton
2
H
Polkemmet Juniors
3-1
Kinghorn 2, Slater
QF
A
Bo'ness United
1-3
Tighe

MURRAY CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
SF
H
Easthouses Lily
6-2
Martin 3, Kinghorn 2, Slater
F
N
Dalkeith Thistle
2-1
Slater, Kinghorn