Following the success of 58/9, hopes were high
for a repeat performance in 1959/60. It was not to be. Locals
rivals Loanhead Mayflower won the Mid / East Division title
finishing 4 points ahead of Dalkeith Thistle. Star were in fourth
place, six points off top spot. Loanhead went on to lift the
overall championship overturning a4-1 defeat at West Calder
in the First Leg with a 4-0 home win.
Inconsistency was Star’s problem in the early part of
the season. It wasn’t until October that they settled
into a good run, but by then they were trailing with ground
to make up. And just when it seemed they might be able to challenge
the leaders the form slipped away again – ending the season
with two defeats to Loanhead Mayflower and Haddington Athletic.
The latter game was the last of the season and Star lost 2-1,
with their goal scored by a provisional signing from Edinburgh
Norton called Terry Christie – he would play a big part
in Star’s history in later years.
It proved to be a blank season in terms of trophies. West Calder
were enjoying their best season ever and came to Victoria Park
in the Scottish Junior Cup and won 5-1. In the East of Scotland
Cup Star defeated Haddington Athletic but then went out to Dunbar.
The Lanark and Lothians Cup was a new competition with the First
Round played on a Home and Away basis. Star were drawn against
Douglasdale, winning 4-0 in the first leg in Lanarkshire and
7-2 at home. The second round meant a trip to Shotts where Star
won 6-4, with Martin scoring a hat trick. Star then lost in
Round 3 at Tranent.
In the St Michael, Brown, RL Rae and Murray Cups Star failed
to get beyond the Second Round stage. The St Michael Cup tie
was at home to Linlithgow Rose with Star losing 3-2. The match
was most notable because the referee (DW Spiers of Uphall) dismissed
the Linlithgow Rose linesman, accusing him of bias.
Several players made a decent impact in the course of the season.
Possibly the most notable was Finlay McGillvray, a versatile
and athletic performer who was signed up by Third Lanark, and
later played for Rangers, St Johnstone and Bradford before eventually
returning to Star at the end of his career.
By the end of the season attendances had dropped of to a worrying
extent. Junior football no longer had the captive audience that
it once had. More people had the money to be able to travel
to Tynecastle, Easter Road and to Glasgow, and other forms of
entertainment were becoming more popular. Star were about to
enter one of he most difficult periods in their history.