NEWTONGRANGE STAR
1960/61


STORY OF THE SEASON
   

Star had a poor season by their own high standards. They lost defender Norrie McFarlane in a pre-season move to Hibs but took half back Jimmy Walter on loan from Hearts – the Tynecastle side had just signed him from Arniston but wanted to farm him our for more experience. Another ex-Arniston player Erskine Kidd came of a free from Alloa. . 27 points collected from 24 league games in the Mid/East Division meant a top-half inish, but a long way behind leaders Dalkeith Thistle. Dalkeith went on to secure the overall championship with a win over Armadale Thistle. Having drawn over two legs they won the Play off 4-1 at Gorebridge.

Star’s best result of the league season was a 7-0 win over Tranent at Victoria Park with Black scoring six of the goals.

The Scottish Junior Cup was a further disappointment. After a home win over Dundonald Bluebell in Round One, Star headed for Fife in Round Two to play Lochgelly Albert. A poor performance produced a poor result – a 4-1 defeat.

The Lanark and Lothians Cup was given a second (and last) run. Star had a Bye in Round One and met Broxburn Athletic in Round Two. This round was played on a two-legged basis with Star winning 7-5 on aggregate to set up a Third Round game with Bo’ness United. Few fans held pout much hope as they made their way to West Lothian but Star managed a 3-1 win. In the Quarter Final they were on the road again, this time to Lanarkshire, to play Thorniewood United from the village of Viewpark. A 1-1 draw was enough to bring the tie back to Newtongrange where Star won 2-0. The Semi Final draw matched Star with Loanhead Mayflower at neutral Musselburgh. Mayflower won 4-3, but they went on to lose the Final against Larkhall.

In the East of Scotland Cup star defeated Alva and Ormiston before going out to Dunbar at the Semi Final stage. Four games were played in the St Michael Cup, but all were in the first round as Star locked horns with Arniston. The first game ended in a 6-6 draw up at Newbyres, and after three replays the Arniston side eventually went through.

Early exits from the Brown and RL Rae Cups and a disappointing defeat to Bonnybridge in the Murray Park ensured there would be no silverware for Star this season.

At the end of the season David Bogie was transferred to Third Lanark.

Source: Newtongrange Star FC match programme [28-Feb-09]

EDINBURGH & DISTRICT LEAGUE MID/EAST DIVISION
PLD
W
D
L
F
A
PTS
Dalkeith Thistle
24
16
6
2
71
31
38
Loanhead Mayflower
23
12
3
8
67
45
27
Haddington Athletic
24
12
3
9
59
50
27
Newtongrange Star
22
12
3
7
56
44
27
Preston Athletic
21
12
3
6
36
22
27
Arniston Rangers
19
11
3
5
54
45
25
Dunbar United
24
9
3
12
69
58
21
Musselburgh Athletic
23
10
1
12
46
53
21
Easthouses Lily
24
7
6
11
54
63
20
Bonnyrigg Rose
22
8
3
11
47
47
19
Tranent Juniors
23
7
3
13
44
81
17
Penicuik Athletic
23
4
5
14
33
56
17
Ormiston Primrose
22
4
4
14
40
65
12
 
OPPONENTS
VENUE
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
Arniston Rangers
H
A
2-3
?
Bonnyrigg Rose
H
3-2
Gillespie, Black, Kidd
A
Dalkeith Thistle
H
1-0
Rodden
A
1-2
Marshall
Dunbar United
H
5-2
Burns, Walters, Black,?
A
1-0
?
Easthouses Lily
H
A
2-3
Watson, Hunter
Haddington Athletic
H
4-3
?
A
1-1
?
Loanhead Mayflower
H
3-2
Reid, Marshall, ?
A
0-5
Musselburgh Athletic
H
A
Ormiston Primrose
H
A
3-2
Marshall, Black, Gillespie
Penicuik Athletic
H
4-0
Walters 2, Black, ?
A
Preston Athletic
H
A
0-1
Tranent Juniors
H
7-0
Black 6, Bogie
A
4-2
Watson, Hunter

SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
H
Dundonald Bluebell
3-1
?
2
A
Lochgelly Albert
1-4
Slater

LANARK & LOTHIANS CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
Bye
2
A
Broxburn Athletic
4-4
Walters 2, ?
H
Broxburn Athletic
3-1
Black, Burns, Hunter
(Aggregate)
(7-5)
3
A
Bo'ness United
3-1
Black, ?
QF
A
Thorniewood United
1-1
Kidd
H
Thorniewood United
2-0
Bogie, Rodden
SF
N
Loanhead Mayflower
3-4
?

EAST OF SCOTLAND CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
Bye
2
H
Alva Albion Rangers
5-2
Burns, Black, Owens, Hunter, ?
QF
A
Ormiston Primrose
3-3
?
H
Ormiston Primrose
2-1
Black 2
SF
?
Dunbar United
1-3
Black

ST MICHAELS CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
A
Arniston Rangers
6-6
Walters 2, Hunter 2, Bogie, Burns
H
Arniston Rangers
1-1
?
?
Arniston Rangers
2-2
Walters, Kidd
A
Arniston Rangers
1-2
?

BROWN CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
A
Easthouses Lily
2-4
Hunter, Black

R L RAE CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
?

MURRAY CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
Bye
2
H
Bonnybridge Juniors
3-3
Hunter 2, Burns
A
Bonnybridge Juniors
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