NEWTONGRANGE STAR
1962/63


STORY OF THE SEASON
   

1961/2 had lacked consistency although Star showed they could match the best with two Cup wins. In 1962/3 they achieved that level of consistency they were looking for and won the Mid / East League title. The season was badly disrupted by the dreadful winter conditions with games continuing into July!

Star’s opponents in the overall title decider were Sauchie who had only recently stepped up from Juvenile football. Star won 4-2 at Victoria Park, but lost 2-0 in the second leg. A play-off was held at Broxburn, with Sauchie winning 1-0.

The only Cup Final reached by Star was the St Michael Cup. Because of the bad winter and the late finish to the season no senior grounds were available, so the Final against Armadale was held at Saughton Enclosure. The West Lothian side won 2-0 in front of around 1000 spectators.

Star started their Scottish Junior Cup campaign off well with an 8-0 thumping of Dundee Osborne at Victoria Park, with Jimmy Veitch scoring a hat trick. The fans thought the hard work had been done with a 1-1 draw against Craigmark in Ayrshire, but the visitors won the replay at Victoria Park 1-0.

Star had a reasonable run in the East of Scotland Cup, beating Armadale, Broxburn and Preston before losing in the Semi Final.

At the end of the season Jimmy Veitch was transferred to Dumbarton and youngster Rab Aitchison was signed by Hearts.

Source: Newtongrange Star FC match programme [14-Mar-09]

EDINBURGH & DISTRICT LEAGUE MID/EAST DIVISION
PLD
W
D
L
F
A
PTS
Newtongrange Star
22
14
6
2
82
43
34
Dalkeith Thistle
21
11
3
7
57
39
25
Dunbar United
21
10
5
5
57
50
25
Arniston Rangers
19
8
6
5
45
40
22
Haddington Athletic
22
7
6
9
54
61
20
Bonnyrigg Rose
19
8
3
8
56
49
19
Tranent Juniors
19
6
5
8
45
57
17
Preston Athletic
18
7
4
7
41
39
18
Penicuik Athletic
16
4
8
4
33
34
16
Loanhead Mayflower
18
4
7
7
32
42
15
Ormiston Primrose
15
6
2
7
32
49
14
Easthouses Lily
20
5
4
11
30
49
14
Musselburgh Athletic
18
3
5
10
43
56
11
 
OPPONENTS
VENUE
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
Arniston Rangers
H
3-1
?
A
4-1
Judge, McLean, OG, ?
Bonnyrigg Rose
H
A
4-2
Judge, ?
Dalkeith Thistle
H
6-0
Aitchison 4, Veitch, ?
A
3-1
?
Dunbar United
H
A
3-4
McLean, Callaghan
Easthouses Lily
H
A
8-3
Gillespie 5, Aitchison, Veitch, ?
Haddington Athletic
H
6-4
?
A
8-3
Veitch, McLean, Aitchison, ?
Loanhead Mayflower
H
7-1
McLean 2, Veitch, Aitchison, ?
A
4-0
Gillespie 2, ?
Musselburgh Athletic
H
A
Ormiston Primrose
H
A
Penicuik Athletic
H
4-2
?
A
Preston Athletic
H
1-1
Veitch
A
2-0
?
Tranent Juniors
H
A
4-4
Veitch 2, ?
EDINBURGH & DISTRICT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF
Mid/East Division winners v West Division winners
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1st Leg
H
Sauchie Juniors
4-2
?
2nd Leg
A
Sauchie Juniors
0-2
(Aggregate)
(4-4)
Decider
N
Sauchie Juniors
0-1

SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
Bye
2
H
Dundee Osborne
8-0
Owen, Slater 2, Veitch 3, McLean, Manning
3
A
Craigmark Burntonians
1-1
?
H
Craigmark Burntonians
0-1

EAST OF SCOTLAND CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
A
Armadale Thistle
3-3
?
H
Armadale Thistle
2-1
McLean, ?
2
H
Broxburn Athletic
4-2
Aitchison 2, McLean, ?
QF
H
Preston Athletic
4-0
?
SF
A
Bonnyrigg Rose
<lost>

ST MICHAELS CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
CROWD
1
H
Grangemouth United
4-0
McLean 2, Callaghan, Slater
2
H
Linlithgow Rose
1-0
McLean
QF
A
Bonnyrigg Rose
4-0
Slater, Aitchison, Owen, Veitch
SF
Broxburn Athletic
4-0
?   

Star were 4 up with 30 mins. to go. No final score.

F
N
Armadale Thistle
0-2
1000

BROWN CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
H
Broxburn Athletic
3-5
?