Supporters were optimistic ahead of 1963/4.
Having won the Mid / East Division title the previous season,
as well as reaching the St Michael Cup Final, many people expected
a repeat performance. They were to be very disappointed.
Star endured their lowest league finish for many years, winning
only 9 games from their 22 game programme. As far as Cup competitions
went, the name of Newtongrange Star was nowhere to be seen when
the Finals came around. Things hit a real low when Star were
beaten 6-0 at Newbyres Park by Arniston Rangers in a League
game – prompting the comment that was ‘the worst
team ever to wear the Star blue’.
Star’s real problem was inconsistency. Their better results
included a 5-0 win away to Dunbar and a 7-2 win at Haddington.
At the other end of the scale were that hammering at Arniston
and a 5-0 defeat at Tranent.
Star had a bye in Round 1 of the Scottish Junior Cup and then
defeated Benburb 7-1 in Round Two. However, another Glasgow
side in the shape of Ashfield came to Victoria Park and won
6-1 in Round 3. Wins over Penicuik, Easthouses and Haddington
took Star to the East of Scotland Cup Semi Final where they
lost 2-1 to Dunbar in a match played at Musselburgh. Therewere
early exits from the St Michaels Cup and Brown Cup at the hands
of Whitburn and Bonnyrigg respectively.
Jimmy Veitch had signed for Dumbarton at the start of the season
but it was on a ‘delayed transfer’. He remained
with Star until their Scottish Cup exit. His goals were vital
in the first half of the season but after his departure the
team found it more difficult to find the net. The problem was
exacerbated when his striking partner, Tommy Brown, also joined
Dumbarton late in the season.
Like many other clubs Star were struggling badly to draw crowds.
Despite the fact that admission was just 1/- (5p) for League
games and 1/6 (7 and a half pence) for Scottish Cup ties, crowds
were poor. It was just too easy to go and watch Hearts and Hibs
who were producing good football in those days.
Bonnyrigg won the Mid / East Division with a late run of wins
and took the overall title by defeating Whitburn in the Play