After the poor performances of 1963/4, the
following season was to be no better. Star again finished in
lower mid-table in the Mid / East Division and made no impact
on the Cup competitions.
A sign of things to come was evident in the opening league fixture
– a 7-1 defeat from Dalkeith Thistle at King’s Park.
It was the worst result against Dalkeith in living memory. The
inconsistency which had been a feature of 63/4 had not gone
away. Just a few weeks after the Dalekith debacle Star travelled
up to Newbyres Park and defeated Arniston Rangers 4-0, with
Colbert (2), Slater and Kidd scoring.
Star were clearly missing the scoring abilities of Jimmy Veitch
and Tom Brown who had moved to Dumbarton. Various permutations
were tried up front but goals were hard to come by.
Jimmy Thomson was starting to emerge as a promising ‘half
back’ but his inexperience showed at times. He would later
join Alloa and have a long career as a senior manager. Also
featuring in the Star side was ex Alloa and Berwick player Jimmy
Peacock who would eventually become physio to the Scotland international
team. Young goalkeeper David Archer showed promise but lacked
consistency – he later played or Penicuik and Berwick.
In the Scottish Cup Star did very well to earn a 2-2 draw away
to Cambuslang Rangers, but they lost the replay at Victoria
Park by 2-1. Star went out at the first hurdle in the East of
Scotland and St Michael’s Cups. In the Brown Cup they
scraped past Grangemouth United (3-2) but lost 4-2 to Linlithgow
Rose in Round 2. Linlithgow were the team of the season, sweeping
all before them. They won the West title, defeated Bonnyrigg
in the Play off for the overall championship, and also lifted
the Scottish Junior Cup in front of 35,000 at Hampden. The East
of Scotland Cup, Brown Cup and Lanark & Lothians Cup also
went back to Prestonfield.
If all was well in Linlithgow, things were far from right in
Midlothian. Two clubs finally admitted defeat in the face of
dwindling crowds and rising costs. Loanhead Mayflower had sold
off part of their ground to try and stay afloat but they closed
down at the end of the season. Easthouses Lily had suffered
from vandalism at their pavilion and they too closed.