After years of mid-table performances Star
finally got back to title-winning ways in the East league. The
Mid / East Division title was clinched with something to spare
– Star won 18 of their 22 games, drew three and lost just
once. The sole defeat was away to Bonnyrigg Rose and even then
only by one goal to nil. ‘Doubles’ were recorded
over Arniston, Dalkeith, Dunbar, Easthouses, Haddington, Musselburgh,
Peebles and Preston.
After drawing the first leg of the Play Off for the overall
title 1-1 at Victoria Park, Star went down 5-1 to Linlithgow
Rose at Prestonfield in the second game. Star were handicapped
due to a lack of competitive match practice. The Mid / East
Division finished well before the West section – Star
had to wait several weeks before Linlithgow completed their
Star’s poor form in the Scottish Junior Cup continued.
Drawn away to West side Johnstone Burgh in Round One, Star fell
to a 3-5 defeat at James Y Keanie Park. But the scoreline tells
just part of the story. Star led by 2-0 and 3-1 before a late
collapse allowed the home side to triumph.
Performances in local cups were also disappointing. Star lost
in Round Two of the East of Scotland Cup to Penicuik after a
replay. They lost in the Quarter Finals of the St Michael Cup
to Bo’ness United, and went out of the Brown Cup at the
same stage to Whitburn. In the RL Rae Cup they suffered a humiliating
defeat in a replay to Peebles Rovers. The Border side drew 2-2
at Victoria Park and then won the replay 2-1 at Whitestone Park.
At the end of the season the Star retained list comprised: Archibald
Hunter, Thomas Brown, A Gardiner, W Greenan, Robert Rennie,
Hugh McDonald, W Combe, J Dickson, G Baxter, David Kidd, Andrew
Fraser, A Wagley, Robert Grant, J Leask, D McWhinnie. Inside
forward Colin Dickson was signed by Hearts towards the end of
One player who came to the fore was striker Bobby Grant. His
career had taken him from Ormiston Primrose to Rangers, St Johnstone
and Carlisle United, amongst others, before he came to Star.
He was a centre forward in the ‘old style’ who was
not averse to knocking ball and goalkeeper into the net together.
His son, Roddy Grant, continued in similar vein for many years.