NEWTONGRANGE STAR
1977/78

LORIMER LEAGUE 'A' DIVISION
PLD
W
D
L
F
A
GD
PTS
Linlithgow Rose
24
15
3
6
33
Bonnyrigg Rose
24
14
3
7
31
Livingston United
24
14
3
7
31
Tranent Juniors
24
12
6
6
30
Newtongrange Star
24
13
3
8
29
Penicuik Athletic
24
10
7
7
27
Camelon Juniors
24
10
6
8
26
Sauchie Juniors
24
10
4
10
24
Bo'ness United
24
11
2
11
24
Broxburn Athletic
24
8
7
9
23
Arniston Rangers
24
4
5
15
13
Preston Athletic
24
3
6
15
12
Armadale Thistle
24
3
3
18
9
Relegated from
'A' Division:
Arniston Rangers
Preston Athletic
Armadale Thistle
Promoted to
'A' Division:

Dalkeith Thistle
Fauldhouse United

OPPONENTS
VENUE
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
Armadale Thistle
H
6-1
Davidson 2, Small 2, Pryde, Jones
A
Arniston Rangers
H
3-1
Pryde, Russell, Love
A
4-2
Russell 2, Small, Love
Bo'ness United
H
3-1
Pryde 2, Small
A
3-1
Pryde 3
Bonnyrigg Rose
H
1-2
Hastie
A
Broxburn Athletic
H
1-1
Pryde
A
0-3
Camelon Juniors
H
3-2
Wood 2, Pryde
A
1-0
Love
Linlithgow Rose
H
0-2
A
2-1
Pryde, Small
Livingston United
H
1-3
Small
A
1-1
Donald
Penicuik Athletic
H
2-1
Reid, Davidson
A
0-1
Preston Athletic
H
2-0
Pryde, Reid
A
2-3
Pryde, Reid
Sauchie Juniors
H
1-0
Leetion
A
1-2
?
Tranent Juniors
H
1-1
?   

Newman, Russell, Dick, Small, Leetion, Logan, Forbes, Reid, Gilmour, Love, Pryde, Hastie. Subs: Jones, Donald.

A
2-0
Small, OG

SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
H
Dalkeith Thistle
2-0
Pryde, Davidson
2
A
Broughty Athletic
1-0
Davidson   

Ross, Jones, Dick, Cropley, Forbes, Gilmour, Leetion, Russell, Davidson, Pryde, Small. Subs: Donald, Reid.

3
A
Maryhill
2-2
   

Ross, Jones, Cropley, Forbes, Russell, Reid, Leetion, Gilmour, Pryde, Donald, Small. Subs: Logan, Hastie.

H
Maryhill
3-0
Russell, Donald 2
4
H
Linlithgow Rose
2-0
Reid, Davidson   

Ross, Jones, Dick, Cropley, Logan, Leetion, Russell, Reid, Davidson, Pryde, Hastie. Subs: Gilmour, Forbes.

5
A
East Kilbride Thistle
1-5
Small

FIFE & LOTHIANS CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
Bye
2
H
Arniston Rangers
4-0
Small 2, Gilmour, Russell
3
A
Dundonald Bluebell
5-0
Davidson, Reid, Russell, Love, ?
QF
A
Bonnyrigg Rose
1-1
Love
H
Bonnyrigg Rose
2-0
?
SF
A
Linlithgow Rose
3-2
Small, Reid, Love
F
N
Glenrothes
4-2
Pryde, Donald 2, Love
   

STAR COME GOOD IN EXTRA TIME
Advertiser

Mervyn Jones put his big foot or rather his head in it in the eighth minute of the final of the 1978 Fife and Lothians Cup at Linlithgow last Saturday when the Newtongrange No. 2 headed in an “own goal” past goalkeeper Ball who despairingly ran back to try to catch it but failed.

So Glens took a 1-0 lead and this after all the fancy football had come from the Star.

Glens had qualified for the final with a 1-0 win over Musselburgh while Newtongrange had five days earlier beaten Linlithgow Rose at Linlithgow by 3-2.

The scene for the final was sun-drenched Prestonfield. It was a day for watching not playing.

Star had ex-Tranent Juniors winger David Small at the No.11 berth while Alan Preacher, another Tranent export, played No. 9 for Glens. Jones’ own goal had come from a Dair cross and he was the most constructive player afield. Small was being tightly marked and the Fife defence looked big and safe. With international keeper Allan in top form Star had a job on their hands.

The first change in the game came in the 25th minute when Gilmour was carried off and Davie Dick came on as substitute for Newtongrange. The Star attack had no power but Love and Small kept trying.

Reid was hauled down in the 39th minute but there was no Star penalty. Next, Reid was clean through but Allan made a brilliant save. Then Pryde had a go only to be again thwarted by a great Allan save.

Glens took the break 1-0 up and showing just why they were unbeaten in the Fife league. However, with one minute of the half remaining Glens were hit by injury when Dair was carried off.

Newtongrange had it all to do in the second half and they responded well. But despite some good leading up work their finishing was nervous and weak. Cropley was needed to clear off the line though to halt a dangerous Fife breakaway, the Allan punched a Jones shot out.

Davie Small was carried off in the 58th minute and it looked like curtains for Star. However, Kenny Donald came on as substitute and proved to be a great cup-winner with two great goals!

Cropley had played well at the back for Star but it was a great equaliser from Jimmy Pryde that brought Newtongrange back from the cold in the 66th minute. All on his own in the inside left position he scored a superb goal from a narrow angle which flashed past Allan to give the Star new heart.

The final was finely balanced for a spell but gradually the Victoria Parkers began to show their fitness.

Donald went close in the 73rd minute with a scooped shot but three minutes later went one better when he scored. Again it came down the left flank and Kenny caught the Glens defence cold to score a fine opportunist goal that looked likely to be the winner.

Love next found Allan in fine form with a tearing header as all the play came from Star now.

But disaster struck in the 86th minute when Ken Russell blundered with a short pass and McInnes pounced on the ball and swept it into the net for a dramatic equaliser at 2-2.

With seconds left and Star rattled, Preacher nearly scored the winner for Glenrothes – he was only inches away from connecting with a McInnes cross.

So the final went into extra time with a few heavy limbs to drag around Prestonfield. But in the fifth minute of extra time Mervyn Jones redeemed himself when he combined well with Pryde to cross low into the Glens defence and there was Jimmy Love on the spot to score and excellent goal, thanks to Mervyn and again the Star were in the lead.

Russell played a lion’s part in the Star play with a role which saw him cover every inch of the park. Only an outstretched Allan leg stopped Love from making it four as Glens faded from the action. 3-2 up at half time of extra time, Star were not going to let it slip this time and Kenny Donald made sure with a fourth goal – what a grand substitute he turned out to be.

Deservedly then, Newtongrange Star – always a great cup-fighting team – beat the cream of Fife to win this trophy for the first time and also provided the fans with an entertaining afternoon’s football. Well done Star! Every blue jersey played his part and deserved their cup winner’s medal – especially substitutes Dick and Donald.


DRYBOROUGH CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
Bye
2
A
Bonnyrigg Rose
0-2

BROWN CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
H
Armadale Thistle
2-0
Small, Leetion   

Ross, Jones, Russell, Logan, Forbes, Leetion, Small, Pryde, Davidson, Gilmour, Hastie. Subs: McLeod, Dick.

2
H
Camelon Juniors
0-0
A
Camelon Juniors
2-1
Pryde 2
QF
A
Bo'ness United
1-2
Russell

LEAGUE CUP
PLD
W
D
L
F
A
GD
PTS
Bonnyrigg Rose
4
2
1
1
11
5
+6
5
Newtongrange Star
4
2
1
1
5
7
-2
5
Arniston Rangers
4
0
2
2
3
7
-4
2
 
OPPONENTS
VENUE
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
Arniston Rangers
H
1-0
Donald
A
1-1
?
Bonnyrigg Rose
H
2-1
Donald, Pryde
A
1-5
Pryde