NEWTONGRANGE STAR
1990/91

JOHN WALKER LEAGUE 'A' DIVISION CHAMPIONS &
FIFE & LOTHIANS CUP WINNERS


JOHN WALKER LEAGUE 'A' DIVISION
PLD
W
D
L
F
A
GD
PTS
Newtongrange Star
22
15
4
3
54
21
+33
34
Fauldhouse United
22
11
6
5
49
39
+10
28
Bonnyrigg Rose
22
10
6
6
37
38
-1
26
Armadale Thistle
22
11
3
8
45
31
+14
25
Linlithgow Rose
22
10
4
8
43
35
+8
24
Bo'ness United
22
8
8
6
38
30
+8
24
Tranent Juniors
22
8
7
7
41
39
+2
23
Edinburgh United
22
9
5
8
35
37
-2
23
Whitburn Juniors
22
8
2
12
33
40
-7
18
Camelon Juniors
22
5
4
13
30
47
-17
14
Dalkeith Thistle
22
6
2
14
33
52
-19
14
Broxburn Athletic
22
4
3
15
32
61
-29
11
Relegated from
'A' Division:
Dalkeith Thistle
Broxburn Athletic
Promoted to
'A' Division:
Bathgate Thistle
Ormiston Primrose
OPPONENTS
VENUE
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
Armadale Thistle
H
2-0
O'Hara, Wilson   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Aitchison, McColl, Wilson, Dall, Parkin, Ramsay, Shearer, Lumsdaine. Subs: Ballantyne, O'Hara.

A
1-2
O'Hara   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, McColl, Aitchison, Miller, Dall, Parkin, Bailey, Lumsdaine, O'Hara. Subs: Ramsay, Ballantyne.

Bo'ness United
H
2-1
Parkin, Ramsay   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, O'Hara, Parkin, Ramsay, Lumsdaine, Dall. Subs: Shearer, Ballantyne.

A
1-1
Parkin   

Carswell, Coughlin, Aitchison, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Dall, Parkin, Ramsay, Lumsdaine, O'Hara. Subs: Shearer, Wootton.

Bonnyrigg Rose
H
1-1
Ramsay
A
2-1
Bailey 2
Broxburn Athletic
H
3-1
Ramsay, O'Hara, Lumsdaine   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Parkin, Dall, Lumsdaine, O'Hara. Subs: Wootton, Shearer.

A
5-1
Ramsay 2, O'Hara, Parkin, Wootton   

Carswell, Coughlin, Aitchison, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Wootton, Parkin, O'Hara, Lumsdaine, Dall. Subs: Ballantyne, Ramsay.

Camelon Juniors
H
3-0
Ramsay, Miller, Parkin
A
3-1
Ramsay, O'Hara, Ballantyne
Dalkeith Thistle
H
1-0
Shearer
A
2-0
Ramsay 2
Edinburgh United
H
0-1
A
1-0
O'Hara
Fauldhouse United
H
8-1
OG, Ballantyne 2, Parkin, Dall, Ramsay 2, Bailey   

Carswell, Aitchison, Fraser, O'Hara, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Parkin, Bailey, Ballantyne, Dall. Subs: Wootton, Wilson.

A
1-1
Ramsay
Linlithgow Rose
H
4-4
?
A
0-1
   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Wootton, O'Hara, Lumsdaine, Dall. Subs: Shearer, Aitchison.

Tranent Juniors
H
3-1
?
A
5-1
Ramsay 2, O'Hara, Coughlin, Shearer
Whitburn Juniors
H
4-1
O'Hara 2, McColl, Ramsay   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Parkin, Dall, Lumsdaine, O'Hara. Subs: Wootton, Shearer.

A
2-1
?   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Lumsdaine, Aitchison, Wilson, Dall, McColl, Shearer, Parkin, O'Hara. Subs: Wootton, Richardson.

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
   

STAR LIFT 'A' DIVISION TITLE
By Striker (Advertiser) at Victoria Park, Newtongrange

A stunning second half performance by Newtongrange Star saw them banish their Scottish Cup blues, hit Fauldhouse United for six and with some style win the John Walker League ‘A’ Division championship for the first time in 32 years! Congratulations champions Newtongrange Star!

A huge family crowd turned up to welcome their Scottish Cup heroes at Victoria Park and to see whether Star, with two ‘A’ league games left to play could snatch that elusive championship for Midlothian against the only team who could catch them, Fauldhouse United.

The United were slightly weakened by four suspensions while Nitten had John Coughlin also suspended and Craig Lumsdaine on the injured list while back on to the subs bench came Star’s Scott Wootton and Gordon Wilson.

Needing just one point the Midlothian aces began in a positive fashion because Fauldhouse are always difficult to beat and indeed, Fauldhouse had put holders Star out of the James Kerr Cup 2-1 in a first round replay though John Buckley’s men had won 5-1 over Fauldhouse in a second round Alloa Brewery Cup tie.

United goalkeeper Pitcaithly was quickly under pressure with stubborn United halting Nitten with a half way line offside trap!

Tom Aitchison, who took a knock earlier, was taken off injured after 14 minutes with Gordon Wilson deputising at right back.

One minute later Star’s pressure paid off and they opened the scoring.

Stuart Dall’s speed saw him break down the right wing and his low hard cross was neatly turned into his own goal by United’s Trialist No. 5.

This eased the pressure somewhat on the Star but they passed up chances particularly Paul Ramsay and Gordon Bailey as Fauldhouse made it difficult for their hosts.

However, just two minutes before the interval goal No. 2 came courtesy of Mark Ballantyne.

It was Star’s seventh corner by Stuart Dall and Ballantyne’s header left Pitcaithly stranded on his line.

A satisfactory 2-0 lead at half time but just eight minutes into the second half Fauldhouse showed they weren’t there just to make up the numbers!

Winger Strange had earlier tested Alan Carswell with a fine effort but in 53 minutes the same player zipped through the middle of the home defence to score a fine goal to jolt Star out of their lethargy.

It was a fatal move by Fauldhouse, however, because the Star went into overdrive and replied with no fewer than six of the best as Fauldhouse were just blown away.

In 64 minutes neat footwork by Bailey saw him cross to Gordon Parkin to head home an excellent goal to make it 3-1.

Two minutes later it was 4-1 with a brilliant goal from Stuart Dall cutting in from the left to rattle the ball past hapless Pitcaithly.

In 73 minutes a fumble by Pitcaithly and Paul Ramsay rattled home No. 5 from the loose ball.

One minute later Dall was the provider with an inch perfect cross to Gordon Bailey to net the Star sixth.

Strictly exhibition stuff and in 81 minutes a supreme strike from 20 yards by Mark Ballantyne made it 7-1.

Just four minutes from time and Bailey was clean through yet again but his shot was parried – only as far as Paul Ramsay who headed home the rebound to complete the rout – Star’s 87th goal of the season in their 42nd game.

A fairy tale ending to Star’s championship season and league sponsor John Walker was on hand to present the championship cup to skipper Kevin McColl before a tumultuous admiring support.


OVD SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
CROWD
1
Bye
2
A
Glenrothes
1-1
Ramsay   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Dall, Parkin, Ramsay, Lumsdaine, O'Hara. Subs: Shearer, Wootton.

H
Glenrothes
3-0
Ramsay, Shearer, Lumsdaine   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Parkin, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Miller, Shearer, Lumsdaine, Dall. Subs: Wootton, Ballantyne.

3
A
Kilwinning Rangers
3-1
O'Hara 2, Miller   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Parkin, Dall, Lumsdaine, O'Hara. Subs: Ballantyne, Shearer.

4
H
Vale of Clyde
1-1
Ramsay   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Lumsdaine, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Parkin, Dall, Ballantyne, O'Hara. Subs: Aitchison, Shearer.

A
Vale of Clyde
1-0
Ramsay   

Carswell, Aitchison, Fraser, Parkin, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Coughlin, Shearer, O'Hara, Dall. Subs: Wootton, Ballantyne.

5
H
Lesmahagow
1-0
Dall   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Aitchison, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Parkin, Shearer, O'Hara, Dall. Subs: Wootton, Lumsdaine.

QF
H
FC Stoneywood
2-0
Ramsay, Bailey   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Aitchison, McColl, O'Hara, Ramsay, Parkin, Bailey, Richardson, Dall. Subs: Miller, Shearer.

SF
N
Glenafton Athletic
3-1
Bailey, O'Hara, Ramsay   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Parkin, McColl, Richardson, Dall, Aitchison, Ramsay, Bailey, O'Hara. Subs: Lumsdaine, Miller.

      [programme]
4026
F
N
Auchinleck Talbot
0-1
   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Parkin, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Aitchison, Dall, O'Hara, Bailey. Subs: Lumsdaine, Ballantyne.

      [programme]
8500
OVD SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL
   

THUMBS DOWN FOR ACE ALAN
By Fraser Elder (Daily Record) at Fir Park, Motherwell

A Brave semi-final display by ex-Scotland keeper Alan Rough failed to keep Glenafton in the OVD Junior Cup at Fir Park last night. The men from the East proved too wise for the Ayrshire side. And 39-year-old player-manager Rough, handicapped by a broken thumb throughout the second half, was beaten three times.

Star, making their third Final appearance, now await the winners of Monday's clash between Auchinleck and Arthurlie.

This was a gem of a tie and the more streetwise east side deserved to get the verdict.

The Midlothian side, packed with ex-seniors, looked to be in the mood to settle the issue at an early stage.

But in Athletic's few attacks Star showed a lack of defensive competence and they paid dearly in 29 minutes.

A misunderstanding forced keeper Allan Carswell to kick out wildly and from the quick throw-in Montgomery sent a tempting cross into the box. Striker Malky Adams wasted no time in blasting the ball into the net.

But Newtongrange resumed in dazzling fashion and were level two minutes after the break. Recent signing Gordon Bailey juggled the ball brilliantly over the head of defender Billy Ferguson and hammered a great left-foot drive past Rough.

The breakthrough sent confidence sky high in the Star ranks and Glens were soon under siege.

Rough was relieved in 70 minutes when full-back Gray headed a Ramsay effort off the line.

But Glens weathered the storm and came close to stunning Newtongrange in an amazing surge. Peter Welsh saw a tremendous shot cannon off a post in 76 minutes and a minute later Carswell brilliantly stopped an Adams header.

Then heartache for Glens as Star roared downfield and Tony O'Hara let loose a long-range effort which left Rough helpless.

It was a goal worthy of winning ANY game.

And Star tied it all up almost with the last kick when Paul Ramsay fired in a drive which Rough partially stopped, but the ball trickled over the line.

Teams:
Newtongrange Star: Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Parkin, McColl, Richardson, Dall, Aitchison, Ramsay, Bailey, O'Hara. Subs: Lumsdaine, Miller.
Glenafton Athletic: Rough, Milligan, Gray, Ferguson, Dunlop, Brown, Welsh, Doyle, Adams, Montgomery, Muir. Subs: Lindsay, Young.

Ref: I. Skene (North)

OVD SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP FINAL
19th May 1991, Brockville Park, Falkirk
Stuart Dall & Gordon Parkin
Allan Carswell
   

HEAD BOY SAM GOES SOLO FOR A NAP HAND
By John Docherty (Daily Record) at Brockville Park, Falkirk

Super Sam McCulloch made it five out of five for Scottish Junior Cup kings Auchinleck Talbot yesterday.

The pride of Ayrshire captured the glory in a gruelling, dismal struggle against Newtongrange Star at Brockville.

McCulloch’s headed goal in the 66th minute gave Talbot the nap hand and makes them the undoubted kingpins of Junior football’s showcase occasion.
Yesterday’s Final win, was their fourth in the last six seasons.

It means Auchinleck join Parkhead, Petershill and Cambuslang Rangers as the only teams to lift the Cup five times.

No-one expected a repeat of Saturday's Hampden thriller. And that's the way it turned out in a scrappy encounter.

It was a special day in particular for Auchinleck skipper Billy Young, and team-mates George Gemmell, Ross Findlay, Tom MacDonald, Kenny Paterson and goal hero McCulloch. They've now each won four winners' medals with Talbot.

In the first half, Newtongrange, with front men Gordon Bailey and Stuart Dall in menacing form, looked the better side.

But Talbot got to grips to make it a joy day for manager Willie Knox, who said afterwards: "It was a hard fought game but I've got to be proud of all the lads. For the club to win five times is an outstanding achievement."

The 66th-minute winner came when 31-year-old centre half McCulloch was perfectly positioned to head Hugh Lyden's corner past Allan Carswell.

It was also an extra special day for Talbot winger Willie Thomson named Man-of-the-match.

Four players were booked, Gordon Fraser and Kevin McColl of Newtongrange, and Auchinleck duo Billy Young and Sam McCulloch.

Teams:
Newtongrange Star: Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Parkin, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Aitchison, Dall, O'Hara, Bailey. Subs: Lumsdaine, Ballantyne.
Auchinleck Talbot: Wilson, Gemmell, Young, Findlay, McCulloch, MacDonald, Pirrie, Lyden, Mills, Paterson, Thomson. Subs: Frew, Mains.

Ref: J. Kelly (East Kilbride)


NELSON FIFE & LOTHIANS CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
Bye
2
H
Halbeath
2-1
Lumsdaine, Parkin   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Shearer, Parkin, Ramsay, Lumsdaine, O'Hara. Subs: Ballantyne, Dall.

3
A
Broxburn Athletic
1-0
O'Hara   

Carswell, Aitchison, Fraser, Wootton, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Coughlin, Shearer, Lumsdaine, O'Hara. Subs: Miller, Forrester.

QF
A
Kelty Hearts
2-0
Shearer, Ramsay
SF
A
Whitburn Juniors
4-0
Bailey 3, Parkin
F
N
Linlithgow Rose
2-1
Bailey, Richardson   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Richardson, McColl, Aitchison, O'Hara, Parkin, Shearer, Ballantyne, Dall. Subs: Wootton, Bailey.

NELSON FIFE & LOTHIANS CUP FINAL
Linlithgow Rose captain Kevin Gibson and Newtongrange Star captain Kevin McColl with Ken Thomson of tournament sponsors Nelson before the final.
   

A 'Be Patient' briefing from injured team-mate Paul Ramsay paid off for Newtongrange Star striker Gordon Bailey in the Nelson Cup Final.

Gordon broke the extra-time deadlock with a goal in the 115th minute as Star retained the Fife & Lothians trophy with a 2-1 victory against Linlithgow Rose.

After 90 minutes had failed to produce a goal, Star's top scorer Ramsay offered words of encouragement to the forwards.

"I told them to keep plugging away," he said.

"I felt that we were the better team and that if we were patient the goals would come."

However, the game continued to drift towards a penalty shoot-out, until midway through the second period of extra time.

Then Derek Halcrow, who had blasted Rose's best chance of the final over the bar in the 10th minute, saw his goal-bound shot blocked by Star skipper Kevin McColl.

Star were reprieved, and, when Stuart Dall swung in a corner two minutes later, substitute Bailey headed past Ian McLaren for his ninth goal since April.

Steve Richardson added a penalty two minutes later, and, in the 119th minute, Rose responded when Kevin Hoggan scored from the spot.

"It's been a long season and the players have lost their sharpness," said Star coach Ronnie Tolmie, "but it's great to have done the League and Cup double."

Linlithgow were gunning for a Cup hat-trick; a feat they can still achieve with Friday's Kerr Cup final against Livingston.

Teams:
Newtongrange Star: Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Richardson, McColl, Aitchison, O'Hara, Parkin, Shearer, Ballantyne, Dall. Subs: Wootton, Bailey.
Linlithgow Rose: McLaren, McKeeman, Gibson, Hoggan, Morrison, Wilcox, Blaikie, Sinnet, McGonnigle, Fowler, Halcrow. Subs: Bonnar, McNab.


ALLOA BREWERIES CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
Bye
2
H
Fauldhouse United
5-1
Parkin, O'Hara 3, OG   

Carswell, Aitchison, Fraser, Richardson, McColl, Miller, O'Hara, Parkin, Ramsay, Coughlin, Ballantyne. Subs: Shearer, Lumsdaine.

QF
H
Bo'ness United
1-1
Miller
A
Bo'ness United
0-3
   

Carswell, Aitchison, Fraser, Lumsdaine, McColl, Wilson, Dall, Coughlin, Shearer, Parkin, Bailey. Sub: O'Hara.


JAMES KERR CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
H
Fauldhouse United
1-1
OG   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Parkin, Aitchison, Wilson, Dall, McColl, Shearer, Lumsdaine, O'Hara. Subs: Wootton, Richardson.

A
Fauldhouse United
1-2
?   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Miller, Aitchison, McColl, Ramsay, Wootton, Shearer, Parkin, O'Hara. Subs: Lumsdaine, Wilson.


PETER CRAIGIE CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
Bye
2
H
Penicuik Athletic
(3) 2-2 (2)
?
QF
H
Ormiston Primrose
(2) 1-1 (4)
O'Hara

SKOL JUNIOR LEAGUE CUP
PLD
W
D
L
F
A
GD
PTS
Ormiston Primrose
4
3
1
0
6
2
+4
7
Newtongrange Star
4
0
3
1
4
5
-1
3
Arniston Rangers
4
0
2
2
4
7
-3
2
 
OPPONENTS
VENUE
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
Arniston Rangers
H
3-3
?
A
0-0
   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, McColl, Aitchison, Miller, O'Hara, Lumsdaine, Ramsay, Ballantyne, Dall. Subs: Wilson, Meechan.

Ormiston Primrose
H
0-1
   

Carswell, Coughlin, Fraser, Lumsdaine, McColl, Miller, Ballantyne, Wilson, Ramsay, Dall, O'Hara. Subs: Richardson, Shearer.

A
1-1
Wilson   

Meechan, Coughlin, Fraser, Lumsdaine, Aitchison, Wilson, Ramsay, Miller, Shearer, Ballantyne, O'Hara. Subs: Wootton, Dall.


TOP SCORERS
Paul Ramsay
24
Tony O'Hara
18
Gordon Bailey
9
Gordon Parkin
9

SQUAD LIST
Allan Carswell
Mike Meechan
John Coughlin
Gordon Fraser
Stevie Richardson
Kevin McColl
Tam Aitchison
Scott Wootton
Alan Miller
Tony O'Hara
Gordon Wilson
Paul Ramsay
Craig Lumsdaine
Gordon Parkin
Stuart Dall
Graham Shearer
Paul Forrester
Gordon Bailey
Mark Ballantyne

TESTIMONIAL
KEVIN McCOLL
Newtongrange Star
0
Celtic XI
1