NEWTONGRANGE STAR
1991/92

SKOL LEAGUE CUP, ALLOA BREWERIES CUP,
JOHN WALKER LEAGUE 'A' DIVISION, AGM INTERIORS CUP & PETER CRAIGIE CUP WINNERS

JOHN WALKER LEAGUE 'A' DIVISION
PLD
W
D
L
F
A
GD
PTS
Newtongrange Star
22
15
6
1
56
21
+35
36
Bo'ness United
22
10
8
4
40
33
+7
28
Whitburn Juniors
22
9
6
7
40
34
+6
24
Fauldhouse United
22
8
7
7
36
34
+2
23
Armadale Thistle
22
8
7
7
36
36
0
23
Linlithgow Rose
22
9
4
9
34
32
+2
22
Camelon Juniors
22
7
7
8
34
35
-1
21
Edinburgh United
22
6
9
7
28
33
-5
21
Bathgate Thistle
22
5
9
8
25
34
-9
19
Bonnyrigg Rose
22
8
2
12
39
44
-5
18
Ormiston Primrose
22
3
9
10
20
29
-9
15
Tranent Juniors
22
3
8
11
26
49
-23
14
Relegated from
'A' Division:
Ormiston Primrose
Tranent Juniors
Promoted to
'A' Division:
Livingston United
Bonnybridge Juniors
OPPONENTS
VENUE
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
Armadale Thistle
H
0-0
   

Carswell, Miller, Forrest, O'Hara, Aitchison, McColl, Ramsay, Parkin, Cunningham, Ballantyne, Fraser. Subs: Lumsdaine, Tracey.

A
2-0
Parkin, O'Hara   

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

Bathgate Thistle
H
5-0
Bailey 2, Ramsay 3   

Meechan, Foley, Fraser, Tracey, Aitchison, Richardson, Dall, O'Hara, Ramsay, Bailey, Forrest. Subs: Lumsdaine, MacIntyre.

   
A
4-2
Ballantyne, Cunningham, MacIntyre, Ramsay   

Carswell, Miller, Fraser, Lumsdaine, McColl, O'Hara, Forrest, Parkin, Cunningham, Ballantyne, Ramsay. Subs: MacIntyre, Tracey.

Bo'ness United
H
2-2
O'Hara, Dall
A
4-0
OG, Tracey, Ballantyne, ?   

Carswell, Miller, Fraser, Tracey, McColl, Richardson, Dall, O'Hara, Cunningham, Ballantyne, O'Hara. Subs: Foley, MacIntyre.

Bonnyrigg Rose
H
3-0
Ramsay, ?
A
3-2
Forrest, Ramsay, Parkin
Camelon Juniors
H
0-2
   

Carswell, McColl, Forrest, Foley, Richardson, Fraser, Ramsay, Parkin, Cunningham, Dall, Ballantyne. Subs: O'Hara, Lumsdaine.

A
2-2
Ramsay 2   

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

Edinburgh United
H
4-0
Ramsay, Cunningham 2, Lumsdaine   

Carswell, Miller, Fraser, Lumsdaine, McColl, Aitchison, Forrest, Parkin, Cunningham, Ballantyne, Ramsay. Subs: O'Hara, Tracey.

A
0-0
Fauldhouse United
H
4-0
Miller, Lumsdaine 2, ?   

Carswell, Wilson, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Dall, Lumsdaine, Ramsay, O'Hara, Forrest. Subs: Foley, Aitchison.

A
3-1
?
Linlithgow Rose
H
1-0
Ballantyne
A
3-1
Forrest, Parkin, Cunningham
Ormiston Primrose
H
3-0
Bailey, Forrest, Ramsay
A
2-1
Cunningham, Miller
Tranent Juniors
H
2-1
Cunningham, Parkin   

Carswell, Foley, Fraser, Lumsdaine, Aitchison, Richardson, Forrest, Parkin, Cunningham, O'Hara, Ramsay. Subs: Dall, Ballantyne.

A
5-3
Dall 2, Parkin, Cunningham, Forrest   

Carswell, Wilson, Fraser, Miller, Parkin, Richardson, Dall, McColl, Cunningham, Forrest, O'Hara. Subs: Tracey, Lumsdaine.

Whitburn Juniors
H
3-3
Bailey, Forrest 2   

Meechan, Aitchison, Wilson, Miller, McColl, Richardson, O'Hara, Parkin, Bailey, Forrest, Dall. Subs: Ramsay, Ballantyne.

A
1-1
Lumsdaine
JOHN WALKER LEAGUE 'A' DIVISION CHAMPIONS

OVD SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
Bye
2
A
Hill of Beath Hawthorn
1-3
Richardson

CHARLIE BAIN FIFE & LOTHIANS CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
Bye
2
H
Camelon Juniors
1-1
Forrest   

Carswell, Aitchison, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Parkin, Cunningham, Ballantyne, Forrest. Subs: Tracey, Lumsdaine.

A
Camelon Juniors
1-2
Miller

ALLOA BREWERIES CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
H
West Calder United
2-0
Ramsay 2
2
A
Bo'ness United
1-1
Ballantyne   

Carswell, Aitchison, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Dall, Forrest, Ramsay, Ballantyne, O'Hara. Subs: Foley, Cunningham.

H
Bo'ness United
1-0
Forrest   

Carswell, Foley, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Forrest, Lumsdaine, Ramsay, O'Hara, Ballantyne. Subs: Cunningham, Dall.

QF
A
Livingston United
4-1
Ramsay 2, Forrest, Parkin
SF
H
Camelon Juniors
1-0
Ramsay   

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

F
N
Whitburn Juniors
2-0
Bailey, Cunningham   

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

   [programme]   
   

CHEERS! STAR LIFT BREWERY CUP
By Striker (Advertiser) at Newbyres Park, Gorebridge

John Buckley, the most successful Junior football manager, steered his brilliant Newtongrange Star to the Alloa Brewery Cup (East of Scotland) last Saturday at Newbyres Park, Gorebridge.

The premier East club – already Skol Cup holders and ‘A’ League champions made it a hat trick of trophies for season 91/92 thus far and they were still in the hunt for a record breaking two more!

Earlier this week they entertained Edinburgh United in the semi final of the Craigie Cup while on Friday evening (June 5) the Star travel to Armadale’s Volunteer Park to take on Linlithgow Rose in the final of the 1992 AGM Interiors Cup!

A sun drenched crowd of around 500 spectators including many representatives from most East Region Junior FA clubs and Fife saw the Star of Newtongrange outplay Whitburn Juniors who found big keeper Alan Carswell and the Star back four – Aitchison, McColl, Richardson and Fraser in a different class.

The Lee Bullen threat never materialised and had Nitten taken all of their chances it could have been rather embarrassing for the bus loads of Whitburn supporters who made the trip from Central Park.

“We only scored once out of six clear chances,” correctly opined a Star official at half time and by the end of the game the gap was as wide as the Forth Road Bridge yet the killing goal didn’t come until the prodigal son netted in injury time.

Sinners on the day were the high scoring Star strikers who had their boots on the wrong feet while Burn keeper Spalding was among only a few who gained pass marks in Derek Strickland’s Cup Final team.

Both teams took time to settle to this number one cup final for the East of Scotland with Star hoping to end a 10 year wait to get their hands on this particular handsome trophy.

Alan Carswell signalled to Whitburn early that he was in top form getting down to a McIlhone shot early in the game to concede Whitburn’s first corner of the final.

Whitburn competed reasonably enough but at times Star scythed through the Burn defence in breathtaking fashion but the Nitten finishing didn’t count.

Forrest looked to have opened the scoring when he side footed the ball netbound from a Bailey cross but Spalding poppled up to save.

It was the Star who entertained with fine football skills and when Bobby Forrest next headed into the side net – again from a very lively Gordon Bailey – the Strickland defence again looked all at sea.

Lumsdaine next looked clean through but turned the wrong direction, then Forrest headed another chance over the bar in 28 minutes.

In 38 minutes Whitburn’s McIlhone was booked for jersey pulling Tom Aitchison. From the free kick taken by Aitchison, Paul Ramsay became provider and Gordon Bailey at last snapped home the crucial opening strike of the cup final at the right time just before half time.

‘Ere tea was taken, however, Paul Ramsay headed wide an excellent opening after Bryce had volleyed over the bar at Carswell’s end to lead to the break time team talks but the Burnie dressing room was explosive!

Somebody had to take the can for the defence and it was pivot Hazelton who gave way in the second half to let Strain take the strain!

Newtongrange continued to smother Whitburn’s game and take it to their opponents while the defence had a water tight outlook.

The only blot on the Star’s day was a 53rd minute head injury which ko’d Bobby Forrest who was carried off to be replaced by Stewart Dall.

The only thing Whitburn were winning was successful appeals for offside as the Star held all the aces, all the creativity and inventiveness.

The only niggling thing was their lack of the killer goal and this kept club president Gregor Dorans on tenterhooks till the final whistle!

Bailey was denied in the very act of shooting with the target at his mercy, then he shot so narrowly over. Next Lumsdaine in excellent position got his feet in a fankle and Bailey was denied by an excellent Spalding save and so it went on!

The catalogue of Star misses continued and Bailey might have been replaced earlier than the last minute when Craig Cunningham at last substituted. An elbow in the face of Miller saw Haston sent off in the 89th minute.

And while Lumsdaine poked yet another one wide of the goals, substitute Cunningham made no mistake shooting home from close range after Spalding had failed to hold a raging shot to see Star lift the cup in fine style.

But at the finish the scoreline did not reflect the gulf between these two cup finalists with Whitburn a big disappointment.

Newtongrange? Well who can stop them?

Teams:
Newtongrange Star: Carswell, Aitchison, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, O'Hara, Forrest, Bailey, Lumsdaine, Ramsay. Subs: Dall, Cunningham.
Whitburn Juniors: Spalding, Jardine, Haston, Hodge, Hazelton, Ferguson, Bullen, Fairley, Bryce, McIlhone, Taylor. Subs: Strain, Fordyce.

Ref: J. Carlin (Linlithgow)


AGM INTERIORS CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
H
Pumpherston Juniors
11-0
Lumsdaine, Forrest, Ballantyne, OG, Ramsay 4, O'Hara, Dall, Foley   

Carswell, Aitchison, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Lumsdaine, O'Hara, Ballantyne, Forrest. Subs: Dall, Foley.

2
A
Broxburn Athletic
4-0
Cunningham 4
QF
H
Whitburn Juniors
2-1
Forrest, Lumsdaine   

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

SF
H
Edinburgh United
1-1
Forrest
A
Edinburgh United
4-0
Lumsdaine 2, Bailey, Forrest   
F
N
Linlithgow Rose
6-0
Ramsay 2, Forrest, Cunningham 2, O'Hara   

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

   
AGM INTERIORS CUP FINAL
   

STAR TREK OVER ROSE TO EVEN MORE SUCCESS
By Striker (Advertiser) at Volunteer Park, Armadale

Yet another stunning victory in the AGM Interiors Cup final for Newtongrange at Armadale and thoroughly satisfying against the best from the west!

Jimmy Crease’s last game in charge of his beloved Linlithgow Rose at Armadale last Friday night turned out to be a total nightmare as the Star turned on a devastatingly awesome display of attacking football that destroyed the pride of Prestonfield and raised Newtongrange’s achievements to, if possible to an even higher plain.

Striker Bobby Forrest was restored to the Star’s attack after his head knock sustained against Whitburn as a big crowd yet again saw this latest Junior cup final at Volunteer Park, Armadale.

And it took Paul Ramsay just eight minutes to set the Midlothian aces on their merry way when the club top scorer fired home a pass from Craig Lumsdaine which went in off the post to beat McCulloch and put super Nitten 1-0 up.

And then instantly David Blaikie was clean through as Rose replied but Alan Carswell made a supreme save touching the ball onto the crossbar and safety.

In nine minutes, ex-Musselburgh’s David Scally was felled by Stevie Richardson and the Star No. 6 was booked.

And it was 2-0 in 13 minutes when Gordon Fraser’s free kick was easily headed into the corner of McCulloch’s net by Bobby Forrest with the Star in mean mood.

In fact, Forrest’s unselfish running relieved the pressure on the Star defence when Linlithgow did mount an attack, but classy Nitten spread the passes around, played all the quality football and Linlithgow were left chasing shadows.

The first quarter of the game belonged to the champions who had no failures whatsoever – apart from Linlithgow’s effort that hit the crossbar the closest thing at Carswell’s end was a lofted passback from Stevie Richardson.

Understandably the Rose were still recovering from that early double goal shock and with Richardson, McColl, Aitchison and Fraser in immense form again, the Prestonfield attack withered away.

Just before half time Bobby Forrest set off on a blistering left wing run that took him past defenders, including the goalkeeper, but his parting effort was scooped off the line.

At half time with the score 2-0 Linlithgow had mountains to climb – the Star oozed confidence.

Paul Ramsay should have made it three in 54 minutes, hammering an excellent chance created by Lumsdaine wide with the target as his mercy.

But then the roof fell in on Linlithgow in the last 25 minutes. Craig Cunningham substituted for Gordon Bailey in 64 minutes and within 60 seconds it was 3-0 when keeper McCulloch failed to hold a Ramsay rocket and, following up, Cunningham scored easily from the rebound – his first touch of the ball.

Two minutes later there was a brilliant goal by Tony O’Hara who foxed three defenders before unleashing a vicious 20 yard shot into poor McCulloch’s net to make it 4-0.

Linlithgow could only stand and stare as it was total slaughter now as a short pass back from Wilcox was seized on by substitute Craig Cunningham, who hit home his second goal after just five minutes on the park as Nitten took a 5-0 lead.

Stewart Dall replaced Bobby Forrest as Star were running riot. Completely demoralised Linlithgow were punished again as a shot from Craig Cunningham next hit the post and Paul Ramsay who started the scoring – finished it with a raking shot to make it six of the best for Nitten.

All this and with 15 minutes still left to play.

However, skipper Kevin McColl’s right arm again lifted a fine trophy as Newtongrange ‘Simply the Best’ Star finish their season on a pinnacle of achievement.

Newtongrange scored 28 goals and conceded only 2 in winning this cup.


PETER CRAIGIE CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
H
Tranent Juniors
6-1
Cunningham 3, Ballantyne, Forrest, McColl   

Carswell, Foley, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Lumsdaine, Cunningham, Ballantyne, Forrest. Subs: Dall, Tracey.

2
A
Arniston Rangers
4-1
Forrest 2, Ramsay, ?
QF
H
Ormiston Primrose
(6) 1-1 (5)
Lumsdaine
SF
H
Edinburgh United
(4) 1-1 (3)
Ramsay   
F
N
Livingston United
(4) 1-1 (3)
Lumsdaine   

Carswell, Aitchison, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Forrest, O'Hara, Cunningham, Lumsdaine, Ramsay. Subs: Bailey, Ballantyne.

   
PETER CRAIGIE CUP FINAL
Action from the penalty shoot out that decided the final
   

GRAND SLAM FOR STAR
By Striker (Advertiser) at Albyn Park, Broxburn

Newtongrange Star completed a historic ‘Grand Slam’ of the four local cups and the ‘A’ league championship in a highly successful 1991/92 season unmatched in East of Scotland Junior circles.

All the cups involved all the clubs from the start – a feat not achieved by any other junior club in history.

Last Wednesday in a slightly less attractive final than the Linlithgow memory – it was doughty ‘B’ division champions Livingston United who failed when it mattered and Newtongrange won the Peter Craigie Cup at Albyn Park 4-3 in a penalty shoot out after both teams had finished locked together at 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Cock-a-hoop Star began in full cry carving up the United defence to create three excellent chances in the opening ten minutes all squandered by Messrs Ramsay, Forrest and Cunningham.

This was Star’s 50th and final match of their triumphant record breaking season but after that early flurry of pressure Nitten lost their shape and rhythm allowing Livingston to come back off the ropes.

The first quarter of the game saw plodding United barely in the game other than as spoilers and defenders and freely conceding freekicks quickly spotted by an able Linlithgow whistler Andrew Kowalczyk.

All the passing football came from the Star but as half time approached the West Lothian champions took heart from the blank scoreline to put some pressure on the Newtongrange defence which occasionally looked strangely ill at ease except Stevie Richardson.

The second half found the 68 goal front three of Nitten having come off second best and long before the end it looked as if their strike, if any, would have to come from the midfield.

Livingston were nothing if not sloggers and with just a wee bit of understandable fatigue showing in the Midlothian legs there was always the danger that Livingston might score.

Gordon Fraser, who’d taken a knock earlier, was substituted by Mark Ballantyne as Livvie keeper Hill continued to perform heroics and carry a significant slice of luck.

The Craigie Cup is 90 minutes plus penalties and just when it looked as if we might see a goalless hour and a half it was Livingston who broke the deadlock thanks to a Carswell boob.

In the 85th minute he twice handled in the box to concede an indirect free kick some 16 yards from goal.

After a lot of gamesmanship the kick was side passed to Brian Fairlie who cracked home a beauty beating Carswell by its pace.

But the Star are never finished until the final whistle and just one minute from time midfielder Craig Lumsdaine popped up to score his own 12th goal of the season and a dramatic equaliser.

Allan Miller had sent over a series of excellent corners throughout the final and at last one found the head of Lummy at the far post unmarked to rescue the falling Star with a vital strike.

And in the penalty shoot out it was sinner Alan Carswell who turned out to be a hero with two penalty saves from Brady and Gordon (Cowan, Yardley and Rooney scored). The first four Star penalty kickers scored from the spot (Bobby Forrest, Alan Miller, Stevie Richardson and Paul Ramsay) making the score 4-3 for the Star.

The outcome was the Craigie Cup for the well nigh unbeatable Newtongrange Star and Livingston who’d won every Craigie Cup round on penalties – a gritty runner up.

So the Star’s season finally came to a glorious conclusion.

I saw them win the League Cup at Tynecastle; I saw them win the Alloa Brewery Cup at Gorebridge; I saw them win the AGM Interiors Cup at Armadale and I saw them win the Craigie Cup at Broxburn. For all those memories of a wonderful season – thanks a million.

Teams:
Newtongrange Star: Carswell, Aitchison, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Forrest, O'Hara, Cunningham, Lumsdaine, Ramsay. Subs: Bailey, Ballantyne.
Livingston United: Hill, Reid, McNeill, Ash, Rooney, Gordon, Finlayson, Dunn, Yardley, Brady, Fairlie. Subs: Smart, Cowan.

Ref: A. Kowalczyk (Linlithgow)


SKOL JUNIOR LEAGUE CUP
PLD
W
D
L
F
A
GD
PTS
Newtongrange Star
4
3
1
0
8
1
+7
7
Arniston Rangers
4
1
1
2
3
5
-2
3
Ormiston Primrose
4
1
0
3
2
7
-5
2
 
OPPONENTS
VENUE
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
Arniston Rangers
H
0-0
   

Carswell, Wilson, Fraser, Miller, Aitchison, Richardson, Dall, Parkin, O'Hara, Tracey, Forrest. Subs: Cunningham, Foley.

A
3-1
Parkin, Lumsdaine, O'Hara
Ormiston Primrose
H
4-0
Parkin 3, Forrest
A
1-0
Forrest
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
QF
H
Tranent Juniors
1-0
McColl   

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

SF
A
Camelon Juniors
1-1
Miller   

Meechan, Aitchison, Wilson, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Forrest, Parkin, Ramsay, O'Hara, Dall. Subs: Lumsdaine, Ballantyne.

H
Camelon Juniors
4-1
Cunningham, Dall, Ramsay, OG   

Carswell, Aitchison, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Ramsay, Parkin, Cunningham, O'Hara, Forrest. Subs: Ballantyne, Dall.

F
N
Fauldhouse United
2-1
Parkin 2   

Carswell, Aitchison, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Cunningham, Parkin, Ramsay, Forrest, O'Hara. Subs: Dall, Ballantyne.

SKOL JUNIOR LEAGUE CUP FINAL
Newtongrange Star players in jubilant mood after their Cup win
   

PARKIN HITS A DREAM DOUBLE
By Gordon Scott (Evening News) at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

Gordon Parkin fulfilled a footballing dream last night as Newtongrange Star captured the Skol League Cup with a 2-1 victory over Fauldhouse United at Tynecastle.

The Hearts-daft midfielder said after his two-goal show: “I’ve always wanted to score at Tynecastle.”

However, he confessed later that he had not been certain of being picked until the last minute.

For Fauldhouse, stunned by the resignation of boss Billy Henderson at the weekend, the disappointment of losing after Lloyd Haddow had put them ahead, proved too much.

Sean Bonnar, who collected a winner’s medal with Linlithgow Rose last year, threw his loser’s memento into the stand in disgust.

“I felt we played the better football, especially in the second half, but our injuries took their toll in the end,” said United secretary Tommy Allison.

Haddow’s goal had him dancing for joy but the celebrations were short-lived. Tony O’Hara released Parkin who beat goalkeeper Paul Kerr from ten yards.

However, the goal paled beside his winner – a 30-yarder which earned Star their sixth trophy since winning the Cup in 1989.

Teams:
Newtongrange Star: Carswell, Aitchison, Fraser, Miller, McColl, Richardson, Cunningham, Parkin, Ramsay, Forrest, O'Hara. Subs: Dall, Ballantyne.
Fauldhouse United: Kerr, Carse, Rae, Ellis, Dougans, Bonnar, Butler, Haddow, Van Nuil, Allan, Scott. Subs: Robertson, McLaren.


TOP SCORERS
Paul Ramsay
27
Bobby Forrest
22
Craig Cunningham
19

SQUAD LIST
Allan Carswell
Mike Meechan
Boyd MacIntyre
Gordon Fraser
Stevie Richardson
Kevin McColl
Tam Aitchison
Gordon Wilson
Alan Miller
Tony O'Hara
Mark Ballantyne
Paul Ramsay
Craig Lumsdaine
Gordon Parkin
Stuart Dall
Bobby Forrest
Craig Cunningham
Gordon Bailey
Jimmy Reilly
Robert Cochrane
Kevin Foley
Derek Tracey