The History of Newtongrange Star
Notable Former Players
Alex Munro
1931 to 1932
Munro spent 5 years with Hearts and 13 years with Blackpool after leaving Star. Played for Scotland 3 times, scoring 1 goal.
Jackie Neilson
1943 to 1949
Born in Nitten, Neilson spent 11 years with St Mirren where he lifted the Scottish Cup in 1959. He won 4 caps for the Scotland B team. He passed away in June 2012.
Bobby Johnstone
1945 to 1946
Johnstone only spent a short time with Star when only 16, but he would go on to be one of Hibs 'Famous Five' where he won Scottish Championships in 1952 and 1953. He then spent 4 years with Manchester City where he lifted the FA Cup in 1956. He won 14 caps for Scotland and scored 10 goals.
Willie Bauld
1946 to 1947
A Hearts legend, Bauld was loaned to Star for one year when just 18. Subsequently, he spent 14 years at Tynecastle where he won 2 league championships and the Scottish Cup in 1956. He was only capped 3 times by Scotland, but still managed 2 goals.
Freddie Glidden
1946 to 1948
Hearts farmed Glidden out to Star for 2 years. When he returned to Tynecastle he won all three Scottish domestic trophies during an 11 year spell. He finished his career with Dumbarton.
Mike Haughney
1948 to 1949
Haughney spent a year with Star and was part of the team that reached the semi-final of the Scottish Junior Cup in 1949. He then played with Celtic for 8 years where he won all three Scottish domestic trophies. In 1954 he gained 1 cap for Scotland playing in a 4-2 defeat to England.
Jimmy Murray
1950 to 1951
Murray had a brief spell with Star before joining Hearts in 1951. He was part of the Tynecastle side's championship successes of 1958 and 1960. He gained 5 caps for Scotland and scored 1 goal. That goal was in the 1958 World Cup and was Scotland's first ever goal at the finals
Dave Mackay
1951 to 1953
Mackay was farmed out to Star at the age of 16 and won many a winner's medal during his 2 year spell. He would win all Scottish domestic honours with Hearts before joining Tottenham Hotspur where he was part of The Double winning side of 1961. As a manager, he led Derby County to the English First Division title in 1975. He was capped 22 times by Scotland, scoring 4 goals.
Tommy Preston
1951 to 1953
Preston spent two seasons with Star before signing for Hibs in 1953. He remained with the Easter Road side for 11 years. One of his highlights was scoring in both legs of a Fairs Cup tie with Barcelona in 1960.
Alex Young
1952 to 1955
Young spent 3 years with Star as a teenager. In his last season with the club he was part of the side that won the Edinburgh & District League. Further honours followed in a 5 year spell with Hearts. In 1960 he moved to Everton where he won the English League Championship in 1963 and the FA Cup in 1966. He gained 8 caps for Scotland and scored 5 goals.
Ken Brownlee
1952 to 1955
Ken played for Aberdeen between 1956 an 1963 where he was top scorer in the 1958/59 season. He played in the Scottish Cup Final in 1959. He was capped at U23 Scotland level and was in the full squad twice. He finished his career in Scotland with Third Lanark and went to South Africa where he played and managed Boksburg from Division 2 to winning Division 1.
Lawrie Leslie
1954 to 1956
Goalkeeper Lawrie Leslie was part of the Star side that won the Edinburgh & District League in 1955. He then signed for Hibs a year later. He subsequently played for Airdrieonians, West Ham United, Stoke City, Millwall and Southend United. He gained 5 caps for Scotland over the 1960/61 season.
Joe McLelland
1954 to 1956
After 2 years with Star, McLelland signed for Hibs where he remained for 10 years. He was part of the Hibs team that reached the semi-final of the Inter City Fairs Cup in 1961 beating Barcelona on the way. He ended his career in 1965 in Wales with Wrexham.
Danny Paton
1952 to 1956
Paton spent 4 years with Star where he picked up much silverware. He had two spells with Hearts. Sandwiched between was 2 years with Yeovil Town as he completed his National Service. He lifted the Scottish League Cup with Hearts in 1962. He ended his career playing in the North American Soccer League with Washington Diplomats and Atlanta Chiefs.
Bobby Robinson
1968 to 1969
After a year with Star, Robinson subsequently played for various Scottish clubs. Most notable was a 6 year spell with Dundee where he lifted the Scottish League Cup in 1974 and gained 4 caps for Scotland. He later played for Dundee United, Hearts and Raith Rovers. He died in 1996 aged just 46.
Steve Hancock
1970 to 1971
Hancock spent 5 years at Celtic during which he was loaned out to Star for a year and played in the 1971 Scottish Junior Cup final. He only made one substitute appearance with the Parkhead club before short spells at Hibs, Sheffield Wednesday and Hearts. He then moved down the leagues with Meadowbank Thistle, Stenhousemuir and Forfar Athletic.
Bobby Prentice
1971 to 1972
Prentice spent a year with Star before joining Celtic, although he failed to make the first team. He joined Hearts where he remained for 6 years. He also had a year in Canada playing for Toronto Blizzard.
Chris Robertson
1974 to 1976, 1990 & 1995
Chris Robertson had 3 spells with Star. During the first spell, he was in the 1975 National Dryborough Cup winning side. Afterwards, he played for Rangers (where he picked up a league championship medal in 1978) and Hearts. He then moved down the divisions with Meadowbank Thistle and Berwick Rangers and then to the Juniors with Bonnyrigg Rose and Newtongrange Star. He returned to the Star in the mid 1990s as assistant manager and pulled on his boots again when an injury crisis hit scoring two goals in a League Cup match against Dalkeith Thistle in 1995.
Walter Kidd
1976 to 1977
After a season with Star where he picked up an East of Scotland Cup winners medal in 1977, Kidd spent 14 years with Hearts. He then had 3 years with Airdrieonians. He later moved into coaching.
Kevin McColl
1982 to 1994
Kevin McColl was signed from Whitehill Welfare in 1982. He made his debut on the 18th of November against Bo'ness United and went on to play over 500 games for the Star during his 12 year career. He was part of a very successful era for the Star and was Club Captain for many of the Club's triumphs. In his testimonial season he captained the Star to the Scottish Junior Cup final and to the East Region league championship, the Star's first in thirty years.
John Hughes
1983 to 1988
Hughes scored the Star's winning goal in the 1988 Radio Forth Cup final before departing for Berwick Rangers. He subsequently played for a number of clubs including Swansea City, Falkirk, Celtic and Hibs. As a manager, he led Inverness Caledonian Thistle to Scottish Cup glory in 2015.
Bobby Flavell
1985 to 1988
Bobby Flavell was your typical journey-man footballer, playing for numerous clubs throughout England, Scotland and even Sweden, amassing a total of 249 appearances. He ended his career with Newtongrange Star, playing 103 games. He sadly died in December 1995 aged only 39.
Gordon Fraser
1985 to 2002
Gordon Fraser served Newtongrange Star for 17 years. During that time he was to play a key role in a successful period for the Star, becoming Club Captain following the retiral of Kevin McColl. He reached the 500 appearance mark for the club in a Scottish Junior Cup tie against Ormiston Primrose at New Victoria Park during season 1997/98. A dependable and disciplined left back, his performances led to 3 caps for Junior Scotland as well as many winner's medals.
Tony O'Hara
1985 to 2002
Tony O'Hara was a fans' favourite for a remarkable 17 years. He picked up many a winner's medal in that time and scored many memorable goals along the way. The only goal against Scottish Junior Cup holders Cumnock in 1989/90, the long range strike against Glenafton Athletic in the Scottish Junior Cup semi-final of 1990/91 and his dance through the Linlithgow Rose defence in the Brown Cup final of 1991/92 were just some of the best examples.