NEWTONGRANGE STAR
1890 to 1899

1890/91

Football in the Newtongrange area was represented by a number of clubs:

  • Newtongrange Rangers (played only 3 matches in 1889 before folding)
  • Newtongrange Athletic (formed 1890 - folded 1896)
  • Newtongrange Jumpers (played only 1 match in 1890 before folding - lost 3-2 to Craigesk Thistle)
  • Craigesk Thistle (a team formed in 1885 representing Robert Craig's paper mill at Lothianbridge, which closed in the early 1890's, taking the team with it)
  • There was also a team by the name of Lothian Star, which was the same name as a temperance society based in Newtongrange since 1872. This may or may not have had some bearing on the Star's name.

Newtongrange Star started life as a first class juvenile side (under 27's) and their first match was on the 20th of September 1890 and resulted in a 7-1 win over Westfield Rovers.

Other results were, including the first ever recorded game against the juvenile version of Arniston Rangers who would step up to Junior level the following season:

NEWTONGRANGE STAR
COMPETITION
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
2nd Dalkeith Thistle
1-1
2nd Lothian Vale
4-2
Musselburgh Windsor
2-1
A
Arniston Rangers
7-0
Midlothian Juvenile Badges (1st Round)
A
Portobello Argyle
A
Arniston Rangers
0-0
Midlothian Juvenile Badges (3rd Round)
A
Loanhead Arrol Athletic
10-1
Midlothian Juvenile Badges (Final)
N
Dalkeith Rangers
1-2

 

1891/92
NEWTONGRANGE STAR
COMPETITION
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
Midlothian Juvenile Badges
A
Valleyfield Rangers
0-2
Midlothian Juvenile Badges
H
Valleyfield Rangers
10-1
Midlothian Juvenile Badges
A
Bonnyrigg Rose
2-2

NEWTONGRANGE BLUEBELL
COMPETITION
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
Midlothian Juvenile Badges
A
Westfield Thistle
3-10

NEWTONGRANGE ATHLETIC
COMPETITION
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
Midlothian Junior League
A
Arniston Rangers
5-3

 

1892/93
NEWTONGRANGE STAR
COMPETITION
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
Midlothian Juvenile Badges
H
Bonnyrigg Rangers
9-2

NEWTONGRANGE ATHLETIC
COMPETITION
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
Midlothian Junior League
A
Polton Vale
0-3

 

1893/94
NEWTONGRANGE ATHLETIC
COMPETITION
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
Midlothian Junior Cup
H
Musselburgh Windsor
2-0
Midlothian Junior Cup
H
Dalkeith Rangers
7-5*
Midlothian Junior Cup
H
Dalkeith Rangers
3-4
Donaldson Junior Cup
N**
Arniston Rangers
1-1
Donaldson Junior Cup
N
Arniston Rangers
0-2
Midlothian Junior League
H
Drum Birds
5-2
* Dalkeith protested Athletic's fielding of a player under an assumed name. Game to be replayed.
** Game was ordered to be played at neutral Bonnyrigg since Athletic had failed to show at original fixture. Athletic Team: Neilson, Philips, Briggs, Brown, Moffat, Melrose, Armistead, Pryde, Cornwall, Inglis, Kerr. Scorer: Kerr.
The replay was also played in Bonnyrigg in front of 800 spectators.
(League table as at 1 March 1894)
PLD
W
D
L
F
A
PTS
Musselburgh Windsor
4
4
0
0
19
7
8
Newtongrange Athletic
4
2
0
2
13
12
4
Loanhead Mayflower
5
2
0
3
13
13
4
Arniston Rangers
1
1
0
0
5
2
2
Drum Birds
3
0
0
3
5
16
0
The Midlothian Junior League was won by Arniston Rangers.

1894/95
NEWTONGRANGE ATHLETIC
COMPETITION
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
CROWD
H
Edinburgh Primrose
9-3
Midlothian Junior League
A
Drum Birds
6-3
200
Midlothian Junior League
H
Dalhousie Rangers
3-1
PLD
W
D
L
F
A
PTS
Newtongrange Athletic
12
9
1
2
43
21
19
Arniston Rangers
12
8
1
3
47
18
17
Tranent Juniors
11
8
0
3
29
22
16
Dalkeith Rangers
12
7
0
5
43
35
14
Dalhousie Rangers
11
5
0
6
27
33
10
Drum Birds
12
2
1
9
15
71
5
Glencorse United
12
0
1
11
10
40
1
 

 

1895/96
NEWTONGRANGE ATHLETIC
COMPETITION
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
CROWD
Midlothian Junior League
H
Elphinstone Athletic
6-1
Scottish Junior Cup
A
Dalkeith Rangers
4-0
Scottish Junior Cup
A
Benhar
4-3
Midlothian Junior League
H
Arniston Rangers
2-3
500
 
The Midlothian Junior League was won by Arniston Rangers. Newtongrange Athletic finished 4th.

DEAN ROVERS
COMPETITION
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
Midlothian Juvenile Badges
H
Glenbank United
4-1

 

1896/97

Newtongrange Athletic played their last game on 1st October 1896.

With a clear motivation found in juvenile team Dean Rovers and the defunct Newtongrange Athletic, Newtongrange Star made their first attempt playing at Junior level, but only lasted 4 months from December 1896 to March 1897.
 
The Midlothian Junior League was won by Dalhousie Rangers

 

1897/98

Newtongrange Star begin their second attempt at Junior level, lasting one season.

NEWTONGRANGE STAR
COMPETITION
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
Midlothian Junior League
A
Dalkeith Rangers
1-1
Midlothian Junior League
H
Musselburgh Fern
2-2
Midlothian Junior League
H
Leith Primrose
1-2
Midlothian Junior League
A
Musselburgh Fern
0-3
East of Scotland Cup (1st Round)
A
Musselburgh Fern
0-4
Team for home league match against Arniston Rangers: Scott, Barton, Naismyth, W. Briggs, A. Gray, Liddle, McBain, Chatham, R. Briggs, Shearer, Draffin. Result unknown.
Team for home league match against Bonnyrigg Rose: Scott, Barton, Baxter, W. Briggs, Gray, Liddle, R. Briggs, Cameron, Shearer, Bell, Draffin. Result unknown.
 
The Midlothian Junior League was won by Bonnyrigg Rose

 

1898/99
The Midlothian Junior League was won by Musselburgh Fern