Neilston Profile & News

NEILSTON J.F.C

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NICKNAME: The Farmers Boys

FOUNDED: 1945

GROUND: Brig O’Lea Stadium.

COVER: Yes

PROGRAMME: Yes.

 

HISTORY

It was in August 1945 that a newly formed club, Neilston Juniors,  joined the Western League (North) and played its first match on the 11th August away to Riccarton Bluebell.  A 4-4 draw was followed a week later with our first competitive match at Brig O’Lea which resulted in a 9-0 win against Kilmarnock Juniors.

Two years later would see the start of a six year long golden period for the club where we won the Western League Championship, the Western League Cup, the Renfrewshire Junior Cup five times, the Renfrewshire Consolation Cup and the Renfrewshire & Dunbartonshire Cup.  Nine trophies in six  years and beaten finalists in another six finals.

We were to spend 22 seasons in the Western League (North)  from 1945 to 1967.  In 1968 we joined the Central Junior Football League Division ‘B’ and won promotion to Division ‘A’ at the first attempt.  However two successive relegations saw us drop down to Division ‘C’.  However a 4-2 home win over Vale Of Clyde on the 6th March 1971 gave us the Division ‘C’ league title at the first attempt.  We would continue to move between the first and second divisions of the Central leagues until reconstruction in 2002 when we participated in the first ever Super League Premier Division involving the best of the Central and Ayrshire districts.

In its very first season of existence just 3 defeats in 22 games meant that we lost the 2002/03 Super Premier League title to Pollok on goal difference.  We would enjoy success again, winning the Super 1st Division Championship against Vale Of Clyde with a 2-0 victory at Fullarton Park on the 1st May 2006.  Unfortunately two successive relegations sent us to the Central District 1st Division in 2010.  In our 4th season in the Central District 1st Division we beat Shettleston 2-1 on May 14th 2014 at Brig O’Lea to win the fourth league title in our history.

We also had two Sectional League Cup victories.  On the 6th October 1998 we defeated Baillieston 5-0 at Fir Park, Motherwell and won the trophy again on the 4th October 2005 defeating East Kilbride Thistle 4-3 on penalties after a 0-0 draw at Firhill Stadium, Glasgow.

In the Scottish Junior Cup we’ve reached the quarter final on three occasions, in 1965 losing to Kilsyth Rangers, in 1998 losing to Maryhill and in 2007 losing to Kilwinning Rangers.  Our biggest win in the cup came on the 9th November 2002 with a 15-1 away victory over RAF Kinloss.  We have now played 101 different teams in the Scottish Junior Cup and the side we have been drawn against most is Pollok on six occasions

Many Neilston Juniors players went on to find success at a higher level.  Willie Bell played for Leeds United throughout the 1960’s and appeared in the 1965 FA Cup Final and went on to manage Birmingham City.  Tommy McMillan had many years at Aberdeen winning the Scottish Cup and was capped at under 23 level.  Dixie Deans won three league titles, two Scottish Cups, a Scottish League Cup and full international honours with Celtic.  At Aberdeen Peter Weir won two Premier League titles, three Scottish Cups, one Scottish League Cup, the European Cup Winners Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.  Peter, like Dixie, would also be capped for Scotland.

No talk of our history is complete without mentioning the five Farmer’s Boys who proudly represented the club at Junior international level.  Charlie Campbell capped in 1949 at Easter Road and Dalymount Park, Dublin.  Tommy Spencer capped in 1963 at Petershill Park, Dixie Deans capped in 1965 at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, Charlie Anderson capped in 1966 at The Oval, Belfast and finally John Muirhead capped in 1985 at Tolka Park, Dublin.”

 

Thanks to Kevin Robertson.

 

NEW SIGNINGS

MANAGER Andy Whiteford has been busy during the summer bring in new additions:-

Stewart Brodie – defender from Cambuslang Rangers.

Joe Coyle – defender joins from Kingspark Rovers AFC.

Mark Smith – midfielder from Firhill AFC.

Stevie Hopewell – winger (either side) joins us from Barrhead YM.

Kevin Kelly – midfielder/defender from Gartcosh Utd.

Stephen Graham – striker joins from Busby AFC.

Paul McKay – defender from Barrhead YM.

Mark McCuish – midfielder from St Anthony’s.

 

Kevin Cloherty – midfielder from Milngavie Wanderers

 

PLAYERS LEAVING

 

Defender David “Disco” Gordon has rejoined Renfrew while midfielder Adam Nisanci has joined Rutherglen Glencairn.

 

 

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HONOURS

 

Western League Champions 1946/47

Western League North Section Champions 1946/47

Western League Cup Winners 1946/47

Renfrewshire Junior Cup Winners 1946/47, 1947/48, 1948/49, 1951/52, 1952/53, 1964/65.

Renfrewshire Consolation Cup Winners 1950/51

Renfrewshire & Dumbartonshire Cup Winners 1952/53

Kirkwood Shield Winners 1966/67, 1968/69

Central League “C” Division Champion 1970/71

Erskine Charity Cup Winners 1990/91, 1993/94

McGregor Cup Winners 1991/92

Beatons Sectional League Cup Winners 1998/99

Stagecoach Super League 1st Div Champions 2005/06

Carlsberg Sectional League Cup Winners 2005/06

Stagecoach Central District League 1st Div Champions 2013/14

 

SEASON TICKETS

 

Season tickets for the 2015/16 season are NOW available with prices at – £30 for Adults and £20 for children/OAPs. See any committee members for your tickets.

EASY SIXES

The “SIXES” are a vital part in the running of the club and continue to be a fund raiser for the “Farmers Boys”. Get yourself a ticket priced £1.50 from any committee member and you could win big.

WEBSITE

 

For anyone interested who likes to be kept updated, you can check out the website at: –

http://www.neilstonjuniors.com

 

Can’t make the game? For the latest score follow @NeilstonJFC on matchdays and the latest comings and goings follow @neilston45.

 

 

 

Thank you to Neilston FC for the article.

 

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