Broughton Star

Football Club

Season 1945-46

Broughton Star Football Club, Winners of the Stevenson Cup  1945-46

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Andrew Wilson, Leith, Edinburgh                                                          Photographer not known




Andrew Wilson

Leith, Edinburgh

Thank you to Andrew Wilson who wrote:


"My father, Andrew Wilson, captained Broughton Star Football Club in the 1940s.


The photograph above was taken during the 1944-45 season.  Broughton Star won the Stevenson Cup that season:

Andrew added:


I also have a photograph, mounted in a frame, which lists the cups won in the 1946-47 season:

'Scottish Lord Weir Cup'

-  'Stevenson Cup'

-  'Carmichael Cup''

-  'Ford Cup'

-  'Castle Cup'

They also won the league that season.

Other Players

Andrew says he would like to hear from anybody who can remember playing around that time, or if any of their relatives played for the team.

Andrew Wilson, Leith, Edinburgh:  January 8, 2010

Reply to Andrew?

If you'd like to send a reply to Andrew, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to him.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  January 13, 2009




Ian Thomson

Lake Maquarie, New South Wales, Australia

Thank you to Ian Thomson who wrote:

The Goalie

"I've just looked back at Andrew's photo of Broughton Star Football Club.

The goalie is Jimmy Dalgleish from Carrick Knowe Parkway, just up from the shops.  He was a fine keeper who went on to play with Newtongrange Star, I think.

He was a regular in Carrick Knowe Park as a boy.  He was two or three years older than me."

Ian Thomson, New South Wales, Australia:  May 17, 2010


Brian Douglas

Kirkliston, West Lothian, Scotland

After reading the comments from Andrew Wilson above, Brian Douglas wrote:

The Goalie

"As someone who has been involved in football all of my life and heard of the famous Broughton Star through my father, I'd like to ask:

1.  When was the club formed, when did it close down and why?

2.  What was considered to be their home ground?

3.  Is that the same Jock Service and Sid Brydon as went on to hold official capacities within the youth grade?

4.  If so, can you remember in which capacity they served?

From memory Jock Service may have worked for Gibson Heirs in Elbe St, Leith alongside my Father Willie Douglas who was the foreman Electrician during the 1960s and 1970s.

Any help you can give would be most appreciated. Thanking you in anticipation."

Brian Douglas, Kirkliston, West Lothian, Scotland:  May 12, 2011

Reply to Brian?

If you can help to answer Brian's questions, please email me then I'll pass on your answer to him.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, May 12, 2011



Ian Thomson

Lake Maquarie, New South Wales, Australia

Thank you to Ian Thomson who replied:

Early Days

"I can't answer the questions about the early days of Broughton Star FC as I was only 12 at the time  -  too young to be involved.

From late-1940s

"However, I remember the late-1940s and early-1950s when Broughton Star and Merchiston Thistle were the crack juvenile under-17 sides with future stars:

Ian Crawford

Davy MacKay


The scouts used to line the touch-line to sign them up, usually farming them out to junior clubs like Newtongrange Star..

From late-1940s

"In those days, the teams played in the corporation parks like Saughton and Inverleith.  Semi-finals and Finals were played in the enclosed ground west of Saughton Park, or at Tynecastle or Easter Road.

One of my fond memories is of scoring a goal in a 3-1 win for Longstone United at Tynecastle (school end) one summer evening, when I was 16.  The ground was empty, and only the stand had supporters.  I also remember the big tiled bath after the game where we endeavoured to get the muck off.


The Lord Weir Cup was the Scottish cup, competed for by clubs from all over the country.  The 'Star' must have been a crack side in 1946 to win all these trophies. 

At the time that I played, Eddie Kelly from Stenhouse was skipper of the 'Star'.  He was a fellow plumber.  He was provisionally signed by Hearts but had a bad leg injury and  dropped out of the game."

Ian Thomson, New South Wales, Australia:  May 13, 2011


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