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3 hours ago, Jambo'ness said:

I am leaving it there for this season as not all dates covered but interesting to note we have played competitive matches right up until July 3rd!

Hope you've enjoyed the last six months and I will start again at the end of July.

If any body wants to see anything included, just let me know.

Well done Jambo, looking forward to the second half.

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8 hours ago, Jambo'ness said:

June 18th

The 2nd leg of the League Championship Play-off was held in 1958 against Ormiston Primrose, at Newtown Park.  Hopes were not high as the 1st leg was lost away, 1-4,  but the BU's defied the odds to pull back the deficit and win the home leg 4-1. Goals came from a Tom Hill penalty, Matt Cummings, Andrew McBlain & Danny Reilly.

The team was: Thomson, Martin, Wilkie, Dair, Hill, McBlain, Cummings, Connor, Reilly, Sinclair, Davidson

For those of us who are WAY TOO YOUNG to remember,who won the league !!!!

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2 hours ago, boness4ever said:

For those of us who are WAY TOO YOUNG to remember,who won the league !!!!

The replay was held two days later.  The BU's won the toss and got to play at Newtown.  Matt Cummings & Gordon Davidson netted the goals in a 2-0 win

The team was Thomson, Martin, Wilkie, Dair, Hill, Myles, Cummings, Connor, Stevenson, Sinclair, Davidson.  I have no idea who the Stevenson was, as this was only game he ever played.  An old relation of Ryan perhaps?

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5 hours ago, Jambo'ness said:

The replay was held two days later.  The BU's won the toss and got to play at Newtown.  Matt Cummings & Gordon Davidson netted the goals in a 2-0 win

The team was Thomson, Martin, Wilkie, Dair, Hill, Myles, Cummings, Connor, Stevenson, Sinclair, Davidson.  I have no idea who the Stevenson was, as this was only game he ever played.  An old relation of Ryan perhaps?

That was Tom Stevenson, a Bo'ness lad who stood in for the one game.

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1 hour ago, Jambo'ness said:

Cheers for that.  I get the feeling you could fill in quite a few spaces in my records.

Feel free to ask.

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Nearly 6 months into your seminal work here. I love it and hope others truly appreciate what you are doing.

For me every day you remind me of all the links between players that have graced the teamlines of Bo'ness United and East Stirlingshire. I am sure the historians of all the other clubs in the East and further afield feel the same links when names match or even nearly match. One day I need to cross check my research with yours re the connections between the clubs.

I am currently writing some programme articles regarding season 1945/46 and was looking into the story about the revival of footy in Bo'ness  at that time and whether Bo'ness would go down the senior or junior route. The rejection of Bo'ness to play in the newly formed Easten Senior League in 1945/46 due to them being the last team to apply and being 1 to many must have be the catalyst for what happened very quickly next with footy at Bo'ness within the Juniors. Would love to know the correct story.

It is weird. In time forgot of the 1880s (I do actually know the dates) Shire played Bo'ness as equals at the same level of footy (never bothered me about "grades"  but for others it seems to be important) and then to soon after teams that were only a few miles apart went their separate ways (counties) and never had the chance to play again each other for over 125 years later. This was the ridiculous nonsense which was the set up of Scottish footy for over well over 100 years. I 'm so glad I live in a time when footy in the east of this country is beginning to join up. Now let there be what is awakening in the east spead to the west of the Scotland. 

Really looking forward to your next 6 months posts.

 

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9 hours ago, Dead said:

In time forgot of the 1880s (I do actually know the dates) Shire played Bo'ness as equals at the same level of footy (never bothered me about "grades"  but for others it seems to be important) and then to soon after teams that were only a few miles apart went their separate ways (counties) and never had the chance to play again each other for over 125 years later.

They were in the same league a lot up from the end of WWI up until the  early1930s given they were both in the Central League (which Bo'ness won both seasons) and then usually in the second division with the obvious exceptions of the seasons when Bo'ness were in the first division and the Shire were in the short-lived third division?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Football_League

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1921–22_Scottish_Football_League

Edited by LongTimeLurker

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First day of a new season and couldn't wait to get back to this!

Unfortunately, I can find no games previously on the 13th.  The best I can do are Friendlies on the 11th and 12th.

1964 saw the BU's make their earliest ever start (going by recorded matches).  Dunipace were the visitors on the 11th of July 1964.  A trialist scored two along with a Sandy Myles penalty in a 3-2 win.

The 12th of July 2017 saw the Hamilton Accies u-20's  visit and they were seen off 2-0 with goals from a trialist and Hassan Nyang

If anyone knows of a game on the 13th please let me know.

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One game found for the 16th, fairly recent, in 2011.  The venue was the Muirhouse Sports Grounds and the opponents were Civil Service Strollers.

This was Paul Ronald's first game in charge.  The match was a 1-1 draw with new signing John Stewart scoring the opener just after half time.

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For the 17th we go to 2010 and hardly an auspicious start for the Champions.  An away friendly at Beith resulted in a 4-1 defeat.  Derek Fleming scored our counter with a penalty.

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As we all know, pre-season friendly results are no real indicator of how your club is going to do.  This was never better illustrated than in 2009, when on the 18th, the future champions  played Ashfield in the first day of the Dunipace 4TT.  The BU's lost 2-5, with Scott Brown and an own goal being our counters.

In 2016, we met Linlithgow Thistle at Newtown and won 4-0 against energetic opponents.  Goals came from Ru McLennan, Nicky Walker, Fraser Eddington and a Colin Strickland penalty.

 

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Those who say I never include defeats are getting their fill now 😃  For the 19th, I'll go back to that 4TT at Dunipace 1n 2009.  We played Fauldhouse United in our 2nd game and lost 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.  Our goal was an own goal.  Funnily enough, tey were our top scorers at that stage, on two!

More recently, we entertained Clydebabank and went down 2-1, Ross Philp scoring.

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The 20th has thrown up 3 matches from the past.  In 2004, Albion Rovers were the visitors and the BU's were reported as having the better of the match in a 0-0 draw.

Not so good in 2010 as we hosted Airdrie, who fielded a strong side.  Down 2-0 at the break, Paul Shields gave hop of a recovery but two goals in the last quarter gave the visitors a slightly flattering 4-1 win.

2013 saw the Douglas Snedden Memorial Trophy being contested against local amateur side Bo'ness Cadora.  Played in very hot weather, the amateurs more than held their own in the first half as it finished goalless.  In fact it was nearly 70 minutes before the BU's broke down Cadora, with Chris Donnelly being put through to beat Cadora 'keeper Steven Lapsley.  Within 10 minutes, Darren Gribben had added two more goals, one a penalty and the match finished 3-0 to the BU's.

At the end, the trophy was presented to Chris Donnelly by Mrs Alison Snedden.

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Wee catch-up to include 21st and the visitors in 2014 were EOS senior club Lothian Thistle,  A close encounter ended 3-2 to the BU's, with goals coming from Willie McLaren, Chris Donnelly and an own goal.

On the 22nd, in 2004, the BU's came out on tops 1-0 against Airdrie, in a physical encounter.  The latter statement probably explained by the introduction for the visitors at half time of a certain Michael Gemmell!

Martin Mooney scored the winning goal.

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A good snippet there

Wee catch-up to include 21st and the visitors in 2014 were EOS senior club Lothian Thistle,  A close encounter ended 3-2 to the BU's, with goals coming from Willie McLaren, Chris Donnelly and an own goal.
On the 22nd, in 2004, the BU's came out on tops 1-0 against Airdrie, in a physical encounter.  The latter statement probably explained by the introduction for the visitors at half time of a certain Michael Gemmell!

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The player Michael replaced went by the name of Willie Wilson.  Was that the old Bathgate player and coach with us for a short time?

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We complain about poor summer weather but at least it hasn't plumbed the depths of this day in 2013.

Hamilton Accies were the visitors and this could really be described as two 45 minute games as both sides changed almost to a man at half time.

The first half started in heavy rain and belonged to the Accies and Ali Crawford was the creator of their goal.

Second half saw the BU's score 2 goals in 3 minutes midway through the half and they held on comfortably to win 2-1 in absolute monsoon conditions at the end.

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Today we can go quite a bit further back, to 1962.  when we faced up to a juvenile side Royal Edina.  An early start for sure in those days but the BU's had played their last competitive match on 28th April, a three month break!

This particular game was won 3 - 1 with a brace from new signing, from Lochgelly, Martin Halliday and one from a trialist named Houston.

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Only going back as far as 2015 today.  Then Premier League side Dundonald Bluebell  were the visitors for a friendly but what makes the match interesting are the scorers.

The BU's came out on top 4-2, not knowing they would meet the same club in the East of Scotland Cup Final at the season's end.

Back to the scorers.  Darren Cumming, the only man home-sick for Sauchie, grabbed a double.  Our new former Falkirk star Pedro Moutinho nabbed one and finally, the real collectors item, Darren Downie scored his only goal for the BU's!

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