Cup winners come home

Linlithgow Rose 50th anniversary brochure
Linlithgow Rose 50th anniversary brochure

Saturday, May 15, 1965, is a date etched in the memory of every Linlithgow Rose fan.

For 50 years ago this weekend, the Rose defeated Baillieston 4-1 to lift the Scottish Junior Cup for the first time.

It was something of a coup for the East Region side which had not won silverware in the preceeding decade and had not been in the last eight of the competition since 1915!

Since then the Rose have appeared in a further six Junior Cup finals winning three and losing three.

Much of the credit for their success in recent years lies with the boys who raised the bar in 1965 - they made Linlithgow Rose a force in Junior football.

To celebrate the occasion the club will have some very special guests tomorrow when they line up against Penicuik in the quarter-finals of the Fife & Lothians Cup.

It will welcome Colin Grant, Tommy Henderson, Johnny Fordyce, Malcolm Oliphant, John Binnie, Bobby Veitch, Eamon McGlynn and Alex Gardner from the 1965 squad as well as Davie Roy and Sandy Fowler who were members of the Rose committee in 1965 and are still going strong in their committee roles today.

Club president Les Donaldson said: “It will be a privilege to have these lads back at Prestonfield again on Saturday 50 years almost to the day since they won the Junior Cup.

‘‘We had the pleasure of their company at our 125th anniversary dinner in February and everyone had a great time so we’re all looking forward to seeing them again and presenting them to our supporters.”

A souvenir magazine has been produced which is packed with memories of the big day in 1965 - including the reflections of Davie Roy, players Colin Grant and Tommy Henderson, supporters and even the club mascot Scott McGregor.

The magazine is available at Wilson’s Newsagents at The Cross.