Kilsyth and Kelvin Valley Football
Picture below shows Kilsyth Primary 1st Team in 1961 - thanks Bill!
Kilsyth Rangers Football and
Athletic Club was founded in 1913 and was a member of the Scottish Junior League
until the outbreak of the Second World War. After the war, the club was
reconstituted and a new ground was purchased - Duncansfield. In 1945 the club
gained membership to the Central League and the first home match against St.
Roch heralded the opening of the new ground in August 1945.
They wear blue tops and shorts, the away strip (uniform) being red tops, white
shorts and red socks, and currently compete in the West Region of the Scottish
Junior Football Association.
The club played in its first Junior Cup Final at Hampden Park in 1954-55 against
Duntocher Hibs before a crowd of 64,976. The game ended 0-0 and Kilsyth won the
replay 4-0 before a crowd of 30,000, all four goals being scored by the clubs
most prolific ever striker Alex Querrie. This feat is still a record to this
day. Kilsyth lost the 1957 final against Banks O'Dee (1-0) after being hot
favourites. The last final success was in 1967 when they beat Rutherglen
Glencairn 3-1 after a 1-1 draw in the first game at Hampden which was played in
front of 22,000 fans.
Recent years have brought increasing success with the club winning the Central
League Division One title (2002-03), followed by the Evening Times Cup Winners
Cup 2002-03 and the Superleague First Division title (2004-05)
Famous players to have played for the team include Drew Jarvie (Airdrie,
Aberdeen), Willie Wallace (Hearts, Celtic), Frank McGarvey (St.Mirren,
Liverpool, Celtic), David Stewart (Leeds Utd), Pat McMahon (Chelsea, Aston
Villa), George Mulhall (Aberdeen, Sunderland), and Jim Storrie (Airdrie,
Aberdeen, Leeds Utd).
The clubs biggest rivals are Kirkintilloch Rob Roy F.C., who play in nearby
Kirkintilloch. The record attendance at Duncansfield Park is 8,740 for a game
against Broxburn Athletic in a 1951 Scottish Junior Cup tie.
Scottish Junior Cup
Winners: 1954-55, 1966-67
West of Scotland Cup winners: 1953-54, 1967-68
Central League champions: 1947-48, 1953-54, 1956-57
Central Division One winners: 1982-83, 2002-03
Glasgow Junior Cup: 1930-31
Glasgow Dryburgh Cup: 1953-54, 1967-68
Evening Times Cup Winners Cup: 2002-03
Superleague First Division Champions 2004-05
Stirlingshire Junior Cup 1894-95,1918-19,1937-38,1945-46,1952-53 to 1959-60(8
Pompey Cup 1956-57,1957-58
Glasgow Junior Cup 1930-31
and enter the postcode G65 9JX.
Photograph of a boys soccer outing, around 1958, contributed by Joe
Lang . Helen Turley (of
Melbourne) comments: "The photo you have on
your site of a boys soccer outing is of boys from Croy, Condorrat and Twechar.
Copies of the book entitled "Kilsyth Rangers A History 1945-95" may be
obtained from the author, John Ferguson, Rowanbank, South Barrwood, Kilsyth G65
0EX, a copy is also available for reference in Kilsyth Library.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilsyth_Rangers_F.C. ( some material sourced
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