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Post by Hughie » Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:06 am

Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
November 2, 1945

Bobby Patrick

No player was more faithful to Winton Rovers than Bobby Patrick. After a time with Irvine Meadow and Queen of the South, Bob signed for Rovers and he gave faithful service. While he took up many positions he was best known as a centre-forward. Possessed fine speed and was equally clever with head or feet. Many a game he won - for Rovers when odds were all against them and he was always a marked man. Whenever he got on the ball three or four opponents would pounce on him but in spite of that fact he got goals and there were few games he failed to score in.

He was not only a player but often made gifts to the club when they were having a lean time. Very popular not only at Winton Park but also at every ground he visited. Although he hung up his boots some years ago, he still taken an interest in the club, in fact we learn he is one of the many at present trying to get the held in order for next year.

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Post by Hughie » Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:10 am

Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
November 23, 1945

Bobby Hawthorn

Football is gripping the Kilwinning public once more after five years of war and no junior club. When the local Rangers were a power in Ayrshire they possessed a winger that cute and clever Bobby Hawthorn. His Alan Morton lobs were always a danger also his tricky body swerves. Yes, he was built to the small side, but as solid as a rock.

As Juniors go he was a valuable asset to the club and always among the goals. He had not great power in his shots, but each ball had that dangerous swerve which always seemed to be going well out of the 'keeper's reach. He had always the spectators in tenter-hooks by his tricky moves for he seemed to know when and where to attack. Like Micky Barr, brought a spot of fun into his play by giving the opponents the dummy. But his lobs were made to measure and a centre forward who followed up his raids was bound to get goals.

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Post by Hughie » Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:12 pm

Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
August 13, 1943

Matthew Orr

About thirty years ago player had to be tough to play in Ayrshire, and Mattha Orr had that toughness which made him popular. He was the type of player that could take up any position with success. When with Winton Rovers he could fill the bill, and no matter what position Rovers required filling in the forward line they could always find Mattha willing to fill it. Many a game this little stalky built player would trot on to the field with that deep sea roll which gave the impression of coolness and confidence, but the minute the game was in progress this role vanished and we saw a player of the real Stevenston type in the thick of it--boring his way through with every effort towards goal. He was a bunch of energy. A ninety minutes player and a club man all the time whose main object was goals.

He was the type of player who didn't spend much time on frills, as goals and victory were always first with Mattha. A moulder to trade of the cautious type, but for all that a good sportsman. Has resided in Ardrossan for many years, and a lover of schoolboy football.

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I never knew he was originally from Stevenston. I had the pleasure of working alongside Martha while learning my moulding trade at Winton Foundry in Ardrossan. He was a lovely quietly spoken man and very much respected by all his workmates. He and his wife lived in Seaton Street in the early 1960s. Hughie

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Post by Hughie » Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:47 am

While working in Winton Foundry in Ardrossan I recall there was mention of Matthew Orr having a fruit and vegetable business prior to taking up moulding again during the war. No doubt he went back to his trade at Winton Foundry as they were full-on at that time supplying castings for shipbuilding on the Clyde for the war effort.

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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
January 18, 1946

John Borland

Saltcoats has been famed for rearing centre-half's and none did better on the football field than "Jake" Borland, a Saltcoats player, who played for Kilbirnie Ladeside and Fulham. A strong player with height and build who was the best in Ayrshire at one time. He was also a fine golfer when in the mood.

His football career was cut short through an knee injury, but previous to this he was a popular player as a junior and senior. Although out of the game for many years, many still recall the stout defence he put up in many games while with Ladeside and the amount of energy he possessed, for he could stick it every game for ninety minutes with head and feet. He was the first or about the first to play the third back game which became so popular about fifteen years ago and he played it with much success.

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Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
November 9, 1945

Dan Fullarton

Over twenty years ago Saltcoats Vics. could call on many fine players and among them was Dan Fullarton who played in many position. Big and strong without being fancy, just a real honest to goodness junior. He gave many years of faithful service to the Vics. as a back, half-back and forward and seemed to be at home in any position. No doubt through his being a native of Saltcoats inspired him more to give of his best.
Of the fearless type—was the same home or away and that no doubt made him popular with the crowd.

One game in his career stood in the memory of most Vics. followers that was the occasion when he and "Skipper" Hunter, of Winton Rovers, fell out on Winton Park. It caused much talk for many years. He had a lot of good points which will remain to his credit.

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Post by Hughie » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:41 pm

Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
January 25, 1946

John Fairburn

As we stated last week, John (Glen) Fairburn, while an official of Ardeer Thistle was one of the most prominent officials in Ayrshire and one who knew every player in and out of Glasgow. He could get a player when other officials were thinking about it.

A man of great confidence and one who would not take no for an answer. He was untiring in his efforts for Ardeer Thistle for whom he signed many players of note. Even when Thistle found money hard to get, he could always get players and that was a puzzle to most people who thought they knew all the tricks of signing players. His work was much appreciated by all Thistle followers who considered John the best judge of young players in Scotland.

It will be recalled how he gave that word of advice to young players and how he kept handing out advice during the game and this added confidence to the young players. He was a bighearted man who left behind him in Stevenston a name that will live as long as football is played.

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Post by Hughie » Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:30 am

Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
January 22, 1943

Jimmy Cook

When Winton Rovers had just been a few years playing as Juniors they got their eye on a young left-back named Jimmy Cook, playing for the popular Ardrossan juvenile team, Winton Thistle. Several clubs had their eye on this lad, but as he was an apprentice joiner serving his time with the father of one of Rovers officials James Barbour, Cook signed for Rovers,

For craft and judgment Jimmy Cook can safely be considered the finest half-back that ever wore the Rovers colours. His positional play was so perfect that he seldom ran any more than a few yards during the ninety minutes of a game. His head work was a treat to watch, and many recall to this day how he could head a hall half the length of the field. His kicking of a "dead" ball was sure and direction perfect.

But he was best known as a penalty-kicker, for seldom if ever did he fail to find the net from the "spot." He was equally good at left-half, and all the outside rights of that time will agree that Cook possessed all the answers to any right wing that played against him. After Jimmy's playing days were over he took up the refereeing. Rovers possessed many good left-backs including Alex. McMaster, who played for Junior Scotland, but none had the football head and ability of Jimmy Cook.

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