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Post by Hughie » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:45 pm

Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
August 20, 1943

Davy Woodside

Saltcoats Victoria has had many fine players since they were instituted in 1911-12, but they have been more famous for half-backs than any other club. Davy Woodside, although long since finished his playing career, went abroad several years ago, still, his powerful half-back play reh mains fresh in the memory of all the old Vics, faithful.

He was a strong player who never eased off during the ninety minutes play, and no matter how strong were the opposition he could always give a good account of himself. Every game was played in earnest by Davy, and head or feet he could prove the master, but it was when the ball was in the air he was best for he seemed to be able to jump that bit extra for a hall and seldom was he beat for a ball in the air. Davy Woodside was a popular player home or away, and he certainly did a lot to uphold that fine half-back play which Saltcoats Vics, were famed for, and he left behind in Saltcoats memories of his sportsmanship.

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Post by Hughie » Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:27 am

Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
October 26, 1945

George Higgins

When Dreghorn Juniors were a power in Ayrshire football they reared many fine players. The officials didn't jump about like some officials, they just made their time and got their man. When they signed George Higgins they did a good stroke of business. He was a player that had fine control of the ball and was a source of worry to the opponent's defence. His body swerves provided the spectators with laughter, and applause for its cuteness

George was a hot favourite and a real goal-getter. A 90 minutes man who did more to blend a forward line than any other player. His carpet passes were neat and well-timed. His connection with Dreghorn will long be remembered as one of the players that kept Dreghorn well to the forefront in junior football. It is now many years since he hung up his boots but years do not deceive those who knew his worth.

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Post by Hughie » Thu Jan 28, 2021 12:30 am

Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
October 5, 1945

Hugh McMahon

Hugh McMahon as a footballer and golfer can be termed one of Saltcoats successful sportsmen. For years he was right in the forefront as a half-back with Cowdenbeath. First as a junior he hit the high spots and it was no surprise when he fixed up with Cowdenbeath. He proved value for every penny paid for him for he was considered one of the best in Scotland when at his best.

Tall, well-built man with lots of guts and a ninety minutes player. Against some of the best forwards in Scotland he held his own. When his football days were over he paid more attention to his golf and is considered by good judges to be a golfer above the average. A very even-tempered man who can remain silent when the occasion arises and very cool not upset by crowds or excitement. Hugh is one of the many that that has left his mark on the field of sport and a credit to Saltcoats.

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Post by Hughie » Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:45 pm

Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
August 11, 1944

Jimmy Bryant

When Ardeer Thistle won the Ayrshire Cup in 1925 it was the first time this cup had come to Stevenston and Jimmy Bryant led the attack on that occasion. Jimmy belongs to West Kilbride, but was a hot favourite at Warner Park for he was a player who always gave of his best.

He was of the wirey type and not afraid to go in to the attack. Had fine command of the ball and was as handy with the head as any leader of his day. But his leading out work was clever and could plan an attack at the least expected moment and this brought the old Thistle out of many a tight corner. He was a keen bowler and golfer and possessed a good dog or two and his judgment was as good on the track as it was on the football field. His bowling was good and his golf was pleasing.

Although an all-round sportsman, football brought him before the public more so than any other sport and the fact that he assisted the Thistle to win the Ayrshire Cup for the first time in their history, places him among the great players who brought fame to Stevenston.

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Post by Hughie » Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:52 pm

Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
July 6, 1945

Jimmy Hood

When war broke out a young Kilwinning lad played right back for Irvine Meadow. He was improving with every game, so much so that one senior manager was convinced he would suit him nicely. But the war arrived and young Hood was called to the colours. It was not surprising he shaped well as a player, for his late father, Jimmy Hood, will be remembered as one of the best backs in Scotland while playing with Kilmarnock seniors.

Curious enough young Jimmy did not like the right-back position and said so to Meadow officials, he wanted to play in the forward line and did play there once or twice, but Meadow officials told the lad he was a back. He then put his mind into it as a back, and he played so well that a certain first league manager watched him regularly and when about to approach the lad he joined the colours. A good player with a fine style.

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Post by Hughie » Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:50 am

Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
August 3, 1945

Jimmy Johnstone

Household names in Stevenston were McCulloch, Robb, Duff, Leckie, Hamilton, Auld and Johnstone just to mention a few. They were names that made football in Stevenston a game of brain. Jimmy Johnstone was one among the many who did good work on the playing field.

On the left touch-line his long sweeping strides made him cover the ground with ease and he possessed a deadly left foot. Jimmy had an unusual style in beating an opponent, and his success lay with the fact that he didn't beat his opponent twice the same way in succession. Other fine judges of a player claimed that he crossed a ball that was deadly for every cross was labelled and reached its destination, while others considered his shooting power was deadly. His goal average was always good.

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Post by Hughie » Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:10 pm

Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
February 26, 1943

John (Fancy) Anderson

Nearly forty years ago a young office boy was playing outside right for Winton Rovers "A" team. He was observed by Renfrew Victoria who signed him and he was included in that team from which nearly every member went senior. Next we find him with Winton Rovers and he had so many tricks that he was now known as "Fancy." At that time he was considered the fastest winger in Ayrshire. He possessed a fine shot for a winger, but he could reverse the play within a minute owing to his speed. While he was being watched by seniors, it was only with difficulty that he could get away from work to play as he was now a clerk with the railway company.

He assisted several senior clubs in charity games at Stevenston, then Glasgow Rangers got on his track through manager Wilton and "Fancy" had to choose between a football career or remain with the railway, so he decided to remain a clerk. Rangers at that time signed Alex. Bennett. We next find Anderson assisting Ardeer Thistle, but he returned to the Rovers where he finished his playing days. He won a song-writing competition, received an autograph photo Sir Harry Lauder for sending him a song, and won two competitions for the best football report.

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