Tayport F.C. Stories

TAYPORT F.C. — MIDLANDS AMATEUR FA LEAGUE DIVISION TWO CHAMPIONS 1968/69

This is the first of a series of articles in which we will follow the club to their various cup and league successes at both amateur and junior level.

In summer 1968, Tayport Amateur F.C. elected a new committee whose aim was to improve the club’s standing both on and off the field. This aim would ultimately be realised to take Tayport Football Club to the peak of Scottish non-league football.

The committee in 1968 was Fred Janssen (chairman), Iain R. Bell (treasurer), Albert J. Oswald (secretary), Doug Henderson, George Redpath and Ron Laing.

During the 70s and 80s Tayport F.C. enjoyed a high profile in the local amateur game, both on and off the pitch.

For fifteen years, from 1990, Tayport F.C. would go on to dominate the local Junior game winning an unprecedented number of honours. Indeed for the early part of the 21st century, Tayport F.C. was the top Junior side in Scotland.

In this period the club would win two Super League titles and two Scottish Junior Cups to add to the club’s first Scottish Junior Cup success in 1996.

There were Midlands AFA cup successes in 1959, the Bremner Cup, which is documented in the Hall of Fame page in Tayport FC’s website, and the Carne Trophy in 1964 and 1967 but regrettably there were no records kept during that period.

This Archive is a record of the 24 matches which took Tayport to a first ever League title to lift the Balnacraig Trophy awarded to the Midlands AFA’s Second Division Champions.

After years in the doldrums it would be a memorable season for the club:
Top scorers in the Midlands AFA – 129 goals in 24 games
Best defence – 34 goals in 24 games
100% home record – 73 goals for – 13 conceded

You can see the club’s records for the season below:

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Below you can see the complete Midlands AFA League tables for Season 1968-69:

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Doug Henderson was an ever present, turning out in all 24 league fixtures. In total 27 players played some part in the winning campaign. 12 players played in at least 12 games.

Appearances 1968/69

Doug Henderson 24
Ian White 23
Jim Mathers 22
Albert Oswald 22
George Ritchie 22
Richard Redpath 21
Ronnie Laing 20
Raymond White 19
Walter Kemp 16
Jim Scott 14
Derek White 13
Andy Johnstone 12

Jim Scott would have made more appearances but sustained a broken a leg v Wormit FC in October and didn’t return to action until April, making a cameo appearance as a substitute in the last game of the season:

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Clipping from Fife News about Tayport F.C. v Wormit, and the injury suffered by Jim Scott. 30/11/1968

The White brothers, Ian and Raymond, were the top marksmen, scoring 28 and 21 goals respectively, throughout the league season.

Others in double figures for league goals were:

Richard Redpath 15
Albert Oswald 13
Doug Henderson 12
Andy Johnstone 12
George Ritchie 11

Player of the Year in 1968/69
Veteran defender Jim Mathers. Jim Mathers had been a Bremner Cup winner with Tayport F.C. ten years previously.

1968/69 Gallery

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Ronnie Laing
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Raymond White
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Albert Oswald
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Eddie Stewart
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Doug Henderson
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Tayport  FC Midlands Amateur FA Champions April 1969. Back from left –  Morris Couper, Eddie Stewart, Walter Kemp, Jim Scott, Derek White, Ronnie Laing, Jim Mathers, Richard Redpath, George Redpath.  Front –  Abby Walker, Albert Oswald, Andy Johnstone, Ian White, George Ritchie, Doug Henderson, ‘Tammy’ Laing
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Tayport FC Midlands AFA Alliance (Reserves) XI, eight of whom turned out on occasion for the 1st XI during the club’s Championship season. Back from left Abby Walker, Kevin Harte, Maurice Flynn, Iain Bell, Andy Horan, Ian Mathers, George Bryson, ‘Tammy’ Laing. Front –  Fred Janssen, Dennis Auld, Murray Anderson, Michael Gray (mascot), Raymond White, James Foulis, Stan Cowe.
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Action from the opening day of the season v Kingsway Tech College on East Common.
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Action from the opening day of the season v Kingsway Tech College on East Common.
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Doug Henderson scoring the opening goal of the campaign from the penalty spot on 10 August 1968 in the 9-0 drubbing of Kingsway Technical College F.C.