THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Sandy Reid gives us a brief history of Stenhousemuir

1884 Stenhousemuir FC officially founded.

1890 The club sets up home at Ochilview Park (named after the nearby Ochil Hills) which becomes a popular destination for opposition fans enticed by the aroma from the nearby McCowans Toffee Factory.

1902 Win the Scottish Qualifying Cup for the second successive year. Little did the supporters know that it would be 93 years before the next celebrations.

1921 Join the Scottish League along with the rest of the Central League sides. Stay in Second Division or equivalent level for 70-odd years.

1928 A fine new stand is built to replace one destroyed in a fire. It was put up in such a hurry, though, that the architect forgot to include stairs, which had to be added on to the side of the structure.

1930 Suffer record defeat at the hands of Dunfermline by 11-2. Our ever-accurate local press state that the first seven goals were all breakaways.

1930s Stenhousemuir’s most famous son, James Finlayson, becomes a Hollywood star as Laurel and Hardy’s bad-tempered, moust­achioed adversary.

1951 At long last there is light at the end of the tunnel as we became the first Scottish side to host a game under floodlights. If it was not for our pioneering spirit Rangers might still be playing games on Saturdays.

1968-69 The darkest days of Stenhousemuir’s history. Rooted to the bottom of the table, we concede 125 goals. Using nine keepers can’t have helped.

1972 We make headline news, becoming the first team to beat Rangers after they had won the Cup-Winners Cup (in a pre-season friendly). Later, we complete a double, winning 2-1 at Ibrox in the League Cup. OK, so they’d won the first leg 5-0.

1994-95 Beat Aberdeen 2-0 in the Scottish Cup. Unfortunately, goalscorer Tommy Steel, a farmer, is pictured in the papers dressed as a matador ser­enading a bull à la Tommy Steele.

1995-6
Win the Challenge Cup on penalties. For all the supporters whose mem­ories of the match were erased by the frantic celebrations afterwards, the club kindly brought out a video. We still have a few hundred left.

1998 A dark moment in our history as we are relegated for the first time ever, leaving Rangers, Celtic and Aberdeen as the only Scottish clubs never to have gone down.

1999 Promotion for the first time after a nerve- racking win over Brechin City on the last day of the season, in front of a home crowd of 2,000, including 30 Norwegians. The winning goal by Ross Hamilton is shown on World Football a month later. Keeper Lindsay Hamilton picks up the annual Norwegian Fair Play award.

From WSC 150 August 1999. What was happening this month

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