In 1903, the main football teams in Ardrossan were Winton Rovers and Ardrossan Celtic. Ardrossan Academicals and Ardrossan Winton Thistle played each other in March while Ardrossan and District Ancients played two games in May. A new club, Vale of Winton, emerged in October and played two reported games.

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 6 - DALRY ATHLETIC 0
After a lapse of several weeks, the Winton Rovers again found employment in league interests on Saturday (27 December 1902) when they had Dalry Athletic as their guests and opponents. Despite the boisterous nature of the weather, the attendance was up to the average. The homesters were minus four of their regular team owing to injuries et cetera and Dalry were also understrength. The start was somewhat delayed owing to the late appearance of several of the Rovers and a little more promptitude in future might be appreciated by the crowd. The homesters did most of the pressing at the outset and scored after about minutes of play through McCulloch. The game continued on rather uninteresting lines until the interval when the game stood 2-0 in favour of the Rovers, Findlay having registered the second goal. Play in the second half was of a one-sided character. Shortly after resuming, a penalty kick gave the Wintonians a third point and on the Dalry citadel being again assailed shortly afterwards, an exciting scrimmage resulted in goal number four. The Rovers continued masters of the situation until the finish and their total was increased to six by McMillan and Elliot? respectively. Owing to darkness, play had to be stopped ten minutes before time with the homesters leading by six goals to nil. The wind spoiled the game to some extent and, as both teams indulged in strong kicking, their combination suffered in consequence. The Rovers, however, were the abler lot and merited their substantial win.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 January 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(27 December 1902).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
5
5
0
0
16
  6
10
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
5
3
1
1
17
  9
7
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
5
2
3
0
12
10
4
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
3
1
2
0
  4
  7
2
 
Dalry Athletic
 
3
1
2
0
  4
12
2
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
1
0
0
1
  3
  3
1
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
4
0
4
0
  4
13
0
 
Troon Portland
 
0
0
0
0
  0
  0
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 January 1903

LARGS NEVA 2 - ARDROSSAN CELTIC 2
Ring out the old, ring in the new
The Celts and Neva equal - two

Facing a perfect blizzard at Aubery Crescent on Saturday last (27 December 1902), the Ardrossan Celtic and the Neva met in their second game of the Irvine and District Juvenile Cup. There was a fair crowd of onlookers present when Neva kicked off aided by a strong breeze of sou'-west wind. The quality of the play was of a very feeble order and the goal scored by Currie of the home team was one that anybody could have registered and one that few custodians could have saved. On the two games, both clubs have equal scores - two goals each - so that the reply will be decided on neutral ground, fixed by the Irvine and District committee. After the first game at Ardrossan, great reports were raised about the roughness et cetera of the wearers of the green. If such was the case, they got paid back with interest at Aubrey as the boot was on the other foot on Saturday. On the day's play, the visitors were the better team, notwithstanding that they were defeated by a goal. They played for about twenty minutes minus a player and even when the absentee did return to the scene of action, he was practically of no use. With the exception of Simpson, there was not a single 'hall-marked' player in the Neva team. Simpson saved his side time and again - in fact, had it not been for this player¸ Celtic would have been now in the second round of the competition. A partner is badly needed for Simpson as the one he had on Saturday is only a third rater. 'Geordie' could be doing with a local defender and his name is Wilson Ninian. The best of the Aubrey trio was Docherty. Although not the poetry of motion, he is a paving player and a most consistent one at that. Hay had an 'oph' day and what he could not do by fair means, he essayed to by foul. On a day like Saturday, with ground to his taste, Hill was a failure and was cleverly bottled up time and again. Ramage apparently thought it too near the New Year holidays to risk much and never has he been so afraid of standing up to his opponents. Morris, although showing his usual flashes of speed, had no command of the ball. In fact, he often overran the sphere and thus his displays of Downerism went for nothing. Livingstone was a 'deadstone' on Saturday. The heavy going seemed to puncture his 'tyre' at an early stage of the game. Currie, in centre, was not up to his usual standard but the goal he scored no doubt saved his otherwise declining reputation. Thomson, in the front, plays according to what sort of mettle is opposed to him. The Celtic players would have given him plenty of the style of game he generally plays when opposed to the little boys of Mansefield but Thomson was a mild, harmless footballer on Saturday, simply because it was the hardy Ardrossan lads he had to face and the evergreens would stand no nonsense and Thomson knew this. Leckie, in goal, did all that was asked of him. The visitors were a well-balanced team with plenty of go about them and were wound up to last the full ninety minutes. If they displayed shady work and dirty tricks at the first game on their own ground, they were quite the reverse at Aubery. The Celts will be hard to beat no matter where the replay takes place. The better knowledge they have of the game will handicap their opponents, the Neva. The goalkeeper is a clever one but inclines to run too far out from his charge but Rennie, our internationalist, has his faults. If the custodian understands his backs, however, the practice is not always dangerous. The two backs were good and their halves were superior to the Neva's on Saturday's play. Their front division was also superior to the Aubery team and their centre has a style of gathering his forwards together that is lacking in Currie of the local team. Just as the Athletic players were busy packing their bags on Saturday last (27 December 1902), to journey to Ardrossan to play their undecided tie on the ground of the Celtic, secretary Murray received a wire from the secretary of the Irvine and District Association stating that the tie was meantime off so there was nothing for it but to spend the day at Aubery Crescent.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 January 1903

NEW YEAR'S DAY FIXTURES
The New Year's Day (1 January 1903) fixtures were Winton Rovers v Glasgow Glenruther, Saltcoats Seaside Rangers v Linwood Thistle and Largs Neva v Glasgow Whitehill.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 January 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL NEWS
The undecided Irvine and District Cup tie - Beith Britannia v Largs Thistle - which was supposed to take place at North Crescent Park, Ardrossan last Saturday (27 December 1902) did not come off. By the results of the two games previously played, the teams tied with each other, hence the arrangement to have the tie decided on neutral ground. It is said that the match was wired off and that the gentleman who was to act as referee, Mr Aitken, turned up at Winton Park and refereed the League match between Dalry Athletic and Winton Rovers. Query - did the North Ayrshire Association appoint a referee to take charge of the League game at Winton Park? The Rovers had pretty much a scratch eleven out for the day and the game was a poor one throughout. One of their number retired hurt for the greater part of the first half but nevertheless, the Rovers won an unfinished game easily by the good score of six goals to nil. The fact that the game was ten minutes short of the prescribed time leaves the points still to be fought for. Celtic came out of their return Irvine and District game with Largs Neva at Aubery Crescent better than was generally anticipated. By last Saturday's result, the teams cry quits with two goals each and as a third meeting of the teams is thus rendered necessary on neutral ground, there is no saying which of the two will survive the round.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 January 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC PLAYER GETS MARRIED
Another of our local juvenile trundlers was wedded last week. T McLauchlan of the Ardrossan Celtic is the happy man.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 January 1903

WINTON ROVERS TRAVEL TO BURNFOOTHILL
The draw for the second round of the Scottish Juvenile Cup has decreed that the Rovers should travel all the way to Burnfoothill to contest their claim with the Thistle of that ilk. The game comes off on Saturday first (3 January 1902) and the team leaves Ardrossan per the 10.10 am train, Glasgow and South-Western Railway.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 January 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE LEAGUE MEETING
A meeting of the North Ayrshire Juvenile League was held at Kilwinning on Friday evening last (26 December 1902). Kilwinning Rangers were allowed three days to pay Ardrossan Celtic's claim of 10s otherwise they are to be suspended. Celtic were awarded the points in the Kilwinning Rangers v Celtic League fixture at Ardrossan. The League game at Ardrossan on Saturday last (27 December 1902), Winton Rovers v Dalry Athletic, was stopped before time and the League fixture at Kilbirnie, Ladeside XI v Irvine Saint Andrew's, had to be played as a friendly owing to the appointed referee not appearing. The following League fixtures were arranged for the next two Saturdays.
    3 January - Dalry Athletic v Troon Portland and Winton Rovers v Dalry Blairland
    10 January - Irvine Saint Andrew's v Winton Rovers, Troon Portland v Dalry Blairland and Dalry Athletic v Kilwinning Rangers
One of the above fixtures, however, cannot be played on Saturday first as arrangements have been made by the Winton Rovers to play their Scottish Juvenile Cup tie with Burnfoothill on this date.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 January 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 9 - GLASGOW GLENRUTHER 4 on 1 January 1903
ARDROSSAN CELTIC 2 - MOTHERWELL HEARTS 1
The holiday games at Winton Park and North Crescent resulted in each of the local clubs scoring a victory. The Rovers, with only three of their regular eleven, defeated Glasgow Glenruther by nine goals to four and Celtic overcame the Motherwell Hearts by two to one.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 January 1903
The date on which the Celtic game was played is not documented. Perhaps it was on New Year's Day, 1 January 1903.


BURNFOOTHILL THISTLE 0 - ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 0

The luck of the ballot has been none too kind to the Rovers in the Scottish Cup competition and on Saturday (3 January 1903), they and a goodly number of followers travelled 'down south' to tackle Burnfoothill Thistle in the second round of the ties. An uphill climb of about two miles had to be undertaken after leaving Patna and it was a somewhat 'fagged' company that arrived at the scene of operations. In McMurtrie's place, Lambie occupied the Rovers' goal. The backs and half backs were as usual while in the absence of Reid, McCulloch and Maxwell from the front line, Bannatyne, Kerr and Craig donned the colours for the day. The game was started sharp to time in almost a gale of wind which slightly favoured the Rovers and the first try came from Fleming, the Thistle custodian saving smartly. The troublesome breeze combined with the slippery character of the ground made respectable football impossibility and a succession of shies was perhaps the most noteworthy feature of the play. The Rovers were, if anything, the more aggressive in the initial period and with a little luck, their efforts might have been rewarded. The second half found the teams battling away on level terms and the game was well spent ere the Thistle succeeded in getting the ball through but the point was disallowed for offside. Towards the finish, the Burnfoothill lads strove determinedly to pierce an opening but the Rovers succeeded in keeping them out until the expiry of time and the game terminated in a goalless draw. Under the circumstances, the display given was as could fairly be expected and the absence of goal-scoring was due to the defective play of the forwards rather than to any unusual ability on the part of the defence. The teams again face each other at Winton Park tomorrow (10 January 1903), commencing at 2.30 pm. The Rovers have no reason to complain of the treatment meted out to them last Saturday and look forwards to a pleasant game. Let there be a bumper 'gate'.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 January 1903

WINTON ROVERS TO REPLAY BURNFOOTHILL
The North Ayrshire League fixture arranged for last Saturday (3 January 1903) between Ardrossan Winton Rovers and Dalry Blairland United had to be postponed owing to the former club arranging to play their Scottish Juvenile cup tie with Burnfoothill on 3 instead on 10 January. Three League fixtures have been arranged for tomorrow, Saturday (10 January 1903) as follows - Irvine Saint Andrew's v Winton Rovers, Troon Portland v Dalry Blairland and Dalry Athletic v Kilwinning Rangers. Owing to the Winton Rovers and Burnfoothill having failed to decide their Scottish tie last Saturday at Burnfoothill - the game having ended in a draw - the Rovers will be unable to meet Irvine Saint Andrew's in League interests unless Burnfoothill prefer to scratch rather than travel to Ardrossan. Since writing above, we have been authoritatively informed that Burnfoothill intend to contest their claim with the Rovers at Winton Park and as this will be the first appearance of the visitors in the district, it is hoped the attraction will be the signal for a good turnout of spectators. Considering that they lacked the services of four of their best players - Mr Murtrie, goalkeeper and Maxwell, McCulloch and Reid, forwards - and the distance they had to travel, the Winton Rovers did well in drawing with Burnfoothill on Saturday. They were well pleased with their day's outing and speak highly of the treatment they received at the hands of Burnfoothill, both on and off the field.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 January 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 4 - LARGS NEVA 1
So far as the season has gone, Ardrossan Celtic have evinced pretty consistent form and on Saturday last (3 January 1903), the added another victory to their list of successes, defeating Largs Neva easily at Warner Park, Stevenston in their undecided Irvine and District Cup tie. The game may not have been a very brilliant affair but, nevertheless, the play was keen on both sides and the Celtic lads cull pleasure at the thought of qualifying for another stage of the competition. Tomorrow, Saturday, Celtic expect to find employment in Scottish Cup interests and the fact that they will be at home will doubtless nerve them to uphold their reputation at North Crescent Park. The visiting team, Vale of Garnock Strollers, come with a high reputation as juvenile trundlers and of this fact, the Celts, who fear no foes, will be in their best playing vein and, if so, the Vale may rest assured in getting a warm ninety minutes.
A second report is given below.
The undecided Irvine and District Cup tie between Ardrossan Celtic and Largs Neva was played at Warner Park, Stevenston last Saturday (3 January 1903) and ended in a decisive victory for Celtic by four goals to one. This was the third meeting of the teams, the results of the home-and-home games having placed the teams on level terms. The writer of these notes has been told that Tait of Celtic had two goals to his credit last Saturday. May he be in good form tomorrow (10 January 1903).
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 January 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(3 January 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
5
5
0
0
16
  6
10
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
5
3
1
1
17
  9
7
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
5
2
3
0
12
10
4
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
3
1
2
0
  4
  7
2
 
Dalry Athletic
 
3
1
2
0
  4
12
2
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
1
0
0
1
  3
  3
1
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
4
0
4
0
  4
13
0
 
Troon Portland
 
0
0
0
0
  0
  0
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 January 1903
Because no league games were played on 3 January 1903, the table is the same as last week's.

ARDROSSAN CELTIC EXPENSES NOT PAID BY KILWINNING RANGERS
We heard it stated that the Kilwinning Rangers have failed to pay the expenses due to Ardrossan Celtic within the time specified. This means that the Rangers will be suspended and on that account, their League fixture on Saturday first (10 January 1903) with Dalry Athletic will, we presume, be off.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 January 1903

BEITH CALEDONIA TO PLAY ARDROSSAN CELTIC
We have been informed that Beith Caledonia have decided not to proceed with their protest against Vale of Garnock Strollers in connection with their late Scottish Cup tie. This leaves the way clear for the Vale lads turning up at North Crescent, Ardrossan tomorrow (10 January 1903) against Celtic. A stiff engagement is anticipated.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 January 1903

AYRSHIRE SCOTTISH JUVENILE CUP TIES
The Scottish Juvenile Cup ties, second round, which fall to be played tomorrow (10 January 1903) in Ayrshire are as undernoted.
Largs Neva v Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
Ardrossan Celtic v Vale of Garnock Strollers
Hurlford Thistle v Irvine Victoria XI
Winton Rovers v Burnfoothill Thistle - replay
Maybole Westend v Hurlford Rovers
This last tie was played last Saturday (3 January 1903) and ended in favour of the Maybole youths by three goals to two.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 January 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 1 - VALE OF GARNOCK STROLLERS 3
Football under the conditions experienced last Saturday (10 January 1903) was extremely dangerous, yet despite these, Ardrossan Celtic and Vale of Garnock Strollers met at North Crescent Park, Ardrossan to play their tie in the second round of the Scottish Juvenile Cup competition. The severe weather, no doubt, led so may to believe that the tie would be postponed and as a result, the turnout of spectators did not bulk largely. Having arrived at the hostilities, we understand the teams decided to go on with the cup-tie and on the referee consenting to allow it to proceed, the game was played to the bitter end. To our mind, we would rather have seen the teams fighting under better conditions yet it was surprising to notice how the respective sides got over the ground. Celtic, who were without McLauchlan, had the benefit of a strong biting wind in the first half and on that account, the current of play was expected to run mostly in their favour. But as the game proceeded, it was seen that the homesters were not to be allowed to have a complete monopoly of the play, the Vale showing up well against the wind. The first half of the game was well advanced before Celtic succeeded in opening the scoring department and on a subsequent occasion, a second point seemed to fall to them from a ball which went on the wrong side of the post. The Vale protested strongly against a point being awarded and after the referee had consulted the linesmen, no point was the award. The Vale equalised matters and the scores at half-time were one goal each. With the breeze in their favour in the second half, the Vale were mainly in evidence and a few minutes after the resumption, they scored the leading goal with a fine slanting shot, the Celtic custodian failing to reach the sphere ere it passed between his uprights. The point was well taken and was the outcome of a previous bit of faulty work on the part of one of the home defenders. It was now an uphill battle for the Celtic lads who seemed to fight with more determination than ever and at times the tactics shown were not altogether free from blemish. Their defence lashed the ball ahead and now and again, they got into dangerous proximity to the Vale's stronghold but only to have their efforts foiled on each occasion. The current, however, continued to run best with visitors, among whom Bannerman was very conspicuous and at length, a shot ran in the direction of the home citadel which one of the ground defenders allowed Steed in goal to run out and clear. The result was that the Vale men again got command and, with an unprotected goal in front, they easily notched number three, a spectator kicking the sphere into play ere it had rightly passed between the uprights. It was now felt to be all up with the Celts and that their exit from the Scottish Cup ties was generally looked upon as an accomplished fact. Two goals up and a strong wind favouring them more than their opponents no doubt made the Vale lads feel pretty confident and their play seemed to slacken down a bit. The Celts, on the other hand, continued to fight hard, making one or two promising but unsuccessful rushes. On one occasion, (James) Hunter on the right, made a gallant effort to raise his side's total and the Vale's custodian was none too soon in averting disaster. Time was ultimately sounded, leaving the Vale winners of the tie by three goals to one. On the day's play, the visitors were just the better lot but Celtic need not take their defeat very sore to heart. Had the latter only managed to equalise when the game stood at 2-1, there is no saying how it might have ended. All was over, however, when the Vale registered the third and last point for the loss of which the home backs were mainly responsible - not Steed.
A second report is given below.
On Saturday last (10 January 1903), we journeyed to Ardrossan to play the Celtic of that ilk in the second round of the Scottish Juvenile Cup ties. We were afraid our errand would be a fruitless one as the ground in this district was frost-bound and covered with snow but on arriving at Ardrossan, we were agreeably surprised to find that the ground was quite playable. The officials of both teams, with the consent of the referee, agreed to proceed with the cup-tie and the game was started before a fair turnout of onlookers. There was a fairly strong wind blowing diagonally across the pitch and the Celtic, having won the toss, took advantage of same in the first half. A detailed account of the game will, we expect, be given by the Ardrossan correspondent. Suffice to say that the Vale held their own in the initial half, the scores at the interval being one goal each. On resuming, the Vale took up the running for a little but Steed was in great form and was very difficult to beat. We managed to put on two other goals, however, but subsequently the Strollers, apparently satisfied with their lead, got rather careless and Celtic were nearly scoring on several occasions. The game finished 3-1 in our favour and we thus enter the third round having played and won the first two ties on our opponents' ground.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 16 January 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(10 January 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
5
5
0
0
16
  6
10
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
5
3
1
1
17
  9
7
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
5
2
3
0
12
10
4
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
3
1
2
0
  4
  7
2
 
Dalry Athletic
 
3
1
2
0
  4
12
2
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
1
0
0
1
  3
  3
1
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
4
0
4
0
  4
13
0
 
Troon Portland
 
0
0
0
0
  0
  0
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
The League fixture, Dalry Athletic v Troon Portland, fixed for 3 January, did not come off owing to the Troon club not appearing. The Dalry lads will very likely claim the points. The League fixtures rearranged for last Satutday - Irvine Saint Andrew's v Dalry Athletic and Troon Portland v Dalry Blairland - were, it is believed, postponed in consequence of the weather so the above table shows no alteration from last week.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 16 January 1903

KILWINNING RANGERS PAY ARDROSSAN CELTIC'S EXPENSES
It was mentioned in these notes last week that Kilwinning Rangers had failed to pay Ardrossan Celtic's claim for non-fulfilment of fixture within the times fixed by the Association. We have since been officially informed that the said claim has been paid by the Rangers and are thus free from suspension.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 16 January 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE LEAGUE FIXTURES
The League fixtures arranged for the next two Saturdays, with games on the ground of the first-named clubs, are as follows:
17 January - Irvine Saint Andrew's v Ladeside XI, Kilwinning Rangers v Ardrossan Celtic, Troon Portland v Dalry Athletic, Dalry Blairland v Winton Rovers
24 January - Ladeside XI v Dalry Athletic, Kilwinning Rangers v Winton Rovers, Ardrossan Celtic v Troon Portland, Irvine Saint Andrew's v Dalry Blairland
With reference to the fixtures arranged for Saturday first (17 January 1903), two of these at least will have to stand down seeing that Kilbirnie Ladeside XI and Ardrossan Winton Rovers have each a Scottish tie awaiting settlement.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 16 January 1903

SCOTTISH JUVENILE CUP FIXTURES IN AYRSHIRE
One of the four Scottish Juvenile Cup ties which fell to be decided in Ayrshire last Saturday (10 January 1903), we have heard of one only having been played, namely, Ardrossan Celtic v Vale of Garnock Strollers which resulted in favour of the latter by three goals to one. The three postponed ties are expected to be trundled off tomorrow (17 January 1903) if the weather conditions are favourable. These are:
Winton Rovers v Burnfoothill Thistle - replay
Largs Neva v Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
Hurlford Thistle v Irvine Victoria XI
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 16 January 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC TRAVEL TO KILWINNING TO PLAY RANGERS
According to fixtures arranged by the North Ayrshire League, Celtic are expected to contest their claim for points with Kilwinning Rangers tomorrow (17 January 1903). The match takes place at Kilwinning and will be the first of the kind between the teams this season. It will perhaps be remembered the Celts were awarded the points through the Rangers failing to fulfil their fixture at Ardrossan a short time ago.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 16 January 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(17 January 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
5
5
0
0
16
  6
10
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
5
3
1
1
17
  9
7
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
5
2
3
0
12
10
4
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
3
1
2
0
  4
  7
2
 
Dalry Athletic
 
3
1
2
0
  4
12
2
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
1
0
0
1
  3
  3
1
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
4
0
4
0
  4
13
0
 
Troon Portland
 
0
0
0
0
  0
  0
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
None of our juveniles happened to be on the warpath last Saturday (17 January 1903) and the League matches arranged for that date have still to be fought. According to previously arranged fixtures, all the clubs in the above League table should have been in the hunt for points tomorrow (24 January 1903) but delayed cup engagements will interfere with the arrangements.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 23 January 1903

SCOTTISH JUVENILE CUP TIES
Two of the League clubs, Kilbirnie Ladeside XI and Ardrossan Winton Rovers, are still interested in the Scottish Juvenile ties and it is to be hoped each of these will be decided on Saturday first (24 January 1903). These are Winton Rovers v Burnfoothill Thistle - replay, Largs Neva v Kilbirnie Ladeside XI and Hurlford Thistle v Irvine Victoria XI.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 23 January 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC AND VALE OF GARNOCK GAME TO BE REPLAYED
In connection with the recent Scottish tie betwixt Ardrossan Celtic and Vale of Garnock Strollers, which the latter won the other week, there is some talk of the tie being replayed but we cannot vouch for the truth of this statement at the time of writing. It is evident this tie, if it is to be replayed, is not to take place on Saturday first (24 January 1903) for we notice the Vale of Garnock Strollers are open for an engagement tomorrow.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 23 January 19033

WINTON ROVERS REPLAY BURNFOOOTHILL TOMORROW
As a result of the very severe weather which we have been experiencing, the Winton Rovers were again obliged to forego their Scottish Cup engagement with Burnfoothill Thistle, Winton Park being in such as condition as to render football exceedingly dangerous. 'Hope deferred maketh the heart sick' and as the game has been cancelled twice already, we trust nothing will crop up to prevent the tie being decided on Saturday first (24 January 1903). With the exception of Maxwell, the Rovers will probably have out their strongest eleven, Reid being now practically fit and well. The kick-off has been fixed for 2.30 pm. By the way, Renfrew Victoria would like to secure McCulloch but we understand that the clever right-winger does not intend to quit Winton Park meanwhile.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 23 January 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 3 - BURNFOOTHILL THISTLE 0
The twice-cancelled Scottish Juvenile Cup tie - Winton Rovers v Burnfoothill Thistle - came off at Winton Park on Saturday (24 January 1903) before a satisfactory attendance. It will be remembered that the first game, which was played at Burnfoothill, resulted in a goalless draw, hence the replay. Even with ground advantage, the Rovers decided not to leave anything to chance and turned out their strongest available eleven. The shifting of the players, however, is evidently not yet a thing of the past with the Winton Park executive and Reid was again placed on the extreme left while McCulloch and Bannatyne constituted the opposite wing. Craig filled the inside-left position, J Maxwell having left the district. The visitors won the toss and Fleming kicked off for the Rovers against a slight breeze. For the first ten minutes, the home defenders were kept fully employed, so much so that in attempting to clear his lines, Bell fouled the ball within the prescribed area for which infringement a penalty kick was granted the Thistle. This was saved in clever style by McMurtrie and in the succeeding exchanges, the Wintonians wakened up somewhat. The very heavy state of the ground was much more favourable to the Jags who were much the weightier lot and the homesters were again forced back on their own lines. As the interval approached, the play became more evenly contested, the strangers' goal occasionally narrowly escaping downfall, although, at the same time, the shooting on both sides was not too accurate and ends were changed without a single goal having been registered. After the resumption, the Rovers were soon hovering round their opponents' citadel which was taken after fifteen minutes play, Craig putting the final touch to a combined rush by the forwards. Play again drifted in the Rovers' favour and after McCulloch had had a good try, Bannatyne notched a second point with a well-directed shot. At this stage, the latter player unfortunately twisted his ankle and had to retire for the remainder of the game. Although a couple of goals to the bad, the Burnfoothill youths plodded gamely on but Bell, who had come forward to fill the vacant position, put the issue beyond doubt with a rare shot from the touch-line. The Light Blues pressed more or less till the finish of the game which terminated in their favour by three goals to nil. A rather unnecessary show of temper on the part of one of the home players brought forth an admonition from the referee and we hope, for the sake of the team, to see no more of this sort of thing. The match was a fairly good one, considering the deplorable condition of the ground due to the preceding rain and while, in the initial period, there was practically nothing to choose between the teams, the Rovers latterly displayed the better football and merited their win which qualifies them for the third round of the national ties.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 30 January 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(24 January 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
5
5
0
0
16
  6
10
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
5
3
1
1
17
  9
7
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
5
2
3
0
12
10
4
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
4
2
2
0
  9
  8
2
 
Dalry Athletic
 
3
1
2
0
  4
12
2
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
1
0
0
1
  3
  3
1
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
5
0
5
0
  5
18
0
 
Troon Portland
 
0
0
0
0
  0
  0
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
So far as we have heard, only one game was played last Saturday (24 January 1903), Irvine Saint Andrew's defeating Dalry Blairland at Irvine by five goals to one. A meeting of the North Ayrshire League Association will be held tonight, Friday (30 January 1903) in Kilwinning.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 30 January 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL NEWS
At the time of writing, we are unable to say what League fixtures may have been arranged for tomorrow (31 January 1903). At one time, we were told that the two Ardrossan clubs were likely to meet each other in League interests but we have since heard they will find employment under Irvine and District Cup auspices. Longbars Rangers will meet the Rovers at Winton Park and Celtic play Largs Athletic. The delayed Scottish Juvenile tie - Winton Rovers v Burnfoothill Thistle - was replayed at Ardrossan last Saturday (24 January 1903) and culminated in favour of the Rovers by three goals to nil. All the scoring was done in the second half of the game. This success places the Rovers in the third round of Scottish ties which is a stage further than their near and dear neighbours who chase the leather at North Crescent Park.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 30 January 1903

VALE OF GARNOCK STROLLERS OPEN NEW FIELD
As the Scottish Juvenile Association have not yet met to decide as to our cup tie with Ardrossan Celtic, and as Kilbirnie Ladeside XI, our opponents in the Ayrshire Cup second round were due at Largs to play a Scottish tie, we took the opportunity on Saturday last (24 January 1903) of opening our new field and were successful in securing a visit of the Beith Football Club.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 30 January 1903
This is the opening paragraph of a longer report. Beith won by four goals to three.

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 2 - LARGS ATHLETIC 2
The attraction at Celtic Park on Saturday (31 January 1903) took the form of an Irvine and District Cup tie, the contending teams being Largs Athletic and Ardrossan Celtic. The attendance during the greater portion of the first half was somewhat thin but ere it was completed, the crowd was greatly augmented. The reason for this was due to the fact that the team expected to arrive at Winton Park that day failed to put in an appearance and on learning this, many of the Rovers' supporters flocked over to Celtic Park to see the above teams contending for honours. A strong wind blew throughout the game and this militated greatly against the play. The Athletic had the benefit of the element the first half and certainly the current inclined to run best with them but if one team was showing better football than the other, it was Celtic. Though battling against wind and play, the homesters kept the play pretty open at times and with strong kicking, they frequently got behind the meridian and several times also appeared dangerous but on every occasion were forced back empty-handed by the Athletic defence, among whom was expected to see Wilson Ninian of whose qualities are lately heard so much, but were disappointed. The Athletics, on the other hand, made repeated attempts to capture the home goal but their efforts to do so were somewhat feeble and erratic and as a result, time slipped away without either side being able to introduce the scoring department. It was felt that now was the time for the Athletic to 'pile on the agony' as against the wind in the second half, they would doubtless find their work harder and more difficult. Time and the ball rolled on without anything definite being accomplished by either side until fully five minutes after half-time when, after piloting their way to the Athletic end and ultimately getting in front of goal, one of the Celts headed the sphere home. This point was well wrought for but it was disallowed the homesters. The Athletics next rushed down on home territory and on McKeirnan failing to return a flying ball on the visitors' left, he was tackled by a couple of his opponents. One of the Athletic lads got command of the sphere and, driving it straight and true, Steed was beaten with the first goal of the match, the effort being a fine one. Some three minutes of the first half had still to go and on the Athletics coming again close, fighting ensued. The ball found its way to the visitors' right and on it being neatly centred, Steed had to acknowledge himself beaten a second time. The Athletics had fairly found the road to success but they were too late in doing so as shortly afterwards, half-time was signalled with the Athletics leading by two to nil. This was not a great lead, however, and with the wind in their favour during the second period, it was generally expected that Celtic would soon make up the leeway they had lost. Only a few minutes sufficed till the homesters had number one, the visitors' custodian only touching the sphere in such a way as to cause it to go past him when he might have put it over the bar. The Celts were now running over with eagerness and in their eagerness too, they at times spoiled themselves. The Athletics were getting it piping hot and repeatedly their citadel had hair-breadth escapes. There was only one team in the game now, the Athletics being unable to raise a decent gallop. At length, Celtic drew level with their opponents, the Athletic custodian paving the way to the capture of his goal by striking the ball a few yards out to a handy Celt who had no difficulty in scoring. The homesters continued to do the pressing work and experienced hard luck in not supplementing their total. As a result of the pressure, a penalty was given against the Athletic but the Celtic player failed to convert it and the remainder of the game passed off without further incident. The result was a draw of two goals each, though on the day's play, the Celts were value for a win.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 February 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL NEWS
The Kilwinning Rangers v Ladeside XI fixture will not be played owing to the former's field being occupied by the juniors. Ladeside XI, however, will contest their claim for the points with the Winton Rovers at Kilbirnie. Ardrossan Winton Rovers fully expected to play their Irvine and District Cup tie with Longbar Rangers last Saturday (31 January 1903) but the latter failed to turn up at Ardrossan and the Rovers were thus deprived of a game. The Rovers have, however, claimed the tie and expenses. When it leaked out that there was to be no game at
Winton Park, a large proportion of the spectators wended their way to North Crescent Park and swelled the small turnout there who had gathered to see Ardrossan Celtic v Largs Athletic do their ninety minutes in Irvine and District Cup interests. The crowd at North Crescent was therefore considerably greater than it would otherwise have been and it is hoped they profited financially by their luck. One thing at least can be said - the Celts had the worst of the luck in the game while the Athletic brigade, on the other hand, have some reason to congratulate themselves on being able to cry quits with their opponents. On the play shown, Celtic ought to have won the game in a canter and thus improved their chances of winning the tie outright when the return game comes up for settlement. We, however, think the Celtic lads quite capable to win the honours at Largs. It was expected that the teams would meet tomorrow (7 February 1903) but this cannot be as the Celts have a more important engagement for that day.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 February 1903

SCOTTISH JUVENILE ASSOCIATION ORDERS REPLAY

It will be remembered Vale of Garnock Strollers defeated Ardrossan Celtic a few weeks ago in a Scottish tie on which Referee Wilson, Kilmarnock, had occasion to lodge a report. This report was brought before the Scottish Juvenile Association meeting held on Saturday last (31 January 1903) with the result that Ardrossan Celtic and Vale of Garnock Strollers were ordered to replay their second round tie on Saturday first (7 February 1903) on the ground of the first-named club with a new referee. The Celts will thus have another opportunity to try their strength with one of the best juvenile combinations in the shire.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 February 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(31 January 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
6
5
1
0
16
  6
10
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
5
3
1
1
17
  9
7
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
5
3
2
0
  14
  9
6
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
5
2
3
0
12
10
4
 
Troon Portland
 
2
1
1
0
  1
  5
2
 
Dalry Athletic
 
3
1
2
0
  4
12
2
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
1
0
0
1
  3
  3
1
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
5
0
5
0
  5
18
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
We understand Ardrossan Celtic have forfeited a couple of points to Troon Portland for failing to play a League fixture on the date arranged. This decision was come to at a meeting of the League held on Friday evening last (30 January 1903). At the same meeting, Dalry Athletic claimed expenses of ten shillings and points from Troon Portland for a League irregulation. The matter was remitted till the next meeting.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 February 1903

SCOTTISH CUP DRAW FOR AYRSHIRE CLUBS
The draw for the third round of the Scottish Cup ties was made on Saturday (31 January 1903) and the Ayrshire clubs still in the running have been pitted thus:
   Maybole Westend v Ardrossan Celtic or Vale of Garnock Strollers
   Hurlford Thistle v Largs Neva
   Ardrossan Winton Rovers get a bye. The ties are to be played on 14 February.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 February 1903

WINTON ROVERS PLAYER PLAYS FOR PORTLAND GLASGOW JUNIORS
McMurray of the Winton Rovers and a former Ardeer player in the person of Carrick Hamilton, now of Queen's Park fame, played for the Portland Glasgow Juniors on Saturday (7 February 1903) against Ardeer Thistle at Warner Park. The Port lads sprung a surprise on the Jags in defeating them by four goals to one.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 February 1903
In 1903, Junior teams were of a higher rank than Juvenile teams such as Winton Rovers.

SCOTTISH CUP TIES
The Scottish Cup ties down for decision in the county on Saturday first (14 February 1903) are Hurlford Thistle v Largs Neva in the third round and Ardrossan Celtic v Vale of Garnock Strollers in the replayed tie of the second round. The winners of this tie meet Maybole Westend in the third stage. The other Ayrshire club still in the hunt for the Scottish trophy is Ardrossan Winton Rovers. This club goes into the fourth stage of the competition having been awarded a bye in the third round. Steed, the Celtic custodian, would have been an absentee last Saturday had the tie with the Vale come off and we also understand the Celts intended to turn out a new left-winger in place of Tait.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 February 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(7 February 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
6
5
1
0
16
  6
10
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
5
3
1
1
17
  9
7
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
5
3
2
0
  14
  9
6
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
5
2
3
0
12
10
4
 
Troon Portland
 
2
1
1
0
  1
  5
2
 
Dalry Athletic
 
3
1
2
0
  4
12
2
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
1
0
0
1
  3
  3
1
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
5
0
5
0
  5
18
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
No League games were played last Saturday so far as we have heard and consequently the above table is the same as appeared in our last week's issue.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 February 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE LEAGUE FIXTURES
The North Ayrshire League fixture arranged to take place between Ardrossan Winton Rovers and Kilbirnie Ladeside XI was postponed. The Ladeside field was rendered unplayable and the Rovers were notified in sufficient time to prevent them travelling to Kilbirnie. The League fixtures arranged to come off on Saturday first (14 February 1903), weather and ground permitting, are as follows:
   Ardrossan Winton Rovers v Dalry Blairland
   Kilwinning Rangers v Troon Portland
   Dalry Athletic v Irvine Saint Andrew's
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 February 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(14 February 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
6
5
1
0
16
  6
10
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
5
3
1
1
17
  9
7
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
6
3
2
1
17
  12
7
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
5
2
3
0
12
10
4
 
Dalry Athletic
 
4
1
2
1
  7
15
3
 
Troon Portland
 
2
1
1
0
  1
  5
2
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
1
0
0
1
  3
  3
1
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
5
0
5
0
  5
18
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
One North Ayrshire League fixture was trundled off last Saturday (14 February 1903) betwixt Irvine Saint Andrew's and Dalry Athletic. The result was a draw of three goals each and thus the points were divided. It was expected Ardrossan Winton Rovers would have found employment in League interests last Saturday but Dalry Blairland, who notified the Rovers at the end of the week, failed to fulfil the fixture. The Rovers, it would seem, have good cause to claim the points. We understand another League fixture is down for decision tomorrow at Winton Park, Ardrossan. The Winton Rovers will contest their claim for points with the Kilwinning Rangers.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 February 1903

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - REPLAYED SCOTTISH JUVENILE CUP TIE
ARDROSSAN CELTIC v VALE OF GARNOCK STROLLERS

Sir
The decision of the Scottish Juvenile Association ordering the above tie to be replayed at Ardrossan has caused the utmost indignation amongst all fair-minded followers of football in the district. I may say, to begin with, that I am not connected in any way with the Vale of Garnock Strollers Football Club but having learned the facts of the case from the officials of the club, I feel justified in putting the same before the public. The Vale players and committee travelled to Ardrossan to play their Scottish Cup tie and on arriving at the field, found the referee, Mr Wilson, and some of the Ardrossan Celtic officials waiting there. The ground looked in good playing condition and on being asked by Mr Wilson what they thought of it, one of the Vale committee replied that it seemed all right and also added that they would play only on condition that the game was a cup tie. On no account would they play a friendly. Mr Wilson then told the officials of both teams to get the players on the field as soon as possible, which was done, and the game proceeded. No intimation was made to the Vale captain by the referee at half-time that he considered the ground unplayable and that the Cup was off and anyone who witnessed the game can testify to the determination and earnest play of both teams right to the finish. As if further to prove my statements, Ardrossan Celtic lodged a protest on the ground that the field was unplayable, showing conclusively that they also considered the game had been played throughout as a cup-tie. The tie, by order of Mr Steven, secretary, Scottish Juvenile Football Association, was ordered to be replayed but the Vale of Garnock lodged an appeal against this decision. They received intimation that the case was to be brought up at the meeting on 31 January and were asked to attend. A representative was duly sent and judge of his surprise when, after waiting some considerable time, he was called into the meeting and told that the Committee had decided that the tie was to be replayed on Saturday 7 February. This Committee are supposed to meet out justice but I would ask in all sincerity if the representative of the Vale of Garnock had not a right to be heard - why, it is a right that is not denied the lowest criminal. Had a hearing been granted before coming to a decision, the club would have been quite satisfied. At the same time, the facts I have stated - especially the lodging of the protest - prove that the referee's report was not according to his conduct of the game and therefore he should have been severely dealt with by the Association. As proof that he was probably afraid that such might be the outcome of the case, I am informed that he was not present at the meeting. Trusting you will insert the foregoing,
I am, et cetera,
Justice
Kilbirnie
10 February 1903
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 February 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 1 - VALE OF GARNOCK STROLLERS 1
The Scottish Cup-tie - Ardrossan Celtic v Vale of Garnock Strollers - ordered to be replayed at Ardrossan, came off at North Crescent Park last Saturday (14 February 1903) and being the only attraction in town, there was a good attendance of onlookers, the interest in the match being somewhat keen. A strong wind militated against the play and as a result, the ball was frequently in touch. Partisanship seemed to be strong among the outside element and the game was not long in progress till a free fight was noticeable. As will be remembered, the Vale defeated the Celts on the first occasion the teams met and the opinion was pretty general that the Vale would come out on top. The result, however, turned out otherwise and the Vale lads may congratulate themselves in being able to hold the game as drawn with one goal each. While playing with the assistance of the wind in the first half, the Vale scored their only point from a penalty kick which had to be taken several times. The Celts, on the other hand, equalised matters in the second half and thereafter had very hard lines in not emerging victorious, the Vale's citadel being captured on two other occasions but the points were disallowed. Had the Celts won the tie, no one could have grudged them the honour for so far as scoring was concerned, the decidedly had the best of matters. On the day's play, the teams appeared to be well-matched and the Vale lads have perhaps a higher estimate of what a formidable lot the dashing Celts are on their own pitch. The Vale, we heard it remarked, have got their wish - Celtic at Glengarnock - and the fact that the tie must now be played there has certainly improved their chances of winning the tie. Last Saturday's game was characterised by much determination on both sides and we have no doubt tomorrow's 'fite' will be equally so.
A second report on the match - apparently written by a Vale of Garnock supporter - is given below.
The weather being favourable on Saturday last (14 February 1903), we again journeyed to Ardrossan to play out long-delayed cup-tie versus the Celtic. Ferguson and Stevenson had both been injured during the week and were unable to play so that our team had to be rearranged, Andrew Robertson and E Jones taking up the two vacancies. We were informed that the Celtic eleven had been considerably strengthened for the occasion so that our chances looked none too bright. We had the advantage of the wind in the first half but could only score once which many thought was an insufficient lead in view of having to face the breeze in the second half. Our defence held out splendidly, however, and were only once beaten so that the game finished a draw, one goal each. The referee, a Glasgow gentleman, gave great satisfaction, his decisions being very prompt. He was specially severe on any shady tactics, a point which would perhaps not be altogether relished by some of the Celtic defence whose treatment of our outside-right during a part of the game was most ungentlemanly and almost warranted marching orders. The replay will take place on Saturday first (21 February 1903) at Kersland Field when we hope to be able to play our strongest eleven.
A comment is given below.
Vale of Garnock Strollers were perhaps never nearer beaten than they were last Saturday (14 February 1903) at Ardrossan and it goes without saying that Celtic were rather unfortunate in not winning the replayed Scottish tie. We are afraid Celtic's chances of surviving the round has now passed away seeing that the replay is at Glengarnock.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 February 1903

ARDROSSAN ACADEMY XI 7 - IRVINE ACADEMY 1
Through the kindness of the Winton Rovers, the Ardrossan Academy XI secured Winton Park to play their fixture with Irvine Academy XI. Winning the toss, the home team decided to play against the wind and shortly had two goals to their credit while Irvine notched but one. With the breeze in their favour in the second half, the Ardrossan XI took the match in hand and despite the one back game played by their opponents, ran out easy winners by the tall score of seven goals to one.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 February 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(21 February 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
6
5
1
0
16
  6
10
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
7
4
2
1
19
13
  9
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
5
3
2
0
15
 8
6
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
6
2
3
1
13
11
5
 
Dalry Athletic
 
5
1
3
1
  9
18
3
 
Troon Portland
 
2
1
1
0
  1
  5
2
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
6
1
5
0
  8
20
2
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
1
0
0
1
  1
  1
1
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 February 1903

VALE OF GARNOCK STROLLERS 1 - ARDROSSAN CELTIC 0
Although having to face the Vale of Garnock Strollers at Kersland Park - the Vale's new pitch - in their undecided Scottish Cup tie, Ardrossan Celtic left home on Saturday (21 February 1903) with a certain amount of confidence in their ability to give the Vale a hard run for honours. The Vale's eleven, to some minds, are not the terrors they are generally believed to be and this opinion perhaps imbued the Celts with more confidence than had it been otherwise. Speaking for ourselves, we considered Celts to have lost their chance the previous week in failing to win the tie at Ardrossan and our humble opinion was that the Vale, although having little experience on their new pitch, would come out on top on Saturday. The result has confirmed our belief, though it took the Vale all their time to win, the result being one to nil in their favour. The issue is not by any means a severe one, though amply sufficient to place the Vale in the next stage of the competition. We, however, compliment the Celtic lads on the stand they made against a combination which is generally looked upon as the best in the county. There were one or two changes in Celtic's front rank, Tait being again included in the eleven. Saturday last was not an ideal day for football at Ardrossan but the Winton Rovers, after several weeks inaction, were no doubt anxious to resume the common warfare and that afternoon, they had the Kilwinning Rangers as their guests and opponents in a North Ayrshire League fixture, the verdict being a draw of one goal each. Several of the clubs in the League have been rather careless about fulfilling fixtures and, as a result, points have been forfeited. This is a bad feature of the competition and if the League is to become interesting, the clubs in general must see to it that their fixtures are carried out as arranged, except those prevented by cup ties.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 February 1903

AYRSHIRE JUVENILE LEAGUE ASSOCIATION
At a meeting of the Ayrshire Juvenile Association held in Kilmarnock on Saturday last (21 February 1903), the Winton Rovers appealed against a decision of the North Ayrshire Juvenile League declaring their game with Kilbirnie Ladeside XI at Ardrossan a League fixture. The ground of appeal was that the gentleman who refereed the match was not on the official list of referees. The Association upheld the appeal and the game will require to be replayed at some future date. It was also decided to censure the official appointed, Mr Strannigan, Kilmarnock, for non-fulfilment of engagement. The semi-final draw was made and reads something like this:
   Vale of Garnock Strollers or Muirkirk Battlefield v Ardrossan Celtic or Hurlford Thistle
   Irvine Victoria v Largs Neva or Burnfoothill Thistle.
The semi-final ties fall to be played on neutral ground.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 February 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC PLAY HURLFORD THISTLE TOMORROW
Tomorrow (28 February 1903), the local Wearers of the Green do battle against Hurlford Thistle in the fourth round of the Ayrshire Juvenile Cup ties at North Crescent Park. The homesters should leave nothing to chance as the lads from the village that has given birth to so many first-class footballers are sure to make a bold bid to enter the semi-final stage of the competition.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 February 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 1 - KILWINNING RANGERS 1
Football matches at Winton Park have been somewhat at a discount of late. On Saturday last (21 February 1903), however, the Rovers found employment in League interests, their opponents being Kilwinning Rangers. After a disappointing exhibition the game ended in a draw - one goal each. Rovers played Steedman in place of Fullerton. The weather was not conducive to good football, a troublesome wind blowing down the field. The Rovers kicked off against the wind and were soon forced on the defensive. The pressure was maintained and five minutes from the start, the Rangers opened the scoring. Following this, the Rovers mad good progress, getting well in on their opponents' citadel where Fleming grazed the bar with a good try. The visitors soon returned to the attack but erratic shooting lost them several opportunities. The Rovers were unable to make any appreciative headway in face of the breeze, their aggressive work usually ending about mid-field and during the remainder of this half, the play was confined more or less to one end of the field. The Buffs strove eagerly to augment their score but McMurtrie and his supports proved equal to the occasion and the interval arrived without any further scoring. After having held their opponents so well, it was generally expected that with the elements in their favour, the homesters would make up the slight deficiency but the game was pretty well spent ere Reid equalised with a fine screw shot. At intervals, the Rangers got over the meridian but it was seldom the Winton goal was in danger. On the other hand, the Light Blues made numerous attempts to find an opening and a crop of corner kicks fell to their lot, all of which were abortive. Over-anxiety to score, combined with an erratic shooting, proved their undoing. The result gives a fairly correct indication of the run of play. The Rovers, no doubt, attacked very persistently throughout the second period but so disjointed were their efforts at goal that, but for Reid's timely shot, the Buffs might quite possibly have maintained their lead to the finish.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 February 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE LEAGUE COMMITTEE MEETING
The North Ayrshire Juvenile League Committee held a meeting in Kilwinning on Friday evening last (27 February 1903). A communication was read from Troon Portland intimating that the club was defunct. It was unanimously agreed that they be suspended until the claims against them be paid. The following are the claims - Dalry Blairland United 10s expenses, Dalry Athletic 10s expenses, referee's expenses incurred by travelling to Troon 5s, Kilwinning Rangers' claim for expenses v Dalry Athletic was not upheld and a claim by Winton Rovers against Dalry Blairland United was also dismissed. It was intimated that the League fixture between Dalry Athletic and Dalry Blairland United on 21 February had been stopped before time. As Troon Portland are now withdrawn from the League, it was agreed that the teams in the competition who had not played them should have the points added to their total. The following fixtures were arranged at the above meeting:
   7 March
      Kilwinning Rangers v Ladeside XI at Kilwinning
      Winton Rovers v Dalry Athletic at Ardrossan
   14 March
      Dalry Blairland v Ardrossan Celtic at Dalry
      Irvine Saint Andrew's v Dalry Athletic at Irvine
      Ladeside XI v Winton Rovers at Kilbirnie
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 March 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(28 February 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
7
6
1
0
17
  6
12
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
8
6
2
0
25
  9
12
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
9
5
2
2
21
15
12
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
8
4
3
1
13
11
  9
 
Dalry Athletic
 
7
3
3
1
  8
25
  7
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
3
2
0
1
  1
  1
  5
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
8
2
5
1
  7
21
  5
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
Owing to the withdrawal of Troon Portland, Mr Maule, secretary, has kindly supplied us with the alterations. It will be noticed that games and points have been added to the records of the respective clubs. Two North Ayrshire fixtures were played off last Saturday (28 March 1903) - Kilbirnie Ladeside XI defeating Dalry Athletic by the tall score of ten goals to nil while Irvine Saint Andrew's and Blairland United divided the points with two points each.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 March 1903

WINTON ROVERS v ARDEER THISTLE GAME CAUSES CONTRADISTINCTION
Tomorrow, Saturday (7 March 1903) is the day set apart for Ardeer Thistle engaging the Winton Rovers in a friendly match and the presence of Ardeer at Winton Park is expected to draw out a large concourse of spectators. In contradistinction to this fixture, we understand the North Ayrshire Association has ordered the Rovers to play a League fixture the same day with Dalry Athletic. This, we believe, the Rovers are reluctant to do seeing that the Association had due notice given to them of the friendly match. At the meeting of the Association held last Friday night, that body refused to allow the Rovers to play an open date in order to play Ardeer Thistle and should they fail to fulfil the fixture with the Dalry club, they will be fined according to rate. On the other hand, we have good authority for saying that the Rovers will withdraw from the League should the Association carry out their decision and at the time of writing, we believe they intend to play the friendly match with Ardeer Thistle as arranged. In reference to the above hitch, we think it only right that clubs should comply with the arrangements of fixtures by the officials of their League when possible but the fact that the North Ayrshire Association received sufficient notice of the friendly match alluded to might have led them to adopt a more charitable decision. As will be noticed from the League table, the Rovers have only played one fixture as yet and this, to be noted, through no fault of theirs.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 March 1903
It may not appear that 'from the League table, the Rovers have only played one fixture'. Winton Rovers are listed as having played three games but two were 'virtual games' against the withdrawn Troon Portland and for which Winton Rovers were awarded four points.

ANOTHER POSTPONEMENT FOR WINTON ROVERS
With postponements and teams failing to turn up, the Ardrossan Winton Rovers are getting thoroughly well tired of this kind of sport. They journeyed to Kilwinning last Saturday (28 February 1903) in order to fulfil a North Ayrshire fixture with the Rangers but they had to put up with another disappointment owing to the referee pronouncing the pitch unplayable. The team left Kilwinning for home without much delay and on reaching Stevenston, the Scottish Junior Cup tie at Warner Park - Ardeer Thistle v Cambuslang Rangers - was viewed by the Rovers.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 March 1903

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - HOW AFFAIRS ARE MANAGED IN JUVENILE CIRCLES
Sir
Would you kindly grant me space to let your readers know how affairs are conducted in Juvenile football circles? On 19 October 1902, Ladeside XI went to Ardrossan and played Winton Rovers in a North Ayrshire League game. The referee appointed by the League failed to turn up at Ardrossan but a gentleman, not on the League list of referees, was asked by a member of the League Committee to go to Ardrossan and officiate. The gentleman obliged. The game ended in a draw - three goals each. No fault was found with the refereeing but Winton Rovers found out that the name of the gentleman who refereed was not on the League list and thought to have a replay on that account. A protest was sent to the League Committee but was not accompanied by the necessary fee nor was a copy of the protest received by Ladeside XI. I may state, however, that a registered letter was handed to the secretary of Ladeside XI but as there was 2d to pay, was, of course, refused. The protest came up before the League Committee but as no money was sent with the protest, it was dismissed as being informally lodged. No more was heard of the matter, at least by Ladeside XI, till at a meeting of the Ayrshire Juvenile Association held on 21 February 1903, an appeal from Winton Rovers against the North Ayrshire League came up for hearing. That body upheld the appeal although it was stated that as no bona-fide protest had been received by the League, there could not possibly be and appeal and ordered the game to be replayed. At the next meeting of the League, that body calmly accepted this decision of their superiors. The absurdity of the Ayrshire Juvenile Association's decision is apparent. Suppose, for instance, that Winton Rovers and Ardrossan Celtic met in a League match that Celtic defeated Rovers but Celtic played an ineligible man and Rovers were aware of this. Rovers sent a protest to the League but did not send the necessary fee with it and although the Rovers could easily prove that the Celtic played an ineligible man, the protest was dismissed as being informally lodged and rightly too. Three months after this, an appeal against the League comes up at the Ayrshire Association and Rovers are allowed to lead proof that the said Celtic player was ineligible. The Association says "Yes, player is ineligible, play the game over.". I leave your readers to judge of such a decision which is exactly what has taken place in the case of Winton Rovers and Ladeside XI.
Thanking you in anticipation
I am yours et cetera
Maroon and White
Kilbirnie, 2 March 1903
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 March 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 7 - HURLFORD THISTLE 1
Hurlford Thistle turned up at North Crescent Park on Saturday (28 February 1903) and met Celtic in Ayrshire Juvenile Cup interests. The heavy rain previous to the commencement of the match left miniature pools of water on the pitch which otherwise was also unfavourable for a cup-tie. The teams were late in turning out but once all appeared on the scene, little time was lost in starting the game. A strong wind prevailed and against this Celtic played in the first half. The opening exchanges were in favour of the homesters and so strong and robust was their play that Hurlford made practically no headway during the greater part of the first fifteen minutes. From the play shown during this short period, the impression was forced on one's mind that the Hurlford lads were certain to receive a drubbing. Celtic forced the pace repeatedly but the Hurlford defenders were always equal to the occasion and as a result, no scoring was effected. At length, the Thistle began to waken up and the home goal was several times jeopardised but the individual efforts of the visitors brought them no reward. For a time, play was fairly well balanced but no scoring resulted until after about half an hour's play when Tait notched the initial point for Celtic. Some three minutes later, the same player was responsible for a second goal and, owing to the Hurlford custodian leaving his charge, a third goal was easily recorded. About five minutes from half-time, the ball burst and on another being brought into play, the game proceeded till the interval without any additional scoring. With their three goal lead and the wind at their backs in the second period, matters looked rosy indeed for Celtic but this portion of the game was not long in progress till the white-haired Hurlford laddie fairly beat all his opponents and capped his effort with a well-deserved goal. This lad was perhaps the most outstanding player in the Hurlford front rank and during this half, he, with the assistance of the outside-left, made gallant attempts to reduce the gap which separated the teams but Celtic soon took up the running and after some previous but unsuccessful attempts they were at length rewarded with a fourth goal. Now and again, Hurlford raised the war cry but on every occasion, they were beaten back empty-handed. Not so Celtic, as before the signal was given for a halt, they bracketed other three points and ran out winners of the tie by the good score of seven goals to one. Tomorrow (7 March 1903), Celtic journey to Largs when they will play the Athletic in a return Irvine and District Cup tie. The first game, it will perhaps be remembered, ended in a draw of two goals each so that the teams start hostilities tomorrow on level terms.
A comment is given below.
Hurlford Thistle got weighed up at North Crescent Park, Ardrossan where Celtic rubbed it into them to the extent of seven to one - not four to one as was reported in Saturday night's 'pinks'. The occasion was an Ayrshire Juvenile Cup tie and Celtic deserved their victory.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 March 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(7 March 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
7
6
1
0
17
  6
12
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
8
6
2
0
25
  9
12
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
9
5
2
2
21
15
12
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
8
4
3
1
13
11
  9
 
Dalry Athletic
 
7
3
3
1
  8
25
  7
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
3
2
0
1
  1
  1
  5
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
8
2
5
1
  7
21
  5
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
A couple of North Ayrshire League matches were arranged for last Saturday (7 March 1903) but neither of these came off. The Kilwinning Rangers were unable to play Kilbirnie Ladeside XI at Kilwinning owing to the junior eleven having a match on while Ardrossan Winton Rovers played a friendly with Ardeer Thistle in preference to their League fixture with Dalry Athletic.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 March 1903

WINTON ROVERS WITHDRAW FROM NORTH AYRSHIRE LEAGUE
Three League matches are down for decision tomorrow, Saturday (14 March 1903) but it is not expected that each will take place knowing that the Winton Rovers have intimated their withdrawal from the League. The fixtures as arranged are follows.
   Dalry Blairland v Ardrossan Celtic at Dalry
   Irvine Saint Andrew's v Dalry Athletic at Dalry
   Ladeside XI v Winton Rovers at Kilbirnie
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 March 1903

WINTON ROVERS TO PLAY PORT GLASGOW JUNIORS
Local and district footballers will, we understand, have an opportunity of seeing the Port Glasgow Juniors try conclusions with the Winton Rovers tomorrow, Saturday (14 March 1903) at Winton Park. The Juniors have a good reputation, being winners of different competitions and the Rovers are expected to have a hard ninety minutes. It is to be hoped the weather will favour the occasion and that the general public will turn out in large numbers. The kick-off is timed for four o'clock.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 March 1903

WINTON ROVERS WITHDRAW FROM NORTH AYRSHIRE LEAGUE
We understand that four of the Winton Rovers - Bell, McMurray, McCulloch and Reid - and six of the Celtic - Steed, McKiernon, Tyre, Brannan, (James) Hunter and Millar - have been chosen to play the trial matches under the auspices of the Ayrshire Juvenile Association. Several trial teams have been selected with the view of firing up a couple of elevens to represent the county against the Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire combinations.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 March 1903

SCOTTISH JUVENILE ASSOCIATION MEETING
At the Scottish Juvenile Association meeting held on Saturday evening last (7 March 1903), W Gillies and R Crooks of Kilmarnock Portland were suspended until they appear before the committee while a protest from Largs Neva was dismissed being informally lodged. The ballot for the fourth round of the ties resulted in the Ayrshire clubs being drawn as follows.
   Ardrossan Winton Rovers v Ruthergken Fernlea of Wellsbot Albion
   Vale of Garnock Strollers v Fairfield
   Overton Strollers v Hurlford Thistle.
Ties are to be played on 21 March.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 March 1903

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - A CONTRADICTION
Sir
In reference to the statement made in last Friday's (6 March 1903) issue that the North Ayrshire League had received due notice from Winton Rovers desiring an off-day on 7 March to play a benefit friendly game against Ardeer Thistle, I deny the assertion as the North Ayrshire body received no such intimation. It was only at the meeting of the League it was first spoken off. The request was not granted owing to the Rovers being so far behind with their League fixtures. Had the Rovers' executive the forethought to have written to the Association requesting an off-day, there is no doubt they would have got permission for same. The Rovers evince a very childish spirit by their withdrawal from the League. Seemingly, they labour under some imaginary wrong. The Rovers committee should have given this matter due consideration before taking such a step. Probably Ardeer would have altered the date had they been consulted. As the Rovers have withdrawn, it is hoped that the friendly games will be conducive to arouse enthusiasm which is waning somewhat. A mistaken statement by Maroon and While certifying that the Winton Rovers' protest was not accompanied by the protest fee is also incorrect. The reason this protest was dismissed as informally lodged was that the Rovers' secretary overlooked the registration of the letters.
I am yours et cetera
Facts
Ardrossan, 9 March 1903
Editorial - In reference to the above letter, we beg to state we have the best authority for saying that due notice was given by the Rovers verbally at the meeting of the Association and previous to the fixture being made with Dalry Athletic. Facts says that had the Rovers written the Association for an off-day, there is no doubt they would have got permission for same. Supposing then, the Rovers had written, what difference would it have made? Their request would not have come up before the Association until the meeting at which it was verbally made and at which it was bluntly refused. Moreover, no time could be said to have been lost and the fact that more than a week's notice was given to the Association to arrange another fixture might have induced that body to grant the Rovers permission to fulfil their previously-arranged match with Ardeer Thistle. We know the Rovers are behind with their League fixtures - the ground on which their request was refused - but it is no fault of theirs.
Editor

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 March 1903

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - HOW AFFAIRS ARE MANAGED IN JUVENILE CIRCLES
Sir
Your Kilbirnie correspondent Maroon and White will no doubt feel considerably relieved after having ventilated his feelings in last week's issue. His arguments, however, are so weak and unconvincing that one is almost constrained to ignore his letter altogether but for the fact that some of his statements are entirely misleading and clearly show that the Ayrshire Association's decision has upset him a little. In the first place, he asserts that the Winton Rovers, in protesting on the grounds already mentioned, failed to send the necessary fee and also omitted to notify Ladeside XI. I am prepared to prove conclusively that the money was remitted in due form and also that a copy of the protest was sent to the Kilbirnie team but owing to the letter having been misposted, a charge of 2d was made on delivery which the Ladeside secretary refused to pay. At the League meeting, of course, it was decided that the rule had not been complied with in the latter instance and the protest was dismissed. The Rovers then appealed to the Ayrshire Association, stating the facts of the case and the result was that the appeal was sustained and a replay ordered. Maroon and White attempts to draw a parallel in the case on an ineligible player but anyone with an average amount of intelligence will perceive that there is no comparison whatsoever. The gentleman who refereed the game, not being on the League list and therefore not a qualified official, did not send a report of the game to the secretary of the League which was surely sufficient in itself to justify a replay without the necessity of a protest. I am not an admirer of the general management of any of the county associations but I fail to see how the Ayrshire body could have come to any other finding in the circumstances. It may interest Maroon and White to know that the Rovers have withdrawn from the League and in conclusion let me advise him to become acquainted with the facts before he again attempts to give any matter the publicity of the press.
I am et cetera
Le Qury
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 March 1903

LARGS ATHLETIC 3 - ARDROSSAN CELTIC 4
Largs was fitba daft on Saturday last (7 March 1903) and no mistake. Never in the history of the game did a larger crowd arrive in the town as did on Saturday. The train due here at 2.42 pm brought the Burnfoothill and Ardrossan Celtic and their followers and as they emerged from the station, it put one in mind of an excursion from the city on a Fair Monday. The Celtic were due to play the Athletic on Mansefield Park - their return fixture in the Irvine and District Cup competition - and as the first game was a drawn one at Ardrossan, great interest was taken in the contest. When the teams lined up, there must have been over three hundred round the enclosure and when the ball was despatched on its uncertain mission, they made good use of their lung power. The day for the game was a pet one, the overall conditions being faultless but owing to the heavy rain, the ground was heavy and treacherous. Celtic won the toss and right away made tracks for Wilson who was early on the alert with the eye of an eagle, guarding the west goal. The game was not long in progress when a penalty was awarded against the home team and the Wearers of the Green made no mistake in chalking up goal number one. It was early in the game for the referee to blunder as he did by awarding a penalty instead of a foul but the Mansefield boys have big hearts and this reverse did not break them, though it was a bad beginning. Any football that was shown - and there was not much of it by either of the teams - was displayed by the Largs team who, though defeated by four goals to three, were the superior lot by a bit. The Celts were the heavier of the two and resorted to tactics that would have been disallowed by any referee who knew the rules of the national game. The official who had charge of the game on Saturday completely lost his head and a great many of his awards were to the comical side. For the home team, Wilson in goal could not be improved upon. He has run Leckie of the Neva a neck-and-neck race all season and with all due deference to the Aubery lad, the place of honour must now be awarded to Wilson. Murray and Craig at back - well, what can be said here? Craig took the place of 'Barrie' Ninian. It is asserted that the little champion and the Mansefield club have parted company. If this is correct, we are sorry, for the club cannot afford to lose such a genuine and worthy defender and our opinion must carry some weight when we state that three for every one that was present on Saturday would say that had Ninian been in his usual place, the Athletic would have been in the Irvine and District competition yet. Craig did his best - he could do no more. He comes of a good athletic stock and if he has inherited any of his father's abilities, he will yet be heard of. Murray was the hero of the game. He played the game of his life and but for him - don't mention it. The best player on the field, outshining the others in every effort and kicking with a power and a sureness that should yet bring him his reward, he tackled and slipped round the Celtic boys as easy as Wee Macgregor devours his 'taiblet'. The half-backs played a grand game. Tyre deserves a special mention but Kirkwood ran him close. Marshall, though playing untrained, did not disgrace himself. The brothers Gunn, the extreme forwards on each wing, played their usual style of play and the managers of the club don't know their duty if they allow them to participate in sand dancing, which appears to be their own copyright, on a day such as Saturday. On the ball and after it should have been the instructions to the team. Lamb, like the March weather we are having, played like a lion and was an easy first in the front division though 'His Majesty' who was well watched and guarded by the Celtic defenders, slipped them at times. Little Ford did not risk too much against the Ardrossan stalwarts though at times he showed that he can play pure football. Some of his touches were exceedingly clever as he went spanking over the cutting-up turf only to be brought to bay by the illegitimate and not altogether gentlemanly tactics of the visitors. On the whole, it was a great game and though the Celtic won the tie by the voice of the referee, on play the 'gilded youths' ought to have been the victors instead of the vanquished.
A comment is given below.
Ardrossan Celtic managed to pull through their return Irvine and District Cup tie with Largs Athletic. In the first game, the teams tied at Ardrossan with two goals each and on Saturday, Celtic defeated their opponents by four to three at Largs. The combined scores read Celtic 6 Athletic 5.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 March 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 3 - ARDEER THISTLE 3
On Saturday (7 March 1903), the Winton Rovers were favoured with a visit from the Scottish Junior Cup semi-finalists, Ardeer Thistle and, needless to say, their appearance at Winton Park attracted a large concourse of spectators. The weather cleared up splendidly in the afternoon and, considering the previous rain, the ground was in fairly good condition. Ardeer were without McCulloch, Reid and Biggam, capable substitutes being found in Leckie, Frew and Yuille while the Rovers were represented by their strongest eleven. The visitors had the assistance of what wind there was in the initial period. The Rovers' defence received a pretty severe baptism during the first five minutes but on the pressure being relieved, play was transferred to the opposite end by their right wing. The ball was crossed over to the left where Reid got possession and beat the Ardeer custodian with a rocket shot close in. On resuming, the Juniors again took the initiative and had several tries at the Winton end. For fifteen minutes or so, a stubborn resistance was offered by the homesters' rear-guard, McMurtrie effecting several good saves. The efforts of the Dynamitards were at length rewarded by Duff scoring the equaliser. The play now opened out somewhat and the Ardeer defence frequently received attention. The Rovers, however, were not so effective in forward play as their opponents and the bulk of the work fell to their defence who succeeded in keeping their citadel intact until a few minutes from half-time when, as the outcome of a scrimmage, the Jags notched the leading point. Although Fullarton cleverly turned the ball out, the referee decided it was through and at the interval the score read Ardeer 2 Rovers 1. On the game being recommenced, Ardeer were soon in evidence and but a few minutes had elapsed ere Nicol scored their third goal with a fine effort. Despite the heavy odds, the Light Blues showed to better advantage as the game proceeded and the forwards essayed several times to find an opening. Latterly, they forced a corner which was well-taken and after a brief scrimmage, Reid got his foot on the leather and the score stood 3-2. Encouraged by this success, the homesters redoubled their efforts and in the last twenty minutes, the play was very keenly contested, in the course of which both the goalkeepers came in for some attention. The Rovers again broke through the opposing defence and Goldie gave Montgomerie a shot to hold which the latter fumbled and the ball rolled into the net. The teams now stood on level terms and though Ardeer strove eagerly to snatch the winning points, the homesters played confidently and resisted their efforts until the finish, the game ending in a draw of three goals each.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 March 1903

ARDROSSAN ACADEMICALS 3 - ARDROSSAN WINTON THISTLE 3
The Academicals met Winton Thistle at North Crescent Park, Ardrossan last Saturday (7 March 1903). The ground was very unfavourable for football. Winning the toss, Thistle played with the wind and at half-time, led by three goals to one. In the second half, the Academicals scored twice, the result being a draw of three goals each. With one or two exceptions, the Academy eleven played under their usual form.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 March 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(14 March 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
8
7
1
0
20
  7
14
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
9
6
3
0
26
14
12
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
8
5
2
1
19
13
11
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
9
5
3
1
18
12
11
 
Dalry Athletic
 
7
3
3
1
  8
25
  7
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
3
2
0
1
  1
  1
  5
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
8
2
6
0
  6
22
  4
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
Four of the North Ayrshire League clubs found employment in League interests last Saturday (14 March 1903) and by the results, Ardrossan Celtic and Kilwinning Rangers have added a couple of points to each of their records. Celtic opposed Blairland United and returned home victorious by three goals to one while Kilwinning Rangers rubbed it in to Kilbirnie Ladeside XI to the extent of five to one. The League fixtures for tomorrow are as follows.
   Dalry Athletic v Blairland United
   Ardrossan Celtic v Kilbirnie Ladeside
   Kilwinning Rangers v Irvine Saint Andrew's
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 March 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS
Ardrossan Winton Rovers, since their withdrawal from the North Ayrshire League, have tried friendly conclusions with Junior clubs. They were not seen at their best in the first half of the game against Port Glasgow Juniors last Saturday (14 March 1903) and they had to put up with a reverse of four goals to one. This score, however, hardly gives a true idea of the run of the play on the whole. The Rovers had the best of the argument during the second period and against a less capable defence than that of the Port, would have doubtless have augmented their score. It is to be hoped the Rovers will be seen at their best tomorrow, Saturday (21 March 1903), when they expect to play their tie in the fourth round of the Scottish Juvenile Cup competition with Rutherglen Fernlea at Winton Park.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 March 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 1 - PORT GLASGOW JUNIORS 4
Port Glasgow Juniors provided the opposition for the Winton Rovers on Saturday (14 March 1903) at Winton Park. There was a gratifying turnout of spectators. The Rovers were without Fullarton, the vacancy being filled by Davis, a young reserve. The opening stages of the games were slightly in favour of the home team who invaded their opponents' territory and a foul against one of the visitors within the dreaded area resulted in a penalty being awarded from which McMurray opened the scoring for the Rovers two minutes from the start. On resuming, the Port retaliated strongly and had several likely tries at goal. The Rovers defended well and for some time, the play was of a give-and-take order. The Juniors again attacked and McMurtrie had to save repeatedly. A fast shot after a scrimmage ultimately found the net, putting the teams on a level footing. The visitors continued to do most of the pressing and their efforts were rewarded with a second goal after thirty minutes play. The Winton forwards attempted several times to break through but there was a want of method about their efforts and rather much individual work while the half-backs were very deficient in placing. Shortly before half-time, the Port left-wing got an opening and with a fine cross shot from the outside man, their total was raised to three although there was a suspicion of offside about this point. Following this, the Rovers had a chance at the other end where an exciting scramble took place in front of goal. The Juniors, however, cleared in safety and a few minutes later the whistle sounded for the interval with the Port leading by three goals to one. On hostilities being recommenced, the Rovers made off in promising fashion and looked like making up some of the leeway. It appeared that several of their players had shifted positions. The pressure was maintained more or less for about fifteen minutes but not an opening could be found in the Port defence which was very sound. The play became more evenly contested as time advanced. The Rovers relaxed their efforts again, yet the Juniors were not allowed so much scope as in the first half. Good tries by Fleming and Reid were smartly saved by the Port custodian then the visitors broke away and scored goal number four. McMurtrie made no great effort to stop the ball, evidently thinking it was going past, instead of which it struck the upright and rebounded through. No further scoring took place and the game ended in a win for the Port by four goals to one which they no doubt deserved. On the whole, the Rovers played poorly. They were much the lighter team, however, and generally got the worst of the hard knocks, Findlay and McCulloch both being forced to retire for some time. McMurray was in fine form at back. The Winton Parkers will require to be in good fettle tomorrow. The occasion is their tie with Rutherglen Fernlea in the fourth stage of the Scottish Junior Cup and we hope to see the locals emerge on the right side.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 March 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(21 March 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
  9
8
1
0
25
  8
16
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
10
6
4
0
27
19
12
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
  8
5
2
1
19
13
11
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
  9
5
3
1
18
12
11
 
Dalry Athletic
 
  8
4
3
1
14
27
  9
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
  3
2
0
1
  1
  1
  5
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
  9
2
7
0
  8
28
  4
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
Three League matches were down for decision last Saturday (21 March 1903) and in two of the three cases, substantial wins were recorded by the home elevens. Dalry Athletic proved too many for their near and dear brethren, Blairland United, the latter suffering defeat by the extent of six to two while Ardrossan Celtic emerged victorious by five to one against Kilbirnie Ladeside. This is the second Saturday in succession that the Ladesiders have gone down by five to one and their hope of winning the League championship has been somewhat blasted. Ardrossan Celtic are more likely to win the coveted honour now. The other League fixture was arranged to come off at Kilwinning betwixt the Rangers and Irvine Saint Andrew's. Up to going to press, we have not learned the result of this match.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 March 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL NEWS
Ardrossan Winton Rovers engaged Rutherglen Fernlea at Winton Park in a Scottish Juvenile Cup tie. We understand the Rovers had by far the best of the contest and yet the game ended in a pointless draw. The visitors' custodian, who was one of the best seen at Winton Park this season, saved his side from certain defeat. He negotiated a penalty kick and a second was recklessly shot out of harm's way. This undecided Scottish tie now falls to be replayed at Rutherglen on 4 April owing to the Fernlea club being granted a week's extension by the Association. The Rovers, we believe, feel confident of qualifying for the next stage of the competition. This season, Vale of Garnock have had several stiff bouts with Ardrossan Celtic for cup honours and according to recent drawings, these combinations are destined to fight on a few more occasions. They are pitted against each other in the semi-final stage of the Ayrshire Cup competition and in the third round of the Irvine and District ties have home-and-home fixtures to decide. We understand the Winton Rovers, who are also in the running for the Irvine and District Cup, have been drawn against Irvine Saint Andrew's.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 March 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 5 - KILBIRNIE LADESIDE XI 1
The attraction at North Crescent Park last Saturday (21 March 1903) took the form of a North Ayrshire League fixture - Kilbirnie Ladeside XI v Celtic - but the attendance of onlookers did not bulk largely owing to a counter-attraction at Winton Park. With such a breeze favouring them, it is no doubt expected that the Kilbirnie youths would have a monopoly of the play but this was not the case. Against half a gale of wind, the Celts played in irresistible fashion and during the first quarter of an hour, they fairly overran their opponents who had to adopt mainly a defensive attitude. That the Celts did not score during that short period was due to erratic shooting as openings were effected by them which should have had happier terminations. The homesters continued to play a go-ahead game and at length a penalty kick was awarded them which the custodian seemed to check but only to have the sphere returned as quickly between the posts. So far, the Ladesiders made a somewhat poor show. They did not seem anything like a match for the ground lads and when Celts registered goal number two a few minutes later, odds might have been given on them to win the game in a canter. During the whole of the first half, Celtic had practically all the play and the fact that they led by three goals to nil at the interval had anything but a cheering outlook for the Ladesiders whose attacks had been few and far between. Judging from the play evinced in the initial period and the fact that Celtic had the elements in their favour by the change of ends, it was expected the game would end in a substantial win for the homesters. In this respect, opinion was correct and when they bracketed a fourth goal, it looked a case of how many. At this point early in the second period, your scribe had occasion to leave the game and, of course, can say nothing further regarding it than that Celtic won easily by five goals to one. On the play seen, the certainly deserved their victory and the Ladesiders will have to come a good bit on their last exposition before they can hope to master the hardy Celtic boys.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 March 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 0 - RUTHERGLEN FERNLEA 0
A goalless draw. Such was the result of the Scottish Juvenile Cup tie played at Winton Park on Saturday (21 March 1903) between the Winton Rovers and Rutherglen Fernlea. The weather was decidedly unfavourable for football, the ground being very heavy in some parts while a boisterous wind marred the play to a great extent. There was a fairly good attendance. The homesters were without McCulloch and Davis again filled the breach. The Rovers had the assistance of the wind in the first period and from the outset, assumed the aggressive. After several ineffectual attempts to score, they were awarded a penalty but McMurray shot straight at the goalkeeper who saved at the expense of a corner. This having proved fruitless, the visitors' left wing broke away only to be pulled up for offside. Play was again confined to one end of the field and several times, the Rovers were within an ace of scoring. They were awarded another penalty and this time, McMurray shot over the bar. To miss two penalties in succession was very bad business indeed but, with the Wintonians doing all the pressing, an opening was expected sooner or later. The Rutherglen team, however, packed their goal closely and this, combined with somewhat erratic shooting on the Rovers' part, barred the way to success. Only at rare intervals did the Fernlea forwards get within shooting distance of McMurtrie whose charge was a sinecure compared to the visitors' citadel. Shortly before half-time, Fernlea raised the siege and transferred play to the Rovers' territory where a corner was forced which, however, was safely cleared. The Light Blues were again attacking when the whistle announced the interval. With the teams still on a level footing, the prospect was not a very hopeful one for the locals who had now to face the element. The Rovers, however, always seem to excel in the second period and the game was not long recommenced until it became evident that they meant 'biz'. Combination - the Rutherglen team showed little or none whereas the Rovers by short, quick passing made rapid progress against the troublesome wind. Reid on the home left had several likely tries at goal and Fleming at centre-forward played hard and well to find an opening but these efforts were of no avail against the very smart saving of the Fernlea custodian. Close on time, it looked as if fortune would favour the strangers with the winning goal. They succeeded in forcing a corner which was cleared and thereafter the game terminated in a draw - no scoring. It was a very one-sided display all through and Fernlea were extremely lucky to escape with a draw. For the Rovers, Galt played a fine game at left-half and Findlay was not far behind but placing is his weak point. McMurray played well at back but he should leave the penalty kicks to someone else. The replay will take place at Rutherglen tomorrow week (4 April 1903). Given good weather and a repetition of Saturday's form, the Rovers have more than a slight chance of entering the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 March 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE LEAGUE COMMITTEE MEETING
A meeting of the North Ayrshire Juvenile League was held in Kilwinning last Friday evening (27 March 1903). Owing to the Winton Rovers having withdrawn from the competition and the fact that they had played only one game, it was agreed that the figures be deducted from Kilwinning Rangers' total. The game in question ended in a draw on one goal each. It was also agreed that Ardrossan Celtic be awarded two points which had been previously given to Troon Portland, a club which also withdrew from the League recently. The North Ayrshire League fixtures for Saturday first (4 April 1903) are Kilwinning Rangers v Dalry Blairland and Irvine Saint Andrew's v Dalry Athletic. For the following Saturday (11 March 1903), the fixtures are Kilbirnie Ladeside XI v Dalry Blairland, Dalry Athletic v Ardrossan Celtic and Kilwinning Rangers v Irvine Saint Andrew's.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 3 April 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(28 March 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
10
10
0
0
30
  8
20
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
10
6
4
0
27
19
12
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
  8
5
2
1
19
13
11
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
  8
5
3
0
17
11
10
 
Dalry Athletic
 
  9
4
4
1
14
32
  9
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
  9
2
7
0
  8
28
  4
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 3 April 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL NEWS
Ardrossan Celtic placed two additional points to their record on Saturday last (28 March 1903) at the expense of Dalry Athletic. The game was played at Ardrossan and culminated in favour of the homesters by the good score of five goals to nil. These two points, along with the other two generously granted them at the meeting of the North Ayrshire Association held on Friday evening last (27 March 1903), bring the Celtic total up to twenty points for ten matches - the possible. The Celts are now looked upon as Champions of the League. Tomorrow, Saturday (4 April 1903), Celtic, we have been informed, renew their acquaintance with the Vale of Garnock Strollers. This time, the teams meet on neutral ground - Rugby Park, Kilmarnock - the occasion being the Ayrshire Juvenile Cup semi-final. Since writing this note, we have heard that Celtic intend to go to Dalry but at the time of going to press, we have not received information as to Celtic's destination. We have heard it mentioned, but cannot vouch for the truth of the statement, that in the event of Celtic losing against Vale of Garnock on Saturday, one of their half-backs will play for Ardeer Thistle and may be seen in that club's trio when their Scottish semi-final tie comes up for decision.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 3 April 1903

WINTON ROVERS TO PLAY RUTHERGLEN FERNLEA
In consequence of the postponement of their undecided Scottish Juvenile tie with Rutherglen Fernlea, the Ardrossan Winton Rovers were idle last Saturday (28 March 1903). The Rovers will travel to Rutherglen tomorrow (4 April 1903) and, of course, hope to return home victorious. Should they pull through their tie with Fernlea, the Rovers will step into the sixth stage of the competition, having been voted a bye in the fifth round. The Rovers will leave home per the 1.55 pm train from Caledonia Railway Station (shown below around 1900). The draws for the fifth and sixth rounds were made at the meeting of the Scottish Association held last Saturday but, in the meantime, it is difficult to say who are to be the Rovers' or Fernlea's opponents in the sixth stage. The draw reads Camelon Juveniles, Wallacetown, Redding or Rob Roy v Fernlea or Winton Rovers. One thing at least is clear - Fernlea or Winton Rovers must journey from home. Vale of Garnock Strollers have also been awarded a bye in the fifth stage and the luck of the ballot had been kind in drawing them at home for the sixth round. Their opponents will be Penicuik Bluebell or Dunfermline violet. Winton Rovers and Vale of Garnock Strollers are the only two Ayrshire clubs left in the Scottish Cup competition.

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 3 April 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(4 April 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
10
10
0
0
30
  8
20
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
10
6
4
0
27
19
12
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
  8
5
2
1
19
13
11
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
  8
5
3
0
17
11
10
 
Dalry Athletic
 
  9
4
4
1
14
32
  9
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
  9
2
7
0
  8
28
  4
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
A couple of North Ayrshire League fixtures were arranged for last Saturday (4 April 1903) but we have not been officially informed as to the results and the above table therefore is the same as appeared in our last issue.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 10 April 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL NEWS
The fixtures arranged for tomorrow (11 April 1903) are Kilbirnie Ladeside XI v Dalry Blairland, Dalry Athletic v Ardrossan Celtic and Kilwinning Rangers v Irvine Saint Andrew's. Ardrossan Celtic were without a game last Saturday (4 April 1903) and as the Winton Rovers were at Rutherglen on Scottish Cup tie business, the day was blank at Ardrossan so far as football was concerned. Contrary to expectations, the Winton Rovers suffered defeat against Fernlea in their undecided Scottish tie at Rutherglen. There is some talk, however, of a protest being lodged, it being alleged that the Fernlea eleven included one or two junior players.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 10 April 1903

RUTHERGLEN FERNLEA 4 - ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 3
The Winton Rovers travelled to Rutherglen on Saturday (4 April 1903) and engaged the Fernlea of that ilk in their undecided Scottish Juvenile Cup tie. Three weeks ago, at Winton Park, the teams played a drawn game - no scoring. As the Rovers had quite three-fourths of the play on that occasion, they were no a little sanguine of success on Saturday and a goodly number of followers accompanied them citywards. The Rovers had two changes in their team, Dow and Maxwell displacing Bannatyne and Davis while Fernlea made several alterations. The wind assisted the visitors in the first period and ten minutes after the start, Dow opened the scoring from a scrimmage. Following some open play, the Rovers again attacked and the sphere was netted as second time but the effort was disallowed for offside. The Wintonians, by slack play, allowed several likely openings to slip. More than once the Rutherglen forwards broke through the opposing defence and a good run by the former resulted in the equalising goal. Previous to this, however, the ball was given out by the linesman but this the referee evidently failed to notice. During the remainder of the half, the Rovers had, if anything, the greater share of the play and forced a number of corners. Want of method, however, and a tendency to play the one wing only left their efforts unrewarded and when the interval was reached, the teams stood level on one goal each. Favoured by the wind which came in squalls every now and then, accompanied by showers of rain, the ground team, on resuming soon forced the pace and only a few minutes had sped when they registered the leading goal. Playing the more effective game, they resumed the pressure and ere long, the Winton citadel was taken for the third time. The play was evenly contested for a spell but the Rovers seemed unable to steady themselves. The homesters forced a corner which was well place and McMurtrie, in attempting to clear, sent the ball through his own goal. With three goals of a deficiency and playing against the wind, the prospect was a black one indeed for the Ardrossan team who were awarded a penalty from which they failed to score. The Rovers re-arranged their forward line, Reid taking his old position at centre and certainly the change seemed to have some effect on their play which underwent a decided improvement in the last fifteen minutes of the game. Reid scored the second goal and Fleming cleverly notched a third shortly afterwards. A temporary stoppage was caused by two of the players coming to loggerheads. Both were ordered off the field but the offence hardly justified such an extreme. On play being resumed, the Winton Parkers pressed so eagerly for the equaliser that for safety, their opponents kicked into touch at almost every opportunity. The Rovers, however, awoke to their responsibilities when it was too late and the game ended with Fernlea leading by four goals to three. On the whole, it was a very moderate exhibition. The Rovers disappointed their enthusiasts by their indifferent play. Goldie was the best of the forwards. The half backs - usually the mainstay of the team - were decidedly off-colour. The backs were also shaky and McMurtrie in goal did fairly well considering these odds. The goalkeeper and outside-right were the pick of the Fernlea. The Rovers have protested against the latter playing one or two juniors.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 10 April 1903
Within the 575 words in this report, the writer used six different names for Ardrossan Winton Rovers, namely, Winton Rovers, Rovers, Wintonians, Winton, Ardrossan team and Winton Parkers.

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(11 April 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
10
10
0
0
30
  8
20
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
10
6
4
0
27
19
12
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
  8
5
2
1
19
13
11
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
  8
5
3
0
17
11
10
 
Dalry Athletic
 
  9
4
4
1
14
32
  9
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
  9
2
7
0
  8
28
  4
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 17 April 1903

PLAYERS FAIL TO ATTEND INTER-COUNTY TRIALS
Three League matches were down for decision last Saturday (11 April 1903) but we fancy these were postponed on account of the Juvenile Trials. One of these trial matches was arranged to take place at Ladeside Field, Kilbirnie but, unfortunately, several of the players selected failed to turn up and the game had to be abandoned for a scratch friendly with teams picked up on the ground. Another of the juvenile trial matches was fixed to take place at Winton Park, Ardrossan and in this case also, several of the players chosen failed to put in an appearance. However, a couple of elevens were mustered and a game was played in the presence of a fair turnout of spectators. The teams were billed as Red v Blue but when these took the field, it looked like Rovers v Celtic as far as colours were concerned. The Reds won easily by six goals to two. In their efforts to select players in the coming inter-county matches, the Ayrshire officials could hardly look upon the trial game at Winton Park as a true test of merit. Still, we have no doubt some of the players will be favoured with inter-county honours.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 17 April 1903

ARDEER THISTLE DENY RUMOUR
With reference to a statement made in these columns the other week, we are in receipt of a letter, received too late for insertion in our last edition, contradicting the same. The statement made was that in the event of Ardrossan Celtic losing to Vale of Garnock, one of the former club's half-backs would play for Ardeer Thistle. On behalf of the Ardeer committee, the writer of the letter informs us there is no truth whatsoever in the rumour, nor was anyone authorised to ask any of the Celtic half-backs. The Ardeer committee, he says, are satisfied with the play shown by their present trio, even during the stiffest of cup-ties.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 17 April 1903

WINTON ROVERS PROTEST
There are strong reasons for believing that the Ardrossan Winton Rovers have lodged a good protest against Rutherglen Fernlea in connection with their recent Scottish Cup tie. The Association, we understand, meet tomorrow, Saturday (18 April 1903) when it is expected the protest, about false registration we hear, will be considered among other matters. Tomorrow (18 April 1903), the Winton Rovers will journey to Irvine where they will meet Irvine Saint Andrew's in an Irvine and District Cup tie. This is the first game in the third round of this competition which is conducted on the home-and-home principle.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 17 April 1903

AYRSHIRE GREEN TRIALISTS 6 - AYRSHIRE BLUE TRIALISTS 2
What was generally supposed to be one of several trial matches for inter-county honours, arranged by the Ayrshire Juvenile Association, was played at Winton Park, Ardrossan before a fair attendance of spectators. Unfortunately, the game proved to be something in the nature of a farce from beginning to end. Five of the selected players failed to make their appearance, substitutes being procured on the field and any possibility of a good display under these circumstances was completely effaced by the gale of wind which swept the pitch making it disagreeable for players and spectators alike. The teams, which were composed of Largs and Ardrossan players only, were billed to appear in red and blue respectively but green and blue were the colours worn. The Blues were assisted by the wind in the first period and scored shortly after the commencement through Kirkwood of Largs Athletic. Although compelled to defend for the most part, the Greens broke away and Miller of Celtic equalised matters after about half-an-hour's play. Following several good tries, Reid of Winton Rovers registered a second point for the Blues and at half-time, the score was 2-1 in their favour. On resuming, the Greens were soon in evidence and King of Largs Athletic put the teams once more on a level footing. The same player had other three goals to his credit and Fullarton of Winton Rovers also scored for the green jerseys. Reid netted the sphere for the opposite team but offside spoiled the effort. The game resulted in a win for the Greens by six goals to two. The Blues were unfortunate in having one of the subs between the sticks as several of the goals scored against him were of the soft order. The players with the 'heagle hye' of the selectors upon them, indulged in gallery play and as a result, combination was at a discount. It is hinted that the team to uphold the county's honour was practically fixed up ere the game took place but, be that as it may, Saturday's exhibition could assist but little in the selection of the talent.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 17 April 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(18 April 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
10
10
0
0
30
  8
20
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
10
6
4
0
27
19
12
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
  8
5
2
1
19
13
11
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
  8
5
3
0
17
11
10
 
Dalry Athletic
 
  9
4
4
1
14
32
  9
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
  9
2
7
0
  8
28
  4
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
So far as we have heard, no North Ayrshire League matches were played last Saturday (18 April 1903) and the above table shows no alteration on the previous week.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 24 April 1903

WINTON ROVERS PROTEST SUCCESSFUL
Ardrossan Winton Rovers were successful in their protest against Rutherglen Fernlea for false registration on the part of a player in the recent undecided Scottish tie. The tie was ordered to be replayed at Rutherglen on Saturday first (25 April 1903) and it is expected the Rovers will travel per the 1.55 pm train for Caledonian Station.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 24 April 1903

WINTON ROVERS PLAYER AND SECRETARY CENSURED
Several players were censured for misconduct on the field and among these was included Fullarton of the Winton Rovers. J Adams junior, secretary of the Ayrshire Juvenile Association was also censured for persuading Fullarton of Winton Rovers to play in the trial game at Ardrossan on 11 April before his case was considered.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 24 April 1903

IRVINE SAINT ANDREWS 1 - ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 2
Ardrossan Winton Rovers found employment in Irvine and District Cup interests. Their opponents were Irvine Saint Andrew's and the occasion was the first of the home-and-home games in the fourth round. The game was played at Irvine and ended in favour of the Rovers by two to one. It looks as if the Ardrossan youths will clear this hurdle easily enough seeing that the deciding match falls to be played on their ground.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 24 April 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC APPOINTMENT
We have been asked to state that at a meeting of the members of Ardrossan Celtic, held this week, Mr Alexander Anderson, 17 Springvale Street, Saltcoats was appointed representative and match secretary of the club while Mr William Reid was elected president in room of Mr J M K McPhail.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 24 April 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(25 April 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
10
10
0
0
30
  8
20
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
10
6
4
0
27
19
12
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
  8
5
2
1
19
13
11
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
  8
5
3
0
17
11
10
 
Dalry Athletic
 
  9
4
4
1
14
32
  9
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
  9
2
7
0
  8
28
  4
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
The North Ayrshire League has made somewhat slow progress during the past few weeks and, so far as we have heard, another blank occurred last Saturday (25 April 1903). The above table therefore remains unaltered from last week.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 1 May 1903

LITTLE FOOTBALL IN ARDROSSAN
Football has been very quiet at Ardrossan for several weeks, the Winton Rovers and Celtic teams being either out of town or idle. It is expected the Rovers will be at home tomorrow (2 May 1903), the occasion being a return Irvine and District Cup tie with Irvine Saint Andrew's. At the time of writing, we have not heard whether Celts are fixed or not for Saturday first.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 1 May 1903

WINTON ROVERS OUT OF SCOTTISH CUP
The Winton Rovers made their exit from the Scottish Cup ties last Saturday (25 April 1903) at Rutherglen. After protesting against Fernlee, something better than a 2-0 defeat ws expected from the Rovers who, it can hardly be said, have profited by their last Scottish engagement. It is, however, just as well that they are out of the running as the next round would also have caused the Rovers some expense.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 1 May 1903

RUTHERGLEN FERNLEA 2 - ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 0
For the third time, Ardrossan Winton Rovers and Rutherglen Fernlea met to decide which should make their exit from the fourth round of the Scottish Juvenile Cup ties. The first game, which was played at Ardrossan, resulted in a pointless draw and in the replay at Rutherglen, Fernlea emerged winners by four goals to three but a protest lodged by the Rovers again brought the teams together on Saturday (25 April 1903). Excellent weather prevailed and Southcroft Park, the ground of Rutherglen Glencairn, was in fine playing order. McCulloch was still unfit to turn out for the Rovers while Fullarton missed the train. The vacancies were filled by Inglis and Davis. Fernlea had several changes in their eleven. In the first half, the ground team, who had the advantage of a light breeze, were the more aggressive side but spoiled a number of openings by reckless shooting. The Rovers, on the other hand, although making frequent incursions into their opponents' territory, showed a decided slackness in attacking. A foul within the penalty area looked promising for them on one occasion but this proved fruitless. Some were of the opinion that a penalty should have been awarded. Just before half-time, the play was transferred to the Rovers' end and a high, drooping shot was sent in to McMurtrie who completely missed ball which rolled into the net much to the chagrin of the Wintonians and their supporters. On resuming, the whistle sounded for the interval with Fernlea one goal up. In the second period, several of the Rovers changed their positions but the re-arrangement did not work satisfactorily. With the wind assisting them, they certainly had a monopoly of the play but in their eagerness to get the equaliser, many opportunities were thrown away. On one occasion, in a scrimmage, the ball rested on the goal-line with the Fernlea custodian beaten and no one was there to do the needful. A penalty was awarded the Rutherglen team but the sphere was sent past. About ten minutes from time, the home forwards again penetrated the Rovers' defence when a misunderstanding on the part of the goalkeeper and one of the backs and a weak save by the former culminated in Fernlea scoring number two which practically decided the issue of the game. The Light Blues essayed to pierce an opening before the finish but their efforts were unsuccessful, the game ending in a win for Fernlea by two goals to nil. The display given by both teams was very moderate. The Rovers had as many chances as their opponents but were less fortunate at goal. The shooting was much below the average and the two goals were secured in a rather simple manner. Fernlea are fortunate in having a really smart goalkeeper. All the same, he was allowed far too much scope. The Rovers made a disappointing show and the front rank badly wanted steadying up. The only players who showed cup-tie form were Findlay and Goldie. Irvine Saint Andrew's provide the opposition at Winton Park tomorrow (2 May 1903) in the fourth round of the Irvine and District Cup ties. This is the return match, the Rovers having won the first at Irvine by two goals to one. As it is six weeks since the Light Blues played at home, their exchequer will no doubt require replenishing and we trust there will be a satisfactory gate.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 1 May 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(2 May 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
10
10
0
0
30
  8
20
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
11
7
4
0
32
20
14
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
  8
5
2
1
19
13
11
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
  8
5
3
0
17
11
10
 
Dalry Athletic
 
  9
4
4
1
14
32
  9
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
10
2
8
0
  9
33
  4
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
Kilbirnie Ladeside went two points higher in the above League competition on Saturday. This was at the expense of Dalry Blairland United who succumbed by five goals to one at Kilbirnie.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 8 May 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS AND IRVINE SAINT ANDREWS IN DISPUTE
The Ardrossan Winton Rovers had very shaky treatment meted out to them last week. They were down to meet Irvine Saint Andrews in an Irvine and District Cup tie, second game, at Winton Park and early in the week notice was sent to that effect to Irvine. No reply was received till Saturday morning (2 May 1903) which stated that Saint Andrews intended to travel to Ardrossan to play the return game. The Rovers politely refused to play accordingly wired the Irvine team to remain at home. Such conduct as this ought not to be allowed and we do not think the Irvine and District Association would be exceeding their rights were they to disqualify the Saints. At all events, the Rovers would be quite justified in bringing the matter under the notice of the Association. The Rovers fully expected the Saints to turn up tomorrow (9 May 1903) at Winton Park but we have good reasons for saying they are unlikely to do so. We have been officially informed that the Saints have claimed the tie owing to the Rovers not consenting to play. Had the claim been made by the Ardrossan club, one would not have felt in any sense surprised when the pros and cons of the case are considered.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 8 May 1903

VALE OF GARNOCK 4 - ARDROSSAN CELTIC 1
Ardrossan Celtic and Vale of Garnock Strollers met on the ground of the latter to play their Irvine and District tie and it goes without saying that the Vale lads had made up their minds to make the most of the first game seeing that the return match falls to be played at Ardrossan. The game, we regret to say, was characterised by much bitterness and quarrelling was occasionally brought into play which decidedly marred the game. We, however, allow our Glengarnock correspondent to give particulars in his notes and we will simply state here that the Vale won by the good score of four to one. It is to be hoped a better spirit will pervade the meeting of the above teams when they face up at Ardrossan as nothing tends to injure the game more than when players resort to unseemly tactics. For such offences, club committees ought to deal with the guilty players in their cool moments and from what we have heard, there were several concerned in the match at Glengarnock who ought to stand court-martial. Since writing the above, we are told that Vale of Garnock and Ardrossan Celtic are booked to play in their Ayrshire semi-final tie at Warner Park, Stevenston tomorrow (9 May 1903). Coming as it does hard after their last engagement, let us hope it will be fought out in a true sportsmanlike character and may the better team qualify for the final.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 8 May 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(9 May 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
10
10
0
0
30
  8
20
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
11
7
4
0
32
20
14
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
  8
5
2
1
19
13
11
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
  8
5
3
0
17
11
10
 
Dalry Athletic
 
  9
4
4
1
14
32
  9
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
10
2
8
0
  9
33
  4
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
So far as we have heard, no games were played under the above auspices last Saturday and consequently the table remains unchanged.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 15 May 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 1 - VALE OF GARNOCK STROLLERS 1
The Ayrshire Cup semi-final tie between Ardrossan Celtic and Vale of Garnock Strollers was played at Warner Park, Stevenson and on this occasion, temper was again shown by several of the players. The game culminated in a draw of one goal each and the teams live to fight their battle o'er again. A draw may be said to give a pretty fair estimate of the run of the play. With a little luck, either side might have recorded a win and, in this respect, both up teams were unfortunate. The replay will, of course, take place on neutral ground again but at the time of writing, we have not learned the venue. Perhaps Rugby Park, Kilmarnock may be found suitable for the next tussle but the tie must be put back for a week at any rate owing to the Vale having an equally important tie tomorrow (16 May 1903) against Penicuik Bluebell in the Scottish Juvenile Cup.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 15 May 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 1 - ARDROSSAN AND DISTRICT ANCIENTS 1
On Wednesday evening last (6 May 1903), Ardrossan Winton Rovers engaged a team of Ancients at Winton Park. About a couple of months have passed away since the Rovers last played on their own pitch and as a result, there was a good attendance of spectators on this occasion. The game, which was well-contested from start to finish, ended in a draw of one goal each.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 15 May 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(16 May 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
11
10
0
1
32
10
21
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
11
7
4
0
32
20
14
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
  8
5
2
1
19
13
11
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
  8
5
3
0
17
11
10
 
Dalry Athletic
 
10
4
4
2
16
34
10
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
10
2
8
0
  9
33
  4
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 22 May 1903

DALRY ATHLETIC 2 - ARDROSSAN CELTIC 2
Under the auspices of the North Ayrshire League, Ardrossan Celtic had to content themselves with a draw against Dalry Athletic. The game was played on the ground of the latter and ended with two goals each. This is the first drawn game Celtic have played in this competition, all the previous matches having been won.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 22 May 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC SECOND TEAM 1 - LANGLANDS THISTLE 1
The Celtic's second string also played a drawn game at North Crescent Park, Ardrossan. Their opponents were Langlands Thistle who were late in arriving. The result of the game was one goal each.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 22 May 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 3 - IRVINE MEADOW XI 5
The appearance of the Irvine juniors, Meadow XI, on Tuesday evening (19 May 1903) attracted a fairly large crowd of spectators to Winton Park. The weather was exceptionally fine and after an interesting exhibition, the visitors returned victorious by five goals to three. The first half was characterised by fast open play by both teams. The Meadowites opened the scoring from a penalty and from a corner kick at the other end, the Rovers secured the equaliser. After some bungling on the part of the Winton custodian, the Irvinites again took the lead but another penalty, this time for the homesters, squared matters again and the teams crossed over with two goals each to their credit. The juniors had rather the best of matters in the second period and scored a trio of goals while the Rovers were only once successful. The game was remarkable for penalty kicks, there being no fewer than four granted during the progress of play from which both teams notched a couple of points. The annual visit to Winton Park of Glasgow Camphill should provide another good game. The previous matches have always been most enjoyable to players and spectators alike and given good weather, we do not think tomorrow's game will be an exception in this respect.
A second report is given below.
Evening matches are now in evidence and this week the patrons of the game in Ardrossan were treated to a couple of these attractions. On Tuesday (19 May 1903), the Winton Rovers opposed the junior combination known as Irvine Meadow XI at Winton Park. This is the first time that the local Juveniles have tried conclusions with the Royal Burgh's juniors and on the whole the former made a good show. The result went in favour of the Meadowites by five to three. Anderson, late of the Rovers, turned out for his old clubmates in place of Dow and along with McCulloch, the pair made a very smart right wing. It will be remembered Anderson left the Rovers and played for the junior combination known as Renfrew Victoria. 'Tis a pity he forsook the Winton Parkers at the time he did and perhaps no one regrets the step now more than Anderson himself. Tomorrow, Saturday (23 May 1903), the Ardrossan Winton Rovers will cross friendly swords with Glasgow Camphill at Winton Park and as the visitors, who now pose as juniors, have hitherto given the Rovers a hard run for honours, we look forward to another good game on Saturday first.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 22 May 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 1 - ARDROSSAN AND DISTRICT ANCIENTS 1
On Wednesday evening (19 May 1903) at Celtic Park, the Celts faced the Ancients and as the Rovers drew with the latter the previous week, there were those who were specially interested as to how the Celtic lads would fare against the Ancients. The result was the same as at Winton Park - one goal each.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 22 May 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(23 May 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
11
10
0
1
32
10
21
 
Kilbirnie Ladeside XI
 
11
7
4
0
32
20
14
 
Irvine Saint Andrew's
 
  8
5
2
1
19
13
11
 
Kilwinning Rangers
 
  8
5
3
0
17
11
10
 
Dalry Athletic
 
10
4
4
2
16
34
10
 
Dalry Blairland United
 
10
2
8
0
  9
33
  4
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
So far as we have heard, Saturday last was a blank with the North Ayrshire League competition and consequently, the above table appears the same as last week.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 29 May 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUVENILE FOOTBALL NEWS
Glasgow Camphill juniors renewed their acquaintance with Ardrossan Winton Rovers last Saturday (23 May 1903). A pleasant friendly was played on the ground of the latter and at the close the teams cried quits with two goals each. On Tuesday evening last (26 May 1903), the Winton Rovers were again on the warpath. Largs Neva were the visitors that evening to Winton Park and a good game was the outcome. The Rovers gained the verdict by two goals to one. From posters, it will be noticed that Possil Clydesdale form Glasgow are to be the guests of the Winton Rovers on Saturday first (30 May 1903). This is a new combination and we have no doubt the Winton Parkers and their admirers will give them a hearty welcome. Tomorrow at Ardrossan, Celtic and Vale of Garnock will cross swords in Irvine and District Cup interests.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 29 May 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 2 - GLASGOW CAMPHILL 2
A very pleasant game was witnessed at Winton Park on Saturday (23 May 1903) when Camphill from Glasgow favoured the Rovers with a friendly visit. This has now come to be regarded as an annual fixture, the teams having met on two previous occasions and each had a win to their credit. Like its predecessors, the match on Saturday was keenly contested with glimpses of good football on both sides, notwithstanding the warm weather and the result - two goals each - gives a pretty fair index on the play. For the greater part of the first half, Camphill made the pace and scored twice, the outcome of clever forward play. The Rovers who were handicapped in having to face a strong sun showed no better advantage as the interval approached and might have at least scored once had they been more energetic at goal. Camphill led by two to nil when ends were changed. The Rovers commenced the second half in good style and maintained the pressure until a corner was forced from which they scored their first goal, Camphill were kept busy defending for some time and after twenty minutes play, the Light Blues notched the equaliser. Both teams now strove eagerly for the leading point and each goalkeeper had to save frequently. In the last ten minutes, the Rovers had the best of matters and the winning point would have been no more than they deserved. Taking it all through, however, the game was value for a draw.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 29 May 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 2 - LARGS NEVA 1
Largs Neva made their first appearance at Winton Park on Tuesday evening (26 May 1903). The occasion was a friendly encounter with the Rovers and there was a fair amount of spectators. The homesters had the best of the opening stages but the Neva broke away and opened the scoring from a corner. The shooting of both teams was faulty, the Rovers especially losing several good openings for want of a little judgement. Shortly before half-time, one of the visitors headed the sphere through his own goal and the teams crossed over on level terms - one goal each. A few minutes after the resumption, McCulloch scored the winning goal for the homesters with a fine shot. The Largs youths played hard and well for the equaliser while the Rovers seemed as determined to 'mak' siccar' by securing another goal but neither side succeeded in again finding the net and the game ended in favour of the Rovers by two goals to one. The season is fast waning and once the Rovers are finished with the Irvine and District competition which proceeds very, very leisurely, they will probably cease hostilities for a time. Rumour has it that, with the assistance of several new players, the Wintonians will enter junior circles next season. We shall see. Tomorrow, Saturday (30 May 1903), a Glasgow eleven bearing the name of Possil Clydeside will be the Rovers' guests and opponents.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 29 May 1903

CUP TIE AWARDED AGAINST ARDROSSAN CELTIC
At the Ayrshire Juvenile Association meeting held on Saturday last (30 May 1903), the undecided semi-final tie between Vale of Garnock Strollers and Ardrossan Celtic was considered and the tie awarded to the former. The last game between these teams, we need hardly say, was stopped about two minutes from time through the spectators breaking in on the field with the Vale leading by one goal to nil. In awarding the tie to the Vale, we believe the Association's decision will give general satisfaction. Celtic, however, may feel disappointed over their exit from the competition in an unfinished game but they must grin and bear the decision of the Association as best they can. They appeared a beaten team when hostilities were abruptly stopped.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 5 June 1903

IRVINE AND DISTRICT JUVENILE ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE MEETING
We are asked to mention that a meeting of the Irvine and District Juvenile Association committee will be held in the Winton Arms, Irvine on Saturday first (6 June 1903) at 7.00 pm. Among the matters to be brought up will be a claim by Irvine Saint Andrews in connection with their tie with Ardrossan Winton Rovers. This game, we believe, was put off by the Rovers owing to the Saints failing to give sufficient notice hence the reason for the Saints claiming the tie.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 5 June 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 3 - POSSIL CLYDESDALE 2
For the first time this season, the attraction at North Crescent Park, Ardrossan fairly monopolised the attention of the patrons of the game in town and district and as a result, the friendly at Winton Park - Possil Clydesdale v Winton Rovers - suffered financially. The visitors were a poor lot and although the Rovers had out practically a scratch eleven. They experienced no great difficulty in winning an interesting game by three to two (presumably on 30 May 1903).
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 5 June 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 2 - VALE OF GARNOCK STROLLERS 1
The interest taken in juvenile football seems to be as keen as ever in this district judging from the turnout of spectators at Celtic Park, Ardrossan last Saturday (30 May 1903). Of course, the teams to do duty that day - Vale of Garnock Strollers and Celtic - have been warm rivals this season and the fact that the latter had succumbed to the former the previous week by only one goal to nil in an unfinished Ayrshire Cup tie at Stevenston, no doubt contributed to draw out the supporters of each team in full force. In this respect, the Vale team had doubtless the larger number of followers, several hundred accompanying them on their mission of warfare and the result was the largest crowd seen at Celtic Park this season. Something bordering on a thousand spectators viewed the game which took the form of a return fixture in the fourth round of the Irvine and District Cup competition. The Vale had a lead of three goals to begin with, having won the initial game at Glengarnock by four to one so that Celtic had an uphill fight from the start. Owing to the late arrival of the Vale, the game was started after the advertised hour and when the kick-off was made, rain began to fall. Added to this was an easterly breeze and against these elements, Celtic contended in the first half, the rain eventually ceasing. As was expected, Vale had the best of matters in the first half but Celtic's defence proved a barrier against success. Now and again, the home forwards broke away but when coming to close quarters, were always baffled in their few attempts to find an opening. It was at the other end of the field, however, that damage was most likely to occur and as the outcome of an attack, the Vale was awarded a penalty-kick. By this advantage, it was half-expected that the Vale lad entrusted with the kick would do the trick but no. Steed, who remained in goal, saved his trust amidst some cheering on the part of his admirers. Time slipped away without either side accomplishing anything definite and on the Vale's side, one or two of their players, for certain reasons, were not seen at their best. Celtic occasionally had a look-in but only to have their efforts nipped in the bud while, on the other hand, the Vale, though the current continued to run best with them, were likewise unrewarded until near the call of halftime, when they registered the first goal of the match. On resuming the second period, Celtic's position was worse than when they had started as they were now four goals down on the tie. This was a heavy handicap and one which the most ardent Celtic supporter could not expect them to carry on to victory. With the wind in their favour, they however made the pace hot for the Vale defence and so persistent were the attacks of the ground lads that one was led to believe they would yet score. For a time, however, the visitors' defence proved equal to every occasion but the Celtic were not to be denied and so success eventually came their way in the scoring of their first goal. This reverse wakened up the Vale a bit and play was transferred to home territory but on this and several later occasions, they could make no impression on the home citadel. Every time, they were forced back empty-handed and now we could hear one of the Vale's aged supporters offer two to one that his pets would win the tie. Celtic were having a monopoly of the play but with time fast drawing to a close and no further scoring, Celtic's exit from the competition looked more pronounced than ever. As time advanced, however, they again cheered the hearts of their supporters by registering a second point. There was little hope in Celtic drawing the tie now, being still a couple of goals in arrears but in the closing minutes, they made a combined attempt to notch a third point and were somewhat unlucky in not doing so at the post. On the other hand, the Vale's citadel at this stage had a miraculous escape and as the outcome of the attack, Kerr of the visitors unfortunately met with an injury to one of his knees and he had to be carried from the field. This accident occurred in the last minute of the game which terminated in favour of the Celtic by two goals to one. Over the two games, however, the Vale win the tie by five to three and thus qualify for the fifth stage of the competition.
A comment is given below.
Ardrossan Celtic may be displeased at not getting another ninety minutes with Vale of Garnock in Ayrshire interests but Celts had some comfort on Saturday (30 May 1903) at North Crescent where they beat the Vale by two to one in a return Irvine and District game. The wonder is that Celtic did not draw the tie as several of the Vale players were not in form. By the results of the home-and-home games, however, the Vale lads go into the fifth stage of this competition having scored a total of five goals against three for Celtic. This is the third cup competition, we think, that the Vale's team have been responsible for Celtic's retiral and the different games have been characterised by keen fighting. Let us hope better luck will attend the efforts of the Celtic boys next season in the Scottish, Ayrshire and Irvine and District competitions respectively.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 5 June 1903

LARGS NEVA 1- ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 2
On Tuesday evening last (9 June 1903), Ardrossan Winton Rovers did the journey to Largs to play their return friendly fixture with the Neva of that town. The result on this occasion was the same as in the game played at Ardrossan a fortnight ago - two goals to one in favour of the Rovers. The duration of the game was sixty minutes.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 12 June 1903

KILWINNING RANGERS BEAT ARDROSSAN CELTIC
Last week, Ardrossan Celtic lost their first two points in a North Ayrshire League game. This was their first fixture of the kind this season and Kilwinning Rangers were responsible for the reverse. The game was played at Kilwinning and ended in favour of the young Buffs by the odd goal. The Celts, however, are the North Ayrshire League champions.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 19 June 1903
The score was not given and there was no report on the game.

AYRSHIRE TEAM TO PLAY LANARKSHIRE
We are informed that the team chosen to represent Ayrshire in the inter-county match against Lanarkshire is as follows - Gilmour (Langlands Thistle); McKernon (Ardrossan Celtic) and Cousar (Irvine Victoria); Dunwoodie (Vale of Garnock), Brannan (Ardrossan Celtic) and Henderson (Dunaskin Lads); Maxwell (Kilmarnock Oakvale), McCulloch (Ardrossan Winton Rovers), Tait (Muirkirk Ironclads), Bannerman (Vale of Garnock) and Morrison (Hurlford Rovers).
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 19 June 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS STILL IN DISPUTE WITH IRVINE SAINT ANDREWS
Ardrossan Winton Rovers are anxious to know when the Irvine and District Association intend to bring their competition to a close. Irvine Saint Andrews, it will be remembered, claimed their unplayed tie with the Rovers in the above interests but the latter mean to have a say respecting the said claim, if only the Association would say when.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 19 June 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC TO PLAY WESTLAND UNION
Ardrossan Celtic have announced a match for Saturday first (20 June 1903) at North Crescent Park. The visitors will be Westland Union.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 19 June 1903

WINTON ROVERS TO VISIT CESSNOCK CASTLE?
The Ardrossan Winton Rovers expect to indulge in the luxury of a drive to Cessnock Castle one of these Saturdays.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 19 June 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 3 - WESTLAND UNION 1
Ardrossan Celtic played a friendly with Westland Union at North Crescent Park and although the homesters had a somewhat rearranged eleven through the absence of regulars, they ultimately emerged winners of the game. The scores were Celtic 3 Westland Union 1.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 26 June 1903

EVANGELISTIC SERVICES AT WINTON PARK

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 26 June 1903

WHEN WILL WINTON ROVERS' ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING BE HELD?
Judging from what we hear, it is evident some of the Winton Rovers' supporters are wondering when the annual general meeting of the members is likely to take place. The new season is fast approaching and it is thought the Rovers' executive should now begin to think about setting their house in order.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 3 July 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
We are asked to state that a general meeting of Ardrossan Celtic Football Club will be held in the Crescent Bar (shown at the right of the photo below taken in the early 1900s - Mr Beck's - on Tuesday evening first (7 July 1903). Business of importance will be transacted and a good attendance is requested.

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 3 July 1903

VALE OF GARNOCK HATCHING A PROTEST?
In connection with the Ayrshire Juvenile Final played last Saturday (4 July 1903), we heard it stated this week that a representative of the Vale of Garnock Strollers was in a town not a hundred miles from Ardrossan seeking information with the view, it is said, of hatching a protest against one or two of Irvine Victoria's players who are believed to be juniors. We did not hear whether the representative got any clue or not but time will tell.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 10 July 1903

CAPTAIN SHIELDS HONORARY PRESIDENT
Captain Robert Shields (shown below in 1902) has been asked to accept the honorary presidentship of the Ardrossan Celtic Football Club.

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 10 July 1903

WINTON ROVERS OUTING TO CAPRINGTON CASTLE
The Ardrossan Winton Rovers and their sweethearts had their annual outing last Saturday (4 July 1903). They were conveyed in brakes to Caprington Castle where a pleasant sojourn was made despite the inclemency of the weather when they left home but which happily cleared up before arriving at their destination.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 10 July 1903

WINTON ROVERS PLAY IRVINE SAINT ANDREWS
At a meeting of the Irvine and District Juvenile Association held on Saturday last (11 July 1903), it was decided that the tie claimed by Irvine Saint Andrews against Ardrossan Winton Rovers be played at Ardrossan on Thursday first, last night (16 July 1903). The winning team meet Hurlford Rovers or Kilmarnock Portland in the semi-final stage at Stevenston.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 17 July 1903

ARDROSSAN SPORTS FIVE-A-SIDE FOOTBALL COMPETITION
In connection with Ardrossan sports, which are fixed to be held tomorrow, Saturday (25 July 1903) at Cameron's Field, the preliminary ties in the five-a-side football competition were decided at Winton Park, the ground of the Rovers, on Tuesday evening last (21 July 1903). Unfortunately, the weather was inclement, heavy showers falling during the early stages of the competition, which no doubt affected the attendance of spectators and at the same time caused the ground to be somewhat greasy. The competition was confined to the districts of Stevenston, Saltcoats, Ardrossan and West Kilbride and eight teams took part in the tourney. Mr William Anderson officiated as referee while Messrs Auld and Martin acted as linesmen. The following are the results.
First round - Ardeer Thistle beat Saltcoats Seaside by one goal and one corner to one corner. This was a well-contested game, Seaside dying gamely. Ardrossan Celtic beat West Kilbride by one goal to one corner. The winners had the best of the game all through. Ardrossan Winton Rovers beat Adam's Team by two goals and three corners to one corner. The Rovers were easily the better team. Ardrossan Winton Rovers A Team beat the Tramps by one goal to one corner. This was an amusing game and at the interval, several of the latter team were 'crying out'.
Semi-Final - Ardrossan Winton Rovers beat Ardeer Thistle by three goals to two. This was the best game in the competition and it looked as if the latter would come out on top. At the interval, the Jags were leading by two goals to one, one of which they scored from a penalty. Early in the second half, the Rovers equalised from a penalty and near the close, they registered the winning goal amidst much enthusiasm. The win was a most popular one and the losers seemed a bit dumped. Ardrossan Celtic beat Ardrossan Winton Rovers A Team by four goals to one. As the score indicates, the Celts proved easy winners and they are expected to offer stubborn resistance for premier honours. The football final will be played tomorrow and the names of the respective teams are: Ardrossan Winton Rovers - James McCulloch, D Findlay, Jno McCulloch, J Vanes and A Hamilton. Ardrossan Celtic - T McLaughlin, S Brannan, E Tyre, J(ames) Hunter and W Dixon. In addition to the above, the programme of events for the day is an attractive one and embraces the usual sprints and distance races, leaping, putting et cetera. We understand a large number of entries have been made for several of the leading events and, favoured with good weather, we hope to see a large turnout of the general sport-loving public at Cameron's Field, North Crescent, tomorrow, Saturday.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 24 July 1903

ARDROSSAN ATHLETIC SPORTS
After three of four fallow years, an exhibition of athletic sports was given in Cameron's Field, North Shore, Ardrossan on Saturday last (25 July 1903). Not other than a success could the gathering be called. With care and even with enthusiasm, the preliminary arrangements had been carried out by an active committee and when the hour of commencement arrived, everything was in readiness for smooth and easy working. A bright sun favoured the start of the proceedings and would probably have been too free with its favours had not a haze intervened and kept the atmosphere at a temperature not unsuited to the occasion. Towards the end of the programme, rain fell but by that time, the sports were well-nigh over and the change in the weather was not a matter for very serious regret. Perhaps the most gratifying feature of the afternoon's entertainment was the large turnout of spectators - a turnout far beyond the most sanguine expectations of the committee and there was every evidence that the spectators enjoyed themselves. Each event was keenly watched and applause came spontaneously and often, Especial interest was shown in the doings of the boys of the training-brig Francis Mollison und Captain James Little who worked zealously for the success of the sports. Those of the committee who were present - and few were absent - wrought right willingly from start to finish. On the secretary, of course, the greatest burden was placed and in justice it must be said that Mr William Anderson was a veritable Trojan in the office. He was indefatigable. He was in the midst of all the preliminary work and while on the field on Saturday, the sweat of honest toil was on his brow. The judges were Mr James Wilson and Captain Murchie.
   Boys' Race
      1 Stuart Goodwin, 8 yards; 2 James Tyre, 15; 3 Thomas Heggie, 8
   100 Yards Flat Race
      Winners of Heats
         William Dodds, Ardrossan, scratch; R Adams, Ardrossan, 1 ½; D Fullarton, Ardrossan, 6; W Allan, Saltcoats, 4 ½
      Final
         1 William Dodds; 2 James Fullarton; 3 William Allan
   High Leap
      1 William Fullarton, Ardrossan; 2 David Barclay, Ardrossan
   220 Yards Flat Race
      First Heat
         1 George Lambie, Saltcoats, 12; 2 Carrick Hamilton, Saltcoats, 6
      Second Heat
         1 William Allan, Saltcoats, 9; 2 D McKiernon, Ardrossan, 12
      Third Heat
         1 James Fullarton, Ardrossan, 13; D Barclay, Ardrossan, 9
      Final
         1 J Fullarton, 2 George Lambie, 3 Carrick Hamilton
   Putting 16lb Ball
      1 D McDowall, Ardrossan, 41 feet 6 inches, scratch; 2 John Neil, Ardrossan, 40 feet 4 inches, 4 feet
   Long Leap
      1 William Fullarton, Ardrossan, 17 feet 10 inches; 2 David Barclay, Ardrossan, 17 feet
   Five-a-Side Football Competition
      Final - 1 Ardrossan Winton Rovers; 2 Ardrossan Celtic
      The teams were well matched, the Rovers gaining the verdict by one corner to nothing.
   100 Yards Flat Race for Boys of the Francis Mollison
      1 number 202; 2 number 357; 3 number 229
   120 Yards Hurdle Race
      First Heat
         1 Carrick Hamilton, Saltcoats; 2 W Wakefield, Saltcoats
      Second Heat
         1 John McDowall, Ardrossan; 2 W Allan, Saltcoats
      Final
         1 Carrick Hamilton; 2 John McDowall; W Wakefield
   800 Yards Flat Race
      1 John Mackie, Ardrossan, 30; 2 W Allan, Saltcoats, scratch; 3 John Brannan, Stevenston, 10
   400 Yards Flat Race - Football Costume
      1 Carrick Hamilton, Saltcoats; 2 John McCulloch, Saltcoats
   Tug of War
      1 Country Team; 2 Saltcoats Shepherds
   Pillow Fight
      1 John McDowall, Ardrossan; 2 W Martin
The prizes were presented by Mrs F H Gillies. That done, Mr Barr proposed a vote of thanks to the lady for so graciously handing over the trophies and Mr Gillies replied on behalf of his wife. Mr Goodwin then moved that thanks be accorded to Captain Robert Shields who had acted all along as chairman of the committee and without whom the sports would have been less easily organised. Captain Shields acknowledged the compliment. Mr William Martin then proposed a vote of cordial thanks to Mr Anderson, the secretary who had not spared himself in his efforts to make the sports a success. Mr Anderson modestly disclaimed any great share in the success and proposed that the ground committee be thanked, the which was done. The speeches were all eloquent and sincere and the want of space is all that prevents their reproduction here.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 31 July 1903

AYRSHIRE JUVENILES 3 - RENFREWSHIRE JUVENILES 2
The inter-county juvenile match between Ayrshire and Renfrewshire was played at Warner Park, Stevenston on Saturday (25 July 1903) and resulted in favour of the Ayrshire lads by the close margin of three goals to two. A fair number of spectators turned out to witness the match but the athletic sports held at Ardrossan no doubt affected the gate to some extent. Other attractions, it is said claimed five of the Renfrewshire team and some time was spent in trying to raise an eleven that would do credit to the shire. Ayrshire, it may be here remarked, was also without several selected players and their places had to be filled by substitutes so that in the matter of representation, each county fared pretty much alike. Taking it all through, the game was a fair one and on the Ayrshire side there were several outstanding players - Maxwell, Tait and Bannerman being well to the front. The Renfrewshire representatives, though beaten, made a surprisingly good show considering the way in which they were handicapped and, with a little luck, the game might have ended in a draw. Mr Simpson, Kilwinning, acted as referee.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 31 July 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR LEAGUE MEETING
At a meeting of the new League held on Monday night last (3 August 1903), the following fixtures were arranged for the month of August.
     5 - Kilwinning Thistle v Ardrossan Winton Rovers - referee John Kerr, Beith
   15 - Beith Juniors v Kilwinning Thistle - referee Irvine Clifford, Vale
          Ardrossan Winton Rovers v Vale of Garnock Strollers - referee James Craig, Dalry
   29 - Ardrossan Winton Rovers v Beith Juniors
          Kilwinning Thistle v Vale of Garnock Strollers
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 7 August 1903

WINTON ROVERS JOIN NEW NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR LEAGUE
As will be noticed from the above fixtures, Ardrossan Winton Rovers - juveniles last season - are included in the newly-formed League and not a few of their of their supporters will agree with us when we say this is a step in the right direction and one, it is hoped, will benefit the Rovers. We hear that a number of changes will be made in the composition of the team and that among these, a crack centre-forward will don the light blue jersey. The particular player, whose name we are not at liberty to reveal in the meantime, has already been seen at Winton Park, playing for a city combination. He is an outstanding player and will be a decided acquisition to the Rovers who are doing their best to muster a capable junior eleven for the season they are about to start. We are asked to state that the Rovers will leave the Templar's Hall (shown below as the Gospel Hall in 2002) tomorrow (8 August 1903) per brake for Kilwinning at 2.45 pm.

           
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 7 August 1903

WILL ARDROSSAN CELTIC ENLIST AS JUNIORS?
We have heard little regarding the prospects of the Ardrossan Celtic juvenile combination but think that the time has come when they too ought to enlist as juniors. What we have learned, however, conveys the impression that changes will be noticeable at Celtic Park. Several of the old players, it is reported, are expected to turn out for a junior team not a hundred miles from Dalry and it is also current that several of the Celts will be chasing the leather for another club nearer home. Tomorrow (8 August 1903), however, will perhaps give some indication as to the movements of some of Celtic's best players.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 7 August 1903

IRVINE AND DISTRICT AND IRVINE HERALD COMPETITIONS
Junior clubs intending to enter for the Irvine and District and Irvine Herald competitions are reminded of the alteration in the rules, namely, the confining to the districts of Beith, Ardrossan, Troon and Darvel. Clubs within this area having private ground are eligible to enter the above competitions. Formerly the Irvine Herald competition was run on the home-and-home principle but this season, only one game will be played, this competition being conducted on the same rules as the Irvine and District.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 7 August 1903

NEW NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE
As to the newly-formed North Ayrshire Junior League, we understand it will consist of five clubs - Dalry Juniors, Beith Juniors, Vale of Garnock Strollers, Kilwinning Thistle and Ardrossan Winton Rovers. The officials of the League are president, Mr William Logan, Vale of Garnock; vice-president, Mr G Love, Winton Rovers; treasurer, Mr William McBlane, Eglinton Thistle and secretary, Mr Arthur Young, 82 North Street, Dalry.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 7 August 1903

WILL ARDROSSAN CELTIC ENLIST AS JUNIORS?
After having agreed to run as juveniles for another season, we understand Ardrossan Celtic have decided to pose as juniors instead. A meeting of the members of the club to consider the advisability of running the team on junior lines was held last Friday night (7 August 1903). Since then, we have learned that the Celtic officials have been looking after a certain Ardeer Thistle player and one of the Winton Rovers but, from what we have heard, we do not think either will oblige. We believe application for admission to the North Ayrshire Junior League has been made by Ardrossan Celtic. As only a quintet of clubs are connected with this Association, there is a chance of the Celtic application being favourably entertained. Tomorrow, the Celts will try friendly conclusions with Ardeer Thistle at Stevenston.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 14 August 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC'S GOALKEEPER TO JOIN VALE OF GARNOCK STROLLERS?
That there will be changes in most of our budding junior teams goes without saying and one of the latest ot come to our ears is that Ardrossan Celtic's goalkeeper Steed will change his colours this season. Vale of Garnock Strollers are mentioned as likely to be his new company and should it turn out to be correct, the Celts will miss their old custodian.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 14 August 1903

ANOTHER NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR COMPETITION?
We hear that there is the prospect of another competition spring up this season and it is expected that it will be confined to the junior clubs of North Ayrshire. It is currently reported that a certain Ardrossan gentleman, associated with the Celtic club, will present a cup for competition.

WINTON ROVERS HOST VALE OF GARNOCK STROLLERS
Tomorrow, Saturday (15 August 1903), in North Ayrshire League interests, Vale of Garnock Strollers make their first appearance at Winton Park, Ardrossan to contest their claim for points with the Rovers. The Vale's ability as a team is well enough known in the district and it is hoped the Rovers will turn out as selected on this occasion. The following is the probable eleven - McMurtrie or another, Inglis, (J) Leckie, Goldie, Findlay, McMurray, Anderson, McCulloch, Frank Smith, J Smith and Reid. Mr James Craig, Dalry, has been appointed to referee the game.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 14 August 1903

KILWINNING THISTLE 1 - ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 2
Ardrossan Winton Rovers and Kilwinning Thistle made their bow in junior circles on Saturday (8 August 1903) when they opened the North Ayrshire Junior League programme at Blacklands Field, Kilwinning. The weather, thought dull, was just the thing for football but there was a small attendance of spectators. The Rovers were minus several of their selected team - partly owing to the reprehensible conduct of certain players who have offered their services and for other reasons - but a fairly capable eleven was mustered. The teams were: Thistle - Rae, Hawthorn, Aitken, W McLaughlan, Reid, Knox, Aird, Currie, J McLaughlan, Cairney and Hood. Rovers - Love, Mackay, Inglis, Bell, Findlay, McMurray, Anderson, McCulloch, Barclay, Smith and Goldie. Play during the first fifteen minutes was confined for the most part to the Rovers' end and their back division was allowed very little leisure, their custodian having to negotiate several likely tries. On the pressure being relaxed, the Winton Parkers had a look-in and caused the Thistle defence some anxiety but the latter cleared their lies safely. So far the shooting on either side had not been of the dangerous order but a fine try from Reid, late of Ardeer, gave the visitors a fright, the sphere rebounding off one of the backs and going past. The resultant corner proved ineffectual and the Rovers again assumed the aggressive. After some give-and-take play, Smith placed nicely to McCulloch who sped clear of the Thistle backs and was on the point of shooting when he stumbled. Barclay was following up and banged the sphere into the net but was adjudged offside. Play was soon transferred to the opposite goal and the homesters succeeded in getting the ball through, only to be robbed of the point for the same reason as above. The Rovers' prospects heightened when a penalty was granted them. McCulloch took the kick but still the teams were pointless, the ball going harmlessly past. Two of the players, Bell and Reid, were evidently determined to commence the season auspiciously for they indulged in a quiet sparring exhibition until the referee intervened and gave them marching orders. On play being resumed, the Rovers pressed and Findlay opened the scoring with a drooping shot which completely deceived Rae. This stimulated the interest a little and Thistle retaliated strongly. The interval arrived, however, with the Light Blues one goal in the lead. When the leather was again set a-rolling, the first run came from the home team but the Rovers defended their goal stubbornly and no loopholes were offered. For some time, the Jags continued to have slightly the best of matters and on several occasions, were unlucky in not scoring, although Treasurer Love guarded the Wintonians' citadel right well indeed. The Rovers' visits to their opponents' stronghold became more frequent as the game proceeded and on a corner being forced and well taken, Anderson ultimately scored goal number two with a fast shot. The succeeding play was fairly well-balanced and it seemed as if the visitors would maintain their lead of two goals until the finish but a penalty in the closing minutes of the game gave the Thistle their first and only point, the Rovers emerging winners by two goals to one. A draw would perhaps have been a more satisfactory result, at least to the Kilwinning team, who were rather unfortunate to drop the full complement of points. On the other hand, the Rovers, represented as they were by so many substitutes, played confidently throughout and are to be congratulated on their first junior victory. The Winton Parkers have a hard nut to crack tomorrow (15 August 1903). The redoubtable Vale of Garnock Strollers, in all their laurels as winners of the Scottish Juvenile Cup, will give battle for points and as the Rovers will be strongly represented, a rousing game is sure to be the outcome. Given good weather, there should be almost a record gate.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 14 August 1903

A GOOD START FOR WINTON ROVERS
Considering that the Ardrossan Winton Rovers lacked the services of one or two of their expected team and the fact that their goal was entrusted to a non-playing member of the club, their victory of two to one against Kilwinning Rangers at Blacklands reflects credit on the Light Blues. The Rovers have thus annexed the first two points in connection with the new North Ayrshire Junior League.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 14 August 1903
The non-playing member of Winton Rovers could have been Mr Gavin Love who was mentioned in the last story of 7 August 1903 above and in the Winton Rover v Vale of Garnock Strollers report of 21 August 1903 below.

ARDEER PLAYERS PLAY FOR KILWINNING THISTLE AGAINST WINTON ROVERS
Biggam of Ardeer Thistle's eleven assisted Larkhall Thistle last Saturday (1 August 1903) and had the honour of opening the scoring for his side while Knox, Reid and Aitken, all of Ardeer, played for Kilwinning Thistle against Ardrossan Winton Rovers. One of the three, Reid, along with Bell of the Rovers was ordered off the field for misconduct.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 14 August 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(8 August 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
1
1
0
0
2
1
2
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
1
0
1
0
1
2
0
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
Dalry Juniors
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
Beith Juniors
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 14 August 1903

ARDROSSAN FOOTBALL CLUBS DONORS
It is pleasing to note that several gentlemen in Ardrossan are particularly interested in the welfare of the two local clubs. Last week, we mentioned that a gentleman, closely identified with the Celtic club, has promised to present a cup for competition and we are again authoritatively informed that another gentleman, specially interested and associated with the Rovers, has very generously presented the club with a suit of jerseys with which we expect to see them clad on Saturday first (22 August 1903). We are not authorised to mention the names of these two gentlemen.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 21 August 1903

ARDROSSAN FOOTBALL CLUBS SUCCESS
Speaking of the two local clubs reminds us that the Celtic lads did a good performance at Stevenston last Saturday (15 August 1903) in beating down Ardeer Thistle by five goals to two. The losers, though minus several of last season's eleven, had nevertheless a good representation and the victory achieved by Celtic whose team also included some new faces, was well merited. One cannot help from congratulating the two Ardrossan combinations on their last week's performances as juniors and it is to be hoped the season that has opened so well for each club will be characterised by future successes, financially and otherwise.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 21 August 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 3 - VALE OF GARNOCK STROLLERS 1
Flushed by their creditable win of the previous week which earned for them their first two North Ayrshire League points, the Winton Rovers made their initial appearance at home in these interests last Saturday (15 August 1903) before a good attendance of spectators considering the adverse nature of the weather up till within an hour of the advertised time. The visitors to Winton Park were Vale of Garnock Strollers who distinguished themselves so well in juvenile circles last season and who no doubt also hoped, as juniors, to uphold their good names on this particular occasion. The Rovers, though minus McCulloch who believed the game was to be postponed, turned out a good representation and we do not hesitate to say that their display gave the utmost satisfaction to their admirers. It was the first time the Vale had ever faced the Rovers and the way in which the home forwards went about their work must have convinced the Vale lads who seemed the heavier lot that they had met 'foemen worthy of their steel'. The ground, considering the incessant downpour of rain from early morning to afternoon, was in remarkably good condition, though at one time fears were entertained that the match would have to be postponed. The teams entered the arena, however, under greatly improved auspices and lined up as follows: Vale - Steed, Davies, Graham, Dunwoodie, Lusk, Jones, Robertson, Walker, Tail, Dougan and McGinlay. Rovers - Lambie, Inglis, (J) Leckie, Fullarton, Findlay, McMurray, Anderson, Goldie, Frank Smith, J Smith and Reid. Winning the toss, the Rovers - who had a change of colours owing to the visitors' being the same - took advantage of the wind in the initial period. The Vale started operations but made little progress and the Wintonians' right wing getting off, Anderson showed the Vale defence a clean pair of heels but he was disposed of the sphere when about to shoot. The play was speedily transferred to the Rovers' quarters where Lambie was called upon to save a nasty shot. Following a brief spell of open play, the Strollers were again forced back on their lines, Steed being tested with one or two high shots which he disposed of all right. The Rovers continued to attack vigorously and after about twenty minutes play, they registered the opening goal of the match. It was a simply taken point being the outcome of a goal kick by the Vale custodian who banged the sphere against one of the backs and on Reid getting possession close in, he had no difficulty in scoring. Determined, no doubt, to make up for their bad luck, the Vale essayed a little combination which was speedily upset by the opposing halves and the play ere long surged once more in the vicinity of Steed's charge. Frank Smith, ex-Camphill, the Rovers' latest acquisition, added spice to the play by his deft touches and, led by him, the home quintet kept up a spirited attack. There was no fluke about the second goal which was scored by Anderson with a grand shot after Steed saved from Frank Smith. Having tasted blood, the homesters were not to be denied at any cost and two minutes later, the Vale citadel was again captured, this time by a half-back, McMurray. The cup-holders were playing very disjointedly, the weakness being evident in the front rank. Good work by the Rovers' left pair resulted in Reid netting the sphere but as he was palpably offside, the point did not count. A fine shot by J Smith all but did the trick, Steed just managing to scrape the ball clear. The play was more or less one-sided until half-time but the Rovers failed to increase their total. Although the Vale had now the assistance of the wind, it did not seem probable, in view of their exhibition in the first period, that they would make up the three goal deficiency. However, on the game being recommenced, the immediately set the pace and their play gave promise of some improvement. On the pressure being relieved, the Rovers retaliated with some clever forward play and still showed eagerness to find the net. The visitors returned to the attack which they maintained for some time and on one or two occasions were unfortunate in not being rewarded though there was room for improvement in their shooting. Jones had hard lines with a shot which struck the cross-bar. The Winton Parkers occasionally invaded their opponents' lines but offside interfered with a number of good chances. As time waned, the Strollers redoubled their efforts to secure a goal. Three consecutive corners were gained, all of which proved to be fruitless but about ten minutes from time, a shot from the left wing did the needful. Some give-and-take passages took place in the closing minutes of the game which terminated in favour of the Rovers by three goals to one. The result, which doubtless came as a surprise to many, no more than represents the difference between the teams on the day's play. Both goalkeepers played well while the Vale backs were a little more reliable than the Rovers' pair. The latter were, if anything, better served at half-back in which division, Findlay was the pick. The Vale's front rank was decidedly weak compared with the Winton five, all of whom played up to expectations. Port Glasgow Juniors will revisit Winton Park tomorrow (22 August 1903) when the Rovers will again try conclusions with them in a friendly. A new match secretary has been appointed to look after the interests of the Winton Rovers in the person of Mr Gavin Love, 139 Glasgow Street, Ardrossan to who all communications should be addressed.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 21 August 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(15 August 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
2
2
0
0
5
2
4
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
2
1
1
0
1
2
2
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
1
0
1
0
1
3
0
 
Dalry Juniors
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
Beith Juniors
 
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
Beith Juniors scratched to Kilwinning Thistle on Saturday and from the above table, it will be noticed that Thistle had been credited with the points. Troon Rangers and Ardrossan Celtic have been admitted to the North Ayrshire League.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 21 August 1903

WINNING START FOR WINTON ROVERS
Nothing succeeds like success - and the fact that Ardrossan Winton Rovers have already placed four North Ayrshire League points to their credit should nerve them to keep their record untarnished. Their latest victims were Vale of Garnock Strollers who were defeated at Winton Park on Saturday by three goals to one. This is reckoned a good performance on the part of the Rovers and we fancy was not relished by the Vale lads. The Rovers, we understand, have made arrangements for a visit of the Port Juniors to Winton Park tomorrow (22 August 1903) and as the visitors are a team of good playing qualities, the locals must make up their minds for a hard ninety minutes. Favoured with good weather, this fixture is expected to draw out a good crowd to Winton Park.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 21 August 1903

ARDEER THISTLE 2 - ARDROSSAN CELTIC 5
For the first time, Ardrossan Celtic posed as juniors last Saturday (15 August 1903) and it must be admitted they gave a good account of themselves. They journeyed to Stevenston and opposed Ardeer Thistle in a friendly. This was looked upon as a stiff hurdle for the Celts to face with the memory of Ardeer's doings last season fresh in mind but the Ardrossan lads rose to the occasion in winning style and, to make a long story short, pluckily defeated the Jags by five to two. Both teams were without several of last season's players so that in the matter of representation, they were pretty much on a par. The result was a bit surprising to many and should encourage the Celtic brigade to braver deeds in the junior football world. At the time of writing, we have not heard whether the Celts have secured a fixture for tomorrow (22 August 1903) or not but we have no doubt efforts are being made to find employment for the team.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 21 August 1903

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE MEETING
On Saturday (22 August 1903), a meeting of the Ayrshire Junior Association committee was held in Kilmarnock under the presidency of Mr G Dunlop. It was intimated that Mr J F Dalrymple Hay and the Honourable Thomas Cochrane, member of parliament, had given donations of £1 and 10 s respectively. Forty-one clubs were entered, showing an increase of four on last season. The draw in the first round of the competition resulted as follows.
   Ardrossan Winton Rovers v Kilwinning Thistle
   Rugby XI v Lugar Boswell
   Cronberry Eglinton v Crosshill Juniors
   Benquhat v Irvine Meadow XI
   Shawbank v Kilbirnie Ladeside
   Newmilns v Mauchline Thistle
   Troon Rangers v Cumnock Craigbank
   Rankinston v Common Thistle
   Dean Park v Tongue Row Rangers
   Burnfoothill v Hurlford Thistle
   Coylton United v Galston Athletic
   Dalry Juniors v Vale of Garnock Strollers
   Kilmaurs v Doon Athletic
   Springside v Darvel
   Mossblown Strollers v Ardrossan Celtic
   Kilwinning Rangers v Stewarton Juniors
   Ayr Springvale v Beith Juniors
   Stewarton Cunninghame v Trabboch
   Lanemark Thistle v Drongan
   Ardeer Thistle v Muirkirk Athletic
   Glenbuck Cherrypickers get a bye
While no improvement is shown in the number of senior clubs in Ayrshire, junior teams on the other hand appear to be on the increase. No less than forty-one clubs are connected with the Ayrshire Junior Association this season which shows an increase of four over that of last year. The juniors have of a truth become a strong force in the county.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 28 August 1903

IRVINE AND DISTRICT CUP FIRST ROUND DRAW
Junior clubs located within the districts of Beith, Ardrossan, Troon and Darvel are reminded that the Irvine and District Association meet tomorrow, Saturday (29 August 1903) for the purpose of drawing the clubs in the first round of this competition.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 28 August 1903

ARDROSSAN PLAYERS TURN OUT FOR ARDEER THISTLE
Ardeer Thistle accounted for Greenock Overton somewhat easily at Warner Park by six to nil. The winners, we believe, had some new faces in their ranks, notably Saunders of Ardrossan Celtic and Galt of Winton Rovers who figured as juveniles last season. As the Ardeer club have a number of fresh trundlers, it is difficult to say as yet whether the team will uphold the good name earned last year or not. Saturday's result, however, should spur them on to braver deeds.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 28 August 1903

WINTON ROVERS TO PLAY VALE OF CLYDE
The Rovers, it would seem, are endeavouring to bring the best junior talent to the district and the latest we have heard is that they have been negotiating with Vale of Clyde to pay a visit to Winton Park on Saturday first (29 August 1903). Football patrons in the district may not be aware that considerable expense is incurred in bringing such teams to the town - an expense too which we feel sure the Rovers' exchequer cannot always meet and the hope is expressed that the habitués of Winton Park will support the efforts of the local club by augmenting the weekly drawings. Much will depend then on the public assistance at future matches as to whether the Rovers' executive will continue to bring clubs of a class description to the town.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 28 August 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 1 - KILMARNOCK RUGBY XI 2
Ardrossan Celtic did not fare so well in their opening engagement at home with Kilmarnock Rugby XI but the fact that the Celts only lost the honours by the odd goal says something in their favour seeing that this is their first season as juniors and they have no need to fret over their initial defeat. The Rugbyites won the game by two goals to one. We understand that Celts will play the Blythswood Deaf and Dumb Eleven tomorrow (29 August 1903) at North Crescent, Ardrossan.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 28 August 1903

GOOD PERFORMANCE BY WINTON ROVERS
Another good performance has been accomplished by Ardrossan Winton Rovers. The Port Juniors were their guests on Saturday (22 August 1903) and, contrary to expectations, the Rovers defeated them by three to one, a result which on play was well-merited even though two of the goals were gained from penalties. The Port players, who are a bulky lot, were somewhat disappointing, especially in the second half of the game. The Rovers are a decidedly improved lot this season and there may be a few more surprises effected by this combination ere long. Keep your eye on them.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 28 August 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 3 - PORT JUNIORS 1
The Ardrossan Winton Rovers continue in a winning vein and on Saturday last (22 August 1903), at the expense of Port Juniors, chronicled their third junior victory. The Port Glasgow youths were not strangers to Winton Park, having defeated the Rovers last season by four to one and no doubt they hoped to repeat the dose. On this occasion, however, the Winton Parkers were prepared to give them a warmer ninety minutes and had the satisfaction of turning the tables to the extent of three goals to one. The match was favoured with glorious weather and there was a tolerably good attendance of spectators. The Rovers presented a smart appearance in their new light blue jerseys which made a pleasant contrast with the light green worn by the visitors who had both height and weight in their favour. A brief summary of the game will suffice. The Port commenced operations and were early dangerous, a shot from their left wing almost taking effect. Persistently, they returned to the attack and (J) Leckie, in attempting to clear, skied the ball which alighted in front of goal and, striking someone, rolled into the net. This early reverse had the effect of enlivening the homesters a bit and for some time, the play reigned in the Port territory. The Rovers continued to keep their opponents well in hand but the first half was well spent ere they managed to equalise matters. The goal was the outcome of some good work by Fullarton on the left, capped by Frank Smith with a fast, low shot. Previous to this, the ball was netted but the point was adjudged offside. About ten minutes from the interval, a penalty kick gave the homesters the lead. Ends were changed with the score unaltered. On resuming, the Port were again compelled to act on the defensive. A corner was forced and cleared safely following which the play opened out somewhat and the Winton goal received attention. At left-back, Leckie was pretty safe and was successful in warding off several dangerous breakaways by the Port forwards. The bulk of the pressure came from the Rovers, however, and at times the visitors were rather forcible in their defensive tactics, so much so that another penalty was given against them. Frank Smith was entrusted with the kick and the scores stood three to one. The homesters easily maintained their lead until the finish of the game. The play throughout was not by any means brilliant, yet there were occasional glimpses of good play on both sides. The Port's left wing was evidently their strongest point. On the Rovers' side, Leckie, Anderson and Fullarton deserve mention. The right-back position is not the strongest. Reid, McMurray and J Smith were absentees but the substitutes all acquitted themselves well. The Rovers' executive are sparing no effort to provide first-class fare for their patrons and tomorrow (29 August 1903), we understand, the Vale of Clyde will pay a visit to Winton Park.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 28 August 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(22 August 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
2
2
0
0
5
2
4
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
2
1
1
0
1
2
2
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
1
0
1
0
1
3
0
 
Dalry Juniors
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
Beith Juniors
 
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
No League matches took place last Saturday and consequently, there is no alteration of figures on the above table this week.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 28 August 1903

ARDROSSAN CLUBS MEET FOR FIRST TIME AS JUNIORS
Tomorrow, Saturday (5 September 1903), we expect to see a big 'gathering of the clans' at Winton Park, the occasion being a North Ayrshire League fixture between Ardrossan Celtic and Winton Rovers. This will be their first meeting as juniors and we express the hope that the game will be fought in a true sportsman-like spirit. Mr Strannigan, Kilwinning, will officiate as referee.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 September 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR LEAGUE MEETING
The monthly meeting of the North Ayrshire Junior League will be held at Dalry on Monday evening first at eight o'clock.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 September 1903

IRVINE AND DISTRICT CUP DRAW
A meeting of the Irvine and District Association was held in the Fullarton Hotel, Irvine on Saturday (29 August 1903) when there was a large attendance of representatives present. The principal business was drawing the clubs in the first round of the Irvine and District Cup competition. Nineteen clubs have entered this season against fourteen last year, an increase of five clubs although the district is smaller. The draw resulted as follows.
   Darvel v Hurlford Thistle - referee Robert Smith, Irvine
   Kilmaurs v Kilwinning Thistle - referee R Paterson, Darvel
   Kilbirnie Ladeside v Kilwinning Rangers - referee G Young, Newmilns
   Galston Athletic v Ardrossan Winton Rovers - referee William Deans, Kilmaurs
   Vale of Garnock Strollers v Kilmarnock Rugby XI - referee J Strannigan, Kilwinning
   Springside Juniors v Newmilns - referee A Steven, Kilmaurs
   Ardeer Thistle v Dalry Juniors - referee W J Ross, Kilbirnie
   Stewarton Cunninghame v Stewarton Juniors - referee W McLelland, Saltcoats
   Irvine Meadow XI v Troon Rangers - referee James Craig, Dalry.
Ardrossan Celtic got a bye.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 September 1903

WINTON ROVERS IMPROVED
That the Ardrossan Winton Rovers are an improved lot this season is evident. Four games have been played and each of them has been won, excepting the one played last Saturday with Vale of Clyde which culminated in a draw, two goals each. The Vale had to work had in order to avert defeat, scoring the equaliser at the tail-end of the game when temper became visible.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 September 1903

WINTON ROVERS' LECKIE PLAYS FOR AYR
J Leckie of the Ardrossan Winton Rovers played with Ayr on Tuesday night (1 September 1903) but we have some authority for saying that the Rovers' new left-back has no intention to forsake his new comrades at Winton Park. Knox of Ardeer and Brannan of Ardrossan Celtic were also included in the Ayr eleven.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 September 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 2 - VALE OF CLYDE 2
The Glasgow Junior League combination, Vale of Clyde, were the guests and opponents of the Winton Rovers last Saturday (29 August 1903) when, under favourable conditions, a friendly game was played. Considering the counter-attractions in the district, the attendance was gratifying. The visitors were minus three of their full League team while the Rovers lacked the services of McMurray. It became apparent soon after the start that the strangers were no novices at the game and the Winton defence was kept fully employed. In fact, the latter seemed quite unable for the time being to cope with the smart forward play of their opponents, the climax being that the initial goal of the match was scored about ten minutes form the commencement. On play being resumed, the Vale again took the initiative but the siege was of short duration. The good defensive work of the Rovers, however, was not taken advantage of by their forwards who showed an inclination to dally with the ball. Somewhat erratic placing on the part of the half-backs did not improve matters. The Vale were the more aggressive lot during this half but their shooting was defective. At the interval, they led by one goal to nil. The second period opened sensationally. The Rovers immediately set the pace and centre Smith capped an admirable bit of play by scoring the equalising goal in class fashion. Play was no sooner resumed than the visitors' citadel was again bombarded, a brief scrimmage ensued and Anderson smartly headed through the Rovers leading point. Rather quick scoring indeed and it was practically the only exciting period in the whole game. Somewhat taken aback by this unlooked-for change of fortune, the Vale apparently realised the need for greater effort on their part and were soon dangerous. Time sped, however, and the Winton Parkers continued to offer stubborn resistance, (J) Leckie at left-back and Lambie in goal figuring prominently in the defence while frequent incursions by the forwards into the Vale territory served to balance the play to some extent. About fifteen minutes from time, the visitors, after numerous tries, scored the equaliser. Both teams thereafter strove desperately for the winning goal and unfortunately some bad feeling was engendered into the play which became rather forcible. Several of the players came to loggerheads and signs of the 'noble art' contributed to make the closing stages of the game, which ended in a draw of two goals each, somewhat disappointing. We understand that Membership Tickets (probably similar to the one shown below from season 1912-13) are now on sale and may be had from any member of the committee.

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 September 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 5 - BLYTHSWOOD DEAF AND DUMB TEAM 3
Ardrossan Celtic had a visit of the Blythswood Deaf and Dumb team but the visitors did not leave a very great impression behind them. The Celts romped home easy winners by a good score of five goals to three.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 September 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(29 August 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
2
2
0
0
5
2
4
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
3
1
1
1
4
5
3
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
2
0
1
1
4
6
1
 
Beith Juniors
 
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
 
Dalry Juniors
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
Troon Rangers
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
Only one North Ayrshire League game was played last Saturday, namely Kilwinning Thistle v Vale of Garnock Strollers on the ground of the former. The teams robbed each other of a point, the game having ended in a draw of three goals each.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 September 1903

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR CUP-TIES
Tomorrow, Saturday (12 September 1903) is Ayrshire Junior Cup day and the following are the ties down for decision in the initial round.
   Ardrossan Winton Rovers v Kilwinning Thistle
   Rugby XI v Lugar Boswell
   Cronberry Eglinton v Crosshill Juniors
   Benquhat v Irvine Meadow XI
   Shawbank v Kilbirnie Ladeside
   Newmilns v Mauchline Thistle
   Troon Rangers v Cumnock Craigbank
   Rankinston v Common Thistle
   Dean Park v Tongue Row Rangers
   Burnfoothill v Hurlford Thistle
   Coylton United v Galston Athletic
   Dalry Juniors v Vale of Garnock Strollers
   Kilmaurs v Doon Athletic
   Springside v Darvel
   Mossblown Strollers v Ardrossan Celtic
   Kilwinning Rangers v Stewarton Juniors
   Ayr Springvale v Beith Juniors
   Stewarton Cunninghame v Trabboch
   Lanemark Thistle v Drongan
   Ardeer Thistle v Muirkirk Athletic
Glenbuck Cherrypickers got a bye
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 11 September 1903

SCOTTISH JUNIOR FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION MEETING
At a meeting of the Scottish Junior Football Association held in Glasgow on Monday night (7 September 1903), Alexander Cowan, Ayr was suspended until 7 October for committing a close season infringement. For misconduct on the field of play, J McHarg and W McBride of Ayr Victoria were suspended for a similar period. The draw in the first round of the Cup competition resulted in the Ayrshire clubs being pitted against each other as follows.
   Trabboch Thistle v Drongan
   Kilmarnock Dean Park v Winton Rovers
   Vale of Garnock Strollers v Lanemark Thistle
   Glenbuck Cherrypickers v Ardeer Thistle
   Mossblown Strollers v Kilmaurs
   Benquhat Heatherbell v Stewarton Cunninghame
   Irvine Meadow XI v Kilwinning Thistle
   Darvel v Cumnock Craigbank
   Stewarton Juniors v Mauchline Thistle
   Hurlford Thistle v Common Thistle
   Lugar Boswell Juniors v Ayr Victoria
   Cronberry Eglinton v Beith Juniors
   Ayr Westerlea v Newmilns
   Ayr Springvale v Troon Rangers
   Galston Athletic v Kilwinning Rangers
   Kilmarnock Shawbank v Dalry Juniors
   Muirkirk Athletic v Kilbirnie Ladeside
   Springside v Kilmarnock Rugby XI
Ardrossan Celtic got a bye.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 11 September 1903

ILL FEELING WHEN THE TWO ARDROSSAN CLUBS MET
Only one North Ayrshire League game was played last Saturday, namely Winton Rovers v Ardrossan Celtic, the result of which was a draw and the teams thus divided the points. It was a hard struggle from start to finish and it must be said the Celtic gave the Rovers a fright, the latter not coming up to expectations. With the team which represented the Wintonians, a better result was anticipated and the only satisfaction they had after last Saturday's engagement was in upholding their unbeaten record. This was the first meeting of the teams as juniors and, judging from Saturday's exposition, they appear to be as well-matched as when they played as juveniles. (James) Hunter of the Celts had himself to blame for being ordered off the field and had the referee shunted one or two more, no one could have blamed him. Hunter's absence brought the one-back play into force and if Celts were handicapped in playing the second half with ten men, it goes without saying that the Rovers' attacks were sadly marred on that account. Time and again they were pulled up for offside when under other conditions, success might have been theirs. All the same, the Celtic team played a surprisingly strong game and had they won it, no one could have grudged them the honour either but we do not consider it sportsmanlike to see a player do a mean thing and then apologise to his opponent. 'Tis a pity the meetings of the local clubs are characterised with so much feeling on and off the field.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 11 September 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 3 - ARDROSSAN CELTIC 3
These friends, yet foes, the Ardrossan Celtic and Winton Rovers, faced each other on Saturday (5 September 1903) at Winton Park to decide the annexation of two points in connection with the North Ayrshire Junior League. The fact that both teams only recently entered the junior realm no doubt stimulated the interest in Saturday's fixture and there would be fully a thousand spectators present when the teams to the field. The teams were: Celtic - Brown, McKiernan, Saunders, Tyre, Brannan, Halbert, (James) Hunter, McLaughlin, Lochhead, Breckenridge and Tait. Rovers - Lambie, McMurray, Leckie, Dunlop, Auld, Findlay, Anderson, McCulloch, Frank Smith, J Smith and Goldie. The referee was Mr J Paterson, Kilwinning. On hostilities being commenced, play was immediately carried into the Celts' quarters. Eagerly, the Winton forwards crowded in on their opponents' goal and in a little more than a minute, Frank Smith opened the scoring for his side, a success which was greeted lustily by the supporters of the Light Blues. On resuming, the Celts had a look in but failed to overcome the opposing backs, both of whom were playing well. In the course of the first fifteen minutes, the boys in green were confined more or less to their own end and as a consequence, Brown and Company were not allowed to rest on their oars. The Rovers made repeated attempts to lower their rivals' colours for the second time but the Celts were not to be caught napping. The homesters obtained a corner which Goldie placed behind. Findlay was obliged to leave the field at this stage as the result of an injury to one of his eyes but he returned to the fray shortly. The Celts at length bestirred themselves and their visits to the Rovers' citadel became more frequent, Lambie having to negotiate several likely tries. After about twenty minutes play, Hunter scored the equalising goal with a splendid shot. The game so far had been comparatively quiet but the bitter feeling which unfortunately exists between the teams began to manifest itself and became more apparent as the match proceeded with the result that hard knocks were freely exchanged. In the succeeding play, both goals received their share of attention and neither side could claim much advantage. Shortly before half-time, an incident occurred which is not at all creditable to the Celtic and which doubtless helped to spoil the remainder of the game. It so happened that the Rovers were defending and one of their number handled the sphere within the penalty area. The referee evidently failed to notice the infringement and he was instantly surrounded by a host of irate Celts, several of whom subjected him to somewhat rough usage and a volley of abusive language. Hunter was ordered to leave the field but it was only after much persuasion and wrangling that he complied with the referee's ruling, play being meanwhile at a standstill. Celtic resumed with ten men and the teams shortly afterwards crossed over with a goal each to their credit. The second period opened in favour of the Celts who attacked so persistently that the Winton defenders had ultimately to acknowledge themselves beaten for the second time and the Greens were one up. In the absence of Hunter, the Celts adopted the policy of playing one back, a move that was successful in nullifying almost every attempt at combination on the part of their opponents. After several tries, the Rovers succeeded in getting within shooting range without being called up for offside and McCulloch shook the upright with a grand shot. The same player shortly afterwards put the teams on a level footing again. Ere long, the Celts renewed the pressure and a penalty was awarded them, Brannan being entrusted with the kick. On the ball landing safely in the net, joy once more reigned in the ranks of the Green Brigade. The game was rapidly warming and with the offside bogey continually cropping up, the prospects of the Winton Parkers were by no means bright. About five minutes from time, when victory seemed assured for the Celtic, the Rovers made yet another effort and Leckie, who had come forward in place of J Smith, headed through the third and equalising goal. The concluding stages were evenly contested and the game ended in a draw - three goals each. The result is a good criterion of the run of play. It is almost needless to add that the game as an exhibition of football was exceedingly poor. Studied play is of little avail against a team of the Celts' calibre. The referee had little or no control over the players and we hope that when again the teams meet, the Association will appoint an official who will not hesitate to use his powers to check such unseemly conduct as was witnessed on Saturday. The various cup ties will soon be coming on thick and fast and tomorrow (12 September 1903), the Rovers find employment in the first round for the Ayrshire trophy when Kilwinning Thistle visit Winton Park.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 11 September 1903

JAMES HUNTER OF WINTON ROVERS CENSURED
For misconduct on the field of play last Saturday (5 September 1903) in the Winton Rovers v Ardrossan Celtic league game at Winton Park, James Hunter of the latter club was censured by the North Ayrshire Junior League committee at a meeting held on Monday evening last (7 September 1903). Many who witnessed the occurrence on Saturday (5 September 1903) will doubtless consider the Celt lucky in getting off so easily as he did. At the above League meeting, the secretary stated that Ardrossan Celtic and Troon Rangers had been admitted to membership since the last meeting. It was also agreed to allow Kilmaurs, who made application, to enter the competition. Owing to this month being taken up with cup ties, only three fixtures were arranged for 3 October, namely:
   Vale of Garnock Strollers v Winton Rovers - referee J Strannigan, Kilwinning
   Ardrossan Celtic v Dalry Juniors - referee Irvine Clifford, Kilbirnie
   Troon Rangers v Kilmaurs - referee Alexander Anderson, Saltcoats
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 11 September 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(5 September 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
3
2
0
1
8
5
5
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
3
1
1
1
4
5
3
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
1
0
0
1
3
3
1
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
2
0
1
1
4
6
1
 
Beith Juniors
 
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
 
Dalry Juniors
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
Troon Rangers
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 11 September 1903

SLIP-SHOD DEALING WITH JAMES HUNTER
General surprise was created in the district last week at the hasty decision come to by the North Ayrshire Junior League committee at their meeting on Monday night (7 September 1903) with regard to the case of James Hunter, Ardrossan Celtic who was ordered off the field in a league match at Winton Park the previous Saturday (5 September 1903). The opinion is gaining ground that this particular case was considered in a rather slip-shod fashion. A correspondent asks the question - By whom was Hunter summoned to appear at the meeting? It seems rather strange that Hunter appeared at the meeting at all as, the writer continued, the referee's report was not received by the secretary of the League until the night of the meeting and therefore the above-mentioned player could not receive the proper notice to attend, namely through the medium of the secretary of the League. How then, adds our correspondent, could that body come to a decision in the case of a player who was not summoned to appear at the meeting? There is a screw loose somewhere and the sooner it is put right, the better it will be for the League and all the clubs connected therewith.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 September 1903

ARDROSSAN FOOTBALL CLUBS NEWS
Satisfaction was felt in Ardrossan on Saturday (12 September 1903) at the survival of the two local clubs, Winton Rovers and Celtic, in their Ayrshire Cup ties. While the former's victory over Kilwinning Thistle was a popular one, that of the latter's against Mossblown Strollers must be said to be a really clever performance considering the distance they had to travel from home. Thus far, the Rovers have not been defeated this season but if they mean to keep up this record, they must play for goals and not rest on their oars whenever they happen to get a couple of goals up. Some of the forwards last Saturday (19 September 1903) in the second stage of the game seemed quite listless at times and were more disposed for fancy work than scoring goals. Tomorrow (19 September 1903), the Rovers should play their Irvine and District Junior Cup tie with Galston Athletic but as the latter club failed to dispose of Coylton United last Saturday in the Ayrshire Cup competition, the Rovers will have to look for another fixture. We understand the Rovers have been successful in arranging a friendly fixture with the city combination, Albert Rovers, for Saturday (19 September 1903). The visitors come with a good reputation and the fact that they only succumbed to the 'Shire (Glasgow Perthshire) in the Glasgow Cup ties by the odd goal should make their visit to Winton Park doubly interesting. As to the Celtic, their entry into the second stage of the Irvine competition is assured from the fact that they have been awarded a bye. We have not heard, at the time of writing, whether they have a match for tomorrow (19 September 1903) or not but we have no doubt an effort will be made in this direction.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 September 1903

AYRSHIRE CUP RESULTS
The following are the results of a number of the Ayrshire Cup ties played last Saturday (12 September 1903).
   Kilbirnie Ladeside 6 - Shawbank 0
   Troon Rangers 2 - Cumnock Craigbank 0
   Winton Rovers 3 - Kilwinning Thistle 1
   Ardeer Thistle 2 - Muirkirk Athletic 0
   Springside 2 - Darvel 0
   Kilmaurs 2 - Doon Athletic 1
   Ardrossan Celtic 3 - Annbank Mossblown 2
   Kilwinning Rangers 7 - Stewarton Juniors 0
   Vale of Garnock 3 - Dalry Juniors 2
   Stewarton Cunninghame 1 - Trabboch Thistle 1
   Benquhat 4 - Irvine Meadow XI 4
   Coylton United drew with Galston Athletic.
   Crosshill Juniors scratched to Cronberry Eglinton.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 September 1903

IRVINE AND DISTRICT JUNIOR CUP
The first round of the Irvine and District Junior Cup is down for decision tomorrow (19 September 1903) and some interesting ties are promised. That between the Stewarton clubs will, of course, require to be postponed in order to allow Cunninghame to replay their Ayrshire Cup ties with Trabboch Thistle. Troon Rangers will also have to wait another week owing to Irvine Meadow XI and Benquhat failing to decide their county cup tie and the Ardrossan Winton Rovers will have to do likewise owing to Galston Athletic and Coylton United drawing theirs. The draw is as follows.
   Darvel v Hurlford Thistle - referee Robert Smith, Irvine
   Kilmaurs v Kilwinning Thistle - referee R Paterson, Darvel
   Kilbirnie Ladeside v Kilwinning Rangers - referee G Young, Newmilns
   Galston Athletic v Ardrossan Winton Rovers - referee William Deans, Kilmaurs
   Vale of Garnock Strollers v Kilmarnock Rugby XI - referee J Strannigan, Kilwinning
   Springside Juniors v Newmilns - referee A Steven, Kilmaurs
   Ardeer Thistle v Dalry Juniors - referee W J Ross, Kilbirnie
   Stewarton Cunninghame v Stewarton Juniors - referee W McLelland, Saltcoats
   Irvine Meadow XI v Troon Rangers - referee James Craig, Dalry.
Ardrossan Celtic get a bye.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 September 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 3 - KILWINNING THISTLE 1
Before a good attendance of spectators and in delightful weather, the tie between Ardrossan Winton Rovers and Kilwinning Thistle in the first round of the Ayrshire Junior Cup competition came off at Winton Park on Saturday last (12 September 1903). Unlike the discreditable exhibition witnessed here a fortnight ago, a spirit of friendliness pervaded the play throughout and the outcome of a fairly well-contested game was a win for the home eleven by three goals to one. The teams lines up as follows. Thistle - Rae, Mitchell, Hood, Paterson, Muir, W McLaughlan, O'Neill, Currie, Stevenson, Aird and J McLaughlan. Rovers - Lambie, McMurray, Leckie, Dunlop, Findlay, Goldie, McCulloch, Anderson, F(rank) Smith, J Smith and Reid. The referee was Mr R Smith, Irvine. Having won the toss, the Thistle took advantage of the wind in the initial period. Soon after the start, the Rovers took the initiative and some interesting passages brought them within shooting range but Reid sent the sphere behind. In the early part of this half, the visitors had rather the worst of the exchanges and Rae's charge was several times on the verge of being taken. The Kilwinning youths showed to better advantage as the game advanced and latterly gave the opposing defence quite a lively time of it. Indeed, they ultimately succeeded in getting the ball past the home custodian but the effort went for nothing, offside being the referee's verdict. Play was fairly well balanced until the approach of half-time when the Thistle pressed strongly and scored the first goal of the match. Ends were changed shortly afterwards after forty-five minutes of hard and fast play. It was generally anticipated that with the assistance of the wind, the Rovers would assert their superiority in the second half. After the resumption, the Kilwinning goal was early besieged, the attack being maintained until Frank Smith netted the ball, only to be ruled offside. Reid, however, squared matters in a short time with a fast oblique shot which the Thistle's lanky custodian failed to hold. The play now began to assume a one-sided character but many good chances were thrown away owing to the inaccurate shooting of the Rovers' forwards. For one of the opposing backs handling the ball within the prescribed limit, the Wintonians were awarded a penalty kick from which they notched the leading point. The Rovers backs invariably accounted for any attempts to bread through on the part of their opponents and Lambie was allowed plenty of leisure between the uprights. The homesters' right wing was doing good work and in trying to fist out a high shot from McCulloch, the Thistle keeper completely missed the ball which rolled into the net. Apparently satisfied with their lead, the Winton Parkers indulged in some parlour play towards the finish of the game which terminated in their favour as already stated by three goals to one. The Rovers and their supporters were looking forward with pleasure to their visit to Galston in the first round of the Irvine and District Cup competition and the postponement of the tie has come as a disappointment. However, there is the prospect of another good game at Winton Park tomorrow (19 September 1903) when the opposition will be Albert Rovers from Glasgow.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 September 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(12 September 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
3
2
0
1
8
5
5
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
3
1
1
1
4
5
3
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
1
0
0
1
3
3
1
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
2
0
1
1
4
6
1
 
Beith Juniors
 
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
 
Dalry Juniors
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
Troon Rangers
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
Kilmaurs
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
Owing to Saturday last (5 September 1903) being the day set apart for playing off the first round of the Ayrshire Junior Cup ties, no games in the North Ayrshire Junior League were played and consequently the above table remains unaltered from last week.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 September 1903

WINTON ROVERS NEWS
Ardrossan Winton Rovers make their debut in the Scottish Junior Cup competition tomorrow (26 September 1903) when they try conclusions with Kilmarnock Dean Park on the ground of the latter. We understand the Rovers will have to make an early start on this occasion as the kick-off is fixed for not later than 2.30 pm. However, we are not without hope that the Light Blues will manage to clear this hurdle. Though minus two of their regulars last Saturday (19 September 1903), the Rovers added another victory to their season's record, making five wins and two draws for seven matches. Their opponents were Albert Rovers, a team composed of players who have figured in some of the leading Glasgow and suburban clubs. The local habitués, of course, hope the Rovers will come out on top tomorrow at Kilmarnock.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 25 September 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 2 - ALBERT ROVERS 1
Having to forego their Irvine and District Cup tie with Galston Athletic on Saturday (19 September 1903), the Winton Rovers lost no time in looking about for another fixture and were successful in securing a friendly visit from Albert Rovers of Glasgow. Although a comparatively new combination in junior circles, the visitors figured so well against Glasgow Perthshire in their Glasgow Cup ties a few weeks ago that the Winton Rovers were prepared for a stiff ninety minutes. The latter were without McMurray and J(ohn) Smith in place of whom, Fullarton and Barclay turned out. There was a good attendance of spectators. The visitors had what assistance was to be derived from the wind in the first period. The homesters started well and Reid troubled the Albert backs with several cross shots from the left wing. The bulk of the pressure came from the Wintonians and they might have led at the interval had their forwards been anything like deadly in their shooting. The efforts of both teams to find the net were futile and on ends being changed, the score sheet remained blank. The wind had now veered round sufficiently to deprive the homesters of any advantage in that respect and after the resumption, it became evident that they would require to play all they knew in order to keep their record unbroken, so vigorously did the strangers attack. Dunlop and Leckie were severely tested at this stage and came out of the ordeal creditable. The play opened out gradually and latterly both custodians had to save frequently. The homesters were pressing their opponents hard when one of the latter committed an infringement within the twelve yards area. Frank Smith made no mistake with the resultant penalty kick, the ball going completely through the net. As the goalkeeper had stepped forward prematurely, the kick had to be retaken, after which the home Rovers stood one up. The visitors took up the running now and a few minutes later, also scored from a penalty. The succeeding play was well contested and McCulloch scored the winning goal for the Light Blues about ten minutes from the finish. It may be stated that one of the visiting team was injured in the first half and was unable to resume but the homesters allowed another player to strip in order to fulfil the vacancy. The locals did not play to form, even though they emerged on the winning side and a little brushing-up is necessary. The backs and goalkeeper were pretty safe but the halves, Findlay in particular, will require to give some attention to placing, without which any amount of hard work is of no avail. Anderson, Smith and Reid were easily the pick of the front rank. The Albert Rovers possess several class players especially a fine defence and with some experience, will give the best of the city teams a hard run for honours. The Winton Parkers will be strongly represented at Killie tomorrow (26 September 1903) where they oppose Dean Park in the Scottish competition. Owing to the early start of the game, the team will leave Ardrossan for Kilmarnock per the 12.50 pm Glasgow and South Western train.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 25 September 1903
'It may be stated that one of the visiting team was injured in the first half and was unable to resume but the homesters allowed another player to strip in order to fulfil the vacancy.' This is the first indication of a substitute during a game. The match was, however, a friendly and not a competitive one.

WINTON ROVERS' JOHN SMITH PLAYS FOR RUTHERGLEN GLENCAIRN
J(ohn) Smith of the Winton Rovers played for Rutherglen Glencairn against Vale of Clyde last Saturday (19 September 1903) and his services were appreciated. John is expected to play for the Winton Parkers on Saturday first (26 September 1903).
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 25 September 1903

IRVINE AND DISTRICT CUP TIES POSTPONED
Three Irvine and District Cup ties, namely, Galston Athletic v Ardrossan Winton Rovers, Irvine Meadow XI v Troon Rangers and Stewarton Cunninghame v Stewarton Juniors had to be postponed last Saturday (19 September 1903) owing to undecided Ayrshire Cup ties. These, together with Springside v Newmilns and Darvel v Hurlford Thistle, will have to remain unsettled for another week as the Scottish Cup ties will have first claim on all junior clubs tomorrow (26 September 1903).
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 25 September 1903

SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP TIES
Tomorrow (26 September 1903), the junior clubs of Ayrshire, like those in other counties, will find employment in Scottish cup interests, the occasion being the first round of the ties. The Ayrshire clubs have been drawn as under.
   Trabboch Thistle v Drongan
   Kilmarnock Dean Park v Winton Rovers
   Vale of Garnock Strollers v Lanemark Thistle
   Glenbuck Cherrypickers v Ardeer Thistle
   Mossblown Strollers v Kilmaurs
   Benquhat Heatherbell v Stewarton Cunninghame
   Irvine Meadow XI v Kilwinning Thistle
   Darvel v Cumnock Craigbank
   Stewarton Juniors v Mauchline Thistle
   Hurlford Thistle v Common Thistle
   Lugar Boswell Juniors v Ayr Victoria
   Cronberry Eglinton v Beith Juniors
   Ayr Westerlea v Newmilns
   Ayr Springvale v Troon Rangers
   Galston Athletic v Kilwinning Rangers
   Kilmarnock Shawbank v Dalry Juniors
   Muirkirk Athletic v Kilbirnie Ladeside
   Springside v Kilmarnock Rugby XI
Ardrossan Celtic got a bye.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 25 September 1903

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE MEETING
The committee of the Ayrshire Junior Association met in Kilmarnock on Saturday (19 September 1903) under the presidency of Bailie Dunlop, Stewarton. Cumnock and District Association were admitted to the affiliation. A Gray of Dalry Juniors was reported by Referee Fulton for using bad language and that player was suspended for a month. Referee Irvine of Kilmarnock, who failed to appear at the Newmilns v Mauchline, was ordered to pay twelve shillings expenses incurred and was suspended until the same is paid. The draw in the second round of the competition resulted:
   Glenbuck v Irvine Meadow XI
   Ardeer Thistle v Hurlford Thistle
   Newmilns or Mauchline v Cronberry Eglinton
   Galston Athletic v Rankinstone
   Ardrossan Celtic v Kilmarnock Dean Park
Byes were given to Kilmaurs, Rugby XI, Vale of Garnock, Kilbirnie Ladeside, Ardrossan Winton Rovers, Springside, Trabboch or Stewarton Cunninghame, Troon Rangers, Drongan, Kilwinning Rangers and Ayr Springvale. The ties are to be played on 10 October.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 25 September 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(19 September 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
3
2
0
1
8
5
5
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
3
1
1
1
4
5
3
 
Troon Rangers
 
1
1
0
0
4
1
2
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
2
0
1
1
4
7
1
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
2
0
1
1
4
6
1
 
Beith Juniors
 
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
 
Dalry Juniors
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
Kilmaurs
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
One North Ayrshire League match was played last Saturday at Troon between Ardrossan Celtic and Troon Rangers. The occasion was the Troon club's first venture for North Ayrshire points and these they captured with a score of four goals against one for the Celtic lads. We have heard that the game was a bit 'toosy' and that one or two of the Celts are none the better of their visit to Troon. It is fortunate then that the Celts have secured a bye in the initial round of the Scottish ties on Saturday first (26 September 1903) as they are minus done or two of their regulars. Seeing that the Winton Rovers will be from home tomorrow, Celtic will have the town to themselves but their match secretary may experience some difficulty in securing a fixture all the same, owing mostly to Scottish ties. At the time of writing, we have not heard of a match having been arranged.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 25 September 1903

SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP RESULTS
The following are the results of a number of the Scottish ties, first round, played in Ayrshire.
   Kilmarnock Dean Park 2 - Ardrossan Winton Rovers 1 at Kilmarnock
   Kilmarnock Shawbank 3 - Dalry Juniors 2 at Kilmarnock
   Muirkirk Athletic 3 - Kilbirnie Ladeside 2 at Muirkirk
   Benquhat 3 - Stewarton Cunninghame 2 at Benquhat
   Vale of Garnock Strollers 4 - Lanemark Thistle 3 at Glengarnock
   Kilmarnock Rugby XI 1 - Springside 0 at Springside
   Glenbuck Cherrypickers 2 - Ardeer Thistle 2 at Glenbuck
   Galston Athletic 1 - Kilwinning Rangers 1 at Galston
   Troon Rangers 4 - Ayrshire Springvale 0 at Ayr
   Stewarton Juniors 5 - Mauchline Thistle 0 at Stewarton
   Beith Juniors scratched to Cronberry Eglinton. Ardrossan Celtic got a bye.
It will be noticed that the results have been remarkably close in most cases but we understand one or two protests have been lodged which will come up before the Association on Monday evening first (4 October 1903). Two of the ties will have to be replayed and the chances are in favour of Ardeer Thistle and Kilwinning Rangers qualifying for the second round.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 October 1903

WINTON ROVERS' GAME STARTS AN HOUR LATE
It was a bit hard that the Winton Rovers should have to leave home early last Saturday (25 September 1903) in order that their tie with Kilmarnock Dean Park start at 2.30 pm as they had to play a number of substitutes. Had the game began at the hour stated, one might have excused the order from the Association but the fact that it was about an hour late in starting owing to the referee not turning up in time, made the Rovers feel a trifle angry and especially when they could have had their full team on the field when the last start was made.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 October 1903

ARDROSSAN TEAMS' IRVINE AND DISTRICT CUP TIES
Owing to the undecided Scottish tie betwixt Galston Athletic and Kilwinning Rangers, Ardrossan Winton Rovers will have to hold off for a couple of weeks at least before they can hope to play their delayed Irvine and District tie with the Galston lads. We are also informed that Ardrossan Celtic and Kilmaurs meet in the same interests at Ardrossan. This will be the first visit of the Kilmaurs team to the seaside town.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 October 1903

CAPTAIN SHIELDS TO PRESENT CUP
At a meeting in the Eglinton Arms Hotel last Friday night (25 September 1903), Captain Shields intimated to the committee of the Celtic Football Club his intention to present them with a cup for competition amongst North Ayrshire junior clubs.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 October 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR LEAGUE COMMITTEE MEETING
The monthly committee me
eting of the North Ayrshire League Association takes place on Monday evening first (4 October 1903) at Dalry.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 October 1903

IRVINE HERALD CUP DRAW
On Saturday last (26 September 1903), in the Fullarton Hotel, Irvine, the Irvine Herald Committee met to draw the clubs for the first round of the cup competition. The draw resulted as follows.
   Vale of Garnock v Kilwinning Thistle
   Dalry Juniors v Springside
   Kilbirnie Ladeside v Stewarton Cunninghame
   Ardeer Thistle v Darvel
   Newmilns v Stewarton Juniors
   Hurlford Thistle v Kilwinning Rangers
   Ardrossan Winton Rovers v Ardrossan Celtic
Irvine Meadow XI got a bye. The ties are to be played on 17 October.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 October 1903

KILMARNOCK DEAN PARK 2 - ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 1
On Saturday last (26 September 1903), in common with practically all the junior clubs in Scotland, the Ardrossan Winton Rovers were engaged in the attempt to clear the initial barrier in the national competition and with this end in view, they journeyed to Kilmarnock to oppose Dean Park of that ilk. Excellent weather prevailed and the game, which took place at Howard Park, was witnessed by a large crowd of spectators. The Rovers had the services of two substitutes in room of McCulloch and Fullarton. The match was timed to commence as early as 2.30 pm to allow another tie being played afterwards on the same pitch but the teams were stripped and on the field almost an hour before the referee, Mr Barrowman of Glasgow, made his appearance. On a start being made, Dean Park were the more prominent during the first five minutes and had several tries from long range which, however, were not of a dangerous character. Getting into their stride, the Rovers' forwards essayed a combined run and tested the Killie goalkeeper who saved without much difficulty. The ground was hard as iron and grass-bare which rendered the play exceptionally fast. With the ball bounding high, the home team perhaps adopted the more profitable style of play, that of long driving at every opportunity which somewhat upset the calculations of the Ardrossan defence. Throughout this portion of the game, the play ruled fairly even. The Rovers, who were more methodical in outfield work, had better chances to score than their opponents and while they were unfortunate at times, there was not enough vigour about their finishing efforts. Smith and Anderson both had good tries. A decision of the referee's just on the call of half-time elicited general disapproval from the crowd. The Killie right-winger got well away with the sphere with the Rovers left-back, Leckie, in close attendance and when within the twelve yards line, the former stumbled and fell. To those in a good position to see, there was not the slightest indication of a foul yet Dean Park were awarded a penalty from which they scored the first goal of the match. At half-time, the score was Dean Park 1 - Rovers 0. Judging from the opening exchanges, the Rovers commenced the second period with evident determination to retrieve their ill-luck but the opposing backs defended strongly and it was some time before an opening was found but there was offside. Time slipped past and further than offside goals, the Winton Parkers were making no satisfactory headway. The ball travelled quickly from end to end and on the fast ground, every man was tested. By strong kicking and bustling forward play, Dean Park gave the Rovers' rear guard no little trouble, although the latter's stronghold was never seriously endangered. The efforts of the Light Blues were ultimately crowned with success about twenty minutes from time when a nicely-placed corner by Reid was converted into the equalising goal by Findlay who cleverly headed through. Having found the mark, the Rovers eagerly renewed the attack and came near scoring again. In the closing minutes of the game, Dean Park applied the pressure strongly, several good tries being ably dealt with by the Winton custodian who, however, was ultimately beaten with a shot close in. The Rovers emphatically maintained that the player who scored was clearly offside but the referee decreed otherwise and thus the misfortune which dogged their footsteps throughout the game followed them to the bitter end, the scores at the finish being Dean Park 2 - Rovers 1. The Wintonians were decidedly unlucky to retire beaten. They gave a good display, being particularly strong at half-back in which division, McMurray excelled himself. During the game, the spectators encroached on the field to such an extent that the wing players had to be stopped repeatedly. We understand that the Rovers have protested on these grounds. The Rovers are due at Glengarnock tomorrow (3 October 1903) to fulfil their return League fixture with Vale of Garnock Strollers and a stiff tussle will probably be the outcome. The train leaves Ardrossan at 2.00 pm.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 October 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 5 - PARTICK ATHLETIC 4
Being awarded a bye in the first round of the Scottish Cup competition, Ardrossan Celtic arranged a friendly fixture with Patrick Athletic which took place at Ardrossan before a good attendance of onlookers. The Celts lacked the services of one or two of their regulars but the vacancies were well filled. The opening exchanges were fairly well balanced and some close attacks ensued, particularly on the part of the Celts. All the same, the Partick lads were first to open the scoring department and, at this reverse, the Celts were again soon in evidence. The ball found its way to the right wing and when well in the corner, an infringement took place which resulted in the Celts being awarded a penalty from which they scored the equaliser. In the succeeding few minutes, the homesters continued to have the best of matters and two additional goals were scored by them very smartly. At this stage, the Patrick custodian retired from the game - for which reason we did not learn - and his place was taken up by an outsider who did not divest himself of his jacket. Play during the remainder of this half was pretty well-divided and although each goal was in turn assailed, no further scoring resulted till near half-time when Partick managed to register their second point. The interval thus found Celtic leading by three to two. With the change of ends, the game was resumed as briskly as ever. The ground lads were no doubt generally expected to hold the winning card at the finish but it must be said the visitors made them trot hard to victory. About fifteen minutes from the restart, the Partick youths put themselves on a level with their opponents by notching a third goal and a few minutes later, the Celts were one point down. The state of matters at this stage put a different complexion on the ultimate result of the game but the Celts had not 'shot their bolt' and in a brief space, Jack was as good as his master. A fifth point was ultimately gained by the homesters and they were once more in the ascendant. Now and again, the visitors made dangerous inroads but all their efforts to draw the game proved futile. Celtic, on the other hand, failed to increase their total and a well-contested game culminated in their favour by five goals to three.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 October 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(26 September 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
3
2
0
1
8
5
5
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
3
1
1
1
4
5
3
 
Troon Rangers
 
1
1
0
0
4
1
2
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
2
0
1
1
4
7
1
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
2
0
1
1
4
6
1
 
Beith Juniors
 
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
 
Dalry Juniors
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
Kilmaurs
 
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
Owing to Scottish Cup ties, there were no games played in the above League competition on Saturday and the table remains unaltered from last week.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 2 October 1903

AYRSHIRE CUP TIES
Tomorrow, Saturday (10 October 1903) is the day fixed for deciding the second round of the Ayrshire Cup ties. These are five in number and are as follows.
   Glenbuck v Irvine Meadow XI
   Ardeer Thistle v Hurlford Thistle
   Newmilns v Cronberry Eglinton
   Galston Athletic v Rankinstone
   Ardrossan Celtic v Kilmarnock Dean Park
In connection with the above competition, the following clubs have received byes in the second round - Kilmaurs, Rugby XI, Vale of Garnock, Kilbirnie Ladeside, Ardrossan Winton Rovers, Springside, Stewarton Cunninghame, Troon Rangers, Drongan, Kilwinning Rangers and Ayr Springvale.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 October 1903

SCOTTISH JUNIOR FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE MEETING
A meeting of the Scottish Junior Football Association Committee was held in Glasgow on Monday evening last (5 October 1903). The protest by Dalry Juniors against Kilmarnock Shawbank was sustained while Kilmaurs were awarded their tie with Mossblown strollers. Among other protests, those of Winton Rovers v Kilmarnock Dean Park and Kilbirnie Ladeside v Muirkirk Athletic were dismissed. For misconducting himself on the field of play, W Martin of Springside was suspended till 26 October. The Springside club, owing to the misconduct of the spectators at a recent match, was debarred form playing within five miles of their own ground for a period of one month. The draw in the second round of the Cup competition was made and resulted in the Ayrshire clubs being pitted as follows.
   Ardrossan Celtic v Troon Rangers
   Cronberry Eglinton v Muirkirk Athletic
   Fereneze or Neilston Victoria v Newmilns
   Vale of Garnock v Lugar Boswell Juniors
   Rugby XI v Kilmarnock Dean Park
   Darvel v Irvine Meadow XI
   Ferguslie v Hurlford Thistle
   Rothesay Royal Victoria v Ardeer Thistle
   Stewarton Juniors v Levern Victoria
   Kilmalcolm v Kilmaurs
   Benquhat Heatherbell v Kilwinning Rangers
   Drongan v Kilmarnock Shawbank of Dalry Juniors
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 October 1903

QUEEN'S PARK TO PLAY WINTON ROVERS
The Winton Park patrons are promised a treat tomorrow, Saturday (10 October 1903) when the Queen's Park Hampden XI will try friendly conclusions with the ever-popular Winton Rovers. Come and see the Spiders for classic Hampden.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 October 1903


VALE OF GARNOCK STROLLERS 3 - ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 2

For the second time this season and for the second week in succession, the Winton Rovers tasted the bitters of adversity on Saturday (3 October 1903) when they visited Glengarnock and dropped the full complement of points to Vale of Garnock Strollers. The Glengarnock correspondent will, no doubt, have something to say about the game and we will confine ourselves to a few particulars. McCulloch did not put in an appearance and the Rovers were obliged to play Barclay on the right wing, otherwise they were fully represented. The Vale, who had the assistance of the wind in the first half, scored early in the game with a good shot from Stevenson. The Rovers replied strongly and had quite as much of the play as their opponents but the homesters' right-winger broke away and netted the ball for the second time. This point was scored rather softly, being the outcome of some bungling on the part of the Rovers' goalkeeper and left-back. With two goals of a deficit, the prospects of the visitors were certainly not rosy but, judging from the following play, they were by no means a spent force, the Vale custodian saving in good style a low shot from Goldie. After several praiseworthy attempts to beat White, who was in great form, the Rovers ultimately scored from a corner, well placed by Reid. On the approach of half-time, the Vale raised their total to three and ends were changed with the score three to one in their favour. The Rovers, now favoured with the wind, led off the attack after the resumption but their progress was arrested ere they got within shooting distance. The footing was somewhat treacherous after the previous night's rain and mistakes were frequent. The forward play on both sides was not up to the mark. The Rovers' quintet were smarter in outfield work but at goal, they failed repeatedly and numerous chances went a-begging. Goldie unaccountably missed scoring when only a yard from the goal. It was left to a half-back to do the needful for the Light Blues, McMurray scoring with a fine shot which struck the crossbar and rebounded into the net. The Vale now led by three to two and it was odds on the Wintonians getting on level terms before the finish. Dunlop and Leckie, supported by a hard-working trio, repulsed their opponents at every attempt. Smith, with his elusive runs, contrived to find an opening himself but without success and Reid spoiled one or two chances near the finish by inaccurate shooting. The game terminated in favour of the Vale by the narrow margin of three goals to two. It was an excellent game, pleasantly contested and a division of the points would have been a better index of the play. The backs and half-backs of both teams showed to advantage. White was kept much busier than his confrere in the opposite goal and the Vale owe much to his splendid saving. The Winton Parkers secured the points at Ardrossan so that honours are even. The Rovers will require to infuse new life into the front rank if they mean to be successful in future matches and two capable inside forwards are needed to lend sting to the attack. The defence, with perhaps one exception, could not be improved and a little more earnestness at goal is all that is necessary to make a first-rate eleven. A stitch in time et cetera.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 October 1903
A second report is given below.

VALE OF GARNOCK STROLLERS 3 - ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 2

Our Glengarnock correspondent, writing on the League game between Winton rovers and Vale of Garnock says
The Rovers had previously beaten us at Ardrossan and we were fully determined to avenge that defeat if at all possible. The weather was showery in the forenoon but cleared up latterly and, except for the slippery condition of the pitch, no better conditions could have been desired. Both teams were strongly represented. The Strollers won the toss and forced a corner in the first minute of the game. This was cleared, however, but on Teele getting the ball about twenty yards out, he shot with terrific force and nothing but the crossbar saved the situation for the visitors. Another chance fell to Stevenson but he shot over the bar. Several fouls against the Rovers were unproductive. After some midfield play, the Wintonians paid a visit to White and how that custodian saved a fast shot at close quarters was a marvel to the spectators. Following this escape, our forwards transferred play to the other end and Stevenson had the honour of scoring the first goal of the match. The visitors again took up the running and a shot from the foot of their outside-left just went over. Harper got a nice pass from Cook about midfield and never stopped until he ran the ball right between the posts. It was a splendid individual effort. The visitors shortly thereafter were awarded a corner which White saved by tipping the ball over the bar but from the subsequent corner, they scored their first point. This success seemed to give them fresh confidence and they were soon in the vicinity of White's charge but that player punted clear. Shortly before the interval, Cook scored a third point for the homesters with a neat header and the Vale led at half time by three to one. On resuming, the Strollers took up the running and Teele forced a corner which was cleared with difficulty. The game was very fast indeed and the referee had his work cut out in following the run of play. Grossart's kicking was very neat and Lindsay played his best game for us so far. McGinley had a good run and centred well but the visitors' defence cleared easily. A foul against the Vale looked dangerous but White managed to get the ball safely away and averted disaster. From a throw-in, however, the Rovers' centre got possession and scored their second goal with an unsavable shot. The Strollers played most determinedly after this reverse and Cook had hard lines with a good shot. No further scoring took place, however, and the game finished with the Vale leading by three goals to two. It was a most exciting struggle and although we consider the better team won, we must give the Rovers every credit for their fine display. White was a tower of strength in the home goal and repeatedly applauded for his brilliant saving.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 October 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 3 - KILMAURS 2
Kilmaurs were late in turning up at Ardrossan last Saturday (3 October 1903) to contest their claim for North Ayrshire League points with Celtic. This was Kilmaurs first visit to this district and the fact that the Rovers were out of town contributed to swell the crowd at North Crescent. The game had quite a sensational opening as from the kick-off, Celtic rushed in on their opponents' citadel and with care should have scored in the first minute. Immediately afterwards, Kilmaurs raced down on the Celtic stronghold and succeeded in planting the sphere in the net but the point was disallowed. These attacks seemed to convey the impression at the outset that the game was to be a stubborn one but it did not turn out to be such an exciting contest as anticipated, the play of both teams being of a mediocre description. The play shown by the Celts during the first five minutes of the game, however, may be said to have won the honours for them for in this short space of time, they registered a couple of goals through the instrumentality of their new outside left who supplanted Tait. The Kilmaurs defence evinced a perceptible weakness at this early stage and there were those among the spectators who fancied Celtic would emerge easy winners. As the sequel proves, there was not so much between the teams as was at first imagined and when twenty minutes of the game had gone, Kilmaurs converted a free-kick into goal number one. Thereafter, play was fairly well divided but for the greater part, robust punting characterised the efforts of the respective sides. Near the interval, however, Celtic bracketed a third goal and crossed over leading by three goals to one. The second period call for little comment - suffice it to say that in the nicer points of the game, both teams were somewhat deficient. Strong kicking was the leading feature of the play in the course of which, each goal was in turn assailed but no further scoring resulted until the game was nearing a close when Kilmaurs managed to register what proved to be their second and final goal. On the other hand Celtic, who were just the better lot, failed to augment their total but they had satisfaction of retiring winners of the game by three goals to two.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 October 1903

VALE OF WINTON 3 - SALTCOATS SEASIDE THISTLE 4
Seaside Thistle travelled to Ardrossan on Saturday last (3 October 1903) and engaged Vale of Winton at Winton Park. Losing the toss, the visitors kicked off but could make little headway. The home team forced the Thistle back to their own quarters where the ball was sent past. Shortly after this, Seaside opened the scoring. The homesters pressed hard and equalised with a fast shot which was immediately followed by a second point. About twenty minutes after the resumption, Seaside notched number two and they scored other two goals in quick succession. Towards the close of the game, the Vale, from a scrimmage, got a third goal. No further scoring too place and the Thistle retired winners by four goals to three. Seaside expect to play Rosebank on Saturday (10 October 1903) at Montgomery Beach when a hard game should be the outcome.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 October 1903
This was Vale of Winton's first reported match.

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(3 October 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
4
2
1
1
10
8
5
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
3
1
1
1
  4
5
3
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
3
1
1
1
  7
9
3
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
3
1
1
1
  7
8
3
 
Troon Rangers
 
1
1
0
0
  4
1
2
 
Kilmaurs
 
1
0
1
0
  2
3
0
 
Beith Juniors
 
1
0
1
0
  0
0
0
 
Dalry Juniors
 
0
0
0
0
  0
0
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
A couple of North Ayrshire League games were played and won last Saturday, Ardrossan Celtic and Vale of Garnock annexing the points at the expense of Kilmaurs and Ardrossan Winton Rovers.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 9 October 1903

CAPTAIN SHIELDS PRESENTS CUP TO ARDROSSAN CELTIC
The handsome cup just presented by Captain Shields to the Ardrossan Celtic Club is on view in the window of Messrs Arthur Guthrie and Sons. We understand the cup is to be competed for by the North Ayrshire clubs.

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 16 October 1903

IRVINE HERALD CUP DRAW
Tomorrow (17 October 1903) is the day set apart for playing off the ties in the first round of the Irvine Herald Cup competition and the following is the draw.
   Vale of Garnock v Kilwinning Thistle
   Dalry Juniors v Springside
   Kilbirnie Ladeside v Stewarton Cunninghame
   Ardeer Thistle v Darvel
   Newmilns v Stewarton Juniors
   Hurlford Thistle v Kilwinning Rangers
   Ardrossan Winton Rovers v Ardrossan Celtic
Irvine Meadow XI got a bye.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 16 October 1903

IRVINE HERALD CUP RESULTS
On Saturday last (10 October 1903), the ties in the second round of the Ayrshire Cup competition came up for decision and the results were as follows.
   Ardrossan Celtic 5 - Kilmarnock Deans Park 2 at Ardrossan
   Ardeer Thistle 3 - Hurlford Thistle 1 at Stevenston
   Cronberry Eglinton 2 - Newmilns 0 at Newmilns
   Galston Athletic 7 - Rankinstone 1 at Galston
   Irvine Meadow XI 4 - Glenbuck 1 at Glenbuck
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 16 October 1903

IDLE SATURDAY FOR WINTON ROVERS
Having been awarded a bye in the second round of the Ayrshire Cup competition, the Winton Rovers were left without any official engagement on Saturday last (10 October 1903). An effort was made to arrange the return League game with Kilwinning Thistle being played but the latter were unable to come and a friendly match was practically fixed with the popular city juniors, Queen's Park Hampden XI. There had evidently been some flaw in the arrangements, however, as a wire was received on Friday (9 October 1903) to the effect that the Hampden lads could not visit Ardrossan therefore the Rovers were obliged to have an idle Saturday. Tomorrow (17 October 1903), the delayed Irvine and District tie with Galston Athletic will be decided and the local Light Blues journey to Riverside Park with a strong eleven. The experience of the recent defeats has resulted in several drastic changes being made in the team which will be Lambie, Dunlop, Leckie, McCulloch, Findlay, McMurray, Muir, Anderson, Smith, Fullarton and Reid. The Glasgow and South-Western train leave Ardrossan at 12.50 pm.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 16 October 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 5 - KILMARNOCK DEAN PARK 2
The attraction at North Crescent last Saturday (10 October 1903) took the form of an Ayrshire Cup tie, the contestants being Kilmarnock Dean Park and Ardrossan Celtic. There was a fair turnout of onlookers - not a few of whom were perhaps drawn to the venue of hostilities for the purpose of witnessing the team that luckily ousted our near and dear neighbours, the Rovers, from the Scottish ties at Kilmarnock. The game was started well to time and there was a feeling that the Celts would hold the winning card at the finish. The opening exchanges did not set the heather on fire but no matter, the homesters were first to score which they did some ten minutes from the kick-off. Dean Park were having their say in the game now and again but at close quarters, their efforts met with no success. Play was not of an exciting nature by any means nor did either team exhibit much skill collectively although there were one or two outstanding players on each side. Celtic, however, had the knack to score goals and after thirty minutes play, their efforts were rewarded with a second point. Dean Park's position was steadily becoming worse and the fact that three goals would now require to be scored by them ere they could hope for victory seemed, judging from their play, more than they were likely to accomplish. Their attempts at goal continued to be frustrated by the home defenders and before the interval was reached, the visitors' position was rendered worse as Celtic came away and bracketed another point, placing the Dean Parkers three goals in arrears when end were changed. This was a substantial lead and opinion was stronger than ever that Celtic were on the safe road to victory. Dean Park, however, succeeded better in the second period than in the first but the fact that they managed to notch their initial goal a couple of minutes earlier than Celts in the opening half did not warrant us in believing they would yet make up the leeway they had lost. Restarting from the meridian once more, the Celts took up the aggressive immediately and in quick time, number four was chalked up. In the succeeding play, Dean Park had one of their players ordered off the field, seemingly by the referee - a decision which was looked upon by some of the outside element as a trifle hard and especially when there were those on the other side who could not be termed faultless. After thirty minutes play, Celtic raised their total to five goals and in the remaining minutes of the game, Dean Park secured their second and the last goal of the match which ended in an easy win for Celtic by five goals to two. We could not say that we were highly pleased at the play of the respective sides on the whole and in making this remark, fail to see why Dean Park managed to overcome the Winton Rovers in their recent Scottish tie. Such was the case, however, and had Celtic been at Howard Park, Kilmarnock last Saturday, perhaps we might have had to record a defeat against them also but the luck of the ballot happened to be in Celtic's favour on this occasion and they go into the third stage of the Ayrshire Cup ties with renewed confidence.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 16 October 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(10 October 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
4
2
1
1
10
8
5
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
3
1
1
1
12
9
5
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
3
1
1
1
  4
5
3
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
3
1
1
1
  7
9
3
 
Troon Rangers
 
1
1
0
0
  4
1
2
 
Beith Juniors
 
1
0
1
0
  0
0
0
 
Kilmaurs
 
2
0
2
0
  3
8
0
 
Dalry Juniors
 
0
0
0
0
  0
0
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
Only one North Ayrshire League match was played on Saturday last, namely Kilmaurs v Vale of Garnock Strollers. The Vale annexed the points by five goals to one and are thus on a level with the Winton Rovers.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 16 October 1903

TOMORROW'S LEAGUE FIXTURES
The League fixtures arranged for Saturday first (24 October 1903) are Troon Rangers v Vale of Garnock Strollers with referee A Steven, Kilmaurs and Kilmaurs v Dalry Juniors with referee M Brodie, Troon. The latter fixture, however, may be postponed as there is some talk of Dalry playing Springside at Dalry in Irvine Herald Cup interests. Dalry is expected to be represented by the following team on Saturday - Gilmour, Bell, Aitken, A McAllister, D McAllister, Brownlee, Torrance, Connell, Millar, E Thomson, and H Thomson. Last Saturday (17 October 1903), the brothers Thomson disappointed the Juniors at the last moment and substitutes had to be found in Millar and Berry, last season's goalkeeper, to complete their eleven against Ardrossan Celtic.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 23 October 1903

AYRSHIRE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE MEETING
The usual monthly meeting of the Ayrshire Association Committee was held in Kilmarnock on Saturday (17 October 1903). For misconduct on the field, John Anderson, Mauchline and A Calvey, Dean Park, were each suspended for a month. The arrangements for the annual inter-Association game with Renfrewshire were delayed for a month. The following is the draw in the third round of the Association Cup with ties to be played on or before 14 November.
   Galston Athletic v Rugby XI
   Troon Rangers v Kilmaurs
   Ardrossan Winton Rovers v Ardeer Thistle
   Ayr Springvale v Springside
   Drongan v Stewarton Cunninghame
   Ardrossan Celtic v Kilbirnie Ladeside
   Cronberry Eglinton v Kilwinning Rangers
   Irvine Meadow XI v Vale of Garnock
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 23 October 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 2 - DALRY JUNIORS 2
Contrary to expectations, a North Ayrshire League fixture was arranged towards the end of last week betwixt Ardrossan Celtic and Dalry Juniors and the match was accordingly played at North Crescent on Saturday (17 October 1903) before a fair concourse of onlookers. The weather was favourable although a steady breeze contributed to place the ball too often in touch. On this occasion, the Celtic eleven had several changes, McMurtrie and Glen, ex-Winton Rovers, being included in the team, the former taking charge of the Celtic goal and the latter figuring in the quintet as outside-right while Tyre, right-half, posed as centre-forward and acquitted himself in his new position fairly well. This was Dalry's first game under North Ayrshire League auspices and being entirely new to the district, if we except the old Celtic player in the person of Miller, it was hard to say which of the two sides would win the honours of the day. The visitors looked a capable lot and could use their weight when they had the mind. For the first twenty minutes, the game, which was late in starting, was fairly well contested, Celtic if anything being the more aggressive lot but on a subsequent invasion on the part of Dalry, McMurtrie ran out to avert danger. This act cost his side the loss of the initial goal of the match for before he returned to his charge, the visitors had the sphere lying safely in the net. Celtic, however, were not long in squaring accounts and their cleverness in scoring at this stage fairly put their previous efforts in the shade. In less than a couple of minutes after Dalry's lucky success, Celtic were on level terms with their opponents with one goal each. Before half-time, the ground lads again did the trick although this success was tinged with offside. Dalry evidently objected to the granting of a goal but the referee, rightly or wrongly, allowed the point and Celtic were thus one up. Half-time was announced with Dalry one goal to the bad. The second period was fought out on pretty well-balanced lines, neither team having much occasion to crow over the other as regards superiority in football. In the course of hostilities, Celtic experienced hard luck in not increasing their total while Dalry also suffered in this respect. In the closing stages of the game, however, the visitors' efforts were at last rewarded and the teams stood on level terms. To secure the winning goal was the ambition of both teams now and in the exchanges made, each citadel was in turn assailed but no further scoring resulted and the game thus culminated in a draw of two goals each. The coveted points were therefore divided.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 23 October 1903

GALSTON ATHLETIC 1 - ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 1
At Riverside Park, Galston on Saturday last (17 October 1903), Ardrossan Winton Rovers and Galston Athletic met to decide which should qualify for the second stage of the Irvine and District Cup ties but the game still remains to be lost and won although the Rovers' chances are now considerably enhanced by a replay. Fine weather prevailed but there was a meagre attendance of spectators. The pitch was a trifle heavy after the rains during the week. Both teams were somewhat handicapped in the matter of absentees, Galston being without their usual back division while the Rovers were minus three of their selected eleven. The Athletic, with the wind and sun favouring them, had rather the best of the exchanges in the first half but failed to find an opening thanks to the defective shooting of their forwards and the sound defence opposed to them. Reid scored with a fine shot from the left after beating several opponents on the run and at the interval the Rovers led by one to nil. The second period was in some respects similar to the first in so far as the Riversiders made the pace most of the time with occasional spells of aggressive play on the Rovers' part. The latter's citadel was subjected to very severe pressure at times but so well was it guarded that, as time waned, it seemed probable that the efforts of the homesters were only to be rewarded with defeat. During an exciting scrimmage at the Winton end, Fullarton fisted out the ball when the goalkeeper seemed beaten and a penalty, of course, was given against his side from which the Athletic scored the equalising goal. This took place a few minutes from time and on resuming, the Rovers almost snatched the winning point but the other forwards failed to clinch a good cross shot from Reid and shortly afterwards, the game terminated with the teams on a level footing of one goal each. The play throughout was of a very mediocre description and did not represent the ability of either side. The Rovers would have been lucky to win - a fact, too, which they very nearly accomplished. The honours of the game on the Ardrossan side belong to Leckie and Company for their sterling defence. The absence of Findlay at centre-half certainly weakened the middle division. Reid was the most effective forward. The tie will be replayed tomorrow (24 October 1903) and with ground advantage, the Wintonians should emerge on the right side although they cannot afford to treat their opponents lightly. The probable team is Lambie, Dunlop, Leckie, Fullarton, Findlay, McMurray, Muir, Anderson, Smith, Goldie and Reid.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 23 October 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(17 October 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
4
2
1
1
10
  8
5
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
4
2
1
1
12
  9
5
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
4
1
1
2
  9
11
4
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
3
1
1
1
  4
  5
3
 
Troon Rangers
 
1
1
0
0
  4
  1
2
 
Dalry Juniors
 
1
0
0
1
  2
  2
1
 
Beith Juniors
 
1
0
1
0
  0
  0
0
 
Kilmaurs
 
2
0
2
0
  3
  8
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
Only one North Ayrshire League match was played last Saturday when Dalry Juniors divided the points with Ardrossan Celtic at North Crescent Park, the result being a draw of two goals each.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 23 October 1903

WINTON ROVERS' JUMBLE SALE

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 30 October 1903

TOMORROW'S SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP TIES

The second round of the Scottish Junior Cup ties fall to be played on Saturday first (31 October 1903) and the following are the ties in which the Ayrshire clubs are concerned.
   Ardrossan Celtic v Troon Rangers
   Cronberry Eglinton v Muirkirk Athletic
   Neilston Victoria v Newmilns
   Vale of Garnock v Lugar Boswell Juniors
   Darvel v Irvine Meadow XI
   Ferguslie v Hurlford Thistle
   Rothesay Royal Victoria v Ardeer Thistle
   Stewarton Juniors v Levern Victoria
   Kilmalcolm v Kilmaurs
   Benquhat Heatherbell v Kilwinning Rangers
   Drongan v Kilmarnock Shawbank
In the above round, Rugby XI v Kilmarnock Dean Park played their tie at Rugby Park. The teams had the town to themselves but unfortunately unfavourable weather spoiled the attendance. The Rugbyites, who were the superior lot, ran out winners by two goals to nil and thus qualified for the third stage of the competition. From the above draw, it will be noticed that Newmilns, Hurlford Thistle, Ardeer Thistle and Kilmaurs have to travel outside their county and the teams pitted against them are no mean adepts at the game. It is to be hoped, however, the above quartet will give a good account of themselves and return home victorious. The tie betwixt Ardrossan Celtic and Troon Rangers is expected to furnish a stiff and exciting contest. The Celts have a little account to square with their Troon brethren and tomorrow's tie is considered a fitting opportunity for the Celtic lads to make a big effort. It will be remembered the Rangers defeated Celtic at Troon in a North Ayrshire League game by four to one.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 30 October 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC TO CHARGE SPECTATORS
Speaking about Ardrossan Celtic reminds us that we believe it is the intention of the officials of this club to charge spectators for admission to their ground. It is to be hoped they will succeed in this respect but, under existing conditions, it feared there will always be a certain number of spectators who will view the games Saturday after Saturday free of charge. To our mind, we think the present system the better way to raise gate-money for if a fee is to be charged from those who gather around the pitch - and those only - the support accorded from the crowds who usually congregate on the railway bridge (shown below in 2006) will be lost to the club.

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 30 October 1903
The 'Caley Railway Bridge' was built in 1888 and demolished in 2008. Because it was near the site of the former Shell Oil Refinery which existed from 1927 to 1988, it was later known as the Shell Bridge.

WINTON ROVERS UNDEFEATED AT WINTON PARK
The Winton Rovers have yet to be defeated at Winton Park and one wonders what club is to have the honour in breaking the record. The Rovers had a stiff lot to deal with last Saturday (24 October 1903) in Galston Athletic who took to the mud better than the homesters. All the same, the Rovers came out on top with the odd goal and thus qualified for the second stage of the Irvine and District Cup competition. In connection with the above game, we understand Galston Athletic have lodged a protest on the ground that the Rovers' pitch is not a private enclosure. Tomorrow, Saturday (31 October 1903), the Winton Rovers will find employment in friendly interests with Glasgow Rockbank. The visitors will be new to the habitués of Winton Park and as they are believed to be a combination of good parts, a stirring game is expected. Will the Winton Park record be broken tomorrow?
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 30 October 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 3 - GALSTON ATHLETIC 2
It was most wretched weather that Galston Athletic brought with them to Winton Park on Saturday (24 October 1903) and more unfavourable conditions for a cup tie could hardly be imagined, notwithstanding which there was a satisfactory attendance of spectators. The occasion was the replay in the initial round of the Irvine and District competition, the Winton Rovers having drawn with the Athletic at Galston the previous week. The teams were: Galston Athletic - White, McSkimming, Anderson, Green, Paterson, Paton, L Anderson, Morrison, Jeffrey, Christie and Houston. Winton Rovers - Lambie, Dunlop, Leckie, Fullarton, Findlay, McMurray, Scott, Anderson, Smith, Goldie and Reid. The referee was Mr Deans of Kilmarnock. The homesters, who commenced without Reid and Leckie, were early compelled to defend but kept their citadel clear of danger and the late arrivals soon made their appearance. The Rovers gradually found their bearings and, assisted by the wind, attacked strongly, Smith nearly scoring close in. Ten minutes from the start, Goldie found the net with a rather soft effort, the Galston keeper completely missing the ball in attempting to kick clear. From the restart, the Wintonians again took the initiative. On the heavy ground, shooting from long range was the correct method of play and centre-half Findlay tested the keeper with a high shot, the latter saving at the expense of a corner which was fruitless. The Galston backs defended stubbornly and averted disaster on several occasions although the home quintet were none too persistent at close quarters. Occasional raids by the Athletic forwards kept Dunlop and his partner on the alert but Lambie had a chilly time between the uprights and his clearance of a low shot which came his way was a little shaky. A questionable decision of the referee's was when the Rovers' centre slipped between the opposing backs with a clear field, only to be adjudged offside. Reid notched a second point for the homesters after an exciting scramble. A late Port Glasgow junior was introduced on the Winton right wing and while he did not altogether prove a success at his first appearance, he should be persevered with. This player was the indirect source of the Rovers' first goal which was scored by Goldie on the call of half-time. The second portion of the game witnessed a striking change in the play. The Athletic, on resuming, attacked in a most determined fashion and the Rovers' stronghold now received the attention denied it in the initial period. In face of a strengthening wind and a drizzling rain, the task set the home defence was no light one. From a foul kick about thirty yards out, the strangers scored their first goal with a fast shot. With some smart forward work, the Wintonians next assumed the aggressive, maintaining the pressure for several minutes and come within an ace of scoring. The play during the remainder of the game was particularly that of attack v defence and, despite the weather, both sides went into it with surprising vigour. The Rovers' custodian cleverly stopped a fast shot from one of the opposing halves and in the subsequent stages was allowed little leisure. The home forwards raised the siege now and then and both Smith and Reid scored points which were nullified by offside. The rain latterly came down in torrents which dispersed the crowd rapidly. Battling against the elements, the homesters were having the worst of the bargain and Leckie could be readily excused for his mistake in the last minute of the game by which the Galston lads secured their second point. The result was a win for the Rovers by three goals to two. The teams deserve credit for their display under most depressing circumstances. Studied play was out of the question and the visitors, who were the weightier lot, seemed to be better suited to the heavy going. The homesters were at a disadvantage in having to face such a gale in the second half and did grandly in holding their opponents so well.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 30 October 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(24 October 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
5
3
1
1
13
  9
7
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
4
2
1
1
10
  8
5
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
4
1
1
2
  9
11
4
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
3
1
1
1
  4
  5
3
 
Troon Rangers
 
2
1
1
0
  4
  2
2
 
Dalry Juniors
 
1
0
0
1
  2
  2
1
 
Beith Juniors
 
1
0
1
0
  0
  0
0
 
Kilmaurs
 
2
0
2
0
  3
  8
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
Only one North Ayrshire League game was played last Saturday and Vale of Garnock Strollers annexed the points at the expense of Troon Rangers. The game took place at Troon, ending in favour of the Vale by one to nil. The Vale lads now top the League.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 30 October 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE COMMITTEE MEETING
At a meeting of the North Ayrshire Football League Committee on 2 November 1903, the following League fixtures were arranged.
   7 November - Hurlford Thistle v Troon Rangers - referee A Steven, Kilmaurs
   7 November - Vale of Garnock Strollers v Kilwinning Thistle - referee R Woods, Irvine
   21 November - Vale of Garnock Strollers v Hurlford Thistle - referee D Brodie, Dalry
   28 November - Hurlford Thistle v Ardrossan Winton Rovers - referee R Smith, Irvine
   5 December - Ardrossan Celtic v Ardrossan Winton Rovers - referee A Steven, Kilmaurs
   5 December - Hurlford Thistle v Kilmaurs - referee H Mackie, Glengarnock
   5 December - Vale of Garnock Strollers v Dalry Juniors - referee G Brodie, Troon
   5 December - Troon Rangers v Kilwinning Thistle - referee T Clifford, Glengarnock
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 November 1903

THE SHIELDS CUP

The above is a portrait of the Cup presented by Captain Shields, harbour master, Ardrossan to the Ardrossan Celtic Club to be competed for this season by North Ayrshire Junior clubs. Entries, costing five shillings, for this competition will be received by the secretary, Mr R Maule, 1 Arthurlie Place, Saltcoats up till Saturday 28 November.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 November 1903

THE TWO ARDROSSAN CLUBS MEET AT WINTON PARK
Tomorrow, Saturday (7 November 1903), the two Ardrossan clubs, Celtic and Rovers, will line up at Winton Park to decide which is to go into the second round of the Irvine Herald Cup competition. Excitement is always high when these two clubs do battle and the partisans of the respective sides are sure to be out in full force. We express the hope that the conduct of players and spectators alike will be worthy of the occasion and may the best team win the honours. Last week, we drew attention to the fact that the Celtic officials had decided to charge for admission to their ground and we are informed the Rovers' executive intend to do likewise on Saturday first. It may be here stated that the Rovers' committee have the liberty, when they think fit, to enclose the whole of the back road from Hill Place (shown below in 2015) to Winton Street during a match. As the Rovers seem bent on making their ground as private as possible for a few hours on Saturday afternoons, it is to be hoped the public who use the back-way referred to simply as a convenience will in future make a note of the intentions of the club.

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 November 1903

THE TWO ARDROSSAN CLUBS HUNT LARGS ATHLETIC KEEPER
Last week, a certain goalkeeper was expected to play for Ardrossan Celtic against Troon Rangers but he failed to come to the scratch. This perhaps explains why Celtic played without a custodian for a few minutes last Saturday (31 October 1903). The goalkeeper in question, we are told, turned out for the Rovers the same day at Winton Park. It looks as if both clubs had been hunting after the Largs Athletic custodian.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 November 1903

WINTON ROVERS JUMBLE SALE
We beg to remind our readers of the Jumble Sale that is to be held tomorrow, Saturday (7 November 1903) in the Good Templars' Hall, Glasgow Street in connection with Ardrossan Winton Rovers Football Club. Parties wishing to clear out unused goods will, if they think fit, have an opportunity of handing same to the committee at the hall tonight, Friday, and these will be thankfully received. The object of the Sale, we believe, is to raise funds for the general improvement of the club's ground.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 November 1903

GALSTON ATHLETIC APPEAL PROTEST AGAINST WINTON ROVERS THROWN OUT
We understand the protest lodged by Galston Athletic in connection with the replayed Irvine and District tie between that club and Winton Rovers was thrown out by the Association at their meeting on Saturday last (31 October 1903), having been informally lodged.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 November 1903

SCOTTISH CUP TIE RESULTS FOR AYRSHIRE CLUBS
The following are the results of the Scottish Cup ties in which Ayrshire clubs were engaged (on 31 October 1903).
   Stewarton Juniors 3 - Levern Victoria 1 at Stewarton
   Neilston Victoria 1 - Newmilns 0 Neilston
   Ferguslie 3 - Hurlford Thistle 0 at Paisley
   Ardrossan Celtic 1 - Troon Rangers 3 at Ardrossan
   Darvel 3 - Irvine Meadow XI 1 at Darvel
   Vale of Garnock 1 - Lugar Boswell Juniors 0 at Glengarnock
   Kilmalcolm 2 - Kilmaurs 3 at Kilmalcolm
   Cronberry Eglinton 1 - Muirkirk Athletic 0 at Cronberry
   Benquhat Heatherbell 1 - Kilwinning Rangers 3 at Benquhat
   Rothesay Royal Victoria 1 - Ardeer Thistle 2 at Rothesay
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 November 1903

IRVINE AND DISTRICT CUP DRAWS
At a meeting of the Irvine and District Association held on Saturday (31 October 1903), the draws for the second and third rounds resulted as follows.
   Second Round
      Darvel v Ardrossan Celtic - referee A Steven, Kilmaurs
      Newmilns v Kilmarnock Rugby XI - referee J Strannigan, Kilwinning
   Third Round
      Irvine Meadow XI v Stewarton Cunninghame - referee W Deans
      Kilmaurs v Ardeer Thistle - referee G Young
      Newmilns or Rugby XI v Darvel or Celtic - referee J Fulton
      Ardrossan Winton Rovers v Kilbirnie Ladeside - referee R Smith
The ties are to be played on 21 November.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 November 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 1 - GLASGOW ROCKBANK 0
A friendly match with Glasgow Rockbank was the bill-of-fare provided at Winton Park on Saturday (31 October 1903) and the result of a fairly good game was a win for the Rovers by one goal to nil. The latter were under full strength, several new players being on trial including Wilson, Largs Athletic's clever custodian. Play during the first half was of an interesting character and evenly contested. The visitors showed smart forward work while the Rovers were repeatedly dangerous through McCulloch and Reid on the left and clever manipulation by the latter pair was the means of Smith scoring with an unsavable shot. Half-time arrived with the score still blank. In the second period, the teams were well matched, the Rovers being perhaps more dangerous. A fine shot by Reid was saved by the visitors' custodian who, however, overstepped the limit while carrying the sphere and from the resultant free kick, the homesters notched the first and only point. While lacking the enthusiasm of a cup tie, the match afforded the Rovers excellent practice in view of tomorrow's tussle with their and dear neighbours, the Celtic. That the game will be keenly contested goes without saying but it remains with the 'knight of the whistle' to put a timely check on the unseemly tactics which characterised the play on the last occasion the teams met. The kick-off is at 3 pm.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 November 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 1 - TROON RANGERS 2
There was a good attendance of spectators at North Crescent Park on Saturday (31 October 1903), the occasion being a Scottish Cup tie betwixt Troon Rangers and Ardrossan Celtic. A stiff contest was expected and on this score at least, the crowds - for something near a couple of hundred viewed the game from the Caley Railway Bridge - were not disappointed though one could hardly say that either team showed much science. From the very start, play opened briskly and what the game may have lacked in fine tactics was ably compensated by the go-ahead style which characterised the efforts of the respective sides. During the early period, the Rangers, who were a capable-looking lot, had certainly the best of this argument and when they opened the scoring about twenty minutes from the start, no one could grudge them the honour as their play was value for it. Celtic were battling strongly for success and now and again, they encroached on their opponents' territory, only to be baffled by the Troon defence which showed up well. The Troon custodian had a comparatively easy time of it although on one occasion, he had the friendly upright to thank for saving his charge, a reaping shot from the home defence deserving a better fate. The Rangers, who had the assistance of what wind there was and there was little, continued to have the best of the exchanges and several times, the home citadel ran narrow escapes, the visitors failing to take advantage of their opportunities. At stated periods, the play surged out to the meridian and on different occasions, the Troon lads had to look lively in repulsing their rivals. Up to half-time, no further scoring had resulted and Troon thus led at the interval with a well-deserved goal. Looking at the play of the two teams, their style was pretty much alike with the difference that Troon seemed the faster and abler lot and the opinion was formed that they were the most likely to survive the ordeal. The change of ends saw a better-balanced fight and shortly after the resumption, the Rangers got in a dangerous proximity to the home goal forcing a corner from which nothing eventuated. Celtic changed the scene of operations and in turn, the Troon defence was put to the test. Play waxed hot with each side having their share of the game but not until ten minutes had passed away was any scoring done and the fact that Celtic were successful in equalising put quite a different complexion on the game. The hopes of the Celtic admirers naturally rose at this stage and on the play now being exhibited, the issue seemed a little doubtful. Both teams lashed the ball to some tune and the different incidents were keenly watched. First the one goal and then the other was the order and some ten minutes after Celtic had equalised matters, Troon again took the lead by notching a second point. Up to the finish, Celtic strove dexterously to get on level terms with their opponents and on two occasions this half, they certainly threw away a couple of golden opportunities but the remainder of the game passed off without any alteration of the scores and Rangers emerged winners of a hard game by two goals to one. On the whole, the Rangers were just the better team but they must admit the Celts made them trot hard for a narrow victory. The game was characterised by numerous fouls and a word of praise is due the referee for the way in which he kept hold of the players. We wish all junior referees were up to the same standard as the gentleman who officiated at this game.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 November 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(31 October 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
5
3
1
1
13
  9
7
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
4
2
1
1
10
  8
5
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
4
1
1
2
  9
11
4
 
Dalry Juniors
 
2
1
0
1
  3
  3
3
 
Troon Rangers
 
2
1
1
0
  4
  2
2
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
3
0
2
1
  5
  6
1
 
Kilmaurs
 
2
0
2
0
  3
  8
0
 
Hurlford Thistle
 
1
0
1
0
  1
  3
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
In connection with the game played last Saturday between Dalry Juniors and Kilwinning Thistle which was stopped owing to darkness, the Association awarded the points to Dalry at their meeting on Monday night (2 November 1903). The game, which took place at Kilwinning, ended in a draw of one goal each. It will be noticed from the above North Ayrshire table that Hurlford Thistle is included in the League, the said club taking the place of Beith Juniors who have withdrawn. As the Beith team had played only one game with Kilwinning Thistle which was won by the latter, the Association agreed to deduct the two points from the Kilwinning club's register which now stands at one point for three games. Ardrossan Celtic's protest against the Dalry Juniors was dismissed on the ground that it was informally lodged. The protest money, however, was returned. The following League fixtures were arranged.
   7 November - Hurlford Thistle v Troon Rangers - referee A Steven, Kilmaurs
   7 November - Vale of Garnock Strollers v Kilwinning Thistle - referee R Woods, Irvine
   21 November - Vale of Garnock Strollers v Hurlford Thistle - referee D Brodie, Dalry
   28 November - Hurlford Thistle v Ardrossan Winton Rovers - referee R Smith, Irvine
   5 December - Ardrossan Celtic v Ardrossan Winton Rovers - referee A Steven, Kilmaurs
   5 December - Hurlford Thistle v Kilmaurs - referee H Mackie, Glengarnock
   5 December - Vale of Garnock Strollers v Dalry Juniors - referee G Brodie, Troon
   5 December - Troon Rangers v Kilwinning Thistle - referee T Clifford, Glengarnock
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 6 November 1903
It sems strange that Hurlford Thistle had played one game, lost one yet had no points.

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR CUP TIES
The third round ties of the Ayrshire Junior Cup competition are due for decision tomorrow (14 November 1903) and some keenly-contested games should be witnesses. The following is the draw.
   Galston Athletic v Rugby XI
   Troon Rangers v Kilmaurs
   Ardrossan Winton Rovers v Ardeer Thistle
   Ayr Springvale v Springside
   Drongan v Stewarton Cunninghame
   Ardrossan Celtic v Kilbirnie Ladeside
   Cronberry Eglinton v Kilwinning Rangers
   Irvine Meadow XI v Vale of Garnock
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 November 1903

AYRSHIRE CONSOLATION CUP TIES
The ties in the first round of the Ayrshire Consolation cup will also be played tomorrow (14 November 1903). The draw is as follows.
   Tongue Row Rangers v Muirkirk Athletic
   Dean Park v Glenbuck Cherrypickers
   Dalry Juniors v Coylton United
   Trabboch Thistle v Benquhat
   Mossblown Strollers v Rankinstone
   Kilwinning Thistle v Cumnock Craigbank
   Doon Athletic v Hurlford Thistle
   Darvel v Lanemark Thistle
   Newmilns v Mauchline
   Lugar Boswell v Shawbank
   Stewarton Juniors v Burnfoothill
As will be noted from the above, the third round of the Ayrshire Junior Cup ties comes up for settlement tomorrow and the fact that Kilbirnie Ladeside and Ardeer Thistle engage the two Ardrossan clubs on the same day is to be regretted, at least from a financial point of view. It is expected, however, that the visiting teams will have good followings and who knows, the gates may turn out better than anticipated.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 November 1903

RECORD GATE FOR WINTON ROVERS
The Rovers, it may be remarked, had a record gate last Saturday (7 November 1903) and had the niggardly packs of spectators who viewed the game from the Castle Hill grounds (shown below in 2015) et cetera, paid their 3d like the rest of people, the drawings would certainly have been increased. We would suggest that the Rovers pass the bag round to this class of spectator at future matches.

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 November 1903

WINTON ROVERS JUMBLE SALE
The Jumble Sale held last week under the auspices of the Winton Rovers Football Club, we understand, proved a very successful venture to raise funds for the benefit of the club and we have no doubt the officials feel deeply grateful to the kind donors of goods et cetera.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 November 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 1 ARDROSSAN CELTIC 1
Battle Royal At Winton Park
Saturday last (7 November 1903) was red-letter day in Ardrossan football, being the date fixed for what was the second encounter this season betwixt the local rival clubs, Celtic and Winton Rovers. The first meeting of the clubs, it will be remembered, took place, like the one on Saturday last, at Winton Park and on that occasion, the contending sides divided the North Ayrshire League points with three goals each. Saturday's match was regarded as one of equal importance being a tie in the first round of the Irvine Herald Cup competition and, as was to be expected, each club was represented by its best available eleven - in fact, Celtic's team was hoped to be strengthened for the occasion. The interest in the match was evidenced by the large turnout of spectators who, despite the fact that the Rovers' executive decided, for the first time, to impose a charge for admission to the ground, must have numbered about a thousand strong. The game was timed to begin at three o' clock but both sides were slow in mustering their elevens and as a result the start was delayed. This led some to believe that darkness would interrupt the closing stages of the game which proved to be the case as the referee stopped hostilities something like five minutes before time had expired. Whatever opinion the spectators may have had as to the game as a whole, we think the bulk of these must have felt pleased at a draw being the result. Unfortunately, the ground was not in the best condition, being somewhat heavy. Nevertheless, the teams showed good dash and staying power. On the game being started by Celtic, it was early seen that the referee meant to deal firmly with the contending sides and as a result, there was an abundance of halts in the first half owing to fouls et cetera. Determination was depicted on the faces of the players and in their eagerness, fouls occurred which might otherwise have been avoided. For the first quarter of an hour, there was little to choose between the teams though the Rovers were suffering most from free-kicks. Each goal was in turn assailed and in one or two cases, these came near the point of capture. The respective defences, however, averted danger steadily though up to this point, the teams did not seem to have settled down to their ding-dong style. All went well until twenty minutes or more had passed away, previous to which Smith had very hard lines in not scoring for the Rovers. At this point, Celtic made a renewed raid and the outcome was a penalty against McMurray, from which Brannan scored the opening goal of the match, the sphere striking Lambie and passing into the net. The succeeding play continued to be of a brisk order and the various incidents were keenly watched and applauded by the outside element. Neither side could claim much advantage over the other and beyond several exciting passages and attacks, nothing worthy of note occurred. Towards the close, during and assault by Celtic, the Rovers' custodian was brought to grief while in the act of saving his trust and play was stopped till he regained himself. Half-time was shortly afterwards called with Celtic leading by one goal to nil. The players, with one or two exceptions, remained on the pitch and little time was lost in making a restart. It was now felt that the Rovers, by the change of ends, would make things hum and in this respect, opinion was right as they had rather the best of the exchanges. Celtic, however, were having a share of the play but the pressure against them was greater and now and again, we could hear the cry "Buck up, Celtic!". The Rovers made persistent attacks after the resumption but the Celtic defenders answered bravely to the calls made upon them and at stated periods, their forwards transferred operations to the other end only to have their good intentions baffled by the home defence. Time slipped away without anything being done and the wonder was how the Rovers did not equalise sooner than they did. About twenty minutes from the restart, they had Celtic pinned inside the dreaded line and for an infringement which many believed occurred inside the penalty area near the corner, a free-kick was awarded the Rovers. This was nicely placed and Scott's cranium was instrumental in placing the teams on level terms - a success which was warmly cheered. Scarcely had the cheering subsided than the Winton Parkers right wing again burst in on the Celtic lines and about a minute from the scoring of the equalising point, McCulloch had the ball in the net for the second time but, to the surprise of many, the referee disallowed the point and not a few considered the Rovers had been robbed of a legitimate goal. At this stage, the Celtic lads looked a bit staggered while, on the other hand, the Rovers appeared to have the game in hand. However, as time slipped on, play opened out and at different stages, Celtic caused some anxiety at the opposite end. Their attacks were dangerous and on one occasion, they actually had the sphere safely in the net but Hunter was adjudged offside. In the closing stages of the game, when it was difficult to follow the ball, the Rovers made great efforts to pull off a victory but five minutes from time, the referee blew his whistle owing to darkness and the game was thus left unfinished with the scores standing at one goal each. Taken all through, the game was very well contested and in point of merit, the sides were pretty equally matched. We hope the next time the teams meet, the ground conditions will be faster and we will be better able to say which is the better team. Of the two sides on Saturday, we think the Rovers experienced the hardest luck in not winning. If we except one or two slight displays of temper, the game was agreeably contested, although the strictness and promptitude of the referee, Mr Smith of Irvine, in his decisions had no doubt something to do in bringing about this pleasing feature of the contest. From the very outset, the referee maintained a firm hold of the players, to one or two of whom he had occasion to administer a timely caution and although he may have erred in some of his awards - as most referees do - yet it must be said Mr Smith conducted the game very satisfactorily on the whole.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 November 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(7 November 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
6
4
1
1
19
  10
9
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
4
2
1
1
10
  8
5
 
Troon Rangers
 
3
2
1
0
  7
  3
4
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
4
1
1
2
  9
11
4
 
Dalry Juniors
 
2
1
0
1
  3
  3
3
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
4
0
3
1
  6
12
1
 
Kilmaurs
 
2
0
2
0
  3
  8
0
 
Hurlford Thistle
 
1
0
1
0
  1
  3
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
A couple of North Ayrshire League games were decided last Saturday (7 November 1903). At Glengarnock, the Vale annexed the points at the expense of Kilwinning Thistle by six goals to one while Hurlford Thistle, in their first game, were defeated by Troon Rangers at Hurlford by three goals to one. Owing to Ayrshire and Consolation Cup ties, there will be no League games played tomorrow (14 November 1903).
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 November 1903

AYRSHIRE CUP
The survivors in the third round of the Ayrshire Cup competition, which came up for decision last Saturday (14 November 1903), are a promising lot and some stiff engagements are expected in the succeeding rounds. Saturday's results were was follows
   Troon Rangers beat Kilmaurs by six goals to nil.
   Drongan beat Stewarton Cunninghame by five goals to two.
   Kilbirnie Ladeside beat Ardrossan Celtic by four goals to nil.
   Galston Athletic beat Kilmarnock Rugby XI by three goals to nil.
   Irvine Meadow XI beat Vale of Garnock Strollers by two goals to nil.
   Ardeer Thistle beat Ardrossan Winton Rovers by two goals to nil.
   Cronberry Eglinton and Kilwinning Rangers tied with two goals each.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 November 1903

BOTH ARDROSSAN CLUBS DEFEATED
From the above results, it will be noticed both Ardrossan clubs have made their exit but no surprise has been created at their retiral. Both have died in good company. As regards the game at Winton Park, the result did not turn out to be such a fine walk-over for Ardeer as some knowing ones expected. To put it correctly, Ardeer seemed to get as still a run for honours as they need wish for and a lucky team they were, too, in holding the verdict at two goals to nil, the first of which many considered ought to have been disallowed but, to their surprise, the referee granted the point. The Rovers have no need to feel downhearted over Saturday's result unless it be at the breaking of their home record, this being their first defeat on their own ground this season. The opinion of many of the spectators was that the Rovers had the worst of the referee's decisions and on the day's play, the game was good value for a draw. Celtic, on the other hand, suffered rather severely at the hands of Kilbirnie Ladeside but, on the day's exposition, one is not prepared to say there were four goals of a difference between the teams. So far as the game was concerned, it was just as well balanced as it could be but the first two goals notched by Ladeside were remarkably lucky things and might have been saved by the home custodian. The third and fourth goals, however, were well taken and had the result stood at a couple of points, it would have been sufficient for the play shown. As a whole, Ladeside did not come up to our expectations but, nevertheless, there are one or two clever players in the eleven. The ground, of course, was against good football and it is quite possible the Ladesiders may prove a different lot under better conditions. To be three goals down at the interval and to have a point disallowed immediately after the resumption was discouraging work for the Celtic lads and, as if that was not enough, they next banged a penalty against 'Larry' who saved the situation. Despite their misfortunes, Celtic fought gamely to the finish but could not break their duck. Last Saturday (14 November 1903), a record gate was taken at Winton Park, the match there being witnessed by something like 1200 spectators while the attendance at North Crescent would be near 500 strong. Another bumper gate is anticipated tomorrow, Saturday, at Winton Park where Kilbirnie Ladeside and Winton Rovers play their Irvine and District Cup tie. A win for the Rovers after Celtic's defeat by the Blasties will give lustre to the Light Blues colours.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 November 1903

IRVINE AND DISTRICT CUP
Tomorrow (21 November 1903) is the day set apart for deciding the second and third rounds of the Irvine and District Cup competition. The respective draws are as under.
   Second Round
      Darvel v Ardrossan Celtic - referee A Steven, Kilmaurs
      Newmilns v Kilmarnock Rugby XI - referee J Strannigan, Kilwinning
   Third Round
      Irvine Meadow XI v Stewarton Cunninghame - referee W Deans
      Kilmaurs v Ardeer Thistle - referee G Young
      Newmilns or Rugby XI v Darvel or Celtic - referee J Fulton
      Ardrossan Winton Rovers v Kilbirnie Ladeside - referee R Smith
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 November 1903

ARDROSSAN CELTIC 0 - KILBIRNIE LADESIDE 4
Judging from the appearance, something near five hundred spectators viewed the Ayrshire Cup tie - Kilbirnie Ladeside v Ardrossan Celtic - at North Crescent Park on Saturday (14 November 1903). A good contingent of these hailed from Kilbirnie who were conveyed per Caley special to Ardrossan and during the game, they let themselves be heard. The game was well-nigh half-an-hour late in starting and even then, the Celtic team were not full while Ladeside, on the other hand, were all out. The ground was in anything but good condition and besides being heavy, a miniature lake also marred the play. As already indicated, Celtic were short-manned when Ladeside started operations with the breeze behind them. For well-nigh fifteen minutes, the homesters combated with ten players and about this stage of the game, Donnelly filled the vacancy caused by Tyre's absence. All this time, Ladeside were the main aggressors and they certainly lashed the ball to some tune, scoring the initial goal somewhat easily about eight minutes from the kick off. So far, Celtic had given the visitors' defence no cause for anxiety, being easily repulsed when attempting to invade and on these occasions, the sphere was strongly punted in the opposite direction but the shooting of the Ladesiders was not of the deadly order. The vacancy in the home team now being filled, better progress on their part was naturally expected but a minute or so later, a high punt from near midfield dropped just in front of the Celtic crossbar which the keeper failed to hold and the ball rolled helplessly into the net making number two for Ladeside. In losing both points, it could hardly be said that the home custodian added to his reputation as the opinion was held he might have averted disaster on each occasion. With only fifteen minutes gone, matters had already assumed a serious aspect for the ground lads while Ladeside, who were warmly cheered by their admirers, seemed bent on making the best of the advantage offered by the breeze. At this stage, however, Celtic bucked up and piloted the sphere to the opposite end where they forced a corner. This was well taken but as neatly cleared. The ball, however, was returned and Celtic became persistent in their efforts. While dangerously near the Ladeside citadel, the game was stopped for a minute owing to (James) Hunter of the home team getting a knock on the head. Resuming, Celtic held at it and a shot from their right was headed out on the left near the mark. The Ladeside defence relieved the pressure for a little and once more Celtic broke away and an effort from their left caused the Kilbirnie keeper to save his trust which he did easily enough. The Ladesiders again assumed the offensive and continued to have the best of matters but for a time, their onslaughts met with no further success. After another attack on the part of Celtic, causing 'Larry' to save his charge, Ladeside returned and goal number three was registered by them ere the game was thirty minutes old. Matters were now worse than ever for Celtic but they continued to play gamely, if not successfully. Once more they got into Ladeside territory and when dangerously near, a corner was forced, the Kilbirnie goal having a narrow shave when its custodian cleared. The current surged away in the opposite direction but up to half-time, no further scoring resulted and Ladeside led at the interval by three to nil. If Ladeside had the best of matters in the initial period, Celtic could claim that honour in the second half. At the restart, the homesters rushed on the visitors' stronghold and in little more than a minute's time, the sphere was in the net but the point was disallowed. It was believed Celtic would make it hot for the Ladesiders and this this respect at least, they did not disappoint their supporters. The visitors' defence, however, proved a strong barrier against success but for some time, their front line could make little headway and on these occasions, they were not allowed to travel far. Judging from the play shown, one would have said that the efforts of the Celts would yet be crowned with success but 'Larry' in goal was not to be beaten and time became beautifully less without a morsel of comfort coming Celtic's way. About thirty minutes, a penalty was awarded the homesters and even this advantage was turned aside by the Ladeside custodian, much to the delight of his admirers. The Ladesiders ultimately made better headway but their few encroachments on home territory were ably frustrated. The current of play, however, was inclined to run best with the home lads but no impression could they make on their opponents' citadel. About five minutes from time, a single-handed effort was made by one of the Kilbirnie forwards who evaded all opposition and whose effort deserved a better fate. This, however, came immediately afterwards and Ladeside stood it up. The remaining minutes passed off without any alteration in the scoring department and although Celtic had to retire defeated by four goals to nil, the play shown by the respective sides did not merit such a triumphant victory for the dashing Ladesiders.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 November 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 2 - ARDEER THISTLE 1
The Ayrshire Cup tie played on Saturday (14 November 1903) between Ardrossan Winton Rovers and Ardeer Thistle was the first occasion on which these teams have faced each other since their advent into junior circles. Enthusiasm waxed strong among the partisans of both clubs who turned out in full force to cheer on their favourites and the gate easily constituted a record for Winton Park. There were fully a thousand people present, not including those who viewed the match from the slopes of the hill rather than pay the modest threepence. The teams lined up as follows: Ardeer - Montgomery, Robb, Aitken, McCulloch, Reid, Knox, Dunbar, Nicol, Duff, Biggam and Kelso. Rovers - Wilson, Dunlop, Leckie, Fullarton, Findlay, McMurray, Scott, Anderson, Smith, McCulloch and Reid. The referee was Mr Neil of Stewarton. The game was commenced in good time, Duff setting the ball in motion for Ardeer on a pitch that was in a deplorable condition with mud and decidedly unsuitable for any game, not to speak of a cup-tie. From the kick-off, the Thistle forwards bore down in spirited fashion on the Rovers' stronghold and Wilson was tested thus early with a high shot which he negotiated all right. The homesters latterly extricated themselves and their left wing transferred the play to the opposite end of the field but here also the defence proved equal to the occasion. A foul against one of the Winton halves looked promising for Ardeer who, however, did not gain much advantage from the free-kick, the sphere being safely punted out by the home defence. The slippery ground was responsible for numerous mistakes on both sides and consequently the play was of a somewhat disjointed character. For the first fifteen minutes, neither team could claim a monopoly as regards aggressive work but at this stage, the Rovers forced their opponents back and maintained the attack for several minutes in the course of which Montgomery effected one or two clever saves. The Rovers' inside left, McCulloch, was ultimately brought down by an opponent within the 18 yards area and general surprise was expressed when the referee, instead of awarding a penalty, gave the verdict in favour of the defending side. The resultant free-kick changed the scene of operations and the Rovers were compelled to defend. A mis-kick by Dunlop allowed the Ardeer left wing to get in and Duff, accepting a timely pass from Kelso, capped a good run by scoring the first goal of the match with a fast shot. There was a tinge of offside about this point. On the succeeding play, the Winton Parkers strove energetically to get on an equal footing but their forwards lacked finish compared with the Ardeer quintet who were much more methodical at close quarters, shooting at every opportunity. Despite the unfavourable conditions, no effort was spared on either side and some of the players presented a somewhat muddy appearance. On the approach of half-time, the visitors forced a corner which was well placed and Duff, with a neat header, piloted the sphere into the net for the second time. Ardeer led by two goals to nil when the whistle announced the interval but, let it be said, such a lead was scarcely merited as the Rovers had quite a reasonable share of the play and were value for one point at least. The play in the second portion of the game was characterised by much determination and any fair-minded spectator cannot but admit that the home eleven experienced very had lines in not breaking their duck as the saying goes. If Ardeer were the superior lot in the initial period, the tables were certainly turned in the second half. The Rovers' backs offered a stubborn resistance to any dangerous raids by the by the Jags' front line and Montgomery had much less leisure than the home team's custodian. The Rovers' centre, Smith, was obviously a shadowed man for the day but that did not excuse the outside forwards for being so selfish and Reid especially might have centred the sphere a little more frequently. Nicol came near increasing the visitors' score with three consecutive tries towards the close of the game. All three shots were smartly saved by Wilson. The homesters played up in creditable fashion at the Ardeer end but Montgomerie was invincible and the whistle at length announced the conclusion of a keenly-contested match in favour of Ardeer by two goals to one. On the general run of play, it would be unfair to say that Ardeer were the superior lot. A draw would have been a more fitting result. For the winners, Duff, Biggam, Reid and Montgomery were the most prominent while McCulloch, McMurray, Dunlop and Leckie were the pick of the home eleven. We hear that a protest is likely to be raised by the Rovers in connection with the above tie. Kilbirnie Ladeside will be the Rovers' guests and opponents tomorrow (21 November 1903) in the third round of the Irvine and District Cup ties. Given good weather, the crowd should get value for their money. The kick-off is at 2.45 pm.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 November 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(14 November 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
6
4
1
1
19
  10
9
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
4
2
1
1
10
  8
5
 
Troon Rangers
 
3
2
1
0
  7
  3
4
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
4
1
1
2
  9
11
4
 
Dalry Juniors
 
2
1
0
1
  3
  3
3
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
4
0
3
1
  6
12
1
 
Kilmaurs
 
2
0
2
0
  3
  8
0
 
Hurlford Thistle
 
1
0
1
0
  1
  3
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
Owing to Ayrshire Cup ties, no progress was made with the North Ayrshire League competition last Saturday and the above table is the same as appeared in out last issue. Vale of Garnock Strollers and Hurlford Thistle will contest their claim for points tomorrow (21 November 1903).
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 November 1903

FROM ONE OF THE 'QUIET CROWD', SALTCOATS
We were at Ardrossan last Saturday (14 November 1903) and had Father McCulloch, Stevenston, carrying the banner. We had all the luck that was going and while the Rovers had all the play, Ardeer had all the scoring. Our little pet turned out all right after a little extra petting. We had the referee in our favour and he was value for the apple Trainer Thomson gave him at half-time.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 20 November 1903

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - FROM THE 'QUIET CROWD', SALTCOATS
Dear Sir
In your last issue, I noticed a statement headed 'From The Quiet Crowd, Saltcoats' regarding which I would like to make a few remarks. I would be pleased of you will allow me, on behalf of the 'Quite Crowd' to contradict the statement as none of the above 'Crowd' sent such a letter. I may say as regards Father McCulloch and his carrying the banner, he was like the Rovers in that respect for he had all the work to do and, like Ardeer, we had all the honours. Our crowd has eleven 'pets', not one and if the gentleman who would make us believe he is one of the 'Quiet Crowd' meant Ardeer's centre, Duff, I think he knows by this time that he did turn out as he scored the only two goals of the match. The 'Quiet Crowd' thinks such a bit of work deserves credit and as on that date, it was done without coaxing, they are confident it can be done again on the same terms when the replay takes place when it is to be hoped, if the Rovers have all the play, they will have their share of the scoring. I may also state that not one of the 'Quiet Crowd' was aware of Trainer Thomson's so-called kindness to the referee but so far as the 'Quiet Crowd' are concerned, they are all of the opinion that Trainer Thomson can afford to give away an apple as Ardeer's finances are, owing to a change in the weather, in good condition and well able to bear the enormous expense in bribing the referee with an apple. If your correspondent of last week has anything in future to say about Ardeer or their trainer, I hope he will not send in such notes as coming from the 'Quiet Crowd', Saltcoats. Trusting you will insert this letter in this week's issue, I am, on behalf of the 'Quiet Crowd'
One Of Them
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 November 1903

ARDROSSAN FOOTBALL CLUBS NEWS
Junior football was at a discount in different parts of the county last Saturday (21 November 1903) and as a result of the severity of the weather, several matches had to be postponed, grounds being rendered unplayable. Among the postponed matches were Vale of Garnock Strollers v Dalry Juniors who had arranged to play a friendly. In the early part of the week, the Strollers expected Hurlford Thistle to be their opponents in North Ayrshire League interests. The Irvine and District Cup tie - Kilbirnie Ladeside v Ardrossan Winton Rovers - had also to be postponed after the teams appeared on the field stripped. The Rovers, we believe, were willing to play a friendly game but the Ladesiders would not oblige. There was some confusion in issuing checks to those who had paid for admission to the field after it leaked out that neither tie nor friendly would be played. The officials erred in admitting the public to the grounds before they learned the referee's verdict on the state of the playing pitch. Experience, however, teaches and no doubt the Rovers' officials will know how to act in future under conditions like that of Saturday last. It is a pity, too, but the referee appointed to take charge of the tie had had the ground inspected early in the day. The Ladesiders and their supporters might then have been prevented from entering on a needless journey. The teams, we understand, have arranged to play the postponed tie on Saturday first (28 November 1903) and it is to be hoped the conditions will favour the occasion. Despite the severity of the weather, last Saturday, Ardrossan Celtic and Darvel teams managed to play their Irvine and District tie and the former suffered somewhat severely, going down before the Darvelites to the extent of eight goals to two. Celtic had several changes in their eleven and one or two of these were due to the absence of regular players. It is some time now since the Celtic representatives got such a cutting up and it can hardly be said that Leckie, judging from the score registered against him, made a very favourable debut between the sticks. We heard that Lochhead of the Celtic was badly hurt in the course of hostilities. Dalry Thistle have fixed up with Ardrossan Celtic to play a North Ayrshire League fixture at Dalry on Saturday first (28 November 1903) with I Clifford, Kilbirnie, as referee.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 November 1903

CLUBS DEBARRED FROM SHIELDS CUP
The Association, we notice, had decided to debar any of their clubs from taking part in the competition for the Shields Cup, promoted by Ardrossan Celtic, on the grounds that the rules are contrary to those of the Scottish and Ayrshire Associations. We do not wonder at the Association coming to such a decision and it is to be hoped that the Celtic will be able to see the error of their ways.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 November 1903

WINTON ROVERS' PROTEST SUSTAINED
The protest lodged by Winton Rovers against Ardeer Thistle playing Reid in a late Ayrshire Cup tie between these teams was sustained by the Association at their meeting held on Saturday last (21 November 1903). The result is that the tie has been ordered to be replayed at Ardrossan on 5 December and the facts of the case are to be reported to the Scottish Association. Reid, it seems, was ineligible to play and the referee, who had occasion to order him off the field while engaged in a North Ayrshire League game with another club, in failing to report the case, has not proved himself to be the Ardeer club's friend he was supposed. If we are to believe all that is said, Ardeer will have more cup ties to replay than their last Ayrshire one. It is remarkable how the news travels and the latest we have heard is that there is a prospect of Rothesay Royal Victoria lodging a protest against Ardeer Thistle on the same ground as Winton Rovers. It will be remembered Ardeer defeated Rothesay Royal Victoria in the last round of the Scottish Cup ties at Rothesay.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 November 1903

SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP

Tomorrow, Saturday (28 November 1903) is the day set apart for deciding the third round of the Scottish Junior Cup ties. In this round, only one Ayrshire club - Vale of Garnock Strollers - must journey.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 November 1903

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR ASSOCIATION - CHALLENGE CUP AND CONSOLATION DRAWS
The meeting of the Ayrshire Junior Football Association Committee on Saturday (21 November 1903) extended over three hours. Bailie Dunlop, Stewarton, occupied the chair. A claim by Muirkirk was dismissed and that club intimated an appeal to the Scottish Junior Football Association. The Cronberry Eglinton representative was censured for using insulting language towards a referee and the club was also censured for not taking steps to preserve good order among the spectators. A protest by Vale of Garnock against Irvine Meadow XI was dismissed. Ardrossan Winton Rovers successfully protested against a tie being awarded to Ardeer Thistle on the ground that Reid was ineligible to play. The tie was ordered to be replayed on 5 December and the facts reported to the Scottish Junior Football Association. Benquhat were awarded their tie with Trabboch and the latter club was suspended until they submit themselves to the Association. Ardrossan Celtic club have initiated a competition but the Association decided to debar any of their clubs from taking part in the competition as the rules were contrary to those of the Scottish and Ayrshire Associations. The draw in the fourth round of the Ayrshire Cup resulted:-
   Springside v Galston Athletic
   Drongan v Troon Rangers
   Ardrossan Winton Rovers or Ardeer Thistle v Kilbirnie Ladeside
   Irvine Meadow XI v Kilwinning Rangers or Cronberry Eglinton.
Ties are to be played on 12 December.
The draw in the second round of the Consolation was:-
   Ayr Springvale v Doon Athletic or Hurlford Thistle
   Muirkirk Athletic v Cronberry Eglinton or Kilwinning Rangers
   Cumnock Craigbank v Rugby XI
   Newmilns v Ardrossan Winton Rovers or Ardeer Thistle
   Kilmaurs v Dalry Juniors
   Darvel v Vale of Garnock Strollers
   Stewarton Juniors v Ardrossan Celtic
   Mossblown or Rankinstone v Benquhat
   Lugar Boswell v Stewarton Cunninghame
Dean Park get a bye. The ties are to be played on 12 December.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 November 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(21 November 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
6
4
1
1
19
  10
9
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
4
2
1
1
10
  8
5
 
Troon Rangers
 
3
2
1
0
  7
  3
4
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
4
1
1
2
  9
11
4
 
Dalry Juniors
 
2
1
0
1
  3
  3
3
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
4
0
3
1
  6
12
1
 
Kilmaurs
 
2
0
2
0
  3
  8
0
 
Hurlford Thistle
 
1
0
1
0
  1
  3
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
Owing to Ayrshire Cup ties, no progress was made with the North Ayrshire League competition last Saturday and the above table is the same as appeared in out last issue. Vale of Garnock Strollers and Hurlford Thistle will contest their claim for points tomorrow (28 November 1903).
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 27 November 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE ASSOCIATION MEETING
The usual monthly meeting of the North Ayrshire League Association will be held at Dalry on Monday evening first (7 December 1903) at eight o'clock.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 December 1903

PLAYERS INELIGIBLE FOR REPLAY
Two players who figured in the in the last meeting between Ardeer Thistle and Winton Rovers will not take part in tomorrow's (5 December 1903's) replay. We refer to Reid of Ardeer and McMurray of the Rovers, both of whom are ineligible. We notice that Biggam of Ardeer played with Larkhall Thistle last Saturday (28 November 1903) in an ordinary match. The left-winger is likely to be seen at his post tomorrow, however, endeavouring to uphold the Jags' colours at Ardrossan.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 December 1903

FORMATION OF ARDROSSAN AND DISTRICT FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION?
As the Ayrshire Association decided to debar any of the clubs under their jurisdiction to take part in the competition organised by Ardrossan Celtic Football Club, the next step agreed by the officials of the latter body is to call a meeting of representatives of clubs in North Ayrshire and endeavour to form an Ardrossan and District Association. This meeting will be held in Jarvie's Restaurant, Princes Street, Ardrossan tonight, Friday (4 December 1903) at 7 pm.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 December 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 0 - KILBIRNIE LADESIDE 2
On Saturday last (28 November 1903) at Winton Park, Kilbirnie Ladeside and Ardrossan Winton Rovers decided their Irvine and District Cup tie, third round, which had been postponed for a week owing to the unplayable state of the ground. On this occasion, the pitch was equally as bad, if not worse, than on the previous Saturday, notwithstanding which it was agreed to proceed with the tie. There was a fair attendance of spectators, the severity of the weather, no doubt, affecting the gate. Under these circumstances, the game, needless to say, was anything but a good exhibition of football and the rather forcible methods adopted by several of the players did not tend to improve matters. The Rovers could be credited with having slightly the best of matters in the opening half and, but for their usual weakness at close quarters, might have changed ends with a lead in hand. If the finer points of the game were conspicuous by their absence, the teams certainly did not lack in earnestness, every inch being keenly contested. Towards the interval, Ladeside succeeded in netting the sphere but the point was disallowed on the plea of offside. Previous to this, Wilson, the Rovers' custodian, showed his mettle by the capable manner in which he disposed of several nasty shots. In the course of play, two of the half-backs, McMurray of the home eleven and Crossan of Ladeside, were ordered off the field by the referee for misconduct. The teams crossed over on a level footing, no scoring having been effected. The remaining forty-five minutes were fought out in an equally determined fashion, Ladeside being a shade the abler lot during this period. Reid scored for the Rovers but was adjudged offside. While clearing his charge on one occasion, the home goalkeeper was badly winded by one of the opposing forwards who earned the disapproval of the crowd for his unnecessary horse-play. About fifteen minutes from time, Ladeside were awarded a penalty which Wilson saved at the first attempt. Some of the players, however, had crossed the line prematurely and the kick had to be taken three times ere a goal was granted. The Rovers made desperate attempts to retrieve their ill fortune but were unsuccessful and the issue was placed beyond doubt when the visitors broke away and scored a second goal a few minutes from time. The game, which was finished almost in darkness, thus resulted in a win for Ladeside by two goals to nil.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 December 1903

WINTON PARK DEEMED PLAYABLE WHEN NOT IN FIT STATE
Like most grounds, Winton Park, Ardrossan was not considered to be in a fit state for a cup-tie last Saturday (28 November 1903), still the Irvine and District tie betwixt Kilbirnie Ladeside and Winton Rovers was fought and won. It looked a case of getting the tie played off no matter what the conditions were for if the ground was deemed playable last Saturday, so it was the previous week when the referee adjudged it to be otherwise. It is a pity when teams are asked to play under conditions like those experienced on Saturday but it seems the referee had no say on this particular point and is therefore not to be blamed for the tie being played. The Association secretary and officials of the respective clubs, we believe, were mainly responsible for the game taking place which culminated in favour of the Ladesiders. Under such trying conditions, neither team could be expected to be seen at their best but the fact that Ladeside emerged victorious would seem to impress one with the idea that the winners took more kindly to the mud than the losers. Two of the players, we regret to say, gave way to temper and got marching orders.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 December 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(28 November 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
6
4
1
1
19
  10
9
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
4
2
1
1
10
  8
5
 
Troon Rangers
 
3
2
1
0
  7
  3
4
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
4
1
1
2
  9
11
4
 
Dalry Juniors
 
2
1
0
1
  3
  3
3
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
4
0
3
1
  6
12
1
 
Kilmaurs
 
2
0
2
0
  3
  8
0
 
Hurlford Thistle
 
1
0
1
0
  1
  3
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
Saturday last was a blank so far as the North Ayrshire League competition was concerned. As intimated last week, Dalry Juniors had arranged to play Ardrossan Celtic but the match was declared off owing to Celtic being unable to raise a team. Dalry, we believe, intend to claim the points. According to recent fixtures, Ardrossan Celtic and Winton Rovers should cross League swords tomorrow (5 December 1903) but owing to the protested Ayrshire Cup tie betwixt the Rovers and Ardeer Thistle having been ordered to be replayed on this date, the Celts will have to find other opponents for Saturday first or, if they like, mix with the spectators at Winton Park. The other League fixtures arranged for Saturday first are as under.
   Vale of Garnock Strollers v Dalry Juniors - referee G Brodie, Troon
   Troon Rangers v Kilwinning Thistle - referee L Clifford, Glengarnock
Kilmaurs had also a League fixture with Hurlford Thistle for tomorrow but as the former failed to get through their Scottish tie with Cronberry Eglinton last Saturday, this latter will have first claim on Kilmaurs. Ardrossan Celtic might do worse than fix up with Hurlford Thistle.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 December 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE COMMITTEE MEETING
The monthly committee meeting of the North Ayrshire League was held at Dalry on Monday evening last (7 December 1903), Mr William Logan, president, in the chair. Mr James Craig was appointed treasurer in room of Mr William McBlane who resigned. Kilwinning Thistle was suspended until payment of the Dalry club's claim. The following fixtures were arranged for the month.
   19 December - Hurlford Thistle v Kilmaurs - R Smith, Irvine as referee
                           Dalry Juniors v Troon Rangers - I Clifford, Glengarnock, as referee
   26 December - Vale of Garnock Strollers v Ardrossan Celtic - D Brodie, Dalry, as referee
The next meeting of the Committee will be held at Dalry on 11 January 1904.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 11 December 1903

AYRSHIRE CONSOLATION CUP
Tomorrow, Saturday (12 December 1903), the second round of the Ayrshire consolation Cup ties come up for decision and are as under.
   Ayr Springvale v Doon Athletic or Hurlford Thistle
   Muirkirk Athletic v Cronberry Eglinton or Kilwinning Rangers
   Cumnock Craigbank v Rugby XI
   Newmilns v Ardrossan Winton Rovers
   Kilmaurs v Dalry Juniors
   Darvel v Vale of Garnock Strollers
   Stewarton Juniors v Ardrossan Celtic
   Mossblown or Rankinstone v Benquhat
   Lugar Boswell v Stewarton Cunninghame
Dean Park get a bye.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 11 December 1903

ARDROSSAN FOOTBALL CLUBS NEWS
The protested Ayrshire tie - Winton Rovers v Ardeer Thistle - drew out another large concourse of spectators to Winton Park and the result was the biggest gate taken in the history of the Ardrossan club. The game, however, did not prove a very exciting affair and the form evinced by the Rovers' quintet was perhaps mainly to blame for this state of matters. If they mean to excel in future engagements, they will have to adopt a bolder front when they reach close quarters. In our opinion, it was the Rovers' forwards who lost them the game and with a weak attack, their halves were severely tested and consequently were not so pronounced as they might otherwise have been. As to the backs, they performed their work well and but for them and the custodian, disasters might have been of more frequent occurrence although the three points notched by Ardeer had an element of luck about them. There is no doubt, however, that the better team won and we wish them success in their future engagements. From back to front, Ardeer are a well-balanced pack of juniors and there is an evident understanding between the players which tells against a team lacking this quality. Although defeated, the Rovers need not feel discouraged for, although failing to secure a morsel of comfort, they had almost as much of the play as their opponents. What is wanted is a little more pluck and determination on their part when near goal and with this forthcoming, we think better results would crown their efforts than was experienced last Saturday. Leckie of the Rovers, to our mind, was the most capable back on the field and 'Mattha' found him to be a sore thorn in the flesh. He is a good 'un and we fancy the Jags would be well pleased were he still included in their eleven. Ardrossan Celtic had another day off on Saturday last but we expect them to be on the warpath tomorrow (12 December 1903). As will be noticed form the above Consolation draw, Celtic journey to Stewarton and as the Winton Rovers visit Newmilns in the same interests, a good opportunity is thus offered the Scottish Juvenile Association to have the undecided tie between Montgreenan Bells and Largs Neva played off on one of the local club's grounds. We understand this undecided Scottish tie will be played at Celtic Park .
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 11 December 1903

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 0 - ARDEER THISTLE 3
There was another record crowd at Winton Park on Saturday (5 December 1903) when these old rivals - Winton Rovers and Ardeer Thistle - faced each other for the second time this season to decide which should enter the fourth round of the Ayrshire Cup competition. A protest lodged by the Rovers and sustained by the Association was responsible for the replay but from a financial point of view, there would appear to be little cause for grumbling on either side. In the first match, the Winton Parkers offered such a stubborn resistance to their doughty opponents that enthusiasm in Saturday's contest waxed even stronger than ever throughout the district and with the weather on its best behaviour, a hard and fast tussle was anticipated. The teams were: Ardeer - Montgomery, Robb, Aitken, Galt, McCulloch, Knox, Dunbar, Nicol, Duff, Biggam and Kelso. Rovers - Wilson, Dunlop, Leckie, Fullarton, McCulloch, Findlay, Scott, Anderson, Smith, Goldie and Reid. The pitch was in fairly good condition although not yet recovered from the effects of the rain. The opening phases of the game saw Ardeer first on the aggressive and the Winton backs were thus early put to the test. The pressure was relieved shortly and on the home forwards forcing their way through, Reid missed the first chance of the game by shooting behind. Following this, Ardeer attacked so persistently that Wilson and his supports were kept continually on the qui vive. Twenty minutes from the start, from a well-placed corner, the visitors opened the scoring. The Ardeer citadel received attention in the succeeding exchanges and it was not for lack of opportunities that the Rovers failed to get on even terms. Having tasted blood, however, the Jags were soon at their opponents goal again where the custodian saved cleverly but he was beaten with a high shot from about thirty yards range, the ball curling deceptively into the net ere the keeper seemed to realise the situation and Ardeer stood two up. The Rovers now held their own until half-time thanks greatly to the efforts of their rear division who were the backbone of the team. So far, the play of the home eleven, as a whole, was by no means gratifying to their admirers but, no doubt, judging from previous occasions, an improvement was looked for in the second half. Some give-and-take passages marked the recommencement of hostilities and for a time, the Rovers strove in determined fashion to reduce the margin in the score. The forwards, however, lacked the dash displayed by the Ardeer quintet and seemed unable to get in their stride even for a brief spell with the result that the brunt of the battle rested on the defence. Fully fifteen minutes from time, after stiff pressure, the Thistle notched their third and last point, Wilson in attempting to save, striking one of the uprights with the ball which rebounded into the net. During the remainder of the game, both teams fought tooth and nail, the one striving to increase their lead and the other striving as eagerly to thwart these efforts at any cost. A re-arrangement of the Rovers' front rank seemed to infuse some life into their attack but it was now too late in the day for these measures. The gathering gloom made it difficult to follow the play but no further scoring was effected and the game terminated in favour of Ardeer by three goals to nil. That Ardeer deserved their victory cannot be gainsaid, their superiority being particularly marked in forward play yet the game was not what could be termed of a one-sided nature. The Rovers did not come up to expectations, the goalkeeper and backs being the best of a moderate side.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 11 December 1903
Qui vive, French for 'Who lives?' means lookout.

A second report is given below.

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 0 - ARDEER THISTLE 3
The peculiar nature of the protest lodged by Winton Rovers against the eligibility of James Reid has attracted much attention throughout junior football circles and had the effect of drawing together a large crowd to witness the replay which took place at Winton Park on Saturday last (5 December 1903) when Ardeer again came out winners by three goals to nil. The only benefit derived by the protest is that the exchequer of both clubs has been enriched thereby. When Ardeer last met the Rovers, they created a double record, namely they broke the opponents' record by defeating them for the first time this season on Winton Park and also by participating in the record gate so it was rather a stroke of luck than otherwise that they had to travel to Ardrossan so soon as the attendance was sure to be larger without any increase in expenditure. So far as the game was concerned, it caused no uneasiness either to the Ardeer team or their committee as with them the result was a foregone conclusion. They rather looked upon it as a good practice game in view of their more important fixture next Saturday (12 December 1903) with Kilbirnie Ladeside. The game was somewhat late in starting, the ground team being responsible for the delay. Early in the game, Ardeer became the aggressors and the opposing back division were kept hopping about for all they were worth. For a time, they kept their net clear but virtue has its reward and Nicol, after some nice work, placed the ball between the sticks. The soft nature of the ground greatly hampered the Ardeer forwards from showing their usual combination. They kept hovering around their opponents' goal until another opportunity offered itself and again the ball found the net from the foot of the same player, Nicol. The home forwards tried hard to get close to Montgomery but it was like running against a stone wall so strong was the Ardeer defence. At half-time, the Thistle led by two goals to nil. During the second portion of the game, the Rovers did their utmost to gain a point but the shooting of the forwards was most erratic and they were never very dangerous. The Ardeer at this time were not exerting themselves much - doubtless satisfied with matters as they stood. There were, however, some splendid shots put in, some striking the bar and rebounding into play. The ball travelled the field with little to interest the spectators until Duff got hold of it and, as his custom is, kept hold of it until he gave it the final kick into the net. The game from this point was uninteresting and just as darkness was settling down, Referee Neil sounded time. The back division of Winton Rovers was very sound, particularly Leckie, but his old clubmates are too well accustomed to his particular style of play. Their forward division, however, was found wanting. On the Ardeer side, it would be invidious to particularise any player as they all seemed to take things easier than usual. It might be mentioned, however, that McCulloch seems quite as home at centre-half and it is questionable if Jamie would not serve his club better in that position than in any other. On Saturday first (12 December 1903), Ardeer have as their opponents Kilbirnie Ladeside in the fourth round of the Ayrshire Cup competition. With a good day, this should prove a very interesting game.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 11 December 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(5 December 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
6
4
1
1
19
  10
9
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
4
2
1
1
10
  8
5
 
Troon Rangers
 
3
2
1
0
  7
  3
4
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
4
1
1
2
  9
11
4
 
Dalry Juniors
 
2
1
0
1
  3
  3
3
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
4
0
3
1
  6
12
1
 
Kilmaurs
 
2
0
2
0
  3
  8
0
 
Hurlford Thistle
 
1
0
1
0
  1
  3
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
Last Saturday was again a blank so far as the North Ayrshire League competition is concerned and as the majority of the clubs in the League will find employment in Ayrshire and Consolation interests respectively tomorrow (12 December 1903), little progress can be hoped to be made with the competition for another week.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 11 December 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL NEWS
Dalry Juniors v Troon Rangers and Hurlford Thistle v Kilmaurs were the North Ayrshire League fixtures arranged for Saturday first (19 December 1903) but these will have to be postponed owing to the replayal of the Kilmaurs v Dalry Juniors Consolation tie. The Dalry Juniors journeyed to Kilmaurs last Saturday without four of their usual team - D McAllister, Brownlee, Bell and Roddie - who missed their train to play that team in Ayrshire Consolation Cup interests but the referee pronounced the ground unplayable. A friendly was engaged in which Kilmaurs won by five goals to nil. Among the few Consolation ties played last Saturday, two of the best performances were executed by Vale of Garnock and Ardrossan Celtic respectively. To draw at Darvel with three goals each reflects credit on the Vale's players while Celtic's 5-3 victory at Stewarton places them in the third round for the cup. Ardrossan Winton Rovers, in the same competition, did not come up to expectations against Newmilns and their downfall by four goals to two seems to impress one with the idea that the Rovers are quite a different lot when playing the part of visitors than they are at home. We are told that hardly one of the team showed their customary form though it is but fair to state they lacked the services of one or two of their regulars. It is hoped the Rovers will exhibit their best form tomorrow (19 December 1903) and the struggle between them and Celtic at Winton Park in their unfinished Irvine Herald tie will prove the more interesting and exciting. It will be remembered the teams stood level in the matter of scoring the last time they met to decide this tie which the referee stopped a few minutes from time on account of darkness.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 December 1903

ARDROSSAN AND DISTRICT JUNIOR FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
We are informed that the proposed Ardrossan and District Association was duly formed at a meeting held last Friday (11 December 1903) in Mr Jarvie's Rooms and that office-bearers were appointed. These were: president - Mr Law, Kilbirnie Ladeside; vice-president - Mr Lynch, Kilwinning Rangers; treasurer - Mr Kerr, Ardrossan Celtic; secretary - Mr G O Baird junior, Ardrossan.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 December 1903

STEWARTON JUNIORS 3 - ARDROSSAN CELTIC 5
Ardrossan Celtic journeyed to Stewarton on Saturday last (12 December 1903) to play Stewarton Juniors in the second round of the Consolation Cup. Celtic were minus Lochead, their centre-forward, who has not fully recovered from injuries received at Darvel but a suitable substitute - who, by the way, was expected to turn out at an early date for our near neighbours - filled the vacancy. Stewarton Juniors were without two of their regular players but substitutes were found and the game started a few minutes late. Celts early showed fine play and scored early in the game, a good shot by (James) Hunter finding the mark. Some give-and-take play followed. A combined run by all the forwards resulted in Blair heading a clever goal. The goalkeeper had not the slightest chance as Blair rushed in between the backs and headed the ball to the opposite corner. After this reverse, Stewarton played up better and when half-time arrived, the score stood 2-1 in favour of Celtic. Early in the second half, Celtic took the game in hand and scored other five goals, two being disallowed for offside. With the score 5-1, the Celtic took things easy. In the closing minutes of the game, Stewarton scored a second goal and followed with a third, the result of a penalty for one of the Celtic players deliberately catching the ball inside the penalty line. After the ball was centred, the whistle sounded for the cessation and a one-sided game thus ended in favour of Celtic by five goals to three.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 December 1903

NEWMILNS 4 - ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 2
The shortening days of dreary, dull December render it necessary that travelling teams be put to some inconvenience in order to fulfil their fixtures and the Ardrossan Winton Rovers were obliged to leave early on Saturday forenoon (12 December 1903) that they might reach Newmilns in time to play their Ayrshire Consolation Cup tie with the juniors of that ilk. The weather was of a showery nature and the pitch was in a very bad condition with mud. The Rovers lacked the services of McMurray, Anderson and Smith, the vacancies being filled by reserves. The visitors lost the toss and in the first half, Newmilns played downhill with the advantage of a fairly strong breeze. The latter were the first to score, the goal being the outcome of a free-kick about midfield. The Rovers replied with vigour and McCulloch was the means of putting the teams level again. Newmilns had the best of matters until the interval, adding a couple of goals to their total and ends were changed with the score 3-1 in their favour. The wind abated in the second period, the Rovers being thus deprived of the advantage given their opponents in the opening half and to add to their discomfort, the homesters broke away and registered a fourth point shortly after the resumption. The Winton Parkers played surprisingly well after this and in the latter stages of the game were all over their opponents. Their efforts were only rewarded on one occasion, however, and a well-contested game ended in a win for Newmilns by four goals to two. Scott and McCulloch were the best of the Rovers' forwards and Fullarton the most effective half-back. The rear division lacked its usual solidity and one or two of the goals scored by Newmilns were of the soft order, although Wilson saved shots which were more worthy of success. Owing to an injury received against Ardeer Thistle the previous Saturday, Dunlop at right-back limped badly and could be excused any shortcomings. Tomorrow (19 December 1903), there will be served up at Winton Park another of those tit-bits that delight the partisans of the local clubs - Celtic v Winton Rovers. The occasion is the Irvine Herald Cup tie which was left unfinished several weeks ago and while the Celts will no doubt come to conquer, the Light Blues may be expected to make a great effort to turn the tide of misfortune which has followed them for the past few weeks.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 December 1903

VALE OF WINTON v SALTCOATS SEASIDE THISTLE
Seaside Thistle engaged Vale of Winton at Winton Park on Saturday last (12 December 1903). Seaside lost the toss and had to play against a strong wind. With the aid of the wind, the home team pressed the visitors for about twenty minutes but bad shooting spoiled their efforts.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 December 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(12 December 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
6
4
1
1
19
  10
9
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
4
2
1
1
10
  8
5
 
Troon Rangers
 
3
2
1
0
  7
  3
4
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
4
1
1
2
  9
11
4
 
Dalry Juniors
 
2
1
0
1
  3
  3
3
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
4
0
3
1
  6
12
1
 
Kilmaurs
 
2
0
2
0
  3
  8
0
 
Hurlford Thistle
 
1
0
1
0
  1
  3
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
The above table shows no alteration from last week, no League games taking place on Saturday owing to cup ties.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 December 1903

AYRSHIRE CUP AND CONSOLATION CUP DRAWS
The draw in the semi-final ties for the Ayrshire Cup resulted as follows.
   Troon Rangers v Irvine Meadow XI
   Ardeer Thistle or Kilbirnie Ladeside v Springside
The following is the draw in the third round of the Consolation Cup.
   Mossblown Strollers v Ardeer Thistle or Kilbirnie Ladeside
   Kilwinning Rangers v Lugar Boswell
   Galston Athletic v Newmilns
   Muirkirk or Cronberry v Doon Athletic
   Kilmaurs v Cumnock Craigbank
   Darvel v Kilmarnock Dean Park
   Drongan v Ardrossan Celtic
Ties are to be played on 9 January.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 25 December 1903

WINTON ROVERS SOCIAL AND DANCE
The Winton Rovers held their annual social and dance in the Town Hall (shown at the right of the photo below in the 1910s and now the Masonic Club) last Friday night (18 December 1903) and we are are told it was a jocund gathering and a genuine success. It was perhaps just as well the match with Celtic on the following day was declared off as the Rovers could hardly be expected to be in pink condition after a night's dancing.

            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 25 December 1903

NORTH AYRSHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE
The following table shows the position of the respective clubs in this competition up to and including last Saturday
(19 December 1903).
     
Played
Won
Lost
Drawn
Goals
For
Goals
Against
Points
 
Vale of Garnock Strollers
 
6
4
1
1
19
  10
9
 
Ardrossan Winton Rovers
 
4
2
1
1
10
  8
5
 
Troon Rangers
 
3
2
1
0
  7
  3
4
 
Ardrossan Celtic
 
4
1
1
2
  9
11
4
 
Dalry Juniors
 
2
1
0
1
  3
  3
3
 
Kilwinning Thistle
 
4
0
3
1
  6
12
1
 
Kilmaurs
 
2
0
2
0
  3
  8
0
 
Hurlford Thistle
 
1
0
1
0
  1
  3
0
                                                       Two points for a win and one for a draw.
The North Ayrshire League competition was at a standstill last Saturday and the above table remains untouched. Vale of Garnock Strollers v Ardrossan Celtic were booked to meet tomorrow (26 December 1903) in these interests but the match will have to be put off. The reason for this postponement is due to the fact that Ardrossan Celtic and Winton Rovers failed to play off their long-delayed undecided Irvine Herald tie last Saturday owing to Winton Park being pronounced unplayable by the appointed referee. The local teams hope the ground will allow the tie to be played on Saturday first.
            Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 25 December 1903