1975 was not Winton Rovers' best year.

An early goal by young winger Owen Doran was enough to give Winton the points on a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon (8 February 1975).
  Winton dominated play in the first half and could quite easily have gone in at the interval three goals up.  Buffs on the other hand were finding it hard to settle and Mooney in the Winton goal was competent in dealing with the few dangerous situations that did arise.
     It was Kilwinning, however, who set up the first attack with Newman's shot cannoning off Mooney's body for a corner. Winton replied with a goal. A cross from the left found Doran unmarked in front of goal and the winger steadied himself and shot past Foy.
  Encouraged by this early goal Winton began to push forward with enthusiasm and were soon finding big gaps in the Kilwinning defence.  Hay was intelligently breaking from defence and charging up the right wing, McIlroy was causing concern in front of goal and Jim Clarke was effective with his accurate passing.
     It looked as if Winton were going to increase their lead in the seventeenth minute when they were awarded a penalty after McIlroy was brought down in the box.
  McIlroy took the kick but sliced it wide of the post.  Soon after, Brookes met a high cross from Hay and headed against the goalie.  Sandwiched between all this Winton pressure was a Paul Quinn goal which was disallowed for offside.
     Ten minutes after the restart Kilwinning brought on Edgar for John Cunninghame and began to come more into the game.
  Mooney saved a Pratt shot which squirmed its way through a ruck of players and minutes later the same player headed over from a corner kick.  The game began to frustrate the fans as both teams became involved in a dour midfield tussle which did little to raise the spirits of the already frozen spectators.
     Winton managed to raise their game in the dying minutes. and Foy had to make a great save from a McIlroy shot.
  Edgar of Kilwinning was booked for dissent when he kicked the ball away after a decision had gone against him.  Winton won comfortably in the end with good service from Hay, Clarke, Doran, Sanderson, McCann and McIlroy.  Best for Buffs were Foy, Mitchell, Nicol and Graham.  The teams were:
Winton – Mooney, Hay, McColl, McCann, Jaap, Clarke, Doran, Sanderson, McIlroy, Ellis and Brookes with substitutes Hankinson and Murphy.
Kilwinning – Foy, Mitchell, Caine, D Cunninghame, Nicol, Pratt, Fearns, J Cunninghame, Newman, Quinn and Graham.
  The substitutes were Edgar and Thornton.
                 Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 14 February 1975

Meadow hit back after two goal shock
Rovers almost had their moment of glory on Saturday (22 March 1975).  Two goals up against Meadow, they seemed to be in a strong position but Meadow’s fighting spirit asserted itself and in the last quarter of the match, they fought back and equalised.  In the first half, Meadow held the advantage.  Gillespie broke through but shot wide and after Rovers had forced four corners, they were soon back at the home goal.  Gillespie was Meadow’s danger man but he spoiled his trustful play by poor finishing and when he did find the target, Mooney was there to clear.
     Rovers made a great start to the second half and were a goal up with their first move.
  Three passes from the centre brought the ball to Lochiel’s feet and his quick pass found Sinclair in a perfect position to score.  This gave a much needed spark of life to a game which had begun to drag before half time - and it came as a shock to the Meadow side who deserved to be in front after their first half performance.  Irvine replied immediately and Haswell worked his way down the wing to cross for Murray to head inches past the upright, then Johnstone tried another header from just outside the penalty box which gave Mooney a few worried moments before it dropped over for a goal kick.
     Irvine substituted McQuillan for Gillespie – a move which saved them a point at the end but the venom was running in the home side and they went two up through a Clarke goal which crossed the line two feet high going in like a rocker from fourteen yards.
  Murray and Johnstone of Meadow and Jaap of Rovers were booked and this rough spell broke up what little flow the game had developed and let Irvine find their feet again.
     Midway through the second half, they pulled a goal back.
  In a scramble in the Winton goalmouth, Stevenson slipped a clever pass-back to Renfrew who scored from eight yards.  Johnstone continued the onslaught on the home goal with a long drive which brought out the best in keeper Mooney who turned the ball over the bar then a high corner keck came floating over the Winton rearguard and substitute McQuillan proved his worth with a great header which evened the score.  Clarke and Sanderson were working well on the right wing for Rovers but their forwards were never there when it mattered.
     The teams were:
Winton - Mooney; Hay, Jaap, Lochiel, McColl; Clarke, Duffy, Bryceland; Sanderson, McIlroy and Sinclair.
Meadow - Dick; Haswell, Renfrew; Bashford, McCrorie, Adams; Stevenson, Johnstone, Gillespie, Paterson and Murray.
                 Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 28 March 1975

Woodwork to Rovers' Aid
Irvine Vics were in command of this match (on 29 March 1975) from the start and the scoreline is no reflection of the play.  No fewer than six shots bounced off the woodwork of the Winton goal.  The game opened at a fast pace and two goals were scored in the first five minutes.  Vics forced their way down the right into the Winton half and Smillie sent over a beautiful cross which was headed out.  Convery connected and sent the ball back in and Neil prodded it over the line.  Three minutes later, Winton were back on level terms when Clarke was on hand to score close in after a corner on the right.  Vics continued to be the more impressive team and their two trialists settled down quickly, particularly Newman in midfield who helped put their team back into the lead.
Newman took a long throw on the right and the ball went into the penalty area where it broke to Waldron who cracked it home from twelve yards.  Convery had the ball in the net again for Vics with a flying header but the goal was disallowed because of a foul by Neil on the Winton centre-half.  Vics continued to be the more impressive team in the second half but they could not connect with goal, their shots all going just off target.  Player of the match was Smillie.  Waldron also played well for the Irvine team with Cutherbertson as solid as a rock at the back.  Best for a poor Winton side were Clarke and McIlroy.

     The teams were:
Irvine Vics - McVey; Smillie and Dunachie; Struthers, Cuthbertson and Newman; Neil. Newman, Dorman, Waldron and Convery with substitutes Strain and Bonar.
Winton Rovers - Mooney; Hay, Sanderson, Jaap and McColl; Clarke and Ellis; Duffy, Dalgliesh, McIlroy and Thomson with substitutes Thomson and Cassidy.
                 Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 April 1975

Skipper inspires Meadow
Five second-half goals by Meadow completely shattered Winton who had led 2-1 at the interval.
  The game (on 12 April 1975) was a personal triumph for striker Allan Johnstone who grabbed a hat-trick to take his tally for the season to twenty-six goals.  Both goalmouths had narrow escapes in the opening minutes with first Ellis sending a header wide of the mark for Winton them McQuillan bringing out the best in Mooney with a good drive.  In twenty-two minutes, Houston suffered a leg injury and was replaced by Dunne but this did not upset the Meadow rhythm and six minutes later, they took the lead.  Jaap failed to clear his lines and Johnstone pounced on the ball to shoot home from fourteen yards.  Meadow failed to take the initiative after this goal and two minutes later, Winton got a deserved equaliser.  Jaap, whose error allowed Meadow to open the scoring, was on hand to head home a corner.
     Winton piled on the pressure and after several chances were missed, they grabbed an interval lead.
  Again, the goal came from a corner, this time Duffy crashing the ball home from eight yards.  It took Meadow only one minute to get back on level terms.  A throw-out by keeper Dick found Stevenson who passed inside to Patterson.  The inside man raced downfield and completed a wall pass move with Dunne before thundering the ball into the net.  Meadow went into the lead in the fifty-third minute.  From a Stevenson throw-in on the left flank, Johnstone beat three defenders before sending Dunne clear to score.  The Irvine side added a fourth goal in the sixty-sixth minute when Adams, one of Meadow’s best players, capped a fine match by heading home a Stevenson flag kick.  Ten minutes later, Johnstone added number five.  The Meadow skipper completed his hat-trick seven minutes from time when he cleverly rounded Jaap before picking his spot in the net.
     The teams were:

Irvine Meadow – Dick; Houston, Paton; McCrorie, Bashford, Adams; Cochrane, Johnstone, McQuillan, Patterson and Stevenson.
Winton Rovers – Mooney; Hay, McColl; Clarke, Jaap, Frew; Sanderson, Ellis, McIlroy, Duffy and Weir.
                 Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 April 1975