Winton Rovers had some good results in 1980.
ROVERS 1 - NEWTONGRANGE STAR 0
McMillan Makes It A Glory Day
At the end of a gruelling Scottish Cup tie at Winton Park (on 29 January 1980), it was a fair result that only one goal separated two very even sides - and although Winton emerged victors, they will be the first to admit that it was a very close thing indeed. Both teams took a little while to adjust to the heavy conditions and it was only to be expected that there would be the occasional slip-up in the opening stages. Winton were given an early opportunity to open their account when Ramsay - usually very solid in defence - tried to play back to his keeper. He misjudged his kick and keeper Ball had to come rushing out of his area to clear from the onrushing Winton forwards. Newtongrange recovered quickly and soon had Winton pinned in their own half. Mackay, Winton's keeper pulled off some fine saves. In particular, he foiled Newtongrange’s nippy centre Hyslop more than once. Winton absorbed the pressure and soon broke out of defence. Neither side, however, could penetrate the solid defensive wall thrown up by the opposition. The second half started where the first left off with both sides trying to get the upper hand. Chances fell to both sides but it was Winton's McMillan who got the only goal of the match. Thompson beat his man on the wing and put over an inch-perfect close to McMillan who headed past Ball. Both sides continued to push forward but the defences held firm.
The teams were
Winton Rovers – MacKay, Young, Hook, Lochiel, Bain, Thompson, McMillan, Conway, Headley, McGeachie and Stevenson with substitutes Nelson and McNeill.
Newtongrange Star – Ball, Jones, Russell, Aitchieson, Ramsay, Cropley, Alexander, Graindison, Hyslop, Balonowski, and Gilmour with substitutes Fleming and Brown.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 January 1980