Larkhall Thistle archive of articles, photographs, stories and anything else about the club’s past. The club has a rich and varied history and we will be building it up over the coming months, adding new articles and snippets as we find them.

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  1. Many years ago – to be precise Wednesday 14 May 1986 – I refereed my one and only Junior match, having turned up as a spectator at your local derby and relegation crunch game against the Gow at Craighead. The scheduled ref didn’t appear and David Court, who then was on the Gow’s books and a fellow student at Trinity College [now minister at New Restalrig, Edinburgh] “volunteered” me to do the game, which I did in a borrowed tracksuit and trainers two sizes too small. The Jag won 2-0 and stayed up, though I seem to recall sending off one from each side!! As I approach the end of my reffing days – now largely as assistant in the East of Scotland League though I did line your junior cup tie at Spartans a couple of years back – I’m collating match reports etc as a bit of an archive for the grand-kids and I wondered if anyone had a report of that game? Many thanks and all best wishes

  2. Hi John this game against Spartans was there first ever game in the scottish junior cup and not for the first time the oldest club in junior football met the newest club to enter this level. We had also met Tayport in the 1st. round when they started out in junior football. The game ended in a 1 each draw with Spartans leading with adisputed offside goal we equalised to take Spartans back to Larkhall where we won 1 nil. referee was Mike Taylor who lived within walking distance of Ainslie park and what was unusual about the replay was that he also controlled the replay .The sfa had stopped the old practice of using the same referee for in replays quite a few years earlier. The set up at ainslie park was great but did not have the atmosphere associated with junior football with just the seated stand and a smoking ban throughout the outside area of the whole complex.Hope this helps you

  3. I am looking for help in obtaining a date/result for each of the following;
    1973-74 Glasgow Perthshire v Larkhall Thistle Division B
    1980-81 Glasgow Perthshire v Larkhall Thistle RJ McLeod Trophy 3rd Round
    1980-81 June 10 Glasgow Perthshire v Larkhall Thistle RJ McLeod Trophy 3rd Round Replay
    1992-92 April 23 Larkhall Thistle v Glasgow Perthshire League
    Thanks in advance for any assistance with the above.

  4. i am looking for help on Peter Milne who played in 1953 i have some photos dont no where to start can some one help

    1. Hi, John I can just remember big Peter he was an old fashioned centre forward bustling strong as an ox who specialisied in the old style shoulder charge on keepers who were fair game for getting fired into the net along with the ball. He had a rocket shot and was good in the air. He came to the Thistle from Newarthill Hearts who were a junior club at this time. Peter wa leading goalscorer at Larkie averaging 50 plus goals a season. Hope this helps

  5. Hi John if you want to email the photos to me I’ll put them up on the site and hopefully somebody will be able to help, ian @ (no spaces)

  6. Looking for the results from the following Larkhall Thistle Scottish Junior Cup ties if anyone can help;
    Larkhall Thistle v Irvine Meadow X1 3-3,
    Denny Athletic v Larkhall Thistle
    West Benhar Violet v Larkhall Thistle

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Ian I know I am getting old especially the last 4 months but bit before my time. However I think there is some old records which show results from around this era. Will take me time to dig them out.

  7. My name is brian mcquade I can't find anything about the team I played in the late eighties we won the tom brown league cup at Douglas Park versus pollock can't find any reference to that game

    1. Hi Brian, the website is only 3 years old and only has bits and pieces of the club’s history, most of the reports are from recent games. If you have anything you can contribute about the game or your period at the club or anything else, we would be delighted to put it up on the site.

  8. Hi . Brian I remember the final it was played at Douglas Park I am sure you scored winner against the mighty Pollok. George Dickson (chopper) was the manager.

  9. Can anybody remember the last Lanarkshire cup final played I think it was at coltness juniors and larkhall thistle won 1/0 but looking for scorer and year maybe about 1961 .

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