In 1968 Larkhall Thistle had their best run in the Scottish Cup since winning the cup twice at the beginning of the century, when they went all the way to the semi final – beating some of the biggest names in Scottish junior football along the way.
The run to the semi was as follows:
First Round: Bye
Second Round: Darvel home, won 3-2 came back from 2-0 down
Third Round: Irvine Meadow, won 3-1
Fourth Round: Bo’ness United home, won 2-0
Fifth Round: Inverurie Locos away, won 5-1
Sixth Round: Lochore Welfare away, won 2-1
Semi-final: Glenrothes (East End Park, Dunfermline), lost 4-0
The semi-final at Dunfermline was virtually a home game for the Fife team but if it had not been for the huge travelling support from Larkhall the gate would have been a disaster. Unfortunately the open spaces of East End Park did not suit us and we were well beaten on the day.
The Jags team that played in the semi-final was:
Dave McGavin, Martin Mulhearn, John Dingwall, Mick Lyons, Hugh Kirkland, Bobby Mitchell, Jacky Balloch, Andy Campbell, Rab Brown, Bert Steel, Jim Allen
Veteran Thistle supporter Hugh Kerr reports that, “A lot of tears were shed that day by a lot of grown men after getting so close, because for a club like ours who knows when we would get so close again to the final (which at that time was played at Hampden). Great memories indeed”.
Of these guys Andy Campbell and Jim Allen were capped for Scotland. Tam Armstrong was a regular in the team at the time but unfortunately he was injured for the game and was replaced on the day by John Dingwall.