Dalbeattie Star F.C.

Dalbeattie Star Football Club is a Scottish association football club based in Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway that currently competes in the Lowland League.

Dalbeattie Star
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Full nameDalbeattie Star Football Club
Nickname(s)The Star
Founded1905, re-formed 1976
GroundIslecroft Stadium, Dalbeattie
Capacity1,320 (100 seated)
ChairmanClark Lamont
ManagerRitchie Maxwell
LeagueLowland League
2019–20Lowland League, 15th of 16
WebsiteClub website

The club had previously played in the South of Scotland Football League.

Home matches are played at Islecroft Stadium in Dalbeattie and as a senior team in Scotland they are eligible to play in the Scottish Cup.

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1905 but folded in 1948. It was re-formed in 1976, playing in the South of Scotland League.

In 2001 Dalbeattie joined the East of Scotland League, playing in the league for eight seasons and finishing as runners-up in 2008–09, before returning to the South of Scotland League.

They reached the third round of the 2008–09 Scottish Cup, before losing to Highland League side Forres Mechanics 2−4 after extra time, following a very creditable 2–2 draw at Mosset Park.

The Star finished runners-up behind Threave Rovers in their first season back in the South of Scotland League, and the Castle Douglas side prevailed again in 2010–11. Although pushed all the way, a 0–2 home defeat by Threave in the penultimate game of the season tipped the title race in favour of the champions.

In 2011–12, Dalbettie won the South of Scotland League for the first time since 1988–89, finishing the league season unbeaten having won 21 of the 24 matches. The title was clinched with a 1–1 draw away to Threave Rovers, the defending champions. As well as the league, the Star also won four cups - the Challenge Cup, League Cup, Potts Cup and the Haig Gordon Cup, meaning the 2011–12 season was one of the best ever in the club's history.

The following season, 2012–13, Star retained the league title with a couple of games to spare, though their long unbeaten league was ended (41 games). The South of Scotland Challenge Cup and the League Cup were also retained with wins over Nithsdale Wanderers and Threave Rovers, and the Tweedie Cup was won with another victory over Threave.

In the summer of 2013 Star joined the newly formed Lowland League. In the inaugural season of the league Star finished a creditable third and though 2013–14 was not trophy laden like the previous two seasons, significant progress was made on the park with some excellent results and performances. There were big disappointments as well, none more so than a second SFA South Region Challenge Cup final defeat in a row, this time to East Kilbride (0–2) at Palmerston.[1] The following season the club finished fourth in the league but again missed out on silverware in the cups. Manager Paul McGinley announced in February that he would be stepping down at the end of the season.[2] Darren Kerr was named as the new boss for 2015–16 season. In his four years in charge, Star won the South of Scotland Challenge Cup twice (2016/17 & 2017/18)[3] and held on to their Lowland League status. At the end of season 2018–19 Kerr left the club by mutual consent[4] and was replaced by Ritchie Maxwell, who had enjoyed a highly successful nine year spell as a player at Islecroft.[5]

Current squadEdit

As of 31 March 2021[6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   SCO Darren Martin
DF   SCO Steven Black
DF   SCO Dean Brotherston
DF   ENG Jack Dickinson
DF   SCO Ryan McChesney
DF   SCO Liam Park
DF   SCO Ross Thomson
DF   SCO Greig Thorburn
MF   SCO Owen Bell
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   SCO Calvin Cowie
MF   SCO Connor Graham
MF   SCO Aiden Kerr
MF   SCO Lewis Sloan
MF   SCO Jack Steele
MF   SCO Lee Wells (captain)
FW   SCO Steven Degnan
FW   SCO Dan Orsi

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Manager Ritchie Maxwell
Coach Chris Jardine
Coach Alan Milligan

Season-by-season recordEdit

Lowland LeagueEdit

Season Div. Pos. Pld. W D L Pts. Scottish Cup
Dalbeattie Star
2013–14 Lowland League 3rd 22 11 7 4 40 2nd Round, losing to Montrose
2014–15 Lowland League 4th 26 11 9 6 42 2nd Round, losing to Linlithgow Rose
2015–16 Lowland League 9th 28 10 6 12 36 1st Round, losing to Fraserburgh
2016–17 Lowland League 5th 30 14 5 11 47 1st Round, losing to Wick Academy
2017–18 Lowland League 14th 30 7 8 15 29 1st Round, losing to BSC Glasgow
2018–19 Lowland League 14th 28 5 7 16 22 1st Round Replay, losing to Kelty Hearts
2019–20 Lowland League 15th† 23 3 2 18 11 1st Round, losing to Gala Fairydean Rovers
2020–21 Lowland League 15th† 10 1 2 7 5 Preliminary Round Two, losing to Huntly

† Season curtailed due to coronavirus pandemic.

HonoursEdit

  • South of Scotland League
    • Winners (11): 1924–25, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1988–89, 2011–12, 2012–13
  • South of Scotland Challenge Cup
    • Winners 1906–07, 1908–09, 1924–25, 1930–31, 1933–34, 1992–93, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2016–17, 2017/18
  • South of Scotland League Cup
    • Winners 1988–89, 1992–93, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
  • East of Scotland League Cup
    • Winners: 2008–09
  • Potts Cup
    • Winners 1924–25, 1932–33, 1982–83, 1985–86, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2011–12
  • J Haig Gordon Memorial Trophy
    • Winners 1977–78, 1983–84, 1988–89, 2011–12
  • Cree Lodge Cup
    • Winners 1980–81, 1984–85
  • Tweedie Cup
    • Winners 1999–00, 2012–13
  • James Brown Fair Play Trophy
    • Winners 1987–88, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2011–12
  • Detroit Trophy (Overall)
    • Winners 1983–84 (share with Annan), 1984–85, 1988–89, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2011–12, 2012–13
  • South of Scotland Cup
    • Winners 1929–30, 1930–31
  • Dumfries & Galloway Cup
    • Winners 1911–12, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1930–31

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Park, Michael (24 May 2014). "East Kilbride lift South Challenge Cup". Scottish Lowland League. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  2. ^ Gillespie, Stuart (6 March 2015). "Dalbeattie Star boss Paul McGinley to quit". dailyrecord. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  3. ^ Gillespie, Stuart (1 June 2018). "Star retain Challenge Cup". dailyrecord. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  4. ^ "CLUB STATEMENT". www.pitchero.com. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  5. ^ Gillespie, Stuart (9 May 2019). "New boss for Dalbeattie Star". dailyrecord. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  6. ^ "The Team - Dalbeattie Star - Dalbeattie Star FC". www.pitchero.com. Retrieved 18 February 2019.

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