Linlithgow Rose F.C.

Linlithgow Rose Football Club are a Scottish football club based in Linlithgow, West Lothian. The team plays in the East of Scotland Football League Premier Division, the sixth tier of Scottish football, having moved from the junior leagues in 2018.[1]

Linlithgow Rose
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Full nameLinlithgow Rose Football Club
Nickname(s)The Rose, Rosey Posey, The Gallant
Founded1889; 132 years ago (1889)
Braehead Road,
Capacity2,264 (301 seated)
ManagerBrown Ferguson
LeagueEast of Scotland League Premier Division
2020–21East of Scotland League Premier Division (season abandoned)
WebsiteClub website

With playing colours of maroon and white, Linlithgow Rose have won the Scottish Junior Cup four times, in 1965, 2002, 2007 and 2010. Linlithgow also finished as runners-up in 1974, 2003 and 2013.


Formed in 1889[citation needed], their home games have been played, since 1949, at Prestonfield. With a current maximum capacity of 2,264 spectators (301 seated), the record attendance at the ground is 3,626 for a game against Petershill.

The Sinnet yearsEdit

Jim Sinnet arrived at Prestonfield in the Spring of 2001 on the back of a fairly bleak season for the Rose. An immediate impact was felt as he brought in the quality required to challenge. Boris McLaughlin, Buzz Lamont, David Beaton and Iain Gallacher to name a few.

In season 2001/02 The Rose went on what would become one of the most iconic seasons in the history of the club. Led by Gallacher, Linlithgow won the Final John Walker League Trophy and all but one competition entered. The finale being a 1–0 win over Auchinleck Talbot at Firhill, Glasgow in the Scottish Junior Cup coutesry of Jimmy Creaney. Season 2002/03 seen another successful season with the team falling at the final hurdle in the Scottish Junior Cup final in a 1–0 defeat to Tayport at Firhill, Glasgow. Season 2003/04 seen The Rose win their first ever East Region Superleague.

Sinnet made large changes after two fairly barren seasons and 2006/07 saw the Rose re-installed as Junior champions in a Double winning season, winning the Super League and Scottish Junior Cup. Brian Carrigan and Mark Whyte, in the last minute of Extra time, scored the goals to defeat Kelty Hearts 2–1. The game was played at East End Park in front of 5,000 Rose fans.

Due to reforms by the SFA, Linlithgow Rose took part in the 2007–08 Scottish Cup. On 24 November 2007, they beat Dalbeattie Star 1–0 in the third round thanks to a goal from Stuart McArthur in the second minute of the game. They progressed into the fourth round where they were drawn against Queen of the South. Queen of the South won the tie 4–0[2] and progressed to the final, where they lost 3–2 to Rangers.

The Rose also progressed into the fourth round of the 2007–08 Scottish Junior Cup after beating Bo'ness United 1–0 on 1 December 2007. However they were knocked out in the next round. Linlithgow in this period were successful in upgrading Prestonfield to enable full SFA license, allowing the team to compete in the Scottish FA cup indefinitely, a path which is no longer available to any club outside the Senior League Setup.

Jim Sinnet, who was one of the most successful managers in the club's history, resigned during the 2007–08 season. Former Dumbarton and Forfar boss Brian Fairley was later appointed as his successor.

Baikie - Scottish Cup SpecialistEdit

After the resignation of Brian Fairley and his assistant Allan McGonigal in February 2009 the club were put into the temporary control of Ian Gallacher, Mark Bradley and Danny Smith as they searched for a new manager.[3] Dave Baikie was appointed on 24 April 2009.[4]

Linlithgow then won the Scottish Junior Cup again in 2010 with a second half strike from Kevin Donnelly in a 1–0 win over Largs at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock. They also managed to win The East of Scotland Cup in June 2010 against Musselburgh which Linlithgow won 2–1, both goals from Striker Tommy Coyne. Linlithgow finished a close second in the league to near rivals Bo'ness United in the 2009–10 season.

Recent historyEdit

Linlithgow Rose v Nairn County, 2013–14 Scottish Cup first round

Mark Bradley replaced Baikie as manager in December 2011.[5] Over a period of 13 months, Linlithgow went on an unbeaten run of 49 games, only to lose to Auchinleck Talbot in the 2013 Scottish Junior Cup Final. The club remained undefeated throughout the 2012–13 season and won three trophies out of a possible five, securing the East Superleague by 19 points, along with the League Cup, and the Fife & Lothians Cup.

Bradley resigned in March 2014 and was replaced by former player Danny Smith.[6][7] Smith lead the team successfully in the Scottish FA Cup with a 2–0 loss to Raith Rovers, at the time a Championship club, and a Semi final exit to Musselburgh Athletic in the Scottish Junior Cup.

Smith in turn, was replaced in June 2015 by David McGlynn.[8] In January 2016, Linlithgow became the first junior team to reach the last 16 of the Scottish Cup after beating Forfar Athletic.[9] A valiant 4–2 loss to Ross County, who were at that time 4th in the SPL ended the run.

McGlynn resigned as manager in October 2016, with his assistant Todd Lumsden replacing him. A Scottish Junior Cup run to a semi-final loss to Auchinleck Talbot failed to save Lumsden who was sacked in April 2017 when The Rose lay third bottom of the table.[10][11]

Linlithgow re-appointed Mark Bradley as manager in 2017.

Senior footballEdit

The club moved to the East of Scotland Football League in 2018, along with many other East Region junior clubs.[1] In their first season as a senior club, they finished second in Conference C to ensure their place in the Premier Division. The 2019 season started strongly with the Rose making healthy progressions in both the league and the cups. Mark Bradley was sacked on 29 September 2019, the day after a 6–2 defeat by Musselburgh Athletic. The management team and fans both heavily criticized the decision.[12][13]

Former Stenhousemuir F.C and Rangers Academy Coach, Brown Ferguson, took over the role as manager on 13 October 2019.[14]

Scottish Junior Cup finals recordEdit

Linlithgow have a mixed record in the Junior Cup final, winning in four of their seven appearances. As one of the more successful clubs of the modern era, they have reached five finals in the last twenty years, with only Auchinleck Talbot appearing more often in that time.[15]

Season Opponent Result
1964–65 Baillieston Juniors 4–1
1973–74 Cambuslang Rangers 1–3
2001–02 Auchinleck Talbot 1–0
2002–03 Tayport 0–1
2006–07 Kelty Hearts 2–1
2009–10 Largs Thistle 1–0
2012–13 Auchinleck Talbot 0–1

Current squadEdit

As of 28 May 2021[16]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   SCO Scott Stevenson
4 DF   SCO Gary Thom
5 DF   SCO David Brownlie
6 DF   SCO Daniel Nimmo
7 FW   SCO Owen Ronald
8 MF   SCO Ruari MacLennan (captain)
10 FW   SCO Tommy Coyne
11 FW   SCO Kyle Wilson
No. Pos. Nation Player
12 MF   SCO Willis Hare
15 MF   SCO Dean Cairns
17 MF   SCO Craig Donaldson
20 DF   SCO Luke Watt
22 DF   SCO Lewis Crawford
28 MF   COD Arnault Bembo
DF   SCO Liam Allison


Position Name
Manager Brown Ferguson
Assistant Manager Steve Kerrigan
Player/Coach Colin Strickland
GK Coach Myles Hogarth

Season-by-season recordEdit


Season Division Pos. Pld. W D L GD Pts Scottish Cup
Linlithgow Rose
2018–19 East of Scotland League Conference C 2nd 24 20 1 3 +82 61 Second round, losing to Beith Juniors
2019–20 9th† 17 7 3 7 +4 24 Third round, losing to Falkirk

† Season curtailed due to COVID-19 pandemic - Linlithgow Rose finished ninth based on the 'points per game' measure.


Scottish Junior Cup

  • Winners: 1964–65, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2009–10
  • Runners-up: 1973–74, 2002–03, 2012–13

Junior East Super League

Other honoursEdit

  • Edinburgh & District League winners: 1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68
  • East Region Division One winners: 1974–75, 1977–78, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2001–02
  • East of Scotland Cup: 2004–05
  • Fife & Lothians Cup: 1968–69, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
  • East of Scotland Junior Cup: 1953–54, 1964–65, 1967–68, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2009–10
  • East Junior League Cup: 1977–78, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1994–95, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
  • St. Michael's Cup: 1996–97, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04
  • Brown Cup: 1964–65, 1966–67, 1974–75, 1984–85, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02


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  2. ^ "QoS 4–0 Linlithgow Rose". Scottish Cups. BBC Sport. 12 January 2008. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Fairley is new manager". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 12 May 2008.
  4. ^ Dempster, Martin (13 January 2009). "Roy predicts Baikie is the man to make Rose bloom". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
  5. ^ "Former Jambo Bradley is handed reins at Linlithgow". Edinburgh Evening News. Johnston Press. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  6. ^ Gilmour, John; Black, Martin (3 March 2014). "Heavy defeat is last straw as Lithgae boss Bradley resigns". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  7. ^ Thomson, Scott (25 March 2017). "Linlithgow Rose appoint Danny Smith as new boss". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  8. ^ Thomson, Scott (11 June 2015). "I want teams to fear facing my Linlithgow". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Forfar Athletic 0-1 Linlithgow Rose". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Linlithgow Rose appoint Todd Lumsden as manager". Edinburgh Evening News. Johnston Publishing Ltd. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  11. ^ Thomson, Scott (4 May 2017). "Lumsden believes sacking by Linlithgow is a panic reaction". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
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  15. ^ McGlone, David; McLure, Bill (1987). The Juniors - 100 Years. Mainstream. ISBN 1 85158 056 5.
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