The second half of 2013 was every bit as eyebrow-raising as the first six months in the Juniors game.

There were unprecedented managerial affairs at Newlandsfield, Somervell Park and the Show Park.

Clydebank and Cumnock got their hands on the early-season silverware, but the shock of all shocks had to be Auchinleck Talbot tumbling out of the Scottish Junior Cup at the third round stage.


Rob Roy winger Kevin Bradley joins Petershill in a move that marks the exit of last term's entire squad.

Stewart Maxwell brings in his own players - including Jim Smith, Marco Andreoni, Ryan Kennedy, Kris Mitchell and Willie Sawyers.

Yoker boss John Brogan signs JP McKeever, Stevie Hopewell and Jamie Crowhurst, but fails to keep stopper Neil Schoneville who goes to Rutherglen Glencairn.

The exodus continues at Keppoch Park where Andy McEwan departs for Kilsyth Rangers, Paul Craig for Beith, Sean Stirling for Renfrew and Davie Kirkwood for Ashfield.

A fire in the old social club at Tinto Park nearly spreads to Benburb's dressing rooms and pavilion while, across the city, St Roch's rename their Provanmill Park as the James McGrory Park in memory of their former player who became a Celtic legend.

Bens gaffer Frank Lovering signs Ross Barr, Shettleston land Cumnock forward Scott Anson, and Chris Zok turns his back on Renfrew to join Cumbernauld.

New Hurlford United chief Darren Henderson signs John Dempster from Glenafton, who appoint Tommy Bryce as their manager and he immediately snaps up John Craig and Finlay Frye.

Arthurlie reinstate Jamie Lyden and Kevin Green as well as Conor Ramsay, while Pollok entice ex-Rob Roy midfielder Thomas Sinclair back into the Junior ranks.


The start of competitive action sees Petershill thump Shettleston 4-0, Vale of Clyde beat Rutherglen 4-1, Euroscot Eng Cup-holders Pollok scrape a 1-0 victory over St Anthony's while former Lok striker Sawyers nets twice as Rob Roy hammer Kilsyth Rangers 6-2.

Ardagh Glass Cup holders Irvine Meadow hand out a 5-0 beating to local rivals Irvine Vics and there's an ominous 10-1 skelping of Kello Rovers by Auchinleck. Shock result of the night is the 7-1 hammering dished out by Lugar Boswell to Glenafton.

Kilbirnie Ladeside wheel and deal by fixing up ex-Senior ace Michael Moore, as well as transferring Ryan Smillie to Petershill and defender Shaun Dillon to Arthurlie.

Auchinleck begin the defence of their Super Premier crown with a 3-1 defeat of last term's runners-up Petershill, promoted Kilbirnie win 3-0 against Arthurlie, and Rob Roy beat Largs Thistle 3-2.

Pollok sign Stevie Waddell from Benburb and run out 2-1 winners against Clydebank, who get a quick opportunity to avenge that defeat as both clubs make it into the Euroscot Eng League Cup final.

In Ayrshire, Cumnock overcome Auchinleck Talbot 1-0 to earn an Ardagh Glass final date with Beith.

The month sees the passing of ex-Cambuslang Rangers icon Willie McAlaney, who loses his battle with Motor Neurone Disease.


Petershill striker Chris Mackie's scoring streak goes on as he bags all his side's goals in a 3-3 draw with Pollok, who engage in a double transfer deal with their city rivals which sees Kevin Bradley join the Newlandsfield outfit while full-back Paul McMenamin moves the other way.

Lok boss John Richardson also brings in Andreoni from Rob Roy and, for a third time, signs defender Graeme McLaren. Auchinleck beat Girvan 5-1 in the Scottish Cup proper and progress into the second round along with Linlithgow Rose and Culter.

Rob Roy release striker Ryan Kennedy, who joins Wishaw, and Peasy captain Ryan Jordan signs for Arthurlie. Kilbirnie let Lee McShane go and replace him with Dumbarton loan signing Joe Coleman.

Pollok lose their Euroscot Eng Sectional League Cup crown as Ciaron McElroy and Andy Patterson secure a 2-0 victory for Clydebank.

Richardson quits as Pollok boss, citing family reasons, and is replaced by his backroom team of Stevie Docherty and Brian McGinty on a caretaker basis. Stevie Mooney resigns at Greenock, but is talked into returning to the Ravenscraig helm, while former Pollok legend Stevie Aitchison takes up a coaching role under ex-team-mate Robert Downs at Bellshill.

Cumnock win a penalty shoot-out (9-8) to pip Beith to the Ardagh Glass Cup following a 1-1 regulation time draw. Glenafton sign Alan Kinney from Renfrew and he nets four goals in a 9-1 Junior Cup demolition of Inverness City,

Docco steers Pollok to a 4-1 win over Luncarty, Irvine Meadow beat Scone Thistle 2-1 and Yoker excel with a 3-1 triumph over Jeanfield Swifts.


One-time Everton signing Joe McAlpine trains at Pollok after being transfer-listed by Rutherglen Glencairn, whose striking reserves are boosted by the addition of Martin McVey. Auchinleck and Culter advance in the Scottish Cup with Talbot overcoming St Cuthbert's to earn a third-round date with Stranraer.

Docco walks out on Pollok after being told he has to apply for the vacant Newlandsfield manager's post. Club officials back down in the face of an alleged dressing-room revolt and appoint him as team manager.

A seventh defeat in seven games is the last straw for East Kilbride Thistle management duo Jason Little and Tom McKenna. Cambuslang Rangers are stunned when long-serving gaffer Alan Wardlaw tenders his resignation amid stories of a fall-out over finances.

Junior Scotland relinquish their Quadrangular Crown after a 3-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland.

Managerial comings and goings continue with Tom Kearney sacked by Girvan, who replace him with former Pollok No.2 Alan Cotton, while Eric Sinclair quits at Kilsyth Rangers then reveals he will stay at the helm until a new man is in place.

There's word of an era coming to an end at Johnstone Burgh where George Walker and Eddie McKim - with more than 70 years' Junior experience between them - reveal they will quit the game at the end of this season.

New Coin Holdings Cup holders Glenafton are first-round fallers against Largs Thistle, Hurlford beat Irvine Meadow 4-2 and Pollok are grateful to Stevie Waddell for netting a second-half double in a 3-2 defeat of Beith.

Wardlaw assumes the hotseat at his home-town club East Kilbride and makes 11 new signings, including former Jags skipper Paul Bain and experienced midfielder Andy McFarlane.

The Somervell Park reins are handed to Alan Shields, who brings in Stevie Moore and Brian Welsh to assist him, but the trio are powerless to stop a mini-exodus of players headed by Thomas "Deco" Kilmartin moving to Rutherglen Glencairn along with ex-Wee Gers winger Jamie "Messi" McLeod. Gordon Dick is transfer-listed and Gavin Rushford joins Arthurlie.

Shields boosts his squad with the signings of Anton Heffron and Darren Moore, but he loses out on midfielder Jamie Doyle, who opts to sign back on at Shettleston.

Petershill need two late penalties in the Scottish Junior Cup to earn a 3-3 draw against St Anthony's, for whom Paddy Cullen nets a hat-trick. Graham Gracie hits five goals in Larkhall Thistle's 7-3 hammering of Kirrie Thistle and Ian Cashmore also scores five as Kilwinning Rangers rout St Ninian's 12-0.


Arthurlie suffer a blow as Stevie Miller hangs up the boots because of family and work commitments, Clydebank re-sign Adam Strachan, Cambuslang defender Bishop joins Glencairn and an arm injury forces St Anthony's stalwart Graham Jaap to call time on his playing career.

Junior football's representation in the Scottish Cup is ended as Auchinleck lose to Stranraer in a third-round replay and Culter exit at the hands of Berwick Rangers.

Ex-Junior international Keith Hogg is made deputy to Eric Sinclair at Kilsyth, Rossvale part company with Ian Gray, Hurlford fix up former Irvine Meadow forward Frank Gibson on his return from Australia while Auchinleck take Gordon Dick on trial at the behest of his Cambuslang boss Shields, who transfer-lists top scorer Steven McClung at his own request and snaps up Craig Miles from Shotts Bon Accord.

There are upsets in the Junior Cup with holders Auchinleck losing 1-0 away to Bo'ness United, Arthurlie exit at Dunbar United, Rob Roy are beaten by Cumnock, while Largs Thistle are 3-2 winners over Kilbirnie Ladeside whose subsequent protest claiming Theesel goalkeeper Grant Weir was ineligible is thrown out on a technicality.

Petershill claim a last-32 place by beating Ballingry Rovers and Larkhall Thistle chalk up one of the best third-round results with a 2-1 win at Banks o'Dee.


A managerial crisis looms at Pollok after a 2-1 defeat by Super Premier strugglers Largs Thistle leads to Stevie Docherty sensationally quitting just two months into the hotseat role.

Lok No.2 Brian McGinty is then shunned by club officials who bring back former gaffer Rab Sneddon as interim manager. Gints walks away from the Southside club where he was voted Player of the Year just six months ago.

Sneddon oversees a 5-2 defeat by Petershill in which goalkeeper Johnny Murdoch is red-carded for throwing his water bottle at a mocking Peasy supporter.

Airdrie player/coach and ex-Lok skipper Paul Lovering is reinstated to Benburb after the senior club sack Jimmy Boyle, Cambuslang transfer McClung to Shettleston and bring in Sean Quinn (Kilwinning Rangers) on loan, Alan Jack returns to the Junior fold as Rossvale boss after a two-year sabbatical and Glenafton sign Auchinleck fringe striker Michael Reilly.

The Evening Times hosts the Scottish Junior Cup fourth-round draw and among the all-West Region pairings pulled from the hat are Irvine Meadow v Petershill, Benburb v Whitletts Vics, Cumnock v Neilston and Larkhall Thistle v Hurlford United.

Troon and Beith look set to battle it out for Super First Division supremacy and the Portland Park outfit underline their ambitions by signing legendary Auchinleck Talbot stopper Gavin Collins.

Sneddon is still in charge as Pollok lose 3-2 to city rivals Petershill and exit the New Coin Holdings Cup, but not without controversy as Lok stopper Graeme McLaren is sent off for allegedly biting the nose of Peasy midfielder Paul Woods, who is also red-carded along with Peasy team-mate Jordan Murch.

Pollok appoint their fourth manager of 2013 in Tony McInally, whose backroom team will be highly-regarded No.2 Stewart Ralston and goalkeeping coach Brian Whelan.