The arrival of Jim Docherty to Whitburn in the early eighties saw the team finally awaken from being a sleeping giant into a real force in the East Region Junior game, a position we still hold today. Docherty was the first 'real' striker I remember Whitburn having and he had played for Chelsea amongst other senior teams. Whitburn prior to this (from my memory) dodged between the old A and B Division but from 1983 onwards they finally got ambition and promotion. They have stayed in the top division since, the only gap being when they elected not to go into the Super League in it's inaugural year.
Back row (L to R) : Alex Gardner, Jim Docherty, Stevie Hazelton,
David Rooney, Lawrence Meade, Owen Dougan, Jim Cumming, Jim Blair, Colin Sinclair
Front row : John O'Connor, Derek Haston, Billy Newburgh, George Fairley, Archie Morrison, John Stewart
Picture supplied by Bob Malcolm.