Season 2023/4

This was a historic season for the club in that they relinquished the Junior status they had always had and turned Senior, joining the East of Scotland Football League. In the end after a highly competitive season they gained promotion and will next season play in the Second Division which is at tier 8 of the Scottish Pyramid.

EOSFL 2023-4 First Division
Pos Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Dunipace 28 13 1 0 51 13 8 2 4 27 16 49 66
2 St Andrews United 28 12 0 2 40 13 9 0 5 35 25 37 63
3 Whitburn Junior 28 9 2 3 31 16 9 1 4 40 22 33 57
4 Camelon Juniors 28 11 0 3 43 15 6 3 5 29 21 36 54
5 Newtongrange Star 28 10 1 3 34 16 6 4 4 30 22 26 53
6 Heriot Watt University 28 6 4 4 22 17 6 1 7 24 24 5 41
7 Preston Athletic 28 7 2 5 27 26 5 3 6 22 29 -6 41
8 Leith Athletic 28 7 3 4 34 18 4 4 6 29 27 18 37
9 Kirkcaldy & Dysart 28 6 2 6 36 26 5 2 7 22 25 7 37
10 Blackburn United 28 8 1 5 32 27 2 5 7 13 29 -11 36
11 Whitehill Welfare 28 7 3 4 33 25 3 1 10 20 31 -3 34
12 Arniston Rangers 28 5 3 6 20 21 5 1 8 31 39 -9 34
13 Lochore Welfare 27 5 4 5 23 26 3 1 9 14 36 -25 29
14 Oakley United 28 1 3 10 12 35 2 1 11 17 45 -51 13
15 Vale of Leithen 27 0 0 13 15 72 0 0 14 13 62 -106 -3

* Leith Athletic and Vale of Leithen have been deducted 3 points for ineligible players.


Pre Season Friendlies

1/7/2023 Whitburn 2-6 Linlithgow Rose Maguire(12,78)
8/7/2023 Whitburn 3-4 Caledonian Locomotive FC Crawford(23,88), Johnstone80)
11/7/2023 Whitburn 3-2 Bathgate Thistle Crawford(15), Liddell(35), Hamilton(47)
14/7/2023 Whitburn 2-0 Livingston FC XI OG(3), Crawford(39)
22/7/2023 Whitburn 2-1 West Calder United Johnstone, Liddell

East of Scotland Second Division

29/7/2023 Whitburn 4-1 Oakley United Edwards(39,83), Crawford(63), Johnston(79)
2/8/2023 Lochore Welfare 0-5 Whitburn Maguire(1), Crawford(26,70), Edwards(43), Duncan(80)
5/8/2023 Whitehill Welfare 2-3 Whitburn Russell(45+2), OG(59), Crawford(84)
22/8/2023 Whitburn 2-1 Arniston Rangers Liddell(10), Crawford(44)
26/8/2023 Whitburn 4-2 Preston Athletic Crawford(14), Maguire(28,77), Liddell(60)
5/9/2023 Leith Athletic 2-4 Whitburn Hamilton(28), Maguire(44), Crawford(54), Laidlaw(72)
30/9/2023 Whitburn 2-3 St Andrews United McInnes(50), Crawford(60)
14/10/2023 Blackburn United 2-3 Whitburn Liddell(24), Crawford(38), Main(74)
21/10/2023 Camelon 1-2 Whitburn Liddell(54), Hamilton(90+1)
28/10/2023 Vale of Leithen 1-10 Whitburn McGarahan(6,14,38), Thomson(7), Main(9), Crawford(28,33,65), McInnes(35), Hamilton(90)
4/11/2023 Whitburn v Dunipace Match abandonded
11/11/2023 Rosyth 5-3 Whitburn Crawford(37), Liddell(52, 57)
9/12/2023 Newtongrange Star 4-1 Whitburn Henderson(50)
16/12/2023 Heriot Watt University 1-1 Whitburn Watson(11)
13/1/2024 Dunipace 4-2 Whitburn Liddell(25), McInnes(84)
27/1/2024 Whitburn 6-3 Vale of Leithen Liddell(19), Edwards(31), Watson(45+1), Crawford(50), Henderson(71), Johnston(90+2)
3/2/2024 Whitburn 1-1 Dunipace Crawford(75)
10/2/2024 Whitburn 0-1 Camelon  
17/2/2024 Preston Athletic 3-1 Whitburn Liddell(40)
24/2/2024 Arniston Rangers 0-2 Whitburn Crawford(18), Henderson(68)
9/3/2024 Whitburn 0-0 Blackburn  
17/3/2024 Whitburn 1-0 Whitehill Welfare Liddell(64)
16/4/2024 Oakley United 0-4 Whitburn S Watson(44),Crawford(47, 89), Fotheringham(55),
23/4/2024 Whitburn 4-1 Heriot Watt University Crawford(43, 52), Liddell(79), Main(90+4)
27/4/2024 Whitburn 2-0 Leith Athletic Liddell(8), Crawford(53)
30/4/2024 Whitburn 1-0 Kirkcaldy and Dysart Crawford(19)
8/5/2024 St Andrews United 1-0 Whitburn  
11/5/2024 Kirkcaldy and Dysart 1-2 Whitburn Crawford(73), Liddell(90+8)
15/5/2024 Whitburn 3-1 Lochore Welfare Crawford(28), Liddell(38,42)
18/5/2024 Whitburn 1-2 Newtongrange Star Hodge

Winner : Dunipace


East of Scotland League Centenary Cup

Semi-final 15/8/2023 Dunbar United 1-2(AET) Whitburn Crawford(76), Boyle(104)
Final 10/9/2023 Linlithgow Rose 2-3 Whitburn Edwards(21,23), Crawford(34)

Winner : Whitburn Junior


East of Scotland Qualifying Cup

Rnd 1 19/8/2023 Whitburn 4-6 Inverkeithing Johnston(19), Crawford(26, 62), Duncan(59)

Winner : Bo'ness Athletic


Alex Jack Cup

Rnd 1 12/8/2023 Lochore Welfare 1-2 Whitburn Crawford(23, 90+2)
Rnd 2 2/9/2023 Whitburn 3-2(AET) Peebles Rovers Edwards(35), Maguire(72), McGarahan(97)
Rnd 3 23/9/2023 Whitburn 0-2 Arniston Rangers  

Winner :


South Challenge Cup

Rnd 1   Bye  
Rnd 2 16/9/2023 Broxburn Athletic 2-2aet, 4-2 pens Whitburn Liddell(58), McGarahan(82)

Winner : East Kilbride Thistle


King Cup

Rnd 1 TBC Bo'ness Athletic 6-2 Whitburn Edwards(62), Russell(66)

Winner : Heriot Watt University


League Cup

Round 1 2/3/2024 Whitburn 5-1 Stirling University Watson(35), Hodge(42, 68), Liddell(63,88)
Round 2 30/3/2024 Whitburn 5-2 Hawick Royal Albert Watson(21, 90+3), Fotheringham(70), Liddell(73, 77)
Round 3 30/4/2024 Whitburn 1-1, 3-1aet Jeanfield Swifts Liddell(85), Edwards(90+24, 90+26)
Round 4 21/5/2024 Whitburn 2-3 Preston Athletic Liddell, OG

Winner : Sauchie

Scorers

Name Goals
Ross Crawford 30
Darren Liddell 20
Harrison Edwards 10
Sammy Watson 6
Louis Maguire 5
Mick McGarahan 5
Grant Hamilton 3
Jack Henderson 3
Jack Hodge 3
Andy Johnston 3
Owen Main 3
Reece Duncan 2
Ally McInnes 2
Reece Boyle 1
Kevin Fotheringham 2
Adam Laidlaw 1
Martin Russell 1
Zane Russell 1
Andrew Thomson 1
Own goal 1

Player of the Year

The Player of the Year event took place on Saturday May 18 and was a great night enjoyed by all. Ross Crawford won the top goal scorer award with a great total of 31. Sammy Watson was given the award for the player's player and second top scorer (with 21 goals) Darren Liddell took both the Player of the Year and the Supporters Player of the Year. Congratulations to all three. The recent vote for the best goals of the season was also revealed and it will come as no surprise that Ross Crawford's wonder strike at Dunbar came top. Photos of the winners will be posted on the season summary pages when I update it.