Our Scottish Cup meetings with Stenhousemuir

Stenhousemuir are Saturday’s opponents in the third round of the Scottish Cup so club historian John Livingston helped look back on our previous meetings with the Warriors in the competition.

Kilmarnock has been drawn twice before against Stenhousemuir in the Scottish F.A. Cup, and progressed on both occasions, with the latter being after a replay.

The meeting in 1951/52 was actually Kilmarnock’s first win in the competition for 13 years.

Due to the outbreak of the Second World War on 3/9/1939, and the fact they had gone out in the 1st Round in each of the five seasons played since the competition restarted in 1946/47, Kilmarnock’s last win had been in the 1st Round against Berwick Rangers (H 6-1) on 21/1/1939 and they lost a fortnight later in the 2nd Round to Hibernian (A 3-1).

In the five seasons since it restarted in 1946/47, they had lost in the 1st Round to Falkirk (A 2-0) in 1947, to East Fife (A 2-0) in 1948, to Dumbarton (A 5-2) in 1949, to Stirling Albion (H 3-1 in a replay after a 1-1 draw) in 1950 and to East Stirlingshire (A 2-1) in 1951.


1st Round: 26/1/1952 – Kilmarnock 2 (Jack 12, Harvey 18) Stenhousemuir 0 Attendance: 11,649

Killie: Niven, Collins, Hood, Russell, Thyne, Middlemass, Anderson, Harvey, Jack, Cowan, Donaldson. Stenny: W. Allan, Marshall, MacCormick, Sneddon, Millar, McQueen, Cantwell, Brown, Tyrrell, Collins, J. Allan.

Referee: J. Jackson (Glasgow).


a) The inside left (No. 10) in the Stenhousemuir team was Kilmarnock-born Allan Collins, an ex- Kilmarnock player, who played before the Second World War and after it for the Rugby Park club.

b) Kilmarnock lost in the 2nd Round to Aberdeen (A 2-1)


3rd Round: 24/1/1976 – Stenhousemuir 1 (Murdoch pen. 32) Kilmarnock 1 (Sheed 15) attendance: 1,870

Stenny: Dunlop, Rose, McAuley, Murdoch, Gordon, Sage, McPaul (Sinclair), Scott, Wight, Halliday, Simpson. Sub not used: McCulley

Killie: Stewart, McLean, Robertson, McCulloch, Rodman, Maxwell, Provan, Fallis, Sharp, Sheed (Clarke), Smith. Sub not used: McDicken.

Referee: R. M. Hopkins (Markinch)

Replay: 28/1/1976 – Kilmarnock 1 (Smith 72) Stenhousemuir 0 attendance: 4,926

Killie: Stewart, Maxwell, Robertson, McCulloch, Rodman, Clarke, Provan, Fallis, Sharp, Sheed, Smith. Subs not used: McLean, McDicken.

Stenny: Dunlop, Rose, McAuley, Murdoch, Gordon, Sage, McPaul , Scott, Wight, Halliday, Simpson (McCulley). Sub not used: Sinclair

Referee:  R. M. Hopkins (Markinch)


a) The player who scored the penalty for Stenhousemuir in the game at Ochilview Park was Billy Murdoch (No. 4), the younger brother of Celtic and Scotland legend Bobby Murdoch.

The former Celtic and Bristol City wing half impressed Kilmarnock manager Willie Fernie with his displays in both games against Kilmarnock, and the day after the replay he was signed for an undisclosed fee and went on to make his League debut for Kilmarnock in a 2-1 home win over East Fife on 31/1/1976

b)  Kilmarnock went on to beat Falkirk (H 3-1) in the 4th Round, but lost in the Quarter-Finals to Dumbarton (A 2-1).