1973-74 Scottish League Division Two Final League Table
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As Killie began life in the Second Division, they still found it difficult to find any consistency. After seven games Killie had won only three times. The final straw was the 3-2 home defeat by Berwick Rangers.
Amazingly, Killie went the next fifteen games unbeaten, winning ten and drawing five with Alan Robertson an ever present. In this run, Killie Hammered Forfar 5-1 and Alloa 8-2! During this spell Killie were still involved in the League Cup. They won their section, which included two 4-0 victories against Hamilton and East Stirling. In the next round they defeated St Johnstone 3-1 after extra time. Killie met Albion Rovers in the quarter finals.
On the 24th November 1973, Alan Robertson scored his first goal for Kilmarnock. Killie came back from a 2-0 first leg defeat to hammer the Lanarkshire outfit 5-2. Eddie and Ian Fleming were also on the score sheet as they continued their amazing prolific partnership. Killie then met Dundee in the twice postponed semi final, before going down to a Tommy Gemmill goal. Dundee would defeat Celtic in the final.
So despite getting off to a poor start, Alan and his mates turned the season round in impressive style. Willie Fernie’s (right) men gained a reputation for exciting attacking football. Indeed in the twenty seven league games managed by Willie Fernie in his first season, the team suffered only one defeat. Equally remarkably, the Morrison Fleming double act scored 65 goals between them. Would this open attacking football be found out in the top league?
As the triumphant Killie team prepared for life in the First Division, they did so realising if they didn’t finish in the top ten, they’d again find themselves out of the top league. Scottish football, by way of cutting out ‘meaningless matches’, decided to set up an elite and highly competitive top league of ten teams.
Paper Roses is adopted by supporters as the club anthem.
Billy Dickson is free'ed as the last member of the 1964-65 squad departs Rugby Park.
Jim Stewart (& first team trainer Hugh Allan) represents Killie as part of the 1974 Scottish World Cup squad in W Germany.