• Season 1973-74
    Season 1973-74

    Scottish League Division Two Runners-Up!

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1973-74 Kilmarnock FC

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.

This turned out to be Walter McRae’s last game in charge. Walter had been manager for five and a half years and attached to the Club for seventeen years, which of course included being Killie coach when the Club won the Championship in 1965. In the 3-2 home defeat, many fans still remembered the glory days vividly and couldn’t accept the further indignation of the home defeat. Scarfs were thrown onto the pitch as the fans made their feeling known.Willie Fernie took over the hot seat and no Killie fan will ever forget his first game in charge. Alan Robertson was now a regular and had made the left back position his own with a series of consistent reliable performances. Fernie’s first game in charge against Airdrie set the tone for the season; open attacking football. Eventual champions Airdrie were over run 4-0, with some outstanding individual performances, most notably from Jim McSherry. The Killie team that day was: Stewart, White, Robertson, McSherry, Rodman, Maxwell, Cook, Fleming, Morrison, Sheed and Smith. The goals were scored by Maxwell, Fleming, McSherry and Morrison. 

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. 

Killie’s fifteen game unbeaten run came to an end with a defeat from Raith Rovers. No other team however, were able to stop the Rugby Park roller coaster hurtling towards the First Division, as Killie remained unbeaten until the end of the season. In the six game period between 27th March and 16th April Killie scored 22 goals, with Ian Fleming scoring two hat-tricks and four braces! On Saturday 27th April 1974, Killie won promotion back to the First Division with a 2-1 victory (after trailing 0-1 at the half), to a Frank Beattie managed Stirling Albion at home.. Probably no need to mention that Ian Fleming and Eddie Morrison scored the goals.

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.


1973-74 Scottish League Division Two Final League Table

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Airdrieonians 36 28 4 4 102 25 77 60
2 Kilmarnock 36 26 6 4 96 44 52 58
3 Hamilton Academical 36 24 7 5 68 38 30 55
4 Queen of the South 36 20 7 9 73 41 32 47
5 Berwick Rangers 36 16 13 7 53 35 18 45
6 Raith Rovers 36 18 9 9 69 48 21 45
7 Stirling Albion 36 17 6 13 76 50 26 40
8 Montrose 36 15 7 14 71 64 7 37
9 Stranraer 36 14 8 14 64 70 −6 36
10 Clydebank 36 13 8 15 47 48 −1 34
11 St. Mirren 36 12 10 14 62 66 −4 34
12 Alloa Athletic 36 15 4 17 47 58 −11 34
13 Cowdenbeath 36 11 9 16 59 85 −26 31
14 Queen's Park 36 12 4 20 42 64 −22 28
15 Stenhousemuir 36 11 5 20 44 59 −15 27
16 East Stirlingshire 36 9 5 22 47 73 −26 23
17 Albion Rovers 36 7 6 23 38 72 −34 20
18 Forfar Athletic 36 5 6 25 42 94 −52 16
19 Brechin City 36 5 4 27 33 99 −66 14


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