Signed for Killie: 1969
Previous Club: Cambuslang Rangers
First Game: Aug 20th 1969 at St Johnsone (SLC)
Last Game: Aug 23rd 1972 at Dundee Utd (SLC)
After Killie: Sold to Dumbarton for £5,000
After scoring 15 league goals in 26 starts, in season 1971-72, Ross was dropped by manager Walter McRae after the 4th League Cup Sectional game (despite netting twice!), to start season 72-73. Ross never played a league match that season for Killie, however he did have a say in Killie's season.
Ross was sold to Dumbarton in Feb of 1973, and scored twice against Killie for the Sons in helping them beat us 4-2 at Boghead. Dumbarton went on to finish 1 point ahead of Killie that season, as Killie were relegated from the first division, for the first time in 19 years. Why Ross was sold no one knows!
“The League Cup was never that great a competition for me as a player but it did get my senior career off to a good start. Back in August, 1969, I made my debut as a Kilmarnock player and I scored both goals in a 2-0 win in the old style League Cup sections against Partick Thistle at Firhill.
“I never had a good run in the competition. However, I did enjoy better runs in the Scottish Cup although I did have the misfortune to lose in two Semi-Finals. The first one came at the end of my first season (1969-70) when Aberdeen beat us 1-0 at Muirton Park with a goal from Derek McKay.”
Derek McKay would then go on to score twice in the Cup Final as Aberdeen defeated Celtic 3-1 with the Dons' player subsequently being known as ‘cup tie McKay', but it was another player who would go on to establish himself as one of the greatest players that this country has produced that put paid to Mathie’s hopes of a Cup Final place two years later.
“We lost that Semi-Final to Celtic 3-1 and a certain Kenny Dalglish scored twice in that one.”