NEWTONGRANGE Star moved into their new home in 1994 – marking the start of a new era in the club’s history.
Redwood Bing, which once stood in sad testimony to the demise of the area’s coal industry, is now the site of a £1.25m football stadium and a new focal point for the former mining community.
The Star, who beat Ayrshire team Auchinleck Talbot 2-0 in Saturday’s gala match to mark the opening of the new facilities, are now optimistic of a bright and successful future at New Victoria Park.
Speaking at the opening of the stadium on Friday, club secretary Gregor Dorans said Newtongrange Star would be the envy of every junior club in Scotland, with the best facilities in the country.
“When players come up here and see the facilities on offer, we will have no difficulty in signing new players. We can now be confident of bringing the Scottish Junior Cup to Newtongrange, which has eluded us for 70 years,” he said.
“The members of Newtongrange Star who have had the foresight to go ahead with this project have once again put the Star in the forefront of Scottish junior football.”
The 5000-capacity stadium – complete with pavilion, covered enclosure and social club – was built by the Walker Group (Scotland) in return for the club’s old Victoria Park ground, which is now being developed for housing.
This satellite image shows the location of New Victoria Park in the north west. The former site of Victoria Park is now a housing area with street names such as Old Star Road and Victoria Gardens.
Regional Councillor Joe Peacock, Walker Group Chairman Mike Walker, LEEL Chairman Bob Maiden, District Councillor Jim Green and District Vice-Convener George Purcell pictured at the turnstiles with Star player Paul Ramsay, committee member Frank Sullivan and Star player Mark Ballantyne.