Neilston Juniors FC

Neilston Juniors FC were formed on Monday 4th of June 1945 when a public meeting was held in the old wooden clubhouse at Brig O’Lea. Our first league game took place on Saturday 11th of August 1945. It was an away match against Riccarton Bluebell and resulted in a 4-4 draw.  The following Saturday saw Neilston Juniors take the field at Brig O’Lea Stadium for the first time and record a fine 9-0 victory over Kilmarnock Juniors.

Just two years after our formation, the club finished the 1946/47 season as the Western League North champions and also won the Western League Cup and the Renfrewshire Cup.

Renfrew District Council took over Brig O’Lea Stadium in the early 1960’s and built a new clubhouse and installed floodlights for season 1964/65.  The new look stadium was opened on Monday 21st December 1964 when Neilston Juniors played Greenock Morton under the new floodlights.

In 1967 we left the Western League to join the Central League and in our first season we finished runners-up to Petershill in the “B” Division. In season 1970/71 we were “C” Division Champions.

1995 was our 50th Anniversary year, and in all honestly the club could have folded but due to the hard work and determined efforts of everyone at the club we came through.

On the 6th of October 1998 we won our first major trophy in 51 years by defeating Ballieston 5-0 at Fir Park, Motherwell in the Beatons Sectional League Cup Final.

Season 2002/03 saw Neilston Juniors narrowly come close to being crowned the first ever champions of the newly created West Super League Premier Division but we missed out on goal difference to Pollok.

Season 2005/06 was our most successful for 50 years as we finished champions of the Stagecoach Super League 1st Division and won the Carlsberg Sectional League Cup against East Kilbride Thistle 4-3 on penalties after a 0-0 draw at Firhill Stadium to give the club a well deserved double.

2006/07 saw the club get to the quarter finals of the Scottish Junior Cup for only the 4th time in our history and finish in 4th place in the Stagecoach Super League Premier Division.

Relegated at the end of 2008/09 from the Stagecoach Super League Premier The Farmer’s Boys then suffered back to back relegations from the Stagecoach Super First Division to the Central District First Division.

Season 2013/14 saw Neilston clinch the Central District First Division title in a nailbiting finale with Shettleston and a 1-0 victory over Irvine Victoria in the Evening Times Champions’ Cup set up a final with Ayrshire’s Auchinleck Talbot.