Bathgate Thistle F.C.

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Bathgate Thistle
Full name Bathgate Thistle Football Club
Nickname(s) Thistle
Founded 1937
Ground Creamery Park
Hardhill Road
Ground Capacity 2,000
President Jim Walker
Manager Jim Henderson
League SJFA East Premier League
2016-17 SJFA East Premier League, 8th

Bathgate Thistle Football Club are a Scottish junior football club, based in the town of Bathgate, West Lothian. They play in the Scottish Junior Football Association's East Region Premier League.

Nicknamed Thistle, they were formed in 1937 and presently play their home games at Creamery Park, which has room for 2,437 spectators. Their home shirts are blue with a white trim and their away shirts are black with a white trim.

In 2006, Thistle reached the final of the Scottish Junior Cup, losing 2–1 to Auchinleck Talbot at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, in front of around 7,000 spectators. In 2008, the club reached the final again, this time defeating Cumnock Juniors 2–1.[1]

Thistle formed part of a new united community football club involving the town's youth and amateur sides in February 2013.[2] The Junior side is managed since June 2017 by Jim Henderson.[3]


Scottish Junior Cup[edit]

  • Winners: 2007–08
  • Runners-up: 2005–06

Other Honours[edit]

  • East Region Division Two champions: 1986–87, 1990–91
  • East of Scotland Junior Cup winners: 1941–42, 2006–07
  • St. Michael Cup winners: 1940–41, 1959–60, 2000–01
  • Brown Cup winners: 1941–42
  • Thornton Shield winners: 1943–44, 1944–45
  • RL Rae Cup winners: 1965–66 – Manager was William Ross Smith (ex-Partick Thistle, Queen of the South and Berwick Rangers)
  • Fife and Lothians Cup winners: 2009–10


  1. ^ Colin Duncan (2 June 2008). "Junior Cup Final: Bathgate 2-1 Cumnock". Daily Record. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Westbrook, Kieran (21 February 2013). "Football clubs merge to form Bathgate Thistle Community Football Club". West Lothian Courier. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Bathgate Thistle FC [@bathgatethistle] (19 June 2015). "Bathgate Thistle are delighted to announce Andrew Colley as our new manager" (Tweet). Retrieved 3 July 2016 – via Twitter. 

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