TWO seasons ago life was a very difficult one for Lochore Welfare as a lack of resources on and off the pitch saw them struggle in the North Division. 

They finished second bottom after picking up just 14 points from 28 games, but things are looking up at Central Park after an appeal to the Benarty public paid dividends. 

A committee of 10 are now running the club and manager Andy Healy has put together a very useful squad full of young talent as the club stays junior and this season play in the South Division.

He also has managed to sign experienced striker Sean Johnstone who has an eye for a goal and several other experienced players and the club can look to be up their challenging for a top half spot for a club with a famous history.

Crosshill was once a prosperous mining village but the decline of this industry had a substantial impact on the community. 

The club can boast over its history of giving some of football’s talented players their first footing on the ladder to stardom. Among these are Willie Johnston, who could often be seen playing for Lochore before going on to play for Rangers and Scotland; and Ian Porterfield, whose greatest moment of glory was scoring the winning goal for Sunderland in the FA Cup final against Leeds United in 1973. Craig Levein was another Lochore old boy who went on to play for Scotland and Hearts.