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The 90s

The 1990s was arguably the best spell in Whitehill's history to date. Between 1992 and 1999 the club were League Champions 6 years out of 7 and also lifted the South Qualifying Cup on 6 occasions. The East of Scotland League Cup took up residence in the Rosewell Clubroom 7 times during the decade.

Big Scottish Cup days at Ferguson Park, with 4 figure crowds, were taken for granted. Whitehill, sadly, took no SFL scalps during this period, although they did have a few replays - notably in 1993 when they led Stranraer 3-1 away with 12 minutes to play, before the homesters escaped with a draw.

But the highlight of the decade, and indeed the club's history, came when they defeated Fraserburgh 2-1 at the Bellslea (after a 2-2 draw at home). The draw for Round 3 had already been made and the victors would be at home to Celtic.
The tie was switched to Easter Road for safety reasons. 9 coaches left the village on the 28th of January 1996 and Whitehill were not disgraced in going down 3-0 in front of over 13000.

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175. Mike Lawson and his all-conquering Whitehill have a Civic Reception at Midlothian Council.
176. Davie Smith's squad of 1994-5.
177. Manager Dave Smith shows off his haul in January 1996.
178. Another Scottish Cup photocall.
179. November 1993: Whitehill defeat St Cuthberts 5-0 at Annan to lift the South Qualifying Cup.
180. Committee of 1994-5 with the trophy haul from 93-4 when Dave Smith replaced Mike Lawson mid-season.
181. December 1996 and Mike Lawson's Whitehill come away from Elgin with a resounding 3-0 victory.
182. 1993 and a trip to Hampden for skipper Dougie Samuel.
183. December 1993: Mike Sneddon puts WW 2-1 up at Stranraer.
184. Trophies galore: 1994-5
185. The programme from the replay at Fraserburgh where Whitehill won 2-1 and progressed to meet Celtic.
186. John Bird takes on Jackie McNamara of Celtic.
187. Programme from Celtic match on 28/1/96, the biggest day in the club's history.
188. Match ticket from Easter Road v Celtic.
189. 'Evening News' reporting of the Celtic Match.
190. Whitehill narrowly lose out to QoS after the players battled to clear the pitch of snow.

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