Hopes were high at the start of the season, but the league was disappointing for Arbroath with a 6th place finish. The league and Scottish Cup competitions were badly disrupted due to very severe weather during the months of January and February. Second round ties in the cup which should have been played in January, were not settled until March, with Arbroath's epic 2nd round tie with Partick Thistle included.
|1||St Johnstone||55||1-2||Kennedy (pen).||0-1|
|2||East Stirling||49||5-2||Vint og, Soutar, Stirling, Gillespie, Kennedy (pen).||0-3|
|4||Hamilton A.||44||3-1||Matthews, Murray, Kennedy (pen).||0-1|
|5||Stranraer||42||6-1||Matthews 2, Soutar, Cameron, Gillespie, Tulloch.||0-2|
|7||Albion Rvs.||38||3-0||Kennedy, Trialist 2.||0-2|
|9||Alloa Ath.||36||2-0||Easson, Murray.||3-1||Gillespie, Tulloch, Soutar.|
|10||Stirling Alb.||36||4-4||Gillespie, Matthews 2, Kennedy.||0-2|
|11||East Fife||36||3-0||Easson 2, Matthews.||3-1||Soutar, Murray 2.|
|12||Dumbarton||34||4-2||Murray, Soutar, Kennedy, Robertson.||1-3||Gillespie.|
|13||Ayr Utd.||34||4-1||Matthews, Cargill, Gillespie, Kennedy.||5-3||Gillespie 4, Easson.|
|14||Queens Park||32||2-1||Kennedy, Murray.||1-1||Tulloch.|
|16||Stenhousemuir||31||4-1||Murray, Easson 2, Kennedy (pen).||2-3||Tulloch, Easson.|
|17||Berwick R.||29||4-0||Stirling, Soutar, Gillespie 2.||2-0||Gillespie, Easson.|
|18||Forfar Ath.||23||1-2||Kennedy (pen).||1-2||Kennedy (pen).|
|19||Brechin C.||9||2-0||Gillespie, Tulloch.||1-0||Easson.|
A spirited show in the league cup saw Arbroath finish up unbeaten with 9 points, runners up by a point to Morton. An unusual fact from the competition is that Arbroath were the only team to remain undefeated in the entire competition for this season.
|1||Morton||10||3-3||Gillespie, Tulloch, Stirling (pen).||2-2||Matthews, Gillespie.|
|3||Alloa Ath.||4||3-0||Gillespie, Tulloch, Cargill.||2-2||Gillespie 2.|
|4||Stirling A.||1||3-2||Tulloch, Cargill, Gillespie.||3-2||Easson 2, Tulloch.|
Other matches were a 2-0 ( Gillespie, Murray ) home win over Dumbarton in the Scottish Cup 1st Round, two friendlies, a 2-2 ( Kennedy (pen), Murray ) draw with Elgin City at Borough Briggs, and a similar result against Dundee 'A' ( Gillespie, Stirling ) at Gayfield. In the Forfarshire Cup, Arbroath defeated local rivals Montrose 5-2 in the semi final, with goals from Kennedy (pen), Gillespie, Tulloch, and two from a trialist striker ( Morrison ) from Aberdeen Sunnybank. In the final, played at Dens Park, the lichties lost 2-1 aet to Dundee Utd, with Easson on target for Arbroath.
John Prentice, who had been appointed as full time manager in April 1960, suddenly resigned in September with no reason given ( he ultimately ended up as manager of Clyde ) after 18 months or so in the job, and later became Scotland's first full time manager in March 1966.
This paved the way for Albert Henderson to take up the reins at Gayfield, and become synonymous with the maroons, and one of the finest managers ever to grace the corridors of Gayfield.
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