On 24 August 1935, Lochgelly Albert beat Denbeath Star, 4-1, in a Fife Junior League match, with prolific striker, Andrew Harley, scoring 3 of the Albert’s goals. Harley had finished the previous season as Fife’s top scorer with 64 in all competitions.
Later that season, on 19 October, Harley scored all 8 goals as the Albert defeated Crossgates Primrose, 8-0, at Gardiners Park.
Falkirk had tried to sign the centre-forward, who also played as a trialist with Alloa, in September.
Despite a disappointing league campaign which saw that Albert end the season in fifth place, by April 1936, Harley had scored an impressive 71 goals.
Lochgelly Albert, thanks to a Harley “hat-trick,” accounted for Denbeath Star by 4-1.
The Star had team difficulties. Scott and Bell were unavailable, and J. Condie and R. Salmond failed to turn up.
Willie Nicholson, of Methilhill, kept goal. “Diddler” Ritchie, a former Star player, now with Methilhill Amateurs, was the outside-left. They were still a player short when they reached Lochgelly, and a local, “Bunny” Calder, turned out at left back. Dunsire, of Kennoway Amateurs, was tried in centre.
The Star had a good share of the game but Calder was below form.
The Albert had a newcomer in Crawford, from Tillicoultry, at left-half, and he played a “blinder.” Taylor, Whyte, and Harley were also prominent. The Evening Telegraph, Tuesday, 27 August 1935, 8.