1958 - Started well, finished poorly

After 1957's close run, it was time for another change at the top, Mac Galbreath taking over as captain, although Bill Coldwell continued as professional.

Greenock in position to challenge for title

There was a reasonably good start to the season, with wins over Drumpellier, Kelburne and Ayr balanced out by heavy defeats to Kilmarnock and Clydesdale. An exciting 4 run win over Ferguslie followed by an equally close-fought draw with West of Scotland meant the team were in contention for the league at the halfway point of the season. There were good performances in the mid-season friendlies, with Glasgow Accies and Glasgow HSFP well beaten and Coldwell scoring 102 out of 162 for 9 in the drawn match with West Lothian. When the first of the league matches after the break saw Kilmarnock easily overcome, despite an unbeaten century from the Rev Jim Aitchison, it looked as if Greenock would be mounting a strong challenge for the title.

Depressing month of August

But it was not to be, with the month of August turning out to be deeply disappointing. A 9 run defeat to Drumpellier was followed, somewhat ironically, by the best of a draw with Poloc, who would go on to share the title for the second season in a row, this time with Clydesdale. They were then bowled out for less than 70 in two successive matches, firstly by West of Scotland and then by Ferguslie, and by now all hopes of the title had been completely extinguished. A total of 153 could not be defended against Ayr, for whom the precocious Mike Denness compiled a fluent 66 not out. Even a win over Kelburne in the final game of the season could not dispel the feeling that this was a season that promised much but delivered little. A fifth place position in the league table was probably an accurate reflection of the team's performances.

West League Cup still out of reach

The West League Cup campaign yet again never got going. After West of Scotland were defeated in the first match of the group fixtures, the remaining matches were all lost. Since the 1952 victory, success in this competition was proving to be elusive and it seemed that the team had not got to grips with what was needed to achieve positive results in its format.

Coldwell to the fore but lack of bowling evident

Bill Coldwell had another successful season, scoring 658 tuns and taking 41 wickets and the return of Laurence Proverbs to the fold made a big difference, as he compiled 434 runs. Andy Gunn, Ron Irvine, Mac Galbreath and John Gray, who had joined the Club from Kilmarnock, all scored over 200 runs but on the bowling front, apart from Coldwell, only John Simpson with 26 wickets at 8.92 could look back on a successful season. The loss of Duncan Drummond for the second half of the season, due to an injury sustained in the win over Ferguslie, proved to be a handicap that could not be overcome.

This would be Coldwell's last year at the Club. In his three years at Glenpark, he had scored 1827 runs at 30.97 and taken 104 wickets at 17.86, decent figures for a popular player.