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Fife Cup

Postby cowdenbeather » Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:47 pm

The AGM of the Fife FA was held on the evening of 28 April 2016 at Bayview. There were a number of topics debated including the future of the Association founded back in 1882. There was a wide ranging and constructive discussion. It was concluded that the continuation of the Fife FA and the Fife Cup remained desirable for the Fife senior clubs. Club representatives agreed to meet in the close season to consider an update to the Fife FA's objectives.

The election of Club representatives/committee produced the following outcome:

David Marshall (East Fife) - Chairman
David Allan (Cowdenbeath) - Vice Chairman
Andrew Beveridge (Burntisland Shipyard)
Margaret Ross (Dunfermline Athletic)
Tom Phillips (Raith Rovers)
Jimmy Stevenson (East Fife) - Secretary

It was decided that the 2014/15 Fife Cup competition be abandoned unfinished whilst the 2015/16 competition saw East Fife deemed as winners after their 1-0 win over Cowdenbeath in the single match played. The draw for next season's competition will be made at the next meeting of the Committee which will also consider format and suitable arrangements to ensure the competition is concluded each season.
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Re: Fife Cup

Postby cowdenbeather » Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:49 pm

Fife Cup 2016/17

Following the recent AGM of the Fife Football Association, a further meeting of the Fife FA committee was held at Burntisland this evening (2nd June). Following these discussions, arrangements were agreed to ensure the Fife Cup competition can be properly completed going forward. The draw then produced the following ties for next season:

Preliminary Round -
East Fife v Burntisland Shipyard

Semi finals -
Raith Rovers v Dunfermline Athletic
Cowdenbeath v East Fife/Burntisland Shipyard

Final -
Raith Rovers/Dunfermline Athletic v Cowdenbeath/East Fife/Burntisland Shipyard
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Re: Fife Cup

Postby BMCCOLL » Sat Jun 04, 2016 6:43 pm

Glad to see the cup's continuing but won't hold my breath on it being completed! Surely with so few clubs, a short snappy tournament could be arranged over a weekend. I've also read that the Stirlingshire Cup won't be played next season although there's the chance it will be demoted to be an under-age competition.
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Re: Fife Cup

Postby MadMac » Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:17 pm

BMCCOLL wrote:Glad to see the cup's continuing but won't hold my breath on it being completed! Surely with so few clubs, a short snappy tournament could be arranged over a weekend.


This was done with the Lanarkshire Cup in the late 70s/early 80s.
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Re: Fife Cup

Postby cowdenbeather » Sun Jun 05, 2016 12:41 pm

A short snappy tournament over a weekend needs to suit all 5 clubs - not easy when each of the 5 clubs have there own differing league and cup and friendly priorities plus pre-season training and under-20 squad or not situations. The best tournaments were held in the 80s and 90s and were pre-season over a weekend but the world has moved on since then. In addition, that format fell out of favour due in part to its popularity - it was popular because it was different, offered more than one match in a day at a venue and thus attracted bigger crowds and most importantly was competitive. Problems re this are 1) Will selected pitch be ready to host 3 matches over 2 days before season, 2) The fact that the short snappy tournament became competitive also meant that injuries and sending offs became more common in the games and managers became loathe to risk these downsides in a less important competition, 3) Policing in a 4/5 team tournament became more complicated with risk of groups of casuals from differing sides coming together.
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Re: Fife Cup

Postby cowdenbeather » Tue May 02, 2017 4:03 pm

Fife Cup final will be played tomorrow at Stark's Park - Raith v Cowden

At the Fife FA AGM in Burntisland the following committee was elected: David Allan (Cowdenbeath) – Chairman, Stephen Mill (East Fife) – Vice Chairman, Tom Phillips (Raith Rovers), Andrew Beveridge (Burntisland Shipyard), Jim Leishman (Dunfermline Athletic), Jim Stevenson (East Fife) – Acting Secretary. The draw for the 2017/18 competition produced the following ties – Preliminary Round – East Fife v Cowdenbeath, Semi Finals – East Fife or Cowdenbeath v Raith Rovers, Dunfermline Athletic v Burntisland Shipyard, Final – Dunfermline Athletic or Burntisland Shipyard v East Fife or Cowdenbeath or Raith Rovers.
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Re: Fife Cup

Postby cowdenbeather » Thu May 04, 2017 7:41 pm

And Cowdenbeath win the Fife Cup by beating Raith Rovers 2-1 in the final at Stark's Park. First time I was ever at a match that was unabandoned! 92 minutes gone Cowden goalie goes to take a goal kick and floodlights fail. After much discussion, ref allows 10 minutes for lighting to be restored. On expiry of that time and still in darkness he abandons game stating there was still 2 minutes to play. Announcement made and fans leave ground. Everyone troops inside. Then shortly after lights come on again. Ref consults SFA by phone and gets two teams to agree to play the final two minutes and game is unabandoned. 2 minutes played in front of the few fans left in the stand and then Cowden lift the trophy.
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Re: Fife Cup

Postby Snuff » Fri May 05, 2017 8:48 am

And Cowdenbeath win the Fife Cup by beating Raith Rovers 2-1 in the final at Stark's Park. First time I was ever at a match that was unabandoned! 92 minutes gone Cowden goalie goes to take a goal kick and floodlights fail. After much discussion, ref allows 10 minutes for lighting to be restored. On expiry of that time and still in darkness he abandons game stating there was still 2 minutes to play. Announcement made and fans leave ground. Everyone troops inside. Then shortly after lights come on again. Ref consults SFA by phone and gets two teams to agree to play the final two minutes and game is unabandoned. 2 minutes played in front of the few fans left in the stand and then Cowden lift the trophy.


Love that - can I say: "Only in Fife".
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Re: Fife Cup

Postby cowdenbeather » Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:28 pm

And Burntisland Shipyard win the 2017/18 Fife Cup - the first time they have ever won the trophy
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Re: Fife Cup

Postby cowdenbeather » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:54 am

And Kelty Hearts join the Fife FA and will be at home to Raith Rovers in their first ever Fife Cup tie next season
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Re: Fife Cup

Postby cowdenbeather » Thu May 10, 2018 4:32 pm

I wrote the history of the Fife Cup just a couple of years ago - but now you have such interesting aspects as Burntisland's first win and Kelty joining the Fife FA (and maybe other clubs soon) which make me wish I could add to it! I also have now had access to the Fife FA's minutes which date back to 1928 and these provide some new insight into some aspects over the years. One thing I have been able to do is to come up with a new and revised list of all Fife Cup Winners which I now have as follows (note that in 1899 Raith won the Cup and had their name engraved on it but later Lochgelly United protested and a replay was ordered. Raith refused to play and Lochgelly were awarded the Cup but promptly refused to accept it. The 1972/73 competition was won by Dunfermline who beat Cowden 3-2 in the final on 2 May 1974. The 1973/74 competition only had one tie played (due in part to impact of three day week, etc) on 2 Apr 1974 East Fife v Burntisland Shipyard 7-0. East Fife were subsequently awarded the 1973/74 Cup at the AGM by virtue of this win. Same sort of thing happened in 1977/78 only tie played 6 Dec 1977 East Fife v Burntisland Shipyard 5-0 - East Fife were awarded Cup at AGM).

1882-83 Dunfermline
1883-84 Dunfermline
1884-85 Cowdenbeath
1885-86 Alloa Athletic
1886-87 Dunfermline Athletic
1887-88 Lassodie
1888-89 Cowdenbeath
1889-90 Cowdenbeath
1890-91 Cowdenbeath
1891-92 Raith Rovers
1892-93 Cowdenbeath
1893-94 Raith Rovers
1894-95 Clackmannan
1895-96 Clackmannan
1896-97 Dunfermline Athletic
1897-98 Raith Rovers
1898-99 withheld
1899-00 not completed
1900-01 Hearts of Beath
1901-02 Cowdenbeath
1902-03 Hearts of Beath
1903-04 Cowdenbeath
1904-05 Cowdenbeath
1905-06 Raith Rovers
1906-07 Kirkcaldy United
1907-08 East Fife
1908-09 Raith Rovers
1909-10 Cowdenbeath
1910-11 Dunfermline Athletic
1911-12 Dunfermline Athletic
1912-13 Kirkcaldy United
1913-14 Dunfermline Athletic
1914-15 Raith Rovers
1915-16 Cowdenbeath
1916-17 Cowdenbeath
1917-18 Dunfermline Athletic
1918-19 no competition
1919-20 Dunfermline Athletic
1920-21 Raith Rovers
1921-22 Raith Rovers
1922-23 Raith Rovers
1923-24 Cowdenbeath
1924-25 Raith Rovers
1925-26 Cowdenbeath
1926-27 Dunfermline Athletic
1927-28 Cowdenbeath
1928-29 Cowdenbeath
1929-30 Raith Rovers
1930-31 East Fife
1931-32 East Fife
1932-33 East Fife
1933-34 Dunfermline Athletic
1934-35 Cowdenbeath
1935-36 East Fife
1936-37 East Fife
1937-38 not completed
1938-39 Dunfermline Athletic
1939-40 not completed
1940-41 no competition
1941-42 no competition
1942-43 no competition
1943-44 no competition
1944-45 no competition
1945-46 East Fife
1946-47 not completed
1947-48 Raith Rovers
1948-49 no competition
1949-50 East Fife
1950-51 not completed
1951-52 East Fife
1952-53 Raith Rovers & East Fife
1953-54 Raith Rovers & East Fife
1954-55 Dunfermline Athletic & Raith Rovers
1955-56 Raith Rovers
1956-57 Raith Rovers
1957-58 Dunfermline Athletic
1958-59 Dunfermline Athletic
1959-60 Dunfermline Athletic & Raith Rovers
1960-61 Dunfermline Athletic
1961-62 Raith Rovers
1962-63 Dunfermline Athletic
1963-64 Dunfermline Athletic
1964-65 Dunfermline Athletic
1965-66 Dunfermline Athletic & Raith Rovers
1966-67 Raith Rovers
1967-68 Raith Rovers
1968-69 Raith Rovers
1969-70 Dunfermline Athletic
1970-71 Cowdenbeath
1971-72 Raith Rovers
1972-73 Dunfermline Athletic
1973-74 East Fife
1974-75 Dunfermline Athletic
1975-76 Raith Rovers
1976-77 Dunfermline Athletic
1977-78 East Fife
1978-79 East Fife
1979-80 Dunfermline Athletic
1980-81 Raith Rovers
1981-82 Dunfermline Athletic
1982-83 Dunfermline Athletic
1983-84 Cowdenbeath
1984-85 East Fife
1985-86 Cowdenbeath
1986-87 Raith Rovers
1987-88 Cowdenbeath
1988-89 Cowdenbeath
1989-90 Raith Rovers
1990-91 Raith Rovers
1991-92 Dunfermline Athletic
1992-93 Raith Rovers
1993-94 Raith Rovers
1994-95 Raith Rovers
1995-96 Cowdenbeath
1996-97 Dunfermline Athletic
1997-98 Raith Rovers
1998-99 Raith Rovers
1999-00 Raith Rovers
2000-01 Dunfermline Athletic
2001-02 Raith Rovers
2002-03 Dunfermline Athletic
2003-04 Raith Rovers
2004-05 East Fife
2005-06 East Fife
2006-07 Dunfermline Athletic
2007-08 East Fife
2008-09 not completed
2009-10 not completed
2010-11 no competition
2011-12 Raith Rovers
2012-13 not completed
2013-14 Cowdenbeath
2014-15 not completed
2015-16 East Fife
2016-17 Cowdenbeath
2017-18 Burntisland Shipyard

Winners
Raith Rovers 33 (plus 5 shared), Dunfermline Athletic 28 (plus 3 shared), Cowdenbeath 24, East Fife 17 (plus 2 shared), Dunfermline 2, Clackmannan 2, Hearts of Beath 2, Kirkcaldy United 2, Alloa Athletic 1, Lassodie 1, Burntisland Shipyard 1.
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Re: Fife Cup

Postby gogsy1968 » Thu May 10, 2018 5:57 pm

Always wondered if the minutes were still around or had been lost over the years. Do they give any mention to games where results seem to be missing?
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Re: Fife Cup

Postby cowdenbeather » Thu May 10, 2018 6:51 pm

gogsy1968 wrote:Always wondered if the minutes were still around or had been lost over the years. Do they give any mention to games where results seem to be missing?

I would need to have a trawl through - but cant see all that many scores recorded
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Re: Fife Cup

Postby gogsy1968 » Thu May 10, 2018 7:18 pm

Thanks
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Re: Fife Cup

Postby ScottishFA » Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:22 pm

Slightly off topic, but there is a medal on ebay just now which I think is from the first Fife Junior Shield final in 1894.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RARE-Antique-silver-gold-Early-Football-watch-fob-medal-Scottish-Edinburgh-1893/362387096704

Can anyone confirm if the W Pont engraved on the back was the Raith Athletic goalkeeper? And what was the result of the final - I can only find the semi-final in the papers?

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