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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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