Dunfermline Athletic

Centenary Challenge Match

Thursday, 4th Jul 2019

Dunfermline Athletic take on Burntisland Shipyard to celebrate their centenary

A Dunfermline Athletic XI will take on Burntisland Shipyard FC to celebrate their centenary year.

The match will take place at Recreation Park, Burntisland, on Tuesday 6th August with a 7:00pm kick-off.

Entry will be £5/£3 with children being admitted free of charge.

Acccording to Wikipedia: The club was formed from the Burntisland Shipbuilding Company`s recreation fund, which had been established in 1919 by weekly subscription from the workers at the company to establish recreational activities for themselves. This fund allowed for the establishment of a cricket club, bowls club and two football teams, one at junior level, the other at juvenile level.

The recreation club then bought a ground and built a pavilion at it to facilitate the playing of cricket in the summer months and football in the winter. The junior team faded by the early 1920s, but the juvenile team continued to play in local Fife leagues, and it was in 1925 that the Burntisland Shipyard Amateur F.C. that exists at present was properly formed. They joined the Lothian Amateur Football League, and in 1929 they were allowed to enter the Scottish Cup at the qualifying stages.

It is this fact that made them notable, as they remained one of the few clubs outwith the senior ranks (i.e. SPL; SFL, Highland; East; and South leagues) allowed to participate in the Scottish Cup. They were one of four clubs in this category along with Glasgow University, Golspie Sutherland, and since 2004, Girvan.

The club continued to play in the Lothian League until 1959, when they joined the Kirkcaldy and District Amateur League, before entering the Kingdom Caledonian Football League, the competition in which they played until the end of the 2011–12 season.

Burntisland Shipyard were admitted into the East of Scotland Football Association and the East of Scotland Football League before the start of the 2012–13 season.

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