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Cowdenbeath

Formed 1882

Elected to Scottish Division Two 1905. Transferred to the Eastern League 1915.

Founder member of the reformed Scottish Division Two 1921. Resigned 1940.

Reinstated to Division "B" 1945.

Kit History

cowdenbeath 1882

1882-1887 b k

cowdenbeath 1887

1887-1889 b k

cowdenbeath 1889

1889-1891 k

Registered as red & white
cowdenbeath 1891

1891-1893 k

Registered as red & white
cowdenbeath 1893

1893-1894 k t

cowdenbeath 1894

1894-1896 k

cowdenbeath 1896

1896-1903 k

cowdenbeath 1903

1903-1905 k

1905-1911 k

cowdenbeath 1911

1911-1920 b k

cowdenbeath 1920

1920-1921 k n

1922-1924 k

cowdenbeath 1924

1924-1925 k

1925-1928 k

cowdenbeath 1927-29 away kit

1927-1929 away k

1928-1930 k

cowdenbeath 1930

1930-1935 k

1935-1940 d k

cowdenbeath 1946

1946-1947 k

cowdenbeath 1948

1948-1949 k

cowdenbeath 1949

1949-1951 c k

cowdenbeath 1954-55

1954-1955 o

cowdenbeath 1955

1955-1959 k

1959-1960 k

cowdenbeath 1961

1961-1962 k

cowdenbeath 1962

1962-1963 k

1963-1965 k

cowdenbeath 1965

1965-1969 k

1969-1970 k

cowdenbeath 1970

1970-1971 f j k

1971-1972 k

1972-1973 k

cowdenbeath 1973

1973-1974 f j k

1974-1975 k

Admiral
cowdenbeath 1975

1975-1977 j

Umbro

1977-1978 j

Bukta
cowdenbeath 1978

1978-1981 i j r

Umbro

1981-1982 k r

Umbro
cowdenbeath 1982-84

1982-1983 r

Umbro
cowdenbeath 1983-84

1983-1984 r

Umbro
cowdenbeath 1984

1984-1986 g l r

Matchwinner
cowdenbeath 1986

1986-1987 f

Matchwinner
cowdenbeath 1987-88

1987-1988 p r

1988-1989 l

cowdenbeath fc 1990-91

1989-1991 r

Spall
cowdenbeath 1991

1991-1993 e i

Spall
cowdenbeath fc 1993-94

1993-1994 r

cowdenbeath 1994-95

1994-1995 r

Paulas Benara
cowdenbeath 1995-96

1995-1996 e r

Paulas Benara
cowdenbeath fc 1996-98

1996-1997 r

Paulas Benara
cowdenbeath 1997-98

1997-1998 u

Paulas Benara
cowdenbeath fc 1998-2000

1998-2000 r

Paulas Benara
cowdenbeath 2000

2000-2001 f i

Paulas Benara

2001-2002 q r

Paulas Benara
cowdenbeath 2002

2001-2002 2 i r

Paulas Benara
cowdenbeath 2002

2002-2003 g h i r

Paulas Benara
cowdenbeath fc 2003-04

2003-2004 r s

Paulas Benara
cowdenbeath 2004

2004-2005 g i

Paulas Benara
cowdenbeath 2005

2005-2006 e i

Nike
cowdenbeath 2006

2006-2007 a e i

Nike

2007-2008 i m

Errea
cowdenbeath 2008-09

2008-2009 a

Errea
cowdenbeath 2009-10

2009-2010 a

Errea
cowdenbeath 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 a

Umbro
cowdenbeath fc 2011-12

2011-2012 a

Umbro
cowdenbeath fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 a

Uhlsport
cowdenbeath fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 a

Uhlsport
cowdenbeath 2014-15

2014-2015 a

Uhlsport
cowdenbeath 2015-16 kit

2015-2016 a

Uhlsport
cowdenbeath 2016-17 1st kit

2016-2017 a

 

Background

cowdenbeath fc 1893-94Cowdenbeath are the oldest surviving football club in the Kingdom of Fife and came into being when Cowdenbeath Rangers, formed by James and John Pollock in 1880, merged with Raith Rovers (formed 1881) in 1882. (There is no connection with the modern Raith Rovers who play nearby in Kirkcaldy – the merged club was probably named after the Raith colliery.) The new club retained the distinctive red, white and blue striped shirts worn by Rangers and was originally known as "The Miners."

The club soon became the strongest team in Fife and in 1905 they were elected to the Scottish Second Division when two vacancies were created by the expansion of the First Division. They went on to win the championship in 1914 and 1915 but were denied a place in the First Division. (This was before automatic promotion and relegation – clubs had to apply for election to the top level.) The Second Division was then suspended for the duration of the Great War and Cowdenbeath joined the Eastern League.

Cowdenbeath joined the reformed Central League in 1920-21. This competition sat outside the existing league structure and members attracted many leading players by paying wages higher than those permitted in the Scottish League. Alarmed at this drain on their members' resources, the Scottish League reinstated the Second Division the following season by incorporating the Central League. The introduction of automatic promotion and relegation was part of the settlement, ending the system of elections that had previously robbed “Cowden” of their place in the First Division. In 1924 the club won promotion and enjoyed ten seasons in the top flight before being relegated in 1934. For a modest club from a small mining community (current population 9,000) this was quite an achievement. In 1939 they ran away with the Second Division championship by a margin of 12 points and made a triumphant return to the First Division. Their star forward, Rab Walls scored a record 54 goals in the championship season.

With half of the 1939-40 season played, Cowdenbeath failed to fulfil one of their fixtures (many of their players had joined the armed forces) and were fined £5,000. Unable to pay, the club was forced to resign but shortly afterwards all competition was suspended and their resignation was later waived.

In 1946, rather than simply resume the pre-war league programme, the Scottish League decided to restructure and Cowdenbeath were one of the unfortunate clubs who, having expected to play in the First Division, were placed in Division B (second tier). After finishing bottom they should have been relegated to the new Division C but it was decided to expand Division B from 14 to 16 clubs and Cowden were reprieved. For the next 30 years, little of note was achieved although they did beat Rangers 3-2 in 1949 in a League Cup tie at Ibrox, the first time the Glasgow club had been lost to a side from the lower division. (Rangers won the second leg and the tie on aggregate).

cowdenbeath fc crest 1984In 1970 Cowdenbeath returned briefly to the First Division only to be relegated the following season. The club crest, designed by the club's announcer and programme editor, Dave Mason, appeared on the club programme for the first time during their brief stay in Division One but it was not until the early 1980s that it featured regularly on the players' shirts. The quarters sometimes appeared with the colours reversed.

cowdenbeath fc crest 1991When the league was restructured in 1975 with the formation of the Premier Division, Cowdenbeath remained in Division Two, now the third tier.

The crest was slightly modified in or around 1991 and, towards the end of the decade, the legend "The Blue Brazil" was added.

cowdenbeath fc crest 1998In 1992 the club won promotion but two disastrous seasons followed: 38 consecutive home matches without a win took them down to the Third Division (fourth tier). They have moved between the lowest two divisions ever since, winning the Third Division title in 2006, their first championship since 1939.

cowdenbeath crest 2015The club’s Central Park ground also hosts stock car racing and a weekly open air market, generating enough revenue to keep the club afloat. Despite the club’s modest status, Cowdenbeath’s supporters have affectionately dubbed them the “Blue Brazil.” Plans were put in hand to sell the decrepit "Fife Maracana" for retail development and move the club to a new home in the southern part of town.

In 2015 the crest was revised. The original, devised in the late 1950s by Dave Mason, the programme editor, in consultation with the players, was only worn on club blazers. This featured a winding wheel, picks and shovels to symbolise the areas mining heritage - these were removed in 1970 with the closure of the last operating pit. The change has been made to celebrate the club's origins, the centenary of winning the Second Division title two years in succession and as a tribute to the players from that team who served in the Great War.

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