Beith F.C.

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Beith
Full name Beith Football Club
Nickname(s) The Cabinet Makers
Founded 1875
Dissolved 1938
Ground Bellsdale Park, Beith

Beith Football Club were a football club based at Bellsdale Park in Beith, Scotland.[1] The club were members of the Scottish Football League from 1923 to 1926.[1]

History[edit]

The club was initially formed in 1875 and were founder members of the Ayrshire Football Association in 1877, but went into abeyance in 1883 and did not re-emerge fully until 1888. Nicknamed 'the cabinet makers', they joined the Ayrshire Football League in 1891 and would later play in the Scottish Football Combination, winning that competition in 1905. Around this time the club featured goalkeeper Hugh McDonald, who later had some success at Woolwich Arsenal. They eventually ended up in the Western League, which was incorporated by the Scottish Football League as its new Third Division for the 1923–24 season.[1]

Beith lasted the Division's three seasons, finishing 7th, 13th and 12th, but were not retained by the League.[1] The club joined the Scottish Football Alliance, playing against Galston and reserve teams of the Scottish Football League First Division clubs.[1] Beith won the Scottish Qualifying Cup in 1928 and won the Scottish Qualifying Cup South in 1932, 1933 and 1935. When the First Division clubs decided that only their reserve teams could play in their reserve league, Beith were left without a competition to play in.[1] The club decided in 1938 to leave the senior ranks and become Beith Juniors.[1] and join the Western League North Division for 1939–40 season.

Stadium[edit]

  • 1875–1882 Gateside Toll
  • 1882–1883 Marshalland
  • 1888–1894 Knockbuckle
  • 1894–1903 James Meadow (Muir Field)
  • 1903–1915 Glebe Park
  • 1919 Kersland Field Glengarnock
  • 1920–1938 Bellsdale Park.

Honours[edit]

  • Scottish Combination League
    • Champions 1904–05
  • Scottish Qualifying Cup
    • Winners 1928
  • Scottish Qualifying Cup South
    • Winners 1932, 1933, 1935
  • Ayrshire FA Challenge Cup
    • Winners 1880, 1924, 1927
  • North Ayrshire Cup
    • Winners 1906, 1924, 1927
  • Ayrshire Qualifying Cup
    • Winners 1927, 1928
  • Ayrshire Consolation Cup
    • Winners 1904
  • Ayr Charity Cup
    • Winners 1908
  • Kilmarnock Charity Cup
    • Winners 1881

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bob Crampsey (1990). The First 100 Years. Scottish Football League. p. 292. ISBN 0-9516433-0-4. 
  • Twydell, Dave (1993). Rejected FC Glasgow & District. Yore Publishing
  • Aitken, John (2013). The Scottish Football League 125. Scottish Non League publishing
  • Aitken, John (2005). West of Scotland Juniors. Scottish Non League publishing
  • Aitken, John (2013). The Scottish Junior Football Association 125 years. Scottish Non League publishing

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