Michael Alexander speaks to St Andrews United FC historian Donald Gellatly about a large 12 months of party forward.
It used to be the best day within the historical past of St Andrews United Soccer Membership.
On Would possibly 21, 1960, United travelled to Hampden Park to stand Greenock Juniors within the Scottish Junior Cup Ultimate.
Remarkably, coming on the finish of a season that noticed the St Andrews membership maintain just one loss on how to claiming the Fife League identify, the 11 males who confronted Greenock in entrance of 34,603 fanatics at Scotland’s nationwide stadium had by no means prior to now performed altogether.
The group used to be additionally decided on via the membership committee relatively than the trainer and went into the general as huge underdogs.
Then again, in true ‘Roy of the Rovers’ model, the Fifers returned to St Andrews no longer handiest with the cup after a 3-1 victory however with their own ‘Roy Race’, one Romeo Borella.
The Crail restaurateur beat Tail o’ the Financial institution goalkeeper Mike McGinlay with two terrific solo efforts in the second one part, having switched positions with Jock Fraser from out of doors left to inside of proper on the period.
Long run Rangers and Newcastle United megastar, Willie Penman then added the 3rd.
The victorious squad won a rapturous welcome again in St Andrews when met via 1000’s of cheering locals between the West Port and the The city Corridor.
Captain and long run referee John Hughes held the Scottish Cup out of the group bus window because the procession headed alongside South Boulevard and the heroic avid gamers met the Lord Provost previous to taking part in an extended evening of celebrations on the Go Keys Lodge on Marketplace Sq.….
Because the 60th anniversary approaches, St Andrews United historian and programme editor Donald Gellatly has loved researching the element of that exceptional day.
Then again, with the 2020/21 additionally season marking the centenary of St Andrews United Soccer Membership’s formation, he’s additionally serving to to organise a chain of occasions to mark the larger instance – and he’s hoping that former avid gamers and membership buddies gets in contact.
“The primary downside we confronted while opting for dates for the centenary occasions used to be deciding when the membership used to be if truth be told shaped,” defined Donald.
“The committee of the mid-1980s added the date of 1920 to the professional badge in keeping with recommendation from the Scottish Junior Soccer Affiliation.
“It used to be idea that the present St Andrews United used to be a continuation of a membership referred to as St Andrews Comrades but a snappy on-line seek of the British Nationwide Newspaper Archive two years in the past obviously confirmed the ones two facets have been utterly other outfits.
“Additional analysis led to discovery of the actual date of St Andrews United’s formation, which used to be Would possibly 17, 1921.
“But there are some massive ornamental badges across the flooring at Sport Park that may no longer be simply amended to replicate a date exchange.
“The badge at the professional membership site and fit programmes subsequently displays 1921 because the date of formation, while the crest at the Fb web page nonetheless displays 1920!
“Then again, everyone at the St Andrews United committee is worked up to recognize 2020/21 as being our centenary season and that gives the chance to host occasions this 12 months and the next 12 months.”
Mr Gellatly stated a sub-committee has been shaped to regulate making plans and organisation of centenary occasions.
The primary match within the pipeline to mark the centenary is a night get in combination for a buffet and musical leisure involving supporters and previous avid gamers. Sub-committee chairman Ian ‘Tottie’ Barrie is establishing that serve as for Saturday June 20, 2020 at 7.30 pm.
Membership chairman Johnny Strachan has expressed a need to erect a marquee at the pitch at Sport Park and the plan is to ask quite a lot of former avid gamers in addition to contributors of the area people.
“The precise layout of the night time continues to be to be made up our minds relating to audio system, leisure, meals and pricing,” stated Donald, “however fundraising to hide prices is easily underway, with a contemporary subsidized stroll elevating greater than £800.”
The sub-committee has additionally mentioned generating a commemorative booklet for the dinner that includes a brief historical past of St Andrews United plus a couple of outdated images from the archives.
“I’ve thus spent the remaining 10 months trawling throughout the membership’s leather-bound minute books and outdated newspapers to supply an appropriate evaluate of the remaining century,” persisted Donald, “despite the fact that former committee member Ken Morton is operating on a extra considerable e book at the identical matter.
“An exhibition would doubtlessly happen within the spring of 2021 to coincide with the membership’s 100th birthday and there’s communicate of establishing a unique ‘centenary’ fit round that point, most likely involving glamorous opposition or former avid gamers.
“The present squad can be dressed in a unique equipment during the 2020/21 season and we will be able to announce main points of that or to any extent further plans sooner or later.
“Such concepts come with reverting to the unique membership identify of St Andrews United Products and services only for subsequent season or freeing interviews with former avid gamers.”
Donald added that St Andrews United’s transfer into senior soccer remaining summer time blended with an upturn in fortunes at the pitch this time period has created a feel-good issue at Sport Park that the committee hopes will generate additional enthusiasm and hobby within the membership over the process the centenary season.
*Because the historical past venture starts to take form, the membership is eager to listen to from anyone in ownership of outdated St Andrews United group images which may be scanned or copied. Likewise, Mr Barrie’s sub-committee would have an interest to listen to from any former avid gamers who can be fascinated with attending the celebratory night time on June 20. To get in contact, please touch Donald Gellatly by means of e mail at [email protected] He additionally urges supporters to not disregard the continuing floodlight enchantment:- consult with www.gofundme.com/f/floodlight-fund for extra main points.