A Blue Brazil Guide To Div 1
By Alex Horsburgh
Updated Tuesday, 18th May 2010
Looks like Cowdenbeath FC might be gaining a few new or lapsed supporters from August. If you fancy joining Cowden at the summit of their recent achievements here's the other runners and riders.
In the second tier of Scottish football for the first time in 17 years and the first time since four national divisions came into play north of the border. Likely to be tipped as relegation candidates by the press but Blue Brazilians are set to enjoy the ride of eight local derbies and trips to Dingwall and Dundee.
Cowden's traditional local rivals situated six miles away. Rumours are that the Pars got their nickname due to a court case involving a former Cowden manager in the early part of the last century. When the judge said: ''You are the manager of Cowdenbeath FC... are they on a par with Dunfermline? '' He replied: ''No m'laud, we're better!!''
Another derby for the Blue Brazil 12 miles in the other direction. MP for Cowdenbeath and Kirkcaldy and Raith fan, former PM Gordon Brown, prepare to get pelters when Cowden fans take a day trip!
Promoted with Cowdenbeath from Division 2. Always bring a good support to Central Park but hopefully they won't be coming back from 3-0 down to gain a 3-3 draw in the new season.
Not a team Cowden have played a lot over the post war years and Greenock not an away day Cowden fans are used to. The 'Ton did cause the Fifers embarrassment in the League Cup sections of season 1972 / 3 when they hammered the 'Beath 7-2 at Cappielow. A score line to be avoided if Cowden are to be taken seriously in Div 1.
Once a stop off point on pre-season tours of the Highlands when Cowden were struggling in the lower reaches of the SFL and County were a Highland League side. The Cowden fan who said these teams would one day be one step away from the SPL 30 years ago can now be released from his straightjacket.
I have a hunch this will be Cowden's first League game of the new season, as it was 40 years ago when they gained promotion to Division 1 when it was Scotland's top league in a two division set-up. For the record, Dundee won 1-0 at Central Park.
Another old rival from the 1970/1 season when Cowden were the only part time team in a top division of 18 clubs and were relegated after one term in the top flight with 17 points from 34 games. They did, however, beat The Bairns in the League Cup Quarter Finals in 1970/1 before losing to Rangers 2-0 in a Hampden semi final.
Queen of the South
Cowden drew 0-0 with the Dumfries side at Central Park at the end of season 1969/70 to gain the point required for promotion to the old First Division as runners-up to Falkirk. 40 years on another significant side from Cowdenbeath's past are in the same division as the Blue Brazil.
In 1978 the Blue Brazil held the Jags to a 1-1 draw at Firhill in the SFA Cup when Thistle were 5th in the Premier League and Cowden were 9th in Div 2. Roughie was in goals for the Glasgow side and Bertie Auld was the Jags manager. The Jags equaliser that day came SIX minutes into Injury Time. A dodgy penalty put Thistle through in the replay. Revenge was sweet in the early 90's when Cowden went to Firhill in the cup and won 1-0 - thanks to a penalty.
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