Fife and Lothians Cup Champions, 1937
On 5 June 1937 Lochgelly Albert won the Fife and Lothians Cup defeating Tranent Juniors 6-2 at Central Park, Cowdenbeath.
The kick-off was delayed until four o’clock to allow Tranent’s supporters to reach Cowdenbeath, with gate receipts amounting to some £120 (approximately £6,000 by current standards).
Playing against the wind Allan opened the Albert’s account in the sixth minute. Tranent equalised but Albert centre-forward, Harley, put the Fifers ahead at half-time. Harley scored his second early in the second half but Tranent reduced the deficit making it 3-2. However, goals by Allan, Wilson and Harley secured victory for the Albert.
In its first three years the Fife and Lothians Cup competition was won by three Fife teams with Kirkford, Bowhill Rovers and Lochgelly Albert lifting the cup, three clubs all within a radius of six miles of each other.
ALBERT COMPLETE TREBLE. TRANENT OUTPLAYED. £120 “GATE” AT COWDENBEATH. LOCHGELLY ALBERT, by defeating Tranent Juniors in the final of the Fife and Lothian Cup, completed a treble by Fife clubs in this competition. Kirkford were the first to win the trophy, beating West Calder, and Bowhill Rovers disposed of Dunbar United in last season’s final.
The popularity of the competition was emphasised in the “gate,” which realised £120 at Cowdenbeath, figures which may cause Lothian clubs to alter their minds on the question that the event should be scrapped.
Albert were minus the “B” in their name against Tranent. Half-backs Barnes, Malcolm, and White were on their toes all the time. White was the outstanding player afield and had much to do with the success of left-winger Allan.
The Albert ‘keeper Donnachie, was injured in the second half, but carried on in plucky fashion.
Allan’s opening score for Albert was of the unsaveable order. Forbes’ equaliser was also a bonny effort. Harley gave Albert the lead before the interval.
Harley raised Albert’s total early in the second half, and soon after Tranent had reduced the leeway the Fifers ran riot, scoring three times through Allan, Wilson and Harley. The Courier and Advertiser, Monday, 7 June 1937, 4.
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