Fixture Change (October 9)
The proposed reserve fixture against East Fife on Monday night has been scrapped and Cowden will instead travel to Paisley on Tuesday to play their Reserve League Cup tie against St Mirren. Kick-off is at 7.30pm.
Players honoured (October 8)
Long-serving players Craig Winter and Graeme Brown - who have made over 300 and 200 Cowden appearances respectively - were presented with gifts from junior members of the Supporters Club prior to the home match against Stranraer. Check out the photograph in the pictutre gallery.
Charity match at Central Park (October 7)
Central Park plays host to a charity match between a Fife Select and their Edinburgh counterparts on Sunday 12th October in aid of the Raymond Gunn memorial fund. Raymond was killed during a stock-car meeting at Cowdenbeath earlier this year and the organisers are hoping for support from both the racing and football communities.
Fife will be managed by local celebrity Jim Leishman while former Cowden and current Hearts boss Craig Levein will take charge of the Edinburgh boys. The action begins at 2pm.
Youths ease through (October 5)
Cowden qualified for the third round of the Scottish Youth Cup after scoring an emphatic 4-0 victory over Civil Service Strollers at Humbug Park. The hero of the afternoon was Ryan McCallum who bagged a hat-trick in the second half. Cowden's opening goal came from Conan McDairmid.
New post for Hamish (October 4)
Cowden veteran Hamish French has been appointed by the SFA as community development officer for the West Fife area. Hamish - who has been out with a broken leg for the past 12 months - continues to make steady progress on the training field and still hopes to make a return to the action. The new position will give him the opportunity to impart some of his considerable experience on young footballers from the local area.
Gordon returns (October 3)
Kevin Gordon - who last week missed his first Cowden game in over 50 appearances - will return to the squad as the Blue Brazil prepare to register their first home league win of the season against Stranraer. He played successfully in the reserve match against Raith Rovers and is now back to full fitness. Unfortunately, Ian Morris and Iain Mauchlen are still sidelined with strains, along with long-term injury victims Andy Campbell and John Fallon.
Weir back in dugout (October 2)
Assistant manager Mickey Weir has completed his lengthy touchline ban and will be back in the technical area for Saturday's home fixture against Stranraer. The suspension was imposed for comments made to a linesman last season.
Reserves rescue point (September 30)
A Calvin Shand header earned the reserve side a point in a 1-1 draw with Raith Rovers. It was a creditable performance from the Blue Brazil who were up against an experienced Rovers side, manager Calderon electing to send some of his men the gulag of Central Park after the 7-1 debacle against Ross County.
Supporters Club News (September 29)
Junior members of the Supporters Club are reminded that a presentation will take place at on the Central Park pitch this weekend 2.45pm to honour the achievements of Craig Winter and Graham Brown. All young members wishing to take part in the event are asked to contact Frank Dillon on 01383 610593.
Members are reminded that a general meeting of the supporters club will take place in the bar at Central Park on Saturday prior to the Stranraer match. The meeting will start at 2.15pm and all members are invited to attend.
Five injured for Saturday (September 26)
In addition to long-term injury victims John Fallon and Andy Campbell, Cowden now face the long trek to Elgin on Saturday without Iain Mauchlen and Kevin Gordon who both picked up injuries on the plastic pitch at Dunfermline on Wednesday.
It will be the first time Kevin has missed a game since he signed from East Stirling 15 months ago and his run of 51 consecutive appearances now comes to an end.
Top scorer Ian Morris, who suffered a back injury while training on the plastic surface on Monday, will travel to Elgin but will face a late fitness test.
Calvin Shand returns from suspension while Darren McGregor earns a well-deserved promotion from the youth squad.
Reserve fixture arranged (September 25)
Cowden will play Raith Rovers in a reserve match at Central Park on Monday 29th September. One young man sure to feature is John Slaven, who scored twice for the youths last weekend in their 3-1 victory over Arbroath.
Merchandise available online (September 24)
A range of official Blue Brazil merchandise is now available for ordering via this website. Use the COWDEN SHOP link on the home page to view stock details and prices. All monies raised will go directly to Cowdenbeath FC and this site will receive no commission.
Shand out, Morris in (September 23)
Blue Brazil boss Keith Wright has confirmed that Calvin Shand's dismissal on Saturday was for violent conduct and the young defender therefore automatically misses the CIS Cup-tie against Dunfermline at East End Park on Wednesday night.
Ian Morris returns from suspension and is added to an otherwise unchanged squad with Andy Campbell and John Fallon the only long-term casualties.
Supporters Club Quiz Night (September 23)
There are space for a couple of more teams to enter the quiz night being held at Central Park on Friday night starting at 7.30pm. Non-members of the supporters club are especially welcome to enter. The entry fee is £5.00 per team of four. Further information can be obtained by contacting Frank Dillon on 01383 610593.
Supporters should note that the coach for the match against Elgin will leave Central Park at 10.30am. There are a few seats still available and anyone wishing to travel should contact Frank Dillon.
Supporters should also note there will be a members meeting in the bar at Central Park on Saturday 4 October prior to the match against Stranraer. The meeting will begin at 2.15pm.
Action pictures (September 22)
Club photographer Paul Brown has supplied us with a selection of action pictures from the Gretna game on Saturday and these are featured on the Picture Gallery page.
Shand may miss cup tie (September 22)
Cowden are awaiting word from the SFA to determine whether Calvin Shand - who was sent off against Gretna - will be eligible to participate in the League Cup tie at Dunfermline. Disciplinary points accrued in league matches do not normally apply to cup competitions and vice versa. However, if a red card is awarded for violent conduct, then the player is automatically banned from the next competitive fixture.
Shipyard miss the boat (September 21)
Burntisland Shipyard's gallant bid to reach the first round of the Scottish Cup came to an end when they went down 3-1 against Vale of Leithen in the quarter final of the Qualifying Cup. The Shippy had caused a major upset in the previous round, defeating tournament favourites Annan Athletic on their own patch. Unfortunately, Fife's fifth senior club fell at the final hurdle against the Innerleithen men.
East End free house (September 21)
There will no segregation in force for the League Cup tie at East End Park on Wednesday night. A portion of the main stand has been earmarked for the Cowden faithful but there will be no police controls at the turnstiles.
In an attempt to boost interest in the fixture, the Pars have generously slashed admission prices to £10 and £5. Unusually, season tickets are also valid for the match.
Half century for Kevin (September 20)
Kevin Gordon played his 50th game for Cowden as they went down 1-0 at home against Gretna. Incredibly, Kevin has played in every Blue Brazil fixture since arriving from East Stirling at the beginning of last season.
Broonie is struggling (September 19)
The commanding presence of Graeme Brown is likely to be absent from the Cowden attack when Gretna visit Central Park on League business on Saturday.
The blond striker misses very few games but has been struggling with an Achilles problem since being kicked by a Queens Park defender last Saturday. He has missed all the training sessions this week and is rated very doubtful.
Liam Buchanan and Adam Moffat have been added to last week's squad but Ian Morris serves his automatic suspension after being red-carded against the Spiders.
Strips on sale (September 17)
The Cowdenbeath replica kit for season 2003/04 is currently on sale. Essentially the same design as last season, the shirt displays the name of the club's new sponsor - David Philp Coachworks. Adult jerseys are priced at £38 with children's sizes also available.
The club shop is open on matchdays and is located next to the turnstiles. In addition to the new strips, a complete range of Blue Brazil merchandise is also available. At present, there is no online ordering facility. Anyone from further afield wishing to obtain items can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cowden hit the plastic (September 16)
Cowden will undertake a training session on the synthetic surface at East End Park two days prior to their League Cup tie. The Pars have decreed that all opposing teams will be granted the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new pitch in advance.
Bobby's dazzlers on sale (September 15)
Former Cowden player Bobby Russell is to auction the medals he won as a player with the mighty Rangers. Bobby was part of the all-conquering Gers side of the late 70's and he spent a season at Central Park in his twilight years as assistant manager to John Reilly.
The collection is expected to fetch a five-figure sum when they go under the hammer on October 5th at his testimonial dinner in Glasgow. Bobby is perhaps the most decorated player to turn out for the Blue Brazil, one for David Allan to verify.
Home tie for youths (September 14)
Cowden have been drawn against Civil Service Strollers in the second round of the Scottish Youth Cup. After disposing of Alloa in the previous round, the lads will be confident of making further strides in the competition. The match has been pencilled in for Monday 6th October at Central Park. In the league, the youngsters gained their first victory of the season by beating Alloa 3-1 at Humbug Park, courtesy of a hat-trick from Liam Buchanan.
Cowden wait for Calvin (September 12)
Defender Calvin Shand will undergo a fitness test before Cowden's home game against Queens Park on Saturday to determine whether he has recovered from a groin injury..
Fellow defender Andy Campbell and striker John Fallon have already been ruled out with knee and ankle injuries respectively.
Defender signs on (September 11)
Cowden manager Keith Wright has made yet another shrewd signing with the news that the highly-experienced defender Innes Ritchie has joined the club on a one-year deal.
Ritchie, who recently turned 30, was captain of First Division Arbroath last season and will go straight into the Cowden squad to face Queens Park at Central Park on Saturday.
Travel News (September 11)
The Supporters Club are organising transport to the League Cup match against Dunfermline on 24th September. Fares have been set as follows, Member £3.00, Junior £2.00 and family £4.00. To give non-members of the supporters club a chance to go to the match there will be no surcharge for the bus. Any supporter wishing to go to the match is asked to confirm with Frank Dillon on 01383 610593 as soon as possible to allow suitably sized coaches to be booked. It is anticipated that the coach/s will leave central Park at 6.45pm.
Cup tie tariff announced (September 10)
Dunfermline Athletic have announced that admission prices for the League Cup tie against Cowden at East End Park will be £10 and £5. Credit must be given to the Pars for agreeing to such reasonable rates. It is not yet known which section of the stadium will be allocated to travelling fans.
Wright aiming to boost squad (September 9)
Keith Wright is hoping to add an experienced player to his squad within the next couple of days. The Cowden gaffer is remaining tight-lipped regarding the identity of his target, simply stating that the proposed signing would increase competition for places in the side.
Cup date fixed (September 9)
Cowden's CIS Insurance Cup tie against local rivals Dunfermline Athletic will go ahead on Wednesday, September 24, with a 7.30pm kick-off. Blue Brazil boss Keith Wright hopes to arrange a training session on Pars new plastic pitch on the Monday before the game.
Fallon out for weeks (September 8)
Cowden striker John Fallon sustained a nasty ankle ligaments injury as the reserve side were defeated 2-1 by Arbroath at Central Park. Fallon had earlier scored the Blue Brazil's equalising goal and had also missed a penalty. He will now be out of action for three or four weeks. More news on the tumultuous match can be found on the reserve page.
It's the Pars again (September 5)
Cowden have been drawn against local rivals Dunfermline in the second round of the League Cup. The match will go ahead on the recently-installed plastic pitch at East End Park on September 22/23.
The two sides clashed at Central Park last year in the same competition. The Blue Brazil put up a great fight that night with John Elliot's spectacular opening strike being cancelled out late on as the Pars went on to win the tie 2-1 after extra time.
With the Old Firm receiving a bye into the third round, this was one of the most financially lucrative draws Cowden could have hoped for.
Reserves at home (September 4)
The Cowden 'A' team go in search of their first victory of the season when they entertain Arbroath on Monday evening. The second string recently played a friendly fixture at Kelty. Andrew Mullen takes up the story.....
Kelty Hearts 1 Cowdenbeath 'A' 1
With the absence of a reserve league game last week we took the opportunity to play East Super League league leaders Kelty Hearts at the 'other' Central Park.
Cowden had twice hit the Kelty crossbar before eventually taking the lead after 53 minutes.
Adam Moffat saw a 30 yard shot come crashing off the woodwork just before the interval then, a minute after the restart, Stephen Stewart's effort hit the underside of the bar and was cleared by the home defence.
The goal came from youngster Ryan McCallum who fired home from just inside the box. Three minutes later Ross Matheson became the third Cowden player to strike the bar as we took control of the game. The home side however kept us at bay and grabbed an equaliser with 14 minutes to go.
TEAM: Allan Fleming (Kevin Smith, 83), Brian Ford, Adam Moffat, Andy Campbell, Darren McGregor, Gary Fusco, Stephen Stewart, Ross Matheson, Ryan McCallum (Liam Buchanan, 64), Mark McEwen (John Fallon, 45), Steven Boyle.
Brown rocks Central Park (September 1)
Cowden striker Graeme Brown showed another side of his talent when he appeared with his band Mydas at Cowdenbeath Racewall as part of the three-day speed weekend. Photos from the gig can be found in the picture gallery.
Big crowd at Racewall (August 31)
Central Park hosted yet another large-scale Stock Car meeting and an estimated 4000 fans gathered to watch the World Saloon Championship. The big race was won by Englishman David Aldous and a firework display rounded off the night in fine style.
Youths win through (August 30)
The Cowdenbeath Under-19 side reached the second round of the Scottish Youth Cup after defeating Alloa 2-0 at Recreation Park. Goals from Ryan McCallum and Conan McDairmid proved decisive and the young Blue Brazil now have a home tie against Civil Service Strollers to look forward to.
New strikers named (August 29)
Two young strikers, John Slaven and Dene Shields, will join the Blue Brazil squad before the transfer window closes on Sunday.
Edinburgh-born Slaven, the youngest-ever player to turn out for Carlisle United, is still young enough to qualify for Cowden's youth team but he will be given an opportunity to make his mark at first-team level.
20-year-old Fifer Dene Shields, formerly with Sunderland and Raith Rovers, will join on a loan deal from Brechin City as boss Dick Campbell moves for more experienced players.
Steven Stewart has also been added to the squad from Premier side Dundee to complete an impressive hat-trick of signings by Cowden boss Keith Wright.
Striking it lucky (August 29)
Cowden manager Keith Wright is poised to announce the imminent signing of two new strikers on loan to bolster his squad He said, "The one-year loan deals are 99per cent certain to go through but I wont be naming them until the paperwork is completed."
Meanwhile, Cowden have parted company with former Queen of the South keeper Jamie Campekl whose new job in Glasgow was posing travelling difficulties. Jamie will now look for a club nearer his home.
Youth start Cup campaign (August 29)
The Blue Brazil youth sqaud open their Scottish Cup campaign tonight (Friday) when they meet Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park, kick-off 7.30pm.
Macca away on loan (August 29)
Young Cowden defender Ross MacBride has been loaned to local junior side Crossgates Primrose until the New Year. Manager Keith Wright felt the move would be of benefit to the player, observing "Ross features prominently in my plans for the future but right now he needs to get games under his belt"
Yes, no and maybe (August 28)
Cowden gaffer Keith Wright enjoyed mixed fortunes as he continued his efforts to strengthen the Blue Brazil squad before the August transfer deadline.
Good news is that young Dundee midfielder Steven Stewart will be arriving at Central Park on a loan deal but another target, veteran stopper Innes Ritchie, has signed for Alloa Athletic and will in fact face Cowden in the League Cup-tie at Central Park on Tuesday.
The proposed loan deal involving Edinburgh-born striker John Slaven from Carlisle has hit problems after incidents involving other Carlisle players, fans and police earlier this week. The bottom line seems to be that the Carlisle chairman has too much on his plate this week to finalise the move but Cowden boss Keith Wright is still hoping the deal can be done.
Youths lose opening fixture (August 27)
The Under-19 side made a disappointing start to their league campaign after losing 5-2 at Stirling. Lee Black and Conan McDiarmid were the men on target for the young Blue Brazil. The lads have a big game on Friday evening when they tackle Alloa in the first round of the Scottish Cup. The match takes place at Recreation Park and kicks off at 7.30.
The Ladies XI also opened their season at the weekend and recorded a fine 6-2 victory at Aberdeen.
Ex player news (August 26)
Two former Cowden midfielders have resurfaced in the Junior Super League. Kevin Byle has signed for Linlithgow Rose while John Elliott is turning out for top Fife outfit Tayport.
Supporters EGM looming (August 24)
The Cowdenbeath Supporters Club will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting in the Central Park Bar on Monday 25th August. The main thrust of the gathering is to formalise a constitution for the club. Proceedings start at 7.30pm.
Club officials were delighted at the turn-out for the bus to Montrose which has brought the travel accounts on to an even keel. A healthy number of bookings have already been taken for next week's trip to Falkirk. Anyone wishing to travel should telephone Frank Dillon on 01383 610593 or email him at email@example.com
McInally battling to be fit (August 22)
Left back Dave McInally is Cowden's only concern as they travel to Links Park this weekend to tackle Montrose. McInally tweaked his hamstring in the penalty incident against Albion Rovers but is expected to overcome this minor injury in time for Saturday's trip north.
The squad will be boosted by the return of wide man Iain Mauchlen whose thigh strain has now cleared up. Recent rumours have suggested that Cowden were poised to sign former Stirling front-man Steve Mallan. Manager Keith Wright has spoken to the veteran striker but a combination of financial details and travelling considerations would appear to have put paid to the deal. Mallan is now negotiating with clubs nearer his home town.
Midfielder named (August 22)
It is understood that the right-sided midfielder currently training with the Blue Brazil squad is Dens Park youngster Steven Stewart who could be the subject of a loan deal.
Also training with the first-team squad at long last is popular star Hamish French who continues to make steady progress from his double leg-break.
New arrivals at Central Park (August 21)
17-year-old Carlisle striker John Slaven is expected to join Cowden on a loan deal from Carlisle United. Edinburgh-born John was the youngest player ever to appear in a Carlisle jersey but his club are now ready to let him join the Blue Brazil to gain experience. He has already appeared in a Cowden strip, playing against East Fife in a pre-season friendly at Aberdour.
Legendary Hill of Beath keeper Dave Westwood, who can claim a Dunfermline Athletic appearance in addition to a brief spell at Cowden in the 80's, has been appointed goalkeeping coach with the Blue Brazil.
Scottish League fantasy football (August 21)
Stirling Albion fan Robin Bairner has launched a fantasy football league based on the players in all three divisions of the Scottish Football League. The entry fee is a nominal £2 and cash prizes will be awarded to the top three clubs at the end of the season. You can enter your dream team at Robin's website, which is located at www.geocities.com/scottishff
Reserves in narrow defeat (August 21)
The Cowden reserve side opened their season with a 1-0 defeat at McDiarmid Park against St Johnstone. This site has a page dedicated to the second string and reports from all matches will be featured.
Broonie's band at Central Park (August 20)
Although the Blue Brazil aren't due back at Central Park until mid-September, star striker Graeme Brown will be playing on the hallowed turf on Sunday, 31st August. The occasion will be the world stock car championship weekend and Broonie's band Mydas have been booked to open the show at lunchtime on the Sunday.
Youths back at Humbug (August 19)
The Cowdenbeath Under-19 side have shifted their home base from Dalgety Bay to Humbug Park, Crossgates. However, it is planned to return to the astroturf complex in the Bay once the winter sets in.
The lads - plus a couple of older players - defeated Kelty Hearts Under-21 6-1 in a friendly match as they prepare for the new season which begins on Sunday. The opening match is at Stirling and will be followed by a Scottish Cup tie at Alloa on Friday 29th August.
Reserves return to action (August 17)
The Second XI open their league season with a trip to Perth on Tuesday 19th August to face St Johnstone. The match kicks off at 7.15pm and Blue Brazil boss Keith Wright will blood a couple of trialists as he looks to add extra depth to the squad before the closure of the transfer window.
Youth coaches appointed (August 16)
Cowden have installed Carlo Crolla as the new coach of their under-17 side. Carlo is a well-known face on the Fife Junior scene, having played for and managed Lochgelly Albert and Kirkcaldy YM. Last season he transformed whipping boys Kirkcaldy into a respectable mid-table outfit but opted to leave Denfield Park to take up his new post, where he will work alongside partner Gary McAlpine, another former Lochgelly manager.
Date fixed for youth cup (August 14)
Cowden have arranged to play their Scottish Youth Cup tie against Alloa on Friday 29th August. The venue is Recreation Park and the match goes ahead at 7.30pm. The winners take on Civil Service Strollers in the second round.
Meanwhile, the reserves have been drawn away to St Mirren in the first round of their national competition.
Book selling well (August 13)
Supporters Club secretary Frank Dillon has confirmed that David Allan's book "The Miners" has been selling steadily since its summer launch. The volume is an indispensible guide to the most influential men connected with Cowdenbeath FC over the last 122 years. No matter how long you have been following the Blue Brazil, you will find the lowdown on your heroes in here.
Esteemed Cowden scribe Ron Ferguson has written a review of the publication. Ron is the author of the fabled "Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil", a history of Cowdenbeath Football Club juxtaposed with an account of the growth and decline of the mining industry which bankrolled the town and the club for decades. This highly-recommended book stormed into the Scottish bestseller list upon release and is still in print.
Wasps visit Central Park (August 12)
Cowden have been handed a home tie against Alloa in the first round of the League Cup. It is only a matter of months since the sides clashed in the Scottish Cup, with the Wasps running out 3-2 winners at Central Park. The match is due to take place on September 2/3.
Supporters Club News (August 11)
The Cowdenbeath Supporters Club commitee have been working hard over the summer and are confident that the new management structure will enable the club to function in an efficient manner.
Chairman Dave Tuson has produced a document outlining the roles and reponsibilities of the newly-elected office bearers. A full transcript can be read here.
Local lady scoops jackpot (August 9)
After rolling over for the past year, the Blue Brazil lottery finally threw up a winner when the £5000 prize was claimed by a local resident.
The prize fund now reverts to £100 with weekly increments of £100 until another winner is found. The scheme has been in operation for several years and provides the Blue Brazil with a steady trickle of funds.
Brown stays put (August 8)
Cowden travel to Stirling this weekend for their opening league fixture at Forthbank Stadium. Fans' favourite Graeme Brown is expected to lead the attack as the Blue Brazil aim to get off to a winning start. Manager Keith Wright said "There was some media speculation about Graeme's future but as far as I'm concerned the matter is dead and buried."
Wright will be forced to select a temporary skipper as Craig Winter is serving the final leg of a suspension. Iain Mauchlen will also be absent due to a thigh injury but the squad will be augmented by the arrival of new boy Adam Moffat.
This will be the Blue Brazil's first ever league fixture at the plush Forthbank arena, although they did suffer a 3-2 defeat there in a cup match two years ago. With the bookies apparently content to let Cowden's title odds drift, everyone is hoping that the Blue Brazil can get off to a flyer and make an early impression in the league table.
Coach quits, midfielder arrives (August 6)
Goalkeeping coach Henry Smith, appointed only last month, has parted company with Cowden on the eve of the new season but Blue Brazil boss Keith Wright has revealed he has already taken steps to fill the vacancy.
Wright said, "I can confirm that Henry has left Central Park, partly for financial reasons and partly because of his work commitments which would have caused him problems with our longer trips this season. I have already offered the job to another coach and I am hoping he will accept."
Wright also revealed that 20-year-old midfielder Adam Moffat, formerly with Livingston and Raith Rovers, has agreed to join Cowden. Moffat made three League appearances for Cowden as a teenager.
Berwick boss at Central Park (August 4)
Berwick Rangers gaffer Paul Smith and a Shielfield official were spotted at Central Park on Saturday and sources in the Borders suggest that Cowden legend Graeme Brown was the target. of the spying mission.
No doubt Smith was impressed with Broonie's goal and overall performance but it is only last month that the striker committed himself to the Blue Brazil for another season and it would take an exceptional offer to shift him.
Former Cowden stars on video (August 4)
Football film "A shot at glory" has been granted a release for the video rental market. Starring Robert Duval as the manager of the ficticious Kilnockie FC, the movie follows the fortunes of the village side as they embark upon a remarkable Scottish Cup run.
The main footballing face in the picture is Ally McCoist but former Cowden stalwarts John Martin, Alan Lawrence and Jimmy Boyle also turn out in the colours of Kilnockie.
Almost unbelievably, for a film featuring a national sporting icon like McCoist, it was only released in four Scottish cinemas and withdrawn after a week. Of course, there's nothing new on offer here but it makes for an entertaining couple of hours.
Fleming stays (August 2)
Teenage keeper Allan Fleming's move to Crossgates Primrose has been put on hold meantime and he was included in the Cowden squad which lost to First Division full-timers Ross County on Saturday.
Youths drawn away (August 1)
Codenbeath's youth team have been drawn away to Alloa Athletic in the first round of the Scottish Youth Cup. First-round ties have to be completed by 7th September.
Mauchlen doubtful (August 1)
Wide player Iain Mauchlen is doubtful for Cowden's opening game against Ross County on Saturday after straining a thigh muscle in a pre-season match.
Youngsters moving on (August 1)
Youngsters Kevin Byle and Craig Young, both now too old for the Cowden youth team, are on the move from Central Park. Young has joined Harthill Juniors while Byle will be allowed to find his own club. Boss Keith Wright explained, "I thought it was unfair to keep Craig and Kevin at Central Park when I could not see many opportunities for them, Rather than put their careers on hold, it was decided they would be better getting games elsewhere."
Let's hear it for Toorie (August 1)
Fans favourite Toorie Winter will pass a notable career milestone when he leads Cowden out for the Bells Cup tie against Ross County at Central Park on Saturday.
It will be Toorie's 300th appearance in a Blue Brazil jersey since he made his debut ten years ago. He has been an automatic choice for years as his mere seven sub appearances show and few games have been missed - apart from enforced absences through suspension
The match will also mark the start of Toorie's second spell as club captain, his previous spell highlighted by the promotion-winning season.
Liam at the double (July 31)
Teenage striker Liam Buchanan was on target twice as a Cowden select beat Easthouses 4-1 in a bounce game on Wednesday night. Ryan McCallum and new signing Bryan Gilfillan were the other Cowden marksmen.
Fleming joins juniors (July 31)
Cowden keeper Allan Fleming has joined local junior side Crossgates Primrose on loan. Allan has been a regular in the youth side but is now over the age limit.
Waldie interests Cowden (July 31)
Cowden manager Keith Wright is believed to be interested in signing former Stenhousemuir player Colin Waldie. The 22-year-old appeared as a trialist for the Blue Brazil against Dundee on Monday night and it appears Wright is prepared to offer him a deal at Central Park.
Davie backs a winner (July 31)
David Philp Coachworks will be the wording on the new Cowden strips after the Kirknewton businessman's name was drawn out of the hat by former Blue Brazil manager Craig Levein. Davie has been well known in stock car circles for nearly three decades but has generously supported the football club in recent seasons.
Midweek matches (July 31)
Cowden have two midweek matches next week, a Fife Cup tie against Raith Rovers at Central Park on Tuesday, kick-off 7.30pm, followed by a bounce game in the Lothians the following night.
Skipper Craig Winter, who is suspended for the opening League match at Stirling on August 9, will definitely play against Raith but the rest of the line-up will include fringe players and youths as well as a few first-team men. At least two trialists will be featured in the bounce game on Wednesday.
Yes, no and maybe in transfer deals (July 30)
Despite having already signed ten new players during the close season, Cowden gaffer Keith Wright is still busy on the transfer market, with four players involved.
Wright fixed up ex-Coventry kid Brian Ford on a one-year deal before Monday's friendly match against Dundee but also revealed he had dropped his interest in Carlisle 17-year-old John Slaven because of the finance involved.
The Blue Brazil boss has also agreed terms with Raith Rovers to bring striker Andy Smith to Central Park but seemingly faces an uphill task in persuading the former Pars star to drop down two divisions. But he will keep on trying.
Season tickets on sale (July 29)
Cowdenbeath season tickets are now available at Central Park. Prices have been pegged at £130 for adults and £60 for concessions.
Cowden impressive in defeat (July 28)
Premier outfit Dundee managed to end Cowden's unbeaten pre-season run with a narrow 3-2 victory in an entertaining match at Central Park on Monday night.
Cowden more than matched their full-time opponents for long periods of the game and only the crossbar prevented Ian Morris snatching a deserved equaliser late in the game while keeper Derek Soutar pulled off magnificent saves from Kevin Gordon and Steven Boyle.
Dundee should have taken an early lead through a soft penalty award but Cowden keeper Andy Carlin pulled off a fine save. McLean put Dundee ahead but within a minute Kevin Gordon equalised from the spot after another soft award before the interval.
John Fallon then put Cowden ahead with a cute back-heeler from a searching Gordon cross but Walker equalised with a back-post header. The game could have gone either way but it was Dundee's Linn who settled matters by beating sub keeper Jamie Campbell from 30 yards.
Cowdenbeath - Andy Carlin (Jamie Campbell), Calvin Shand (Brian Ford), Dave McInally, Andy Campbell, John McKeown (Bryan Gilfillan), Dave Mowat (Trialist), Ian Morris, Craig Winter, Graeme Brown, Kevin Gordon, John Fallon (Steven Boyle).
Hamish forced to wait (July 29)
Veteran midfielder Hamish French will not be fit in time for the start of the new season. He is training every day at East End Park - where he works as a coach - as he attempts to complete his comeback after sustaining a broken leg last season. The 39-year-old Highlander is keen to continue his Cowden career and everyone at Central Park is hoping to see him return as soon as possible.
Date for Fife Cup (July 28)
Cowden will contest their Fife Cup tie against Raith Rovers on Tuesday 5th August. The match goes ahead at Central Park and kicks off at 7-30.
Toorie named captain (July 27)
Long-serving midfielder Craig Winter will skipper the Blue Brazil next season. He takes over from Davie White who has left for pastures new. This will be Craig's second spell of captaincy and he will make his 300th appearance for Cowden when they face Ross County in the Challenge Cup next weekend.
Cowden crush Selkirk (July 26)
The Blue Brazil romped to an easy 7-0 victory over Selkirk in a friendly fixture in the Borders. The game was over as a contest before the break with a rampant Cowden five goals to the good.
Graeme Brown opened the floodgates with a fine header after four minutes. Dave McInally made it two with a left-foot drive from the edge of the box and Liam Buchanan rolled home a third after dispossessing the goalkeeper.
Brown shot home number four and McInally rounded off the first half in bizarre fashion when his long punt caught the home keeper napping and sailed into the net.
Buchanan was the hero of the second half, sliding home number six and squeezing in another to claim his hat-trick. It was Cowden's fourth successive victory on the road and they will be full of confidence when Dundee visit Central Park on Monday evening.
TEAM - Jamie Campbell, Brian Ford, Dave McInally, Andy Campbell, John McKeown, Ian Morris, Iain Mauchlen, Craig Winter, Graeme Brown, Kevin Gordon, Liam Buchanan.
SUBS USED - Calvin Shand, Ross McBride, John Fallon, Bryan Gilfillan, Kevin Smith.
Smith deal scuppered (July 25)
Despite appearing as a trialist in a couple of friendly matches, defender Elliot Smith will not be signing for Cowden. Elliot was on loan from Hearts last season but was released by the Edinburgh side and is now a free agent. The Blue Brazil explored the possibility of bringing him to Central Park but were unable to reach a financial agreement with the player.
Meanwhile, Cowden will be without four players as they travel to Selkirk on Saturday, bidding to make it four friendly victories on the trot. Ross Matheson and John Fallon have minor injuries and will be rested. Family committments rule out Dave Mowat while goalkeeper Andy Carlin is on best man duty at a wedding.
On the plus side, Stevie Boyle is recovering from his calf strain and will definitely take part tomorrow. Boss Keith Wright is also hoping to include a youngster who has been released by Coventry City.
Third win in a row (July 25)
Cowden made it three victories on the trot after crusing to a 3-0 success over Preston Athletic at the Pennypit Stadium. New boy Dave McInally shot the Blue Brazil ahead and Graeme Brown increased the advantage. Iain Mauchlen completed the scoring with a thundering drive five minutes from time.
TEAM - Jamie Campbell, Calvin Shand, Jonathon Bain, Andy Campbell, Bryan Gilfillan, Dave Mowat, Iain Mauchlen, Ian Morris, Graeme Brown, Kevin Gordon, Dave McInally.
SUBS USED - Liam Buchanan, Gary Fusco, Andy Carlin, Trialist.
Cowden travel to Selkirk on Saturday to face the side they knocked out of the Scottish Cup last season. The Supporters Club are running a bus to this fixture. The rendezvous point will be the car park outside Central Park and the coach departs at noon. Members fares have been set at £10 and £6. Non-members should add £2 to those rates.
New defender arrives (July 24)
Cowden boss Keith Wright strengthened his rearguard with the capture of former Dumbarton stopper John McKeown. The 22-year-old defender made his debut in the Blue Brazil's 1-0 victory over Dalkeith Juniors in a friendly match at King's Park. Elliot Smith, who was on loan at Cowden last season, appeared in this match as a trialist.
Cowden triumph in England (July 23)
The Blue Brazil made a flying start to their pre-season campaign after registering a 4-2 victory against Northumbrian outfit Ashington. New signings Dave McInally and John Fallon found themselves on the scoresheet alongside regular marksmen Liam Buchanan and Graeme Brown.
TEAM - Jamie Campbell, Calvin Shand, David McInally, Andy Campbell, Bryan Gilfillan, Dave Mowat, Ross Matheson, Craig Winter, Graeme Brown, Kevin Gordon, John Fallon.
SUBS USED - Andy Carlin, Ross McBride, Johnathon Bain, Liam Buchanan, Gary Fusco.
Cowden followed up this success with another victory, this time against Lothian Junior side Dalkeith Thistle. Craig Winter lobbed home the only goal of the game with ten minutes remaining.
TEAM - Andy Carlin, Elliot Smith, Trialist, Ross McBride, John McKeown, Ian Morris, Iain Mauchlen, Craig Winter, Newman, A N Other, Steven Boyle.
SUBS USED - David McINally, Ross Matheson, John Fallon, Craig Young.
Broonie at Balado (July 13)
Star striker Graeme Brown was playing on a different stage when he appeared at the T in the Park festival at Balado, attended by 110,000 people over the weekend. The Blue Brazilian, top scorer for the last two seasons, played bass guitar with his band Mydas which appeared in the T-break tent. Look out for a picture of Broonie and band in the Central Fife Times..
Trialists on show (July 12)
A Cowden team comprised mainly of trialists went down 3-1 in a bounce game at Aberdour to what was virtually the East Fife first team featuring former Blue Brazilians Gary O'Connor, Iain McDonald and Willie Stewart. The game was played over three 30-minute periods and Cowden's goal was scored by Scott Gourlay.
Setback for Hamish (July 10)
News has reached Central Park that popular star Hamish French is suffering from a groin strain as he continues his fightback to fitness after a double leg fracture. Hamish is receiving daily treatment at East End Park where he works full-time as a coach.
Meanwhile, manager Keith Wright is hoping to sign another couple of players within the next week to boost his squad which currently numbers 16 plus youth prospects Kevin Byle, Craig Young and Ross McBride.
Quiz night postponed (July 5)
Cowdenbeath Supporters Club have decided to shelve the quiz night which was scheduled for July 11th. The newly-elected committee have put the event on ice until September, when the new season will be in full swing.
Hookey Leonard's family visit Cowdenbeath (July 4)
Cowdenbeath Supporters Club are to honour the memory of one of Cowden's greatest ever goalscorers. Jim "Hookey" Leonard starred for The Miners during the halcyon days of the 1920's when the club competed in the top division of the Scottish League.
His surviving family are visiting the town this weekend and will be presented with a commemorative scroll from the Supporters Club in the Goth Tavern on Saturday July 5th at 12-30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Webster departs (July 2)
Cowden winger Chris Webster has been transferred to top Tayside junior side Carnoustie Panmure. He was signed from Montrose last season in a swap deal involving Kenny Munro. Chris netted twice in 16 appearances for the Blue Brazil.
Webster up for sale (June 27)
Cowden wide man Chris Webster has been placed on the transfer list at his own request. He was signed from Montrose towards the end of last season but work commitments are affecting his availability for weekend matches and manager Keith Wright will listen to offers.
Meanwhile, young centre half Blair McDonald - who was in dispute with the Blue Brazil for most of last season - has now returned to the fold.
Henry joins as coach (June 26)
Hearts legend Henry Smith has been appointed as Cowden's new goalkeeping coach. He replaces Andy Forbes who has left Central Park to take up a position with SPL outfit Livingston. Henry wore the number one jersey at Tynecastle for many years and was capped three times for Scotland. More recently, he could be found plying his trade for Clydebank at the ripe old age of 45.
Blue Brazil boss was delighted with the new arrival, stating "Henry is a true professional and I'm sure he will be a real asset to the club. I had a few battles with him on the pitch but we have always been friends off the park." Wright was also quick to pay tribute to the departing Forbes, saying "I would like to thank Andy for the effort he has put in over the past few seasons and he deserves this opportunity to prove himself at a much higher level"
Wright signs trio (June 25)
Cowden plundered the transfer market once again and three new faces will be joining the Central Park set-up. Goalkeeper Jamie Campbell (22) has been signed from Queen of the South and stands 6'5 tall. He will certainly cut an imposing figure between the sticks.
Striker John Fallon (23) has been snapped up from Stranraer. He was previously on the books of Motherwell under the tutelage of current Cowden assistant boss Mickey Weir.
Completing the signing haul is Brian Gilfillan, a 19-year-old defender from Inverness. Brian is the cousin of Gary Gilfillan, who turned out for the Blue Brazil last season.
Keith Wright has brought in a total of nine new players since the end of the season and hopes to round off his transfer activity by bringing an auld heid or two into the line-up.
Miller deal scrapped (July 24)
Cowden have been forced to abandon plans to bring experienced defender Willie Miller back to Central Park. He has suffered a recurrence of the calf injury which plagued him for much of last season and his footballing future is now uncertain. Willie's contract expired in May and he parted company with the Blue Brazil. However, he was mulling over a pay-per-play deal which had been placed on the table.
Keith hangs up his boots (June 23)
Cowden boss Keith Wright has announced that his playing days are over and that he will be confining his duties to the dug-out next season. His decision also extends to the reserve team.
"Ted" must be one of the greatest strikers ever to don a Blue Brazil shirt. His goalscoring exploits with Dundee and Hibs made him a househould name during the 80's and 90's and he deserved more than a solitary international cap.
When Craig Levein brought Keith to Central Park in the summer of 2000, his best days were undoubtedly behind him but he raised his game one last time and was on fire for the first half of Cowden's promotion-winning season, trading goals galore with partner Murray McDowell.
After his appointment as assistant manager to Gary Kirk, Keith began to wind down his first-team activities but still made a useful substitute. He eventually became manager in his own right and made six appearances from the bench last season. The final goal of a golden career was a consolation effort against Raith Rovers at Stark's Park. From a Cowden point of view, his best performance was bagging four against Berwick Rangers at Shielfield.
Supporters Club seek members (June 22)
Application forms are now available for Cowden fans to subscribe to the Official Supporters Club. With so many long joureys on the cards next season, the club are encouraging all interested parties to join as soon as possible in order to avoid any potential cash-flow difficulties. The relevant documentation can be found by following the link near the top of the home page or by clicking here.
A fund-raising quiz night has been scheduled for Friday, 11th July. The event takes place in the Central Park Bar and is open to anyone. Teams should consist of up to four players and the entrance fee is £5 per side. More details will appear in due course.
Another double signing (June 21)
Cowden bolstered their squad with the arrival of two new players this weekend. Ross Matheson (25) has been signed from Raith Rovers and the midfielder had previous spells with Morton and Rangers.
Also putting pen to paper was 19-year-old Calvin Shand, a left-back who was on the books at Easter Road for the last three years. The Blue Brazil line-up is beginning to take shape although manager Keith Wright has indicated that his playing days may be at an end.
Forthbank first for Cowden (June 19)
Cowden's frst League game of the new season will be an away fixture against Stirling Albion. This match takes place on August 9th and will be the Blue Brazil's first ever league visit to Forthbank Stadium.
Cowden lose keeper (June 18)
Keith Wright's squad lost a key member when goalkeeper Gary O'Connor opted to join local rivals East Fife under freedom of contract. Gary arrived at Central Park almost two years ago from Berwick Rangers, shortly after Cowden had demolished the Borderers 5-2 at Shielfield Park. Contrary to popular belief, Gary wasn't between the sticks on that occasion, a dubious honour which falls to Willie McCulloch.
When Craig Gordon was recalled by Hearts, Gary made the number one jersey his own and made a total of 48 apperances for the Blue Brazil, successfully beating off a challenge for his position from Marc Graham.
Supporters Club reshuffle (June 17)
The Cowdenbeath Supporters Club held their AGM at Central Park and several committee changes were implemented. Chairman Jimmy Scade stepped down and his position was filled by Dave Tuson. The new treasurer is David Allan, who replaces Charles Robb. Meanwhile, long-standing secretary Frank Dillon will continue in his role. The full list of office bearers reads:
Chairman - Dave Tuson
Vice Chairman - George Graham
Treasurer - David Allan
Secretary - Frank Dillon
Social Convener - Mike Snow.
Other members elected to the committee were Colin Sommerville, Colin Young and Alan Wallace.
Cowden reject bid for Toorie (June 17)
Cowden have decided to turn down an offer for long-serving midfielder Craig Winter from Brechin City. The Angus outfit tabled an £8000 bid but the club felt that the offer was significantly below the player's market value. "Toorie" has been with the Blue Brazil since the age of 18 and will soon break through the 300 appearances barrier.
Book now available (June 16)
David Allan's eagerly anticipated who's who of Cowdenbeath FC is now on sale and available for order through the Cowdenbeath Supporters Club. To read their official press release, click here. The first page from the booklet is included and can be found here.
This site will be accepting orders as a third party and for payment details, including electronic methods, click here.
Stock Car bonanza at Racewall (June 15)
A large crowd gathered at Central Park to witness the annual visit of the Brisca Formula One Stock Cars and this was mirrored by a healthy contingent of cars making the trip north. The sound of those seven-litre engines roaring in unison was absolutely deafening and although the Saloons and Formula Two cars provided an able supporting cast, there was no stopping the monster vehicles in terms of crowd entertainment. The main event of the evening was won by Frankie Wainman Junior from Yorkshire, who lifted the Scottish Championship.
Ex-player round up (June 14)
A couple of former Cowden players have been the subject of transfers recently. Striker Murray McDowell has signed for Stenhousemuir while midfielder Mark Bradley has joined Dumbarton. Elsewhere, former Blue Brazil boss Tom Steven has taken charge of Edinburgh City.
Meanwhile, centre forward Gary Gilfillan - who was released last season - helped Lochore Welfare lift the Cowdenbeath Cup by defeating league champions Kelty Hearts.
Central Park pack-out (June 11)
Central Park will be bursting at the seams on Saturday night (6pm) when the biggest field of Formula One stock cars ever seen in Scotland arrives in Cowdenbeath. Awesome is the only word to describe the power of these 500hp monsters and with 42 cars already booked in, the terracing will be literally rocking once the action gets under way at 6pm. The action then moves to Knockhill on Sundady afternoon at 2pm.
Goalkeeping situation still up in air (June 9)
Despite newspaper reports suggesting that Cowden keeper Gary O'Connor is in the process of signing for East Fife, I can confirm that nothing concrete has been agreed upon. Gary is currently on holiday in Mexico and will speak to the Blue Brazil management team on his return.
Supporters Club AGM (June 8)
The Annual General Meeting of the Supporters Club will take place on Tuesday, 17th June, in the Central Park Bar. The starting time will be 7-30 prompt. All members should receive notification by letter or email but you can view the agenda by clicking here. Members who are unable to attend may nominate someone to vote on there behalf by using the proxy form which can be found here
Date set for book publication (June 7)
Supporters Club secretary Frank Dillon aims to publish "The Miners Who's Who" on Monday, 16th June. See the news article below for more information on this eagerly-awaited volume from club historian David Allan.
Internet readers who wish to obtain a copy of this publication can find out how to order by using the link at the top of the home page or by clicking here. A range of payment options are available.
You may view a replication of the front cover by clicking here. Please note that the resolution has been scaled down to make the image appear quickly. Should you wish to view the master copy in Microsoft Word, click here. Depending on the speed of your connection, it may take up to three minutes to fully download.
Blue Brazil book ready (June 5)
Local football historian David Allan has finished the first volume of his book, entitled "The Miners Who's Who". It is an alphabetical guide to the most influential men to have appeared for Cowden over the last 122 years. The first volume runs from Abdullah to McWilliams and encompasses a staggering 475 entries. David's work is always meticulously researched and cross-referenced and this publication is a must-have for all Cowden fans.
The book will be published by the Cowdenbeath Supporters Club and will be priced at £5. All profits will be split equally between the Supporters Club and the Cowdenbeath FC youth development fund.
I am aware that many people follow the fortunes of the Blue Brazil via the internet and full details of how to obtain the book by mail order will be published on this site soon. If paying by cheque or Postal Order, the cost for UK delivery will be £5.75 per copy, inclusive of postage and packing.
I will also set up a facility to pay by Debit Card (Switch/Solo/Delta). However, in order to recoup my transaction fees I would have to charge £7 per copy, which is a wee bit pricey. But the system will be there if you wish to make use of it.
Date set for supporters AGM (June 4)
The Cowdenbeath Supporters Club will hold their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 17th June in the Central Park Bar. The starting time has yet to be confirmed but all members will receive their invitation in due course.
An Extraordinary General Meeting was held on 3rd June to determine the way forward for the Supporters Club. The general consensus of opinion was that it would be in the club's best interests to re-impose a formal committee structure as secretary Frank Dillon has often been left to organise the whole operation on his own. To that end, all members are encouraged to come along to the AGM and have their say in electing new committee members and delegating responsibilities.
Wright makes another double signing (June 3)
Cowden continue to strengthen their squad for the season ahead and manager Keith Wright announced details of two new arrivals at Central Park.
Left back David McInally has been signed from Arbroath and is aged 22. Also joining the squad is goalkeeper David Carlin, an old team mate of Wright who was previously on the books at Stenhousemuir. He is also aged 22.
The boss will continue to scour the market for suitable candidates and revealed that he is currently negotiating with an experienced centre half.
Fixture alteration (June 2)
Cowden's pre-season friendly against Newtongrange Star has been cancelled and replaced with a trip to the Pennypit Stadium to face Preston Athletic on 24th July. Meanwhile the Fife Cup tie against Raith Rovers has been pencilled in for either the 4th or 5th of August.
Hamish to resume full training (June 1)
Veteran midfielder Hamish French will take part in the pre-season training at Central Park before making a final decision regarding his playing career. Hamish missed most of last season due to a broken leg and has undertaken a punishing schedule in order to regain his fitness. Although Hamish wants to pull on a Blue Brazil shirt again, he is a consumate professional and wants to be 100% certain that he is capable of doing the job before putting pen to paper.
If there is one man who can battle back from serious injury at the age of 39, it is Hamish. During his long playing career at Dunfermline - where he is currently employed as a coach - Hamish regularly beat off competition from younger men to achieve the highest score in the "bleep test" - the recognised indicator of all-round physical fitness.
It's County again (May 31)
Cowden will kick off season 2003/04 with a home Challenge Cup tie against Ross County. There was more than a hint of deja vu in the first-round draw, made at the Scottish League's AGM in Glasgow. Incredibly, it the the third succesive time that the Blue Brazil will host the men from Dingwall in this competition. Both previous encounters resulted in a 2-0 victory for the Highlanders.
Supporters EGM (May 31)
The following information was recently distributed by Supporters Club secretary Frank Dillon. All members are invited to attend the meeting, which takes place at 7pm on Tuesday, 3rd June in the Central Park Bar.
During recent discussions with Gordon McDougall, it has been brought to our attention that there may well be a requirement, in the offing, instigated through the Scottish Football League, to have closer, more formal ties between football clubs and their supporters clubs. With this in mind, coupled by the desire by Gordon McDougall to have a more formal relationship between the Football Club and the Supporters Club, I feel it would be in the best interest of our members to call an EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) to tie up any loose ends prior to calling an AGM (Annual General Meeting).
There has been no AGM now for some considerable time and an EGM will allow all members the opportunity to have their say on the above and, in general, for the way forward for the club.
Brown signs new deal (May 30)
In a development that will delight all Cowden fans, top scorer Graeme Brown has decided to remain at Central Park next season and lead the Blue Brazil's promotion charge. Graeme's previous contract expired last month and there had been constant speculation regarding his plans for next season.
Happily, I can report that he put his name to a one-year deal on Thursday evening and is looking forward to hitting the back of the net in August. Manager Keith Wright commented "What can I say, I'm absolutely delighted that Graeme has chosen to stay with us. He is a quality player and would have been very difficult to replace"
Wright makes double signing (May 30)
Cowden continued to assemble their squad for next season with the capture of two young players who have appeared in the Premier League.
Left winger Steven Boyle has been signed from Brechin City. The 22-year-old was previously on the books at Dunfermline, for whom he made a handful of appearances, notably firing a 30-yard rocket past Andy Goram.
Also joining the Blue Brazil is 21-year-old midfielder Ian Morris from Partick Thistle. Ian played a couple of matches for the Jags before embarking upon a loan spell at Stirling Albion. Manager Keith Wright described him as "a player who likes to get forward"
The double acquisition proves beyond all doubt that Cowden are intent upon bouncing back up to the Second Division after the disappointment of relegation last season.
White joins reds (May 30)
Cowden skipper Davie White has moved to First Division Brechin City under freedom of contract. The Angus side were promoted last season and manager Dick Campbell regards White as the ideal replacement for veteran defender Harry Cairney, who recently retired.
With Davie rapidly approaching his 24th birthday, there was little Blue Brazil boss Keith Wright could do to hang on to his captain. The move represents a big step up in class for Davie and those sort of opportunities don't come along often, not to mention the financial benefits of playing at a higher level.
Davie arrived at Central Park from Motherwell and has been an automatic choice over the last four seasons. Initially, he played as a right-back but the departure of Keith McCulloch allowed him to move into the heart of defence, a territory he made his own. Davie scored 10 times during his 147 appearances for the Blue Brazil and will be universally missed at Central Park.
Cowden are star attraction (May 29)
The Blue Brazil have arranaged an away friendly against junior outfit Newtongrange Star. The match takes place on Thursday, 24th July and is one five games which make up the current pre-season programme. A full list can be found on the home page.
McDonald moves on (May 28)
Utility man Ian McDonald has exercised his freedom of contract and moved to local rivals East Fife. Ian had two spells with Cowden and made a total of 30 appearances, scoring one goal. The Methil club have also snapped up former Cowden front man Willie Stewart, who has spent the last few seasons at Forfar.
Campbell signs new deal (May 27)
Defender Andy Campbell has agreed terms for next season and has signed a one-year deal. Campbell was one of six players out of contract and the news will be welcome in the Cowden camp as the departure of Keith Wilson, Willie Miller and Elliot Smith has left a gaping hole in the Blue Brazil back four.
Manager Keith Wright also expects to tie up the signing of a pacy wide player with Prenier League experience over the next two days as he begins his preparations for an assault on the Third Division next season.
Reserves run again (May 26)
Cowden have confirmed that the reserve team will be in action again next season - provided a suitable league exists for them to play in. The Reserve League East has suffered from declining membership in recent years, a situation not helped by the defection of the Stirlingshire clubs to the west. Last season, only seven clubs participated in the Eastern set-up and the continuing viability of the league will depend upon the number of entrants. The competition has also been affected by the unwillingness of Premier League clubs to maintain a third XI, which traditionally played on the local reserve scene.
Program fares well (May 25)
The Cowden matchday programme "The Blue Brasilian" was judged to be the third-best read in the Scottish Second Division by the Wirral Programme Club, an organisation of many years standing. The Cowden youth programme fared even better, jointly winning the prize with West Ham United. The "Blue Brasilian" is produced by Andrew Mullen with additional input from David Allan.
Wright plays waiting game (May 24)
Cowden boss Keith Wright is still awaiting a response from the six players who have been offered new deals for next season: Graeme Brown, Davie White, Gary O'Connor, Ian McDonald, Andy Campbell and Hamish French. The terms are on the table but freedom of movement and the ubiquitous presence of agents has created a trend of players keeping their options open for as long as possible. French has stated a desire to play for the Blue Brazil next year but is in the unusual position of being employed as a coach by another club - Dunfermline Athletic - and he will have to thrash out an arrangement with Pars manager Jimmy Calderwood.
Wright has approached a number of players with a view to bringing them to Central Park to aid Cowden's promotion bid but nothing concrete has been agreed yet. The boss quoted "At the moment it's a case of ifs and buts all round but I am having ongoing discussions with a whole list of players"
However, I can reveal that a left-sided wide player will arrive at Central Park within the next few days and that the player in question has tasted Premier League football.
One young man who ought to feature more prominently next season is 19-year-old defender Ross McBride, who has become something of a forgotten man at Cowdenbeath. Wright takes up the story. "I have always rated Ross very highly and he has turned in some fine performances for the youth team over the last couple of years. Unfortunately, he has been plagued by injury and we had to send him to a private clinic in England to get to the root of the problem. He seems to have made a full recovery and has been given a one-year contract. The chance is there for him to fight his way into the squad"
Dundee date added (May 23)
Cowden continue their preparations for the new season and Dundee will visit Central Park to contest a friendly match on Monday, 28th July. This is the fourth pre-season fixture that has been arranged and a full list appears on the home page.
Manager Keith Wright is also keen to slot the Fife Cup tie against Raith Rovers into the schedule and several dates are under consideration.
Cup draw approaching (May 22)
The draw for the first round of the challenge cup is expected to take place within the next couple of days and ties will be played on Saturday, 2nd August. Only two clubs will receive byes which means the Blue Brazil will almost certainly be kicking off their season with a Saturday cup fixture.
Youngsters let go (May 21)
Cowden have released youth players Ally Brown and Ally Campbell. Both lads had firm family connections with Central Park. Ally Brown's great-uncle was none other than Alex Menzies, a post-war Cowden legend. Ally Campbell is the nephew of former Blue Brazil player and manager Dick Campbell.
Cup kicks off new season (May 20)
Cowden will begin next season with a Challenge Cup tie on Saturday, 2nd August. The league will commence the following Saturday. The news was announced at a Scottish League meeting in Glasgow.
Friendly fixtures arranged (May 14)
Blue Brazil boss Keith Wright has already begun his preparations for next season and a trio of warm-up matches have been arranged, all of which are away from home. Two of the matches involve long journeys but take place on familiar turf.
Cowden cross the border to face Ashington on Saturday, 19th July, the second year in succession that they have met the Northumbrian side. One week later, the Blue Brazil travel to Selkirk to face the side that lost 4-1 to Cowden in the first round of the Scottish Cup last season. Sandwiched between those matches is a visit to Dalkeith on Tuesday, 22nd July.
The season proper begins on August 9th and Keith Wright is aiming to fix up the Fife Cup tie against Raith Rovers for the preceding Saturday.
Six players released (May 13)
Cowden have let the following players go:
Marc Graham - Cardenden-based goalkeeper who briefly wrestled the jersey from Gary O'Connor but fell out of favour towards the end of the season. Played 13 times.
Willie Miller - Classy right-back who started the season in superb form but was plagued by injury for most of the campaign. Played 22 times.
Elliot Smith - Was signed on loan from Hearts and is now a free agent. He is rumoured to be signing for first-division Clyde. Made 13 appearances.
Michael Renwick - Experienced midfielder who was an ever-present for the Blue Brazil last term but financial cut-backs have enforced his departure. Made a total of 49 appearances for Cowden.
John Elliott - Midfielder who will be remembered for his spectacular goal against Dunfermline in the League Cup. Scored six times in 45 appearances.
Gerry Crabbe - Young player who exploded on to the scene 12 months ago but didn't live up to the early promise. Six games and one goal.
In addition, youth players John Mackay and Barry Tulloch are now free to look for new clubs.
Contract offers have been made to Gary O'Connor, Graeme Brown, Davie White, Andy Campbell, Ian McDonald and Hamish French.
Players who remain under contract are Craig Winter, Dave Mowat, Allan Fleming, Gary Fusco, Iain Mauchlen, Chris Webster, Kevin Gordon, Liam Buchanan, Kevin Byle and Danny Sweeney.
Blue Brazil greats (May 12)
Local football historian David Allan is putting the finishing touches to the opening volume of a two-part booklet which will detail the careers of the most influential men to play for the Blue Brazil over the past 120 years. Part one of the A-Z listing opens with the legendary Tewfik Abdullah and concludes with Keith McCulloch. Readers of the Cowden matchday programme will be familiar with Davie's work, which is meticulously researched and cross-referenced.
The booklet will be issued through the Supporters Club and there may well be a demand for this publication from fans unable to attend Central Park. Therefore I shall endeavour to get hold of a few copies and make them available through this site. More details will appear in two or three weeks.
Wilson moves on (May 11)
Popular defender Keith Wilson made his final appearance for Cowden in the 1-1 draw at Forfar. The towering defender has accepted the offer of a job in London and will be starting a new life in the capital city.
Keith has given the Blue Brazil two years of dedicated service, becoming a firm favourite with the fans along the way. He arrived from East of Scotland side Coldstream and quickly adapted to life in the Second Division. A traditional centre half, Keith liked to make his presence felt on the pitch and he will be difficult to replace. His indomitable spirit recently came to light when he sustained a nasty forehead gash but carried on playing after being wrapped in layers of bandages.
Keith made a total of 70 appearances for the Blue Brazil and scored four times. Everyone at Central Park will wish him the best for the future.
Players pick up awards (May 11)
The Cowdenbeath Supporters Club held their annual dance in Wee Jimmies Bar after the final match of the season against Forfar. Secretary Frank Dillon paid tribute the fans who have made the relaunched club a success over the past three years. Manager Keith Wright was invited to say a few words and assured the audience that the players appreciate the encouragement from the terracing. The boss went on to say that the loss of Hamish French and Willie Miller to injury had been a massive blow for the side but praised the remainder of his squad for rallying round and giving it their best shot.
There were three awards presented to the playing staff. Captain Davie White was nominated as Player of the Year. Members of the Supporters Club select their top three performers after every game and the results are tallied up at the end of the season.
The John Finlay memorial trophy went to goalkeeper Gary O'Connor. The votes for this award were cast by the fans who travel on the bus to away games. The Eric Mitchell memorial award was won by midfield stalwart Hamish French. The polling for this category was conducted exclusively through the internet, thereby allowing fans from far and wide to have their say.
Macca makes squad (May 8)
Youth central defender Ross McBride is a surprise inclusion in the squad for Saturday's trip to Forfar. Highly-rated Ross has been plagued by injury over the last couple of years and he will be one of several teenagers drafted into the line-up.
Manager Keith Wright quoted "The youngsters have had a great season and it's only fair that they should be given an opportunity to show what they can do on a bigger stage as we look towards next season. Having said that, I still want to finish with a victory and we will not be treating the match lightly"
The manager also confirmed that Liam Buchanan has resumed training after pulling his hamstring and will feature at some stage against the Loons.
Contracts end on Saturday (May 7)
Cowden fans will have to wait until a few days after the final fixture at Forfar on Saturday to find out officially which out-of-contract players will be offered new deals for the Third Division promotion bid next season.
Manager Keith Wright has been quoted as saying he would like to keep skipper Davie White and top scorer Graeme Brown who are both out of contract along with Hamish French, John Elliott, Willie Miller, Michael Renwick, Elliot Smith and both keepers, Gary O'Connor and Marc Graham while I am unsure of the status of several others.
Hopefully, I should be able to publish a full list of those leaving the club by Tuesday evening.
Davie is our man (May 6)
Club captain Davie White has been chosen as "Player of the Year" by Cowden fans and will be honoured at a ceremony in Wee Jimmies in Cowdenbeath on Saturday night. Tickets for the function are still available from Frank Dillon (01383 610593) and fans will also see the John Finlay sen. Memorial Trophy presented to Gary O'Connor and the Eric Mitchell Memorial Trophy presented to Hamish French.
Tragedy at Central Park (May 5)
Stock Car driver Raymond Gunn was killed during a saloon race at Central Park over the weekend. Raymond lost control of his vehicle during the race and died during the resulting collision. Such events are extremely rare in British Stock Car racing and we extend our sympathies to the family of Mr Gunn, who hailed from the Fife village of East Wemyss.
Supporters night out (May 4)
The Cowdenbeath Supporters Club player-of-the-year dance takes place in Wee Jimmies Bar on Saturday, 10th May. The doors open at 7pm and the presentation ceremony is scheduled to begin at 8-15. Tickets are priced at £8 and can be reserved by contacting secretary Frank Dillon on firstname.lastname@example.org
Youths in name change (May 3)
The SFA have decreed that the Scottish Professional Youth League will be reclassified as an under-19 competition, a move which brings Scotland into line with the rest of Europe. In actual fact, it is just the name that is changing since the age thresholds were adjusted some time ago. However, it now prevents the faintly ridiculous situation whereby a player such as Liam Buchanan - who is currently 18 - finds himself eligible to take part in under-18 football next season.
Bans and injuries (2nd May)
Assistant manager Mickey Weir joins midfielder Craig Winter on the sidelines after receiving a 12-game ban for remarks made to a linesman and referee after they both missed the off-the-ball incident in a Stenhousemuir match when Cowden striker Graeme Brown was cynically felled.
Blue Brazil boss Keith Wright has Iain Mauchlen, Andy Campbell, Hamish French, Liam Buchanan, Craig Winter, Elliot Smith all missing for the Stranraer match on Saturday and is waiting for fitness reports on Davie White and Willie Miller. Youngsters Jonathon Bain and Jackie Myles have been drafted into the squad.
Cowdenbeath 0 Dunfermline 3 (April 29)
Cowden crashed out of the Fife Cup after finding a strong Dunfermline team too hot to handle. The Pars fielded a staggering nine players from their regular Premier League line-up and they coasted to victory against a Blue Brazil side with several teenagers in the ranks.
Old warhorse Craig Brewster opened the scoring in the first half when he bundled a cross from Noel Hunt over the line. Lee Bullen headed the second ten minutes after the break and the Pars tied up matters when a Cowden defensive clearance ricocheted off Hunt and flew into the net.
Cowdenbeath - Marc Graham (Allan Fleming, 45), Willie Miller, Jonathon Bain (Kevin Robertson, 60), Ian McDonald, Dave Mowat, Michael Renwick, Gary Fusco, Craig Winter, John Elliott (Jackie Myles, 56), Kevin Gordon, Chris Webster.
Crowd - 200
Fife Cup venue switch (April 24)
Cowden will contest their Fife Cup tie against Dunfermline at Central Park on Tuesday, 29th April. Admission prices are expected to be £4 and £2. Season tickets will not be valid for this match as the revenue is used to keep the Fife Football Association afloat.
Reserves finish with a flourish (April 23)
The reserve side won their final fixture of the season after a goal from Chris Webster sunk local rivals East Fife. In a small league consisting of seven clubs, Cowden ended up in sixth position.
Elsewhere, the youth side learned that they cannot qualify from their league cup section after other results conspired to finally crush their slender hopes.
Quiz night reminder (April 22)
Cowdenbeath Supporters Club are holding a fund-raising quiz night in the Central Park Bar on Friday, 25th April. Teams of four players are invited to attend, with the entrance fee being £5 per side. The previous quiz evenings have proved popular and secretary Frank Dillon is hoping for another good turn-out. It is not necessary to be a member of the Supporters Club in order to attend this event.
Reserves in action (April 21)
The reserve side complete their season on Tuesday, April 22, when they host East Fife in the final league match. The match kicks off at 7-30pm and entry is normally a token £2.
Hearts release Smith (April 20)
Cowden loan star Elliot Smith is to be released by Hearts at the end of the season, one of a clutch of young players that Tynecastle boss Craig Levein is allowing to move on. Elliot will probably be looking for another full-time deal but there is every chance that Cowden will be making enquiries should the young defender be forced into the part-time sector of the game.
A number of players have arrived at Central Park in recent years via the loan route: Mark Bradley, John Paul Burns, Craig Neeson, Stephen Swift and Michael Renwick.
Season over for Toorie (April 19)
Craig Winter will be forced to sit out the remainder of the league campaign after picking up a four-match suspension. The ban will also extend to the opening match of next season. Craig is currently poised on 299 appearances for the Blue Brazil but will now have to wait until August before reaching the triple-century milestone.
Cup confusion (April 15)
The Fife Cup semi-final against Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park has been switched from 29th April to Tuesday, 13th May, but even that date is likely to be changed as the contracts of the Cowden players end on 10th May. Watch this space!
Toorie awaits his sentence (April 15)
Midfielder Craig Winter is facing a lengthy suspension after his booking at Dumbarton carried him over the disciplinary points threshold. The club are awaiting confirmation from the SFA but the ban will be in place for the Blue Brazil's trip to Hamilton in a fortnight's time. Craig will now have to wait until next season to make his 300th appearance in a Cowden shirt.
Dance tickets on sale (April 14)
Cowdenbeath Supporters Club are holding their annual dance in Wee Jimmies on Saturday, 10th May, which is the last day of the season. Tickets are priced at £8 and can be purchased from Andy Brown or John Winter in the Central Park Bar prior to the next home match. Fans from further afield can email secretary Frank Dillon on email@example.com
Season is over for Hamish (April 12)
Midfield star Hamish French, victim of a double leg-break at Berwick in September, has decided not to play again this season which will be a major disappointment to all Blue Brazilians. The good news is that Hamish's recovery continues at a steady pace and he joined his Cowden teammates for training on Thursday night.
Late test for Elliot (April 12)
Elliot Smith, absent last week after hurting his ankle against Tranent Juniors, faces a morning fitness test to decide whether he can join the squad for Dumbarton. Davie White returns from suspension but Keith Wilson is still banned.
Eric Mitchell Trophy (April 12)
Members of the official Cowdenbeath FC Supporters Club are invited to e-mail Frank Dillon with their nominations for the "Player of the Year." The winner of the special internet vote will receive the Eric Mitchell Trophy in memory of the former chairman.
Cup date in doubt (April 11)
Cowden arre scheduled to meet Dunfermline Athletic in the semi-final of the Fife Cup at East End Park on Tuesday, April 29, but I understand the Townies are trying to change the date. The winners go through to play Raith Rovers in the final. Meanwhile, the draw for the 2003/4 Fife Cup has been made and Cowden are at home to Raith Rovers.
Dinsey Down Under (April 10)
Former Cowden player Ryan Dinse is now in Australia and has signed for Yarraville FC who play in the Victoria Second Division. Dinsey sends his regards to everyone at Central Park and hopes that Cowden will escape the drop.
Reserves edged out (April 8)
Cowden were again narrowly beaten by the full-timers of First Division St Johnstone who emerged 1-0 winners of the Reserve League East match at Central Park on Tuesday night.
Davie White smashed a shot against the post in a bright opening for Cowden but Saints notched the only goal of the game right on the half-time whistle after a hotly-disputed free-kick was cleared only as far as Tommy Lovenkrands and he swept the ball home from six yards.
Cowden tried their hardest for an equaliser in the second period but even the bold move of putting Keith Wilson up front failed to produce a goal.
Scoring streak over (April 6)
After hitting the target in 15 consecutive youth fixtures, ace marksman Liam Buchanan drew a blank as the young Blue Brazil slumped to a 1-0 home defeat against Hamilton in the League Cup. Cowden have collected only one point from their opening brace of matches and must win their final two fixtures - against Forfar and East Fife - to have any hope of qualifying for the semi-finals.
Saints pay return visit (April 2)
Cowden have arranged a reserve league fixture against St Johnstone at Central Park on Tuesday, 8th April. The two sides recently met in the Reserve League Cup, a match which saw Saints win by the odd goal in three.
Weekend round-up (March 31)
The Cowden youth team made a reasonable start to their League Cup campaign, battling to a 2-2 draw against Albion Rovers at Coatbridge. The goals came from Ally Campbell and the ever-dependable Liam Buchanan.
Meanwhile, the first team defeated Tranent Juniors 2-0 in a friendly match on Saturday with goals from Graeme Brown and Kevin Gordon.
Yorkshire site up and running (March 30)
The website of the Yorkshire Cowdenbeath Supporters Club can now be located under the banner of www.yorkshirecowden.com A delegation will be travelling up to Forfar for Cowden's final game of the season and staying overnight in Cowdenbeath for the annual player-of-the-year dance in Wee Jimmies. More details appear on the site.
Practice match arranged (March 28)
With no league match scheduled this weekend, Cowden will travel to Tranent to face the local junior side in a friendly match. Things are now looking bleak for the Blue Brazil as results elsewhere during the week did them no favours and they are now pinning their hopes on Forfar's slump in form continuing.
Reserves go down fighting (March 25)
After a heroic extra-time struggle, the Cowden reserve side were defeated 2-1 in the League Cup by full-time St Johnstone at Central Park. Chris Webster put the Blue Brazil ahead but Saints eventually proved to be too strong for plucky Cowden, who were boosted by Willie Miller's return from injury. Keith Wright also opted to give an African trialist a run in midfield.
Miller set to return (March 22)
Experienced defender Willie Miller will make his comeback in the Reserve League Cup fixture against St Johnstone on Monday night. Willie hasn't kicked a ball in earnest since November and this match will give Cowden the opportunity to assess his progress. Keith Wright also intends fielding several youngsters in the tie, which goes ahead at Central Park and has a 7-30 kick off.
Quiz night back by popular demand (March 21)
Following the success of their recent quiz night, the Cowdenbeath Supporters Club are staging a repeat event on Friday, 25th April. The format will be along similar lines to the previous quiz and teams of four are invited to attend with the entrance fee being £5 per table. All money raised will go towards club funds.
Reserve date announced (March 20)
The reserve team return to action when they take on St Johnstone in the League Cup at Central Park on Monday, March 24. The tie has been on the back burner for some time due to the first team having a hectic midweek schedule over the last few weeks.
Wilson banned (March 19)
Fearsome defender Keith Wilson has exceeded the disciplinary points total and will serve a two-match suspension, beginning with the home fixture against Brechin. This match is also the final leg of skipper Davie White's ban, therefore Cowden will have to make do without their two main central defenders for this vital match.
Defensive dilemma for Cowden (March 17)
With regular defenders Davie White and Andy Campbell suspended, Cowden will be forced to field a makeshift back four against Dumbarton on Tuesday night. Elliot Smith is also doubtful after going over on his ankle against Airdrie and this poses a selection conundrum for manager Keith Wright.
Youngsters Kevin Byle and Liam Buchanan were rested as the youth team defeated Stenhousemuir 3-0 at Dalgety Bay. Both lads are expected to feature at some stage against the Sons. On target for the Under-18 side were Lee Black, Jackie Myles and Ryan McCallum.
Youths in cup draw (March 16)
The Cowdenbeath Under-18 side have entered the League Cup and have been drawn in a section alongside East Fife, Forfar, Hamilton and Albion Rovers. The sides will play each other home and away, with the group winners progressing to the semi-finals.
Quiz night a success (March 15)
The Supporters Club quiz night was a busy affair with 14 teams taking part. The winning side came from the Glen Tavern, who won by a single point from the team containing Cowden programme editors Andy Mullen and David Allan. Sufficient funds were raised to cover the losses incurred by the midweek trip to Stranraer and club secretary Frank Dillon wishes to thank all those who attended.
Final call for quiz (March 12)
Cowden fans are reminded that the Supporters Club are holding a fund-raising quiz night at Central Park on Friday evening. The proceedings start at 7-30 and the questions will focus on general knowledge with a round of sport thrown in. Teams of four are invited to enter, with a £5 fee payable per table. Secretary Frank Dillon is looking for donations for the raffle and is also keen to stress that non-members are welcome to attend.
White misses three games (March 10)
Club captain Davie White has received a three-match suspension after topping the disciplinary points total for the first time this season. The influential stopper has been an ever-present in the Blue Brazil line-up but will now miss the games against Dumbarton, Stenhousemuir and Brechin.
Ladies XI (March 7)
The Cowdenbeath Women's team gained their first home win of the season last weekend and it was well worth the wait - sticking eleven goals past Arbroath without reply. The girls have been on the receiving end of some heavy defeats this season but now appear to have made significant progress and they are hoping to pick up further points in their final two league fixtures.
Flick of the switch (March 6)
There was never any danger of Tuesday night's match against Hamilton being called off, despite the fact that Central Park was shrouded in gloom until 7-25pm due to a stand-side floodlight failure. What happened was that the lights were accidentally turned off just after 7pm and a cooling period of 20 minutes must elapse before it is safe to turn them on again.
Anyone wishing to view the goal from the match can do so by clicking the link below. Windows Media Player is required.
White banned (March 5)
Cowden skipper Davie White faces a suspension after his booking against Hamilton took him over the disciplinary threshold. This will be a major setback in the Blue Brazil's fight against relegation as Davie has easily been our most consistent player this season, turning in a string of superb defensive performances.
Miller setback (March 5)
Cowden received a blow with the news that recovering defender Willie Miller has suffered a setback during training. Willie has been out of action for a couple of months with a calf injury but he recently returned to the training ground. He was hoping to be back in action for the forthcoming relegation run-in but this now looks unlikely.
Meanwhile, utility man Gary Fusco has commenecd light training after his bout of glandular fever but it will be some time before he is ready to return to the fray.
Wilson set to return (March 4)
Imposing central defender Keith Wilson is expected to be fully fit for Tuesday evening's vital relegation clash with Hamilton Accies at Central Park. Keith picked up a groin strain at Berwick and has missed the last couple of games, his place in the side being filled by 19-year-old Dave Mowat. Meanwhile, influential midfielder Craig Winter sustained a knock during the Forfar match but my money is on him starting the match against the Accies.