Beith Juniors F.C.

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Beith Juniors
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Full nameBeith Juniors Football Club
Nickname(s)The Mighty, The Cabes
Founded1938
GroundBellsdale Park, Beith
Capacity2,000
ChairmanJohn Boal
Managervacant
LeagueSJFA West Premiership
2018–19SJFA West Premiership, 4th of 16

Beith Juniors Football Club are a Scottish football club from the town of Beith, North Ayrshire. Members of the Scottish Junior Football Association, they compete in the SJFA West Region Premiership, having been promoted as runners-up in the First Division in 2013–14, and play at Bellsdale Park. Their main rival is Kilbirnie Ladeside.

History[edit]

Formed in 1938, they play in black and white strips (uniforms) and their nicknames are the Cabes or the Mighty. They were formed as a junior football successor to the disbanded senior side Beith, who had previously competed in the Scottish Football League.

The club won two West of Scotland Cups in the 60's amidst various league titles and then embarked on an unbeaten 3 match tour of the Netherlands. A relatively barren spell in the 70s followed with some minor cup successes in the 80s followed by relegation to the Ayrshire Second Division and promotion back to the First Division before a successful cup spell in the 1990s.

In 2008-09, the club won the West of Scotland Cup Final, beating Auchinleck Talbot 2-1 in the final at Pollok and won the West Premier Title the following season by a then record number of points qualifying for the Scottish Cup proper.

During the 2010–11 season, Beith entered the Scottish Cup at the first round stage after qualifying as champions of the West of Scotland Super League Premier Division. In the first round they defeated Linlithgow Rose 2–0 and Glasgow University 8–1 in the second round. In the third round they faced Second Division Airdrie United and led 2–0 with ten minutes remaining of the tie at the Excelsior Stadium, before full-back Marc McShane was red carded. Paul Lovering scored from the resulting cross and Jamie Bain equalised in injury time. Beith were then defeated 4–3 in the replay at Bellsdale Park.[1]

The club won the Scottish Junior Cup for the first time in 2015–16, defeating Pollok on penalties after a 1–1 draw.[2]

During the 2016-17 season the club entered the Scottish Cup, progressing through two preliminary rounds to the 3rd round where they were defeated by Greenock Morton, 6-0 at Bellsdale Park.

During the 2017-18 season, the club won the West of Scotland Premier Division title pipping Auchinleck Talbot by one point on the final day of the league season. The club then won the Evening Times Champions Cup on the final night of the season, a Friday at Benburb beating Petershill in the final.

During the 2018–19, Beith Juniors progressed through two preliminary rounds and the 1st and 2nd round proper to play against Championship leaders at the time, Ayr Utd making this the first all Ayrshire Junior and Senior Scottish Cup tie, Beith holding the Honest Men for 62 minutes before conceding then losing two goals in the last five minutes after trying to chase a result to lose 0-3. The club won the West of Scotland Cup in the final game of the season, beating Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in the final at Meadow Park.

The team have been managed since April 2013 by John Millar. Who previously managed the club from 2008 to May 2012.[3]

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 September 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Scotland GK Stephen Grindlay
Scotland GK Michael White
Scotland DF Ryan Docherty
Scotland DF Nicky Docherty
Scotland DF Conner McGlinchey
Scotland DF John Sheridan
Scotland DF Brian McQueen
Scotland DF Steven Noble
Scotland DF Kevin Green
Scotland DF Larry McMahon
No. Position Player
Scotland MF Darren Christie
Scotland MF Paul Frize
Scotland MF Gary Fisher
Scotland MF Joe Bradley
Scotland MF Jamie Wilson
Scotland MF Darren Ramsay
Scotland FW Sean McIlroy
Scotland FW Keir Milliken
Scotland FW Kenny McLean
Scotland FW Ross McKenzie

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager John Millar
Coach Steven Convery
Coach Derek Rhoddan
Coach Tam Miller
Physio TBC

Managers[edit]

Pre-1983, the team was selected by match committee.

  • John Minford: 1983–1989
  • Paul Clarke: 1989–1990
  • Dennis Gray: 1990–1995
  • Dick Brock: 1995–1996
  • Frank Lovering: 1996–1999
  • Neil Muggins: 1999–2000
  • Sandy MacLean: 2000–2001
  • Brian Stevenston: 2001–2002
  • Dennis Gray: July 2002 – April 2006
  • Frank Lynch: May 2006 – March 2008
  • John Millar: March 2008 – May 2011
  • Stevie Easton: June 2011 – November 2012
  • Frank Lynch: November 2012 – March 2013
  • John Millar: April 2013–present

Honours[edit]

Scottish Junior Cup

  • Winners: 2015–16

West of Scotland Premier Division League

  • Winners 2009–10, 2017–18

West of Scotland Cup

  • Winners 1965–66, 1966–67, 2008–09, 2018-19

Evening Times Champions Cup

  • 2017-18

West of Scotland Super League 1st Division

  • Runners-up (promoted) - 2006-07, 2013–14

Defunct Competitions[edit]

  • Ayrshire League champions
    • 1964–65, 1968–69
  • North Ayrshire League Section winners
    • 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1968–69
  • Ayrshire Second Division champions
    • 1986–87
  • Ayrshire Cup (inc Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup, Ayrshire Cup, Ayrshire Junior Cup & Ayrshire Junior Challenge Cup)
    • 1954–55, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1977–78, 1990–91, 1991–92, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2015–16
  • West League Cup
    • 1956–57
  • Cunninghame/North Ayrshire Cup
    • 1993–94, 2003–04
  • Ayrshire/Irvine District Cup (Now merged with Ayrshire Cup)
    • 1960–61, 1964–65, 1967–68, 1990–91, 1994–95
  • Jackie Scarlett Cup / Rockware Glass League Cup / Ardagh Glass Cup
    • 1981–82, 1991–92, 1993–94, 2004–05

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beith 3–4 Airdrie United". BBC Sport. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  2. ^ Macpherson, Graeme (30 May 2016). "Sunshine on Beith as Ayrshire side win Scottish Junior Cup for first time". The Herald. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Frank Lynch leaves, John Millar re-joins". Beith Juniors FC. Retrieved 18 April 2013.

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