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
ManagerBryan Young
LeagueWest of Scotland League Premier Division
2020–21West of Scotland League Premier Division (season abandoned)
WebsiteClub website

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 West of Scotland Football League. Beith 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 60s 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, beating Auchinleck Talbot 2–1 in the final at Pollok. The following season they won the West Premier title by a then record number of points, meaning they qualified for the senior Scottish Cup.

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 3–0. 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 had been managed since April 2013 by John Millar. Who previously managed the club from 2008 to May 2012.[3]

Bryan Young was appointed as manager on 27 January 2020 replacing Millar.[4]

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 September 2020[5]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Scotland SCO Dale Burgess
DF Scotland SCO Nicky Docherty
DF Scotland SCO Ryan Docherty
DF Scotland SCO Iain Gray
DF Scotland SCO Steven Noble
DF Scotland SCO Daniel O'Neill
DF Scotland SCO Conner McGlinchey
DF Scotland SCO Larry McMahon
DF Scotland SCO Alistair Park
MF Scotland SCO Paul Frize (captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Scotland SCO Jordan Hood
MF Scotland SCO Darren Ramsay
MF Scotland SCO Bryan Young
MF Scotland SCO Derek Hepburn
MF Scotland SCO Callum Imrie
MF Scotland SCO Calum Watt
FW Scotland SCO Kenny McLean
FW Scotland SCO Kevin Watt
FW Scotland SCO Sean McIlroy
FW Scotland SCO Jamie Conn

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Bryan Young
Assistant manager Chris Friel
Coach John Sherry
Goalkeeping coach Alan Kerr

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 – January 2020
  • Bryan Young: January 2020–present

Honours[edit]

Scottish Junior Cup

  • Winners: 2015–16

West of Scotland Super League Premier Division

  • 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 First 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.
  4. ^ Paterson, Colin (24 January 2020). "Beith Juniors appoint manager Bryan Young as new era at Bellsdale begins". Daily Record. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Squad list - Beith Juniors FC". www.beithjuniors.com. Retrieved 28 September 2020.

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