Fife derby

The Fife derby is a football rivalry that is based in Fife, Scotland. Matches are contested between any two SPFL clubs from Dunfermline Athletic, Raith Rovers (based in Kirkcaldy), East Fife (representing the Levenmouth area) and Cowdenbeath. As of 2021, a fifth Fife side, Kelty Hearts, entered the SPFL.

LocaleFife, Scotland
TeamsDunfermline Athletic
Raith Rovers
East Fife
Cowdenbeath
Kelty Hearts
First meeting22 August 1888
Cowdenbeath 2–4 Dunfermline Athletic
1888–89 Scottish Cup 2nd round
Statistics
Meetings total607 (July 2021)
Most winsRaith Rovers (134)
All-time record
  • Raith Rovers (134)
  • Dunfermline Athletic (118)
  • East Fife (114)
  • Cowdenbeath (107)
  • Draw (134)

OverviewEdit

The two best-supported clubs in the region are Dunfermline and Raith Rovers,[1] and in general their meetings attract the most interest, however any match between the four clubs is referred to as a 'Fife derby'.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] A fifth local club, Lochgelly United, competed in the Scottish Football League for five seasons (1921 to 1926).[11]

None of the clubs have won the Scottish League title or finished runners-up. All have played in the top division at one point in their history (although never all at the same time). East Fife were Scottish League Cup winners three times in six years between 1947 and 1953, while Dunfermline won the Scottish Cup twice in the 1960s; The only occasion when two clubs from the region met in a major cup final was in October 1949, when East Fife defeated Dunfermline 3–0 at Hampden Park to win the 1949–50 League Cup; the crowd of 39,744 is a record for a Fife derby match.

Raith Rovers are the only Fife team to have won the Scottish Challenge Cup, achieving this in 2014 with a win over Rangers.[12] Perhaps the most important Fife derby meeting of the early 21st century came a month after the Raith cup win, when Cowdenbeath overcame Dunfermline 4–1 on aggregate in the 2013–14 Championship play-off final to preserve their status in Scotland's second tier at their neighbours' expense.[13]

Dunfermline Athletic had their first sellout crowd in 15 years for a Fife derby played against First Division title rivals Raith Rovers in April 2011.[14] East Fife's record attendance at their old Bayview Park ground was also against Raith, attracting a 22,515 crowd in 1950.[15]

Senior non-league and JuniorsEdit

Prior to 2017, most of the other Fife clubs played in the Junior setup's East Region, with both Kelty Hearts and Tayport having won the East Superleague on two occasions. Burntisland Shipyard were the sole senior team, playing in the East of Scotland Football League.

In 2017 Kelty left the Juniors and joined the East of Scotland League (which is part of the senior pyramid) with the aim of rising through the divisions and becoming an SPFL club.[16][17] A year later several other teams from Fife followed suit, including Kelty's local rivals Hill of Beath Hawthorn,[18] plus Crossgates Primrose, Dundonald Bluebell, Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts, Oakley United, and St Andrews United. In 2019 Glenrothes made the same switch.

With the exception of Tayport who compete against teams in the Tayside area due to their proximity to Dundee, the remainder of the Fife Junior clubs—Kennoway Star Hearts, Kirkcaldy & Dysart, Lochgelly Albert, Lochore Welfare, Newburgh, Rosyth, and Thornton Hibs—moved across to the East of Scotland League for the 2020–21 season.

Results tablesEdit

Dunfermline v Raith RoversEdit

As of: 8 May 2021.[19]

Competition[a] GP DNF Dr RAR DNFG RARG
League[b] 102[c] 42 26 35 158 153
Scottish Cup 6 3 0 3 6 9
League Cup 8 3 2 3 12 14
Challenge Cup 2 1 0 1 1 2
Total 118 49 28 42 177 178

Dunfermline v East FifeEdit

As of: end of 2017–18 season.[20]

Competition[a] GP DNF Dr EAF DNFG EAFG
League[b] 52 17 12 23 91 105
Scottish Cup 4 1 1 2 5 9
League Cup 10 2 2[d] 6 14 27
Total 66 20 15 31 110 141

East Fife v Raith RoversEdit

As of: 10 October 2020.[21]

Competition[a] GP EAF Dr RAR EAFG RARG
League[b] 74 29 14 31 126 133
Scottish Cup 4 3 1 0 9 4
League Cup 21 7 4 10 40 41
Challenge Cup 1 0 0 1 2 3
Total 100 39 19 42 177 181

Cowdenbeath v DunfermlineEdit

As of: end of 2017–18 season.[22]

Competition[a] GP CWB Dr DNF CWBG DNFG
League[b] 80[e] 28 16 36 118 137
Scottish Cup 6 1 1 4 11 16
League Cup 8 0 1 7 7 23
Challenge Cup 2 0 0 2 2 6
Total 96 29 18 49 138 182

Cowdenbeath v East FifeEdit

As of: 10 October 2020.[23]

Competition[a] GP CWB Dr EAF CWBG EAFG
League[b] 105 36 29 40 170 175
Scottish Cup 1 0 0 1 1 2
League Cup 6 4 0 2 13 8
Challenge Cup 4 2 1 1 7 3
Total 116 42 30 44 191 188

Cowdenbeath v Raith RoversEdit

As of: 10 July 2021.[24]

Competition[a] GP CWB Dr RAR CWBG RARG
League[b] 94 29 23 42 137 171
Scottish Cup 1 0 0 1 0 2
League Cup 12 6 1 5 16 21
Challenge Cup 3 1 0 2 2 3
Total 110 36 24 50 155 197

Totals for four clubsEdit

As of: 10 July 2021.[19][20][21][22][23][24]

Competition[a] GP CWB DNF EAF RAR Dr CWBG DNF EAFG RARG
League[b] 508[c][e] 94 95 93 108 120 428 386 409 460
Scottish Cup 22 1 8 6 4 3 12 27 20 15
League Cup 65 10 12 15 18 10[d] 36 49 75 76
Challenge Cup 12 3 3 1 4 1 11 7 5 8
Total 607 107 118 114 134 134 484 469 506 556
Total goals: 2015

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Does not include unofficial wartime competitions, or regional tournaments like the Fife Cup.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Includes matches in different divisions, and from the different eras: SFL, SPL, SPFL.
  3. ^ a b Includes two matches in the 2021 playoffs (0–0, Raith 2–0 Dunfermline).
  4. ^ a b Includes 1 penalty shootout victory for Dunfermline in 2017 following a draw, counted as a win in the source but usually considered a draw
  5. ^ a b Includes two matches in the 2014 playoffs (1–1, Cowdenbeath 3–0 Dunfermline).

Kelty HeartsEdit

Upon being promoted to the SPFL in 2021, Kelty Hearts became the fifth member from the Kingdom of Fife.[25] Playing in the 2021–22 Scottish League Two, they will play against Cowdenbeath, with the two teams separated by just 2.7 miles.

Achievements by Fife clubsEdit

Up to and including season 2017–18.

Club Top tier
seasons[26]
Scottish League (level 1)[27] Scottish League (level 2)[28] Scottish League (level 3)[29] Scottish League (level 4)[30] Scottish Cup[31] League Cup[32] Challenge Cup[33]
W RU 3rd W RU W RU W RU W RU W RU W RU
Cowdenbeath 11 0 0 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dunfermline Athletic 38 0 0 2 4 9 2 2 0 0 2 3 0 3 0 0
East Fife 14 0 0 2 1 2 0 2 2 1 1 2 3 0 0 1
Raith Rovers 37 0 0 1 6 4 2 4 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0

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