Gala Fairydean Rovers F.C.

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Gala Fairydean Rovers Football Club are a Scottish association football club based in the town of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. The club competes in the Lowland League, after joining from the East of Scotland Football League in 2013. At the same time the club changed its name to Gala Fairydean Rovers, following a merger between Gala Fairydean and Gala Rovers. The club plays its home matches at Netherdale in Galashiels.[6][7]

Gala Fairydean Rovers
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Full nameGala Fairydean Rovers Football Club
Nickname(s)GFR[1][2]
Founded2013
GroundNetherdale, Galashiels
Capacity4,000[3]
ChairmanRyan Cass[4]
ManagerNeil Hastings[5]
LeagueLowland League
2019–20Lowland League, 11th of 16
WebsiteClub website

Gala Fairydean won the East of Scotland Football League eight times and finished runners-up on seven occasions. The club reached 15 Scottish Qualifying Cup South finals, winning it 11 times, before the competition was abolished in 2007. Gala Fairydean Rovers qualify automatically for the Scottish Cup as a member of the Scottish Football Association (SFA). The best performance by the club was reaching the third round, done on five occasions.[8][9] Gala Rovers won the Border Amateur Football League 13 times.

HistoryEdit

Gala Fairydean Rovers was first formed in 1894. In 1907 the club was separated into two teams, known as Gala Fairydean and Gala Rovers.[1] The first Gala Rovers was the reserve team of Gala Fairydean.[1] Both clubs ceased operations in 1914 due to the outbreak of the First World War and the consequent loss of male population in Galashiels.[1] Gala Fairydean resumed in 1919, after the war had ended, and was a founder member of the East of Scotland Football League in 1923.

Gala Rovers were only reformed in 1947 and joined the Border Amateur League. Although the two clubs were separate, they were closely linked through operations such as a joint lottery. Although Gala Fairydean were a semi-professional club and needed funds to pay players, Gala Rovers were amateur and could save some of the funds generated. This helped to fund construction of the 1960s main stand at Netherdale. Gala Fairydean applied to join the Scottish Football League in 1966, 1994, 2000 and 2002, but were unsuccessful on each occasion.

The two clubs merged to form Gala Fairydean Rovers in 2013.[10] The club was admitted into the new Lowland Football League in 2013.

StadiumEdit

 
The main stand at Netherdale, which is a Category A listed building.

Gala Fairydean first played its home matches at Eastlands Park in Galashiels between 1909 and 1913, before moving to Mossilee for a spell until the 1920s. The club moved back to Eastlands, and stayed until 1929, when Netherdale was opened.[1] Netherdale has been the club's home since 1929 and is located in the south-east of Galashiels.[6][7] The ground's main spectator stand was designed by architect Peter Womersley, alongside engineers Ove Arup and built between 1963 and 1965. The stand has a capacity for 750 spectators and the ground as a whole up to 4,000.[3] The cantilevered concrete structure is protected as a Category A listed building.[11] The club bought 300 seats from Newcastle United's St James' Park stadium when it was refurbished, but were replaced in 2006 by wooden benches.[12]

Current squadEdit

As of 2 April 2021[13]

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   SCO Fraser Morton
GK   SCO Kit McRitchie
DF   SCO Ben Herdman
DF   SCO Craig McBride
DF   SCO Calum Hall
DF   SCO Gareth Rodger
DF   SCO Lewis Grant
MF   SCO Danny Galbraith (captain)
MF   SCO Liam Campbell
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   SCO Scott-Taylor Mackenzie
MF   SCO Tommy Patterson
MF   SCO Marc Berry
MF   SCO Archie Roue
MF   SCO Jake Campbell
FW   SCO Zander Murray
FW   SCO Ross Aitchison
FW   SCO Phil Addison

Season-by-season recordEdit

Lowland LeagueEdit

Season Div. Pos. Pld. W D L Pts. Scottish Cup
Gala Fairydean Rovers
2013–14 Lowland League 10th 22 7 2 13 23 2nd Round, losing to Clyde
2014–15 Lowland League 8th 26 9 7 10 34 1st Round, losing to Gretna 2008
2015–16 Lowland League 11th 28 10 2 16 32 1st Round, losing to Linlithgow Rose
2016–17 Lowland League 10th 30 11 7 12 40 2nd Round, losing to Elgin City
2017–18 Lowland League 13th 30 8 7 15 31 1st Round, losing to Keith
2018–19 Lowland League 8th 28 10 4 14 34 3rd Round, losing to East Kilbride
2019–20 Lowland League 11th† 25 7 6 12 27 2nd Round Replay, losing to Formartine United
2020–21 Lowland League 6th† 12 7 1 4 22 1st Round, losing to Annan Athletic

† Season curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

CupEdit

  • Scottish Qualifying Cup South:[15]
    • Winners (11): 1961, 1965, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991
    • Runners-up (4): 1981, 1988, 1992, 1996
  • King Cup:
    • Winners (11): 1911-12, 1912–13, 1914–15, 1929–30, 1946–47, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1988–89
  • East of Scotland Qualifying Cup:
    • Winners (10): 1926-27, 1946–47, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1994–95
  • East of Scotland City Cup:
    • Winners (2): 1960-61, 1987–88
  • East of Scotland League Cup:
    • Winners (2): 1968-69, 1993–94

Gala Rovers AFCEdit

BAFA HonoursEdit

  • Winners (13): 1951, 1953, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1978, 1987, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2013

B Division

  • Winners (1): 1995

South Cup

  • Winners (4):1954, 1963, 1964, 2007

Border Cup

  • Winners (6): 1963, 1968, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003

Beveridge Cup

  • Winners (6): 1954, 1967, 1978, 1996, 2003, 2013

Wright Cup

  • Winners (4):1963, 1966, 1985, 1995

Walls Cup

  • Winners (1): 1995

Waddel Cup

  • Winners (3): 1988, 2001, 2003

Dudley Cup

  • Winners (4): 1949, 1950, 1953, 2013

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e All-time Scottish Football Club Directory 1829-2009 - Gala Fairydean Archived 20 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Scottish Football Historical Football Archive. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  2. ^ Gala Fairydean FC, pyramidpassion.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b Netherdale Football Ground, soccerway.com. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  4. ^ [1], New chairman takes the helm at Gala FR. Retrieved 09 January 2019.
  5. ^ "NEW GFR MANAGEMENT RESTRUCTURE ANNOUNCED". GALA FAIRYDEAN ROVERS FOOTBALL CLUB. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b Information - Gala Fairydean Archived 30 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine, East of Scotland Football Association. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  7. ^ a b Netherdale, footballgroundmap.com. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  8. ^ Football Results Summary for Gala Fairydean, londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  9. ^ Gala Fairydean, www.fchd.info. Football Club History Database. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Gala Fairydean Rovers look towards a united future". Southern Reporter. Johnston Publishing. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Gala Fairydean Rovers stand upgraded to A-listed". The Scotsman. Johnston Publishing. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  12. ^ Gala Fairydean - Ground Archived 3 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Vale of Leithen F.C.. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Gala Fairydean Rovers Football Club | FIRST TEAM SQUAD". Gala Fairydean Rovers Football Club. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  14. ^ a b c East of Scotland Football League - Final tables 1923-date Archived 1 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Scottish Football Historical Archive. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  15. ^ Scotland - List of Qualifying Cup Finals, rsssf.com. RSSSF. 15 December 2004. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
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