Sunday league side conquer Fife

2212014 SSFF railway tavern 'Railway Tavern AFC, Cardenden who won all 4 competitions that they were entered into - at Moorside Park, Cardenden
2212014 SSFF railway tavern 'Railway Tavern AFC, Cardenden who won all 4 competitions that they were entered into - at Moorside Park, Cardenden

A SUNDAY football team from Cardenden has completed a historic clean sweep of honours in an all-conquering season.

Railway Tavern AFC won all four trophies up for grabs in the Fife Sunday Amateur Football League last season – the first club to do so since the association was formed in 2006.

The first trophy was secured in mid-April when Dunfermline Thistle were thrashed 6-0 in the final of the Samaritans League Cup.

By the end of the month, the CISWO Fife Cup was also in the bag following a 2-1 win over Lochore Castle in the final.

Another cup final win in mid-May, a 2-1 win over Kirkcaldy side Lang Toun Thistle, clinched the J.S Anderson Cup.

And the full set was completed a week later when they wrapped up the Premier League title, finishing the season unbeaten in all Fife competitions.

The only trophy missing from the collection was the Scottish Cup as the only defeat of their season came against eventual winners Finnart in the last 16 of the competition.

Manager Joe Smith, who formed the team in 2009, said: “We want to win every competition we enter so the boys are all delighted to have done the clean sweep.

“To have gone through a whole season with only one defeat to the Scottish champions is a brilliant achievement.

“It’s going to be a hard act to follow next season, but our big aim is to go further in the Scottish Cup.

“We’ll be looking to bring in one or two players to strengthen and make a real push for the Scottish.”

Joe was keen to point out that the team’s success comes against the backdrop of an improving standard of Sunday football.

He said: “There’s a lot of Saturday players who play on a Sunday now, and teams have to be really committed.

“The standard has definitely stepped up and for a team that’s only been running for three years, we’re making good progress.”

All but two of the Railway players hail from the village. The team captain was Barry Hatton and strikers Rikki McCafferty and Paul Ferrier scored 81 goals between them.