THE final whistle has sounded on amateur football in Kennoway.
The village’s hugely successful team has folded – after its hopes of beginning this season with a fresh challenge went badly awry.
Kennoway aimed to join the Kingdom Caledonian Amateur Football Association, having won the Fife AFA Premier League crown five years running.
But an unfortunately erroneous registration attempt brought conflict with the Scottish AFA, which did not acknowledge it as a registered club.
Kennoway was advised that disbanding and reforming with a new name might enable it to enter the Kingdom Caledonian AFA – but the authorities ruled that Kennoway 83 AFC was effectively the same club, not a new one.
With all fixtures suspended, Kennoway was told an appeal was unlikely to succeed and, if it applied to re-enter the Fife AFA, it would – ironically – be classed as a new outfit and have to start in Division Two.
Now, the club is trying to look forward positively and step up to junior level – hopefully giving Levenmouth a presence once again in the junior game.
As it began preparations for a bid to join the East Fife Central League in 2013-14, manager Eck Davidson said: “We hope we can gain the community’s support and gain the momentum to give a good account of ourselves in the junior league, if we are accepted.”
He added the Cotlands Park outfit was a strong symbol of the Kennoway community and could claim to be the best supported amateur team in Scotland.
Mr Davidson accepted the club was at fault for missing the Kingdom Caledonian application deadline, but it had taken subsequent advice in good faith and felt the matter could have been handled far more efficiently.
A club Facebook statement on the decision to fold referred to “the circumstances of our exclusion and our disillusionment at the way in which the amateur game is presided over”.