HOWE of Fife Rugby Club has confirmed it is in the very early stages of exploring the possible relocation of its clubhouse facilities to Cupar’s Duffus Park.
President, David Harley, said that the club’s committee had appointed a working party to assess in practical and financial terms how feasible, or not, such a move might be.
Stressing the idea was “very much in its infancy,” Mr Harley confirmed that preliminary meetings had been held with representatives of Fife Council and with local elected members to gauge reaction and assess potential options.
He said that whilst the concept would be “attractive in rugby terms”, no decisions would or could be taken until the club had completed its feasibility study and consulted fully with its members.
Howe of Fife Rugby Club was formed in 1921 and consisted mainly of farmers who played at Heatherinch Farm, Ladybank.
A move to Drumtennant Farm at the south end of Ladybank took place in 1923, and Howe continued as one of the best sides in the Midlands District until the breakaway movement to revive Cupar RFC took away many of its better players.
After the Second World War it was realised that a merger was in the best interests of both parties, and this eventually took place in 1946.
The combined club played its matches at the Bell Baxter High School’s playing fields at Wetlands, Cupar, until 1951 when it relocated to the newly created annex of Duffus Park.
Duffus Park annex did not have a pavilion and the club had to use the Royal Hotel in Cupar as its changing and washing-up accommodation.
This practice came to an end in September 1958 with the opening of a new pavilion at the west side of the park.
Although it has a 280-seater stand and changing facilities in Duffus Park, the club’s activities have been split between Duffus Park and the clubhouse in Provost Wynd, which also serves as a meeting place for other local organisations.