Celebrating 100 years at St Andrews United

The proud history of St Andrews United is being celebrated this week as the club turns 100-years-old.

By Scott Inglis
Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 9:56 am
The exhibition charts the 100 year history of St Andrews United
The exhibition charts the 100 year history of St Andrews United

It was on May 17, 1921 that the club was created with the original aim of providing a recreational outlet for service personnel from the First World War.

The club quickly developed and would become one of the top semi-professional sides in the kingdom.

To mark the milestone, an exhibition has been created upstairs at The Citizen Building on the corner of South Street and Church Street.

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United’s most notable achievement came in May 1960 when Romeo Borella scored two goals in the Scottish junior cup final victory over Greenock.

The club has also won the Fife junior league seven times.

Club historian and secretary, Donald Gellatly, said: “The club has already postponed a marquee evening, golf day and special friendly match versus Greenock because of the pandemic, yet I began planning the exhibition more than a year ago.

"Thankfully, the Scottish government lifted some of the Covid-19 restrictions at the end of April so the exhibition is proceeding as planned in a safe environment.”

Visitors to the gallery, run by J&G Innes, will be able to read about the rich history of St Andrews United view player profiles on the wall of fame and spot familiar faces in old team photographs.

There is a wide range of memorabilia on display including old-fashioned leather balls, medals, flags, pennants, trophies, programmes and strips.

A history booklet will be on sale at J&G Innes throughout the exhibition and is full of stats, stories and photos.

Mr Gellatly added: “I hope that supporters and visitors to the auld grey toun enjoy the exhibition, whether they spend a few minutes looking at the photographs or time reading the articles on the walls. My favourite item on display is an exact replica of the shirt worn in the 1960 Scottish Cup Final, which Mr Borella has signed.

"The Citizen is a great venue in which to hold an exhibition because of the layout and central location.”

The exhibition will run until May 24.

Entry is free but donations are welcome.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​