Special season for Bowhill

Bowhill Rovers AFC - quintuple winners in Fife amateur footballl, season 2013-14
Bowhill Rovers AFC - quintuple winners in Fife amateur footballl, season 2013-14
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Bowhill Rovers AFC have just completed their most successful ever season in amateur football.

The Cardenden club lifted five of the six trophies up for grabs in Fife over the course of the 2013-14 campaign, and did so with a squad almost entirely of players from the village.

Bowhill’s silverware-laden season included the Kingdom Challenge Cup, the Fence & Deck Cup and the Scottish Brewers Cup.

The prestigious Fosters Fife Amateur Cup, the trophy all local clubs crave, was also won thanks to a 3-2 win over Pittenweem Rovers.

The Wallsgreen Park men also clinched the Kingdom Caledonian League title - regarded as the top amateur league in Fife - finishing four points ahead of runners-up Leven United.

The team, managed by Mike Reilly, also reached the last 16 of the Scottish Cup before being knocked out by last year’s winners Wellhouse.

Stevie McGuiness, a former player and current coach, told the Press: “It’s been a special season.

“It’s so long since the last time Bowhill won a trophy that the photos are black and white.

“To win five cups in one season is fantastic for everyone connected with the club.

“There’s a good crop of players in the village right now, but they’ve got the right attitude, which is the most important thing.

“The whole village is on a high and some of the crowds we’ve been getting have been unbelievable.”

The original Bowhill Rovers were formed in 1930 and won several titles before folding in 1951 due to a lack of funding from the local pit.

The club reformed in 2001 under the guidance of chairman James Hastie, who still holds the position to this day.

Despite reaching a handful of cup finals since since, silverware had always proved elusive – until this season’s remarkable quintuple.

Another string in the club’s bow was defender Mark McCormack’s recent call-up to the Scotland Amateur squad, as featured in last week’s Press.

“There’s probably a good half dozen who could play at a higher level,” Stevie added.

“There’s a lot of young guys in the early 20s and I’ll be surprised if a few of them don’t go on to play junior football.”

Bowhill’s record-breaking club captain, Mark Buist, is a former Raith Rovers defender, while top scorer Jamie Gay hit the net 36 times in 39 games.