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Ceremony At Central Park

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Ceremony At Central Park

PostedNovember 2, 2018

138 years of history will be celebrated at a ceremony at Central Park tomorrow with the unveiling of Cowdenbeath FC’s Club 135 Roll of Honour Board at 2pm before the match v Elgin City. The Board lists the names of almost 500 people who have donated 10 or more to Cowdenbeath FC’s Club 135 appeal – fans, well-wishers and over 100 famous folk such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Gordon Brown, Judy Murray, Ally McCoist and Neil Lennon. Club 135 is an initiative intended to help Honour the Past and Ensure a Future for Cowdenbeath FC.

In the 1880s, the three Miller sisters came with their families from Cumnock in Ayrshire to settle in the mining ‘boom town’ of Cowdenbeath. The three sisters were Margaret Pollock, Gibson Dougary, and Agnes Ferguson. Margaret Pollock was a second hand furniture dealer and her family included 8 sons. The boys discovered that football had not yet found its way to Cowdenbeath and as one son Dave Pollock recalled in 1952, ‘Mither decided that we’d got tae hae a ba’ so she went tae Glesgae and brocht ane back. That ba’ was really the start o’ footba’ here’. That football was purchased for 13 shillings at Matthew Brown’s in the Saltmarket. This was the first time the leather sphere had been seen in Cowdenbeath. Two of Margaret’s sons, John and James Pollock, along with their cousin John Dougary then established a football club in town in June 1880 – now Fife’s oldest football club, Cowdenbeath FC. The descendants of the three Miller sisters over the years include John Pollock, the World Bowls Champion at Crystal Palace in 1907 who also built the Grand Theatre in Cowdenbeath; John Dougary, the local headmaster who also managed Cowdenbeath in two spells in the 1930s and 1950s plus signed the great Billy Liddell for Liverpool FC when he was scouting for the Anfield club; Jack Dougary who for many years was editor of the local newspaper, the Central Fife Times & Advertiser; Jennie Lee, the Labour MP, later Baroness Lee of Asheridge, who was the founder of the Open University and wife of Nye Bevan, the founder of the National Health Service; and Ron Ferguson well-known journalist, author, and former Church of Scotland Minister – Ron wrote the classic Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil which told the story of both the Cowdenbeath club and the local community – widely celebrated as a football cult classic.

Tomorrow at Central Park, the Club 135 Honours Board will be unveiled by descendants of the founders of Cowdenbeath FC– the three linked families of Pollock, Dougary and Ferguson - accompanied by Club Chairman Donald Findlay QC.

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