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Published : 29 Aug 2011 20:34:49
Fife's non-league representatives Burntisland Shipyard take the long trip to Aberdeenshire Junior side Culter in the 1st Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. Burntisland's greatest claim to football fame is that the man who formed Arsenal FC was from the Fife coastal town. As unlikely as it seems the town holds that claim to fame. It is the birthplace of Arsenal Football Club founding member, David Danskin. Danskin founded the club, then named Royal Arsenal, with three friends - Elijah Watkins, John Humble and Richard Pearce in 1885 in the Royal Oak pub in Woolwich, London. Burntisland Shipyard were formed in 1919 thanks to contributions from local workers and although the shipyard folded many years ago the local club still proudly holds the name of its birthplace. No longer required to qualify for the SFA Cup via the Qualifying Cup (South) Shipyard drew Juniors Culter away from home in the 1st Round draw in Glasgow on 29th August. It will be a difficult tie for the Fifers and they will do well to bring the ambitious northern Junior outfit back to the Kingdom for a replay. Qualification for the Scottish Cup proper via the old Qualifying Cup method has happened on few occasions, but they first qualified in 1935–36 season when they hosted Dumbarton in a first round tie. They held the league side to a creditable 2–2 draw in front of 600 fans on 25 January 1936 before being defeated 3–1 in a replay at Dumbarton on 29 January 1936. They qualified for the cup once again in 1938–39 season, and hosted Celtic on 21 January 1939. They were defeated 8–3 in front of a crowd of 2,000, but were only losing 3–2 at half-time in the game. It is little known outside the Kingdom of Fife that Shipyard have already suffered an embarrassing cup defeat this season. Just last month they lost 11-0 at home to Cowdenbeath in a 1st Round Fife Cup tie so they have pride as well as a 2nd Round place to play for in September up north.