Home » Club History

Club History

Supported by the Committee, Oakley are focussed on the development of both the playing staff as well as Blairwood Park itself. Plans have been drawn up to build a new Pavilion that is in keeping with the modern junior game.

But Oakley was almost not a Junior Club! It came into existence on Sunday 5th April 1964 at a public meeting held in the Community Centre Oakley, It was decided that a NEW Club previously playing as “Comrie Colliery Junior Football Club” would by a vote of 10 to 8 be formed, to play as a Junior club rather than a Juvenile one and would be known as OAKLEY UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB.

With that agreed the grand sum of £369 was transferred from the account of Comrie Colliery Juniors and Oakley United was formed.

The 22nd August 1964 was a red letter day for Oakley United when they played their very first match versus LOCHORE WELFARE. The gate made £8-3-0 and after expenses Oakley made £3-6-4, the Score is unknown for that first game but the Oakley team on the day was..

J Wilson
H Wilson Ferguson
Dow Porteous Westwater
Gray Millar Morgan Spence Johnstone
It took Oakley seven years to make their mark on Junior Football winning the “Cowdenbeath Cup” during the 1970/71 season, and winning the league Title the following year.

Oakley went on to win the League again on 5 more occasions the most recent being in 2000/01. (Full list of Honours shown right).

But information found in the Club’s minutes, show that despite not winning any trophies in those early years Oakley still contributed to the Junior game, Supplying a number of players to senior clubs between the years 1964-70 such as John Fyffe & B Poole to Cowdenbeath, Robert Aitken to Raith Rovers, Stewart Wheatley to Falkirk, Arthur Walsh to Dunfermline Athletic and Richard Mowbray to Aston Villa.

Another interesting fact found in the minutes, that during the seasons 64-66 Oakley United played a young goalkeeper called William Newbigging, father of today’s Player/manager.

One of the funniest entries was in Dec 1966, when Aberdeen club Sunnybank were so appreciative of Oakley’s hospitality during their 2nd round Scottish Cup match that they sent the club a box of KIPPERS!

Another entry of Interest was that current Dunfermline Manager JIM LEISHMAN was at Oakley for a Short time and I do mean SHORT! An entry in the minutes dated 3rd March 1981 mentions his agreement to join Oakley as their Manager and on the 12th March ( 9 days Later ) It mentions his letter of resignation … Not even long enough for a verse in one of his Infamous poems.

Trophies and titles came on a regular basis over the next few years and In 2001/02, Oakley won promotion to the newly formed “Super League-East Region” and in that their first year, finished in seventh place staying up on the very last day after beating Tayport who were the current League Champions and OVD Scottish Cup holders 1 – 0 thanks to a Callum Graham goal who slammed the ball into the net after a young Craig Morrison had tested the Tayport keeper.

Oakley survived for another two seasons in the top league but were relegated at the end of the 04/05 season.

Oakley’s first season back in Fife football was a successful one winning the ACA sponsored league Cup beating Kelty Hearts in the final and more Importantly Winning the Fife League for a seventh time.

In more recent times, there has been relegation in two succesive seasons. Season 2007/08 saw us relegated from the Super League and the following seaon another relagation took us back to Regional football in the East of Scotland Central League. Season 2009/10 saw Oakley finish runners up to Thornton Hibs in the league campaign before our recent promotion back to the Premier League as Central League Champions in season 2010/11.

So Welcome to our new website, enjoy and we hope to see you at Blairwood Park soon.