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Our First Steps

Our first season as a Junior Club 1964/65
Oakley’s first steps as a Junior Club were taken as stated in the Introduction during the 1964-65 Season. Following the Clubs “birth” on the 22nd April their inaugural League game was at home to the then Triple League Champions LOCHORE WELFARE. The score on that day we’ve recently found out went in favour of the visitors who ran out 5-2 winners.

Oakley United had an indifferent first season in the Fife League Winning only 10 of their 28 league games, drawing 3 but unfortunately losing 15. Scoring a total of 55 goals in the process versus the 74 scored against.

Overall it was a creditable first year, finishing tenth out of fifteen but well behind that year’s Champions ST ANDREWS UNITED. Oakley’s biggest win of the season within the league program was a 5-2 victory away to Frances Colliery, with their most satisfying result a 2-2 home draw versus St Andrews. At that time Oakley United played all their matches at Woodside Park, Blairhall as their new ground in Oakley was not yet ready.

If the League performance was “Indifferent” within the Cups the season can only be termed as “POOR” . In each of the seven cup competitions Oakley only progressed to the second round on two occasions and on each of those they got beat again. The full Cup data for that season was….

Scottish Cup
1st Rd (A) St Andrews United, Lost 1-3
Fife Cup
1st Rd (H) Lochgelly Albert, Won 4-2
2nd Rd (H) Lochore Welfare, Lost 0-1
Cowdenbeath Cup
1st Rd (A) Dundonald Bluebell, Lost 3-6
West Fife Cup
1st Rd (A) Glenrothes, Lost 1-5
Mitchell Cup
1st Rd (A) Tulliallan Thistle, Lost 2-4
Express Cup
1st Rd (A) Frances Colliery Won 7-1
2nd Rd (A) Nairn Thistle, Lost 2-5
League Cup (Not all results available)
(H) Lochore Welfare, Lost 0-2
(A) Blairhall Colliery, Lost 2-5
(H) Clackmannan, Lost 1-4
(A) Lochgelly Albert, Drew 2-2
(H) Comrie Colliery, Lost 1-7
(A) Lochore Welfare, Lost 0-2
(H) Jubilee Athletic, Lost 3-4
(A) Tulliallan Thistle, Won 3-2

It was tentative first steps, but it was steps that were being taken around that time by numerous “new” Junior Clubs. Clackmannan had joined the Junior ranks just a few years earlier in the 61/62 season, Tulliallan Thistle and Comrie Colliery during 62/63 and Valleyfield Colliery in 65/66 as did Kelty Rangers. The Interesting fact in this however is that Oakley United is the only one of these clubs still playing today.
Comrie Colliery technically is still playing as they later changed their name back to that of Steelend Victoria.

First Steps maybe, but every journey to success has them…