Friday, 6 August 2010

Dunbar United (Scotland)

Although Dunbar United formed officially in 1925, their history can be traced back as far as 1880, when a team called Dunbar FC played Aberlady in a friendly. Over the intervening years, a number of Dunbar clubs were formed and disappeared almost as quickly, with fabulous names like Dunbar Bluebell, Dunbar Thistle, Dunbar Britannia, Dunbar Castle, Dunbar Star and Dunbar Comrades. All of these threads came together in 1924 when a juvenile club called Dunbar United were formed, but a year later their committee decided that they were ready fot the step up to Junior football, and they joined the Berwickshire Junior League.

Since then, this fine club from the lovely seaside town of Dunbar in East Lothian, just 28 miles to the east of Edinburgh, has won the Edinburgh & District League twice, the East Region Division Two three times and the East Region Cup another three times. But their biggest honour came when they won the prestigious and hard-to-win Scottish Junior Cup in 1961 - a feat akin to winning the FA Vase in England.

They play at the 25000 capacity New Countess Park, part of a multisports facility that they share with the town's rugby club. But despite such a long and successful history the club nearly folded in 2008, when a mix of financial problems and lack of interest almost put paid to them. But they bounced back stronger than ever, and with a new committee at the helm they hope that their greatest achievements still lay ahead.

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