GOALS GALORE  
by Jim Stewart
 
Most fans know that Arbroath hold the record for most goals netted in a match.   In the first round of the Scottish Cup at the original Gayfield on 12th September 1885 the Red Lichties defeated Bon Accord 36-0.   Probably not so well known is that along the road on the same day and in the same competition Dundee Harp beat Aberdeen Rovers 35-0.   The 20th century record belongs to Stirling Albion who defeated Selkirk 20-0 in the first round of the Scottish Cup at Annfield on 8th December 1984.
 
Last season in the juniors new boys Kennoway Star Hearts achieved a 17-2 win over Coupar Angus in the North Division of the East Region while St Andrews United were 17-1 winners against Whitehills in the second round of the Scottish Junior Cup.
 
Given such goal tallies, I was not surprised to be asked what was the highest number of goals which I had seen a team net in a match.   Most of my spectating is at East Fife matches but I have never seen the team reaching double figures in a competitive game.   The only occasion in which the side has breached the ten goals' barrier was on 11th December 1937 when Edinburgh City were defeated 13-2 in a Second Division match at Bayview.   That was before my time!
 
The most goals which I have seen a team score was by East Fife Reserves who beat Civil Service Strollers 14-0 in an East of Scotland League encounter at Bayview on 10th January 1959.   The club had entered the reserve team into the East league after being relegated from the First Division at the end of season 1957-58.
 
In that era East Fife was also known to host services' teams at Bayview.   I could vaguely remember watching a match in which the Methil side notched a fairly high number of goals against a military side.   At the outset I thought it might have been against Scottish Command but perusal of the club's records showed that the result in a floodlight friendly was a 4-1 win on 8th November 1958.  I was not far out in my timing, however, when I discovered that on Saturday, 19th October 1958, East Fife had defeated RAF Scotland 13-1.
 
On the other side of the coin, East Fife have never conceded ten goals in a match although they have come perilously close to doing so at times.   The first was on 10th January 1931 when they lost 9-1 to Celtic at Parkhead in what was their first-ever season in the First Division.   In the League Cup at Broomfield on 31st August 1957 the Fifers lost to Airdrieonians also by 9-1.   A few weeks later on 5th October, Hearts inflicted a 9-0 league defeat on the Bayview team.   That is the biggest loss ever suffered by the club.   The last example is a 9-1 defeat by Dundee at Dens Park in the third round of the Scottish Cup on 9th February 1966.   That match was probably my first visit to the Dark Blues' ground.
 
Having mentioned above that the most goals which I have seen scored by East Fife Reserves is 14, I feel that I should record that their record defeat was 15-0 by Aberdeen Reserves in a Division C match at Pittodrie on 30th December 1950.
 
To return to the world of junior football, it is not unknown for me to take in midweek matches notably in Fife and the Lothians early and late in the season.   Only once have I spectated at a match in which a team netted ten goals.   That was on 22nd August 2000 at Keir's Park where Hill of Beath Hawthorn defeated Steelend Vics 10-0.
 
Jim Stewart, 3(1F2) Comely Bank Terrace, Edinburgh, EH4 1AT
 
 
 
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