Groundhopper: Kelty Hearts 5 Hill Of Beath 1 (13/5/17) (Malcolm Stephenson)

Kelty Hearts 5 Hill Of Beath 1



Games in England maybe be running out but you can always guarantee a few matches still going on in Scotland. I took the train to this one and it was pleasant journey up to Edinburgh with a connecting train North to Cowdenbeath. From there it was a connecting bus to Kelty just a few miles outside of Cowdenbeath. 

The club were formed in 1975 and their New Central Park ground is a must do for any groundhopper. They have a cracking set up there including a 3G pitch, floodlights and three covered stands for standing spectators. The club also produce an excellent programme and seem supported by really healthy crowds at each game. The only thing missing is a seated stand but the club have plans in situ to remedy this by hopefully building one in the near future. Apparently the club are receiving seats from Hearts FC when they renovate their own ground.  Someone at the club told me the club once to be called Kelty Rangers at one time. They folded and reformed but could no longer add the Rangers part to their title. The Kelty Hearts club has a feeling of close association with their senior namesake. Maroon and White are their colours, with the ground, their strips and supporters also supporting the same colours as the ‘Jam Tarts’.


Kelty play in the SJFA East Superleague and are currently jostling with Bonnyrigg Rose for the title. Unfortunately even if they win it there is no promotion. One fan I was talking to was saying at some point the club hope to be in the Lowland league. With the set up here at Kelty they would certainly not look out of place in that league and hopefully one day they


Today’s opponents were Hill of Beath who are based just a few miles down the road. They are a lower down in the league this season as they faced Kelty in this local derby. However you would not have thought that as the game got underway and the play freely flowed. In fact Hill of Beath belied their lowly position and in fact took an early lead. Unfortunately for them it was to be short lived as Kelty soon equalised. When they did the goal was celebrated over the Tannoy, with Status Quos “Rocking all over the World”. It did not take much longer for Kelty to put their stamp onto the game when they went ahead soon after their equaliser. Again that goal was met by another rendition of “Rockling all over the World”. By the third goal that tune was starting to grate on me somewhat and I thought about the poor Kelty fans having to go through every goal of the season with that tune. A high price to pay for their season’s success.


Kelty had even more chances in the first half with a missed penalty and hitting the bar to miss out on increasing their lead. It could have been at least 5-1 at half time but the teams went in 3-1. After the restart Kelty quickly scored again to make it 4-1 and that was how the game remained despite dominant Kelty pressure.


Kelty now have a real title chasing game on Wednesday when they play Bonnyrigg Rose which could decide the title. I now wish I had not been at work and could have gone to that game. But in the meantime I would certainly recommend a trip to Kelty Hearts if you get the chance.




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