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Club History

  • Club Formed in 1910.
     
  • Reformed in January 26th 1919
     
  • First pitch was Seafield Park, and they played in the Huntly & District League.
     
  • Sir John W Kynoch donated Kynoch Park in 1922.
     
  • Entered Highland League in 1924.
     
  • Record Home Defeat 1-9 against Elgin City in 1925.
     
  • Played first ever Scottish Cup tie in 1926, losing 7-3 at Peebles Rovers.
     
  • Played first ever Scottish Cup tie at Kynoch Park in 1928 winning 5-2 against Dalbeattie Star. Lost 1-6 in 2nd Round against Scottish Cup Holders Celtic in front of a record crowd of 5,820. This was Celtic's first ever appearance North of Aberdeen, and their side included such all-time greats as tragic keeper John Thomson and goal machine Jimmy McGory.
     

  • Dod Gill netted seven goals as Keith defeated Fraserburgh 9-2 in 1934.
     
  • Keith won the Aberdeenshire Cup for the first time in 1936, defeating Peterhead 3-1 over two legs. They were also the first Banffshire team to reach the Qualifying Cup Final, losing to Vale of Ocoba in a 2nd replay. The first match ended 2-2 at Borough Briggs, Elgin in front of a crowd of over 5,000.
     
  • Keith had to get permission in 1948 from the Ministry of Labour & Department of Agriculture to play Frank Hucker, a German Ex POW.
     
  • The Aberdeedshire Cup was won for the second time in 1958, the Maroons defeating Huntly 5-3 over two legs.
     
  • The Aberdeenshire Cup was won for a third time in 1960, defeating Peterhead 5-1 on aggregate. Billy Stuart also became a local hero the same year, when he notched two goals as keith defeated Hamilton Accies 3-0 at Kynoch Park in front of 2,600 fans in the Scottish Cup 1st Round. Keith won the Qualifying Cup for the first time that year, beating Buckie Thistle 7-5 on aggregate. Keith won the 2nd leg 3-2 at home in front of over 2000 fans.
     
  • Keith were runners-up in the League in 191, losing out after two play off matches against Elgin City. Both games were played at Buckie, the first match ending 1-1 in front of 4,750 fans, and the second game ending up 3-1 for City in front of 4950 fans. A couple of weeks earlier the teams had drawn 2-2 at Kynoch Park with a crowd of over 4,000 looking on.
     
  • Keith suffered their record defeat, the same season(1960-61), crashing 11-1 at Deveronvale on 2nd January 1961.
     
  • Highland League Champions for the first time in the Club's History in 1961-62! Average home league attendance was 838, and Sandy Fraser was top scorer with 39 goals. The team netted an incredible 122 goals in all matches that season, including a Club Record 93 League goals.
     
  • The following season(1962-63), Keith won the Qualifying Cup for the second time in three seasons, upsetting Inverness Caledonian 4-3 on aggregate. The first leg, at Kynoch Park, which Keith won 3-1 also coincided with the opening of the brand new £5700 Grandstand and unfurling of the league flag by Lt Colonel G B Kynoch. The event was filmed by Grampian TV for their programme Sportscope.
     
  • A Dave Whytock goal gave Keith a 1-0 victory over Nairn County in 1964 to ensure the Highland League Cup was won for the first time. The Final was played at Elgin in front of a crowd of almost 4,000
     
  • The Maroons recorded their record away win on Boxing Day 1965, thrashing Huntly 12-1 at Christie Park, Jackie Shields and Jimmy Smith netting four goals apiece. Huntly must have been sick of the sight of Keith that season, for three months later the Maroons walloped them 8-0 at Kynoch Park in the return league fixture!
     
  • A 3-0 win over Deveronvale in 1967 saw Keith win the Aberdeenshire Cup for a forth time.
     
  • The Highland League Cup was won for only the second time in 1973, thus setting off a superb spell which saw Keith win it three times on the trot, remarkably beating Ross County in the final each time! The score-line was 3-2 at Elgin in 1973, with midfield ace Charlie Elvin the key man. The following year, the Maroons were held to a 2-2 draw at the same venue, but a midweek replay saw Dod Simmers grab a hat-trick as the Maroons overwhelmed their opponents 6-2. The third triumph was a personal victory for wee Ally Christie, who notched all three goals as Keith won 3-1 at Grant Park, Inverness.
     
  • The Aberdeenshire Cup was won for a fifth time in 1974, without losing a goal, defeating Buckie Thistle 3-0 in the Final.
     
  • Always at the forefront of change, Keith became the first Club in Scotland to wear sponsored shirts in 1976(Chivas Regal being emblazoned on the front). That same season, the Maroons pulled off a fine 3-2 win Stranraer in the Scottish Cup, before going down bravely, 2-0 at Dumbarton in the 3rd Round.
     
  • The Aberdeenshire Cup was won for a Sixth time in 1978, defeating Huntly 2-1 in a replay at Christie Park after a 2-2 draw at Kynoch Park. The drawn match, played in April was almost abandoned because of a hefty shower of hailstones! At the end of the season ex-Cowdenbeath and Dundee full back Bobby Wilson joined Keith from Lossiemouth as manager, and thus began an incredible period in the Club's history.
     
  • The championship was won for the second time in the Club's history, with new striker Raymond O'Hara notching 38 goals.
     
  • The League Cup came to Keith for the 5th time in 1983 in what was to be Bobby Wilson's last match before moving to take over at Raith Rovers. An Andy Fettes penalty saw off Buckie Thistle 1-0 at Elgin. Bobby's assistant wee Jimmy Wilson, a former Newcastle, Aberdeen, Motherwell and Morton winger, took over the reins, and promptly led the team to runners-up spot in the league. The following season, the Qualifying Cup was won for the third time, an epic struggle over three matches with old rivals Caley ending up with the Maroons winning a second replay 2-0, thanks to goals from Neil Cowie, and the man who went on to notch 125 goals for the club, Charlie Barbour. At the end of that season, the title was won with Barbour heading the League goal charts with 31 goals.
     
  • When the league cup was won by defeating Elgin City 3-1 at Buckeye, the following season, that also meant that all three major North trophies, namely League Cup, Q Cup and League Championship all creaked on the Kynoch Park sideboard at the same time. A truly magnificent feat!
     
  • Two years later in 1987, one of the finest ever players to wear the Maroon jersey, Hamish French, was sold to Dundee United for £30,000.
     
  • The League Cup was won for the 7th and last time in 1988, under the leadership of ex-Celtic and Aberdeen pivot Willie Garner. The Maroons defeated Caley 3-2 at Elgin following a 1-1 draw, a Neil Cowie brace and a single from Jim Pirie doing the business in the replay.
     
  • The biggest game in Keith's history since the 1928 tussle with Celtic took place in 1996 at Pittodrie Stadium. In front of 15,000 fans, they locked horns with might of Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Cup 3rd Round. The media attention for the two weeks prior to the game was unbelievable with every conceivable national newspaper, and umpteen radio and TV station's clamouring for news and interviews. Unfortunately the Maroons capitulated against the might of Richard Gough, Andy Goram, Ian Ferguson, Alex Cleland etc, and were slaughtered 10-1. However, the biggest cheer of the day came when Mark Garden notched Keith's sole crumb of comfort.  
  • Later that year(1996) manager Jim Hamilton stepped down and team captain Martin Allan stepped into the hot seat, a position he still holds.
     
  • Darren Still became the Club's record buy, the Kynoch Parker's having to fork out £8250 to take the player from Lossiemouth, in 1997.
     
  • Former Montrose player Allan led the Maroons to the Millennium Championship in 1999-2000, giving Keith their sixth title success. Leading the goal charge was Derek Nicol with 24 goals. The Maroons suffered a nail biting time in their final match, as they lost 3-4 at home to Brora Rangers, and were kept on tenterhooks before they heard that Fraserburgh had failed to win their second last game. It truly was a hotline from Kynoch Park to Bellslea Park that day!
     
  • A fourth Qualifying Cup Final in six years ended in disappointment in November 2000, when Cove Rangers defeated the Maroons 4-2 after extra time at Huntly. Disappointingly in 1994 against Huntly, a loss in 1995 against Fraserburgh, and a defeat against Clach in 1998. To make matters worse, the Maroons also lost a League Cup Final against Forres in 1999.  
  • Goal ace Derek Nicole becomes the first player in the Club's history to hit 100 league goals when he shoots home the equaliser at Fraserburgh on 2nd December 2000.
     
  • Super striker Nicol equals Charlie Barbour's all-time club record of 125 goals with a superb drive in the 3-1 home win against Wick Academy on 9th December 2000.
     
  • Derek Nicol breaks Charlie "The Demon" Barbour's goal scoring record by slotting home his 126th goal in the 1-3 defeat against Huntly on 23rd December 2000, thus becoming the highest scoring Keith player of all time.
     
  • Won Qualifying Cup for 4th time on 2nd November 2002, defeating Cove Rangers 3-1 on penalties after the match finished 2-2 after extra time. Match was played at Harlaw Park, Inverurie.
  • Highland League Cup was won for a record 8th time, defeating Deveronvale 3-2 at Harlaw Park, Inverurie on 10th May 2003. This was the first time that Keith FC had won the Qualifying Cup and the Highland League Cup in the same season.
     
  • Aberdeenshire District Shield was won for a fourth time, defeating Inverurie Locos 3-1 after extra time at Harlaw Park, Inverurie on 12th October 2004.  
  • Record signing Barrie Stephen a striker from Deveronvale was purchased in the summer of 2004 for £10,000.00.
     
  • Aberdeenshire District Shield was won for a fifth time as the Maroons retained the trophy against Inverurie Locos, winning 2-1 at Princess Royal Park, Banff on 26th October 2005, despite playing for 78 minutes with only ten men after striker Gary Nicol was sent off.
     
  • Club Captain Darren Still became only the seventh player ever to score 100 competitive goals for Keith when he netted against Lossiemouth on 26th November 2005. He also scored a hat-trick in the same game as the Maroons won 6-1. Superb striking for a midfield player.
     
  • Jamie Lennox with 12 goals became the youngest ever player to top the Club's goalscoring charts for a season at the tender age of 18 years 65 days when the season 2005-06 ended.