“Scotland’s worst football team” finally taste victory after 582 days

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A CONTENDER for the worst football team in Scotland have finally ended a losing streak that lasted for 582 days.

Fife team Kirkcaldy YM last year managed to get one point out of a possible 78 for the entire season, ending up with a goal difference of minus 145.

The McBookie East Premier League South side, whose amateur players are aged 18 – 27, suffered a 12-1 defeat during their year and a half without victory.

But after almost 40 straight defeats in a row, Kirkcaldy YM have bounced back this season with two victories out of two.

Kirkcaldy YM broke their unwanted record with a victory against Newburgh (C) Newburgh FC

The side, following investment by new sponsors, ended their losing streak on August 11, with a 3-1 victory over Fife rivals Newburgh.

And to show this wasn’t a flash in the pan they beat West Lothian side Harthill Royal on Saturday 1 – 0.

Club Committee member, Iain Geddes, 51 says finally breaking their unwanted record was a “fantastic feeling.”

He said: “It’s great to finally get that monkey of my back.”

The club almost went under after a fireraising attack in 2016 on their portable buildings destroyed their kits and memorabilia.

Iain said: “The club was on its backside, we lost equipment, kit, everything. We had no money to replace the damage that had been caused.

“Luckily, we’ve had a new committee, new manager and new sponsorship deals, so hopefully this is upwards and onwards for the club.”

Kirkcaldy were on their ‘backside’ according to Iain Geddes (C) Newburgh FC 

The first win was “extra special” for Iain as his son, 21-year-old striker Calum scored two of the goals in the historic victory.

He added: “Most of the lads are roughly 20/21 so it’s a young squad.

“We went 3-0 up but then they got a goal back, if they scored again I don’t know what I would’ve done.

“All we want to try and do this season is compete in games and hopefully things will lead on from there.”

As part of the celebrations, the team took to Twitter to express how relieved they were.

A post said: “It’s very satisfying, feel like I got a monkey of my back. It makes us more confident.

“We can go out there and beat anybody.”

YM were able to build on their success by beating Harthill Royal 1-0 (C) Newburgh FC

During their almost 20 months of losses, big defeats included 11-0 at the hands of Livingston United and a 12-1 thumping off Edinburgh United.

Kirkcaldy YM are not the only side to break an unwanted record.

In 2011, Madron FC managed to break a 30-winless streak after going a whole season without a loss.

They conceded a staggering 407 goals in the 2010-11 season following heavy defeats such as 55-0 and a 27-0 defeat.

However, everyone at the club was delighted following a 4-3 victory over Storm FC.

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