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Duns Football Club

Club History


Duns Football Club was officially formed in 1877 but there are suggestions that a club may have been in existence as early as 1874 although there is no hard evidence to support this. It had been long thought that 1882 was the official formation date until new evidence came to light which revealed that it was in fact 1877.

In the early years a staple diet of the season for Duns was friendlies but from the 1891/92 season Duns also played in the Border Cup and from 1896/97 the Border League.

On the 22nd September 1906 Duns were admitted to the Border Amateur League, suggesting that they had dropped-out over the summer of that year. That same season Duns participated in the King Cup for the first time, losing to West Lothian Albion 7-0, suggesting they joined the East of Scotland FA during the season, as often happened then.

The club joined the Scottish Football Association in 1909 and thereafter competed in the Scottish Qualifying Cup.

For the 1928/29 season Duns joined the East of Scotland League which started a 45 year association with that august body until the club’s sad demise after one game of the 1974/75 season.

The club is proud of the fact that it has won 18 cup competitions although sadly the League Championship had eluded us, the best finish being runners up on 4 occasions.

21 cup ties were played in the Scottish Cup proper where amongst others both Ibrox and Parkhead were visited with Aberdeen visiting Duns in 1954.

During the 1972/73 season Duns lost their home of 91 years, Hawthorn Park, after a dispute over the land the ground was on. For the remainder of that season the club played out their games away from home and the following season operated from Gavinton.

In these intervening years football was kept alive in the town by the town’s amateur team which had been founded in 1967.

After much foresight and hard work by the club’s committee and management an application was put together culminating in the club being re elected to the East of Scotland League during the pre season of 2011/2012.

Season 2011/12 proved quite successful for the club on it’s re-emergence to the East of Scotland League. A 6th place league finish was achieved and final reached in the South Qualifying Cup. The club also made the first steps to securing a permanent home in the town with the acquisition of premises at the town’s Old High School which include a large games hall which will prove invaluable during Scottish winters with plans afoot for an artificial surface to be laid in it.

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