Hill of Beath Hawthorn has a proud history.
Hill Of Beath Hawthorn took their name from a previous club of the same name that had played at Keirs Park during the 1950’s. The current club were formed in 1975 and took their place in the third division of the Kirkcaldy and District Amateur league.
Seven years later, in 1982, the club had reached the top of the first division having won numerous cups and titles during their spell as an Amateur club. They then set their sights higher, applying for, and achieving, Junior status. It wasn’t long before they had adjusted to their new status and they won the Dryburgh Cup and Laidlaw Shield in 1986. Their first Fife League title came the following year, a feat they have accomplished on a further eight occasions, the last being last season which resulted in their return to the Superleague after an absence of one year.
More trophies followed as the club grew in stature and became a major force in Junior football outside, as well as within Fife.
The greatest day in their short history came at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, on the 20th May 1990 when they defeated Lesmahagow 1-0 to win the Scottish Junior Cup. Brian Ritchie was the scorer on the day. The closest the Haws have come to emulating this feat came in season 2003/04 when a 3-1 half time lead over Carnoustie wasn’t enough to ensure victory in that year’s semi-final.
Following their Scottish Cup success the Haws became one of Fife’s ‘big two’ as they claimed trophy after trophy during the nineties, including’ in 1996 the Fife League, the Fife & Lothians Cup, the Fife & Tayside Cup and the Fife Cup.
The Haws have won the Fife and Tayside cup Five times.
The club has two committee men with 40 years service , Chairman David Baillie and Vice Chairman Bill Smith.
The club can also claim the longest serving manager in the game, with Jock Finlayson in the ‘hot-seat’, as he has been since the club was formed 40 years ago.
The club has consistently played in the East Superleague which is the top division in the East of Scotland since 2002 with the exception of one season.