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 three committee men with 44 years service , Chairman David Baillie, Vice Chairman Bill Smith and General Manager Jock Finlayson.
The club can also claim to have had the longest serving manager in the game Jock Finlayson serving as manager for 40 years retiring in 2015. Jock now has the roll of General Manager.
The club played in the East Superleague which is the top division in the East of Scotland Juniors from 2002 to 2017 with the exception of one season.
The club entered a new era in 2018/19 season, joining the East of Scotland Football League. This started the club on a senior football pathway. In the spring of 2019 we achieved our SFA membership and licence which now allows us to play in the senior Scottish Cup. We were also accepted by the Fife Football Association as a member, allowing us to take part in the Fife Cup against teams like Dunfermline Athletic, Cowdenbeath FC, Raith Rovers and East Fife.