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Cowdenbeath committed to Central Park

Cowdenbeath celebrate at Glebe Park
The Blue Brazil beat Brechin to secure promotion to Division One

By Jim Spence

Cowdenbeath's owners say the club will continue to play at Central Park following promotion to Division One.

The Fife outfit were in talks with Spartans about a possible ground share earlier this season.

A merger was suggested with the East of Scotland League side because of costs involved in improving the stadium.

But the owners say they are fully committed to the club, the Scottish Football League and to "Central park for the foreseeable future".

Cowdenbeath finished third in Division Two, missing out to Stirling Albion for the title on a dramatic final day.

However, two excellent away victories secured their promotion.

We will do what we can to assist, but the onus is on the support and local community - it is your club

Cowdenbeath statement

They defeated second-top Alloa Athletic 2-0 and 3-1 on aggregate in their play-off semi-final.

They then beat Brechin City, who had finished fourth but consigned Airdrie United to relegation, 3-0 at Glebe Park after a goal-less draw in the first leg of the final.

"We are working in a very difficult financial environment for football clubs," said a statement on the Cowdenbeath website.

"The longer-term future will depend on the support of the local community. No-one should be under any illusion that this will be easy.

"There are many difficulties ahead. It will require a lot of hard work, financial support and commitment on everybody's part. It is vital that more income is generated and the hard work starts now."

A group had been formed to save the club for the Fife town.

"The talks with the Cowden Action Group have been very positive and encouraging," added the statement.

"We are all committed to work together for the long-term future of the club.

"There is still a critical need for the supporters, the local community and other stakeholders to work together with us to ensure the survival of Cowdenbeath FC - and develop a sustainable community football club relocated to a new facility which can serve the community for another 100 plus years.

"We will do what we can to assist, but the onus is on the support and local community - it is your club."

Meanwhile, manager Danny Lennon has begun his preparations for next season by re-signing three players.

Top scorer Gareth Wardlaw and defenders Mark Baxter and Kenny Adamson have signed new deals, while Lennon has also secured verbal agreements with several other players.

However, winger Jay Stein and fellows midfielders Neil McCabe, Mark Forbes and Derek Wallace have all been released.

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see also
Brechin 0-3 Cowdenbeath (0-3)
16 May 10 |  Scottish League
Cowdenbeath reach out to Spartans
30 Mar 10 |  Cowdenbeath

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