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1938 (82 years old)

Ice Hockey

Fife Ice Arena
(3,525 Capacity)

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Rosslyn Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife


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The Fife Flyers, established in 1938, are the oldest professional ice hockey team in the United Kingdom. The team has a history of success through the ages, with over 60 Scottish and British cups and titles to their name.
In late June 2011, the Fife Flyers were confirmed as having been accepted into the EIHL, replacing the Newcastle Vipers for the 2011-12 season. Flyers found the going tough in their first season back in British Ice Hockey's top flight. A combination of icing far less imports and the relative inexperience of the British contingent resulted in Flyers almost inevitably missing the playoffs and finishing in last place.

Despite this, there were positives to take from their first season in the EIHL. The experience the British contingent gained for example should stand them in good stead for the 2012-2013 season. Their talented roster, made up of key players Casey Haines, Derek Keller and Bryan Pitton were the ultimate Jekyll and Hyde team. Almost unbeatable at FIA, they couldn't buy a win on the road. They finished the league in 7th place which was a net 8th for the playoffs given the conference winners Hull had finished in 8th spot in the league but by virtue of winning the conference, they were seeded 2nd. Fife would go on to play the eventual treble winning Nottingham Panthers over 2 hotly contested legs, winning 4-2 at home before losing an agonising 3-0 in Nottingham and bowing out of the years playoffs.

2013-14 brought renewed vigour to the team. Another squad overhaul saw only 2 returning imports from the previous year with Bobby Chaumont and Danny Stewart returning to Kirkcaldy. The team, in true Fife Flyers EIHL fashion was again, a Jekyll and Hyde team. The start was poor and it was a long and hard winter for the Fife Flyers players and coaching staff. Changes were made in February and the team were a revelation in the league. They went on an unbelievable run and forced their way back into the playoffs in the very last game of the season. Going one step further this time, they defeated fierce rivals and Gardiner Conference champions, the Dundee Stars 8-4 on aggregate and made the Final Four playoff finals in Nottingham. The semi-final against runaway league winners Belfast was an incredible display of ice hockey with neither team backing down an inch. Sadly, the Giants of Belfast found a way past the mercurial Kevin Regan in net and held on to win 1-0.

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Fife Ice Arena (originally known as Kirkcaldy Ice Rink) opened in 1938. Kirkcaldy Ice Rink was designed by architects Williamson & Hubbard. Fife Ice Arena is the home venue of the oldest Ice Hockey team in the UK - the Fife Flyers. It is also a venue for public skating, figure skating, speed skating, curling and ice shows. The arena has also hosted concerts, boxing, wrestling, motorcycle ice speedway and other events such as dog shows.

The Fife Free Press dated February 2, 1938, announced 30,000 ordinary shares at 1d each in a proposed new rink in the town—25,000 shares were offered for subscription. On February 17, plans to build the rink in the Gallatown were presented to, and approved by, Kirkcaldy Dean of Guilds Court. The one-storey building contained seating for 4,500 and would cost £37,000 to construct. To put that figure into context the town's fire station, also opened that year, cost £15,000.

The building was to have a carcass of steel stanchions and a roof span of 145 feet without any supporting pillars except those at the extremities, making it the widest construction of its kind in Scotland at the time.

The rink's ground level would consist of an entrance hall, general office, booking office, confectioners and tobacconist, cloakroom with provision for a large restaurant, and a milk bar. Facilities also included dressing rooms with spray baths, while immediately above the entrance was the boardroom, bandstand and manager's office. The plans also had a touch of class—the restaurant featured Parker-Knoll chairs, curtains designed by Dame Laura Knight, as well as monogrammed cutlery.

Much of the work was carried out by local tradesmen, including plumber James Blyth, while the original sound system came from E. Donaldson of Kirk Wynd. The builder was James Ramsay of Leslie, while joiner D. Mitchell & Sons, also of Leslie, worked on the roof.



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