City will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing goalless draw with Brechin at the weekend as they have a tough away fixture at Third placed Cowdenbeath.

Cowdenbeath have had a mixed bag of results since the New Year, most recently losing 4-1 to Stirling at home. They face Albion Rovers in a rearranged fixture tonight before welcoming City at the Central Park Stadium.

In the past four fixtures, there has been little to separate these two sides, with the home team consistently taking away the 3 points. City will be hoping to reverse this statistic, as McDonaugh’s men aim to make up lost ground on their title rivals Cove Rangers.

‘The Blue Brazil’

Cowdenbeath are the oldest surviving senior team based in Fife, however it is the story of their nickname that has attracted the most interest over the years from Scottish football fans.

The mystery that shrouds the nickname ‘The Blue Brazil’ has taken many forms. One of the best is on a Cowdenbeath fan forum, in which the writers told a tale of Scottish miners from Cowdenbeath mining across the Atlantic to Rio de Janeiro. Impressed by some local players, miners who played for Cowdenbeath at the time invited the Brazilians back to Scotland to take part in the final game of the 1890/91 season against Dunfermline to thwart their opposition of the title. 3 of the Brazilians played and claimed all the goals in an 11-1 rout. As those in the stands had no idea who these magicians were, they named them The Blue Brazilians.

More likely stories from more reputable sources discuss the Cowdenbeath side that won promotion in the 1991/92 season, in which the style of play was so good it was described as ‘like watching Brazil in Blue’.

Whatever the tale may be, we will be hoping for a game that is just as intriguing on Saturday!


Cowdenbeath (3rd) vs. Edinburgh City (2nd)
Central Park Stadium
3pm Kick-off
Entry: £13 / £7 Concessions


Written by Miles Lockhart