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Season 2020/21 MATCH DAY #06

PETERHEAD v EAST FIFE Saturday 12th December 2020


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by David Reid

East Fife Football Club is a semi-professional football club established in 1903 in Methil, Fife, Scotland. The club were the first to win the Scottish League Cup three times and the first of only two sides from the second tier of the Scottish league system to win the Scottish Cup. This makes them the most successful club in Fife in terms of major honours won. East Fife are one of four SPFL clubs based in Fife, but are the only one to bear the name of the area. The three others are Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline Athletic and the Kirkcaldy-based Raith Rovers, all of whom have historically shared rivalries. Darren Young’s side come into this fixture against Peterhead with only two wins in their last 5 encounters and picking up an impressive 2-0 win over Airdrieonians last weekend.

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They have recruited well during the extended close season including Danny Swanson who was on the books at Dundee United & St Johnstone. From the East Fife FC website - East Fife supporters will tell you that their club was founded in 1903. What is not so well documented, however, is how the game of football developed in and around Methil prior to East Fife's formation.

For the first mention of football in the Levenmouth area we must go back to the year 1879, when Cameron Bridge Football Club came into existence. The club was formed by a group of local ‘football enthusiasts’ in March of that year, who organised matches amongst their own members in the grounds of Cameron House. The formation of this club did not, however, initiate the immediate formation of other


football clubs in the area. Most of the inhabitants of the towns and villages in the eastern part of the county were content to play cricket on summer Saturdays and amuse themselves with indoor pastimes throughout the winter months. The first senior football club to be formed in the area was the short lived Leven F.C. who were admitted to the Fifeshire Football Association in 1889. The new side soon built up a reputation, but unfortunately not a good one! After a match at Crail, where Leven had beaten Crail Union 3-1, the local newspaper commented: "This was not football but rough play.

towards not only the players but the spectators. The Union are not likely to bring back this team to Crail in a hurry for the sake of their own good name as well as the game of football". After Leven lost their first round Fife Cup fixture against Burntisland Thistle just a few weeks later, the club was disbanded. After the demise of the Leven club, however, other local sides began to flourish.

Over the decade which followed, three highly respected football clubs were formed in the Levenmouth area; namely Methil Rovers, Buckhaven United and Leven Thistle.

The Union on different occasions were about to leave the field through the Leven lads using filthy language 5


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FROM THE DUG OUT

STERN TALKING Following Saturday’s defeat at Falkirk Jim said “We had the league leaders panicking at the end but that does not disguise the fact that in the first half we were miles off. Gary MacKenzie should have done better with the chance he had and then their two goals came from mistakes that we made. We were making what was always going to be a hard game even harder.” “I had strong words at half-time and I told the players to start taking part in the game. That is not an approach I have to take very often as they are a good group but it was the same against Forfar last weekend and we need to start games correctly.” “To be fair to the players they took it on board and gave as good as we got, if not being better than Falkirk, in the second. It was a ‘Night and Day’ performance and if Alan Cook had scored the chance he had early on we would have had a good bit of time to push for an equaliser.” “Lyall Cameron did pull a goal back with just over 10 minutes left and then had a chance not long afterwards when Steven Boyd played him in. We pushed Jason Brown up into the attack and that did leave us open to the threat of counter-attack however Falkirk were time-wasting to get over the line.” “That second half performance is the standard we should be hitting and it is frustrating that the game had to be the way it was. I am not happy at losing however we showed what we can do for 45 minutes at a tough venue, minus Simon Ferry, Isaac Layne and Ben Armour, but we need to show what we can do for 90 minutes.” Jim


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Peterhead Football Club have made further good use of the grant provided by philanthropist James Anderson to the SPFL Trust by donating two stunning Christmas trees to the local community. The Balmoor club have already used funds from the grant to allow fans to watch our home games this season on a streaming service ‘Free of Charge’ at a number of community organisations as well as seeing pensioners paying only half price for their food and drinks when they visit The Coffee Shop @ Balmoor on a Wednesday until the end of 2020.

The Trees are situated in Drummers Corner and at the town house with the Blue Toon’s General Manager Martin Johnston saying: “Peterhead FC are delighted to support the town by donating Christmas Trees once again and this year we have had some additional financial assistance to make it possible through the SPFL Trust Covid-19 Grant.” Councillor Dianne Beagrie, who chairs Peterhead Together for Good said: “We are very grateful for the continued support from Peterhead Football Club.” 9


THE INVISIBLE GAME OCTOBER 1950

When Southampton pioneered a floodlit exhibition match against neighbours Bournemouth, about 10,000 people took advantage of the offer of free admission, but they only just got their money’s worth. It was a mysterious game that no one could see properly. The idea emerged from Southampton’s summer tour of Brazil, where they played several games under artificial light. The Southampton Supporter’s club on hearing the good reports, invested £600 for a firm called B.A. Corry to install sixteen 1,500-watt arc lamps. Everyone was pleasantly surprised when found that the electricity running costs would be as low as six or seven shillings, so the big question was whether the spectators would like it. Here was the big test. Approaching kick-off time at 6.30pm, the crowd began to gather exchanging wisecracks - Bring on the shadow teams - Come on Wraith Rovers - Pylon the pressure. The spectators had to rely on their own entertainment. Although the light worked well, the visibility was destroyed by a familiar British problem – fog. That evening the whole country was enveloped by a thick mist. At London Airport a BEA Viking airliner crashed killing all 31 people aboard.

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At Southampton’s ground, the Dell, the fog wasn’t too much of a handicap for the players, who could see the ball reasonably clearly except for when it was kicked high in the air. The referee couldn’t see a hand-ball in front of him and the spectators were literally in the dark. At times visibility slumped to only three or four yards and only nearside play could be seen. The teams played for an hour, changing straight round without a half-time interval and for the spectators it was an eerie experience. In the damp air, the Bournemouth players, wearing all-white, were a team of apparitions, flitting about like will-o’-the-wisps. From the stand, for all the crowd knew, the players could have been ghosts of the days when footballers wore moustaches and shin pads outside socks – except for a two minute period when the fog temporarily lifted and the outcome was theatrical. There was rumour that Southampton came close to scoring – Ken Bird pushed Eric Day’s shot on to the goalpost – and the consensus was that the game finished without a goal. This was confirmed later by the players.


“Floodlit play needed infra-red glasses” shrieked the Daily Telegraph headline the next day. Their reporter, Lainson Wood, was dubious about the future prospects of floodlights, saying that no one had made it in 20 years of dabbling and there would always be fog.

If they could produce one player from floodlight training it would have paid them. This game, mysterious though it was to spectators, symbolised a new wave in the floodlight movement. By the mid 1950s, lights were being used for games as well as for training.

Yet several onlookers were impressed. “There were efforts to introduce floodlight football to this country before the war, but never anything so simple and economical as the installation at the Dell” wrote Clifford Webb in the Daily Herald. Another observer – if that is the right term for this fogshrouded night – was Walter Winterbottom, the England team manager. ‘This match’ Winterbottom was quoted as saying, ‘has proved that even on a foggy night amateur players who cannot train in the daytime can get on to a pitch and have a real practice match. Here, too, was the crux of Southampton’s argument. Their chairman, Penn Barrow, pointed out that the cost of the floodlights was far less than the cost of buying players.

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A story of football in Peterhead from 1946 and including other aspects of life enjoyed by upinduring and immediately the 39-49other war years. Achildren story ofbrought football Peterhead from 1946 after and including aspects of life enjoyed by children brought during and immediately after the in 39-49 war years. “Mine Eyes Haveup Seen the Glory” was first serialised the Buchan Observer in 2002 and we

are delighted thatSeen Bluethe Toon Talk was brings you the LateinGeorge Ritchie’s wonderful account of “Mine Eyes Have Glory” first serialised the Buchan Observer in 2002 and we his memories to a whole new generation of Blue Toon fans. are delighted that Blue Toon Talk brings you the Late George Ritchie’s wonderful account of his memories to a whole new generation of Blue Toon fans.

Occasionally at Toe’s, Cummin and Jocky Wilson would provide a Scottish accordion interlude. During this session “Tosh” would be heard to command, “Nae Feet!, Nae Feet!, Wordies only if you please!” This order intended to stop the feet stump’n. Was it Freda Pirie in trench coat and tammy underneath the lamplight as “Lily Marlene?” Very often Cathy Strachan (Bain) would bring the house down with her colourful take-off of the Brazilian bombshell Carman Miranda. Cathy, fresh from a Playhouse appearance with Archie McCulloch and telling everyone present, “Aye, aye aye aye I like you verrreey much, Aye aye aye aye, I think you’re grand!” The smile and sparkle being ever present in Cathy’s eyes. Bobby Mathieson’s great desire to “Go from rags to riches.” Always a favourite, and in a later era his “Old Shep” and “Nobody’s Child” would surely have been a real hankie job if performed for the Longate Hall audiences. A rousing sing-a-long finish with the whole audience joining in “Roam’n in the Gloamin,” “Oh! Hokey, Kokey, Kokey,” “Show me the way to 12

go home,” and appropriately, “We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when.”

Great evenings for youngsters brought up during the war years and I can think of no better compliment to all those at “Bobby Toe’s “ than the following; There's no business like show business, Like no business I know. Everything about it is appealing, Everything the traffic will allow. Nowhere do you get that happy feeling, When you are stealing, that extra bow.

There are no people like show people, They smile when they are low. Yesterday they told you, you would not go far. Next day on your dressing room, they found a star. Let’s go on with the show. That, I would say, sums up Bobby Toe’s and certainly merit’s a “Bob Hope” finish, …”Thanks for the memory!”


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SCOTTISH CUP 2020/21

Action from Penicuik Athletic v Musselburgh Athletic (pic courtesy of Jim Dick)

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale and Musselburgh Athletic progressed to the Second Preliminary Round on the 28th November with extra time wins. Musselburgh Athletic who are competing in the Scottish Cup Preliminary Rounds for the first time travelled to Penicuik Athletic in buoyant mood. Michael Moffat opened the scoring for the away side after just six minutes however Penicuik drew level just two minutes later. Musselburgh went 2-1 up at the start of the second half but were pegged back with six minutes of the The full second preliminary round draw: Banks O'Dee v Vale of Leithen Blackburn United v Civil Service Strollers BSC Glasgow v Haddington Athletic Clachnacuddin v Caledonian Braves Coldstream v Bo'ness United Deveronvale v Camelon Dundonald Bluebell v Easthouses Lily MWFC Dunipace v Berwick Rangers East Stirlingshire v Inverurie Loco Works Edinburgh University v Tranent Juniors Formartine United v Turriff United Gala Fairydean Rovers v Wigtown & Bladnoch Glasgow University v Linlithgow Rose

game remaining. They were to emerge victorious in extra time with Darren Downie scoring the winning goal in the 109th minute. Musselburgh will now face Wick Academy in the second preliminary round. In the other tie, a 90th minute equaliser for Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale took them to extra time against St Cuthbert Wanderers where Davie Ross scored the winner. They will now welcome Highland League side Lossiemouth in the second preliminary round.

Hill of Beath Hawthorn v Whitehill Welfare Huntly v Dalbeattie Star Jeanfield Swifts v University of Stirling Keith v Fort William Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale v Lossiemouth Nairn County v Threave Rovers Newton Stewart v Broxburn Athletic Newtongrange Star v Rothes Preston Athletic v Hawick Royal Albert United Spartans v East Kilbride Strathspey Thistle v Buckie Thistle Tynecastle v Cumbernauld Colts Wick Academy v Musselburgh Athletic Ties to be played today Saturday, 12 December 2020 15


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MATCH REPORT

PETERHEAD 0-1 FORFAR ATHLETIC Saturday 28th November 2020 • SPFL1 Peterhead paid the price for an off-colour first half performance and a shot-shy second 45 minutes as Forfar left Balmoor with their first three points of the season after a 1-0 success. Boosted by the previous Saturday’s win over Dumbarton the Blue Toon made only one change with the free from suspension Jordan Brown coming in for Simon Ferry who is still feeling the effects of a hamstring injury. The Balmoor side started sluggishly and Scott Shepherd had the chance to fire Forfar ahead on 14 minutes however the Loons striker slipped his shot well past. Home skipper Scott Brown tried to lift his side five minutes later with a powerful drive however his shot cleared the bar. As Peterhead tried to play themselves into the game, Steven Boyd created an opening for Ben Armour on the half hour mark, however the striker who grabbed the winner last weekend was off target. Forfar opened the scoring a minute from half-time when a breakaway caught out the home defence and

Daniel Scally picked out the unmarked Bobby Barr with a cross and the experienced wide-man headed past Joshua Rae Gary Mackenzie was brought on for Kyle Bailey at the break and as Peterhead dominated territoriality Ryan Conroy curled a free-kick wide.

Mackenzie sent a header straight at Forfar shotstopper Marc McCallum with the big defender poking another chance midway through the second 45 minutes. Alan Cook and Derek Lyle were brought on in a bid to make a breakthrough however no further clear cut chances were created to leave Peterhead boss Jim McInally saying: “We paid the price for not being near our best in the first half.” Peterhead – Rae, Bailey (MacKenzie 46), J.Brown, Freeman, Conroy, Cameron, S.Brown, Fraser (Cook 61), McCarthy (Lyle 62), Boyd, Armour Unused substitutes – Kesson, Bakar, Wilson 17


TODAY’S REFEREE: ASST. REFEREE 1: ASST. REFEREE 2:

PETERHEAD Ben ARMOUR Kyle BAILEY Hashim BAKAR Steven BOYD Jason BROWN Scott BROWN Lyall CAMERON Ryan CONROY Alan COOK Simon FERRY

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Gary FRASER Kieran FREEMAN Derryn KESSON Isaac LAYNE Derek LYLE Gary MACKENZIE Andy McCARTHY Josh MULLIGAN Joshua RAE Lenny WILSON


SQUADS Graham BEATON Alastair MATHER Chris PHILLIPS

EAST FIFE Scott AGNEW Thomas COLLINS Ross DAVIDSON Danny DENHOLM Ross DUNLOP Aaron DUNSMORE Jack HAMILTON Jordan HART Chris HIGGINS Brett LONG

Aiden McLAUGHLIN Stewart MURDOCH Liam NEWTON Patrick SLATTERY Kevin SMITH Danny SWANSON Ryan WALLACE Craig WATSON Liam WATT

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SPFL1 RESULTS ● SPFL1 TABLE ● TODAY’S FIXTURES First Half of Season (Matches 1-14)

First Half of Season (Matches 15-27)

HOME \ AWAY AIR CLY COV DUM EAS FAL FOR MON PAR PET

HOME \ AWAY AIR CLY COV DUM EAS FAL FOR MON PAR PET

Airdrieonians - 5:0 1:1 0:2 -

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Clyde Cove Rangers

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Forfar Athletic 1:3 -

East Fife

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Falkirk

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Montrose

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Partick Thistle

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Cove Rangers -

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East Fife 2:0

Partick Thistle 2:1

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Falkirk Cove Rangers Partick Thistle Airdrieonians Montrose Dumbarton East Fife Peterhead Clyde Forfar Athletic

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HOME W D 3 1 3 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 1

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F 6 8 6 8 4 1 6 1 4 3

A 2 3 3 3 6 3 3 3 4 6

AWAY W D 2 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1

L 0 1 2 2 1 2 3 3 2 1

F 8 3 1 4 9 3 1 5 0 2

A 3 2 2 5 8 3 7 7 6 4

GD 9 6 2 4 -1 -2 -3 -4 -6 -5

PTS 17 13 11 10 10 8 7 6 6 5

TODAY'S FIXTURES PREMIERSHIP

CHAMPIONSHIP

LEAGUE 1

LEAGUE 2

SCOTTISH CUP - 2nd Preliminary Round

A berdeen v Ro ss Co unty

A rbro ath v A llo a

A irdrie v M o ntro se

A lbio n R v Elgin City

B anks O'Dee v V o f Leithen Hill o f B eith v Whitehill W

Hamilto n v Hibernian

Dunfermline v M o rto n

Clyde v Falkirk

B rechin C v A nnan A th

B lackburn Utd v CSS

M o therwell v St M irren

Hearts v Queen o f So uth

Dumbarto n v Co ve R

Queen's P v Edinburgh C

B SC Glasgo w v H/dingto n Jeanfield v Uni o f Stirling

Fo rfar v P artick Thistle

S/hsemuir v Stranraer

Clach v Caley B raves

Keith v Fo rt William

P eterhead v East Fife

Stirling A v Co wdbth

Co ldstream v B o 'ness

Nairn Co v Threave Ro vers

D/vale v Camelo n

Newto n Stewart v B ro xburn

St Jo hnsto ne v Livingsto n Inverness CT v Dundee

Huntly v Dalbeattie Star

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P resto n A th v Hawick RA

E Stirling v Inverurie Lo co s Strathspey v B uckie Th Edin Uni v Tranent

Lo thian Th v Lo ssiemo uth

Fo rmartine v Turriff

Spartans v East Kilbride

Gala Fairydn v Wigto wn & B Tynecastle v Cumb Co lts

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Glasgo w Uni v Linlithgo w

Wick A cad v M usselburgh


1976, PETERHEAD AND THE BIG SWITCH ON The Press and Journal reported that the Recreation Park floodlights were switched on for the first time in a match against Aberdeen on th Thursday 4 March 1976. It is however known that there were older floodlights like the ones in the picture here that were in operation prior to this. Looking closely you will see that there is only six bulbs in the Queen Street corner of the ground. The newer lights that arrived in 1976 came from Easter Road via Mosset Park in Forres.

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Can Jose and Spurs keep up their brilliant start to the season? by Isaac Buchan

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Tottenham returned back to the top of the English Premiership table after a dominating win against their North London rivals last Sunday. Mourinho’s men seem to be flying currently, having not lost in the league since the opening day, and with Heung Min Son and Harry Kane already closing in on the record goal contributes for one duo in a season despite only playing roughly a quarter of the seasons games. The question has to be asked can Jose challenge for the title with Spurs or will they crumble like they have done in the past? Mourinho seems to be back to his best this season, already coming out with classic Jose one-liners. When he was asked about Manchester City’s control of the possession “They can take home the ball, I’ll take home the three points.” And when asked for his opinion on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta after Jose’s tactical dismantling of the Gunners “I admire Arteta a lot, he’s a great coach. It is no surprise he learned from Pep. Unfortunately they have both lost 2-0 to my Spurs.” Could this be the turn around for ‘The Special One’ after a pretty dismal spell at Manchester United in which he allegedly lost support from the dressing room and in turn the Boardroom? His seemingly boring and unimaginative defensive style of play that he used at Old Trafford seemed to have worked

wonders in the capital. His low block counterattacking 4-2-3-1 has rejuvenated Spurs with being able to simultaneously flood their box with defenders making it near impossible for teams to break them down, while also having the pace and numbers up front to catch teams out. With the pace and vision that the Spurs frontline has it makes it very difficult for teams to stop. Mourinho’s new signings have slotted in perfectly into his system with Spanish full back Reguilon giving the energy up and down the left hand side to get them ticking, while Hojbjerg is the tenacious defensive midfielder who can turn the tide of the game with his vision and inch perfect passing. This was displayed greatly against Manchester City in which Spurs held out against an in-form front three of Sterling, Jesus and Mahrez. This was just long enough for Son and Kane to link up to create two spectacular goals to send Pep’s possession play back up to the Etihad in pieces. Mourinho has also continued his trademark mind games which could win games such as saying Son was unavailable against Manchester United due to injury and the same with Kane against Arsenal. Both players then went on to start these games and run rampant. We all know Jose knows what he’s doing and it’s a very smart way of changing other teams approaches. Opposition teams will prepare for a weakened Spurs side then soon be brushed off after injured players somehow recover to score two goals and assist in three, leaving managers confused. Mourinho is definitely back to his best and looks hungry to add to his Premier League winners medal collection. continued on page 30

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The real driving force behind Spurs this season however could be attributed down to two individuals alone, Heung Min Son and Harry Kane. So far the duo has managed 36 goal contributions combined, with important parts to play in victory’s against Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal. Kane has reinvented himself under Jose, where before his arrival, he was seen as the target man who’s job it was to get in behind defence’s and slot it into the back of the net. However, Mourinho has now successfully adapted Kane into a striker who can hold the ball up and play killer passes like any midfielder could, earing him 10 assists in 11 Premier League games so far. The English international has finally found the technical ability which could make him better than anybody thought he could be, which greatly compliments his attacking counterpart Heung Min Son. The winger has showed his true class this campaign with 10 goals and 3 assists to his name. His blistering pace and the seemingly easy way he can bend a ball into the top corner has given the Spurs fans hope they can really contend with the top teams for the title this season. His trademark run down the left, cut in and finish into the top right corner of the net has been seen countless times over the past months and yet no defence has figured out how to stop the South Korean. This is likely down to the fact that he is just too quick to be stopped. No amount of tactics, video analysis and coaches can stop a player like Son who

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dribbles with ease game after game adding to his tally for the season. I’m sure the majority of Spurs fans can admit that they wouldn’t be anywhere near the top of the table without their two attackers who seem to score for fun at the minute. For the first time in a while, I really feel Spurs have the longevity and quality to push Liverpool and Chelsea all the way this season and even possibly pip them to the title. This Spurs team is showing no flaws currently and definitely no signs of slipping anytime soon. The only possible doubt that could settle in is how close the table currently is. First to Fourth is only separated by three points, and first to twelfth by just nine points, which over the course of a campaign can see titles won or hearts broken. However, I certainly believe the Jose of old is back, and has got Spurs playing with hunger and no fear no matter the opponent. I see no reason as to why the title couldn’t head down to North London this year.


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HEAD

2 HEAD

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

WHO WILL WIN?

HOME WIN

DRAW

AWAY WIN

29/20

5/2

7/5

NB: All Odds subject to change

FORM

PETERHEAD

EAST FIFE

05 DEC 20 FT

Falkirk Peterhead

2 1

LOST

05 DEC 20 FT

East Fife Airdrieonians

2 0

WON

28 NOV 20 FT

Peterhead Forfar Athletic

0 1

LOST

28 NOV 20 FT

Partick Thistle East Fife

2 0

LOST

21 NOV 20 FT

Peterhead Dumbarton

1 0

WON

14 NOV 20 FT

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LOST

14 NOV 20 FT

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LOST

10 NOV 20 FT

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2 3

LOST

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MATCH REPORT

FALKIRK 2-1 PETERHEAD Saturday 5th December 2020 • SPFL1 Peterhead again produced a ‘Night and Day’ performance as they went down 2-1 at Falkirk however a solid second half performance was not enough to repair the damage caused by a listless first 45 minutes. Manager Jim McInally made two changes with Gary MacKenzie coming in for only his second start in the league and Alan Cook replacing Ben Armour who did not make the bench after pulling out on Friday night due to a hamstring problem. The hosts had the first opening on 7 minutes when a break down the right created a chance for Connor Sammon however Joshua Rae was equal to it. A minute later Steven Boyd had a glimpse of goal for Peterhead however he chipped his effort wide.

McInally had stern words with his side at the interval and just three minutes into the restart Alan Cook flicked Gary Fraser’s free-kick over. On 55 minutes Cook should have brought Peterhead back into the game after he was picked out by Ryan Conroy who had twisted his way through the Falkirk defence to pick out his team-mate three yards from goal however Cook fired wide. Boyd sent an opening wide before Falkirk almost picked Peterhead off from a breakaway with Dowds sending a header against the bar. Lyall Cameron marked his introduction to the game quickly by cracking home a shot following a corner.

On 18 minutes Anton Dowds burst clear of the visiting defence however Rae came out on top in their one to one confrontation by parrying his shot.

The goal triggered nerves in the league leaders and those nerves increased further when on-loan Dundee youngster Cameron had another glimpse of goal only for his shot to be blocked.

MacKenzie sent a header over the Falkirk bar and the Bairns made the most of that reprieve by opening the scoring on 25 minutes when Blair Alston converted a Charlie Telfer pass from 17 yards.

Jason Brown was sent forward in the closing stages as Peterhead searched for an equaliser and the move almost worked however the defender sent an injury time shot over Falkirk’s bar.

The Blue Toon looked to hit back and Boyd was on target when he cracked a half-volley towards the home goal however PJ Morrison made a fine block.

Jim said: “The second half was the standard I was expecting. The first half was not.”

In first half injury time Falkirk moved two ahead with Telfer again the architect as he picked out Sammon with a pass and the striker slotted past Rae.

Peterhead – Rae, Freeman, MacKenzie (Lyle 70) J Brown, Bailey, Conroy, Fraser, S Brown, McCarthy (Cameron 74), Boyd, Cook Unused substitutes – Wilson, Kesson, Bakar

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The advice imparted to players in my last article to this annual, two years ago will nearly all hold good, but as there has of late been a disposition shown to alter the style of play, , a few additional remarks will be a necessity. The successful player has many things to contend with. If he is a fine forward and can dribble and dodge well he has to guard against the opposing back or halfback. That ‘gentleman’ may be what is vulgarly known as the ‘bully of the club’ (some delight in keeping such). He ‘spots’ the unfortunate dribbler as soon as the ball is kicked off and ‘goes for him’ on the earlier opportunity. What does the ‘bully’ care about the opinion of spectators or for that part of it, the Association Committee. They must win the cup tie suppose they should send the half of their opponents to the ‘Western’ But even the ‘bully’ can be done. As long kicking now seems to be the universal amongst forwards (and this is to be regretted), let them come close to him and whenever he charges like the infuriated bull, kick the leather over his head and have one of your ‘backers-up’ to follow. Charging opponents long before the ball comes near seems to be a favourite mode of procedure indulged in by many rough players nowadays. I would bring it under the notice of the Association, and insist on a remedy. Better to adopt the rules of the Ayrshire Association, prohibiting charging under any circumstances, than run the charge of injured limbs but I think the matter can be settled without that extreme measure. There is charging and charging. In all of the course of my experience I have never seen a player hurt seriously in close tackling where the ball happened to be near. It is the cruel and deliberate charge which generally takes place in an attempt to get ‘on the ball’ that causes the mischief, and the rule on the point could be easily regulated so as to prohibit s player from charging another unless he to actually ‘on the ball’. There is also the terrible forward, on the other side, who can do a mean thing without (as he says, at least) knowing it. He rushes about without much ceremony, and not unfrequently ‘does’ for your halfback or back, in a very short time, but that hard and unnatural work is too much for him, and he succumbs just as his opponent is recovering. He charges the goalkeeper with too much confidence in an evil moment, and has the worst of it.

Clubs who play a fair an honourable game sometimes get beaten by such opponents, but, as a rule, they come off victorious. Some of their members certainly get hurt occasionally, but good genuine combined play generally carries a club through. If the forwards play together, never lose sight of the ball, get on it as soon as it is thrown in from the touch-line or kicked form the corner flag, reserve all brilliant middling and passing till near the opposing goal, they will rarely, if ever, fail to score. Let the back and half-back measure the correct distance with the eye of an eagle; never get too far away from their stronghold; tackle when the ball, and with it your opponents, come near; by all means avoid a direct charge, and you will have nothing to gear for the success of your side. The goalkeeper must never go far way from his goal. The backs are quite ok to defend an open attack, provided they keep their proper places. What the goalkeeper has to fear nowadays is the corner-flag kick and the ‘heading’ ability of not a few of his opponents. A goal got in this way is generally taken quickly, and is certainly not pretty, but it counts all the same. When the rules encouraged dribbling much more than is the case now, the goalkeeper had to contend with the close dribbler, who broke away from the right or left wing, but the fact that the ball does not now require to touch the ground, after being thrown in from the touch-line, before being played, has put dribbling at a discount, and this danger to the goalkeeper is averted. Complete success in a team (and i say it advisedly) consists in a secret of perfect combined action, and if eleven play together with a fixed determination to do their very best, they will seldom, if ever, fail when engaged with a team of equal or even superior ability.

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IT’S BEEN A STRANGE TIME!

says ALAN COOK Following on from the defeat to Forfar last weekend, Peterhead came up just short of getting a positive result at the Falkirk Stadium, but unfortunately, they couldn’t overturn a two-goal deficit and lost the match 2-1 in the end. Goals from Blair Alston and Conor Sammon gave the home side the two-goal advantage at half-time, and then Lyall Cameron gave The Blue Toon a fighting chance of getting something from the match but it wasn’t to be. Alan Cook played the full 90 and he gave his thoughts on how he felt the game went for his side. He said: “We pushed Falkirk close in the second half. However, giving teams at the top of the league a twogoal lead is always going to be difficult to peg back. Conceding right on half-time meant it was an uphill task going back out for the second half. 40

We just couldn’t get the equaliser. However, Falkirk could have caught us on the counter a couple of times as we pushed on for an equaliser.” Cook signed back in January from Stenhousemuir and even though last season got brought to a premature halt, he’s enjoyed his time at the club thus far and admitted he had been on Jim McInally’s radar in the past before finally joining the Blue Toon in the winter transfer window. He explained: “It’s been a strange time since signing. Although I signed back in January, Covid came along and ended last season before taking a chunk from this season. I’ve enjoyed my time so far and hope we can push on and have a successful season. “The manager had tried to sign me once before and when I found out that he would be interested in signing me again I was lucky enough that everything


worked out and I was able to join the club.” 28-year-old Cook has been adapting to a change in position this season. He’s a winger by trade but he’s been asked by the manager to operate in more central areas this season, but he insists he’s happy to play anywhere for the team when it’s needed. “Playing through the middle has been different and I’m happy to do a job for the team,” he admitted. “It’s not my favourite area of the pitch to play. However, I give my all each time I’m selected to play. It’s been good in recent weeks to have played a bit wider in the forward areas with more players returning to fitness.”

A win for Jim McInally’s men would mean they leapfrog their opponents in the table. Cook is hoping to take last week’s second-performance into today’s match and is confident of gaining a positive result if he and his teammates can replicate that 45-minute showing against Falkirk. “East Fife will be another tough game; this is a match that we are more than capable of taking the three points from. Hopefully we can take our second-half performance from last week into this match and play like that for the full 90 minutes. If we do, then we can get a good result.”

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10-Oct 13-Oct 17-Oct 24-Oct 31-Oct 07-Nov 10-Nov 14-Nov 21-Nov 28-Nov 05-Dec 12-Dec 19-Dec 26-Dec 02-Jan 16-Jan 23-Jan 06-Feb 13-Feb 20-Feb 27-Feb 06-Mar 13-Mar 20-Mar 27-Mar 03-Apr 10-Apr 17-Apr 20-Apr 14-Apr 01-May

Opponents Dundee United Brechin City Airdrieonians Cove Rangers Clyde Montrose Kelty Hearts St Johnstone Dumbarton Forfar Athletic Falkirk East Fife Partick Thistle Montrose Cove Rangers Airdrieonians Dumbarton Clyde Forfar Athletic Partick Thistle East Fife Falkirk Cove Rangers Clyde Airdrieonians Forfar Athletic Partick Thistle East Fife Montrose Dumbarton Falkirk

Away Home Away Home Away Away Away Home Home Home Away Home Away Home Away Home Away Home Away Home Away Home Home Away Away Home Away Home Away Home Away

H 0 3 2 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 2

A 1 Rae 1 Rae 1 Rae 0 Rae 2 Rae 2 Rae 2 1 Wilson 3 Wilson Rae 0 Rae 1 Rae 1

2 3 Mulligan Conroy Bailey Conroy Freeman Conroy Freeman Conroy Freeman Conroy Freeman Conroy Freeman Conroy Bailey Freeman Bailey Freeman Bailey J. Brown Bailey MacKenzie

4 5 J. Brown Bailey J. Brown MacKenzie J. Brown MacKenzie J. Brown Bailey J. Brown Bailey J. Brown Bailey J. Brown Bailey J. Brown Conroy Ferry Conroy Freeman Conroy J. Brown Freeman

6 Ferry Ferry Ferry S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown Fraser Cameron Conroy

7 McCarthy McCarthy McCarthy Cook Cook Cook Cook Ferry McCarthy S. Brown Fraser

8 S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown McCarthy McCarthy McCarthy McCarthy McCarthy S. Brown Fraser S. Brown

9 Layne Layne 2 Layne Cameron Fraser Fraser Fraser Fraser Boyd McCarthy McCarthy

10 Boyd Boyd Boyd Boyd Cameron Cameron Cameron Boyd Armour Boyd Boyd

11 Armour Armour Bailey Lyle Boyd Armour 2 Armour Armour Cook Armour Cook

Substitutes Wilson, McKenzie, Lyle, Fraser, Cook, Kesson, Cameron Wilson, Cook, Freeman, Lyle, Cameron, Kesson Wilson, Cook, Freeman, Lyle, Cameron, Kesson Layne, Kesson, Wilson Armour,Kesson,Bakar (T), Wilson, Lyle Ferry, Boyd, Kesson, Bakar (T), Trialist, Wilson, Lyle Ferry, Boyd, Kesson, Bakar, Lyle Cook, Kesson, Cameron, Bakar, Lyle Layne, Kesson, Cameron, Bakar, Trialist, Wilson, Lyle MacKenzie, Cook, Kesson, Bakar, Wilson, Lyle Kesson, Cameron, Bakar, Wilson, Lyle

KEY - n SPFL n Betfred League Cup n Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup n Scottish Cup BOLD NAME = Goalscorer ITALIC NAME = Penalty SHOTS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS GOALS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

GOALS SHOTS ON TARGET CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS GOALS CONCEDED FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

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Falkirk

14

1

Montrose

14

2

Airdrieonians

13

2=

Clyde

10

3

Montrose

12

2=

East Fife

10

4

Cove Rangers

11

2=

Forfar Athletic

10

5=

Partick Thistle

7

2=

Peterhead

10

5=

East Fife

7

6

Airdrieonians

8

7

Peterhead

6

7

Dumbarton

6

8

Clyde

5

8=

Cove Rangers

5

9=

Dumbarton

4

8=

Falkirk

5

9=

Forfar Athletic

4

8=

Partick Thistle

5

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

Dumbarton

4

1

Falkirk

99

2=

Cove Rangers

3

2

Partick Thistle

81

2=

Falkirk

3

3

Cove Rangers

80

2=

Partick Thistle

3

4

Airdrieonians

78

5=

Airdrieonians

2

5

Montrose

70

5=

Forfar Athletic

2

6

Peterhead

58

5=

Peterhead

2

7=

Dumbarton

45

8=

Clyde

1

7=

East Fife

45

8=

East Fife

1

9

Forfar Athletic

44

10

Montrose

0

10

Clyde

35

1

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

1

Falkirk

55

1

Peterhead

2

Cove Rangers

37

2

East Fife

89

3=

Airdrieonians

31

3

Dumbarton

88

3=

Montrose

31

4=

Falkirk

84

5

Partick Thistle

28

4=

Montrose

84

6

Forfar Athletic

20

6

Airdrieonians

82

7

Peterhead

18

7

Cove Rangers

76

8

Dumbarton

17

8

Partick Thistle

67

9

Clyde

15

9

Forfar Athletic

60

East Fife

14

10

Clyde

50

10

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

1=

Montrose

15

1

1=

Peterhead

15

2=

Falkirk

3=

Airdrieonians

11

2=

Montrose

3=

Dumbarton

11

2=

Peterhead

3=

East Fife

11

5=

Airdrieonians

6=

Falkirk

10

5=

Clyde

6=

Partick Thistle

10

5=

Cove Rangers

8

Forfar Athletic

9

5=

Dumbarton

9

Cove Rangers

8

5=

Forfar Athletic

Clyde

6

5=

Partick Thistle

10

44

100

East Fife

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DONALD PARK WINS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Donald Park, affectionately known as ‘Parky’, has been announced as the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s UK Coaching Awards, which took place virtually on Thursday, 3 December.

thousands of coaches. Parky was the driving force behind a bespoke UEFA B Licence for Scotland’s women’s team players, helping several start their coaching journey.

The award was officially presented to the former Scotland Under-19s coach by Scottish FA Head of Coach Education and Development Greig Patterson on the evening of the prestigious event to recognise his achievements through a lifetime dedicated to coaching.

Having retired from his head coaching role with the Scottish FA in 2018, he returned to Hearts to support all the youth coaches at the club’s academy as a coach mentor. Despite his storied career, Parky continues to give back to the part of the game he loves most: grassroots football. He can be found as a volunteer at his local club, Spartans in Edinburgh, where he currently works with their Under-13s.

Originally from Lochaber in the Highlands, Parky’s impact on Scottish football has stretched far and wide. Across his career, which spans five decades, he has been a player, coach, manager, coach educator, volunteer and member of staff with the Scottish FA. His reach has largely included working with young Scottish talent at grassroots clubs, professional clubs and at international level. As a player, he is best remembered for his time at Patrick Thistle and two spells at Hearts. His coaching career saw him take up posts at Meadowbank Thistle, Arbroath, Hibs, Inverness Caledonian Thistle – where as assistant manager, working under John Robertson, he helped the team win the Scottish First Division and promotion to the Scottish Premier League – and finally, as head coach of the Scotland Under-19s. So deep was Parky’s commitment to nurturing the footballing talent of young people across Scotland, he spent a lot of his time travelling back north to the Highlands, even whilst based at Hampden Park in Glasgow, to share his wisdom with youth players. He was also Head of Coach Education at the Scottish FA for eight years, where he worked to develop and broaden coaching opportunities, and used his 46

Acknowledging the countless hours and infectious enthusiasm he continues to give to the sport he loves, Celtic FC captain Scott Brown said that Parky had shown him the true meaning of being a professional footballer. “He gave me confidence as a young kid to push myself in every aspect and to truly understand the game. He came in every day with a smile on his face and he always wanted the best for all the lads that came into Hibernian; he had so much time for everyone.” Donald Park, said: “If I’m being completely honest, it’s an absolute shock to receive this award. To be presented with this award for doing something that I’ve loved for so long, and been very lucky to be involved in, is very humbling. “It’s very nice to hear from players and coaches I’ve worked with during my career and what they have to say about me. I’ve been lucky to have worked with so many talented people and seeing some familiar faces when I received the award meant a lot to me.”


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The name of Peterhead Football Club stretches far and wide. This was demonstrated when we recently received this photo into the club offices of Australian born, Parker Turvill, who is lives in Perth, Western Australia. He receives a full Peterhead FC kit from his grandparents as his mother and her family originally come from Peterhead and they are delighted that Parker is able to proudly spread the name of his favourite Scottish club at Currambine Primary School. Whilst keeping an eye on the events at Balmoor, Parker, also likes to follow his favourite players Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal where he hopes one day Jim McInally will have the option to sign the pair up front. Thanks for sending this in Parker and 48


REF WATCH ( Average all SPFL1 Matches )

FOULS

YELLOW

RED

Gavin Ross

29

5

2

Alan Newlands

30

4

0

Matthew McDermid

21

7

1

Graham Granger

29

5

0

Calum Scott

26

5

0

Craig Napier

26

3

1

Kevin Graham

26

4

0

Duncan Williams

25

5

0

Barry Cook

26

4

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Steven Reid

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3

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The small south west town of Stranraer became the unlikely location for a piece of footballing history on 19th August 1981. During a League Cup tie against Albion Rovers, Stair Park became the last league ground in Scotland – and indeed Britain – to use floodlighting for a competitive match. This completion of a 38-ground set came over 100 years after the first experiments with lighting in Scotland. In 1878, the now almost forgotten Cathkin Park aroused much interest when a game between Third Lanark and Vale of Leven took place under artificial lighting. The lighting of this period generally took the form of individual spotlights but in 1893 Celtic used the novel technique of poles around the ground and a row of lights suspended across the pitch! A 1-1 draw with Clyde saw the first and last appearance of such a system at Parkhead. However, despite these early experiments, it was not until the 50s that floodlighting took root in Scotland. Ochilview was the unusual venue for the first floodlit match in modern times. A set of lights which had previously been installed for training matches were used in a friendly with Hibs on the 7th November 1951. The Edinburgh side themselves were quick to realise the potential of lighting. A series of tours in Europe and the game against Stenhousemuir heightened their awareness until, he 19th October 1954, Easter Road introduced it’s lights to Hearts. Easter Road also shares the honour of hosting the first floodlit Scottish Cup match. The 8th February 1956, saw floodlit Cup clashes between Hibs and Raith and at Bayview, East Fie and history makers Stenhousemuir. Despite the Victorian tests at Parkhead, it was Rangers who introduced floodlighting to Glasgow in 1953. An attempt to switch on the Ibrox lights for a league game against St Mirren resulted in the referee promptly ordering them to be switched off again.

Rangers, however, ere not to be deterred and on the 7th March 1956, lights were used in a Scottish League game for the first time. An 8-0 win over Queen of the South augured well for Rangers’ future midweek games.

Queens, however, can take consolation from the fact that they were the first club to have floodlights mounted on pylons. Preston were the visitors in 1958 or Palmerston’s first floodlit match. It is interesting to note that the relatively smaller clubs often invested in lighting before the larger ones. Arbroath, East Fife, Airdrie, Kilmarnock, Stenhousemuir and Falkirk all had lights before Hearts, Aberdeen, Celtic and the two Dundee teams. Perhaps the most interesting fact is that floodlighting came to Ochilview 10 years before it arrived at Hampden. The 1957 Scottish Cup final between Falkirk and Kilmarnock went into extra-time and was played out in virtual darkness! Rangers friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt on 17th October saw the debut of the Hampden lights. By then most of the major cities had lighting. Newcastle who also came to Falkirk and Ayr, were the visitors to Tynecastle in 1957. Celtic invited Wolves, floodlight kings in England, to Parkhead on 12th October 1959. Nine days later, Luton, then bottom of Division One, came to Pittodrie and were beaten 3-2. The Shankly brothers clashed when Liverpool came to Dens in 1960 while United, devoid of a glamour friendly, switched on their lights while on league duty against Rangers on 1962. Not surprisingly, there has been a decline in these floodlit debuts since then. Hamilton’s 1971 friendly against Gwardia Warsaw was the last of the real glamour games. The late 70s saw the remaining few catch up, until, after 30 years, numerous EnglandScotland friendlies and some memorable European nights were played.

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PETERHEAD LEGEND’S EAST FIFE SOJURN by PETER MYERS

Former Peterhead player and manager Jim Hamilton is one of the club’s legends. He had a spell with Aberdeen early in his career before moving to East Fife where he helped the club reach a respectable ninth place in the old First Division at the end of season 1972-73. Hamilton was signed by the Dons from Dunipace Thistle in February 1968 and broke through to the first team in season 1968-69. He played in Aberdeen’s Scottish Cup campaign in 1970 but unfortunately wasn’t in the team which won the trophy after beating Celtic 3-1 at Hampden. Hamilton’s Pittodrie career in 1970-71 lapsed into the doldrums and his outings with the first team became rather sporadic. A move to a new club often gives a player’s career a boost and so it happened with Hamilton when he moved to East Fife in September 1971 in partexchange for winger Bertie Miller. When the Methil club won promotion to the First Division in 1970-71, Miller and outside-left Billy McPhee were the highest scoring wingers in the Second Division with 24 goals each. Hamilton missed four of East Fife’s 34 league games in their First Division campaign but the club avoided a swift return to the lower tier by the skin of their teeth. Hamilton managed only one goal that season, but it was a memorable one when he netted the winner in a 3-2 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in February 1972. East Fife manager Pat Quinn, a former Ancell Babe with Motherwell, managed to keep together most of the side which won promotion in 1970-71. They were a 56

young team but the side was bolstered by several experienced players including Jim Hamilton, Bobby Duncan, who arrived from Hibernian, and John Martis, who had been a team-mate of Quinn’s at Fir Park. In the early part of the 1972-73 season the Methil outfit showed they could be a team to be reckoned with when they held Celtic to a 1-1 draw at Parkhead in the group stages of the League Cup. The Fifers went on to eliminate Partick Thistle, the cup holders, to reach the competition’s quarter-final but hopes of progressing further were well and truly scuppered by an Aberdeen side in top form. Jim Hamilton didn’t play in the first leg at Pittodrie where goalkeeper Dave Gorman kept the score down to 3-0 and prevented East Fife from suffering an even more crushing defeat. In the return leg at Bayview the Fifers went down 4-1. East Fife’s 22-year-old skipper, Dave Clarke, was featured in a series called The Captains in the Green Final, the Evening Express’s Saturday night sports paper. He told Frank Gilfeather that he was optimistic about the club’s future: “I am pleased that I have helped East Fife to some measure of success. I think that after this season, provided we remain in the First Division, the club should go full-time. I believe they will go full-time and I look to East Fife becoming league title contenders in five or six years.” Clarke, who was an electrician at Seafield Colliery, added: “We are a young team who will get better. I see this season as one where we can establish ourselves as a First Division club then after that, who knows?” The Fifers’ best performance in 1972-73 was when


they held Celtic to a 2-2 draw at Bayview in February and were unlucky not to have won the match. The Fifers were leading 2-1 when a penalty was awarded to the Hoops after a shot from Kenny Dalglish was saved on the line by defender Bobby Duncan. Bobby Murdoch kicked the ball high over the bar but the referee ordered the spot-kick to be retaken because there had been East Fife players in the box. This time, goalkeeper Ernie McGarr saved with his foot. The former Aberdeen stopper was again the hero when he saved another penalty, this time from Dalglish. Just when the Methil side were on the brink of an historic victory, John (Dixie) Deans equalised with a header a mere two minutes from the final whistle. Both sides had served up a thrilling game for the 11,577 fans. A further five draws and a solitary win over Motherwell helped the Fifers finish a respectable ninth in the league.

but remained in the First Division when he signed for Dunfermline in July 1974. He made a handful of appearances for the first team including coming on as a sub in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Dons at Pittodrie in the last game of the season on April 26, 1975. Three months later Hamilton signed for Peterhead where he enjoyed a new lease of life, first as a player and then as manager from 1983 to 1990.

East Fife stuttered their way through season 1973-74 with a succession of poor results, broken by a stunning 1-0 victory over Rangers at Ibrox on October 13, 1973. A month later Jim Hamilton faced his old team again at Bayview in a dour match during which Aberdeen’s Davie Robb was both saint and sinner. A sloppy passback by Robb to keeper Bobby Clark was pounced on by Paul Hegarty who put the Fifers 2-1 up. Three minutes later “the Brush” redeemed himself by scoring the equaliser. The Bayview side, who were now managed by Frank Christie, finished second bottom and were unlucky to be relegated as they finished with the same points total as Dunfermline but the Pars had a superior goal difference of only three. Jim Hamilton was released 57


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