We are delighted to announce that Scott Linton has put pen to paper on a new 18 month contract extending his stay at Bayview until the summer of 2019.
Scott joined East Fife on an initial 6-month contract in August and has featured 17 times so far this season after making his debut against in a 1-0 win v Alloa Athletic that month. The left-back has netted twice this season; the 4th goal in the fantastic comeback win v Albion Rovers in October and the 2nd in the New Year Fife derby earlier this month – both sublime free kicks!
We can confirm that Ben Reilly has left the club to join Cowdenbeath.
Ben joined East Fife in February 2017 & made his debut in a 3-2 win v Brechin City that month before going on to make 19 appearances.
Ben leaves with our best wishes for the rest of the season & beyond
Today marked the end of Greg Hurst and Jordan Piggott’s time with East Fife as they return to St. Johnstone and Dundee respectively following the completion of their loan spells.
Jordan joined East Fife on an emergency loan Dundee in October and went on to make 10 appearances for the club following his debut against Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park after which manager Darren Young described his performance as “outstanding” and “composed”, adding that “he’s probably got a big future in the game”.
Greg joined the club in August, making his debut against Stranraer that month before going on to make 19 appearances for the club. Greg scored 5 goals for the club including the winner against Alloa Athletic but will be remember most for his double in the dramatic comeback win against Albion Rovers in October.
Both Greg and Jordan leave with our best wishes for the remainder of the season and beyond.
East Fife welcome Alloa Athletic to Bayview Stadium tomorrow afternoon as Darren Young’s men look to build on a hard-earned draw secured from their visit to Airdrieonians last Staurday.
The Bayview boss was missing from the technical area at the Indodrill Stadium, but Assistant Manager Tony McMinn was keen to focus on the positives from the 0-0 draw, notably the absence of the individual errors that have proved costly for the side this campaign. Visitors Alloa arrive as one of the form sides in the league, continuing their impressive recent record with another three points against Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill last week. Goals from Ross Stewart, Paul Crossan and Iain Flannigan gave the Wasps a 3-1 victory.
The Bayview faithful were heartened by the return of midfielder Pat Slattery, making his first appearance for several weeks from the bench at Airdrie, but will be hoping for some more good news on the injury front with Jordan Piggott, Greg Hurst, Kevin Smith, Kyle Wilson, Paul Willis and Craig Watson all missing from the squad last week.
The two previous encounters between the sides have favoured the home team this season, with Greg Hurst scoring the only goal of the game back in August and the Wasps winning the return fixture in October convincingly 4-1, despite Kyle Wilkie giving the Fifers an early lead.
Supporters of both clubs are reminded that they are welcome to enjoy refreshments at the stadium bars before and after the game.
Jimmy Bonthrone signed for East Fife on 17th June 1947 from Kinglassie Colliery Juniors, just a day after his eighteenth birthday. Jimmy’s association with the senior game had actually started two years earlier, however, when he signed as an amateur for Partick Thistle from Bowhill West End. When, for a variety of reasons, things didn’t work out at Firhill, he opted to return to Fife to sign for Kinglassie, from where he subsequently made the short journey further east to Bayview. He remained an East Fife player for eleven seasons but, due to being called up for National Service, didn’t pull on an East Fife first-team jersey until fully two-and-a-half years after first putting pen to paper. He eventually made his East Fife debut on 19th November 1949 against Hibs at Easter Road, after having been asked to step in to replace Henry Morris, who was in dispute with the club. Unfortunately, it was not to be a happy baptism for the player, with the Fife losing the ‘A’ Division league clash by four-goals-to-one.
It was to be a further seven weeks before Jimmy made his home debut, in a league fixture with Rangers at Bayview on 7th January 1950, in which the Methil men went down by two goals without reply. Finally, on 8th April 1950, Jimmy Bonthrone scored the first of many goals for East Fife when he netted a late equaliser against Rangers at gale-swept Ibrox to secure a 2-2 draw and deny the eventual champions full league points. Incidentally, history was made that afternoon as Jimmy’s goal secured East Fife’s first-ever league point against the Glasgow giants! Before the season was out, Jimmy had added a further two goals to his credit when he bagged a brace in a 4-3 victory at Motherwell. Despite his form, however, Jimmy was replaced at inside-left on the Saturday following the Motherwell match by the more experienced Allan Brown for the Scottish Cup Final against Rangers on 22nd April 1950.
His first season as a fringe first-team player had been a largely satisfying one, however, having scored three goals in eight appearances. During the following season, 1950/51, Jimmy Bonthrone established himself in the East Fife first team, and won the hearts of the Fife faithful early in the campaign when he scored a hat-trick during the 4-1 demolition of Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park in a League Cup tie on 30th August 1950. The player continued to improve over the following seasons, and continued to be a thorn in the side of Rangers, scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the Glasgow side at Bayview on 5th January 1952; East Fife’s first-ever league win over the light-blues. Later that same year, Jimmy Bonthrone was the goal-hero against Rangers yet again when he scored twice in East Fife’s 3-2 league victory against the Ibrox side on 18th October 1952.
Such goal-scoring feats, especially against one of the big west of Scotland clubs, was bound to come to the attention of the international selectors, and Jimmy Bonthrone was finally called up to the Scotland squad for the “unofficial international” against the British Army at Hampden on Monday 2nd March 1953. Jimmy gave a good account of himself that evening, and played a huge part in the opening goal, as described in the following morning’s edition of the Dundee Courier: “Scotland’s opener in six minutes was a good one. A beautiful square pass from Jimmy Bonthrone gave Johnstone an opening. He swerved past Bond, and neatly side-footed the ball past the helpless Fraser”. Scotland went on to win the match by two-goals-to one, but with the game attracting a paltry crowd of only 15,000 to the national stadium, the event was hailed as a huge flop by the media.
Just over a week later, Jimmy Bonthrone picked up his second international honour when he was selected to play in the Scotland v England ‘B’ international at Easter Road on 11th March 1953, the first such international to be played north of the border. Jimmy almost put Scotland ahead during the early exchanges, but as the match progressed he found the going tough against the English centre-half, Burnley’s Tommy Cummings. The Scotland team played well overall, however, and despite going in a goal down at half-time, the dark blues scored twice during the second half to secure a 2-2 draw. Although Jimmy Bonthrone hadn’t been at his best in the ‘B’ international, he was selected to represent his country for a third time later that same month for the League international against English League at Ibrox on 25th March 1953. There was a problem, however. The arrangements had already been made for Jimmy’s wedding on Monday 23rd March, two days before the match, and under the circumstances the player would be unable to join up with his team-mates at the team hotel in Largs as required on the morning of his wedding day. Despite appeals to the Scottish League officials, Jimmy Bonthrone was dropped from the Scotland team for refusing to cancel his wedding and, consequently, the player was never asked to represent Scotland again!
Jimmy Bonthrone remained at Bayview for a further five seasons, during which time he was part of the East Fife League Cup winning team during season 1953/54. His days as an East Fife player, during which he was never once booked or sent off, ended when he signed for Dundee in March 1958. Just under two years later he was transferred to Stirling Albion, and eventually ended his playing career with Queen of the South. Jimmy Bonthrone’s involvement with the game did not end for several years after he hung up his boots, however. He returned to Bayview as East Fife manager in 1963 and stayed in charge until 1969, when he joined the management team at Aberdeen, where he remained until 1975.
During his time at Pittodrie, Jimmy was also involved with the Scottish international set-up, and managed the Scotland under-23 team for a spell. He returned to Bayview as General Manager in 1980 and, in August 1995, East Fife did Jimmy Bonthrone proud when they arranged a testimonial against Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United; a side that contained several household names including David Beckham and Brian McClair to name but a few! Jimmy passed away on 6th June 2008 aged 78.
The first Supporters’ Club meeting of 2018 takes place this Thursday (11th January), 7.30 pm at Bayview Stadium. New members are welcome to attend.