We’re pleased to confirm that we’ve arranged three friendly matches at the Locality hub Bayview Stadium as we ramp up our preparations for next season.
We kick off our season by welcoming Lowland League side Cumbernauld Colts to Bayview on the 26th of June with an 8 pm kick off. Cumbernauld finished 6th in the Lowland league last season and include former Fifers Craig Murray and Stephen O’Neill in their ranks last season.
Next up we welcome our neighbours Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday 30th June (2 pm kick off). We last faced the Pars in the group stages of last season Betfred League Cup. After a 0-0 draw, the visitors picked up the bonus point with a 9-8 penalty shootout win – the standard of penalty kicks in this game was exceptionally high.
Finally, League Two title winning manager Gary Naysmith returns to Bayview with his Queen of the South side, which features former Fifer Scott Mercer, on Tuesday 3rd of July (kick off 7.45 pm). We last faced the Doonhammers back in April 2013 when goals from Stevie Campbell and Gareth Wardlaw had given East Fife a 2-0 lead at Palmerston with 15 minutes remaining, but a late double from Nicky Clark earned the home side a share of the points.
Admission prices for all three matches will be announced in due course.
We are delighted to announce that Ross Davidson, Ross Dunlop and Scott Agnew have all agreed terms to join East Fife for season 2018/2019.
24-year-old Ross Davidson started his senior career at Kilmarnock, making his debut as a substitute in December 2011 against Aberdeen before loan spells at Airdrie United and Albion Rovers before making the permanent move to Coatbridge in February 2015 for the remainder of their League Two title winning campaign and has made over 100 appearances for the side.
28-year-old centre-half Ross Dunlop joins the club from Stenhousemuir where he played a key role in helping the side gain promotion to League One through the play-offs last season. Ross’ previous clubs include Queen’s Park and Albion Rovers and has over 200 career first-team appearances to his name.
30-year-old attacking midfielder Scott Agnew started his career at Hamilton Academical in 2006 after previously turning out for Rangers at youth level. His previous clubs include Alloa Athletic, Ayr United, Stranraer, Dumbarton and St. Mirren before joining up with Stranraer again in 2016 where he has spent the last two seasons. Scott found the net on 13 occasions last season for the Stair Park side.
Welcome to Bayview guys!
The design for our new home strip has been finalised. We're sticking with our traditional black & gold stripes but switching to solid black sleeves & and a black collar for season 2018/2019. We're also introducing a new, all black 3rd choice strip for next season. Let us know what you think of the new designs!
I would like to thank the following players for their efforts on behalf of the club & wish them well for the future; Ryan Goodfellow, Ryan Inglis, Robert Jones, Mark Lamont, Ross Mutch, Kieran Millar, Kyle Wilkie & Kyle Wilson. We are currently speaking to Craig Watson, Aaron Dunsmore, Craig Thomson, Chris Duggan & Connor McManus but we must re-iterate that these players will be out of contract in June.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our loan players & wish them well as they return to their parent clubs, Scott Allardice (Dundee United), Matthew Knox (Livingstone), Adam Livingstone (Motherwell) & Ben Mackenzie (St. Johnstone).
As mentioned previously, the following players are still under contract; Kevin Smith, Jonathan Page, Mark Docherty, Chris Kane, Pat Slattery & Scott Linton.
We are planning an open day on for Saturday 23rd June, more details will be issued soon.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Lindsay Hamilton as our new Goalkeeping Coach.
Lindsay started his playing career at Stenhousemuir in 1982 before going to make over 100 appearances for the Warrior’s. He moved onto Rangers in 1987 before spells at East Stirlingshire, Stirling Albion, Clydebank and Leeds United in the late 80’s. He joined Premier Division side St. Johnstone in 1990 and spent the next couple of years as their number 1 before moving onto Dunfermline in 1992.
After a short spell in Northern Ireland with Portdown, Lindsay signed on at Bayview in 1995. He made 76 appearances over 2 season at East Fife and was part of the team that won promotion to the First Division under Steve Archibald in 1995-96, during which he had 17 shut-outs.
Lindsay left Bayview in 1997 for Queen’s Park before ending his playing career back at Stenhousemuir, retiring at the end of the 1999/2000 season.
Lindsay joins the club from Albion Rovers where he worked with current Manager Darren Young and has previous coaching experience with Airdrie as well as the Scotland Under 17’s Women’s National Team as well as the Under 16s and Under 14s girl’s sides.
Lindsay will be working closely with Darren and Tony as they build a squad for the coming season. Welcome back to Bayview Lindsay!
We can confirm that Goalkeeping Coach Alex Connon has left the East Fife coaching team. Alex joined East Fife in 2014 after previous coaching spells at Berwick Rangers, Stenhouesmuir and East Stirlingshire.
Alex has played a key role in East Fife’s success over the last few years with our goalkeepers able to draw on his wealth of knowledge and experience to aid their development. The club would like to thank Alex for all of his hard-work over the last four years and wish him all the best for the future.