The final two trials of live streaming of East Fife home games will take place for the Stranraer and Ayr United games on the 9th and 16th of December respectively. The opportunity to view these games are open to both home and away fans who are outside the UK and Ireland.
Following feedback from our previous trials, we will be assessing a different sharing platform that should eliminate the issues we’ve been having with the commentary plus the picture should be much clearer. Access to the stream will be through the Club Website and you will be prompted to enter an individual password that you will receive beforehand via email.
To sign up, visit www.eastfifeshop.com and purchase each game for only £5.
How long have you been an East Fife supporter and what was your first game?
I must have been around 8 or 9 when I first remember my Dad talking about East Fife. I then took an interest when the squad turned up at my school around 1997/98 to take the football team’s training session. Back then I would play of them on Ultimate Manager and edit the game to make Barrie Moffat, Phil Gartshore and John Martin the best players in the world. My first game was a couple of year later, however, for a friendly where we beat someone in the English League (I think it was Plymouth). We then played another 2 games in the next couple of days and got well and truly beaten by Rochdale and Notts County.
Most memorable moment following East Fife?
There has been a few. Kenny Deuchar with that late, late goal, but probably the game against Aberdeen was the most memorable. Such a topsy turvy game with some great goals but to go up there with no expectations after a 5-0 and 6-0 the two-previous season made it all the better.
Least favourite moment following East Fife?
Relegation at Stenhousemuir or relegation in the play-offs against Stirling Albion. Both took a lot of getting over.
Favourite player (present)?
Kevin Smith. Amazing on a bad day, unplayable on a good day!
Favourite player (all time)?
Between two. Johnny Smart and Paul McManus. Both were East Fife through and through, always a special place for guys who love the club as much as us fans do.
Best East Fife goal you’ve seen?
Matthew Park v Aberdeen. Paul McManus scored an amazing solo goal in the cup (can’t remember who against) or Stevie Campbell when he lobbed the goalie from the half-way line.
Favourite Goal Celebration?
Johnny Smart and his roly-poly
Pick your all-time East Fife 11 (players you’ve seen)
GK: Scott Fox
Defenders: Gary Naysmith, Steven Tweed, Jonathan Smart, Scott Mercer
Midfielders: Kevin Smith, Stevie Campbell, Div Muir
Strikers: Nathan Austin, Paul McManus, Kenny Deuchar
Favourite Scotland game?
France away with that McFadden screamer!
Favourite Scotland player (all-time)?
Scott Brown is so underrated for the level of performance he puts in.
When do you think Scotland will next qualify for a major tournament?
Next campaign is our time! We were so close this year and if Strachan hadn’t been so stubborn with his selections and included guys like Griffiths at the start we may have picked up more points and even at the end with McGregor who’s been playing brilliant for Celtic but can’t make it into the Scotland squad. Don’t think it was right to sack him though as apart from Moyes or Lambert, we don’t have much better.
Ronaldo or Messi?
Ronaldo (Neymar is now better than both!)
Favourite away ground?
Tynecastle is probably the best away ground I’ve been to. Ibrox was nice but was a cauldron of hate the times I’ve been so had a sour taste from that.
If you could change one football rule, what would it be?
That if someone scores they should have free reign to celebrate how they want, unless it’s inciting opposition fans. They can take their tops off, jump into fans, whatever they like and not have to receive a yellow card for it.
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 2nd December 2017
Queen’s Park 2 (Donnelly 18', 51')
East Fife 1 (Duggan 15')
Queen’s Park XI: White, Summers, McGhee, Iredale, Burns, McVey, Fotheringham, Leitch (Duff 70’), Galt, Mortimer (McLennan 86’), Donnelly (Docherty 77’)
Subs: Cummins, Gibson, Brady, Whelan
Booked: Summers, Fotheringham, Galt
East Fife XI: M Hurst, Dunsmore, Kane (Linton 68’), Page, Piggott, Docherty, Lamont (Flanagan 83’), Smith, Wilkie, Millar (G Hurst 68’), Duggan
Subs: Goodfellow, Watson, Wilson, Willis
Booked: Dunsmore, Piggott
Referee: Stephen Finnie
East Fife travelled to the national stadium to face Queen’s Park in Ladbrokes League 1 but left empty-handed after a performance that was in stark contrast to that which had put Airdrieonians to the sword last weekend. For the first time this season Manager Darren Young was able to name an unchanged starting line-up with the only change being fit-again Scott Linton replacing Ben Reilly on the bench.
The home side had the first opportunity of the match on 6 minutes when Sean Burns found an opening down the left and curled in a shot but it was an easy take for East Fife ‘keeper Mark Hurst. At the other end, Kevin Smith picked out Mark Docherty on the left-hand side of the penalty box but his cross was deflected into the arms of Michael White.
Queen’s Park had had the better of the opening exchanges but it was the visitors who found themselves in front on 15 minutes. Chris Duggan latched onto a long-ball over the top from Aaron Dunsmore and lifted the ball over the ‘keeper for his 8th goal of the season. East Fife weren’t ahead for long, however, after Billy Mortimer worked some space for himself down the left and cut the ball back for Luke Donnelly who found the back of the net from 18-yards. The home side could have been in front a few minutes later but Donnelly failed to take advantage of a promising position after David Galt’s initial shot was blocked.
Docherty sent in a free kick from 40-yards for East Fife on 30 minutes which Smith managed to get on the end of but his back header was collected by White. Smith had another chance 5 minutes later when he got on the end of Docherty’s cross from the left but was unable to find the target.
East Fife weren’t at the races in the opening 45 minutes and big improvements were needed in the second period.
The visitors were awarded a free kick 25-yards from goal shortly after the re-start. Smith stepped up and cleared the wall but his strike didn’t have enough power behind it to trouble White. Queen’s Park took the lead on 50 minutes when Robbie Leitch sent in a cross from the left with the outside of his foot which East Fife failed to deal with which allowed Donnelly to claim his second of the afternoon with a strike from 15-yards.
The home side were well in the ascendency and should have added to their lead just before the hour mark with Gregor Fotheringham got on the end of a free kick but his shot rebounded off the crossbar before the whistle went for a foul on the ‘keeper. Mortimer was next to go close the home side when he was sent through 1-on-1 with Hurst but was unlucky to see his shot come back off the post.
East Fife were looking for a way back into the game and were close to an equaliser on 74 minutes when a free kick from near the corner flag was cleared by the Queen’s Park defence but only as far as Docherty on the edge of area but his goal-bound effort was deflected behind by Burns. The visitors had one last chance to salvage something from the game inside injury time but Jonathan Page was denied by a point-blank save from White but, in truth, the equaliser would have been far more than East Fife deserved for the game.
East Fife had, quite rightly, taken a lot of praise for their performance against Airdrieonians but were unable to reach the same standards this week as Queen’s Park ran out deserved winners.
East Fife head to Glasgow on Saturday to face Queen’s Park hoping to continue where they left off after last week’s impressive 6-1 victory against Airdrieonians.
Although the Methil men will be approaching this game with confidence, they will be aware that the Spiders inflicted a defeat in the earlier encounter this season at Bayview Stadium back in September. Hampden has also not been the happiest of hunting grounds in recent years for the Fifers, with just one win since 2004 in their favour.
Manager Darren Young was understandably delighted with his side’s last outing with some terrific build up play on display, coupled with clinical finishing in another entertaining game for the home support. The Bayview gaffer was also heartened at being able to list a full squad for the first time in several weeks, with only Scott Linton and Pat Slattery likely to miss out tomorrow through injury.
It would be fair to say that Queen’s Park have not enjoyed the best of starts to the campaign but Gus McPherson will be determined to steer his team clear of the relegation zone and start climbing the table. Last Saturday saw them give a good account of themselves at Stark’s Park against promotion challengers Raith Rovers before going down to two second-half goals.
Travelling fans should be aware that the new Queensferry Crossing will be closed to southbound traffic, with the possibility of delays for vehicles using the alternative route via the Forth Road Bridge.
Six months ago, if East Fife weren’t at home, nothing much was happening at Bayview.
Since September, 3 × 7-a-side and 3 × 5-a-side pitches are being used every night of the week with youngsters and adults playing or training. The pitch is used by East Fife Youth Academy, East Fife Girls and Ladies, Kennoway Star Hearts, St Andrews United, Walking Football and Over 35s as well as several block private bookings and regular new enquiries.
A week past Sunday (19th November) Fifers For The Community (FFTC) and East Fife hosted the second CEFSSA fun 4's and super 5's festival and from 10am – 2 pm more than 300 youngsters played on the new pitch and 300-400 parents and families enjoyed food and drink in the club lounge. Teams from East Fife, Glenrothes Athletic, Kennoway, Glenrothes Lions, Real Fife, Kelty Hearts, Strollers, Thornton Locos and Templehall took part.
Last Sunday (26th November), a charity match in remembrance of Owen Nisbet, a local 11-year-old who passed away recently from a short illness. Ex-players from all four Fife teams took part including Paul McManus, Craig Lumsden, Gilbert Allan, Andy Tod and Mark McCulloch took part. Prior to the main match, a couple of 7-a-side games between East Fife Youth Academy and Kennoway teams, with which Owen had been associated, took place. FFTC offered use of the pitch, and East Fife FC the changing rooms, free of charge.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of East Fife’s first League cup triumph in the 1947-48 final. Part 2 of the League Cup winners story was featured in The Bayview on Saturday.
The eight qualifiers along with East Fife for the quarter-finals were Aberdeen, Falkirk, Rangers and Hearts from Division A and also Hamilton Accies, Leith Athletic and Stenhousemuir from Division B. The founders’ intention was that teams from the top division would meet teams from lower division over two legs with the winners progressing to the semi-finals. That had happened in 1946-47 but because of post-war exigencies it was decided that the quarter-finals in 1947-48 would consist of only one meeting.
As in the previous season, the Fifers were drawn against Hearts. The match was at Tynecastle on 27th September. It turned out to be a cracking game. The major change in the Fife side from the sectional ties was the return of George Aitken at left half.
Dougie Davidson opened the scoring in the fifth minute with former Bayview Youth Club player, Ken Currie, equalising for Hearts five minutes later. Davie Duncan put the Fifers ahead again in the 75th minute from a penalty. Two minutes from time Currie restored equality, his late goal necessitating extra-time. Archie Kelly who had guested for east Fife during the War put the maroons into the lead for the first time in the 98th minute. Skipper Tommy Adams was the Fife hero, his two late goals producing a 4-3 victory. Hearts – Paton, McSpayden, McKenzie, Laing, Parker, Dougan, McFarlane, Currie, Kelly, Urquhart, Williams. East Fife - Niven, Laird, Stewart, Philp, Finlay, Aitken, Adams, D Davidson, Morris, J Davidson, Duncan. Twelfth man – Gilmour.
The win took East Fife through to the semi-finals in which their opponents were Aberdeen at Dens Park on 11th October. Not surprisingly Scot Symon selected the same eleven but with Jimmy Canavan as twelfth man. In a hard-fought game the only goal came in the 80th minute courtesy of arch-marksman Henry Morris. Aberdeen – Johnstone, Cowie, McKenna, McLaughlin, Waddell, Taylor. Kiddie, Harris, Williams, Baird, Millar.
The other winning semi-finalists were Falkirk who had defeated Rangers, also 1-0, at Hampden which was the venue for the final on 25th October. Again, East Fife were unchanged with Canavan as twelfth man. Jerry Dawson, the ex-Rangers keeper and future East Fife manager, was the Falkirk custodian with Archie Aikman, a Bayview guest during the War, at centre forward. The attendance was 52,781. Dawson and his Methil counterpart, John Niven, were the star-performers of the afternoon with both keeping clean sheets throughout the 120 minutes.
Falkirk – J Dawson, Whyte, McPhie, Bolt, R Henderson, Whitelaw, Fiddes, Fleck, Aikman, J Henderson, K Dawson.
The sides met again the next Saturday, 1st November. Once more Scot Symon was happy to name the same twelve players with Canavan the man left out. The Bairns made two changes with Gallacher and Allison replacing Whitelaw and Fleck respectively. The attendance this time was 30,664.
East Fife began strongly with Tommy Adams finding the net in the 8th minute. Davie Duncan added a second some ten minutes later. Aikman reduced the leeway on the half-hour. Duncan notched his second in the 79th minute and completed his hat-trick with three minutes left on the clock. So, Tommy Adams was presented with the cup which came to Methil for the first time with Davie Duncan entering the history book as the first player to score a hat-trick in a League Cup Final.