We can confirm that tonight’s SPFL League One match against Clyde at Broadwood was postponed.
The club were only made aware of a positive test for COVID-19 within the Clyde camp as the players were entering the field of play before kick-off. We understand the test was taken on Saturday with the result only confirmed around 20 minutes before kick-off.
After discussion between the SPFL and representatives of both clubs, we were informed that the match could go ahead but having consulted with the management and players, the Board of Directors fully back the decision not to proceed with the fixture.
Finally, we would like to pass on our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the player involved.
The club will be making no further comment until we have discussed the matter in detail with the SPFL.
It is with great sadness that the club learned of the passing of former player Walter Borthwick.
Born in Edinburgh, Borthwick’s first senior club was Morton, spending two seasons at Cappielow before joining East Fife in October 1967. Jimmy Bonthrone, the man in charge at Bayview was looking towards youth in his efforts to steer the club back to the top flight after a nine year absence. The 19 year old forward made a scoring debut in a 3-1 win at home to Stranraer and added a further eight goals before the end of the campaign as the team just missed out on a return to the first division, finishing in third position four points behind second placed Arbroath.
1968-69 saw East Fife again finish third in the table, with Borthwick now established in the side as a strong tackling inside forward. The Fifers had started and finished the season strongly but a dip in form at the turn of the year left them with just too much to do to catch Motherwell and Ayr United.
The departure of Jimmy Bonthrone to join Eddie Turnbull’s coaching team at Aberdeen and the appointment of Bill Baxter in the summer of 1969 brought further change, significantly with the addition of ex Scotland Internationalists John Martis and Pat Quinn to the Bayview ranks. Initial league results were disappointing but with Borthwick, by now operating as a wing half, the club embarked on a Scottish Cup run that had the crowds flocking back to Bayview. After comfortably disposing of local rivals Raith Rovers 3-0 they saw off the challenge of another first division outfit in Morton to reach the quarter finals of the competition for the first time since 1950. With 14,994 fans looking on the Methil men lost out to visitors’ Dundee by a solitary goal, but the Fifers had served notice that the good times were just around the corner. It was no surprise that the hard working Borthwick was voted player of the year for his efforts.
The following season promotion was at last secured under Pat Quinn, with Borthwick missing just four games throughout the campaign, also contributing four goals, including a hat-trick in a 5-1 rout of Stirling Albion in a rare appearance back in the forward line.
Life upstairs provided no shortage of entertainment for the Bayview faithful. After a sticky start the men in black and gold eventually found their first division legs, beating high flying Hibernian in a memorable encounter in January, but a relegation struggle continued to the last day of the season when a Joe Hughes goal at Fir Park earned a draw and finally secured East Fife’s first division status at the expense of Dunfermline Athletic.
The following season as the Fifers consolidated their position in the top league, finishing in a creditable 9th place and qualifying for the Texaco Cup. For Borthwick it was a particularly satisfying season, scoring some spectacular goals such as a late winner against his old club Morton in a thrilling 4-3 win at Bayview. In addition to being voted the player of the year by Buckhaven Supporters’ Club Borthwick’s six years service at Bayview was recognised along with Peter McQuade, Dave Clarke and Dave Gorman. 3,379 fans turned out to pay tribute to the four stalwarts with English first division side Wolverhampton Wanderers providing the opposition in a testimonial match.
1973-74 turned out to be Borthwick’s last season in East Fife colours as the Fifers suffered relegation. After 228 appearances and 35 goals for the club a move to St Mirren ensued, where he would later play under Alex Ferguson. This was followed by short spell with St Johnstone and an even briefer return to Love Street, before a return to Fife to join Dunfermline Athletic. In 1980-81 Borthwick hung up his boots, but continued his love of the game as a coach with Hearts and with the SFA in East Lothian, also managing Arbroath in 1991-92.
Walter Borthwick will be remembered as an industrious versatile player, always with his sleeves rolled up, ready for battle. Off the field he was kind, benevolent and generous and will be sadly missed by the many people he influenced during his time in the game.
East Fife Football Club would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Walter’s family and friends at this sad time.
|Date||Opponent||Competition||Location||Kick Off Time|
|24 Apr 2021||Dumbarton||Scottish League 1||Locality Hub Bayview Stadium||3 pm|
|27 Apr 2021||Clyde||Scottish League 1||Broadwood Stadium||7 pm|
|29 Apr 2021||Peterhead||Scottish League 1||Locality Hub Bayview Stadium||7 pm|
|04 May 2021||Forfar Athletic||Scottish League 1||Station Park||7 pm|
Tomorrow's League One match against Peterhead will kick off at 12 noon BST.
We’ve been crunching the numbers this week and are delighted to be able to Congratulate Scott Agnew on making his 500th career appearance last weekend!
Aggy started his senior career at Hamilton Academical, making his debut in a 4-2 victory over Dundee at Dens Park in August 2006 before moving to Alloa Athletic for the start of the 2007/08 season then on to Ayr United the following season in which they were promoted to the First Division in 2008/09.
Scott joined Alloa on loan for the first half on the 2009/10 season before spending the second half on the year on loan at Stranraer, making the move to Stair Park permanent at the end of the season. Next up was a move to Dumbarton where he spent four seasons, including winning promotion to the First Division in 2011/12.
A one-year spell with St. Mirren in 2015/16 was followed by a return to Stranraer for the start of the 2016/17 season before making the move to Bayview in the summer of 2018 where he’s scored 23 goals in 92 appearances.
Speaking after reaching the milestone Scott had this message: “A big thank you to all of the clubs I’ve played for and to my teammates throughout that time, I’ve met some brilliant people. Hopefully there’s plenty more appearances to come!”.
East Fife Manager Darren Young: “It’s an absolutely brilliant achievement to reach 500 appearances, we are all delighted for him. It wasn’t too long ago we were congratulating him on scoring his 100th career goal which is another great achievement in his successful career. Aggy has been a great servant for the club and has been a credit to himself and his family.”.
“Congratulations Scott! This is a fantastic achievement for someone who has been a model pro since joining East Fife 3 years ago.” Jim Stevenson, East Fife Chairman.
Congratulations Aggy on reaching this fantastic milestone, here’s to many more to come!
Everyone at East Fife was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ian Cook early today.
Along with his brother Dennis, Ian was a life-long East Fife supporter and long-term club volunteer who was responsible for looking after the club shop.
Our thoughts are with Ian’s wife Christine, daughters Pauleen & Michelle and their families.