Name: Bob Redpath
Location: Newport on Tay
How long have you been an East Fife supporter and what was your first game?
My father’s uncle, Dave McLean, was Manager of East Fife from 1931 to 1941, and my father took me to my first match at Bayview, at the age of 5, in 1948 against Third Lanark. In those days, it took nearly 3 hours, with 4 bus changes, to get from my home in Tayport to Leven, then we walked to Methil.
In the early 1950s, my father co-founded the Tayport branch of the East Fife Supporters Club, and we filled at least one bus load for every home game, with 2 bus loads in the halcyon days on the fifties against Rangers or Celtic.
Most memorable moment following East Fife?
I wasn’t allowed to go to Hampden for the League Cup final in 1953 but listened to the game live on the radio. What a day, what a win!
Least favourite moment following East Fife?
Any match in which East Fife are beaten.
Favourite player (present)?
I like to watch Aaron Dunsmore with the ball and admire the work ethic of Kyle Wilkie in midfield.
Favourite player (all-time)?
For his consistent performances over many years, Sammy Stewart, but for entertainment Charlie (Legs) Fleming.
Best East Fife goal?
The first, and all, of Dom Emery’s penalty kicks.
Favourite goal celebration?
All of them!
Pick your all-time East Fife 11
Curran, Emery, S. Stewart, Christie, Finlay, McLennan, J. Stewart, Fleming, Gardiner, Bonthrone, Matthew
Favourite Scotland game?
The 1976, 2-1 win over England at Hampden Park. I was sitting in the stand and had a great view of Kenny Dalgleish’s goal though the legs of Ray Clemance, the England goalkeeper, for the winning goal.
Favourite Scotland player (all-time)?
John Greig of Rangers and Scotland.
When do you think Scotland will next qualify for a major tournament?
One has to hope it will be soon.
Ronaldo or Messi?
Favourite away ground?
Gayfield Park, Arbroath – we always seem to get a good result there.
If you could change one football rule what would it be?
Do away with offside. Also, I would like to see the standard of refereeing and linemen improved in the lower leagues.
Pat Slattery receiving a trophy from the Chairman, Jim Stevenson, to mark his 100th appearance for the Club on Saturday, 31st March 2018.
East Fife head north of the River Tay tomorrow afternoon to take on a Forfar Athletic side involved in a keen fight to avoid the bottom two places in the table.
Having won three games on the spin, manager Darren Young was left frustrated by the postponement of Sunday’s derby encounter with Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park, but will be hoping that his charges can pick up where they left off after the excellent victory over Alloa Athletic at the Indodrill Stadium the previous midweek. Kevin Smith and Chris Duggan were the men on target, with the latter’s strike, a beautiful dipping effort from just outside the box, a contender for goal of the season.
Jim Weir’s men have notched up some impressive results themselves recently, notably their 2-1 win against promotion hopefuls Raith Rovers at Station Park, but were unable to repeat their heroics against Ayr United last Saturday, going down 2-0 to the league leaders at Station Park. Their cause was not helped by the dismissal of defender Andy Munro, who now faces a two match suspension beginning with tomorrow’s game.
The Fifers will once again be without the services of midfielder Mark Docherty, who underwent knee surgery last week.
The Loons have had the better of the meetings between the sides this season, recording victories at Station Park in November and Bayview Stadium in January. East Fife did however manage to get the better of Forfar in their first encounter of the campaign back in September.
Purchase an Adult/Concession 3-game ticket for only £30.
This will give admission to our final SPFL Ladbrokes League One home matches :-
Saturday 31st March versus Ayr United
Saturday 14th April versus Arbroath
Saturday 28th April versus Stranraer