Away From The Numbers

AN A TO Z OF EAST FIFE FOOTBALL CLUB

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A  is for:

APPEARANCES

DAVE CLARKE holds the appearance record for East Fife playing 617 games for the Club between 1968/69 and 1986/87.

His nearest rival for this honour was SAMMY STEWART who made 521 appearances between 1938/39 and 1960/61 and PHIL WEIR who made 424 between 1922/23 and 1934/35.

In these days of constantly changing squads, it is unlikely that these players will ever have their records challenged.


B  is for:

BAYVIEW

Bayview and East Fife go hand in hand.

Bayview Park was the Club's home ground from 1903 to 1998. When the move was made to a new ground in 1998 it became Bayview Stadium.

"The Bayview" is also the official title for the East Fife programme.


C  is for:

CROWDS

The record crowd at Bayview Park was set on January 2nd 1950 when 22,515 people turned up to watch East Fife defeat Raith Rovers 3-0 in a Division One match.

The record crowd at Bayview Stadium was set on May 10th 2003 when 1,996 fans came along to watch East Fife beat Queens Park 1-0 and gain promotion to the Second Division.

The largest crowd ever to watch an East Fife match was 118,262 in the 1950 Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park on April 22nd, when the Fife lost 3-0 to Rangers.


D  is for:

DARK DAYS

There have been a number of dark days in East Fife's glorious history that have threatened the future of the Club.

The first of such times came during the 1910/11 season when poor crowds and a lack of money coming into the Club almost saw East Fife go bankrupt. The solution was to turn the Club into a limited company and East Fife's future was assured and the Club went from strength to strength.

More dark days came along during the 1959/60 and 1960/61 seasons when a downturn in fortunes off the field and boardroom unrest almost saw the Club fold but public donations, a "Save East Fife Fund" and some much needed Cup gate revenue saw East Fife stay afloat once again.

In recent times, the Chairmanship of Derrick Brown almost brought the Club to it's knees in 2005 and 2006 when despite a healthy bank balance this time around, fan disillusionment with the current regime meant that dwindling crowds and enthusiasm for the Club were hitting an all time low. A series of boycotts and fan pressure brought down the Chairman and East Fife have moved forward once again, going from strength to strength.

It may be strange to include such times in an East Fife A to Z but I feel it is important to never forget these times as complacancy can only threaten the future.


E  is for:

EFST

The East Fife Supporters Trust is a very important fan organisation to help safeguard the future of East Fife Football Club. The Trust were formed in 2004 and own an ever growing amount of shares in the Club. They also have an Associate Director on the Board and can take forward fan ideas and worries. More details can be found on the Trust's website at www.efst.co.uk


F  is for:

FLOODLIGHTS

East Fife played the first ever Scottish Cup game under floodlights when they lost 3-1 at Bayview to Stenhousemuir in the Fifth Round on February 8th 1956.

The floodlight boom of the 1950's saw East Fife as pioneers of the challenge game travelling to England to play many friendlies under the lights.


G  is for:

GOALS

East Fife's all time record goalscorer is PHIL WEIR who scored 226 goals in 424 games for the Club between seasons 1922/23 and 1934/35.

GEORGE DEWAR holds the post war goalscoring record, with 196 goals in 337 games between 1960/61 and 1969/70.

The single season record for League goals is 41 and is shared between JOCK WOOD in 1926/27 and HENRY MORRIS in 1947/48.

HENRY MORRIS also holds the most goals in all competitions in a season, netting 62 times in 1947/48.

The most goals an East Fife player has scored in a single match stands at 7 and that record was set by JOE COWAN in the 9-1 win against Dumbarton at Bayview on September 29th 1934. GEORGE DEWAR netted 6 times in the 8-0 Division Two win at home to Alloa on November 2nd 1963.

The most goals scored by East Fife in a single season is 114 in the B Division in 1929/30 when the Club were promoted as runners up.


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HAT-TRICKS

The first ever player to score a hat trick for East Fife was WILLIE WILKIE when he scored three goals in the 4-1 victory over Broxburn Athletic in a Central League match at Bayview on September 25th 1909.

HENRY MORRIS is also infamously known for scoring a hat trick on his Scotland debut in the 8-2 victory against Northern Ireland in 1949, only to be never capped again.


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INTERNATIONALS

The first East Fife player to gain an international cap whilst playing for East Fife was "Dangerous" DANNY LIDDLE who won a cap for Scotland against Austria in a 5-0 defeat in 1931. He went on to win three caps in total for Scotland whilst playing for East Fife.

GEORGE AITKEN is the Club's most capped player, winning 5 Scotland caps during his time at Bayview between 1949 and 1950.

There have been six players who have received full Scottish caps whilst at Bayview, the last of them being CHARLIE FLEMING in 1953. The others are DAVIE DUNCAN, HENRY MORRIS and ALLAN BROWN.

PAUL HUNTER gained under 21 caps for Scotland whilst at Bayview in the 1990's.

ARNOLD DWARIKA and CRAIG DENNIM won caps for Trinidad and Tobago during the mid 1990's and on one occasion East Fife had to have a match postponed against Clydebank on August 31st 1996 because of the number of players we had away on international duty!

A number of former international players have played for East Fife after their international days have been over.


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JERSEYS

East Fife's traditional colours are black and gold with the jersey historically being vertically striped with white shorts, but were initially hoops.

The Club's first jersey were green and white hoops. These were replaced by navy blue jerseys for the 1908/09 season and then an all black strip before settling on the famous colours of today in 1911.


K  is for:

KINGS OF FIFE

East Fife have better head to head results against their three senior Fife rivals of Raith Rovers, Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath when looking at combined results in the League, Scottish Cup and League Cup.

The Club have also won the Fife Cup on 13 occasions.

East Fife can truely claim to be the Kings of Fife.


L  is for:

LEAGUE CUP

East Fife almost made the League Cup their own in the late 1940's and early 1950's, bringing three trophies back to Bayview.

Their first League Cup win came on November 1st 1947 when Falkirk were beaten 4-1 at Hampden in a replay in front of 30,664 fans. The first game had been drawn 0-0 the week before in front of 52,781 fans.

East Fife's second Cup triumph came two years later on October 29th 1949 when Dunfermline Athletic were comprehensively beaten 3-0 in front of 38,897 fans at Hampden.

The hat trick of League Cup triumphs came on October 24th 1953 when a 3-2 victory over Partick Thistle was witnessed by 88,529 at Hampden.

The Club were also losing semi finalists in the competition the following season, going out 2-1 to Motherwell.

East Fife's victories made them the first Club to win the trophy three times.


M  is for:

MANAGERS

East Fife have had 19 different managers since they became a limited company in 1911.

The first official manager was DAVE McLEAN. McLean is also the Club's longest serving manager, guiding the Club for 28 years in two spells.

Next longest is DAVE CLARKE, who also managed the Club on two different occasions, clocking up 10 years as manager.

The most successful manager trophy wise was SCOT SYMON, who delivered 5 major trophies in his time at the helm.


N  is for:

NOISE IT UP

East Fife's support are known for their vocal encouragement away from home and their inventiveness in their chants and songs (see the SONGBOOK section of the site).

The famous "Cowden Family" song was voted to be the best fan football song by BBC Radio Scotland's "Off The Ball" programme.

"Mary Fae Methilhill" is one of the most popular terracing ditties amongst the support and has even been immortalised on CD by the Dutch punk band Slugger.


O  is for:

OFF! OFF! OFF! OFF!

There's nothing like a sending off to liven a game and the crowd up.

The first sending off at Bayview Park came in the match against Bo'ness on December 29th 1928 when the visitor's Jock Fyffe got his marching orders.

The first East Fife player to be sent off at Bayview then also came amazingly in the same match when SHARKEY saw red.


P  is for:

PENMAN CUP

East Fife were Penman Cup winners on 4 occasions: 1909/10, 1916/17, 1938/39 and 1961/62.

The Cup competition started in 1905 and was originally contested by Clubs from Fife and the Lothians.


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QUALIFYING CUP

The Scottish Qualifying Cup was played as a single national competition between 1895 and 1931.

The competition was to allow a certain number of non League football clubs throughout Scotland the chance to play in the Scottish Cup.

East Fife's first national silverware came in the competition when they beat Bo'ness 3-1 on December 18th 1920 in the final at Central Park in Cowdenbeath.

It was the only time that East Fife won the Qualifying Cup and also the last season that the Club were eligible to play in it as they entered the Scottish Football League the next season.


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RECORD RESULTS

Ah the highs and the lows of football.

East Fife's record victory in a competitive match came on December 11th 1937 when they defeated Edinburgh City 13-2 in a B Division match at Bayview.

East Fife recorded their biggest ever victory in any match though on October 29th 1958 when the RAF North East were thumped 13-1 in a friendly at Bayview.

The Club's record defeat came against another Edinburgh side when they lost a Division One league game 9-0 to Hearts at Tynecastle on October 5th 1957.


S  is for:

SCOTTISH CUP

East Fife won the Scottish Cup on April 27th 1938 after defeating Kilmarnock 4-2 in a replay in front of 91,700 fans. The first match was drawn 1-1 four days earlier in front of 79,000 people.

By winning the trophy as a B Division side, they became the only Club to win the Scottish Cup whilst outside the top flight of Scottish football, a record that still holds today.

East Fife have also reached the final on two other occasions, losing 3-1 to Celtic in 1927 and 3-0 to Rangers in 1950.

The Club's first Scottish Cup game was on January 15th 1910 when Hurlford came to Bayview for a first round match, with East Fife triumphing 4-1.


T  is for:

TEXACO CUP

East Fife's Cup triumphs from 1938 to 1953 sadly came at a time before there was European football for Cup winners.

The Club did take part in an international Cup competition in 1973, the Texaco Cup.

The Texaco Cup ran from 1971 to 1975 and was for Clubs from the UK and the Republic of Ireland who hadn't qualifed for European competition.

East Fife were paired with Burnley in the first round of the 1973 competition and were soundly beaten 7-0 at Turf Moor in the first leg on September 18th in front of 10,374 fans.

The Fife held their own in the return leg on October 3rd, going down 3-2 at Bayview in front of a crowd of 1,657.

This was to be East Fife's only participation in the Cup and their only foray to date in a competitive international competition.


U  is for:

UPSETS

East Fife have a proud history of causing upsets in Cup competitions.

The biggest upset they have ever caused was winning the 1938 Scottish Cup as a Second Division side (see above).

In more recent times, two huge Cup games stand out.

Premier League side Hibs were beaten 2-0 at Bayview in a Scottish Cup replay on January 31st 1984. East Fife were two divisions below them at the time.

In the League Cup, Premier League side St Mirren were shocked 1-0 at home on August 29th 2007, by an East Fife side three divisions below them.


V  is for:

VARIOUS LEAGUES

East Fife were granted full membership of the Scottish Football League in time for the 1921/22 season.

Before gaining League status, the Club had first plyed their trade in the Eastern League in 1904 before joining the Northern League in 1905 and finally the Central League in 1909, where they remained until the end of the 1914/15 season. World War One saw the Club playing back in the Eastern League before rejoining the Central League in 1919/20 for a final two seasons before finally getting Scottish League admission.

East Fife have remained a Scottish League Club ever since, apart from during World War Two when they played in the localised wartime leagues.


W is for:

WEMYSS CUP

East Fife have won the Wemyss Cup on six occasions: 1911/12, 1912/13, 1917/18, 1934/35, 1935/36 and 1936/37.

The Wemyss Cup was a competition for Fife's senior clubs from 1897 to 1939.


X  is for:

XENOPHOBIC

Not us! East Fife have had players play for them from various nationalities including England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Ghana, Macedonia and Iceland.

The Club have also undertaken several pre season tours overseas and have played matches in Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Greece, England, Ireland and the US.


Y  is for:

YEAR OF FORMATION

East Fife Football Club was formed in 1903 following meetings held on March 9th and April 2nd.

The Club celebrated their centenary year with promotion to the Second Division following a dramatic late winner to defeat Queens Park 1-0 at Bayview Stadium on the last day of the season. Fate it was.

A special centenary dinner was held in 2003, along with a special centenary match against the Club's first ever opponents, Heart of Midlothian. The match was played at Bayview Stadium on September 7th 2003 with the Edinburgh side triumphing 2-1 and no repeat of the initial 2-2 draw between the two sides.


Z  is for:

ZEITGEIST

So what is the Zetigeist of an East Fife fan? What is our spirit?

It's easy to support a winning team. A team that wins trophy after trophy and are never just battling to survive.

To support a team like East Fife is what being a football fan is all about. That's a true fan of football. A real lover of the beautiful game.

And if you ever start to wonder if it's all worth it, then just read all of the above again for inspiration.




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