Away From The Numbers

FOLKLORE LEGENDS:

DANNY McKERRELL

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Ask Fife fans to name a player from the past who has played an important part in shaping East Fife's history and the name Danny McKerrell probably wouldn't be the first name to spring to mind. During his very short East Fife career though, Danny did more than enough to go down in Bayview Folklore.

Danny McKerrell
Born in Blantyre, Danny McKerrell signed senior forms with Hamilton Accies and made his debut in the 1936/37 season. He only made two appearances but scored two goals. He was soon transferred to Falkirk and it was for the Bairns that he established himself as a regular first team player in the 1937/38 season, turning in many fine performances on the left-wing. It was these performances that caught East Fife manager David McLean's eye when he was in desperate need for a talented left-winger.

With a Scottish Cup semi-final replay against St Bernards fast approaching, McLean had to find an outside left to replace the injured Andrew Duncan and James Henderson, and he found the ideal player with Danny McKerrell.

East Fife signed him on loan on Monday 11th April 1938 and he made his debut for us two days later at Tynecastle in the second replay against St Bernards. And what a debut! Danny scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win and secured our place in that historic final.

With the first game against Kilmarnock being drawn 1-1, the replay four days later saw Danny McKerrell have his best game in a Fife jersey in the most important game of his life, having a hand in all four of our goals: he opened the scoring, made our equaliser to take the game into extra time, started the move that led to us retaking the lead at 3-2, and rounded off a great day by scoring his second, and our fourth, in th famous 4-2 triumph. The Cup was on it's way back to Bayview!

Twenty-two days later, Danny rejoined Falkirk, his loan period over, his job done, and now the proud possessor of a Scottish Cup Winners medal.

Seven months later though, Danny McKerrell returned to Methil, but this time on a permanent basis, just in time to take part in the Fife's attempt to retain the Cup. He couldn't work any magic this time however, as we lost our first match as Scottish Cup holders 2-1 at home to Montrose.

A very healthy league goals per game record for Danny for the rest of the 39/40 season followed this defeat and continued briefly into the next season, before the Second World War disrupted Danny's East Fife career just as it was beginning.

He returned to Bayview briefly for the 1946/47 season, but only made one appearance, leaving Danny with 13 goals in only 22 appearances during his Bayview career. Who knows what might have been?

Like every other member of the 1938 Scottish Cup winning squad, Danny McKerrell deserves his place in Bayview folklore.