Away From The Numbers

EAST FIFE SIGN SCOTT THOMSON

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It's been great to see Stevie Crawford build a younger squad for the coming season ahead, after the golden oldies show of last season. That's not to say that every Club doesn't need these older heads to give their experience to the younger players.

We all saw Steven Tweed helped bring on Jonny Smart's game and the questions a lot of fans have been asking this close season is where will the old head come from this coming term and who will be the team captain?

Scott Thomson at East Fife. Photo is courtesy of and Copyright of James K Corstorphine
Both these questions were answered in one go when East Fife announced the signing of 37 year old veteran midfielder Scott Thomson.

Thomson, or Nipper as he is better known, was a former team mate of Stevie Crawford's at Dunfermline and the Fife boss had no hesitation in making Scott the new East Fife captain at the same time.

Nipper started his pro footballing career in the youth ranks at Shrewsbury Town. He was with the Shrews youth team from 1988 to 1990, which means he was at Gay Meadow at the time that they signed the legendary Steve Pittman from ourselves and also at a time when they had the equally legendary Vic Kasule playing for them. We must ask him if he has any wild tales to tell us about them!

Scott returned north of the border for the 1990/91 season and made his senior debut with Brechin City in the Scottish First Division, playing 41 league games and scoring 6 goals in his season and a bit at Glebe Park.

Not bad for his first full season as a pro footballer and he has seldom looked back in his 29 year career since.

His performances for Brechin soon gained the attention of Aberdeen and they signed the 19 year old Scott in November 1991.

It wasn't the happiest of times for Scott at Pittodrie though, as he struggled to break into a regular first team starting spot. He spent just over 4 years with the Dons, making only 19 appearances (4 of them as sub) and scoring just the one goal.

Raith Rovers stepped in to rescue Scott though and signed him in March 1996. He was initially a team mate with Stevie Crawford at Starks Park for a few months and went on to play 67 games for the Rovers in just over two seasons, scoring 4 League and 2 Scottish Cup goals.

Dunfermline boss Bert Paton was impressed by Scott and wanted to make him a Par. He got his wish in the 1998 close season and Stevie went on to become a Dunfermline legend.

Scott Thomson in his Dunfermline testimonial strip. Photo is courtesy of DAFC
Nipper played 11 seasons for our west Fife rivals, notching up 302 appearances for them and 22 goals and was their team Captain for a spell.

His long standing service to the Club earned him a testimonial in 2007 and Alex Ferguson brought a top name Manchester United side to honour Scott.

Although Scott never won internationals honours in his career, he did earn two under 21 call ups, but on both occasions he had to withdraw from the Scotland squad with injuries.

And now he has joined his third Fife Club.

His immediate appointment as Captain raised a few eyebrows amongst the Bayview faithful but his experience and knowledge of the game will be important to our current young squad and if he can help bring any of them on, whilst helping the Fife to a winning season, then that's good enough for us.

Welcome to Bayview Scott. Enjoy your stay!


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