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Monthly Digest - August 2000

1st August 2000 - Barry Nicholson signs from Rangers for 200,000.
Lithuania agree not to call up Andrius Skerla for a friendly international against Portugal. 
           
Date: 5th August 2000 Opposition: Dundee Score (H/T): 0-3 (0-1)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: Dens Park Attendance: 7,162
Scorers: [0-1] Skinner (OG 12 sec.), [0-2] Sara (52 pen), [0-3] Caballero (55 pen)
Cards (Yellow): Doesburg, Ferguson, Petrie (DAFC). Nemsadze (Dundee)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Doesburg (Nish 65), Skinner, Skerla; Nicholson, Ferguson, Thomson, May (Dair 60); Mendes, Crawford, Petrie. Subs not used: Thomson (GK), Tod, Templeman.
Dundee: Douglas, Smith, Marrocco, DE Marchi, Tweed, Caballero (Falconer 73), Sara (Milne 88) , Nemsadze (Yates 73), Artero, Billio, Robertson.
Referee: J Underhill
A goal down after just twelve seconds meant that the Pars were always chasing this game. Two dubious penalties in the second half completed an unhappy afternoon in the sun.
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
 8 St Johnstone 2 0 1 1 3 4 1
9 Dunfermline Ath 2 0 1 1 0 3 1
10 St Mirren 2 0 0 2 1 3 0
Date: 9th August 2000 Opposition: Arsenal Score (H/T): 0-3 (0-0)
Competition: Friendly Venue: East End Park Attendance: 10,330
Scorers: [0-1] Henry (7), [0-2] Ljungberg (9),[0-3] Kanu (32)
Cards: None
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek (SY Thomson HT), May (Reid 58), Skerla (Tod 72), Skinner (Matthaei 65), Dair; Nicholson, Ferguson (Moss 65), SM Thomson, Petrie; Mendes (Coyle 58), Crawford (Graham 72)
Arsenal: Seaman (Manninger HT), Dixon (Demel 68), Luzhny, Adams, Silvinho (Cole 68); Lauren, Ljungberg, Viera (Malz 68), Pires (Parlour HT); Henry (Wreh 68), Kanu.
Referee: J Rowbottom
A glamour friendly against a star studded Arsenal side to mark the official opening of the new look East End Park. Having scored three times in the first half, Arsenal looked likely to run up a cricket score in the second half, however they clearly eased up, and Dunfermline played a little better than they had during the first period. Nevertheless, an entertaining match.
Date: 12th August 2000 Opposition: St Johnstone Score (H/T): 1-1 (1-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: East End Park Attendance: 4,775
Scorers: [1-0] Crawford (45 pen), [1-1] Jones (51 pen)
Cards (Yellow): Skerla, Ferguson (DAFC), Jones, Parker, McBride, Dasovic (St Johnstone) 
Cards (Red): McBride (St Johnstone)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Doesberg, Skerla , Thomson , Dair; Nicholson, Ferguson , Skinner (Moss 72), Petrie (Coyle 20); Mendes (Templeman 74), Crawford. Subs not used: Thomson (GK), Boyle
St Johnstone: Main; Sylla, Dods, Weir, Bollan; Kane (Russell 34), Dasovic; Parker, McBride, Lovenkrands (Connolly 64); Jones
Referee: D Somers
The Pars opening goal of the season after 225 minutes of play came courtesy of a controversial penalty, awarded after Jim Weir downed Crawford in the box. Crawford converted. Saints equalised with a penalty six minutes into the second half after Doesburg had brought McBride down.  Not a good afternoon for Stewart Petrie who broke his leg after just 20 minutes.
Date: 16th August 2000 Opposition: Motherwell Score (H/T): 1-0 (0-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: Fir Park Attendance: 5,257
Scorers: [1-0] Moss (55)
Cards (Yellow): Ferguson (DAFC), Spencer, Strong (Motherwell) 
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Doesburg (Reid 57), Skinner, Thomson, Dair; Nicholson, Ferguson, Moss, Matthaei (Coyle 89); Crawford, Mendes (Boyle 68). .Subs not used: Thomson (GK), Huggon
Motherwell: Goram; Corrigan, Oueifio, Strong, Hammell; Twaddle (Townsley HT), Leitch, Harvey, McMillan (Goodman 65); Spencer, McCulloch (Adams 65) Subs not used: Woods, Nicholas
Referee: D McDonald
David Moss scored the only goal of the game with a looping header that deceived Goram to go in at the back post. The remainder of the game saw the Pars desperately defend their lead, which gave them their first Premier win of the season.
Following his leg break against St Johnstone, Stewart Petrie is expected to be out for several months.
 Youssef Rossi finally arrives at East End Park, but it is likely to be October before he is ready to make his debut.
The Pars new all red away strip gets its first airing in the game against Rangers at Ibrox.
In an effort to increase the attendance against East Stirling in the forthcoming CIS League Cup game, it is announced that admission prices will be reduced to 10 and 5.
           
Date: 19th August 2000 Opposition: Rangers Score (H/T): 1-4 (1-3)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: Ibrox Stadium Attendance: 47,452
Scorers: [0-1] Albertz (10 pen), [1-1] Boyle (14), [1-2] Van Bronkhorst (21), [1-3] Dodds (29), [1-4] Wallace (48)
Cards (Yellow): Dair (DAFC)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Dair, Thomson, Skinner, Reid; Nicholson, Ferguson, Matthaei (May HT), Boyle (Coyle 28); Moss; Crawford . Subs not used: Thomson (GK), Potter, Tod.
Rangers: Klos: Ricksen (Reyna 71), Konterman, Amoruso, Van Bronckhorst; Tugay, Ferguson, Albertz, McCann (Loverkrands 79); Wallace (Kanchelskis 71), Dodds.
Referee: K Clark
Although well beaten in the end, the Pars made Rangers work hard  for their win. Highlight of the afternoon was Stephen Boyle's well taken goal. Two first team starts for Boyle, and two goals. His afternoon was spoilt after being stretchered off with just 28 minutes on the clock. 
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
 7 Aberdem 4 1 2 1 3 4 5
8 Dunfermline Ath 5 1 2 2 3 8 5
9 Hearts 4 0 3 1 5 7 3
Date: 22nd August 2000 Opposition: East Stirling Score (H/T): 1-0 (0-0)
Competition: CIS League Cup Venue: East End Park Attendance: 2,691
Scorers: [1-0] Boyle (81)
Cards (Yellow): Mendes, Ruitenbeek (DAFC), McKechnie (E Stirling)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Skerla , Skinner, Thomson ; Dair, Nicholson, Ferguson, Boyle; Moss; Mendes (May 70), Crawford. Subs not used: Thomson (GK), Reid, Matthaei, Fotheringham
East Stirling: Butter; Russell, Hall, Tortolano, Gordon, Stewart (Lynes 63), Carlow, Hislop, McKechnie (Higgins 89).
Referee: GT Clyde
A quite dreadful game, with the spectators thankfully saved from 30 minutes extra time by Stephen Boyle's late strike, from an Eddie May shot which had been blocked.
Date: 26th August 2000 Opposition: Dundee United Score (H/T): 1-0 (1-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: East End Park Attendance: 4,980
Scorers: [1-0] Crawford (42)
Cards (Yellow): Tchami (Dundee Utd)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Thomson, Skinner, Skerla; Doesberg, Nicholson, Ferguson, Dair; Mendes (Bullen 78); Moss, Crawford . Subs not used: Thomson (GK), Potter, May, Boyle.
Dundee United: Combe; Wright, De Vos, Partridge, Aljofree; Davidson (Heaney 64), Buchan, Hannah, Paterson (Thompson 68); Tchami, McConalogue (Easton 75). Subs not used: Onstad, McCracken
Referee: M McCurry
An excellent win courtesy of a superb Stevie Crawford strike just before half time. After some beautiful passing moves across the field, the ball reached Crawford in the box, whose turn and shot deceived Combe. First appearance of the season for the new red away strip.
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
 3 Rangers 5 4 0 1 15 11 12
4 Dunfermline Ath 6 2 2 2 4 8 8
5 Dundee 5 2 1 2 8 8 7
 
Defender Andy Tod and striker Owen Coyle are placed on the 'open to transfer list'.
Dutch winger Ferdino Hernandez arrives at EEP on trial. Hernandez formerly played for AZ Alkamaar. JC decides against offering the player a contract.

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