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Monthly Digest - October 2000

As the Pars prepare to play Feyenoord, the Board reveal that they are considering an invitation to play in Morocco during the winter break.
After being sent off against St Mirren, Ian Ferguson finds that he has been suspended for the forthcoming games against Kilmarnock and Aberdeen
Date: 7th October 2000 Opposition: Feyenoord Score (H/T): 2-8 (2-2)
Competition: Friendly Venue: East End Park Attendance: 3,846
Scorers: [0-1] De Visser (13), [0-2] Kalou (16), [1-2] Mendes (37), [2-2] Moss (42), [2-3] Kalou (51), [2-4] Kalou (72), [2-5] Somalia (80), [2-6] Van Dieren (84), [2-7] Jochemsen (85), [2-8] Van Vossen (88)
Cards (Yellow): None
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek (Thomson HT); Doesburg (Graham 60), Skinner (Martin 85), Thomson, McGroarty; Dair, Nicholson (May 77), Moss, Mendes; Crawford, Bullen (Boyle 70).  Subs not used: Nish, Nicol
Feyenoord: Malkowski; Van Gobbel, Van Wonderen, De Haan (Van Dieren 72), Tininho; Kalou (Leonardo 80), De Visser, Jochemsen, Korneev (Olfers 72), Van Bossen; Smolarek (Somaila 60)
Referee: T Brown
Having pegged back Feyenoord's two goal lead before the half time whistle, things were looking hopeful for the Pars. However, Feyenoord stepped up a gear in the second half, and rattled in six goals without reply. The game provided an indication of how far the Athletic have to go to compete with top class teams. 
Andy Tod goes on loan to Stockport County and Brian Reid goes on loan to Blackpool.
Meanwhile, veteran Hamish French signs part-time for Alloa Athletic, whilst remaining a full time coach with the Athletic.
Date: 14th October 2000 Opposition: Kilmarnock Score (H/T): 1-2 (1-1)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: Rugby Park Attendance: 6,436
Scorers: [1-0] Crawford (30), [1-1] Wright (38 pen), [1-2] Holt (82) 
Cards (Yellow): McGroarty, Ruitenbeek, Matthaei, Thomson, Dair, Skinner (DAFC)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek ; Doesburg , Skinner , Thomson ( Mendes 86), McGroarty (Bullen 82); Graham, Nicholson, Matthaei (Moss 60), Dair; Crawford. Subs not used: Thomson (GK), McGarty
Kilmarnock: Marshall, Montgomerie, Innes, Dindeleaux, Hay; Holt, Mahood, Durrant (Cocard 75), Mitchell; Wright (McCoist 54), McLaren (Canero 75)
Referee: G Mitchell
The Pars opener came against the run of play after a Marshall parry from a tremendous Matthaei shot fell to Stevie Crawford, who netted from close range. The equaliser was another controversial penalty, after McGroarty was adjudged by the linesman to have pulled Holt's shorts. Wright converted the spot kick. So aggrieved was Jimmy Calderwood, that he was sent to the stand for arguing with the fourth official. Killie's winner came eight minutes from time, when a Cocard cross was headed home by Garry Holt.
Boss Jimmy Calderwood is likely to be in trouble following his sending off against Killie. His remarks about the fourth official being 'a little man with a board' are unlikely to go down well with the SFA.
Rumours that David Moss is leaving the club and Gordon Durie is arriving, are dismissed. Meanwhile, Hamish French makes his debut for Alloa, and Andy Tod scores for his loan club, Stockport.
A flu-bug and injury crisis causes havoc with JC's team selection for the Aberdeen game.
Date: 21st October 2000 Opposition: Aberdeen Score (H/T): 0-0 (0-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: Pittodrie Attendance: 11,993
Scorers: N/A
Cards (Yellow): Skinner (DAFC)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Skinner, Skerla , Thomson ; Dair, Nicholson, Matthaei (May 54), Moss McGroarty (McGarty 59); Graham (Hampshire 78), Crawford.  Subs not used: Thomson (GK), Mendes
Aberdeen: Esson; Rowson, Whyte, Perry, McNaughton; Jess, Guntveit (Dow 75), Darren Young; Mackie (Stavrum HT), Winters, Clark  Subs not used: Preece, McAllister, Mayer.
Referee: J Rowbotham
The second goaless draw of the season between the two teams, and on this showing neither team deserved to win. Marc McGarty made his SPL debut when he came on as a second half substitute. 
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
9 Motherwell 12 3 2 7 11 16 11
10 Dunfermline Ath 12 2 4 6 8 17 10
11 St Mirren 12 2 1 9 7 18 7
The tour of Morocco during the winter break is confirmed, and includes a testimonial match against Youssef Rossi's old team, Raja Cassablanca 
Michael Doesburg joins the long term injury list following a groin operation.
The Under 21 team are beaten by Aberdeen in an amazing game that ends 5-7. Defences are not on top!
Date: 28th October 2000 Opposition: Dundee Score (H/T): 1-0 (0-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: East End Park Attendance: 6,397
Scorers: [1-0] Moss (61)
Cards (Yellow): Skerla (29), Ferguson (42) Marrocco (33)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Dair, Skinner (Hampshire 58), Skerla, Thomson, McGroarty; Nicholson, Ferguson, Moss , Crawford, Graham (Coyle 62).  Subs not used: Thomson (GK), Matthaei, McGarty
Dundee: Roccati; Smith, Marrocco, De Marchi, Tweed, Bonetti (Milne 61), Nemsadze, Rae, Artero (Carranza 75), Romano, Caniggia  Subs not used: Langfield, Sara, Wilkie
Referee: M McCurry
All eyes were on elderly Argentinian superstar Claudio Cannegia in this game which was televised in South America by cable network ESPN. In the end Cannegia was a big disappointment, and he spent the afternoon under Skerla's watchful eye. Dunfermline's goal was a delight. Started by Hampshire the eventually reached McGroarty, whose inch perfect cross found David Moss's head for a powerful header which gave Dundee debut keeper chance. The nearest Dundee came was a Skinner attempt on his own goal which caused Ruitenbeek an anxious moment.
Date: 31st October 2000 Opposition: St Mirren Score (H/T): 1-2 (1-2)
Competition: CIS League Cup Venue: Love Street Attendance: 4,045
Scorers: [0-1] McGarry (26), [1-1] Nicholson (30) [1-2] Gillies (44) 
Cards (Yellow): Gillies (St Mirren)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek ; Thomson, Skinner , Skerla, McGroarty; Nicholson, Ferguson, Moss, Dair; Crawford, Coyle (Hampshire 81). Subs not used: Graham, Matthaei, Thomson (GK), McGarty
St Mirren: Scrimgour; McLaughlan, Turner, Walker; Nicholson, McGowan, Murray (McKenzie 50), Gillies; Fenton (Sharp 83), Yardley, McGarry  Sub not used: Quitongo, Paeslack
Referee: D McDonald
The Pars were left to reflect on another two goals gifted to St Mirren at Love Street. The Saints opener came when Yardley was allowed room to knock down a Nicholson cross for McGarry to net. The equaliser came from Nicholson four minutes later and it was a beauty from the edge of the box. However, St Mirren grabbed the winner just before half time, when Gillies scored on the break. Despite throwing everything at the Saint's goal in the second half (including Ruitenbeek), Dunfermline could not find an opening, and so went out of the League cup.