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Monthly Digest - November 2001

Jimmy Calderwood removes fan's favourite Lee Bullen from the transfer list. Not surprisingly, Lee is absolutely delighted. A 2 year extension to his existing contract is on the cards.
David Moss moves to Ayr United on a three month loan deal.
Date: 3rd November 2001 Opposition: Motherwell Score (H/T): 0-1 (0-1)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: Fir Park Attendance: 4,578
Scorers: [0-1] Strong (15)
Cards: Rossi, Ferguson, Dair, Nicholson (DAFC), Hammell, Twaddle (Motherwell)
Pars Team:

Ruitenbeek; MacPherson, Skerla, Skinner (Nicholson H/T), Rossi; Hampshire (Petrie 63), Ferguson (Nish 72), Mason, Dair; Bullen, Crawford. Subs not used: SY Thomson (GK), McGarty.


Brown; Corrigan, Ready, Strong, Hammell, Lasley (Forrest 75), Leitch, Pearson, Elliott, Kelly (Nicholas 83), Adam (Twaddle 68). Subs not used: Dow, Woods (GK).

Referee: A Freeland
Another very disappointing away performance from the Pars. The only goal of the game came from a corner taken short, and crossed to the back post, where Greg Strong headed over the line from a tight angle. This is the eighteenth goal DA have lost from set-pieces this season, and highlights one of the problems facing the team. Another is the lack of goal scoring efforts. It took 86 minutes to force a save from Mark Brown, the Motherwell keeper.   
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
10 Motherwell 13 3 4 6 16 25 13
11 Dunfermline Ath 13 4 0 9 18 27 12
12 St Johnstone 13 0 3 10 9 28 3
The Pars Under 21s play Hibernian, and in a disappointing game, lose 3-0.
A 100k bid from Bradford City for Andy Tod has been turned down by the Pars.
As transfer speculation continues to grow, French midfielder Jerome Molinier arrives on trial
A welcome returnee to the starting line-up against Dundee United is Scott 'Nipper' Thomson, who has been out of action for three months with a stomach complaint. Youssef Rossi misses the trip due to injury.
Date: 10th November 2001 Opposition: Dundee United Score (H/T): 2-0 (1-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: Tannadice Attendance: 6,214
Scorers: Petrie (13), Crawford (63)
Cards: None
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Skinner, Skerla; MacPherson (Hampshire 16), Nicholson, Ferguson, Dair; Bullen, Thomson (Nicholls 69), Crawford, Petrie. Subs not used: SY Thomson, Nish, Fotheringham
Dundee United: Gallacher; McCunnie (Carson 70), McCracken, Partridge (Easton 35), Aljofree; O'Brien (Paterson 57), Griffin, Fullarton, McIntyre; Miller, Hamilton. Subs not used: Combe (GK), Thompson
Referee: M McCurry
History is made as the Pars record their first ever Premier win at Tannadice, with a gutsy performance. Thye opening goal came from a well worked free-kick, which saw Ian Ferguson back-heel the ball to Stewart Petrie to net from well outside the box. Despite being backs to the wall for a lot of the second half, DA grabbed the second, when following a fine save by Ruitenbeek, the ball was punted down field, headed on by Scott Thomson, for Stevie Crawford to steer the ball away from Gallagher. Luck was certainly on the Pars side, and as if to prove it, they survived a strong penalty claim in the final minutes.  
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
9 Kilmarnock 14 4 3 7 13 19 15
10 Dunfermline Ath 14 5 0 9 20 27 15
11 Motherwell 14 3 4 7 16 26 13
Norwegian Andre Linbaek's trial is cancelled, after it emerges that a new Norwegian FA rule allows trialists to play only one trial game. Meanwhile, French midfielder Jerome Molinier returns home without any offer being made, despite scoring a goal for the Under 21s at Kilmarnock. The young Pars lost the game 2-1.
Dunfermline and Bradford City agree terms for the transfer of Andy Tod. However the deal hangs in the balance, after Tod and Bradford fail to agree personal terms.
Date: 17th November 2001 Opposition: Rangers Score (H/T): 0-4 (0-1)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: Ibrox Stadium Attendance: 48,554
Scorers: [0-1] Aveladze (6), [0-2] Flo (50), [0-3] Flo (55), [0-4] Aveladze (59)
Yellow Cards: Nish, Rossi (DAFC)
Red Cards: Rossi (DAFC)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek, Mason, Skinner, Skerla, Rossi; Bullen, Nicholson (Nish 78), Ferguson (Hampshire 60),Dair (Petrie 66),Crawford, Thomson.  Subs Not Used: SY Thomson, McLeish
Rangers: Klos, Amoruso, Konterman, Ball; Ricksen, Reyna, Ferguson, Numan; Caniggia, Flo (Lovenkrands 71), Arveladze. Subs Not Used: Christensen, Latapy, De Boer, Ross
Referee: J Underhill
Another unhappy visit to Ibrox. After holding Rangers in the first half to just one goal, scored after Aveladze netted a rebound from Rossi, the Pars fell to pieces during a nine minute second half spell. Flo brushed off the challange of Skerla to net the second, whilst the third came from a the same player netting with a strong drive from a Caniggia corner. Avladze completed the scoring, netting after the ball rebounded off Ruitenbeek following his initial shot. To compound the misery, Rossi was ordered off after he received a second yellow for bundling over Caniggia as he headed towards goal.
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
9 Hearts 15 5 1 9 18 21 16
10 Dunfermline Ath 15 5 0 10 20 31 15
11 Motherwell 15 3 4 8 16 28 13
Youssef Rossi's sending off against Rangers has earned him a three match suspension.
Bradford and Andy Tod finally agree personal terms, and so Andy ends his 8 year association with Dunfermlnie. 
JC is reported to be interested in signing Dutch striker Hans van de Haar, currently playing in Austria with Bregenz. The Pars are also giving a trial to New Zealand internationalist Aaran Lines, who plays for Aukland side Waitakere. It is hoped that clearance will be received enabling him to play in Monday's Under 21 game against Motherwell. Meanwhile an 18 year old Italian goalkeeper is training with the team.
Returning to the first team squad for the United game, after a lengthy lay-off, is Chris McGroarty.
Date: 24th November 2001 Opposition: Dundee United Score (H/T): 1-1 (0-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue: East End Park Attendance: 4,891
Scorers: [1-0] Petrie (69), [1-1] McConalogue (86)
Yellow Cards: Skinner (DAFC), Laughlan (Dundee United)
Pars Team:

Ruitenbeek, Skinner, Skerla; Mason; Bullen, Nicholson, Ferguson (Nicholls 87), Dair (Doesburg 87), Crawford, Thomson, Petrie (McGroarty 70). Subs Not Used: SY Thomson, Nish

Dundee United:

Gallacher; McCunnie (McCracken 67), Lauchlan, Griffin, Aljofree; Easton, Fullarton, Hannah (Paterson 77); Miller; Hamilton, Thompson (McConalogue 85). Subs Not Used: Combe (GK), Venetis

Referee: T Brown
Once again the Pars were left regretting that they hadn't killed the game off. After a scrappy first half, DA took the lead from a Nicholson corner, which was headed back into the centre by Skerla, to where Petrie was waiting to side foot home. Bullen had an excellent chance to finish the game when he found himself with only the keeper to beat, but delayed his shot too long, affording keeper Gallagher the opportunity to save. United equalised, when a poor clearance found it way to substitute McConalogue, who had time to turn and shoot home via the post. 
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
9 Hearts 16 5 2 9 19 22 17
10 Dunfermline Ath 16 5 1 10 21 32 16
11 Motherwell 16 4 4 8 19 30 16
Pars Under 21s recorded an emphatic 5-1 win over Motherwell. Hampshire (2), Nish, McLeish and an Andy Dow own goal were the scorers. New Zealand trialist, Aaran Lines played the full game. However, there was no starting place for the young Italian keeper who had been training with the club, and he has now returned home.
Reserve keeper Scott Thomson was injured near the end of the U21 match, and despite initial fears that he would be out for some  6-8 weeks, he made a miraculous recovery, and is expected to return to the bench for the game against Celtic.