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Monthly Digest - July 2002

The two Australian trialists, Michael Cartwright and Marcus Stergiopolous, who joined the New Zealand tour, will not be offered permanent deals.
Date: 3rd July '02 Opposition: GMC All Stars Score (H/T): 2-1 (1-0)
Competition: Friendly Venue Hamilton, NZ Attendance: 2,000
Scorer: [1-0] Hampshire (3), [1-1] Little, [2-1] Nicholson (81)
Cards: None
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; McGarty, Karnebeek (Stergiopolous 74), McLeish (Blair HT), Nicholls (Cartwright 74), Thomson, Fotheringham, Nicholson, Nish (Bullen HT), Hampshire, Dempsey (Petrie HT)
GMC All Stars: Graham (Moss HT), Duncan (Field 22), Sigmund (Dempsey 74), Butterfield, Van Steeden (Longley 53), George (McKenzie 86), Cousin, Douglas, Fisher, Smeltz, Little.
Referee: N/K
The final game on the Pars tour of NZ saw them pitched against a team mainly comprising of players in New Zealand's National Club Championship. Hampshire gave the tourists an early lead when he turned the ball home from close range. Early in the second half the All Stars equalised when Little latched onto a through ball to score. The winner came with just nine minutes remaining, when trialist Stergiopolous set up Nicholson, who lobbed the ball over Moss in the home goal.
Rumours that DA are about to sign Crystal Palace midfielder, David Hopkins are denied by chairman John Yorkston.
The party left NZ on the Friday arriving in Los Angeles the following day at 1130. There was then an 8 1/2 hour stop in a hotel, before flying from LA to London. From London they then travelled directly to Amsterdam, from where there was a two hour transfer to their training camp in Delden.
Having missed out on a trip to New Zealand, Andrius Skerla and Jason Dair fly out join up with their team mates in Holland.
Injuries affect Jimmy Calderwood's selection for the RKC game, with Gus MacPherson having to return to Scotland for tests on a troublesome knee. Also out are Karnebeek (right calf), Stillie (hamstring), Brewster, Nicholson and Kilgannon. 
Date: 9th July 2002 Opposition: RKC Waalwijk Score (H/T): 1-1 (0-1)
Competition: Friendly Venue: Mierlo, Holland Attendance: N/K
Scorer: [0-1] Janssen (40), [1-1] Crawford (76)
Cards: None
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Bullen, Skerla, SM Thomson, Walker (McLeish H/T); Dair, Dempsey (Nicholls 69), Mason, Petrie (Fotheringham 69); Hampshire (Nish H/T), Crawford. Subs not used: Blair, McGarty, SY Thomson.
RKC Waalwijk: Sinouh; Greene, Van der Berg, Landzaat, De Graaf; De Hoey, Van Diemen, Van Loenhout, Hoogendorf; Janssen, Cornelliessen.
Referee: N/K
Not a particularly good performance from Dunfermline, and they were lucky to get away with a draw. RKC took the lead when the unchallenged Janssen headed a free-kick home from six yards. The equaliser had a touch of fortune about it. Dair crossed from the left, and a defender made a mess of his clearance, which fell to Crawford who scored from six yards.  
Post match, the manager expressed disappointment with his team's performance against Waalwijk. "We just didn't seem to cope with it; we were very quiet and gave the ball away".  
It looks as if peace breaks out in the Old Firm v the Rest of the SPL row. The OF are believed to have agreed a revised 8-4 voting structure, and a more equitable split of any TV monies gained. 
Date: 11th July 2002 Opposition: Neede Score (H/T): 4-0
Competition: Friendly Venue: Neede, Holland Attendance: 400
Scorer: [1-0]  Nish (16), [2-0] Brewster (30), [3-0] Fotheringham (31), [4-0] Brewster (34)
Cards: None
Pars Team: Stillie; McGarty, Bullen, SM Thomson, Dair; Fotheringham; Nicholson (Blair 41), Nicholls, Dempsey; Nish, Brewster (McLeish 42)
Neede: N/K
Referee: N/K
In this 45 minute game against the amateurs of Neede, it was a case of how many goals the Pars could score. 
Date: 11th July 2002 Opposition: NEC Nijmegan Score (H/T): 0p-0 
Competition: Friendly Venue: Mierlo, Holland Attendance: 400
Scorer: None
Cards: None
Pars Team: Stillie; Bullen, SM Thomson, Walker, Petrie; Dair, Nicholson, Mason, McLeish; Brewster, Crawford.
NEC Nijmegan: Gentenaar; Schuurman, Wisgerhof, Wielart, Hesp; Simr, Govedarica, Hersi, Ax; De Nooijer, Demouge
Referee: N/K
JC's first meeting with his old team resulted in a goalless draw, in a game of one half played over 45 minutes only. Once Dunfermline had settled, they ended the game as the better of the two teams. The result was settled by a penalty shoot-out, which Dunfermline won. Keeper Derek Stillie proved to be the hero of the day, saving three out of five spot kick. Dunfermline scored through Dair, Nicholson and Petrie, with Thomson and Walker missing.
Following his team's game against Dunfermline, NEC boss Johan Neeskens expressed his admiration for the way the Pars played.
Date: 13th July 2002 Opposition: GVV Eilermark Score (H/T): 12-0 (5-0)
Competition: Friendly Venue: Glanerbrug Enschede Attendance: N/K
Scorer: [1-0] Skerla (12), [2-0] Hampshire (30), [3-0] Dempsey (32), [4-0] Dair (42), [5-0] Fotheringham (43), [6-0]  Kilgannon (56), [7-0] Blair (62), [8-0] Blair (70), [9-0]  Nish (71), [10-0] Hampshire (87), [11-0] McLeish (89), [12-0] Hampshire (90)
Cards: None
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek (Stillie H/T); McGarty, Skerla (Bullen 66), SM Thomson (Walker 54), Dair (Petrie H/T); Blair, Nicholls (McLeish (H/T), Kilgannon, Dempsey (Nish H/T); Fotheringham, Hampshire.
GVV Eilermark: N/K
Referee: N/K
The Pars complete the foreign section of their pre-season preparations with a one sided game against the amateurs of Eilermark. The highlight was a hat-trick from Steven Hampshire.
After three weeks away from Scotland, the Dunfermline touring party return home. Manager Jimmy Calderwood hailed the tour as a great experience
Chris McGroarty is reported to be on the road to recovery after it was found that the cause of his injury problems stems from his back. The news for Gus MacPherson is also more hopeful after he has fluid drained from his troublesome knee.
An invitation has been extended to the New Zealand national side for them to use the facilities at East End Park when they visit the UK next summer.
Whilst refurbishment work is being completed in the Main Stand, season ticket holders will be moved temporarily to the East Stand for the friendlies against Preston and Everton. It is hoped that the work will be complete in time for the first home league game against Livingston. 
Date: 17th July 2002 Opposition: Stirling Albion Score (H/T): 2-1 (0-1)
Competition: Friendly Venue: Forthbank Stadium Attendance: 467
Scorer: [0-1] Beveridge (7), [1-1] Nicholson (48), [2-1] Crawford (54)
Cards: Trialist No9 (Stirling Albion)
Pars Team: Stillie; Bullen, Skerla, Thomson, Dair; Dempsey (Nicholls 69), Nicholson, Mason (McLeish 52), Kilgannon (Walker 64); Crawford, Hampshire (Nish 77). Sub not used: Ruitenbeek.
Stirling Albion: Reid (Turner H/T), Nugent, Trialist (Wilson 83), Trialist, Trialist, Hay (O'Brien 77), Trialist (Butler 69), Trialist (McLellan 51), Trialist (Cremin 83), Beveridge (Moore 52), Munro
Referee: J Underhill
After their foreign excursion, the Pars return to Scottish soil. Despite the closeness of the score, DA were in command for much of the game, although Albion almost equalised with a couple of minutes to go, with a well struck free-kick that Stillie did well to save. Beveridge opened the scoring after the Athetic defence had been caught out. It took until three minutes into the second half before Dunfermline equalised, when Barry Nicholson slotted the ball past the substitute keeper from an angle. Six minutes later Stevie Crawford scored what was to prove to be the winner, with a near identical shot.
Following the departure of their manager, Dutch side Twente Enschede make an approach for Pars boss Jimmy Calderwood. However, JC rejected the offer, saying that he was pleased with Dunfermline, and re-assured by the confidence shown in him last year when his contract was renewed during a particularly lean spell for the team.
Two Brazilians are due at EEP for a trial during the next week. They are Michel Alex da Silva (19), a midfielder with Serrano in Brazil, and Vladimir Pessoa Bajsic (21) a striker from Brazilian side Flamengo.
Before he departs to start a new life in Australia, former captain Ian Ferguson is training with Motherwell to keep fit. Meanwhile, Justin Skinner is reported to be interesting five clubs, with Ayr United the favourite to win his signature.
Date: 20th July 2002 Opposition: East Fife Score (H/T): 6-1 (5-0)
Competition: Friendly Venue: New Bayview Attendance: 458
Scorer: [1-0] Thomson (11), [2-0] Crawford (14), [3-0] Brewster (19), [4-0] Bullen (29), [5-0] Crawford (41), [6-0] Dair (49), [6-1] Graham (64)
Cards: None
Pars Team:

Ruitenbeek; Bullen, Skerla, Thomson (Nicholls 57), Walker (Stewart 66), McLeish, Mason, Dempsey (Hampshire 57), Dair; Crawford (Campbell 77), Brewster. Sub not used: Stillie

East Fife:

Butter, Lumsden, Donaldson, Mortimer, Hall, Cunningham, Herkes, Allison, Graham, Deuchar, Gilbert

Referee: N/K
A comprehensive win for the Pars, who found themselves four up after just half an hour. The quality of the goals was the main talking point, with Craig Brewster's volley being the best of an impressive bunch. 
Reports suggest that Moroccan misfit Youssef Rossi could be on his way out of East End Park. Rossi's brother, the player's agent, has said that teams in Greece and Turkey are interested in the defender.
East End Park is to play host to the Scotland Under 21 friendly against Denmark, on 20th August. 
Rumours suggesting that Dunfermline are favourite to land Crystal Palace midfielder David Hopkins, continue to circulate. 
The East End Park faithful breath a sigh of relief as Twente Enschede appoint Rene Vandereycken as coach, ending speculation that JC may be returning to Holland.
Date: 23rd July 2002 Opposition: Preston North End Score (H/T): 3-3 (1-2)
Competition: Friendly Venue: East End Park Attendance: 2,210
Scorer: [0-1] Cresswell (13), [0-2] Gregan (28), [1-2] Walker (45), [2-2] Brewster (58), [3-2] Brewster (61), [3-3] Healy (81)
Cards: None
Pars Team: Stillie; Bullen, Skerla, Thomson, Walker (Kilgannon HT), McLeish (Nicholls 70), Mason, Dempsey (Hampshire 67), Dair; Crawford, Brewster (Petrie 88). Subs not used: Ruitenbeek, McGarty.
Preston NE: Lucas; Alexander, Jackson, Lucketti, Murdock; Skorla (Healy HT), Gregan (Etuhu 64), Rankine (McKenna 64), Edwards; Fuller (Abbott 86), Creswell. Subs not used: Cartwright, Anderson, Eaton, Barry-Murphy, Moilanen (GK).
Referee: J Rowbotham
PNE and DA shared six goals in this exciting friendly. PNE took the lead after Cresswell latched on to a pass from the centre circle, before going round Walker to slot the ball past Stillie. PNE's second came after a cross from Cresswell was shot home by Gregan at the post. Just before the break Walker pulled one back shooting home a McLeish corner. The equaliser came after Brewster threaded the ball out to Kilgannon on the wing, The youngster took the ball to the bye-line, and crossed for Brewster to finish what he started. The big striker put the Pars back into the lead with a header. DA were well on top and had the opportunity to add to their goal tally, but with nine minutes remaining, a poor clearance from Derek Stillie went straight to PNE's Healy, who stroked the ball into net. A good performance from the Pars, which promises well for the forthcoming season.
After impressing in training, there is the possibility that the two Brazillian trialists, Michel Alex da Silva, and Vladimir Pessoa Bajsic may feature in the friendly against Cowdenbeath on Sunday.
There's no move to Ayr for Justin Skinner, after their manager Gordon Dalziel reveals that finances are tight.
Date: 27th July 2002 Opposition: Everton Score (H/T): 0-3 (0-1)
Competition: Friendly Venue: East End Park Attendance: 4,338
Scorer:  [0-1] Naysmith (18), [0-2] Gravesen (74), [0-3] Campbell (81).
Cards: None
Pars Team:

Ruitenbeek; Bullen, Skerla, Thomson, Dair; Hampshire (McLeish 75), Nicholson, Mason, Dempsey (Kilgannon 61); Crawford, Brewster (McGarty 87). Subs not used: Stillie, Walker.


Gerrard; Hibbert ( Linderoth 61), Weir, Stubbs, Loumpoutis (Pistone 71), Watson (Unsworth 57), Carsley (Hima 71), Pembridge (Gravesen 61), Naysmith (Alexandersson 57), Campbell, Radzinski (Rooney 71).Sub not used: Simonsen, Tal.

Referee: D McDonald
A disappointing match for Dunfermline, who were soundly beaten by the English Premiership team. The Toffees took the lead when Naysmith latched onto a long ball and despite appearing to pull at Bullen's shirt was allowed to go on an shoot past Ruitenbeek. Despite a reasonable 15 minute spell at the start of the second half when an equaliser might have come, Everton increased their lead, when Gravesen powered his way through the defence to score from the edge of the box. Campbell scored the third, after a quickly taken throw by Gravesen.
Scotland manager Berti Vogts visits EEP, primarily to watch Everton's Gary Naysmith, although both Stevie Crawford and Barry Nicholson will both hoped to have caught the German's eye. 
Post match, JC bemoans the amount of respect his team paid Everton, whilst his opposite number, Davie Moyes expresses satisfaction with his team's performance.
Date: 28th July 2002 Opposition: Cowdenbeath Score (H/T): 3-1 (2-0)
Competition: Friendly Venue: Central Park Attendance: 350
Scorer:  [1-0] Nish, [2-0] da Silva, [3-0] da Silva, [3-1] Brown 
Cards: None
Pars Team: Harrower; Carson, McGarty, Findlay, Petrie; Fotheringham, Blair (Higgins 75), McLeish (Campbell 75). Kilgannon (Basjic 68); da Silva, Nish. Subs not used: McCue (GK), Sutherland.
Cowdenbeath: O'Connor (Graham HT); Renwick, Campbell, White, Wilson, Gordon, Craig (Elliot HT), Winter (Fusco 79), Gilfillan (Dair 64), Brown, French.
Referee: C Allan
The final friendly before the start of the SPL season sees a young Dunfermline side take on a Cowdenbeath which included Hamish French. Two goals were scored by Brazilian trialist Michel Alex da Silva, who although he looked as if he could be useful acquisition, may not be up to the rigours of the Scottish game. Dunfermline's opener was scored by Colin Nish. Brown scored Cowden's consolation goal in the last minute. 
Former skipper Ian Ferguson joins Australian side Northern Spirit on a two year contract. His first game for his new club is against Rangers Under 20 team. 
After a knee knock, Scott Thomson is an early injury worry ahead of the trip to Parkhead, but returns to training on the Thursday. Definately out are the injured, Gus MaPherson, Andre Karnebeek Chris McGroarty, and the suspended Stewart Petrie.
Jimmy Nicholl takes charge of the preparations as JC returns to Holland to visit his daughter who has just given birth.
With no agreement reached with the OF, the other ten clubs carry out their threat, and resign from the SPL. If there is no agreement, the resignation will take effect in two years time.