Monthly Digest Menu

Monthly Digest - November 2002

Chris McGroarty misses out on the trip to Livingston following an injury sustained during the Under 21 match at Tannadice.
Date: 2nd November 2002 Opposition: Livingston Score (H/T): 1-1 (0-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue City Stadium Attendance: 6,324
Scorer: [1-0] Brewster (47), [1-1] Cherif (79)
Yellow Cards: Wilson, McPherson (DAFC), Brinquin (Livingston)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Skerla, Wilson, McPherson, Bullen, Nicholson, Thomson, Dempsey (Mason 66), Nichols, Crawford, Brewster.Subs: Stillie, Karnebeek, Hampshire, Kilgannon.
Livingston: Broto; Brinquin, Andrews, Rubio, Bollan, Wilson (Zarate 72), Makel, Quino, O'Brien (Cherif 78), Dadi, Bingham (Xausa 72),Subs: McEwan; Bahoken
Referee: J Rowbotham
This was a game that Dunfermline should have won, yet they had to be content to share the points. After a fairly even first half, Brewster gave DA the lead just after the break, when he converted a fine cross from Dempsey on the left. There were further opportunities for Dunfermline to capatilise on their lead, when first Dempsey teed himself up for a shot only to put the ball over the crossbar, and then Bullen missed after an excellent run. With just 11 minutes remaining, the inevitable happened.  A Livingston throw-in was poorly cleared, and Cherif popped the ball into the top corner for the equaliser. For the second week running, Dunfermline had thrown away not only the lead, but two valuable points.
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
3 Hearts 13 5 5 3 23 18 20
4 Dunfermline Ath 13 6 2 5 23 26 20
5 Hibernian 13 6 0 7 18 21 18
After the Livingston game JC felt that his team dominated for 70 minutes, but gave a stupid goal away
The Under 21s defeated Aberdeen 2-0 in a re-arranged match at EEP. Stewart Petrie and Scott McNicoll were the scorers. 
Youngster Steven Boyle asks to be released from his contract, after suffering from a catalogue of injuries. The youngster is said to be considering whether his future lies in football.
The invitation to play in a tournament in Turkey during the winter break has been turned down. It now looks likely that the Pars will stay at home instead. 
Following a fall-out with manager Jimmy Calderwood, captain Scott Thomson is dropped from the team to play Rangers.
Date: 7th November 2002 Opposition: Rangers Score (H/T): 0-1 (0-0)
Competition: CIS Challenge Cup Venue East End Park Attendance: 8,415
Scorer: [0-1] Cannigia (79)
Cards: McPherson, Nicholson, Mason, Dempsey, Brewster (DAFC), Ross, Hughes (Rangers)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Bullen, Skerla, Wilson, McPherson (Kilgannon 81), Mason (Hampshire 85), Nicholson, Dair, Dempsey, Crawford, Brewster. Subs not used: Stillie, Walker, Karnebeek
Rangers: Klos; Ross, Malcolm, Konterman, Numan; Ricksen, Hughes (Arveladze 56), Ferguson, Arteta, Mols (Caniggia 70), Lovenkrands. Subs not used: McGregor (GK), Latapy
Referee: D McDonald
A tremendous performance by the Pars, who were really unlucky to lose out to Rangers in this Quarter final tie. Dunfermline more than matched the Ibrox millionaires for most of the game, and were unlucky not to take something out of the game. Stevie Crawford forced Klos into making a brilliant save, and a Barry Nicholson shot looked netbound when it hit team-mate Craig Brewster. There was controversy when referee McDonald turned down a stonewall penalty after Numan held Nicholson in the box. In  another controversial incident, Brewster was fouled in the box, only for the referee to award a free-kick outside. Against the run of play, Rangers took the lead with just 11 minutes remaining, after substitute Cannigia eluded his marker to head home. Despite, Calderwood throwing everything forward in the last few minutes, it was the Glasgow team that held on, to undeservedly progress to the semi-final. 
The Pars performance against Rangers earns much praise, but there is disbelief at disbelief at the performance of referee Dougie McDonald. McDonald had an appalling game, denying DA at least one stonewall penalty. 
Stevie Crawford earns another call-up to the Scotland squad for the friendly against Portugal on 20th November.
Dunfermline's Under 18 team progresses to the next round of the SFA Youth Cup, beating Inverness Clachnacudden 5-1. Goalscorers were Sutherland, Maley, McDonald, Tawse, and Cassels.
After the training ground fall-out with his manager, Scott Thomson sees the error of his ways, and makes his return to the team as captain against Dundee
Date: 12th November 2002 Opposition: Dundee Score (H/T): 3-2 (1-2)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue Dens Park Attendance: 5,475
Scorer: [0-1] Nicholson (8 og), [0-2] Lovell (19), [1-2] Brewster (25), [2-2] Crawford (74), [3-2] Dair (84) 
Yellow Cards: Buillen (DAFC), Wilkie, Smith, Lovell (Dundee)
Red Card: Wilkie (Dundee)
Pars Team: Ruitenbeek; Skerla, Thomson, Wilson, Bullen, Nicholson, Mason, Dempsey (Kilgannon 63), Dair, Crawford, Brewster (Walker 87). Subs not used: Stillie, Karnebeek, Hampshire
Dundee: Speroni; Mackay, Wilkie, Hutchinson, Hernandez, Smith, Rae, Brady, Novo (Mair 79), Caballero, Lovell (Sara 83). Subs not used: Langfield, Sara, Nemsadze, Robb
Referee: A Freeland
Dunfermline's performance at Dens on a cold Tuesday evening typified their play this season. Two goals down after just nineteen minutes, they didn't give up, but fought their way back to secure all three points. Dundee's opener was a bizarre own goal from Barry Nicholson. With no opposition player near him, Barry smashed the ball into his own net, past a stunned Ruitenbeek. Lovell scored number two after the defence failed to clear a corner. Brewster pulled one back 6 minutes later when his shot proved too hard for Speroni to hold. In the second half, Crawford latches onto a through ball to round the keeper and put DA back on level terms again. Lee Wilkie is dismissed for arguing with the referee. With just six minutes remaining, Jason Dair struck home a low shot to complete a superb comeback by Dunfermline.
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
2 Celtic 14 12 1 1 42 8 37
3 Dunfermline Ath 14 7 2 5 26 28 23
4 Hearts 14 5 6 3 23 18 21
Post match it is revealed that Stevie Crawford was a doubt before the game due to a back injury..
Manager Jimmy Calderwood looks to tie up several key first team players on longer term contracts. Talks are underway with Gary Mason, Scott Thomson, Chris McGroarty, Barry Nicholson and Stevie Crawford. It is hoped that Stevie Crawford will sign a contract which will take him through to 2007.
With Ruitenbeek failing a late fitness test, Derek Stillie makes his first league appearance of the season. Mason and Dempsey drop to the bench to be replaced by McGroarty and Kilgannon. Despite being a doubt through illness, Scott Thomson makes the starting line-up.
Date: 17th November 2002 Opposition: Heart of Midlothian Score (H/T): 3-1 (0-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue East End Park Attendance: 5,683
Scorer: [0-1] Severin (53), [1-1] Nicholson (65), [2-1] Bullen (76), [3-1] Crawford (90)
Cards: Wilson (DAFC), Webster (Hearts)
Pars Team: Stillie; McGroarty (Dempsey 63), Skerla, SM Thomson (Mason 55), Wilson; Dair, Bullen, Nicholson, Kilgannon (Walker 79); Crawford, Brewster. Subs not used: MacPherson, SY Thomson
Hearts: McKenzie; Maybury; McMullan (Weir 81), McKenna, Pressley, Webster, Stamp (Janczyk 69), Severin, Valois, Kirk (De Vries 63), Wales. Subs not used: Gordon, McCann
Referee: M McCurry
This game sprung into life after the break following a dreadful first half. When Severin opened the scoring with a low drive in 55 minutes, it seemed to wake the Pars from their slumber. Barry Nicholson equalised with a shot that deflected off McKenna's boot and over McKenzie into the net. Lee Bullen put Dunfermline into the lead 11 minutes later with a peach of a goal. Beautifully controlling a 60 yard cross field pass from Wilson, the utility man lashed the ball high into the net with his second touch. Valois missed an open goal which would have put Hearts level, but with the seconds ticking away, Crawford headed for the corner to waste time. However, rather than waste time, he sees his opportunity, and nutmegs a defender before smashing the ball home from the tightest of angles to ensure the Pars  remain in third place.  
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
2 Rangers 15 12 3 0 45 10 39
3 Dunfermline Ath 15 8 2 5 29 29 26
4 Hearts 15 5 6 4 24 21 21
Dunfermline's Under 21 team lost 2-0 to St Johnstone at EEP in an uninspiring game.
Gus MacPherson sees a specialist in a bid to get to the bottom of his knee injury problems.
Following their win over Inverness Clach, Dunfermline's Under 18 Youth team are drawn at home against Buckie Thistle in the next round of the SFA Youth Cup.
Stevie Crawford wins his seventh Scotland cap against Portugal in Braga. The Scots lose 2-0 in conditions which are farcical due to torrential rain. Stevie plays the full 90 minutes.
The club shop moves from Douglas Street to much larger premises in the Kingsgate shopping centre.
Jimmy Calderwood confirms rumours that the club are interested in bringing Jack de Gier back to East End Park when the transfer window opens. The striker is out of favour at Dutch club FC Twente. JC hopes to bring in two players in January.
Missing through injury ahead of the trip to Ibrox are Gary Mason, Davie Nicholls and Andre Karnebeek. Although Marco Ruitenbeek is fit, Derek Stillie retains the gloves whilst Sean Kilgannon and Chris Mcgroarty drop to the bench. 
Date: 23rd November 2002 Opposition: Rangers Score (H/T): 0-3 (0-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue Ibrox Stadium Attendance: 48,431
Scorer: [0-1] McCann (59), [0-2] Mols (81), [0-3] Arveladze (83)
Yellow Cards: Wilson (DAFC), Muscat (Rangers)
Red Card: Kilgannon (DAFC)
Pars Team: : Stillie, MacPherson (Hampshire 82), Wilson, Skerla, Dair (McGroarty 76), Thomson, Nicholson, Bullen, Dempsey (Kilgannon 57), Brewster , Crawford. Subs not used: Ruitenbeek, Walker
Rangers: Klos , Muscat , Malcolm , Moore , Numan , Ricksen , Ferguson , Arteta , Arveladze , Mols (Dodds 89), McCann (Cannigia 70). Subs not used: McGregor, Latapy, Hughes
Referee: J Underhill
Despite a good first half performance, the Pars fell to pieces again after almost an hour and conceded three goals. Sean Kilgannon will want to quickly forget his brief appearance, being blamed for the first goal, and then getting himself sent off for retaliating following a wayward Muscat tackle. Mols scored number two with a turn and shot, before Arvelardze completed the damage with a third with seven minutes remaining.  
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
2 Rangers 16 13 3 0 48 10 42
3 Dunfermline Ath 16 8 2 6 29 32 26
4 Hearts 16 6 6 4 25 21 24
Following his red card against Rangers, Sean Kilgannon is fined two weeks wages.
Dunfermline's Under 21s draw 1-1 with Hearts at East End Park. Chris McGroarty scores a tremendous solo equalising goal.
With the transfer window looming, speculation mounts. John Yorkston confirms that Jimmy Calderwood is interested in resigning Jack de Gier from FC Twente as back up to the striking duo of Crawford and Brewster. He also admits to be interested in Shamrock Rovers striker Noel Hunt. Another possibility mentioned is Rangers defender/midfielder Bert Konterman, although this was vehemently denied by the manager. It is reported that another club is showing interest in Stewart Petrie and Davie Nicholls. There is also the possibility that Petrie may head down under to join up with former Pars skipper Ian Ferguson at Northern Spirit.
Scott Wilson and Barry Nicholson are called into Berti Vogts Scotland 'Future' squad for a game against Germany in December. Disappointingly, There is no place for Scott Thomson.
Chris McGroarty's injury woes  continue as he picks up a thigh knock in training ahead of the Hibs game. Gary Mason, Andre Karnebeek, Gus MacPherson and Davie Nicholls also miss out through injury, whilst Sean Kilgannon is suspended.
Date: 30th November 2002 Opposition: Hibernian Score (H/T): 1-1 (0-0)
Competition: Sc Premier League Venue East End Park Attendance: 7,515
Scorer: [0-1] McManus (58), [1-1] Crawford (66)
Yellow Cards: Paatelainen, Smith (Hibernian)
Pars Team:

Stillie; Skerla, Wilson, Walker (Hampshire 55); Bullen, Nicholson, Dempsey (McLeish 85), Thomson, Dair; Crawford, Brewster. Subs not used: Ruitenbeek, Petrie, McGarty


Colgan; Fenwick, Smith, Zambernardi; Orman, O'Neil, Wiss, Murray (Townsley 66), James; McManus, Paatelainen (Reid 86). Subs not used: Caig, Jack, Doumbe.

Referee: I Fyfe
Played in torrential rain, this was a fairly run of the mill game that for the most part offered little in the way of excitement. After a dull first half, when there was just one half hearted shot on goal between the two teams, Hibs took the lead ten minutes into the second half. Attempting to head clear, Scott Wilson could only head the ball into the path of McManus who shot past Stillie. After a couple of near misses when Dair shot over from 30 yards, and Brewster volleyed over from 8 yards, Dunfermline equalised. A great Dair run down the wing saw him beat two defenders before crossing the ball to an unmarked Crawford who slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the net to give the Pars a share of the points.
Pos   Pld W D L F A Pts
2 Rangers 17 14 3 0 52 10 45
3 Dunfermline Ath 17 8 3 6 30 33 27
4 Hibernian 17 8 1 8 25 26 25
Manager Calderwood was less than happy with his team's performance against Hibernian