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Dunfermline Athletic 3-3 Hibs, 8 August 1987

pars080887progI was one of 13,500 fans crowded onto the old shale and sleeper terraces of East End Park for Dunfermline’s first ever game in the Premier League. The glorious sunny August afternoon must have had the players thinking it was still a pre-season exhibition match as they treated us to six goals.

Dunfermline opened the scoring through a Dave Young header with Paul Kane lashing in an equaliser a minute before half-time. Three minutes into the second half Mickey Weir put Hibs a goal up when he pounced on a Steve Cowan header which Westwater couldn’t hold. Former Hibs man Stuart Beedie brought the Pars level with a deflected free kick before Mickey Weir weaved past four defenders and crossed for John Collins to restablish the lead. Hibs were unable to hold on to it however, as Dave Young headed his second goal five minutes from time.

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The full Hibs line-up read: Rough, Milne, McIntyre, May, Rae, Hunter, Weir, Kane, Cowan, Collins, McBride, with Tortolano and McGovern on the bench.

Pre-match entertainment was provided by a variety of baton twirling routines by the Tomettes, and programme readers were welcomed on the first page by the inimitable Jim Leishman’s crazed expression.

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Hibernian 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic, Skol Cup Final, Sunday 27 October 1991 – Press coverage

Edinburgh Evening News, Monday 28.10.91

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This picture above came from the Glasgow Herald. I’ve watched the footage just a few times :^) and although it looked initially that the Pars player’s arm tripped Mickey Weir, I don’t think it did – I’m sure Mickey actually tripped over his own feet as he swung at the ball and missed. However, he was definitely pulled back by the defender before that so deserved the penalty anyway.

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Hibs 0 Dunfermline 0, 24 August 1996

I witnessed this dismal goalless draw with newly promoted Dunfermline from what was still known as the North Stand, before its renaming in honour of the Famous Five. The vitriol which showered down upon Alex Miller from all the stands hinted that time was nearly up for the manager as he approached his tenth anniversary at Easter Road. Grown men bellowed abuse towards the dugout with such force that the pulsating veins in their necks looked close to bursting.

The squad hadn’t changed that much from the previous season – O’Neill, Tweed and Tortolano had gone – but the signings of Barry Lavety, Andy Dow, Brian Welsh and Ian Cameron were clearly not setting anyone’s pulse racing with excitement.

Where are they now?

The ‘new look’ match programme seemed designed to appeal to the younger supporter, with plenty of block colour and little in the way of historical content. There was still room for the photos from far-flung Hibees around the world however. If anyone knows where Craig Douglas and his oil-drilling ‘Thai-bees’ are now, please let me know by leaving a comment.