3rd May 1998: title-chasing Celtic came to East End Park looking for 3 points that would secure the Premier League championship and prevent their rivals Rangers from winning a record 10th title in a row, Celtic also having won 9 titles in a row during the 1960s and 1970s. For Dunfermline, this was the last home game of the season and the final game to be played with East End Park as a terraced stadium. The East Stand had already been changed from terracing to a stand, but the photos I took that day, seen here, show the home end of the stadium as it was, before reconstruction.
Fans start to fill the home end before the game (above) for the final time.
Minutes before the game started, Sammy the Tammy can be seen walking round as the home end terracing is now packed.
After Simon Donnelly had given Celtic a 35th minute lead, the Pars (playing in their away kit) equalised through substitute Craig Faulconbridge's looping header in the 83rd minute, ensuring that Celtic would not win the title that week. Here is the goal celebration with Faulconbridge leading the way.
That summer, with the terracing behind both goals now removed, work began on the stands that would complete the look of the new East End Park. The away stand would be completed first, and would house home fans for the opening games of the 1998/99 season, until what is now the Norrie McCathie stand was completed. I took the photo above showing the home end in rubble and the away stand being constructed.
Photos in article (except for edited image): Pars Review
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