Join the Moff as he travels through time and space to visit Pars games from the past, in his PARDIS time travel machine. Today, he has travelled from his previous stop in Glebe Park, Brechin (above) and has landed in Dunfermline at the end of 1961 to see the Pars demolish St Mirren.
December 30, 1961 - Scottish Division One - Dunfermline 7, St Mirren 0
Certain games define a player's career, and while the star of this victory had a long and successful period at East End Park (and is still the club's record goalscorer to this day), he was never to equal or better the astonishing 6 goals he scored on that December win over St Mirren: Charlie Dickson wrote himself into the club record books with this haul of goals, a double hat trick that has rarely been achieved in any top flight professional game.
The East End Park pitch was declared playable despite having a covering of snow. Dunfermline took the lead after 14 minutes, when Harry Melrose headed home from a Tommy McDonald corner. In the 26th minute, the Pars went 2-0 ahead when Saints keeper Brown could only parry a 25 yard shot from Ron Mailer, the ball falling to Charlie Dickson (pictured below) who scored from close range. Dickson almost got his second a few minutes later but shot wide after good play from Melrose and George Peebles.
The score remained 2-0 at half time, but the second half saw the Pars score a further 5 goals. The first came a minute into the second period when Dickson headed in after Melrose's shot was saved. The fourth goal, and Dickson's hat trick, came after 54 minutes when Mailer's pass found Dickson, who shot into the corner of the net despite being surrounded by 3 Saints defenders. A minute later, Dickson got his fourth goal of the afternoon, turning in a Peebles cross.
Peebles almost scored a sixth Pars goal but his shot was cleared off the line. With 3 minutes remaining, the sixth goal did come, and it was Dickson who scored it, heading in a McDonald cross. The crowd were singing Dickson's name and this spurred him on to score his double hat trick with a goal in the final minute - Peebles made a run down the wing and his accurate cross was side footed in by Dickson to make the score 7-0.
Dickson's six goals made him only the second Pars player to have scored so many in a game - the other player was his team mate on that day, Harry Melrose, who had achieved his double hat trick 2 years earlier in a game against Partick Thistle.
Pars team: Connachan, Fraser, Cunningham, Mailer, Williamson, Miller, McDonald, Smith, Dickson, Melrose, Peebles.
On the same week this game was played, the UK number 1 single was Moon River, by Danny Williams. The UK number 1 album was Blue Hawaii by Elvis Presley.