A hugely enjoyable and informative Supporters Council meeting took place on Thursday evening at East End Park. DAFC Chairman Ross McArthur was the first speaker, and gave an update on the club's financial situation (breaking even) but highlighted that there is only one home game in February, and that the bulk of the club's gate receipts will come in the final weeks of the season, when Hibs, Falkirk and Raith all visit. Ross also covered the contentious subject of the new SPFL ticketing policy, and how the Pars online ticketing system can still be improved to meet the demands of the new criteria.
General manager Mikey Mlotkiewicz then gave a presentation of what his job role involves. The role is all-encompassing, ranging from ensuring that potholes are filled, to the design of next season's strips, to all aspects of the club's marketing, social media and many other areas of work that all combine to fill his days and hours, outside the parameter of typical working hours. It is clear that the club is in very good hands with Ross and Mikey in these lead roles.
The next part of the meeting was hosted by former Pars player Bonar Mercer, who did a great job interviewing 4 Dunfermline legends, individually and then as a group. Ian Westwater spoke first, talking about his ex team mate Norrie McCathie, and also about his debut for Hearts age 16, when he became the youngest ever goalkeeper to play in the top division of Scottish football. Westie also covered his infamous appearance as an outfield player in a game against Airdrie, when he came on as a sub and had an eventful 3 minutes.
Next to the podium was club doctor and former captain Bobby Robertson. Bobby told several stories about how he combined his playing career with his work as a doctor, including how he got through traffic with police assistance when running late for a game against Rangers at Ibrox.
1960s legend Willie Callaghan was next, and what a character he is. His sense of humour and straight talking had the crowd fully entertained (just don't mention ex-Pars boss George Farm to him!)
The final Pars legend to speak was Kenny Thomson, who played for the club for 12 years before being released and playing on until his late 30s. Kenny spoke about the game at Ibrox when he scored one of the Pars goals before being upstaged by Jim Leishman's winning goal.
This was a fantastic evening, combining current goings-on at East End Park with some wonderful nostalgia. For a full and detailed report, please visit dafc.info/forum/read.php?f=1&i=1601583&t=1601583. The club's official site will also have an article about the event in the next day or so.
Photos in this article by Pars Review.