The story of this decade: Dunfermline have played in 3 different divisions of the Scottish League, partly caused by the plunge into administration in 2013 that saw a Pars team that led the First Division (now Championship) following relegation from the Premier League losing the vast majority of the first team squad through redundancies and also being given a points deduction. The effects of administration continue to be felt but the club are definitely on an upward trajectory, as the graph above shows. From the depths of 2 consecutive play-off defeats, then the embarrassment of a seventh place finish in the rebranded League 1, the current management team, appointed in summer 2015, have overseen a recovery and have taken the team to 18th place in the Scottish football pyramid.
The club have ambitions to get into the top 10 but this will be achieved properly and without the reckless overspending of the old regime. The club is now run on prudent financial lines with a responsible set of directors led by Chairman Ross McArthur. The appointment of Allan Johnston as manager has been a success with the playing budget being spent wisely with very few unsuccessful signings. The Under 20s team have also improved greatly this season and are currently sixth in the SPFL Development League, above Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen and Hearts.
The chart below shows the number of League points won since season 2010/11. With the exception of season 2011/12 (38 games), 36 League games were played each season. The points total for the current season has been projected based on the average number of points gained per game so far.