Dunfermline are now without 2 team captains following Andy Geggan's departure to Ayr United, days after Callum Fordyce signed for Queen of the South.
Andy Geggan was Dunfermline's longest serving first team player, having joined the club from Ayr in the summer of 2012. He formed a midfield trio with Stephen Husband and Josh Falkingham in Jim Jefferies' new-look Pars team, and played his part in the team's climb to the top of what is now the Championship, before financial problems and then administration ruined the club's season and threatened its future. At just 25, Geggan was one of the older players left after the club's administrator had to make most of the senior first team players redundant in the spring of 2013, and assumed a level of responsibility alongside the 22 year old Falkingham, in what was a very youthful Dunfermline team.
The club's relegation to League 1 saw season 2013/14 begin with the Pars playing Rangers in the third tier, with Geggan an integral part of the side that eventually finished second. A play-off loss to Cowdenbeath was a huge blow, and the following season saw Dunfermline finish a lowly seventh place in the division, with Geggan suffering the poorest season of his time with Dunfermline, along with many of his team mates. He was now club captain but was unable to replicate the form of his first 2 years at the club. Still under contract for a further season when new manager Allan Johnston was appointed in May 2015, Geggan lost the captaincy to new signing Callum Fordyce but began the season in his customary midfield role in a vastly improved Dunfermline team. Fordyce's season-ending injury meant that Geggan became team captain from September onwards, leading the club to the League 1 title, and signing a new contract at the end of the season.
Geggan's final season with the club began with a flurry of goals in the opening month before his form suffered in midfield. On the verge of being dropped from the starting 11, he filled the vacant right back position in the autumn and continued in that role for the remainder of the season. His form improved, and while not a "natural" full back, he was reliable and consistent, and rarely had a poor game. He also retained the captaincy and proved his leadership qualities time and again.
The club's mid-table finish was satisfactory, but while many fans would have been happy to see Geggan remain at the club, his role in the team had to be questioned: he was not a Championship-level midfielder, and was likely to be replaced at right back, if the club were to progress and challenge for promotion next season. His return to former club Ayr, who despite relegation from the Championship had just announced that they were to go full-time from next season, has to be seen as a good move for the player. The offer of a 2 year deal at Ayr must also have been attractive, in an era of mainly 1 year contracts, and for a player who is now past his 30th birthday. Interestingly, Ayr manager Ian McCall has said that he sees Geggan as a right back, when it might have been assumed that he would play in midfield in League 1.
Andy Geggan's time at East End Park was a roller-coaster that included relegation, a failed play-off bid, a season as the lowest-placed full time club in the SPFL, a title win, and then consolidation in the Championship, as the club continues its recovery from administration. He was a central figure in the club's past 5 seasons and all Pars fans will wish him well with his new club.