Join the Moff as he travels through time and space in the PARDIS, journeying through different dimensions.
Today, the PARDIS has taken the Moff back to 1984 and a home game for Dunfermline. The Pars are in mid table in the Second Division, and under 30 year old manager Jim Leishman, gradually recovering from years of under-achievement.
7 April 1984, Scottish League 2nd Division:
Dunfermline 2, Arbroath 0
Jim Leishman was appointed Dunfermline manager in October 1983, taking over from Tom Forsyth, with the Pars in the bottom half of Scotland's lowest professional division. The glory days of the 1960s were long gone, and a new approach was required to transform the club's fortunes.
The seeds of recovery were already being sown in 1984, and the game featured here resulted in a convincing home win for Dunfermline. Visitors Arbroath were in third place in the division, chasing promotion, but as The Courier reported, it was Dunfermline who looked more like the side with promotion hopes. The Pars lined up with the following starting 11:
Whyte, Robertson, Forrest, Forsyth, McCathie, Perry, Stewart, Donnelly, Watson, Morrison, Jenkins.
In his programme notes, Leishman had looked ahead to season 1984/85. He revealed that his budget for players would be reduced: "Economics and our lowly position combine to force us into reducing our playing staff. Hopefully we can build a settled team and achieve our aim of promotion. I am paying particular attention to those lads who are keen to win a place in that depleted pool. They are the ones who want to play their hearts out for the club and you loyal fans, and those are the players I will want to help us rise to the League position a club with the tradition of Dunfermline Athletic deserves."
Many of the players moved through the divisions in future seasons with the club, and amongst the team who played Arbroath were Pars legends Hugh Whyte, Norrie McCathie, John Watson, Stevie Morrison and Grant Jenkins. It was Morrison (pictured) who gave the Pars the lead in the 43rd minute. Dunfermline dominated the second half but had to wait until the 85th minute to double their lead, when Grant "Shaggy" Jenkins scored to put the result beyond doubt.
To further illustrate the potential of this Pars team, 2 days later Dunfermline defeated Second Division champions Forfar 3-1 at East End Park. Forfar had already won the title with games to spare but in the words of the Dunfermline Press, "gave Forfar a lesson on Monday night. Coming as it did after the promising performance against Arbroath, it suggests that the sleeping giant is awakening."
Promotion would take another 2 season to be achieved, and what then followed was written into the club's history, with another promotion achieved which moved the club up to the Premier League and a return to the top level of Scottish football.
On the week this game was played, the number 1 song in the UK singles chart was "Hello" by Lionel Richie, halfway through a 6 week period at number 1.
The number 1 album was also by Lionel Richie, with "Can't Slow Down".