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25 April 1956, Division A:
Dunfermline 1, Rangers 0
Today, the PARDIS has taken the Moff back to 1956 and a game at East End Park against Rangers.
Dunfermline had fought a relegation battle for most of season 1955/56, following promotion from Division B the season before. A 1-0 win over Falkirk at Brockville on 21 April, with a goal from George Peebles, secured the Pars place in Scotland's top division. The final home match of the season came 4 days later, against Rangers.
A crowd of 13,500 watched the game, which was a record at the time for a midweek game at East End Park. Rangers had won the title the previous week, so for both sides the pressure was off. Dunfermline went into the game having suffered 11 straight defeats against Rangers. Teams faced each other twice in league fixtures over the season, and Rangers had won 6-0 in the first meeting that season at Ibrox.
Charlie Dickson (pictured), in his second season at Dunfermline, had an early chance to put the Pars ahead but a poor final touch prevented him from shooting. Rangers centre half George Young almost gifted Dunfermline the lead with a misplaced pass-back, which forced keeper George Niven to stretch and palm the ball away from the goal line.
Dunfermline went ahead in the 52nd minute with the only goal of the game. George Peebles passed to George Samuel (it seems most players that day were called George!) who hit a powerful shot which Niven saved, only for the ball to find the inrushing Charlie Dickson who put the ball beyond Niven to score his 11th goal in 22 games that season.
Peebles was having a very good game, tormenting the Rangers defence, but Dickson was being tightly marked by Young and there were few clear chances for Dunfermline to go further ahead. Rangers offered very little in attack but almost equalised in the final minute when Sammy Baird's shot was tipped over the bar by Pars keeper Joe Mackin.
Dunfermline finished 16th in the 18 team division, 4 points clear of the bottom 2 relegation places in the days of 2 points for a win.
On the week this game was played, the number 1 song in the UK singles chart was "The Poor People Of Paris" by Winifred Atwell, her second number 1 song. She was the first black artist to have a UK number 1 single when "Let's Have Another Party" went to number 1 in 1954.
The UK album chart had not yet been created - the first such chart came later in 1956, in July, when the Record Mirror magazine published a top 5 album chart.