Join the Moff as he travels through time and space to visit Pars games from the past, in his PARDIS time travel machine. Today, the PARDIS has redirected the Moff from the present day, making a brief visit to The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, Dumbarton (above), then taking him back in time 31 years to the same town but at Dumbarton's previous ground, Boghead, in 1986.
December 13, 1986 - Scottish First Division - Dumbarton 1, Dunfermline 3
Season 1986/87 saw Dunfermline secure a second consecutive promotion, moving through what was then a 3-division Scottish League, into the Premier Division. Manager Jim Leishman's team included names that are now legends in the history of the club, none more so than the scorer of the winning goal in this game, Norrie McCathie.
Dumbarton and Dunfermline were separated by one point going into the game. Dumbarton had been a Premier Division side just 2 years before, and had missed out on a return to the top division by just two points in season 1985/86. Dumbarton's management team had strong Pars connections - manager Alex Totten had been a Dunfermline player from 1965-1969, and his assistant Bert Paton was one of the club's greatest ever players, during an 11 year period at East End Park from 1961-1972. Paton, of course, would return to Dunfermline as manager in the 1990s.
A crowd of over 4000 watched the game kick off in Dumbarton's Boghead Stadium. As the venue's name suggested, the pitch was often heavy and this was the case during this game. It was Dunfermline who came closest to opening the scoring when John Watson's diving header narrowly missed the goal in the 7th minute. Two minutes later the Pars took the lead when John Donnelly's free kick was headed down by Watson to Grant Jenkins, whose pass found Ian McCall. The midfielder shot home from 15 yards.
Another future Par, Owen Coyle, then missed a chance to equalise, shooting wide from 10 yards. Four minutes before half time the home side scored, when current Falkirk manager Peter Houston hit a 25 yard shot that tore past Ian Westwater to make the score 1-1.
Westwater was busy at the start of the second half, making 3 crucial saves. Dumbarton were on top but could not take advantage. Dunfermline were still dangerous and could have gone ahead through Steve Morrison, who shot over the bar. Coyle then saw a shot cleared off the line by Bobby Robertson as the game moved from end to end.
With 9 minutes remaining, Dunfermline got the winning goal. Morrison played a freekick into the Dumbarton penalty box. The home side's keeper, Gordon Arthur, punched the ball but failed to get any distance, and watched as Norrie McCathie reacted fastest to get his head on the ball as it fell from the sky, and directed it beyond Arthur and into the net.
The following week, the same two Pars players would score again in a 2-2 draw at Morton, with the Pars equaliser coming through McCathie in the final minute.
Pars team: Westwater, Robertson, Forrest, McCathie, Young, Donnelly, Hamilton, Morrison, Watson, McCall, Jenkins.
On the same week this game was played, the UK number 1 single was The Final Countdown, by Europe. The UK number 1 album was Now That's What I Call Music 8.