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13 April 1974, Scottish League Division 1:
Dunfermline 3, Dumbarton 2
Today, the PARDIS has taken the Moff back to 1974 and a home game against Dumbarton. The Scottish League had 2 leagues of 18 teams and the Pars were in a relegation battle in the top division. Having won promotion from Division 2 in 1973/74, scoring 95 goals in 36 League games, Dunfermline found life in Division 1 much tougher. After an encouraging start, losing once in the opening 5 games, the Pars then won only twice in the following 14 matches. By the time the PARDIS landed in Fife in mid April 1974, the team were in desperate need of a win to avoid a swift return to the lower division.
Visitors Dumbarton were in a comfortable mid table position going into this game, and their team featured brothers Tom and Colin McAdam, who would both go onto play against each other in Old Firm clashes through the early 1980s. Dunfermline had a youthful team that included Allan Evans, Kenny Thomson (pictured), Jim Leishman and Ken Mackie.
Dumbarton took the game to Dunfermline and went two goals ahead in the first half through Tom McAdam and John Bourke. 20 year old Bourke was in his first season in senior football, and would go onto be a regular with Dumbarton until 1977, scoring 52 goals in 113 games. He returned to Dumbarton in 1982 for a further 5 year spell and ended his career with over 400 first team appearances for 5 clubs, and 134 goals.
Jim Baillie pulled a goal back for the Pars in the 36th minute. The second half was dominated by Dunfermline, and after equalising through Willie McCallum in 61 minutes, the comeback was completed with a winning goal from Ian Campbell in the 68th minute.
Pars team: Karlsen, Evans, Thomson, Leishman, McCallum, Kinninmonth, Baillie, Campbell, Mackie, Forrest, Sinclair.
After this victory, the Pars had 2 defeats and one draw from the next 3 games, and narrowly avoided relegation on the final day of the season with a 1-0 win over Dundee United at Tannadice. Sixteenth place with 24 points (2 points for a win in those days) was enough to relegate East Fife (17th, 24 points, but with an inferior goal difference to Dunfermline) and Falkirk (18th, 22 points).
On the week this game was played, the number 1 song in the UK singles chart was "Seasons In The Sun" by Terry Jacks.
The number 1 album was by The Carpenters, midway through an 11 week run at number 1 with "The Singles, 1969-1973".
The UK's number 1 movie was Mel Brooks' classic comedy/western Blazing Saddles.