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18 November 2000, Scottish Premier League:
Dunfermline 0, Rangers 0
Today, the PARDIS has taken the Moff back to 2000 and a Premier League match at East End Park.
This was the 17th League match of the season, and Dunfermline were adjusting to life back in the top division after winning promotion the previous season. The Pars had won 4, drawn 4 and lost 8 of their League games so far that season. Rangers were the reigning Premier League champions, having won the title in the past 2 seasons.
A crowd of 11,431 inside East End Park had to wait an extra 15 minutes on the game starting, with the delay caused by an electrical failure.
The game was eventful despite ending goalless. Jason Dair tested Rangers keeper Stefan Klos with a 25 yard shot that Klos did well to turn round the post. Jorg Albertz then fired a trademark long range effort for Rangers that Marco Ruitenbeek in the Pars goal fisted away.
Dunfermline had a great chance to win the game with 10 minutes remaining when Stevie Crawford's defence-splitting pass sent David Moss clear. Unfortunately, Moss sent a weak attempt at a chip wide of the post.
The game saw Moroccan defender/madman Youssef Rossi (pictured below) make his Pars first team debut. He was booked in the 18th minute but had a very impressive game. The previous week, Rossi had been sent off in his first game for the Under 21 Pars team following his recovery from injury which delayed the start of his Dunfermline career. The week after this game against Rangers, he was red carded in a game against Dundee United, which set in place a pattern that was to continue, where he would have a great game one week and then follow it up with a completely indisciplined display in the next game. The following year Rossi failed to appear for training and effectively went missing despite the club's efforts to contact him. He emerged months later, training with Southampton while still under contract with Dunfermline. After failing to win a move to England, he returned to Dunfermline for a few months, which included one more red card, and then left for good in December 2003, following another few months going AWOL. He made just 25 appearances for the Pars due to injuries, indiscipline and periods when no-one knew where he was.
Pars: Ruitenbeek, Thomson, Dair, Rossi, Skerla, Skinner, Nicholson, Moss, Crawford, Bullen, McGroarty. Subs: May (for Bullen), Hampshire (for McGroarty).
On the week this game was played, the number 1 song in the UK singles chart was "Same Old Brand New You" by A1.
The number 1 album was by Westlife, with "Coast To Coast". This album was one of 7 albums by the Irish boyband to reach number 1 in the opening decade of the 21st century, the most for any artist/band in the UK album charts during that period.