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5 November 1983, Scottish Second Division:
Montrose 0, Dunfermline 1
Today, the PARDIS has taken the Moff back to 1983 and a Second Division match at Links Park, Montrose.
This was the 13th League match of the season, and Dunfermline had recently sacked manager Tom Forsyth. Relegated from the First Division the season before, the Pars were promotion favourites but had struggled in the opening months of season 1983/84, leading to Forsyth's dismissal. The Dunfermline board decided to promote from within, and the manager's job was given to the club's 29 year old reserve team coach - Jim Leishman.
Dunfermline travelled north to Angus with only 3 wins from the opening 12 League games. The Pars team included stalwarts and future club legends Hugh Whyte, Norrie McCathie, Steve Morrison (pictured, right) and Grant Jenkins, but Leishman had much work to do, with the club part-time, home attendances dwindling and a team in poor form, who had taken just 1 point from their previous 3 games against Arbroath, Queen's Park and East Stirling. For his first game in charge, Leishman made 2 changes to the team who had drawn against East Stirling at East End Park the week before, Paul Donnelly and Gavin Tait replacing Graeme Black and Stephen Simpson.
Montrose were struggling in the division and it was Dunfermline who took the game to the home side. Leishman's energy and enthusiasm on the touchline seemed to drive the team forward, a complete contrast from the dour Forsyth era.
The only goal of the game came in the 37th minute from Steve Morrison. The team kept their first clean sheet since the start of the previous month to secure the victory.
Despite this encouraging start under Leishman, Dunfermline would win only 1 of the following 11 League games, before 4 wins in 5 games towards the end of the season gave hope for a brighter future. Leishman's record in 1983/84 was: won 10, drawn 7, lost 11. The Pars finished 9th in the 14-team division. Opponents Montrose finished 11th.
The following season (1984/85) the Pars lost out on promotion on the final day of the season, finishing a point behind second placed Alloa, with a much-improved Montrose as champions.
Pars team: Whyte, Crawford, Lapsley, Forsyth, Dall, Donnelly, Perry, McCathie, Morrison, Jenkins, Tait. Subs: Forrest, Stewart.
On the week this game was played, the number 1 song in the UK singles chart was "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel.
The number 1 album was by Culture Club, with "Colour By Numbers".