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24 November 1973, First Division:
Dundee 1, Dunfermline 5
Today, the PARDIS has taken the Moff back to 1973 and a game at Dens Park against Dundee.
Dunfermline manager George Miller had lead the team to promotion from Division 2 in season 1972/73. The opening dozen games in the top division resulted in 3 Pars wins, 4 draws and 5 defeats. Opponents Dundee were 2 points ahead of Dunfermline in the League table going into the game between the teams. Future Pars boss Jocky Scott was in the Dundee side.
Here is the Evening Times report of the game:
"The confident Fifers turned aside early Dundee attacks and it took defenders to show the way. Tommy Gemmell fired a great drive just over in the 14th minute and then Davie Johnston crashed another first time drive wild. The wind was making matters tricky for the teams and Dundee, with the advantage in the first half, were not cashing in on it. Dunfermline keeper John Arrol was busy enough but seldom in real trouble.
"Dunfermline burst into the game thanks to a gift goal in the 28th minute. Johnston allowed Denis Nelson to dispossess him in midfield and the winger set off for goal and crashed the ball past Dundee keeper Thomson Allan.
"Dundee raised their game and after a number of near things they equalised with a great goal in the 37th minute. A Jimmy Wilson cross was headed towards the net by Ian Scott and was well stopped by the keeper. Jocky Scott blasted home the rebound. A minute later Arrol brilliantly turned over a fierce Ian Scott drive from 20 yards.
"In the 48th minute Dundee keeper Allan charged down a point blank effort by Nelson with the home defence in disarray.
"Dunfermline's effort paid off in the 54th minute and it was a careless blunder by the home defence which lead to a goal. Bobby Ford attempted a back pass to Allan that was yards short and Ken Mackie stepped in to score easily.
"After 64 minutes, Mackie was allowed to shoot high into the net. Ian Campbell crashed home a fourth for the visitors in the 71st minute after a Nelson corner had been missed by a string of defenders and had cannoned off the far post.
"Mackie completed his hat trick and made it 5 for Dunfermline in the 75th minute."
The Dunfermline Press reported that "With a display that must surely rank as their best for years, Dunfermline shattered the pride of Dundee. The Athletic turned on a display of attacking football to demoralise the home side."
Despite this encouraging victory that left the Pars in mid table, the team then went on a run of 5 consecutive defeats (conceding 16 goals) and achieved only 1 win in the following 4 months. Relegation was avoided on goal difference, with the Pars finishing 16th in the 18 team division. A last day 1-0 win against Dundee United at Tannadice saved the Pars from relegation. Dundee finished in fifth place.
Pars team: Arrol, Cameron, Wallace, Thomson, Leishman, Kinninmonth, Campbell, Scott, Mackie, Shaw, Nelson.
On the week this game was played, the number 1 song in the UK singles chart was "I Love You, Love Me Love" by Gary Glitter.
The number 1 album was by David Bowie, with "Pin Ups".
The UK's number 1 movie in that week was "The Way We Were" starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford.