Once vilified by the Pars support during his time as an Airdrie player, striker Andy Smith (pictured above) became a huge favourite with Dunfermline fans, winning them over with goals and his tireless work ethic. Such was his initial lack of popularity in Dunfermline, he was jeered on his Pars debut, a pre-season friendly against Bolton in 1995, during which he suffered a broken leg that kept him out of action until December that year.
Almost half of his 129 career goals were to be scored during his 5 seasons as a Pars player, with a total of 59 goals in 130 starts (plus 10 sub). He became club captain in his final season but was unable to prevent the team being relegated from the Premier League. He was one of the survivors of the team who had won promotion in 1996.
In 2004, as a veteran playing for Clyde at Broadwood in a Scottish Cup match against Dunfermline, he was given a standing ovation by Pars fans in a pre-match warm up at Broadwood. Quite a contrast from the reception he was given upon arriving at the club, and an indication of how highly he came to be regarded by Dunfermline supporters.
Edited photo of Jason Talbot by Pars Review.