Dunfermline went into this Premier Division fixture on a run of 5 games without a win, and only 1 win in the past 9 games. The season started with upheaval at the club, after the hugely unpopular decision by the board of directors to remove Jim Leishman from the manager's role, replacing him with his assistant Ian Munro. Victories over Celtic and Hearts could not disguise the noticeable change in atmosphere on the EEP terracing. Attendances dropped in the aftermath of the change of manager and the team lacked sparkle.
DUNFERMLINE 3, ST JOHNSTONE 2
SATURDAY 23 MARCH 1991
By early spring, Ian Munro had begun to experiment with his line-up, safe from any relegation threat as the Premier Division was set to expand from 10 to 12 clubs for the start of the following season and so no clubs were to be relegated. Yugoslavian international defender Milos Drizic was brought in and would make only 6 appearances for the Pars over his 15 month stay. One of those games was against St Johnstone in March 1991, in what would be a rare victory at the time.
Drizic, making his debut, lined up in a 3 man central defence alongside Norrie McCathie and Davie Moyes, with fullbacks Tommy Wilson and Ray Sharp pushed forward to provide width.
St Johnstone's team included 1 former Pars player - Ian Heddle - and 4 players who would later join Dunfermline - Lindsay Hamilton, Harry Curran, Allan Moore and Roddy Grant
Ross Jack, Dunfermline's only natural striker in a team that was flooded with midfielders, almost opened the scoring in the first half only to see his shot cleared off the line. Two minutes before half time, St Johnstone took the lead when Don McVicar's 20 yard free kick flew past Andy Rhodes. Dunfermline equalised a minute later when Ian McCall's corner kick was headed home by Moyes.
The flurry of goals continued early in the second half. In the 46th minute a move started by McCall saw his pass dummied by Istvan Kozma, with the ball reaching Paul Smith who scored from 5 yards out. Kozma then set up McCall for the Pars' third goal after 51 minutes. The Hungarian's pass was collected by McCall, who rounded Saints defender Sweeney and finished to make the score 3-1 to Dunfermline.
McDonald hit the post for St Johnstone before McCall appeared to have scored Dunfermline's 4th goal, a curling freekick that was disallowed due to Jack apparently encroaching into an offside position as the kick was taken. Jack the hit the post, in what was a lean spell for the striker, having last scored in what had been Dunfermline's last win before this game, against Hearts in February.
Future Pars winger Allan Moore pulled a goal back for Saints in injury time but Dunfermline held on to record the win.
The winless run that had preceded this victory would be repeated after this game, with Munro's team gaining just 1 point from the next 6 matches as the season limped to an inglorious end. Dunfermline finished the season in 8th place, 1 place below St Johnstone.
St Johnstone returned to EEP 2 weeks after this defeat to face Dundee United in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup. A crowd of 16,560 saw United win 2-1.
WHAT WAS GOING ON - MARCH 1991
UK petrol cost 45.4p per litre.
Hale and Pace were number 1 in the UK singles chart with "The Stonk".
The number 1 UK album was "Out of Time" by REM.
March 1991's most popular films at cinemas included "The Doors" and "New Jack City".
Rangers topped the Scottish Premier Division with 44 points, 3 ahead of Aberdeen, despite losing 3-0 to fourth place Celtic (on 33 points) on March 24.
Arsenal were 2 points ahead of Liverpool at the top of England's First Division (the Premiership/Premier League brand would not be introduced until 1992).