After winning the First Division in season 2010/11, Dunfermline began the 2011/12 campaign in the Premier League with 2 wins and 2 draws from the opening 4 games, which included a 3-3 home draw against Inverness. Early in the second quarter of the season, Dunfermline headed north, just as they will do this Saturday, to face an Inverness side that were struggling for form and points.
After that encouraging start, Jim McIntyre's Pars side had struggled for results in the League, with just 1 point from the previous 6 games, and had fallen to second last place, one point ahead of last placed Inverness. The bottom 6 of the Premier League were separated by just 3 points, so a win for either side could have pushed them 3 or 4 places up the table.
Dunfermline began the brighter side, with midfielder Paul Burns seeing an effort from distance hit the post. Andy Kirk then hit a shot wide and Davie Graham blazed over the bar when he should have hit the target. Against the run of play, the home side went ahead after 33 minutes when Gregory Tade's header beat Paul Gallacher in the Dunfermline goal.
Kirk almost equalised for Dunfermline when his shot narrowly missed, then Graham's free kick was saved by Inverness keeper Ryan Esson.
With 4 minutes remaining, the Pars got a deserved equaliser. David Proctor fouled Pars striker Liam Buchanan in the penalty box. Buchanan, who had come on as a sub for the final half hour, took the penalty and scored. There was further drama in the final minute of the game when Gary Mason should have scored for Dunfermline but missed from close range. Inverness then broke upfield and Shane Sutherland's shot was saved by Gallacher. Referee Steven McLean blew for full time seconds later.
Pars team: Gallacher, J.Thomson, McCann, Keddie, Boyle, Potter, Mason, Cardle, Burns, Kirk, Graham. Subs used: Buchanan (for Kirk); McDougall (for Graham); Ryan Thomson (for Jason Thomson).
How the Premier League table looked after the draw at Inverness:
Dunfermline face Livingston this Saturday in the Championship. Ten years ago, the teams met in the same division (then called the First Division) with the points shared in a 1-1 draw - the same result as the August 2017 meeting of the teams at the same stadium.
Season 2007/08 began with Dunfermline rated as favourites to make a quick return to the Premier league after relegation the season before. Having retained much of the squad, including experienced players such as Scott Wilson, Greg Shields, Scott Thomson, Stevie Crawford and Mark Burchill, Pars manager Stephen Kenny - who had taken the club to the Scottish Cup Final a few months earlier - had also signed players such as ex-Scotland international Stephen Glass, telling the media when Glass signed that "he's coming here to try to help us win the First Division." Glass, who had played in the English Premier League for Newcastle and in an FA Cup Final against Manchester United, had been on loan at Dunfermline for the second half of 2006/07 before Kenny made the move permanent in July 2007.
The season began badly when Dunfermline lost the opening League game at Hamilton. A second defeat, 1-0 at home to Morton, meant that the Pars approached the trip to Livingston on 19 August 2007 with no points and already under pressure.
Opponents Livingston had also lost their opening 2 League games, 2-0 at home to Dundee and 3-0 at Partick Thistle. This was their second season back in the First Division after relegation from the Premier League in 2005.
The teams lined up as follows:
Livingston: Liberda, Mitchell, McCaffrey, McPake, Mackay, Noubissie, Dorrans, Kennedy, Matthews, Fox, Hamill.
Dunfermline: Murdoch, Shields, Wilson, Young, Bamba, Scott Morrison, Harper, Simmons, McManus, Crawford, Owen Morrison.
A crowd of 2494 saw both teams struggle to create chances before the game burst into life in the final 8 minutes. Livi's Dave Mackay scored from the penalty spot after Sol Bamba had fouled Steven Craig. Bamba, who had been booked earlier, was given a yellow card for the foul and sent off. Goalscorer Mackay would later move to St Johnstone and become a much-respected stalwart at the Perth club over a 7 year period before moving into management with Stirling Albion, where he still works today.
With a minute remaining, Dunfermline equalised. Owen Morrison's free kick from outside the box was driven through the Livingston wall and beyond keeper Mariusz Liberda.
Livi almost won the game in added time but Pars keeper Sean Murdoch, in his first spell with the club, made a good save from Liam Fox.
The Pars' first League victory would come the following Saturday with a 2-1 home win over Stirling Albion, with Kevin Harper scoring the winner 3 minutes from time. Three winless games would follow that, as Kenny's season turned to disaster culminating in a sequence of results that led to his eventual sacking in early December. The team had won just 3 of 14 League games and he was replaced as manager by striker Jim McIntyre.
This weekend, Dunfermline travel to Dumfries to play Queen of the South. 54 years ago, the teams met at Palmerston Park, Queens' stadium since 1919 and still their home today, in a Division One fixture, on 7 September 1963. The Scottish Football League had 2 divisions in 1963, with 18 teams in Division One and 19 teams in Division Two. The Pars were enjoying their sixth consecutive season in the top flight, in a decade that saw the club transformed into one of Scotland's top sides, regulars in European competition and having won the Scottish Cup 2 years before.
The League season began a week earlier, with Dunfermline winning 2-0 against Hibs at East End Park, with goals from Charlie Dickson and Alex Smith. The second League game saw the following Pars side start the game:
Herriot, W.Callaghan, Lunn, Mailer, McLean, Miller, Peebles, Edwards, Dickson, Kerray, T.Callaghan.
1963/64 was Jock Stein's final season as Dunfermline manager. His 4 years as Pars boss began in March 1960 and would end in March 1964 when he left to take over at Hibs.
The Dunfermline Press reported that "classy Dunfermline were streets ahead of a labouring Queen of the South team at Dumfries on Saturday when the Athletic continued their winning ways in the League. There was only one goal in it but on play - particularly in the second half - Dunfermline were so far in front that a "no contest" decision would not have been far off the mark."
The Dunfermline goals came from Jim Kerray after 41 minutes and Tommy Callaghan in the 47th minute. Future Pars boss George Farm was in goal for Queen of the South, in what was the final season of his 17 year playing career.
The Pars would be unbeaten for the opening 8 League games, which set the tone for a season where they finished in fifth place, just 4 points behind runners-up Kilmarnock. Opponents Queen of the South were relegated with only 5 victories from 34 League games.