Dunfermline's game against Livingston this weekend has been postponed due to the weather. Today's Throwback feature looks at a game between the clubs from ten years ago, when they were once again in the same division as today, known then as the First Division. Here is what happened on a Tuesday evening at East End Park in late December 2008.
DUNFERMLINE 1, LIVINGSTON 0
SCOTTISH FIRST DIVISION
TUESDAY 30 DECEMBER 2008
This was Dunfermline's second season in the First Division after relegation from the Premier League in 2006/07. The previous season, they had been favourites to win the division but after a disastrous start to the season, manager Stephen Kenny was sacked and veteran striker Jim McIntyre named as caretaker manager, a position that was later made permanent.
McIntyre's first full season as Pars boss began well. In the League Cup, they defeated Premier League St Mirren to progress to the quarter finals of the competition. McIntyre was named First Division Manager of the Month for September 2008. However, as autumn moved into early winter, Dunfermline's form declined, with 3 defeats in the League in November. A 4-4 home draw with Clyde on 20 December was followed by the postponement of the originally scheduled game against Livingston on 27 December. It was quickly rearranged and played in front of a crowd of 3036 at East End Park the day before Hogmanay 2008.
McIntyre made 4 changes to the team that had played against Clyde 10 days earlier. Scott Thomson missed out through illness, while Rory Loy, Alex Burke and Austin McCann dropped to the subs bench. They were replaced by Scott Wilson, Scott Muirhead, Kevin Harper and Steven Bell.
The first chance of the game fell to Pars striker Graham Bayne in the 15th minute. A poor clearance from Livi keeper Roddy McKenzie (a former Pars keeper) found Bayne, but he miskicked when the goal was gaping and the chance was lost. Livi gradually came into the game and almost scored when Calum Elliot's shot hit the bar just before half time.
Dunfermline started the second half as the stronger side. Steven Bell saw a header narrowly miss; Bayne had a good effort tipped over by McKenzie; and then Pars sub Rory Loy claimed that his goal-bound shot had been deflected wide by the hand of Livi's Gary Miller - referee Alan Muir ignored the appeals.
A minute after that controversy, the game's only goal came from an unlikely source. Greg Shields, such a great player for Dunfermline in his 2 spells with the club, headed home a Stephen Glass corner in the 65th minute. The Livi defence tried in vain to stop the ball crossing the line but the goal was awarded.
McKenzie then saved well from a Loy shot, before Pars keeper Paul Gallacher was required to make a couple of late stops from Rocco Quinn and Joe Hammill. The Livi side included current Pars defender Jason Talbot and Celtic and Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths.
Unfortunately, this win failed to mark the start of a promotion push in the second half of the season. Only 1 of the following 8 League games resulted in a Pars victory, and although results improved in the final weeks of the campaign (just 1 defeat in the last 8 games), it was not enough for McIntyre's Pars to finish higher than third, 14 points behind Champions St Johnstone. There were no play-offs that season - only the Champions were promoted.
For Livingston, they ended the season in seventh place, seemingly safe from the drop. After the season ended, they went into administration and as a punishment were demoted 2 divisions, starting the following season in the Third Division. This was their second period in administration (the first being 4 years earlier) so the penalty was increased.
Pars line-up v Livi: