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.