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.