The Scottish League campaign of 1964/65 kicked off with boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson invited to a Pars game and staging a ceremonial kick off. The game, against Rangers at Ibrox, took place on 19 August 1964 but in the presence of Sugar Ray, neither team was able to land a knockout blow, with the game finishing goalless.
Dunfermline finished the season in 3rd place, only a point behind title winners Kilmarnock. This was the closest the Pars got to winning the Scottish League title. The team also reached the Scottish Cup Final, losing to Celtic. In Europe, the Pars reached the third round of the Fairs Cup (now Europa League), losing out to Athletic Bilbao in a play-off game after the teams were level after playing home and away. The Pars team that lost the play-off game was:
Herriot, W. Callaghan, Lunn, Thomson, McLean, T. Callaghan, Edwards, Smith, Kilgannon, Melrose, Peebles.
Club legend and (still) highest ever goalscorer Charlie Dickson made 1 appearance for the club that season, in the League Cup against Rangers on 16 September 1964, and it was to be his last. He made a total of 340 appearances for Dunfermline, scoring 215 goals. He moved to Queen of the South, scoring 21 goals in 35 games.
Alex Ferguson was Dunfermline's top scorer in 1964/65 with 22 goals in 45 appearances. This was Fergie's first season at East End Park, but despite being top scorer, he was not selected for the starting 11 that lost the Scottish Cup Final to Celtic. The following season, Fergie scored 39 goals in 48 games, and followed that with 29 goals in 44 games in his third and final season with Dunfermline, in 1966/67. He then moved to Rangers having scored 90 goals in 3 years for the Pars.
The great Sugar Ray Robinson, meanwhile, was on a tour of Europe in 1964, taking on fights in various venues, his best days long behind him. Two weeks after the photo at the start of this article was taken, Robinson, fought, and lost, to British boxer Mick Leahy in an exhibition fight in Paisley Ice Rink. At 43, Robinson remained a huge attraction for audiences but was no longer fighting to the standard of his younger days when he won 6 world boxing titles between 1946 and 1960.
Sugar Ray Robinson photo credit: found at 'Picture This Scotland' Twitter page (link: twitter.com/74frankfurt).