Throwback features different Pars memories, games, players and seasons. This week, I look back at my own top 5 Pars games in my 26 years as a Dunfermline fan. I have only included games I was at.
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Dunfermline 2, Rangers 0: after an outstanding goal from Stevie Crawford in the first half, the second goal is possibly the most famous own goal ever scored for Dunfermline. Rangers defender Paulo Vanoli turned the ball past his own keeper Stefan Klos sparking mayhem in the home end. That evening I went onto dafc.net and using the tune to "That's Amore" wrote lyrics that began, "When the ball's in the net, and it's not Hunt or Mehmet, it's Vanoli...."
Dunfermline 2, Raith 1: 1-0 down at half time to our rivals, had the result stood they would have led the First Division (now Championship) with 2 games remaining. Martin Hardie, who had already scored several goals in the weeks leading up to this game, equalised and then with 12 minutes remaining took a free kick that has gone down in Pars legend. "That's never 10 yards......"
Dundee 4, Dunfermline 4: The First Division's top 2 teams met at Dens Park and with minutes remaining, the home side were 4-2 ahead. Hamish French pulled a goal back from the penalty spot then with time running out, Dunfermline captain Norrie McCathie launched himself at a cross and powered a header into the net. An incredible game.
Dunfermline 4, Clydebank 3: The first game after Norrie McCathie's tragic passing, emotions were running high as the Pars went 3-0 up. Visitors Clydebank, who had lost Davie Cooper in tragic circumstances the year before, came back into the game and eventually made it 3-3. The Pars players looked shattered. Craig Robertson, the new club captain, then scored a piledriver to win the game. The outpouring of emotion was felt all around the ground.
Dundee United 0, Dunfermline 1: A few months after the Clydebank game, the Pars were battling it out with Dundee United for the First Division title. With 2 games remaining, the league trophy was in a car outside Tannadice as a United win would have given them the title. Dunfermline went ahead through Stewart Petrie, who was later harshly sent off. The 10 men Pars team held on to win, against the odds, before winning the league in the final game the following week. The players did this for Norrie, and although the number 4 jersey had been retired after his death, it was still possible to imagine him in the penalty area that day at Tannadice, clearing the ball and leading his team to a magnificent victory.