If you could create a Mount Rushmore of your top four favourite Pars player, who would be on yours? And no picking five, it's difficult enough narrowing it down so be strict on yourself!
For me in no particular order:
Andy Tod- my first hero in a Pars shirt. Scored some terrific goals for us, was versatile and perhaps not given enough credit for his ability as he was. When I was at Primary school and there was ever a Dunfermline event going on, he would always be there and talk to everyone. He is such a tall guy that when you're 9 years old you think you're meeting a giant, but he's so approachable, friendly and I became a huge fan of his from day one. Also, he was part of Paton's Pars, enough said.
Andy Smith- Another for whom I believe his footballing ability was overlooked due to his aerial prowess. I still firmly believe he deserved a call up around 1997 and possibly for the 98 World Cup, he'd have offered us something different from the old, washed up strikers we had there. Andy was another really likable, friendly guy and another giant in my eyes as a young boy. I always felt when I went along that we had a chance to win with Smith playing, he just had a knack of getting on the end of a cross or holding the ball up perfectly for an on-rushing midfielder.
Bert Paton- where do you begin? If you're familiar or not with Bert, I urge you to go on Youtube and look up his 2 part interview with the Heritage Trust, he talks about his time as a player, then as manager. For me, I'm far too young to remember his playing career but his time as manager isn't just something I remember- it is part of who I am. His team were exciting to watch, direct and always attacking. I always knew that I'd see goals watching his team and if it meant we had to score 3 after giving away 2, we could do it. The way he handled things during Norrie's just holds him up in even greater light. He assembled an incredible team and to finish 5th in the Premier Division with a fraction of the budget of every other team in the league was an achievement that really isn't given enough credit for in hindsight. That's not to mention beating United to the 1st division title. Get reading Into The Valley and stick on the Champions VHS if you haven't anytime recently. A great man. Again, when I was around 9 or 10, I got the chance to meet him at a Young Pars event. I was so scared to meet the manager, the guy I saw on Sportscene and Scotsport talking about the team and getting crazy on the touchline when need be. He couldn't have been nicer and I'd honestly love nothing more than to share a pint with this great man and talk about those times. In my eyes the greatest ever Par due to his fantastic playing career as well as managerial success. I could write all day about him and his team!
Scott M Thomson- I'm not picking Nipper to blow smoke up his ass on here, but he deserves to go up there with the time and effort he put in for the club over the years. Shouts for a national call up during his best years were deserved. Scott played almost everywhere on the park except goalkeeper for us. I believe he came in as a striker? and ended up playing left back and centre back. He had two good feet, could strike a free kick and despite not being the tallest, was handy in the air. Not much got past him and he came up against some of the best strikers in this country has ever seen in the likes of Michael Mols and Henrik Larsson. This was a flip of a coin type choice between Nipper and Stewart Petrie. Nipper got the nod simply because I've been lucky enough to have met the guy a number of times, including working in the club shop and when I was in hospitality work in Aberdeen and he knew my face years later. To me, it goes a LONG way being an approachable personality in terms of how the fans remember you, as this small collection of Pars greats shows.
Obviously, I've left out a huge number of club legends and important figures. I've actually changed my choices a few times, I had Stevie Crawford there before I changed it up a bit, Stewart Petrie would easily be there along with many other.
Who would you have on your Mount Rushmore of Pars?