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  1. The Bad Guy

    Forfar Match Preview

    Forfar are the visitors to East End Park on Saturday with everything to play at the bottom of the table, with just 6 points separating the whole bottom half. Forfar will hope that with the title wrapped up The Pars will take it easy however even though it wasn't the best of performances against Albion Rovers we still left Coatbridge with 3 points in the bag and the vast majority of the squad have contracts for next season in the Championship to play for. Allan Johnston has admitted that there will be some squad rotation over the next few weeks with players who haven't been regulars this season getting a chance to impress and potentially be playing most of their football at East End Park in the 2016/17. Forfar emulated relegation rivals Cowdenbeath by defeating Peterhead last week although the Blue Toon had been doing some squad rotation of their own in preparation for their forthcoming Petrofac Cup final match. A cursory glance at Forfar's form gives an insight as to why The Loons are at the wrong end of the table with recent wins over Peterhead and Ayr but losses to Stenhousemuir, Stranraer and a 4-0 loss to a resurgent Brechin side. As always the focal point of the Forfar side will be captain Gavin Swankie and most of, if not all of Forfar's positive play is likely to come through him. Forfar youngsters Michael Kennedy and Kerr Hay who have been in and around the first team recently will be buoyed at the fact they have been given new contracts with the Station Park club and will hoping to show that Gary Bollan and his staff have made the right decision extending their contracts. Stat Pack: Last Pars win v Forfar: Forfar 2 Pars 4 League 1 26/12/15 Last Forfar win v Pars: Pars 1 Forfar 3 League 1 25/04/15 Last Pars win v Forfar at EEP: Pars 4 Forfar League 1 24/10/15 Last Forfar win v Pars at EEP: Pars 1 Forfar 3 League 1 25/04/15 Highest Aggregate: Pars 7 Forfar 2 Division B 08/09/51 Highest Pars win: Pars 6 Forfar 0 Division 2 24/02/73 Highest Forfar win: Pars 7 Forfar 2 Division B 08/09/51
  2. The Bad Guy

    Albion Rovers Match Preview

    Saturday's match in Coatbridge is unusual for The Pars players, staff and supporters with the league wrapped up with five games to go. However, with everyone out of contract at the end of the season the motivation will still be there for The Pars because everyone will be playing for their future for the club. The last few games of the season is likely to give some fringe players such as Shaun Byrne and Rhys McCabe as well as recent signings Conner Duthie and Scott Robinson some game time to prove that they are worthy of The Pars' squad in the Championship next season. Albion Rovers will be hoping not to get sucked into the relegation battle and may yet still harbour hopes of grabbing the last promotion play-off spot but having won only two league matches this year against strugglers Cowdenbeath and Brechin finishing 4th ahead of Stranraer and Airdrie currently looks like a tall order. The biggest issue for the Wee Rovers appears to be their goalscoring (or lack of) as they are the lowest scoring team in Scottish League 1 and the departure of Josh Mullin to Livingston who scored the marvellous goal at Cliftonhill the last time the teams met appears to be a massive loss for the Coatbridge side. Ally Love is currently Albion Rovers' top scorer with 11 goals and his late equaliser salvaged a point last week in the derby gainst Airdrie however he isn't guaranteed a starting place as seen when the two clubs met at East End Park in March. Albion's next highest scorer is Scott McBride with 6 goals which highlights the lack of firepower within their ranks. The result is of far more consequence to Albion Rovers than it is to The Pars though as we're just there for the party. Stat Pack: Last Pars win v Albion Rovers: Pars 3 Albion Rovers 0 League 1 03/10/2015 Last Albion Rovers win v Pars: Pars 1 Albion Rovers 2 Second Division 11/02/84 Last Pars "away" win v Albion Rovers: Albion Rovers 0 Pars 3 Second Division 31/03/86 Last Pars win v Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill: Albion Rovers 0 Pars 2 Second Division 20/10/84 Last Albion Rovers win v Pars at Cliftonhill: Albion Rovers 1 Pars 0 Second Division 28/04/79 Highest Aggregate: Pars 5 Albion Rovers 5 Division 1 21/12/35 Highest Pars win: Pars 8 Albion Rovers 1 Division 2 15/03/58 Highest Albion Rovers win: Albion Rovers 5 Pars 0 Division 2 07/09/32
  3. ExxyJj

    Brechin Match Preview

    This Saturday, Dunfermline Athletic play Brechin City in what could potentially be one of the most memorable matches in recent history. If results go our way – and that is a massive if, considering Peterhead’s outstanding form this season – then come 4:45pm, the Pars could be declared Champions of the Scottish League One. Realistically, I don’t think many would expect Cowdenbeath to overcome the Blue Toon, but the prospect of winning the league in March, at home, is just simply a wonderful thought indeed. The Pars form since the defeat to Airdrieonians at the end of January has been quite special, with 7 wins in 8 matches showing that we’re on a real run of form as the end of the season comes into view. Our last match against Brechin, slightly over a month ago, was a scrappy affair though the Pars managed to come away the victor on that occasion, as we have done in the previous two meetings between the sides this season. Brechin, in recent weeks, have shown a real determination not to accept the fate which many thought they were destined for after the first few months of the season; the addition of Pars-man Lewis Spence on loan may certainly have had something to do with this. Last Saturday, a late goal by former-Pars trialist, Liam Coogans, saw the City depart the basement of the league for the first time in as long as I can remember, and with the safety of eighth place in their sights, one would certainly expect them to provide a great opposition this weekend. As part of his loan deal, however, the aforementioned Spence will not play any part in the match between his two clubs. It is difficult to say whether this will make any considerable difference, given how buoyed the Brechin side must be feeling at the moment. Aside from Coogans, Robert Thomson (pictured below), Brechin’s top-scorer with 10 goals in the league is the only other former Par currently in the Brechin side. AJ will need to make a few adjustments to the starting 11 this weekend, with Joe Cardle suspended after picking up his sixth yellow in the draw with Albion Rovers. David Hopkirk will likely be the one called upon to replace Joe, if Ryan Wallace continues to partner Faissal in attack. Michael Moffat was absent against Cowdenbeath due to a family bereavement and it remains to be seen whether he will be available for selection. Lewis Martin and Ryan Williamson are returning to match fitness, however, one would be surprised if Johnston were to tinker with the back four, who have worked so well together since Craig Reid was signed in February. In terms of the final result, not many would expect anything other than a win against Brechin. Their form of late has certainly improved, with four wins in four, yet I just can’t see them managing five from five against a Pars side who have been grinding out results week-on-week. Stat Pack: Last Pars win v Brechin: Brechin 1 Pars 2 League 1 20/02/16 Last Brechin win v Pars: Brechin 3 Pars 0 League 1 18/04/15 Last Pars win v Brechin at EEP: Pars 3 Brechin 1 League 1 05/12/15 Last Brechin win v Pars at EEP: Pars 0 Brechin 1 League 1 24/02/15 Highest Aggregate: Pars 8 Brechin 3 Division 2 19/11/38 Highest Dunfermline win: Pars 10 Brechin 1 Division 2 14/12/29 Highest Brechin win: Brechin 3 Pars 0 Division 2 07/11/31
  4. The Bad Guy

    Cowdenbeath Match Preview

    The Pars make the short journey east to Central Park on Saturday just 3 wins away from a title party. However as we know all too well Cowdenbeath love spoiling our celebrations, The Pars struggled at Central Park on Halloween but The Blue Brazil have lost some key players since then with loan signings Andy Murdoch and Gordon Smith heading off for pastures new. Cowdenbeath manager Colin Nish has brought in ex Livingston defender Craig Sives who missed last week's draw with Forfar through injury and former Ayr striker Ross Caldwell who scored 3 out of his 4 goals last season against The Pars as firstly a St.Mirren player in the Cup and then notching two in the colours of rivals Morton. Cowdenbeath have been struggling since the turn of the year only 2 points ahead of a resurgent Brechin at the bottom of the table and their last win was a 3-2 victory at Stenhousemuir in the last week of February, you have to go back even further for a Blue Brazil home win, when Cowdenbeath did The Pars a massive favour in defeating Ayr 4-2 at the end of December. Greig Spence, as always provides the main threat up front for Cowdenbeath and he will be hoping to get the better of Ben Richards-Everton once more but the big Englishman seems to have benefited since the arrival of Brad McKay. Up front provides a welcome choice for Allan Johnston as Ryan Wallace seems to have done enough to stay in the starting eleven with his perfectly weighted through ball for El Bakhtaoui to score the first last Saturday. However, the condition of Central Park might dictate that the link up play of Michael Moffat could be favoured. Stat Pack: Last Pars win v Cowdenbeath: Pars 2 Cowdenbeath 1 League 1 02/01/16 Last Cowdenbeath win v Pars: Pars 0 Cowdenbeath 3 Play-off Final 2nd Leg 18/05/14 Last Pars win v Cowdenbeath at Central Park: Cowdenbeath 1 Pars 3 Challenge Cup 27/04/13 Last Cowdenbeath win v Pars at Central Park: Cowdenbeath 4 Pars 2 First Division 12/02/13 Highest Aggregate: Pars 5 Cowdenbeath 5 Division 2 21/09/57 Highest Pars win: Pars 7 Cowdenbeath 1 League 1 15/08/15 Highest Cowdenbeath win: Cowdenbeath 5 Pars 2 Division 2 11/09/37
  5. The Bad Guy

    Ayr United Match Preview

    A large away following will be at Somerset Park on Saturday for the proverbial six pointer as Ayr United will see this as a must win match to have any hope of finishing at top of the League 1 pile at the end of the season as a draw or defeat for The Honest Men will surely finish off their title chances because overhauling an 11 or 14 point lead will be a colossal task. The Pars are very much in the driving seat going into this match but will have to play much better than they did on Tuesday but there is good news with ex Ayr player Andy Geggan available to face his former side and will surely go straight into the starting eleven to replace Shaun Byrne who was completely anonymous on Tuesday and watched the game pass him by. Ryan Wallace is also surely in contention for a starting role and would be rightly annoyed if Faissal El Bakhtaoui's ineffectual performance on Tuesday doesn't see the Moroccan on the bench. Talking of inconsistent performers Ayr United's key man in midfield is Ryan Stevenson and the success or failure of the Somerset Park side largely depends on the ex Partick Thistle and Hearts player. Will the supporters at Somerset Park see the Stevenson that was influential in the wins over Forfar and Stenhousemuir or the lazy, disinterested Stevenson that was a waste of a jersey in the previous match at East End Park or in Ayr's surprise 1-0 loss to Brechin? The aforementioned loss to Brechin was however sandwiched between two 4-1 wins for The Honest Men and as well as Stevenson the front men of Craig Moore and Jordan Preston always have to be considered danger men but Brad McKay will be hoping to put his awful error against Albion Rovers behind him and keep those three and Alan Forrest quiet. Ayr have only lost at Somerset Park twice this year but The Pars were the first League 1 team to go there this season and win and if we play to our strengths there is no reason why we can't do it again. Stat Pack: Last Pars win v Ayr United: Pars 3 Ayr United 2 League 1 13/02/16 Last Ayr United v Pars: Pars 0 Ayr United 2 League 1 12/09/15 Last Pars win v Ayr United at Somerset Park: Ayr United 1 Pars 2 League 1 12/12/15 Last Ayr United win v Pars at Somerset Park: Last Ayr United win v Pars at Somerset Park: Ayr United 1 Pars 0 First Division 05/12/09 Highest Aggregate: Ayr United 6 Pars 2 Division B (Two) 01/11/47 Highest Pars win: Pars 7 Ayr United 0 Scottish Cup 07/03/64 Highest Ayr win: Ayr United 8 Pars 0 Division B (Two) 07/04/51
  6. The Bad Guy

    Cliftonhill

    A shot of Cliftonhill featuring @Captain Deadpool's big heid.

    © Gordon Smith

  7. The Bad Guy

    Albion Rovers Match Preview

    Dunfermline and Albion Rovers are part of a midweek card on Tuesday night as The Pars look to extend their lead at the top of the league to thirteen points taking advantage of having a game in hand over Peterhead. However it won't be an easy game with the Wee Rovers having held The Pars to a draw earlier in the season and were very unlucky not to take all three points from Peterhead on Saturday. Albion Rovers have had a very good season thus far with Darren Young's side confounding everyone who thought they would be making up the numbers in the division and they side just outside the last promotion play-off spot on goal difference from Lanarkshire rivals Airdrie. Josh Mullin who ended Sean Murdoch's long run with a tremendous goal at Cliftonhill has moved on to Livingston and given that the Wee Rovers are struggling for goals that is something of a blow for as top scorer Ally Love has scored 9 goals with ex Pars players Scott McBride, Andy Barrowman and Paul Willis next in Rovers' scoring charts on 6,4, and 2 respectively. Rovers seemed to have built their success on being difficult to break down rather than being free scoring and have the joint 3rd best defensive record in the league and the likes of Joe Cardle, Michael Paton, Michael Moffat and Faissal El Bakhtaoui will do well to keep The Pars' average scoring record of 4.2 goals per game in our last 5 matches going. Stat Pack: Last Pars win v Albion Rovers: Pars 3 Albion Rovers 0 League 1 03/10/15 Last Albion Rovers win v Pars: Pars 1 Albion Rovers 2 Second Division 11/02/84 Last Pars win v Albion Rovers at EEP: Pars 3 Albion Rovers 0 League 1 03/10/15 Last Albion Rovers win v Pars at EEP: Pars 1 Albion Rovers 2 Second Division 11/02/84 Highest Aggregate: Pars 5 Albion Rovers 5 Division 1 21/12/35 Highest Pars win: Pars 8 Albion Rovers 1 Division 2 15/03/58 Highest Albion Rovers win: Albion Rovers 5 Pars 0 Division 2 07/09/32
  8. The Bad Guy

    Balmoor

    Peterhead's mascot, whatever the hell it is...

    © Gordon Smith

  9. The Bad Guy

    Glebe Park

    © Gordon Smith

  10. The Bad Guy

    Glebe Park

    © Gordon Smith

  11. The Bad Guy

    Somerset Park

    © Gordon Smith

  12. The Bad Guy

    Balmoor

    © Gordon Smith

  13. The Bad Guy

    Balmoor

    The players stand for a minute's silence on Remembrance weekend.

    © Gordon Smith

  14. The Bad Guy

    Station Park

    View from back of Station Park main stand

    © Gordon Smith

  15. The Bad Guy

    Stranraer Match Preview

    The first of three consecutive home matches is on Saturday when Stranraer are the visitors to East End Park, which will no doubt be a difficult match as The Blues have the third best away record in the league behind The Pars and Peterhead and they currently sit two points off a promotion play-off place although Albion Rovers have two games in hand. Stranraer have only lost one league match this calender year (a home 5-1 drubbing from Peterhead) and their last away defeat was a surprising 2-0 to Brechin at Glebe Park in December. Stranraer seemed to start the season very slowly but they have shown a lot more in recent weeks. Interestingly ex Pars midfielder Steven Ball now has a role in the centre of defence for The Blues, so hopefully the likes of Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Ryan Wallace, David Hopkirk and Joe Cardle can exploit his lack of pace. A player who returned to Stranraer in the January transfer window and has caused Pars defenders numerous problems in the past is ex Pars winger Willie Gibson and his tussle with Craig Reid or Jason Talbot (depending on what wing he is on) so be a good one to watch. Stranraer have also brought in goalkeeper Cameron Belford on loan from Wrexham and they have only conceded 2 goals in the month of February. The Pars team may get freshened up with Michael Paton not reaching the heights he did earlier in the season and many of the team guilty of missing a barrowload of chances at Brechin last week, Ryan Wallace may be eyeing a place in the starting line up after scoring twice in the development match against Falkirk during the week, while trialist Liam Coogans appeared to have an impressive game so he may be rewarded with a place on the Pars bench on Saturday. Stat Pack: Last Pars win v Stranraer: Stranraer 0 Pars 3 League 1 17/10/15 Last Stranraer win v Pars: Stranraer 5 Pars 1 League 1 28/02/15 Last Pars win v Stranraer at EEP: Pars 3 Stranraer 1 League 1 29/08/15 Last Stranraer win v Pars at EEP: Pars 0 Stranraer 1 League 1 20/12/14 Highest Aggregate: Pars 9 Stranraer 1 Division 2 12/04/58 Highest Pars win: Pars 9 Stranraer 1 Division 2 12/04/58 Highest Stranraer win: Stranraer 5 Pars 1 League 1 28/02/15
  16. The Bad Guy

    Brechin City Match Preview

    The Pars travel to Angus on Saturday hoping for a similar result to the 6-1 win in the opening league match of the season. There has been no "new manager bounce" for City and Darren Dods after the veteran defender took over from Ray McKinnon following the latter's move to Raith Rovers and on the face of things it seems that City were punching well above their weight last season making the promotion play-offs while this season has been a long hard slog sitting bottom of League 1, joint lowest scorers in the league with Albion Rovers on 24 goals, but they have shipped 10 more goals than the Coatbridge side and have the 3rd worst defensive record after Stenhousmuir and Cowdenbeath. Brechin, however were given a smidgen of hope last week when it appeared that Cowdenbeath would be leaving Glebe Park with all three points following Dean Brett's 84th minute goal, but 4 minutes into injury time on loan Falkirk striker Scott Shepherd equalised for City giving them their 3rd draw in 4 games this calendar year, having lost the other match. Brechin came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Airdrie a couple of weeks ago so again concentration in The Pars back line is paramount. Talking of The Pars' back line one player who won't be available for selection after making the bench last week is Lewis Martin whose luck seems to have deserted him at the moment and has picked up a hamstring strain, but Allan Johnston is likely to do what he usually does and pick the same starting eleven after coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 last week. This match should have all the makings of a comfortable Pars win but we've known The Pars too long to take anything for granted. Stat Pack: Last Pars win v Brechin: Pars 3 Brechin 1 League 1 05/12/15 Last Brechin win v Pars: Brechin 3 Pars 0 League 1 18/04/15 Last Pars win at Glebe Park: Brechin 1 Pars 6 League 1 08/08/15 Last Brechin win at Glebe Park: Brechin 3 Pars 0 League 1 18/04/15 Highest Aggregate: Pars 8 Brechin 3 Division 2 19/11/38 Highest Dunfermline win: Pars 10 Brechin 1 Division 2 14/12/29 Highest Brechin win: Brechin 3 Pars 0 Division 2 07/11/31
  17. The Bad Guy

    Ayr United Match Preview

    Ayr come to East End Park on Saturday having slipped below Peterhead in the league table following The Blue Toon leaving Somerset Park with all three points last week (although Ayr do have two games in hand over Peterhead, and are only two points behind). Paddy Boyle returns to the squad for The Honest Men and it seems to be no coincidence that Ayr's form has been poor without the journeyman left back. As always the two most likely danger men in the Ayr line up are Jordan Preston and Craig Moore who combined to score the second goal at East End Park earlier in the season. Alan Forrest is another who should be watched closely but he seems to have fallen out of favour in recent weeks, not getting off the bench against Peterhead. Ayr will also hoping that Ross Docherty is fit to play in this one having also been out with injury. The Pars are likely to name an unchanged line-up to the one that defeated Stenhousemuir convincingly last week, with Craig Reid seeming to slot in well at right back, but there is also good news in that Ryan Williamson in back in full training, although he is probably a good few weeks off returning to the first team squad. Faissal El Bakhtaoui got back to scoring last week and everyone will be hoping that he is going to build on that having scored only 6 goals since October. Andy Geggan looks like a player who has returned to form recently and was unlucky not to score a hat trick last week, and he also seems fond of a goal against his former side. It's a cliché but the first goal will be extremely important in this game, The Pars have never won a match this season after going behind, and only Dundee United have beaten us after we scored first (and they needed extra time to do so) Stat Pack: Last Pars win v Ayr: Ayr 1 Pars 2 League 1 12/12/15 Last Ayr win v Pars: Pars 0 Ayr 2 League 1 12/09/15 Last Pars win v Ayr at EEP: Pars 2 Ayr 1 League 1 07/03/15 Last Ayr win v Pars at EEP: Pars 0 Ayr 2 League 1 12/09/15 Highest Aggregate: Ayr United 6 Pars 2 Division B (Two) 01/11/47 Highest Pars win: Pars 7 Ayr United 0 Scottish Cup 07/03/64 Highest Ayr win: Ayr United 8 Pars 0 Division B (Two) 07/04/51
  18. The Bad Guy

    Stenhousemuir Match Preview

    The Pars make the short trip west on Saturday hoping to bounce back from a poor home performance and result against Airdrie last week and put the ball in the opposition net for the first time in 4 games. This will be easier said than done against a Stenhousemuir side who have collected 3 shut outs in their last 4 matches, with ex Pars left back showing far more impressive form than he did in a Dunfermline shirt a key player for The Warriors. Another ex Pars man Allan Smith misses out through injury as does Jason Scotland but Colin McMenamin is an experienced campaigner and will have The Pars defence on their toes. Stenhousemuir will also be using their third goalkeeper of the season with Graham Bowman having joined on loan from Falkirk. The Pars will have new signing Craig Reid available for selection and it is likely that he will be preferred ahead of Shaun Rooney who wasn't at his best against Airdrie, however that is an accusation that could levelled at many Pars players with El Bakhtaoui guilty of wasting possession and poor decision making on several occasions but Ryan Wallace in the short time he was on the field showed nothing that suggested he deserves a starting spot. On the other hand, Rhys McCabe did show glimpses of what he is capable of producing in the limited time on the pitch and he may have a case of starting ahead of either Falkingham or Geggan who were also poor. With Ayr and Peterhead going head to head with each other The Pars will be hoping to still have at least a 7 point cushion at the top of the league come quarter to five on Saturday. Stat Pack: Last Pars win v Stenhousemuir: Pars 1 Stenhousemuir 0 League 1 19/02/15 Last Stenhousemuir win v Pars: Stenhousemuir 1 Pars 0 League 1 15/11/14 Last Pars win v Stenhousemuir at Ochilview: Stenhousemuir 0 Pars 5 League 1 19/09/15 Last Stenhousemuir win v Pars at Ochilview: Stenhousemuir 1 Pars 0 League 1 15/11/14 Highest Aggregate: Stenhousemuir 7 Pars 6 Division B (Two) 15/04/50 Highest Pars win: Pars 11 Stenhousemuir 2 Division Two 27/09/30 Highest Stenhousemuir win: Stenhousemuir 5 Pars 1 Division Two 12/09/31
  19. The Bad Guy

    Airdrie Match Preview

    The Pars make their second appearance on BBC ALBA this season for the first match to be played at East End Park on a Friday evening since Norrie McCathie's testimonial against Newcastle United back in 1990. Hopefully the viewers at EEP and on the Gaelic speaking channel will see a more exciting encounter than the 0-0 that was played out 26 years ago. Airdrie have been uninspiring to say the least since Gary Bollan decided to up sticks and take the vacant manager's position at Forfar and The Diamonds have yet to win since Eric Wolecki Black became Airdrie manager and suffered a poor capitulation in his first match at home to Peterhead contriving to lose 4-3 at being 3-1 up. They were also hauled back from 3-1 last week to 3-3 away to bottom club Brechin City. Some good news for the Lanarkshire is that Jim Lister is back in the starting line up and scoring and given that Airdrie have failed to keep a clean sheet since Black took over Lister's return is a timely boost. Sean Crighton is a player who should be monitored closely by The Pars' defence at set pieces, his double last week putting The Diamonds 3-1 up before their collapse. Young Airdrie keeper Rohan Ferguson has been getting compliments about his goalkeeping despite the number of goals that The Diamonds have been conceding after being thrown in after regular number 1 Neil Parry was sent off against Peterhead. The Pars strikers however will fancy their chances against either goalkeeper has Parry has been making a few costly errors this season and Ferguson is still very much learning his trade. Who the strikers will be on Friday night is very much up for debate as both Moffat and El Bakhtaoui were poor against Peterhead with Wallace and Hopkirk not offering anything to suggest that they should be starters. The Pars suffered a blow this week with Marc McAusland choosing to exercise his option that meant he could leave the club but Richards-Everton and McKay were both solid last week and The Pars will be looking for more of the same. Stat Pack: Last Pars win v Airdrie: Airdrie 0 Pars 2 League 1 14/11/15 Last Airdrie win v Pars: Airdrie 3 Pars 2 League 1 02/05/15 Last Pars win v Airdrie at EEP: Pars 3 Airdrie 0 League 1 23/08/14 Last Airdrie win v Pars at EEP: Pars 0 Airdrie 1 League 1 18/01/14 Highest Aggregate: Pars 3 Airdrie 4 Scottish Cup 07/01/06 Highest Pars win: Airdrie 0 Pars 3 League 1 16/11/13 Highest Airdrie win: Pars 1 Airdrie 3 First Division 12/01/13
  20. The Bad Guy

    Peterhead Match Preview

    The Pars head north on Saturday to face a Peterhead team in good form fresh from their impressive 5-1 thumping at Stranraer last week and The Blue Toon currently sit in 3rd place only 2 points behind Ayr (albeit The Honest Men have played a game less) and they haven't lost a league match since their 4-3 reverse at Stenhousemuir in October having racked up the 2nd best goal difference in the league at +23. Peterhead have scored an impressive 48 goals in 21 league games and there does seem to be an attitude of "if you score 4, we'll score 5" about Jim McInally's side having conceded 25 in the same number of games. The Peterhead danger men are obviously predominantly attackers with the league's current top scorer Rory McAllister probably the most well known and despite playing in the 5-1 win over Stranraer and by all accounts having a good game McAllister wasn't on the scoresheet with former Inverness man Shane Sutherland grabbing a double and Leighton McIntosh who scored the winner against The Pars earlier in the season completing the scoring last week. Another player who should be watched closely and has also scored against The Pars at Balmoor is ex Cowdenbeath midfielder Jamie Stevenson (although he seems to have playing at right back against Stranraer going by team listings) as he is more than capable of causing problems from a dead ball situation but The Blue Toon, but one player who won't be turning out for Peterhead having been recalled by his parent club Dundee is Cammy Kerr and by all accounts was impressive in his time with the Balmoor side. The Pars have been boosted by the news that Marc McAusland could be in contention to play following his ankle injury against Cowdenbeath and Allan Johnston was quick to praise Kenny Murray for his work once again, the physio's quick reactions saved the life of a Peterhead supporter the last time the two clubs met at Balmoor and he is a crucial member of the backroom team. The Pars' front men should be looking forward to facing a Peterhead team that have only managed 6 clean sheets in 21 league matches and should be confident given that Michael Moffat has scored on his last two visits to Balmoor with Faissal El Bakhtaoui scoring in the match previously. Allan Johnston was also full of praise for the fringe strikers David Hopkirk and Ryan Wallace who both played well in the development squad match against Motherwell during the week with Hopkirk scoring twice. Once again, the defence will have to be aware for the full match keeping their concentration levels up as in all the league matches The Pars have played at Balmoor Peterhead have scored a late equaliser or winner, and at the risk of being repetitive Ben Richards-Everton will have the odd lapse during a game and some of these have been costly. Liam Smith won't be part of the travelling squad because even though Allan Johnston has expressed an interest in the left sided Hearts defender the Edinburgh side are unsure it would be beneficial to loan him out. Stat Pack Last Pars win v Peterhead: Pars 3 Peterhead 0 League 1 27/09/14 Last Peterhead win v Pars: Peterhead 2 Pars 1 League 1 22/08/15 Last Pars win v Peterhead at Balmoor: Peterhead 0 Pars 2 League Cup 05/08/08 Last Peterhead win v Pars at Balmoor: Peterhead 2 Pars 1 League 1 22/08/15 Highest Aggregate: Pars 3 Peterhead 0 League 1 27/09/14 Highest Pars win: Pars 3 Peterhead 0 League 1 27/09/14 Highest Peterhead win: Peterhead 2 Pars 1 22/08/15
  21. The Bad Guy

    Cowdenbeath Match Preview

    The match against Cowdenbeath is set to be an emotionally charged encounter with various tributes planned to mark the 20th anniversary of the late great Norrie McCathie who The Pars signed from Saturday's opponents Cowdenbeath in 1981 by Pat Stanton who was Norrie's boss at Central Park and saw enough in the big man to send Craig MacFarlane to The Blue Brazil in exchange for McCathie. Between 1981-82 and and his tragic death in 1996 Norrie McCathie was almost ever present in the Dunfermline side apart from a brief spell in season 1988-89 where he was out injured but could not dislodge Gary Riddell and Grant Tierney at the heart of The Pars defence and played a couple of games on loan with Ayr United, after his return it was like he had never been out of the team and was consistently one of the first names on the team sheet for every Pars manager he played for. The current Pars players will have a lot to contend with given the significance of all the tributes planned, as in previous seasons tributes seem to have backfired, with Airdrie scoring during applause on the 4th minute a few seasons ago, and another cut short due to a penalty award against Stranraer which Ryan Wallace subsequently missed. The club have decided to let the support decide if a minute's applause on the 4th minute is appropriate this season. The Pars will take to the field in the iconic red and blue quartered strip while our near neighbours will be sporting a black strip, an unusual proposition for a Dunfermline v Cowdenbeath match. The visitors will be buoyed by their impressive midweek 4-2 win over Ayr United which was cheered just as loudly in the black and white part of Fife. The front three of Greig Spence, Gordon Smith and Liam Callaghan, the grandson of former Pars right back and Scottish Cup winner Willie Callaghan causing The Honest Men no end of problems. Even though Callaghan didn't trouble the scoresheet the Pars defence will need to be on their toes to cope with the former Birmingham City trialist's movement. However, there is one battle that will be particularly intriguing on Saturday and that will Josh Falkingham against Andy Murdoch have Cowdenbeath currently have on loan from Rangers. Both are similar types of player in that they will break up play, do the dirty stuff and look to get their foot on the ball, Murdoch having been a key acquisition for The Blue Brazil during their unbeaten run in December and has Cowdenbeath supporters consulting the league table looking up instead of down and believing a promotion play-off place may yet be possible. The Pars are likely to go with the same starting eleven that played well up at Forfar but any defensive lapses by Ben Richards-Everton are likely to be punished by the fast moving Cowden attack. Hopefully though the big stopper will do our former skipper proud with his display. Stat Pack: Last Pars win v Cowdenbeath: Pars 7 Cowdenbeath 1 League 1 15/08/15 Last Cowdenbeath win v Pars: Pars 0 Cowdenbeath 3 Play-off Final 2nd Leg 18/05/14 Last Pars win v Cowdenbeath at EEP: Pars 7 Cowdenbeath 1 League 1 15/08/15 Last Cowdenbeath win v Pars at EEP: Pars 0 Cowdenbeath 3 Play-off Final 2nd Leg 18/05/14 Highest Aggregate: Pars 5 Cowdenbeath 5 Division 2 21/09/57 Highest Pars win: Pars 7 Cowdenbeath 1 League 1 15/08/15 Highest Cowdenbeath win: Cowdenbeath 5 Pars 2 Division 2 11/09/37 *All images have been swiped from official site and they own the copyright
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