Race to be in Pars' all-time top 30 hots up
NARROWING the search for the Pars' best-ever 30 players is proving as hard as a home win for the current side.
Fans are having their say online, by post and on Facebook, in the Press Sport hunt for the favourites who pulled on the famous black and white stripes.
And there's plenty of debate as to who should be on the list, with some supporters disagreeing with themselves and others voting for relatives.
www.dunfermlinepress.com user 'Paravon' said, "Difficult decision. My head says Roy Barry. Opponents must have thought they were up against a brick wall.
"My heart says Norrie McCathie who always played for the jersey, always in touch with Pars fans, a great servant to the club."
'Very Old Par' reminded younger fans of his heroes from the days when everything was in black and white!
A Pars supporter since 1946, he wrote, "Apart from the wonderful group of players in the Pars' jersey in the 60s we had real heroes in the earlier years.
"Gerry Mays, whose two goals against the then mighty Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi-final in 1949, put the humble 'B Division' Pars on the way to Hampden.
"Geordie Henderson, who scored goals for fun and numerous others.
"Ronnie Mailer started with us then and defenders like Bobby Kirk (later Hearts) and big Jimmy Clarkson (centre half) like the great Harry Colville were real stalwarts. They're legendary Pars!"
Family ties are also playing a part with both 'Heather 1986' and 'Pele 22' going online to nominate their famous footballing fathers!
'Heather 1986' explained, "My vote, without doubt, goes to my dad Hugh Whyte!
"I have many fond memories of his time as the club doctor as I spent many afternoons with him watching matches.
"Although I never got to see him play his loyalty went beyond just playing for the Pars as he went on to become club doctor and then chairman of the former players committee, a role which gave him so much pleasure.
"I know he would be honoured to be a part of this list."
And 'Pele22' kept it in the family, stating, "Ross Jack (pictured) was a legend thanks to his goalscoring and all-round energy and he wore the black and white shirt with pride and passion.
"Ross Jack is the best as he is my dad."
'OzJock' joined the debate from Down Under and said, "So many that deserve to be the list but I'll go for Geordie Peebles.
"Such a great wee ball player and very consistent. He scored a few but laid on a lot more, should have received a knighthood."
'Eck Wilson' couldn't choose just one player, instead he picked a whole team - and subs! - on the Press Facebook page.
All very well, as long as you're allowed 12 players on the pitch Eck!
He wrote, "Can only answer from 80s onwards as I'm too young. Andy Rhodes, Jackie McNamara, Norrie McCathie, Doug Rougvie, Graham Robertson, Craig Robertson, Barry Nicolson, Ian McCall, Istvan Kozma, Ross Jack, John Watson, George O'Boyle. That would be great just now, lol as I made a line-up. Subs - Stevie Crawford, Craig Brewster, Ian Westwater, Mark Smith and Stewart Petrie."
'Victor Meldrew' cheered up long enough to cast his votes on Facebook, and said, "Another four players spring to mind.
"Alex Ferguson played for the Pars from 1964 to 1967, made 89 appearances and scored 66 goals. Alex Edwards, 1961 to 1971, 240 appearances and 43 goals. Norrie McCathie, 1981 to 1996, 497 appearances and 55 goals. John Watson, 1983 to 1989, scoring 85 goals."
Who should be in the Top 30? Post your comment below.
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Mar 7, 14:58
I would like to nominate my grandfather Bert Kinnell for one of the thirty greatest pars of all time.
He is shown on page 22 of the recent book - The 125 greatest pars of all time.
His history with Dunfermline Athletic started in 1940, he signed as a centre forward for £40 at age seventeen.
In 1942 he was called up to the army till 1946 when he had to fight in the world war. At the end of the war he returned to play for Dunfermline in 1946.
His record with Dunfermline AFC as can be seen on page 22 - The 125 greatest pars of all time is as follows:-
Scotish league - 36 apperances - 34 goals
Scotish cup -2 appearances - 1 goal
scotish league cup 6 appearance - 2 goals
(Four hat-tricks in one season - cant remember seeing this at Dunfermline)
1948 - transfered to partick thistle for £6000 - A club record at that time.
(It would be interesting to Know how much £6000 that would be in todays money)
My grand father continued to play for Partick Thistle becoming team captain and then finally Cowdenbeath, he did not look for publicity but i feel the achievement with the pars in such a short time was excellent and i do not see many other pars players who have achieved as much in such a short time, that is why i think he should be considered.
Cheers for now
Barry Kinnell - Pars Fan
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Nov 10, 19:42
My vote goes to my second cousin Alec Edwards, not because we're related but because he was such a gifted footballer. With his speed of thought, silky piercing passes and courage, he was the complete footballer. Some point to his temperament and lack of self discipline but I would challenge any of them to have put up with the treatment he received from far less gifted opponents. Had he played for either of the big two Glasgow sides he would have been a Scotland regular.
My second choice would undoubtedly be Fergie.
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