STARS of the past joined together with the class of 2019 to be honoured by Athletic during a gala evening on Saturday.

The annual Centenary Club Lifeline Player of the Year event returned to the Glen Pavilion and, after an absence of almost seven years, the 10th Dunfermline Athletic Hall of Fame also took place.

The likes of Norrie McCathie, Bert Paton, Roy Barry, Sir Alex Ferguson and Charlie Dickson are among those to have been included, and three more club greats were inducted.

Current Montrose boss Stewart Petrie, former captain Scott Thomson, and kit man Mo Hutton – who has worked for the club for 25 years – all took their places among the pantheon of Pars greats.

Petrie, who played 286 times for the club in 10 years, memorably scored the winner as Bert Paton’s Dunfermline defeated Dundee United on the penultimate day of the 1995/96 season to move top of the table before clinching the title.

He said: “I had 10 great years here and I was very privileged to play for this magnificent club.

“Once you have been there for that length of time, it is my club and it is always the first result that I look for.

“I know that you have maybe been struggling at times this season but I’m sure that once Stevie gets going next year you will start climbing the table.”

Petrie’s former team-mate Thomson spent one year more in black and white, a spell that included reaching three national cup finals and returning the club to European football after an absence of 34 years in 2004.

He commented: “Highlights? Being there 11 years was a highlight, being in the Premier League and going from being a yo-yo club to making the top six – comfortably – year on year, reaching Europe and three cup finals.”

The third inclusion was retained as a surprise for the awards evening, and included a video of tributes from past players such as Barry Nicholson, Andy Geggan, Martin Hardie, Joe Cardle and Callum Woods paying homage to an emotional Hutton.

He said: “I’m glad to see the likes of Joe (Nelson) in it but there’s still a lot of players, who have played a lot of games, that aren’t in it and I’ve sort of jumped the queue a wee bit!

“But it’s a great honour, there’s no doubt about that. It was very surprising and, if I’d known, I’d have probably pulled a sickie I think!

“The videos were great with some of the tributes from the boys as well. The banter’s been great and young boys keep you young. Football players are all quick-witted with one-liners, and if you’re not up for it, they can sink you very quickly.”

In addition to the Hall of Fame, members of the current squad were recognised for their contributions this season and defender Jackson Longridge took home two of the main prizes.

The full back, who joined from Livingston last summer, was named the Gary Riddell Players’ Player of the Year and that of the management team, who awarded goalkeeper Cammy Gill with the Young Player of the Year prize.

Teenage midfielder Matty Todd, who has made nine appearances this season since making his debut at Inverness in an Irn-Bru Cup tie in August, was named as the Joe Nelson Young Player of the Year, an award that is voted for by supporters.

Joe Thomson, who is about to undergo an operation on a knee injury, was voted as the fans’ choice for the Centenary Club Lifeline Player of the Year accolade, while former Hearts loanee Aidan Keena claimed the Goal of the Season with his long-range screamer in a 2-2 draw with Inverness in October.

The ‘Moment of the Season’ was awarded to Jason Canning after he organised an impressive fan display during December’s 4-2 win at rivals Falkirk.