Our award-winning match day programme, The Bayview, will be interviewing supporters for our returning feature “Meet The Fans”. Up next is Michael Gill from East Wemyss. Michael’s article originally featured in the Alloa programme on the 12th of August.
How long have you been an East Fife supporter and what was your first game?
I was around 18 months when I first got subjected, I mean, taken to Bayview! This will be season number 46 if my maths is right! I’m not sure which game it was but the first I can clearly remember is a 5-0 home win against Albion Rovers in October 1974
Most memorable moment following East Fife?
Winning the league titles were fantastic but winning promotion in 1996 at Clyde (the 2-2 game) with my Dad and my son, who was only 3 at the time meant a lot. First time I ever cried at a game! Also, when we beat Queen’s Park in 2003 (yes that game!!) Stephen was mascot for his birthday and I don’t think I’ve ever heard a noise like it, before or since, when Kenny Deuchar scored. My first night game was the 1977 Scottish Cup Quarter Final replay v Hearts. Fantastic night and didn’t think it would take nearly 40 years to get to that stage again; we played Kilmarnock in the League Cup Quarter Final a few seasons ago.
Least favourite moment following East Fife?
The 7-1 game at Starks Park sticks out a mile! Or getting funny looks when working as a painter and doing a job on Cowdenbeath High Street. I had my East Fife tammy on and this was at the height of The Cowden Family debacle!
Favourite player (present)?
From last season, it’s hard to pick as it was a real group effort. Johnny Page and Kev Smith led by example
Favourite player (all-time)?
So many but the best I had the pleasure of seeing was Colin Methven. Him and Jim McLaren at the back would be unbeatable!
Best East Fife goal you’ve seen?
A Stevie Kirk thunderbolt at Cowdenbeath in the Fife Cup (yes, we won it once!) always sticks out. 30 yards out from a direct free kick after we had just lost a 2-goal lead.
Favourite goal celebration?
The 2003 games v Queen’s Park followed by the penalties win v Aberdeen in the league cup.
Pick your all-time East Fife 11
It’s going to be an attacking side
GK: Gordon Marshall; 2: Davie Clark; 3: Gary Naysmith; 4: Tom McCafferty; 5: Colin Methven; 6: Jim McLaren; 7: Arnold Dwarika; 8: Steve Archibald; 9: Gordon Durie; 10: Kenny Deuchar; 11: Stevie Kirk
Subs: Robert Scott (only for games August to December!!), John Huskie, Johnny Lumsden, Tom Conner, Stuart Burgess and Willie Broon to put the fear of god into them
Favourite Scotland game?
I’ll pick a game I was at. Scotland beating England 1-0 in the pouring rain at Hampden, Richard Gough header. My sister was sitting on a barrier and jumped down with her back turned just as he headed over Peter Shilton. She didn’t have a clue what just happened and got the fright of her life with the roar!
Favourite Scotland player (all-time)?
When do you think Scotland will next qualify for a major tournament?
Ronaldo or Messi?
They’re both not as good as Arnold Dwarika….Ronaldo for me just now!
Favourite away ground?
In Scotland, I’ve seen East Fife at most and like going to most but one where you can stand is preferable so Forfar away is always good. I’ve been lucky enough to have been at the New Wembley and Parc de Princess but sitting in the Nou Camp with 100,000 watching Barcelona v Rael Sociadad was something else. I had my white East Fife top on getting regular updates from the play-off game v Stenhousemuir.
If you could change one football rule what would it be?
Having been a qualified referee for 17 years I’ve had to deal with a lot of changes! I definitely see a game from a different view. I think there is too much tinkering aimed at a TV audience when the game doesn’t really need it. I don’t like the sin-bin idea coming out and one rule should be TV and radio pundits knowing the Laws of the Game!