An exciting new venture with Chef Tom Will.
Opening on Sunday, 4th March 2018
Sundays - Light Lunch - 12 noon to 2pm
High Teas - 2pm to 6pm (£12.50 per person / Children's Menu - £5.50).
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday - Lunch -12noon to 2.30pm
BOOKINGS ALREADY BEING TAKEN, ESPECIALLY FOR MOTHERS' DAY ON 11TH MARCH 2018
East Fife head in a south-westerly direction tomorrow to take on promotion hopefuls Ayr United at Somerset Park. Ian McCall’s men have provided no shortage of entertainment for their followers this season, but will be keen to improve on their recent home form to gain ground on current league leaders Raith Rovers. Bayview boss Darren Young, meanwhile, was once again left frustrated last Saturday after another below par performance from the Fifers, going down to Queen’s Park at Bayview. The men from Methil, like their opponents have been struggling at home lately and will go into tomorrow’s game in need of a morale boosting display. Mark Docherty looks set to miss out again through injury, while fellow midfielders Kyle Wilkie and Craig Thomson aim to make a return after being sidelined for two weeks. The squad was however boosted by the arrival of 19 year old Scott Allardice on loan from Dundee United earlier this week. It would be fair to acknowledge that the Honest Men have enjoyed more success in recent encounters between the sides, coming out on top in each of the last seven meetings, including a 3-0 win back in September at Somerset Park and a 4-1 success at Bayview in December. You have to go back over four years to find East Fife’s last success, a 3-2 win down in Ayr. David White was the hero for the Methil men on that occasion, with a spectacular last minute winner after coming back from 2-0 down. Scott McBride was the other Fifer on target with a double, including one from the penalty spot. The Bayview faithful will be hoping for a performance of similar character and quality tomorrow afternoon.
We are delighted to announce the signing of Scott Allardice on loan from Dundee United until the end of the March. 19-year-old midfielder joined Championship Side’s Youth Academy in 2010, turning professional in 2014. Scott made his first team debut for Dundee United in April 2017 and was selected for the Scotland Under 19s side later that month.
Welcome to Bayview Scott!
Bayview Youth Club, founded by East Fife manager Dave McLean before the second world war, was a nursery club that produced many players for the Fife during the halcyon days of the late 1940s and early 1950s, as well as some notable players for other clubs including the like of Hearts’ goalkeeper Jimmy Brown and half-back Davie Laing.
Andy Matthew was one such player, stepping up from Bayview Youth Club to East Fife in December 1949 at the age of seventeen.
As would be expected, it took some time for the youngster to break into what was an established and very successful first team, with East Fife League Cup holders at the time of Andy’s signing, having won the trophy for the second time just months earlier.
The team were also challenging for the Scottish League title and were Scottish Cup finalists during andy;s early days at Bayview, so it was inevitable that he would have to ‘bide his time’ with the reserves.
Finally, on 18th August 1951, Andy was handed a starting place in a League Cup clash with Aberdeen at Bayview when he replaced Davie Duncan on the left-wing. East Fife won convincingly by three goals to nil, and the maytch report that appeared in the following addition of the Dubndee Courier singlied young Andy out for praise:
“Andrew Matthew did all that could be expected from a young lad making his big game debut. He has the ideas and the courage. All that he now required is the confidence”
Andy retained his place in the side for the remainder of the League Cup sectional ties, before making a scoring league debut at Tynecastle on 8th September 1951, when the Fife went down 3-1 to Hearts.
Ironically, the man in goal for Hearts that afternoon, who put in one of his “best-ever performance” according to press reports, was none other than the aforementioned former Bayview Youth ‘keeper Jimmy Brown!
Despite Andy Matthew’s favourable performances, East Fife decided to bring Davie Duncan back into the side just a week after Andy’s league debut, and once again he was confined to the reserves. For the remainder of season 1951/52 and die season 1952/53, Andy made only occasional first team appearances, but during season 1953/54 he finally won the number eleven jersey from legendary rival Duncan who, following a spell in the reserves, was eventually transferred to Raith Rovers.
In October 1953, Andy’s efforts were rewarded when he played his art in the East Fife team that lifted the Scottish League Cup for the third time following a thrilling 3-2 victory over Partick Thistle at Hampden. Just under a month later, Andy won his first international honour when he was selected to pull on the dark blue jersey of Scotland for an “unofficial” international against the British Army at Goodison Park in Liverpool on Wednesday 18th November 1953.
Previewing the match, the Dundee Courier were of the opinion that the talent on display, include the East Fife winger, would no doubt attract the interest of several club managers from south of the border. In an article which appeared on the morning of the match, under the headline “English Managers May Outnumber Scottish Supporters!” reporter Colin Glen observed:
“The Scots who lined up against the Army at Goodison Park, Everton, today may not have many of their countrymen supporting them, but there will be plenty English managers there watching them inaction, three players in particular are fancied – Joe McDonald, Sam Baird and Andy Matthew. These three are all newcomers to a Scottish jersey and for Scotland’s sake, I hope they plat to their club form. Newcastle, Preston, Liverpool and a host of other clubs will be hoping the same.”
However, the reporter was also of the opinion that in the event it was unlikely East Fife would part with Andy Matthew and concluded:
“The Fifers have had a food season financially so far, with the League Cup success, and their various floodlight trips. They need Mathew and will hang on to him”.
Unfortunately, despite victory by the odd-goal-in-five, the Scots team’s performance on the night was disappointing, with Andy having a quite game on the left wing and playing no part in any of the three Scotland goals.
Andy then fell out of the international selectors’ reckoning for a number of seasons, as East Fife approached the end of their halcyon days and slipped down the league table/
It was perhaps surprising, therefore, when Andy was selected to play for the Scottish League in a trial match against a Scotland XI on 3rd February 1958, arranged as part of Scotland’s build up to the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.
In front of an incredible crowd of 45,436 at Easter Road in Edinburgh, the largest at the time to have witnessed a floodlit match, Andy found himself on the losing side as the Scotland trial eleven won by three-goals-to-two. Despite being involved in the build up to the Scottish League’s second goa, Andy, just like his previous appearance in a Scotland jersey, had a quiet game, and subsequently bowed out of the international scene.
Later that same year, with East Fife having just been relegated to the Second Division of the Scottish League, Andy Matthew signed for Rangers and kept his top-flight football career alive. Following two seasons at Ibrox, Andy returned to Fife to spend a season at Raith Rovers before moving on to Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath, thus becoming one of the few players to turn out for all four Fife clubs. He played his last senior match when he appeared as a substitute for Cowdenbeath during season 1968/69.
Andy passed away in October 1992 aged just 60.
Name: Adam Bellamy Aged 9
How long have you been an East Fife supporter and what was your first game?
I have been an East Fife supporter for 3 years. My first game was a 2-2 draw with Queen’s Park in September 2014. Liam Smith scored a late equaliser
Most memorable moment following East Fife?
When we won 6-1 against Airdrieonians in November. I was there with all of the 2008 East Fife Youth Team – was a great match!
Least favourite moment following East Fife?
Losing to Dunfermline on penalties in the League Cup. East Fife deserved to win that game!
Favourite player (present)?
Favourite player (all-time)?
Pick your all-time East Fife 11
Ryan Goodfellow, Chris Kane, Johnny Page, Mark Docherty, Pat Slattery, Kyle Wilkie, Mark Lamont, Kevin O’Hara, Jordan Austin, Chris Duggan and Fash.
Favourite Scotland game?
Scotland v England in 2017 – I though we might win ☹
Favourite Scotland player (all-time)?
When do you think Scotland will next qualify for a major tournament?
Ronaldo or Messi?
Favourite away ground?
Stark’s Park, especially when we win next time!!!!
If you could change one football rule what would it be?
No offside rule
Commercial director presenting signed balls to on left, Liam Anderson, Architectural services, Methil and then to John Tindal, of Tindal projects, Kirkcaldy on Saturday, 10th February after the game against Queens Park.