As always, I would like to start by wishing everyone good health.
After a lot of uncertainty, we are now progressing towards the start of the 2020/21 season with a degree of confidence that until recently had been in short supply.
By the time you are reading this the players will have resumed training and that in itself is a huge step forward. Darren [Young] and Tony [McMinn] have put together a rigorous programme for the players which will include double sessions at weekends.
While the players will not be required to be tested for Covid-19 we are still having to carry out temperature checks and stringent paperwork on everyone involved in and around the squad. To that end I would like to thank John Donaldson for the time and effort he has put in to ensure that we as a club are compliant with all of the protocols that we must adhere to.
But that is only one piece of the jigsaw, the players and management are under no illusions of how they will be scrutinised by the governing bodies, press and general public over the coming weeks and months. Football has never been in the spotlight as it will be this season. We all have a part to play in making East Fife Football Club as safe an environment as possible.
Our volunteers have been working tirelessly in and around the stadium to ensure that we are ready for what will be a very difficult time for all clubs. As always, I thank them all as without their efforts this would not have been possible.
At the time of writing we have not received any information on allowing fans back into the stadium so we are working to ensure that we are ready to carry out live streaming of our home games. All season ticket holders will receive further information on how to access the virtual element of their season ticket by the 18th of September. Although East Fife TV have been live streaming matches to overseas supporters for a couple of seasons now, the team have had to make a variety of necessary upgrades to cope with a vastly increased number of viewers and to that end we intend to host a test event in late September to trial the updates. This will also give you the chance to try out your set up at home and request support from the East Fife TV team prior to the season getting underway.
As mentioned in my previous message, once we know the actual number of fans that may be allowed to attend, season ticket holders will be allocated a seat as a priority. What is certain is that it may not be possible for fans to sit in their normal seats due to social distancing. I understand this is not ideal, but we will try to accommodate you in the seat of your choice. As soon as we have full details, we will let you know.
On the playing side, the summer signings of Danny Swanson and Thomas Collins will add a freshness to the squad and it testament to the work goes on behind the scenes that so many of last season’s squad have resigned for, in most case, a further two years. We are under no illusions as to how difficult season 2020/21 will be with the quality of the teams that we will be facing but we will be well prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.
I am delighted to announce that we have secured a full set of sponsors for all of our playing kit and my heartfelt thanks go out to each and every one of our backers. Their continued support is gratefully received. A full list of our sponsors follows below. Also, for the first time as we allowed to display advertising on sleeves, we have chosen to thank our wonderful NHS.
We now received our home playing kit and replicas which will be welcome news to those who pre-ordered all those weeks ago. With the top being a bespoke design, it has taken longer than usual to get the kit into production with various prototypes being produced before the final version was settled on. I am sure that you will agree that the final version is fantastic and will be a much sought-after product. As I said the replicas are here and will be distributed over the coming week or so. Due to the current restrictions, Leona is still working from home and will be sorting out sizes and distribution on her own so we ask you to please be a little more patient as she works her way through the orders. We will announce times for collection from the stadium as soon as possible. Once all existing orders have been dispatched / collected we will reintroduce the home top to the Club Shop. At this time we will also be able put our new second strip up for sale as well.
Stay safe and hopefully we will be seeing you all very soon.
Yours in sport
Our new front of home strip sponsor for the next two seasons. Based in Scotland since 2010 BW Technology have been supplying manufacturers and service companies within the aerospace, defence, medical, industrial, marine and transportation markets throughout the world.
East Fife Joinery
Continuing their support for the Club for the fifth year in a row, East Fife Joinery will feature on the front of our second & third kits for the next two seasons. The Dunsire family have been in the construction industry since the early 1950’s and the current owners of East Fife Joinery Ltd., Murray, George & Angela Dunsire continue to operate in the very same premises where it all began 70 years ago.
W. Glendinning Haulage Contractor
W. Glendinning Haulage Contractors will appear at the top of the back of all here playing kits for the next two seasons. Watty Glendinning and his brother Andrew have developed a successful family business working for over 42 years and he has 10 trucks and 30 trailers which are all fitted out for agricultural work. The younger family members are now actively involved.
Pinpoint have been sponsors of East Fife for many years and have once again renewed their sponsorship for season 2020/21. Pinpoint are UK leading developers of personal staff attack alarm systems designed to suit environments where staff are at risk of violence in the workplace.
Specsavers have renewed their sponsorship again with the club and in addition to their advertising board & back of the first-team training tops have sponsored our dugouts for season 2020/21.
A well kent face around Bayview, Gordon is a lifelong supporter and will feature on our white shorts for the coming season.
East Fife Supporters’ Club
The financial contribution of the Supporters’ Club every year cannot be underestimated. Their tireless fundraising is greatly appreciated, and they will feature on the lower back of our third kit jerseys for season 2020/21.
East Fife Supporters’ Trust
Regular financial contributors to the Club and producers of our match day programme, the Supporters’ Trust will feature on our black shorts for 2020/21.
Fifers for the Community
The work done by this group in running the hire & maintenance of our pitch has made the community use of the stadium the success that it is. They will feature on our red shorts for season 2020/21.
East Fife Girls & Womens’ Football Club
Everyone at the Club is proud of the success of the Girls & Women’s teams over all age groups. They will feature on back lower of our away strip for season 2020/21.
East Fife Community Football Club
The pathway for youngsters to make their way to the first team evident with the progress of Under 20s players for this season. They will feature on the rear lower of the new home strip for season 2020/21.
We’re delighted to announce BW Technology as our new home strip sponsor for the next two seasons.
East Fife Chairman Jim Stevenson said:
“We’re delighted to welcome BW Technology as our home strip sponsors for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons and I would like to pass on our thanks to everyone at BW Technology for their support in pulling this sponsorship deal together”.
BW Technology are a fully collaborative channel partner offering distribution, sales representation, technical support and customer care management services. Their organisation has a focus on gas analysis, monitoring instruments and electronic electromechanical components.
Based in Scotland since 2010 they have been supplying manufacturers and service companies within the aerospace, defence, medical, industrial, marine and transportation markets throughout the world. They are delighted to be home jersey sponsor for East Fife Football Club for the next two seasons.
We’re delighted to announce that our away and third strips will for 2020/21 and 2021/22 will again be sponsored by East Fife Joinery Ltd. who are now entering their fifth season as the club’s main sponsor.
Speaking at the launch, Chairman Jim Stevenson said:
“We’re absolutely delighted that East Fife Joinery has agreed to extend their sponsorship with East Fife Football Club and I would like to thank them for their continued support of the club”.
Murray Dunsire (Managing Director of EFJ) said:
“We are delighted and proud to continue our relationship with East Fife Football Club, supporting a local team and community which has strong family values and is anchored in our distinguished heritage in Fife.”
East Fife Joinery Ltd, is a family owned business formed in 2007. The Dunsire family have been in the construction industry since the early 1950’s and the current owners, Murray, George & Angela Dunsire continue to operate in the very same premises where it all began 70 years ago.
Their experience includes, new build, refurbishment & alterations, extensions, repair, and manufactured joinery works within a variety of sectors including commercial, residential, industrial, local authority, listed buildings, and conservation works.
East Fife Joinery (EFJ) offices are centrally located in Colinsburgh, Fife, with its own fully operational manufacturing workshop, plant & material store and currently have contracts in Fife, Edinburgh, the central belt and Tayside
The quality of their product and the infrastructure that supports the products is paramount to the success of their firm.
Their Board of Directors will be involved from inception to completion on each project, coupled with their experienced management team, they have the resources and workforce to ensure client satisfaction throughout the life cycle of the project.
Pictured above are George (left) & Murry Dunsire from East Fife Joinery with the 2020/21 & 2021/22 away (red) & 3rd (white) choice strips
East Fife TV caught up with Club Captain Kevin Smith as he prepares to start his 8th season at Bayview
The fixtures for our Betfred Cup Group A matches were released today and we kick off the campaign with a home tie on Tuesday 6th October when we welcome League 2 side Cowdenbeath to the Locality Hub Bayview Stadium. Cowdenbeath ran out 2-0 winners at Central Park in the opening match of last year’s competition. The previous meeting between the sides, also at Central Park, in the 2018/19 Challenge Cup where second goals from Anton Dowds, Liam Watt and Jonny Court saw us triumph 3-1 after Jordyn Sheerin had given Cowdenbeath the lead.
Next up we make the short trip along the Standing Stane to take on Raith Rovers on Saturday 10th October. It was a mixed bag when the sides met in last seasons League 1. East Fife comfortably won the opening match at Bayview 4-2 which was followed by a 1-1 draw at Stark’s Park while Raith claimed victory in the final derby of the season.
Heart of Midlothian visit Bayview on Tuesday 10th November in a rematch of last season group decider. Jamie Walker have given Hearts an early lead before Chris Duggan equalised in the 53rd minute. With no further scoring the match moved on to penalties to determined who picked up the bonus point with East Fife triumphing 7-6.
The final match of Group A sees us travel up the A9 to face Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday 14th November. The last meeting between the sides was all the way back in 1999 when ICT ran out 4-0 winners in Inverness. East Fife’s only victory against Inverness came in December 1998 at Bayview Park when goals from Gilbert Allan, Lee Dair and John Martin securing a 3-2 victory.
Further details on whether fans can attend the games will be announced in due course.
The club was saddened to learn of the passing of former player Archie Smith.
After signing from Bayview Youth Club in December 1949, Smith made his first appearance in a Fife Cup final win against Cowdenbeath in April 1951, before manager Scot Symon handed him his competitive debut at right back the following August in a 1-0 League Cup victory over Queen of the South at Bayview.
Smith made a further three first team appearances, alongside players of the calibre of Sammy Stewart, Willie Finlay, Charlie Fleming, Henry Morris and Davie Duncan amongst others. In 1953 he moved to Tannadice to join Dundee United where he turned out on 12 occasions before joining Arbroath. Unfortunately a knee injury would prevent him from appearing for the Red Lichties and brought a premature end to his footballing career.
A native of Buckhaven, later moving to Methilhill, Archie Smith continued to cheer on his favourites at Bayview and as recently as last season was attending games as a season ticket holder.
East Fife Football Club would like to extend our condolences to Archie’s family and friends at this sad time.