FIFERS FOR THE COMMUNITY SCIO
Fifers For The Community are delighted that East Fife Community Football Club is now back in action on the 3G surface at Bayview.
Michelle and the EFCFC committee have put in a power of work to interpret a very lengthy document issued by the SFA to ensure that all U17 groups can get back into training and limited games within the club set-up. Every step of the way the safety of players and coaches has been paramount.
The pitch has been divided into four quarters and up to 10 players and 2 coaches can train in each quarter. For the three weeks leading up to schools opening there will be around 35 x 1 hour sessions each week for all age groups and to demonstrate the commitment of the EFCFC committee and coaches there will also be a football camp every day from 1pm – 4pm, Monday to Friday and there are still vacancies.
It would be near impossible to list all the precautions which have been put in place but they include:
Prior to the opening EFCFC and the FFTC caretakers spent time deep cleaning the toilet facilities and signage with details of the one-way system, safety instructions etc was put up around the ground.
FFTC hope that the contribution from the EFCFC committee, parents and FFTC caretakers is recognised for helping to make EFCFC a set-up which can match most organisations in Scotland.
It is with great sadness that the club learned of the passing of former player and manager Pat Quinn.
Quinn began his senior career with Albion Rovers, before joining Motherwell in 1955. Manager Bobby Ancell was assembling a young side with the emphasis firmly based on free-flowing, attacking football. The team that would become known as Ancell’s Babes were taking shape with Ian St John, Willie Hunter and John Martis also arriving at Fir Park in the next two years.
1958-59 found Motherwell competing at the top of the table before the turn of the year but the young side’s challenge eventually faded, finishing in third place some 16 points behind champions Rangers. Successive fifth place finishes were obtained in the following two campaigns.
Quinn’s commanding performances at inside forward had caught the eye of the Scotland selectors and, after appearing for the Under 23 side, he was rewarded with a full cap in April 1961 against England at Wembley. Despite scoring a goal on his debut the Scots slumped to a 9-3 defeat. Quinn would however go on to make a further three appearances in the dark blue, attracting the attention of Blackpool, who paid a transfer fee of £34,000 for his services in 1962.
After just one year at Bloomfield Road, Quinn returned north of the border to sign for Hibernian. The Easter Road side were struggling in the lower reaches of league table at the time but the arrival of Jock Stein as manager in March 1964 transformed the performances on the park, and playing alongside Pat Stanton and Willie Hamilton in the middle of the park saw them challenge for the title the following season. Sadly, the lure of Glasgow giants Celtic left Hibernian looking for a new boss a year later and their championship aspirations faded.
Under Stein’s replacement, Bob Shankly, Quinn experienced European football at Easter Road, scoring a memorable goal in a famous 5-0 rout of Napoli being a highlight of his time in Leith.
In August 1969 newly appointed East Fife manager Bill Baxter agreed terms with Quinn to bring him to Bayview, significantly at the same time as he secured the signature of former Motherwell team mate John Martis.
Appropriately enough Quinn would make his East Fife debut at his old stomping ground Fir Park in a League Cup tie that ended in a 2-0 defeat. The league campaign that followed was similarly uninspiring but a Scottish Cup run that saw an appearance in the quarter finals after defeats of Raith Rovers and Morton served notice that better times lay ahead for the Fife faithful. After the departure of Baxter in October 1970 Quinn accepted the post of player-manager, going on to guide the Methil men to promotion to the top flight after a thirteen year absence. The East Fife support had a new hero with Manfred Mann’s hit “The Mighty Quinn” a terracing favourite during an unforgettable season which had the crowds flocking back to Bayview.
Life upstairs provided no shortage of entertainment. After a sticky start the men in black and gold eventually found their first division legs, beating high flying Hibernian in a memorable game in January, but a relegation struggle still ensued. A Joe Hughes goal at Fir Park on the last day of the season finally kept East Fife up at the expense of Dunfermline Athletic.
The Fifers finished in ninth position the following season, their highest since 1953-54, qualifying for the Texaco Cup and reaching the quarter finals of the League Cup after knocking out holders Partick Thistle.
Unfortunately, following a difficult start to the 1973-74 campaign there was a parting of ways for Quinn and East Fife, a season that was not to get any better for the Methil men, culminating in relegation and bringing an end to what remains the club’s last period in the top flight of Scottish football.
Following spells of coaching in Iceland and Scotland, Pat Quinn received a standing ovation on his last visit to Bayview in November 2013 accompanied by the heroes of the 1970-71 promotion squad. For those of us fortunate enough to remember that season he will always be “The Mighty Quinn”.
East Fife Football Club would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Pat’s family and friends at this sad time.
We're pleased to announce our season ticket prices for 2020/21 as follows:
As everyone is aware, this season is going to be very hard for all clubs and we are no exception. That being said, we are acutely aware that it is the same for you our loyal fans. With that in mind we have decided to keep the walk-up admission prices the same as the last 3 seasons and also peg the season ticket prices at the same level as last season.
Unfortunately, until the final fixtures are released, we do not know if we will have 13 or 14 home league games. This will ultimately affect our income for the season therefore the prices are based on three quarters of the full season.
The child season ticket has risen from £20 to £40 but this still represents a 40% reduction of the walk-up prices.
In event of the season starting behind closed doors, ALL season ticket holders will be provided with ‘free’ access to EFtv’s live streaming of home games. This will apply until the U.K. & R.O.I. broadcasting restrictions are reintroduced by the SFA. I know that the EFtv media team are already working on ways of improving their already excellent service to ensure that you can get the best possible coverage. It is hope that fans will be allowed into games by the time we start but should numbers be restricted then season ticket holders will be allocated entry before any individual match tickets are sold.
I hope that everyone reading this is in good medical & mental health as this pandemic continues to cause major disruption to our community?
A lot has happened since my last newsletter and hopefully a lot is about come to fruition within the next few weeks.
As everyone will know it is now confirmed that we will be competing in SPFL League One over a 27-game season commencing on 17th October 2020. Prior to that the Betfred Cup, which is an optional tournament for clubs this coming season, will start on the 3rd October. From our point of view there is no question that we will ready, willing, and able to compete in this competition. It will be a bit different this year as all the Premiership clubs will have been playing competitive games for 4-5 weeks before the Betfred kicks off meaning that there will be less chance of ‘catching them cold’ in the group stages. We will of course relish the opportunity to pit ourselves against whomever we are drawn against.
Our volunteers have already started work on preparing the stadium for games to commence and as always, I thank them for their continued hard work. We are monitoring the Scottish Government’s daily briefings as well as the regular updates we receive from the SFA & SPFL to see if there are any changes that will affect what we have to do to be able to ensure everything is in place in plenty of time.
As things stand, we expect the players & management to commence ‘preseason’ training in the last week of August, initially back at the Oriam in Edinburgh, augmented with weekend seasons at Bayview. The most onerous part of the return to training is undoubtedly the testing of the players for Covid-19 both financially and practically. At the moment we are being advised that all players & staff will require to be tested once a week which could be a logistical nightmare for not only us, but all part time teams in Scotland. The financial implications of this is also very onerous but this is a cost we will have to bear.
Now that we have some degree of confidence, we are pressing ahead with looking at sponsorship across all parts of the club.
Some of you will have noticed that we have opened up the player kit donations for next season. This is always a well-supported fund raiser for us, and I hope that it continues in that vein. This can be done through the club shop and I would advise getting in early to secure your place for your favourite player.
Our priority is to source a main sponsor for our unique home top. We will soon be launching a media campaign for this. The pre-sales of these tops have been fantastic, and they are now in production. I hope to be able to advise a delivery date for these very soon.
If anyone has any ideas for potential sponsors please feel free to contact us, any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
That brings me round to season tickets for the forthcoming campaign. I apologise for the delay in releasing details of this but as you will appreciate it just wasn’t practical to make any decisions on pricing until the full details of the make up of next season had been confirmed.
As everyone is aware, this season is going to be very hard for all clubs and we are no exception. That being said, we are acutely aware that it is the same for you our loyal fans. With that in mind we have decided to keep the walk-up admission prices the same as the last 3 seasons and also peg the season ticket prices at the same level as last season. A full list of the prices follows this newsletter.
Unfortunately, until the final fixtures are released, we do not know if we will have 13 or 14 home games. This will ultimately affect our income for the season therefore the prices are based on three quarters of the full season.
The child season ticket has risen from £20 to £40 but this still represents a 40% reduction of the walk-up prices.
In event of the season starting behind closed doors, ALL season ticket holders will be provided with ‘free’ access to EFtv’s live streaming of home games. This will apply until the U.K. & R.O.I. broadcasting restrictions are reintroduced. I know that the EFtv media team are already working on ways of improving their already excellent service to ensure that you can get the best possible coverage. It is hope that fans will be allowed into games by the time we start but should numbers be restricted then season ticket holders will be allocated entry before any individual match tickets are sold.
I am sure that you appreciate that these are difficult times for the club but with your continued backing we will emerge on the other side even stronger.
Tickets are now on sale, click here to buy
We’re pleased to announce that player and staff kit donations for season 2020/21 are now open.
Kit Donation has always been a well-supported fund-raiser for us and is a great way to show your support for your favourite player. Pick you player and kit you'd like to support and your name/your company’s name will appear next to your chosen player on the squad page of the official club website, in all copies of our matchday programme The Bayview and on the player’s social media goal & substitution graphics along with acknowledgement on the main sponsors page of the official club website. A link to your company’s website can also be added if applicable.
Availability can be found on the squad page by clicking here*
*Please note, there may be a slight delay in the squad page being updated however we will contact you directly if your first choice is already taken
We’re delighted to announce that Josh Mcconville & Liam Newton have been promoted to the first team squad this season.
17-year-old midfielder Josh joined the Under 20s set-up last summer from Fife Elite FA and made his first team debut in the Challenge Cup against Stirling Albion last August. Josh was selected for the Scottish School’s Boys International Squad for this second time this season & featured in the opening Centenary Shield match this year.
18-year-old midfielder Liam joined up with the Under 20s squad from Kennoway Star Hearts in November. Liam was captain of the Fife Schools Team last season and was called up to the Scottish School’s Boy International Squad this season, making his debut against Northern Ireland in the Centenary Shield in March.
“When we introduced the Under 20s team last season I said that I would be over-the-moon if 1 or 2 players could step up each season and for that to happen in the first year is fantastic and a testament to both the work of the coaching staff and the boys themselves. It demonstrates that the pathway we’ve put in place is working and shows the kids within the Community set-up that there is a progression route right the way through from pre-school to the first team” Jim Stevenson, Chairman
Congratulations to Josh and Liam!