Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Falkirk

Monday, 26th Dec 2016

Ladbrokes Championship: Monday 26th December kick off 3.00pm at East End Park

Admission: from £17 and £11 for concessions
This match is pay at Ticket Kiosk

After a space of three seasons Falkirk FC return to East End Park on league duty. The last league match in March 2013 was just a day after it was announced that Dunfermline Athletic would be going into administration. Not one of the Pars squad from that Wednesday night match remain but Falkirk too are a changed team with only Craig Sibbald remaining since that game.

That 2012-13 season was also the last time that there was a Boxing Day fixture played at East End Park and Falkirk were also the visitors. The game was settled by a solitary goal, a 90th minute sickener for the home team and their fans, all courtesy of former Inverkeithing High School pupil Blair Alston.

Dunfermline v Falkirk: The Full League Record

 . P W D L F A
At East End Park 45 17 11 18 61 58
At Brockville 36 10 7 19 39 60
At Falkirk Stadium 9 3 2 4 9 8
TOTALS 90 30 20 38 108 128

Dunfermline`s last home win over Falkirk in the final match of the 2010-11 season. It was a celebration for the Pars winning the First Division title with the presentation of the Championship trophy and all. What a day and what a night it was and lost in all the excitement was the first home victory over the Bairns since Derek Laing`s winner on 9th October 1993.

Milestones Falkirk (Home)

Last League Victory


 . 3-0

 . First Div

Last League Defeat



 .First Div

Best League Victory


 . 6-1

 . Division 1

Worst League Defeat



 .Division 2

Since 2005 there have been only four Dunfermline wins in the seventeen league meetings and nine of the games have been defeats. The Pars have won only one of the last ten league matches against Falkirk at East End Park.

League Matches v Falkirk since 2005

15/10/16 A 1-2 L
27/03/13 H 0-2 L
16/02/13 A 0-1 L
26/12/12 H 0-1 L
06/10/12 A 2-2 D
07/05/11 H 3-0 W
12/03/11 A 2-1 W
15/02/11 H 1-1 D
07/08/10 A 1-0 W
19/05/07 H 0-3 L
13/01/07 A 0-1 L
04/11/06 H 0-3 L
05/08/06 A 0-1 L
14/04/06 A 0-0 D
01/04/06 H 1-1 D
31/12/05 A 2-1 W
15/10/05 H 0-1 L

Last League Meeting at East End Park
Wednesday 27th March 2013

There was a very subdued atmosphere at a freezing cold East End Park for this Wednesday night derby. Not even the attraction of a home match against the Auld Enermy could raise much heat on the day that the Club went into Interim Administration.

19 year old Kerr Young came into the team to make his senior Dunfermline debut against Falkirk. John Potter dropped out as did Andy Geggan, Ryan Thomson and Joe Cardle. Shaun Byrne, Chris Kane and Josh Falkingham all started.

There was very little he or the defence could do from a free kick played in by Grant that saw TAYLOR rise above everyone and head home in tenth minute. 0-1 Falkirk were then kept out until in 88 minutes when Blair ALSTON with a slick shot made it 2-0.

With the administrator`s axe predicted in the morning, this was a determined effort from a team that included players that would never again pull on the black and white. Full marks to all fourteen who tried their very best in difficult circumstances.

DUNFERMLINE: Paul Gallacher. Jordan McMillan (c), Andy Dowie (c), Kerr Young, Stephen Jordan. Josh Falkingham (Alex Whittle 87), Chris Kane (Ryan Thomson HT), Shaun Byrne (Allan Smith 57), Stephen Husband. Andy Barrowman, Ryan Wallace.
SUBS NOT USED: Craig Dargo, Michal Hrivnak (GK).

FALKIRK: Michael McGovern. Kieran Duffie, Darren Dods, Jonathan Flynn, Stephen Kingsley, Conor McGrandles, Stuart Murdoch, Jay Fulton (Craig Sibbald 74), Blair Alston (Lewis Small 92), Thomas Grant (David Weatherston 68), Lyle Taylor.
SUBS NOT USED: Will Vaulks, , Graham Bowman.

Dunfermline . Falkirk
Current League Position
7 3
League Points
17 26
Goal Difference
-7 +4
Last 6-Match League Form
Home / Away League Record
P8, W3, D2, L3 P8, W2, D3, L3

Falkirk sit in third position in the Championship, Dunfermline are nine points behind in seventh place. The Bairns have won only two league matches on the road this season - at Ayr and Raith Rovers.

 . Form last six matches
 . . Dunfermline  .  . Falkirk
 . Queen of the South (A) D 2-2  . Dumbarton (A) L 1-2
 . Morton (H) W 2-1  . Queen of the South (H) D 2-2
 . Ayr United (H) D 1-1  . St Mirren (H) W


 . .Buckie Thistle (A) W 5-3  . .Ayr United (A) W


 . St Mirren (A) W 1-0  . Hibernian (A) W 1-1
 . Dundee United (H) L 0-1  . Morton (H) D 1-1

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Queen of the South):
 .Sean Murdoch: Lewis Martin, Callum Fordyce (c), Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham, Nat Wedderburn, Rhys McCabe, Paul McMullan (Joe Cardle 70): Nicky Clark, Michael Moffat.
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Williamson, Farid El Alagui, Andy Geggan, David Hopkirk, Gavin Reilly, David Hutton (GK)

FALKIRK (v Dumbarton): Daniel Rogers: Aaron Muirhead, David McCracken, Peter Grant, Tony Gallagher, Tom Taiwo (Jim Craigen 65), Craig Sibbald: Mark Kerr, John Baird. Miles Hippolyte, Lee Miller (Scott Shepherd 72).
SUBS NOT USED: Luca Gasparetto, Paul Watson, Luke Leahy, Deiz Dogan Mehmet (GK).

Referee for this match will be Euan Anderson.

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