On Sunday 22nd October 2003, 150 Pars fans enjoyed listening to former club captains chat about their time at KDM Group East End Park.
The Captain’s Brunch event, which sold out in 24 hours was hosted by the Dunfermline Athletic Former Players Association and included former captains Scott Thomson, Greg Shields, Callum Morris and Andy Geggan. Sadly Scottish Cup Winning Captain from 1968 Roy Barry was unable to attend due to illness.
Michael Mlotkiewicz from the FPA committee said: ”We would like to thank the staff at the club and all the fans who supported the event. A special thanks to the Edwards Family from Nelson, New Zealand who donated a signed ball from the 1997/98 season to the auction. It was a brilliant afternoon with plenty of great stories and laughs. The feedback has been amazing, and we can’t wait until our next event, which has again sold out in less than 48 hours”.
Other guests on the day included current vice-captain Chris Hamilton, legendary managers Bert Paton and Jim Leishman MBE, star striker from the 1980s John Watson and Dutch goalkeeper Marco Ruitenbeek who spent 4 years at the club between 2000-2004.
Scott ‘Nipper’ Thomson spent 11 seasons at the club “I remember being told by Jimmy Calderwood l was going to be vice-captain initially, as Ian Ferguson was captain. It was a brilliant feeling and such an honour. I still get goosebumps coming to games with my daughter and thinking about leading the team out the tunnel. The brunch was a great success for the Former Players, as always, it’s good catching up with some of the boys and chatting to the supporters”.
£2700 was raised at the event. All funds raised by the Former Players Association is donated back towards projects at Dunfermline Athletic Football Club.
The Association’s next event will be on Sunday 3rd March 2024 reuniting the successful teams of 1988-1990. You can find out more about the FPA and upcoming events at www.dafcfpa.co.uk