Pars Former Players AGM success

The Dunfermline Athletic Former Players’ Association (FPA), founded in 2009, exists to unite those who have worn the club shirt and wish to continue or renew their links with Dunfermline Athletic Football Club. The association’s objective is to offer an avenue for former players to stay in touch with old teammates, keeping them up-to-date with the club and celebrating the great times each player has contributed to its history. 

Vitally, the FPA also raises funds for the club. At the recent AGM held on Saturday 23rd September it was announced since its formation in 2009, over £18,000 has been donated to the football club. Money raised continually goes towards additional kits for the first team and youths, training ground equipment, and purchases for the stadium. The photo book project launched in November 2022, sold 300 copies in December alone and the success of which means it will now be part of a series each year. Edition two will launch later this year focusing on the Halcyon Days of the 1960s.

The FPA not only reconnects players from the past but also offers them benefits such as entry to all matches at East End Park, a reserved seat in the main stand, half-time refreshments, and the opportunity to attend events. The events are well attended, with the sold-out Paton’s Premier Pars held event in March 2022 celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1995-96 season, seeing 270 people attend. The most recent Captain’s Brunch event, which is planned for Sunday 22nd October sold out in just 24 hours. A future reunion event of the 1988-90 teams is planned for March 2024.

It is not just the visual medium in which the FPA is working but also the medium of sound with Walking Down the Halbeath Road – a podcast hosted by committee member Michael Mlotkiewicz, featuring former players from previous iterations of Pars teams such as Andrius Skerla, George O’Boyle, Jackie McNamara and Roy Barry reminiscing about happier times in their career, has garnered 500 plus listens per episode.

For more information on the FPA visit their website www.dafcfpa.co.uk

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