DAFC and 1961

With Dunfermline Athletic performing extremely well and currently sitting proudly at the top of the First Division we look back at one of their greatest successes - winning the Scottish Cup for the first time in 1961. 

Our first photograph shows Dunfermline Athletic captain Ron Mailer and some of the 1961 Scottish Cup winning squad posing for pictures with the cup in Dunfermline City Chambers. The next image is of East End Park on Halbeath Road when the new stand was being constructed.

Veronica Baxter relates a story she remembers from that time: “My dad the late Evan Parry (Evie) worked on this construction. Everytime we passed it he'd tell me he built it single handed. It took me many years to realise this could not have been so – I think of this story everytime I pass it!” Graeme Young lived near the ground and also remembers that period:"The 60s were a great time to support the Pars. Two Scottish Cup wins and some great European nights. I lived with my parents and sister in Gowanbrae Drive at the time-Jock Stein used to live round the corner from us when he was manager.”

John Wilson recalls a story surrounding some other work undertaken at East End Park: “I remember being down in one of the foundations when Jock Stein came down the ladder to chat. I told him to get out of the foundation and accompanied him up the ladder in time to see the 22 RB crane topple onto the S/W corner of the pitch. The driver who we thought had suffered a heart attack was actually under the influence!!! Happy days”.


Looking forward to some new great memories for DAFC

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