The STARS of the past showed up in force last Sunday to reminisce about one of the most dramatic seasons in Athletic history.
Fans and former players packed into the Carnegie Conference Center to celebrate “Paton’s Premier Pars” and just over a quarter century since a triumph that remains revered by those who were there to witness it.
The Dunfermline Athletic Former Players Association brought back members of the club’s 1995/96 Premier League title-winning squad for their ‘Sportsman’s Brunch with Bert and Dick’, which saw team manager Bert Paton , and his assistant, Dick Campbell, take the stage as guests of honor.
Hosted by Pars and Radio Forth fan Steven Mill, the event – of which the press was the media sponsor – took those in attendance on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, with lots of laughs and stories going on. road.
After taking over from Jocky Scott as the club’s new management team in 1993, Paton – who played for Pars in their golden period of the 1960s, winning the Scottish Cup in 1968 – and Campbell, the current boss d’Arbroath who also played for the club, have missed out on a Premier League place by one point in each of their first two seasons in charge.
The second of those also saw them lose the first-ever Premier Division play-off with Aberdeen, but they guided the side to the Championship in their third campaign, under the most difficult of circumstances.
Stars such as Stewart Petrie – who scored the winning goal in a crucial penultimate day victory over title rivals Dundee United – Marc Millar, who scored the winning penalty on the final day against Airdrieonians, Ivo Den Bieman, Andy Tod, Ian Westwater, Allan Moore, Hamish French, Derek Fleming, David Bingham and Jackie McNamara – who left for Celtic in October this season – were among those present, while others as Colin Miller, Andy Smith and Steven Ferguson sent video messages unable to attend. .
Several spoke of feeling overwhelmed by reunions with teammates they hadn’t seen in a long time, while there was emotion as skipper Norrie McCathie – who died mid-season – remembered , as did Neale Cooper, Dave McParland, Joe Nelson and sales manager Audrey Bastianelli.
The event was also filmed by Pars TV.