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Season Guide
2019/2020

Dunfermline Athletic

In


Aaron Comrie (def) St Johnstone; Thomas Bragg (def) Southampton; Gabriel McGill (att) Middlesbrough; Paul Paton (mid) Falkirk; Euan Murray (def) Raith Rovers; Kevin Nisbet (att) Raith Rovers; Kyle Turner (mid) Stranraer; Ryan Dow (att) Peterhead; Tom Lang (def) Clyde; Lucas Berry (att) Fife Elite; Ben Swinton (gk) AM Soccer Club; Matthew Bowman (def); Josh Coley (mid) Norwich City - loan; Josh Edwards (def) Airdrieonians; Matthew Bowman (def).

Out


Kallum Higginbotham (r) (att) Real Kashmir; Jackson Longridge (r) (def) Bradford City; Robbie Muirhead (sp) (att) Greenock Morton; Ryan Williamson (r) (def) Partick Thistle; Mark Durnan (def) Falkirk; Aidan Connolly (r) (mid) Falkirk; Myles Hippolyte (att); James Craigen (mid); Lee Robinson (gk); Sean Murdoch (gk); Louis Longridge (att); Brandon Luke (mid); James Vincent (r) (mid) Dundee – end of loan; Faissal El Bakhtaoui (att) Dundee – end of loan; Ryan Blair (mid) Swansea City – end of loan; Bruce Anderson (att) Aberdeen – end of loan.

Dunfermline had a strong start to last season, but title hopes were dashed by the turn of the year. Allan Johnston was fired and fans-favourite Steven Crawford was handed the task of taking them to the play-offs. He failed too during an ugly end to the season with just one point from eight matches. Crawford has used his contacts from around the UK to assemble a host of new signings. However, few of them are household names in Scotland apart from Paul Paton. Around 15 players with a wealth of experience have departed as the Pars begin a new era with Crawford’s choice of players. Although the Pars will always be well supported, it’s difficult to view them as promotion candidates. They lacked goals last season and are hoping Kevin Nisbet can rectify that failing with support from other new signings Ryan Dow and Gabriel McGill. At least Dunfermline should have a solid defence with Lee Ashcroft and Danny Devine remaining at East End Park. They also have good competition for the defensive roles. With a new set of players having little time to gel, it seems the Pars could be in for a tough start. A lot rests on Kevin Nisbet reproducing his scoring form for Raith Rovers at a higher level. Despite the poor end to last season Crawford remains in place, but the pressure is on him from the start.

Target


Mid-table consolidation. It could easily go wrong for Dunfermline this season and avoiding a relegation scare would be a bonus.

Season Review
2018/2019

№7: Dunfermline Athletic

A season that promised much for Dunfermline ended with a whimper. A single point was earned from their final eight games. In the pre-season cups Dunfermline impressed and the play-offs if not a title challenge seemed possible. However, consistency and expectations proved too much and Allan Johnston was sacked in January. Steve Crawford took control and despite a poor start he oversaw an upturn that produced five consecutive wins and rekindled their play-off hopes. Their form didn’t last and the Pars finished the season with seven defeats and a draw. An opening day win at Dundee United and three goals suggested all was well at Dunfermline, but scoring became a major problem throughout the campaign. The Pars were often difficult to beat, but they simply didn’t score goals when they were on top. Unsurprisingly they were the lowest scorers in the Championship. As they sat outside the play-off places in January, the board decided on a ‘new direction’ and Johnson was sacked. Relegation was suddenly as issue that Steve Crawford had to deal with but he produced an upturn in February through March that produced five straight wins. However, just as form and fluency had been found, it was quickly lost again as the Pars finished in their worst form of the season. Dunfermline finished in 7th place and an overhaul is obviously required. Steve Crawford, former player and fans’ favourite, is still on probation regarding his suitability as the man to take them on a promotion challenge next season. Dunfermline need to acquire a reliable striker for Championship-level football at the very least.


Player of the Season: Jackson Longridge

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