Dunfermline Athletic

Josh v old boss

Saturday, 17th Aug 2013

"Arbroath have lost a lot of players but coming off bad results they will definitely be up for the game."


Josh Falkingham is "chuffed to bits" that his decision to join Arbroath rekindled his football career. Back in the summer of 2010 he decided to leave the SPL at St Johnstone and drop down three divisions to play at Gayfield:-

"It could have been a bit of a disaster to do it.  Before I went there they hadn't won a trophy in something like 123 years but to make history by winning a trophy was brilliant for the town. It was just what they deserved and obviously it was a great year for myself, picking up the award for the Young Player of the Year all three divisions.

"All the accolades meant Paul Sheerin gave me a chance to just play my football like what I could do. There were a few standouts and a few things that I have just been chuffed to bits to get under my belt. Even though it was effectively the Third Division no one is going to be able to take that medal away from me."

Josh Falkingham v Falkirk

The decision to join Arbroath was swayed because Josh knew Paul from his days at St Johnstone, he gave the young Yorkshireman belief and he never looked back after that:-

"Paul brought in good players from St Johnstone as well - there was Gavin Swankie, Steven Dorris, himself. He will still play and even now at 38 he is still the best player on the park sometimes. That is what turned my head, the way he played, the style of football he wanted to play; a lot of people said that you wouldn't be able to do that in the Third Division but that's how we ended up doing it.

"It just goes to show that if you play football you will win games and you will be successful no matter at what level. It was great for me that it turned out the way it did.  We should have won the Second Division the year after but unfortunately Cowdenbeath were just a bit more consistent and they won it in the end. It was the disappointment of the two years that we did not go on a win that division because it was there for the taking."

Josh Falkingham v Cowdenbeath

Josh is clear that the goal this season is to win League One but he knows that it will be tough:-

"I have experience of being to the grounds and there are still a lot of experienced players who have dropped from the First Division into the Second. They could quite easily have stayed in the First but they know that there will be games against Rangers. Even against us will be big ones for them. Not one game will be easy.

"Arbroath have lost a lot of players but coming off bad results they will definitely be up for the game."

Josh Falkingham v Dundee United

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