Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Albion Rovers

Saturday, 16th Jan 2016

Dunfermline are unbeaten in their last fourteen league matches but Albion Rovers were the last team to take points off them

Former Pars midfielder Darren Young brings back his Albion Rovers team to East End Park this Saturday.  The player/manager has the Rovers sitting fourth in Ladbrokes League One table and has two games in hand on all three of the sides above them. Dunfermline are unbeaten in their last fourteen league matches but Albion Rovers were the last team to take a point off them on 21st November.

Milestones v Albion Rovers (home)

Last Victory

03/10/15

3-0

League One

Last Defeat

11/02/84

1-2

Div Two

Best Victory

15/03/58

8-1

Div Two

Worst Defeat

11/08/28

1-5

Div Two

Albion Rovers were founded in October 1882 with players drawn from two junior teams - the Rovers and The Albion. It was not until 1903 when they entered the Scottish League playing in Division Two. Dunfermline first met Albion Rovers on 14th September 1912 when the Pars ran out comfortable 5-2 winners. The following season Albion Rovers finished runners up - one point ahead of the Pars.

Last season's League Two champions find themselves up against the Pars in the league for the first season since 1985/86.

Last twelve meetings
2015/16
League One Albion Rovers 1-1 Dunfermline

21/11/16

League One Dunfermline 3-0 Albion Rovers

03/10/15

1990/91
Skol Cup Dunfermline 4-0 Albion Rovers

21/08/90

1985/86
Division Two Dunfermline 6-0 Albion Rovers 26/10/85
Division Two Albion Rovers 0-3 Dunfermline 31/03/86
Division Two Dunfermline 4-0 Albion Rovers 12/04/86
1984/85
Division Two Albion Rovers 0-2 Dunfermline 20/10/84
Division Two Dunfermline 1-1 Albion Rovers 09/02/85
Division Two Albion Rovers 1-1 Dunfermline 16/04/85
1983/84
Division Two Albion Rovers 1-1 Dunfermline 17/09/83
Division Two Dunfermline 1-2 Albion Rovers 11/02/84
Division Two Dunfermline 5-0 Albion Rovers 28/04/84
1978/79
Division Two Albion Rovers 1-0 Dunfermline 28/04/79

Dunfermline's games against Lanarkshire club have tended to be high scoring games and the most recent have been all one way with the Pars scoring 22 goals in the last six encounters without reply.

Of the 72 previous league matches, the Pars have won 37, 13 have been drawn and 22 lost. In the last dozen meetings Dunfermline have won seven, Albion one and four games have been drawn. The last time Dunfermline lost to Albion Rovers was ten matches back - a 2-1 reversal at East End Park in February 1984.

Dunfermline Albion Rovers
Current League Position
1 4
League Points
46 28
Goal Difference
+38 0
Recent League Form
DWWWW LDWWDL
League Record
P10, W7, D2, L1 P9, W3, D2, L4

Previous Meetings this season

In October the Pars won 3-0 with goals from Joe Cardle (43) Rhys McCabe (62) and Faissal El Bakhtaoui (75). The return at Cliftonhill was a 1-1 draw. Andy Geggan put the Pars ahead after fifteen minutes but Josh Mullen equalised just five minutes later.

Sandy Clark left Albion Rovers in the summer to join Allan Johnston's management team at Dunfermline but the most famous link between the clubs is Jock Stein. Stein played 94 times for Albion between 1942 and 1950 and was part of the team that won Division 'B' in 1948.

In addition to Darren Young the current Albion squad includes former Pars players Andy Barrowman, Paul Willis and Scott McBride.

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Ross County):
 Sean Murdoch; Shaun Rooney, Brad McKay, Ben Richards-Everton (Rhys McCabe 76), Jason Talbot; Michael Paton, Andy Geggan (c), Josh Falkingham, Joe Cardle (David Hopkirk 66); Michael Moffat (Ryan Wallace 79), Faissal El Bakhtaoui.
SUBS NOT USED: Shaun Byrne, Mickael Antoine-Curier, John Potter, Cammy Gill (GK)

ALBION ROVERS (v Airdrieonians): Ross Stewart; Alan Reid, Michael Dunlop, Ross Dunlop, Kyle Turnbull; Josh Mullin, Gary Fisher, Ross Davidson (Callum McRobbie 88), Scott McBride (Ally Love 82), John Gemmell, Paul Willis
SUBS NOT USED: Mark Ferry, Darren Young, Ricardo Talu, Blair Lochhead (GK).

Referee will be Gavin Duncan



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