Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Cowdenbeath

Saturday, 23rd Jul 2016

Betfred League Cup: Saturday 23rd July 2016. Kick off 3.00pm at Central Park.
Admission £12 and £5

Cowdenbeath met Dunfermline five times last season but following the Blue Brazil`s relegation and the Pars promotion this Saturday`s Betfred Cup tie might be their only meeting of the season.

Last season the teams met in the Scottish League Cup First Round and after a goalless first half, two goals from Faissal El Bakhtaoui, two from Shaun Byrne, and a penalty from Ryan Wallace cancelled out a 59th minute strike from Declan Hughes for a 5-1win.

That match was the first time that they had met in this cup since September 2003 when goals from Stevie Crawford and Craig Brewster secured a 2-0 victory and a tie against St Johnstone. The previous season the teams also met in the League Cup, Dunfermline winning through 2-1 at Central Park.

Milestones Cowdenbeath (Away)

Last League Victory



League One

Last League Defeat



First Div

Best League Victory



First Div
Second Div
Second Div

Worst League Defeat



Second Div

*Pre league reconstruction

Dunfermline`s record against Cowdenbeath reveals 47 wins and 29 defeats with 18 draws. Of the last twelve meetings Dunfermline have won nine but this is a local derby and everybody knows history and the form book can go out the window. .

Last Dozen Meetings
19/03/16 Cowdenbeath 0-1 Dunfermline League One
02/01/16 Dunfermline 1-0 Cowdenbeath League One
31/10/15 Cowdenbeath 0-0 Dunfermline League One
15/08/15 Dunfermline 7-1 Cowdenbeath League One
01/08/15 Dunfermline 5-1 Cowdenbeath League Cup
18/05/14 Dunfermline 0-3 Cowdenbeath  .Play off
14/05/14 Cowdenbeath 1-1 Dunfermline  .Play off
27/07/13 Cowdenbeath 1-3 Dunfermline Ramsden Cup
20/04/13 Dunfermline 1-0 Cowdenbeath First Division
12/02/13 Cowdenbeath 4-2 Dunfermline First Division
27/10/12 Dunfermline 3-0 Cowdenbeath First Division
11/08/12 Cowdenbeath 0-4 Dunfermline First Division

Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline have met seven times in the League Cup, there has been one draw and six Pars wins. The Pars have only once lost a League Cup or Scottish Cup tie to Cowdenbeath at East End Park. that was in January 1929.

Recent Form

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 . . Cowdenbeath  .  . . Dunfermline
 . Dundee United (A) L 1-6  . Arbroath (A) W 3-0
 . Inverness Caley . (H) . L 1-2  . Hearts (H) W 3-1
 . Stenhousemuir (H) L 0-1  . Livingston (A) W 5-1
 . Alloa Athletic (H) L 1-2  . Clyde (A)  .W


 . Motherwell (H) W 3-1  . Alloa Athletic (A) D 1-1
 . Hearts (H) D 1-1  . Partick Thistle (A)  .L


The Opposition

Cowdenbeath have a new head coach for this season and at the age of just 32 Liam Fox is the youngest manager in the Scottish leagues. He has retained only seven players who played for the first team last season and has brought in eleven new faces.

The long serving Kenny Adamson, Dean Brett, Craig Johnston and Kyle Miller along with youngsters Jamie Sneddon and Harvey Swann who made his debut on the final day and Craig Sives has now joined on a permanent basis after spending the second half of last season there on loan from Livingston.

New recruits are as follows:-
David McGurn, goalkeeper signed from Raith Rovers after eight years at Starks Park. He previously spent six at Morton and started out as a youth at Queens Park.

Fraser Mullen, signed from East Fife, former clubs include Hearts, Hibs and Raith Rovers.

Greg Ross (above), former Dunfermline defender and last Pars player to score a winning goal at Celtic Park. He was loaned to Cowdenbeath in 2008 and since then he has turned out for Valur in Iceland, Forfar, Stenhousemuir and Penicuik Athletic.

Shaun Rutherford signed from Queen of the South who loan him out last season to Arbroath. Formerly at Livingston.

Gerry McLaughlan centre half who joined from Ayr United. His previous clubs include Hamilton, Stranraer, QOS, Montrose (loan), Arbroath (loan) and Brechin City.
Burton O`Brien, midfielder whose was transferred from St Mirren to Blackburn Rovers for £300,000 before returning to play at Livingston, Sheffield Wednesday, Falkirk and last season at Alloa Athletic. Five caps for Scotland U21s.

Lewis Moore, midfielder signed on a Development loan from Hearts until the end of the year. Shone in the opening match against Inverness Caley Thistle.

David Robertson, signed from Selkirk where he was player/manager last season. Better remembered as a player at Dundee United, St Johnstone and Morton. Three caps for Scotland U21s.

Chris Turner, midfielder who left Hamilton in January. Capped 12 times for Northern Ireland U21s. Started at Derby County and has since played at Sligo Rovers, Bohemians, Partick Thistle, Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and Dumbarton.
Gary Glen, striker signed from Livingston after spells at Hearts and Ross County.

Kris Renton, tall striker who joined from Newtongrange Star. Started as a youth at Norwich City, loaned to Brechin City and recently at Musselburgh Athletic and Bonnyrigg Rose. Capped for Scotland U17s.

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Arbroath):
David Hutton: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft, Ben Richards-Everton, Lewis Martin: Rhys McCabe (Paul McMullan 62), Andy Geggan (c), Nat Wedderburn (Lewis Spence 71), Joe Cardle: Michael Moffat, Gavin Reilly (Kallum Higginbotham 62)
SUBS NOT USED: Jason Talbot, Callum Smith, Cammy Gill (GK)

COWDENBEATH (v Dundee United): David McGurn, Dean Brett, Gerry McLauchlan (Burton O`Brien, 45), Greg Ross, Shaun Rutherford , Craig Sives, Lewis Moore, Fraser Mullen, Chris Turner (David Robertson, 75), Kris Renton (Craig Johnston, 71), Kyle Miller

Referee for this Fife Derby cup tie will be Colin Steven..

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