East Fife Football Club

1903 - 2003

The Centenary Year of East Fife Football Club is fast approaching!

The Centenary Committee are: BRUCE BLACK (Chairman), DERRICK BROWN (Vice Chairman), JOHN FLEMING (Hon.Vice President), KENNY MACKAY and JIM STEVENSON (Directors' Representatives), HUGH LANDELS and JOHN MCINNES (Shareholders Representatives), ROB SCOTT (Administration/Commercial Representative), JIM BEAVERS and JOHN ROSS (Supporters' Representatives), DAVE MARSHALL (Millennium Club Representative), JIM STEWART (Club Historian), JIM CORSTORPHINE (Editor of 'East Fife Football Historian' Web Site), GRAEME SCOTT (Editor of 'East Fife Mail'), EUGENE CLARKE ('Young Fifers' Representative) and HENRY BLYTH (Local Councillor)

Links to Previous Meetings:  November 2001   January 2002  April 2002  July 2002 

The latest meeting of the Centenary Committee was held at Bayview Stadium on Wednesday 2 October 2002, when the following topics were discussed:

Centenary Dinner - It was noted that a firm booking has now been made for the Centenary Dinner, which will be held at the Dean Park Hotel, Kirkcaldy, on Sunday 9 March 2003. It is anticipated that around 250 will attend and the availability of tickets (priced at 25) will be made known to shareholders and supporters in due course.

Sportsman's Dinner - It was reported that the Sportsman's Dinner held in September 2002 had been a success and would provide a basis on which to hold a similar event on Friday 5 September 2003.

Centenary Match - The Chairman reported that he had been able to discuss the Centenary Match with Hearts' Manager Craig Levein, who had indicated his intention to field the strongest possible team. It was felt that a preferred date for the match should be identified and it was agreed to ask Hearts to agree in principle to the match being played on Sunday 7 September 2003, it being anticipated that no league matches would be played on the Saturday of that weekend.

Other Clubs Celebrating Centenary in 2003 - The possibility of arranging a match with Aberdeen F.C., (the only other club celebrating their Centenary in 2002) remained open. If, as planned, the official Centenary Match were to take place on 7 September, then the possibility could be pursued of a pre-season match with Aberdeen in July or August 2003.

Primary Schools' Football Competition - the Chairman reported that Eugene Clarke had confirmed that Paul Freeman, the SFA Community Coach, would be running a primary schools tournament and coaching event from Autumn 2003 in support of the Centenary. The project would receive funding through 'Scotland Against Drugs' and the final would be played at Bayview Stadium.

Open Days - No discussion.

Centenary Logo - The Chairman reported that Graeme Scott had indicated that very few entries had yet been received, though entries from schools had yet to come to hand.

Commemorative Supplement in East Fife Mail - No discussion.

Publications - The books planned by Jim Stewart and Jim Corstorphine are on track for publication in 2003. The Chairman reported that he had been advised of a third book, written by James Hastie, that might be published during 2003.

Former Players - Jim Beavers distributed an updated list of well known former players who might be invited to the Centenary match or other events. It is anticipated that between 40 to 50 players would be given courtesy invitations to the Centenary Match. The list is still not regarded as closed and could be amended if any serious omission was noticed.

Civic Reception - A formal application is to be made to Fife Council for a Civic Reception in Spring 2004.

Centenary Season Strip - The black and gold strip approved by the Centenary Committee was now in use and will be specially badged for the Centenary season. In response to anticipated supporter demand, the badged Centenary strip without a sponsor logo could be on sale for Christmas 2003, but would only be on the basis of firm orders from supporters. If you would like to purchase a Centenary jersey without the sponsor logo, please contact the club now!

Statue, Sculpture or Other Artwork - It was reported that the Eugene Clarke had contacted the local artist who had contacted the club, but that the matter would not be taken further. The Chairman reported, however, that he had spoken to well known locally born artist Jack Vettriano, who had agreed to provide a signed print for use in Centenary fund raising.

Commemorative Whisky - It had been agreed at an earlier meeting that it would be impracticable to produce a specially labelled whisky, although labelled miniatures was a possibility. David Hamilton agreed to approach Diageo (formerly UDV) to discuss the matter.

Centenary Merchandise - Not discussed.

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