East Fife v Brechin City: Head to Head Analysis

Competition: Scottish League Scottish Cup League Cup
Matches Played 103 6 9
East Fife Wins 47 3 6
Brechin City Wins 31 1 1
Drawn Matches 25 2 2

Totals (for League, Scottish Cup and League Cup):

Matches Played 128
East Fife Wins 56
Brechin City Wins 33
Drawn Matches 29

Total Number of Goals Scored (in all three competitions):

East Fife 236 Brechin City 169

Brechin City's first ever competitive match took place on 18 August 1906 against East Fife at Bayview, on the same day that Bayview Park's first grandstand was opened. The Fifers comfortably won the Northern League encounter 4-1 on a pleasant sunny afternoon, which saw the spectators prefer to stand around the touch line rather than make use of the new covered seating!  "It is one of the little indulgences the visitors to Bayview have not yet acquired the taste for. A rough day will likely send them flocking in",   observed the local newspaper. The following season, the two sides were drawn to play each other in the Quarter Final of the Consolation Cup - and an incredible marathon of matches ensued. The first game was played at 'Nursery Park' in Brechin (this may have been just another name for Glebe Park) on 14 March 1908 and resulted in a 1-1 draw. Bayview hosted the replay exactly a week later which finished goal-less, so it was on to the neutral venue of Clepington Park, Dundee (later re-named Tannadice!) for the second replay which finished 1-1. For the third replay on April 1, the teams moved over the road to Dens Park and recorded another goal-less draw. The following afternoon the sides returned to the same venue, where East Fife won the fifth match by two goals to nil. Two days later a record home crowd saw the exhausted Fifers go down 3-1 Dumbarton in the Semi Final. Incidentally, it had taken East Fife four matches to dispose of Cowdenbeath in round three of the competition! The two clubs met regularly on league business after Brechin were admitted to the Second Division in 1929 until the Second World War, after which City failed to gain entry to the 'B' Division of the Scottish League and were forced to play in the 'C' Division along with the reserve teams of the bigger sides. In season 1953/54, City won the 'C' Division Championship and gained entry into 'B' Division at the expense of Dumbarton. East Fife and Brechin have played league and cup matches against each other on a regular basis since East Fife's relegation from the top league in 1958.

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