Match Statistics: East Fife v Hearts

Competition: Scottish League Scottish Cup League Cup
Matches Played 32 4 10
East Fife Wins 8 0 5
Hearts Wins 16 3 4
Drawn Matches 7 1 1

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

Matches Played 45
East Fife Wins 13
Hearts Wins 23
Drawn Matches 9

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

East Fife 66 Hearts 107

East Fife were founded in 1903. Their first ever opponents were the famous Heart of Midlothian from Edinburgh, who visited Methil for a friendly match at Bayview Park on 15 August. The match was an attractive one, not only because of the quality of the opposition, but because the visitors full backs - Tom Collins and Roderick Walker - had previously turned out for local junior sides Leven Thistle and Buckhaven United. On a dull and wet afternoon, after the crowd had been entertained by the Methil Prize Brass Band and the East of Fife Pipe Band, the match kicked off ten minutes late. East Fife Captain and former Hearts' player Harry Allan won the toss and East Fife, wearing green and white hoops, elected to defend the east (Aberhill) goal. The rain began to pour midway through the first half and, although the ground absorbed the water well, the ball became saturated making it greasy and difficult to control. Bell put Hearts 1-0 in front but their lead was short lived. After some good defending work by Hearts' Walker and Collins, Nangle equalised for East Fife when he slipped the ball past 'keeper Moir. Just before half time Hearts went 2-1 ahead through Forrester. During the second half the East Fife players began to settle and, according to the match report which appeared in the following edition of the Leven Advertiser, Nangle and Houston played to each other 'in rattling style', bringing the best out of the Hearts full backs. Nangle scored his and East Fife's second to square the match at 2-2 after the Hearts defence had soaked up some considerable East Fife pressure.

East Fife (Green and White Hoops) - Moffat; Allan, Drummond; Middlemass, Melville, Bell; Nangle, Houston, McArdle, J.Wilson and Manson

Hearts ( Maroon ) - Moir; Walker, Collins; McDonald, Philp, Williamson; Ford, Jarvie, Forrester, Tait and Bell

The earliest known photograph of East Fife, taken in 1903. The picture was taken at half time during a friendly with Falkirk at Bayview on 12 September 1903, four weeks after the Hearts match. The players in the back row are (left to right): Harry Allan (Captain), Moffat, Drummond, and Melville. Middle row: Smith, Jarvie, D.Wilson, W.Wilson and Nangle. Seated at the front are McArdle and Middlemass.

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