East Fife v St Johnstone: Head to Head Analysis
|Competition:||Scottish League||Scottish Cup||League Cup|
|East Fife Wins||11||2||2|
|St Johnstone Wins||19||4||3|
Totals (for League, Scottish Cup and League Cup):
|East Fife Wins||15|
|St Johnstone Wins||26|
Total Number of Goals Scored (in all three competitions):
|East Fife||83||St Johnstone||107|
East Fife's first Scottish League match against St Johnstone was a 2-2 draw at Bayview on 25 March 1922, but the two sides had met regularly in the Northern and Central Leagues prior to this game. The first ever match between the clubs was a Northern League match at Bayview on 30 September 1905, which East Fife won 2-0. The first encounter in any of the three main competitions was on 8 February 1913, when the Saints inflicted a 3-0 Scottish Cup defeat on the Fifers at St Johnstone's former home, the Recreation Ground. Subsequent match reports described the Recreation Ground's playing surface as 'a quagmire'. East Fife only managed to record one victory at the Recreation Ground, a 2-0 Central League victory on 13 November 1909. The Fifers dismal away record against Saints continued after St Johnstone moved from the Recreation Ground to Muirton Park in 1924. East Fife didn't manage to record a victory at the new venue until 1 December 1945! The Fifers have visited St Johnstone's present home, McDiarmid Stadium, on only two occasions. Both matches have ended in defeat, although East Fife did put up a good fight on their second visit on 19 April 1997, when the home side emerged victors 3-2 and, in doing so, clinched the First Division Championship.
Apart from the aforementioned game, there have been no matches of any real significance between the sides, but one Scottish Cup pairing is worthy of mention. On 21 January 1933, St Johnstone and East Fife played out a 2-2 draw in the first round of the competition on a snow covered Muirton Park in front of 6,400 spectators. Such was the excitement in Methil at the prospect of knocking high flying First Division Saints out of the cup, the Wemyss Coal Company and other local employers allowed their workers time off to attend the replay. A crowd of 7,061 watched the match, which kicked off at 2:30 on an icebound pitch. There was no scoring after 90 minutes, so extra time was required to decide the outcome. Phil Weir put the home side ahead two minutes after the re-start but, with the East Fife players showing signs of exhaustion, the First Division side scored twice before the end of extra time to knock the Fifers out of the competition.
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