East Fife v Raith Rovers 1950s pic

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East Fife v Raith Rovers 1950s pic

Post by Angusfifer » Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:18 pm

I'm hoping someone might be able to identify the Raith players in this photograph. The East Fife players are goalkeeper Johnny Curran and Willie Finlay. Thanks in advance...

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Re: East Fife v Raith Rovers 1950s pic

Post by ScottishFA » Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:54 pm

The photo is in the 1953/54 Raith Rovers handbook with the caption 'High jinks from Curran and Copland during the local derby against East Fife'.

So the jumping man is Ernie Copland, but I can't help with the one in the background.

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Re: East Fife v Raith Rovers 1950s pic

Post by Angusfifer » Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:06 pm

Great stuff! Many thanks...

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Re: East Fife v Raith Rovers 1950s pic

Post by Angusfifer » Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:01 pm

I'm assuming the 1953-54 handbook covers that season, rather than being issued for the forthcoming season 1953-54 as the first time Copland faced East Fife at Bayview was on New Years Day 1954?

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Re: East Fife v Raith Rovers 1950s pic

Post by ScottishFA » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:34 pm

He played in the New Years Day game in 1953 at Starks Park.

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Re: East Fife v Raith Rovers 1950s pic

Post by Angusfifer » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:23 pm

Yes he did, but the pic is at Bayview - so I think the date must be January 1954...

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Re: East Fife v Raith Rovers 1950s pic

Post by Angusfifer » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:32 pm

Actually, could the venue be Stark's Park? I don't think I've seen a pic taken from that angle back then.

Edit: Definitely not Stark's Park - the railway side terracing was covered in 1953...

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Re: East Fife v Raith Rovers 1950s pic

Post by ScottishFA » Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:41 pm

Well the handbook was definitely issued in the summer of 1953, so either the caption is wrong or you are! I don't know the grounds well enough to say.

I've also found the same photo in the Simmath Press 'Scottish League Yearbook' for 1953/54 but with the simple caption 'East Fife v Raith Rovers'. There's nothing in the newspapers around either game in 52/53 to give any pointers.

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