Chairman ‘exhausted’ after play-off win

David Muir celebrates after opening the scoring.
David Muir celebrates after opening the scoring.
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EAST FIFE chairman Sid Collumbine said it’s “onwards and upwards” after the Methil side secured its Division Two status.

East Fife had to overcome two difficult opponents in Berwick and then Peterhead to stay in the division and did just that.

East Fife players, management and chairman celebrate.

East Fife players, management and chairman celebrate.

The chairman was speaking to the Mail as he confirmed that manager Billy Brown would remain at the helm for next term.

Mr Collumbine said he went through almost every emotion possible at Balmoor.

Speaking to the Mail on Monday, the Fife chief said: “I’m very tired and exhausted after it all.

“It was very emotional and at the end of the game I just completely broke down.

“We took the team up there on Saturday night so we didn’t have to travel.

“They stayed in a hotel and were able to relax there; we wanted to give the players every chance.

“On Sunday we only had to travel 10 minutes to get to the ground.”

The chairman admitted he was more than impressed with the effort and commitment on display from his side.

“I thought they were magnificent,” said Mr Collumbine.

“The players put everything they could into the game and Peterhead put us under a lot of pressure.

“The players were throwing themselves at absolutely everything that came into the box.

“We defended really well and the ‘keeper was absolutely brilliant.

“We had a great time when we got back and opened up the club to the supporters.”

Added spice will be given to next season’s Division Two games due to the arrivals of both Rangers and fellow Fifers, Dunfermline.

“It’s very important we stayed up with Rangers and Dunfermline being in the league,” added the Chairman.

“But the Rangers thing does get a bit drummed up too much.

“When you think of what you have to pay for police and stewards it’s not quite what it’s made out to be.

“At East Stirling they had to put on 72 police officers and 52 stewards.

“The bill down at Berwick as well was high so you don’t make as much money as people think.

“But, saying that, it’s still very good for us to have that and it builds the club up quite a bit.

“It’s onwards and upwards now.”

While the Fifers now have tasty Fife derbies and visits to Ibrox to look forward to, the situation could have been a lot more different if the side hadn’t made it through the play-offs.

Instead long journeys to Elgin, Montrose, Annan and Berwick would have awaited.

“To go down to the Third Division would have cost us a lot of money,” said Mr Collumbine.

“You have to travel a lot longer distances so there’s that to think about as well as smaller attendances.”

Confirming that Billy Brown would remain at the club, Mr Collumbine said it was time for him to “build his own team now”.

He added: “He wants to sit down with the players this week and then we will release a list of who will be staying and who will be going.

“You have to be fair to the players.

“We had very positive discussions.”