East Fife’s finest hour frozen in a shoebox

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WITH the current monopoly of the Old Firm, it’s almost unthinkable for a club outside Glasgow, never mind the lower leagues, to lift the Scottish Cup.

But that’s exactly what the Fifers did back in 1938 when the side, then in Division Two, beat Kilmarnock, ironically the Bayview club’s opposition in the League Cup next week, to pick up the trophy.

The run began at Airdrie in January of that year when the Methil men advanced thanks to a 2-1 victory.

Dundee United were next to be scalped, getting turned over 5-0 at Bayview, before Aberdeen were put to the sword.

A ground record of 18,642 packed the Bayview terraces on March 19 to witness a 2-2 draw in the quarter-finals versus Raith Rovers, before the Fifers racked up a 4-2 victory in the replay.

It took three games, all played at Tynecastle, to settle the semi against St Bernards, but an eventual 2-1 win set up the final date.

Eddie McLeod scored the Fifers goal in a 1-1 draw in front of 79,000 fans, with 91,710 turning up for the replay to see the men from Methil lift the cup following a 4-2 win.

Goals were scored by Danny McKerrell (2), Eddie McLeod and David (Larry) Millar.