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 Robert Westcott..A once a year love
Topic Originator: MDCCCLXXXV  
Date:   Fri 30 Jul 16:41

I came across this on COWS
A great bit of writing that brought a tear to my eye

https://dafc.co.uk/story.php?t=A_Once_A_Year_Love_with_Dunfermline_Athletic_Football_Club&ID=13252

East End Park is a symbol of all that is DAFC.
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 Re: Robert Westcott..A once a year love
Topic Originator: Parfect69  
Date:   Fri 30 Jul 16:56

Excellent read. Written from the heart
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 Re: Robert Westcott..A once a year love
Topic Originator: wetherby  
Date:   Fri 30 Jul 17:03

I had just read it on COWS and was reduced to tears having lost my own Dad recently who was another huge Pars fan. My visit to EEP next week will be my first since he died so its going to be poignant.

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 Re: Robert Westcott..A once a year love
Topic Originator: gordi-b  
Date:   Fri 30 Jul 17:25

Lovely well written story, my dad was groundsman in the Jock Stein era, when he passed away the club kindly allowed us to scatter his ashes in the centre circle .Still think he is there watching on a Saturday.

G.B
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 Re: Robert Westcott..A once a year love
Topic Originator: parfection  
Date:   Fri 30 Jul 17:42

I was fortunate enough to attend a Scottish Cup final with my dad - it was 1968 and we beat Hearts in the final. That day is etched in my memory, I still have my match day programme and the whole thing is inextricably linked to being with my dad.
Fast forward to 2004 and I was back at a Scottish Cup final. This time I was accompanied by my then 15 year old daughter. Ok, we lost on that occasion and I had to contend with my daughter’s tears as well as my own intense disappointment.
These are the things that stay with you and it’s days like these that make our relationship with the Pars so special.
Wetherby, I hope very much that we get a positive result against Partick in honour of your dad.

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 Re: Robert Westcott..A once a year love
Topic Originator: Stanza  
Date:   Fri 30 Jul 18:38

It's a heart-warming and tear-jerking story, but there is something odd - the writer describes his dissertation on Club, Community and Coal now in the care of the Heritage Trust, but that dissertation was written by James Canavan, not Robert Westcott. I remember James coming to EEP, meeting Jim Leishman etc.
https://daht.org.uk/story.php?t=Dissertation:_Club,_Community_and_Coal&ID=2043

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 Re: Robert Westcott..A once a year love
Topic Originator: Westies squint kicks  
Date:   Fri 30 Jul 18:43

Stanza wrote:

> It's a heart-warming and tear-jerking story, but there is
> something odd - the writer describes his dissertation on Club,
> Community and Coal now in the care of the Heritage Trust, but
> that dissertation was written by James Canavan, not Robert
> Westcott. I remember James coming to EEP, meeting Jim Leishman
> etc.
> https://daht.org.uk/story.php?t=Dissertation:_Club,_Community_and_Coal&ID=2043
>
>
>
> Post Edited (Fri 30 Jul 18:39)


Good spot

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 Re: Robert Westcott..A once a year love
Topic Originator: The Roy Barry Fan Club  
Date:   Fri 30 Jul 19:00

Nom-de-plume Stanza

Still comes on an annual pilgrimage: was with me for the Dumbarton game.



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 Re: Robert Westcott..A once a year love
Topic Originator: Grant  
Date:   Fri 30 Jul 19:09

Bloody hell that's a story that bring would a tear to a glass eye.
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 Re: Robert Westcott..A once a year love
Topic Originator: Leamington_sPAR  
Date:   Fri 30 Jul 20:11

A lovely and an uplifting read, it resonates for me having lost my Father in law 5 years ago. A bluenose but spent many a day in East End Park or in an away ground as a result of me back home visiting and “dragging” him here there and everywhere to watch my beloved Pars. He even had the honour of being a guest of the club at Ibrox when we played Rangers. Ross invited him and drove him through to the game.
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 Re: Robert Westcott..A once a year love
Topic Originator: JRC  
Date:   Fri 30 Jul 22:17

Stanza, I write for Nutmeg under a pseudonym and stuck with this name when the article was re-published on COWS. Due to my job I try to avoid my real name when I write, as I like to keep the two separate.

I genuinely appreciate all the kind words.

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 Re: Robert Westcott..A once a year love
Topic Originator: saltonsgonagetu  
Date:   Fri 30 Jul 22:39

Fantastic article , genuinely touching

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 Re: Robert Westcott..A once a year love
Topic Originator: Townsvillepar  
Date:   Fri 30 Jul 23:11

Emotional letter that brought tears to my eyes. I only get to East End Park when I come home from Australia every few years. I love going back to watch the Pars, and at the end of each game I always listen to Bluebell Polka and look over to where my dad used to stand when he watched his beloved Pars. The ground has changed a lot since he went to the games. He is no longer alive, but my memories will always be there.
Well written letter Robert Westcott, and thanks for sharing your memories.

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 Re: Robert Westcott..A once a year love
Topic Originator: Stanza  
Date:   Fri 30 Jul 23:21

Thanks for explaining, JRC (and TRBFC). I was beginning to think I was in a parallel universe!

Absolutely fabulous bit of writing - your dad would have been so proud.

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 Re: Robert Westcott..A once a year love
Topic Originator: Raymie the Legend  
Date:   Sat 31 Jul 08:53

Thanks for sharing, JRC. That was heart warming




It's bloody tough being a legend
Ron Atkinson - 1983
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