Tale at GreenockAuthor: Douglas Scott Date: Thursday, 4th May 2000
At least for Dunfermline the Morton match will be the only meaningless match of the season. With SPL manipulation of the entrants that league will have two more meaningless weeks to go.
Morton supporters are boycotting the game and only the devoted Pars fans will travel to witness Hamish French and Ian Westwater make their last appearances for Dunfermline. Hamish will mark his 300th appearance for Dunfermline at Cappielow, Westie (as photo) was presented an award last Saturday before the Airdrie home match for setting a Dunfermline goalkeeper appearance record.
Talking to the Dunfermline Press Westie said "I am being very positive about it as many footballers at this time of year don't even know if they have a future in the game. I am lucky that Athletic have given me the chance to stay and I know I would enjoy it as I have been involved in the coaching side for five or six years. The club has made me a great offer and it is now just a question of whether I am prepared to stop playing. I have been told I would still be registered as a player but only used in an emergency. I face a big decision but I am just glad to be back in the team for Saturday and I'm really looking forward to the game. It could be my last appearance for Pars and that would be a very sad day for me."
Skipper Ian Ferguson and David Moss will not play because a yellow card would put them out for the start of next season. Kris Mampaey has gone back to Belgium.
Morton had a gate of only 840 for the visit of Falkirk two weeks ago and this Saturday they could slip to Clydebank numbers. The Morton fans are urging everyone to watch the match from the "hill". That's where we normally park. If Dunfermline fans join the protest against the Morton Chairman, stewarding will be interesting!
Home fans are emphasising the "comforts" of viewing from outside the ground. Easy access to and from the Viking Bar where drinks are served at half time, Bookies, Chipper and at least £8 saved.