Season preview 1927-28: Dunfermline Athletic F.C. (Athletic News)

August 1, 1927
It is to be feared that Dunfermline Athletic will be in the thick of a fight against relegation ere the season is advanced. They have the same goalkeeper, the same backs, two of the same half-backs, and three of the same forwards as they had last season, when their nose was at the grindstone all the time.

In the latter part of the season they were helped by Williamson, from Hamilton Academicals, and Callaghan, from Third Lanark, and it would have been well had the Athletic been able to retain these players, as they lent a sadly-needed dash and scoring power to the forward line. Skinner, a great scoring force in the Second Division, only began to get goals near the end of last season, and hopes are entertained that he will be more successful.

The new right wing is composed of players who have still to gain experience, and a stalwart half-back in Andrew Herd has been transferred to Tynecastle, the Athletic getting in exchange Dand, who played many a useful game for the Hearts. He has behind him another old Tynecastle player in Wilson, whose form last season was wonderfully sustained, while in the goal will be Stevenson, who played with Leith Athletic and the Hibernian ere crossing the Forth. Tom Miller, the old international winger, who made a round of clubs beginning with Hamilton Academicals and ending with Raith Rovers, has been appointed trainer.

David Stevenson,
5ft. 10 ½in., 13st.;

F. Young,
Right back,
5ft. 7½in., 12st. 10lb.;

John Wilson,
Left back,
5ft. 8in., 11st. 4lb.;

Alex Mitchell,
Full back,
5ft. 11in., 12st.;

Thomas Jack,
Right half-back,
5ft. 8½in., 11st.;

James Clark,
Centre half-back,
5ft. 8½in., 11st. 7lb.;

Colin Dand,
Left half-back,
5ft. 9in., 11st. 10lb.;

Walter Innes,
Outside right,
5ft. 7½in., 11st.;

Tom McNeil,
Inside right,
5ft. 9in., 10st. 7lb.;

Robert Skinner,
Centre forward,
5ft. 6in., 12st. 12lb.;

James Stein,
Inside left,
5ft. 10in., 12st. 6lb.;

Thomas Dickson,
Outside left,
5ft. 9in., 10st. 12lb.
(The Athletic News, 01-08-1927)



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