2nd December 2006
Since moving to
Fife in 1993, I sort of followed the fortunes of Dunfermline Rugby Club by the lazy expedient of simply looking up their result in the local rag each week. I knew where was in the town (on the southern edge), but this visit in 2006 was my first. The extensive grounds of McKane Park , so I have been told, actually belong to Dunfermline Cricket Club who let out a corner of it to their oval ball chasing friends. There is a small pavilion used by both clubs, and rather rickety looking wooden shelter which runs along one length of the rugby pitch. McKane Park
All the points came from either penalties or drop-goals, with both sides having late opportunities to sneak a win. In dying minutes of regulation time Musselburgh’s Stewart sclaffed a penalty wide when it looked, to an outsider like me anyway, a straightforward enough kick. Then in injury time
Dunfermline’s Ali O’Connor had a whack from much further out, but his attempt just drifted wide.
Amongst the hundred or so spectators, I was surprised to see what looked like former Dunfermline Athletic manager Dick Campbell. Or it could have been his twin Ian. Or both of them. Or neither, I suppose.
|Welcome to McKane Park.|
|The McKane Park pavilion.|
|The wooden shelter.|
|A closer view.|
|I am afraid my stitching software has made the McKane Park playing surface look rather more bumpy than it actually is.|