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East Fife: The original cup specialists

October 24, 2016

On 24 October 1953, East Fife beat Partick Thistle 3–2 in the Scottish League Cup Final, becoming the first team to lift the Cup three times.

Founded in 1903, East Fife won its first major trophy in 1938 by beating Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup, the club was then the only Second Division team to have won that competition. It went on to win its first Scottish League Cup in 1947, and its second in 1949.

In 1953, East Fife — by then in the top flight — advanced through the League Cup with wins over Aberdeen, Airdrieonians, and Celtic in the preliminary round, then beat Dunfermline Athletic 9–4 on aggregate in the quarterfinal. East Fife edged Hibernian 3–2 in the semifinal to set up the meeting with Partick Thistle.

Playing before a crowd of 38,529 at Glasgow’s Hampden Park, Partick Thistle got goals from right winger Johnny McKenzie and left winger Jimmy Walker, but the Fifers won with scores from right half Frank Christie and inside forwards Charlie Fleming and Ian Gardiner.

Unfortunately, their third Cup win was their last. East Fife was relegated in 1958 after 10 seasons in the top flight and currently plays in League One, which is the third tier of the Scottish football pyramid.





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