Dunfermline Athletic

Club - Former Managers


Jim Jefferies 2012-2014

Jim Jefferies 2012-2014 Jim Jefferies was the 28th different person to hold the position of manager of Dunfermline Athletic Football Club. This is only counting once for those that have held it twice (William Knight, Jim Leishman) and excludes caretaker managers.

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Jim McIntyre 2007-2012

Jim McIntyre 2007-2012 Jim McIntyre's reign as Dunfermline Athletic came to an end on 16th March 2012. Despite the club being almost marooned at the bottom of the SPL, .....

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Stephen Kenny 2006-07

Stephen Kenny 2006-07 Successor to Jim Leishman was Stephen Kenny. Stephen left Derry City to come to East End Park. An Irishman with a fantastic record of turning the fortunes of clubs around in his own country.

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Jim Leishman 2005-06

Jim Leishman 2005-06 The dismissal of David Hay saw Leish step into the breach once again and he helped the Pars avoid relegation in 2004/05 before taking the club to the CIS Cup Final in March 2006.

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David Hay 2004-05

David Hay 2004-05 Hay's tenure saw him in charge for 42 first team league and Cup games, only eight of which were won and a further twelve drawn thus making him one of the least successful managers in Dunfermline's history.

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Jimmy Calderwood 1999-2004

Jimmy Calderwood 1999-2004 Jimmy Calderwood was born in Glasgow in February 1955 but earned the title of "foreign coach" since all his prior managerial experience was in Holland.

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Dick Campbell 1999

Dick Campbell 1999 The club was still in the SPL when a disillusioned Bert Paton resigned on 4th January 1999. Dick took over, initially as caretaker, and guided the Pars to a run of just one league defeat in six matches, and that was against Rangers

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Bert Paton 1993-99

Bert Paton 1993-99 The appointment of Bert Paton was a masterstroke; already a legend at East End Park thanks to a sublime playing career, his coaching experience and eye for talent made him the ideal choice for the task in hand.

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Jocky Scott 1991-93

Jocky Scott 1991-93 Coming in the aftermatch of the tempestuous Iain Munro era, the board of directors must have hoped that the appointment of Jocky Scott would pour oil on troubled waters at East End Park.

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Iain Munro 1990-91

Iain Munro 1990-91 Believing, rightly or wrongly, that he had contributed to Leishman's departure, Munro bore the brunt of the fans' anger. The decision to do away with relegation gave the season an unsatisfactory conclusion, especially as Munro, under pressure to reduce the wage bill, used it to experiment with team selection.

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Jim Leishman 1983-90

Jim Leishman 1983-90 Although there were 39 other applicants for the job, Jim's passion and commitment led to his appointment on a permanent basis, the first part-time manager of the club since the war and the youngest in Dunfermline's history.

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Tom Forsyth 1982-83

The resignation of Pat Stanton early in 1982/83 gave the Board the opportunity to replace him with a seasoned campaigner capable of exploiting a potentially good squad of players.

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Pat Stanton 1980-82

Long-serving physio Jimmy Stevenson went so far as to claim that Stanton was Dunfermline's worst manager ever and that it was the only time he saw cliques allowed to form in the dressing room.

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Harry Melrose 1975-80

The failure to qualify for the inaugural Premier League was a body blow to a club already suffering severe financial problems and, as crowds dwindled even further, Harry could do little to halt the decline as the Pars slid almost helplessly into the Second Division.

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George Miller 1972-75

After taking over at East End on 25th February 1972, Miller helped the team gain ten points from as many matches but it prove to be too little, too late.

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Alex Wright 1970-72

Alex Wright became manager of Dunfermline Athletic just as the club was about to suffer a terrible financial crisis that very nearly brought it to its knees. In what was one of the most difficult periods of the club's history,

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George Farm 1967-70

George Farm remains one of only two Dunfermline managers to bring a national trophy to East End Park during an illustrious career in the game that came to a sadly premature end.

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Willie Cunningham 1964-67

When Stein left in the spring of 1964, Willie was seen as the ideal replacement, a decision that was entirely vindicated over the next three seasons. In his first full season, the Pars should have won the league title.

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Jock Stein 1960-64

Without question, Jock Stein remains the greatest and most influential manager in Dunfermline's history, a man who transformed a small provincial club of little merit into one of the most feared and respected outfits in Europe.

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Andy Dickson 1955-60

If there is one manager in Dunfermline's history who genuinely rose through the ranks it is Andy Dickson, a local lad who began as a ball boy before embarking on an incredible journey that took him from groundsman to manager in the space of six years.

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Bobby Ancell 1951-55

After spending 1948/49 with Aberdeen he was approached by Dunfermline with regard to their vacant managerial position. He turned the offer down and but when Dunfermline turned to him again, this time in 1952, he accepted the job.

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Webber Lees 1948-51

The first manager to guide Dunfermline Athletic to a major final at Hampden Park, William Webber Lees ultimately fell foul of the boardroom machinations that bedevilled the club in the years following the Second World War.

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Bobby Calder 1947-48

Born in Rutherglen, Glasgow, Bobby Calder was perhaps unique in that he made the unusual transition from referee to manager.

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Willie McAndrew 1947

McAndrew took over at Dunfermline on 13th February 1947 on a salary of £500 per annum plus the free tenancy of a house in Shamrock Street. His six-month tenure saw him oversee only twelve matches, eight of them defeats, the lowest number of any manager in the club's history.

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Sandy Archibald 1939-46

Formally appointed on 16th October 1939, he was paid £4 per week for administrative work as well as looking after the team, which was preparing to take part in the eastern section of the Emergency League.

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Peter Wilson 1938-39

Prior to the appointment of Jim McIntyre, the only other player/manager in the Athletic's history was former Scottish international Peter Wilson back in season 1938/39.

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David Taylor 1936-38

A 4-0 defeat by Airdrie at the end of February ended all hope of promotion and, as the team slipped down the table, Taylor surprised the board by tendering his resignation on 10th April 1938.

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William Knight 1930-36

In 1930, with the club back in the Second Division, Willie Knight returned for a second spell in charge when Paterson resigned following wholesale boardroom changes.

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Sandy Paterson 1925-30

In the summer of 1925, Sandy Paterson stunned supporters of Cowdenbeath by resigning in order to take over as manager of local rivals Dunfermline.

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William Knight 1922-25

It was perhaps appropriate that on Monday, 13th March 1922 William Knight became the first ever manager of Dunfermline Athletic, his family having been prominent in the formation of the club back in 1885.

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Dundee United v Dunfermline
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