Monday, May 24, 2010

Former East Fife manager Dave Baikie added some more silverware to his CV yesterday when his Linlithgow Rose side beat Largs Thistle 1-0 in the Scottish Junior Cup final at Kilmarnock's Rugby Park in front of 5,788 fans.

It was Linlithgow's fourth Junior Cup trophy in the competition's 123 year old history, their last one coming in the 2006/07 season.

Shown live on BBC Alba, it wasn't a pretty affair. Linlithgow went one up after 52 minutes when Kevin Donnelly fired home a great strike from 25 yards. It was to prove to be the only goal of the game and Baikie's side had to endure a tense final fifteen minutes after Stephen Manson saw red for a horrible challenge on Largs' Alan McCabe.

They hung on though to give Dave Baikie his second Scottish Junior Cup as a manager, having previously won the trophy with Tayport in 2003.

It's been disappointing to see some of the Fife fan's reaction to Baikie's win on the AFTN Forum. Short memories on display from some.

I won't forget what Dave Baikie did for East Fife. He delivered our first Championship in 60 years in 2008. I won't forget that day and neither will any other Fife fan that was either at East Stirling the day we clinched the Championship or at Bayview the day we lifted the trophy.

Yes it can be argued that most managers would have guided East Fife to the trophy that season, with the money invested in the team. That may be very well true but it was Dave Baikie that did it. I think some are forgetting how joyful they were just two years ago.

The following season we were rank. So were Baikie's management decisions. Results, tactics and horrible football on display gave us the impression that perhaps the Scottish Second Division was a step too far for Baikie as a manager. We wanted him sacked. He was rightly no longer East Fife manager by the season end.

That said, we were grateful to the man for what he had done the season before and we always will be, as should all other Fife fans. He deserves the acknowledgement and respect for that alone.

So well done to Linlithgow Rose for lifting the Cup and well done to Dave Baikie for guiding them there.


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