Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Stevie Crawford gained a lot of respect in his time at Bayview.

Joining the Fife in July 2008, the former Scottish internationalist probably never thought that 8 months later he would be replacing the guy that signed his as gaffer.

He was joining the Third Division champions but as things went from bad to worse on the pitch for the team, manager Dave Baikie resigned in April the following year. Stevie was first appointed caretaker manager and then got the job permanently but didn't really manage to turn around the Fife's on-field fortunes.

With a 2009/10 season seeing the Fife narrowly avoiding the relegation playoffs on the last day of the season, Stevie continued to have the support of the Fife faithful. We knew he needed time. We knew he had the right ideas. The Craw obviously didn't think they were working though and when he resigned earlier this season, it came as a shock to most down Bayview way.

What was an even bigger shock was that Stevie decided to stay on as a player and help the Fife cause. He was already a respected figure at the Club and this just put him up further in most people's estimation.

Leaving East Fife in the recent transfer window, Stevie has gone to Cowdenbeath and taken a big wage off the overall weekly bill. As classy as ever, Stevie left with a great parting message:

"I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone connected to East
Fife F.C during my spell at the club as both a player and a manager.
Thanks to the board for giving me my first chance in management and
all the admin staff and volunteers for their help as well during my
time in charge. I would also like to thank the players, Jason Dair, Scott Crabbe,
David Westwood, Gordon Forrest and Brian McNeill for all their efforts.

A special mention to Monty, Jim Berry and Dave Marshall for the way they look after the playing surface. It's up there with the best in Scotland.

Thanks to the supporters for their support throughout my time at the
club. I will keep a close eye on results from now on and wish the club
all the best for the rest of this season and in the years ahead.

The team is in very good hands with Robbo and Jukey and I am sure
their experience will be invaluable to the club over the next few

Thanks again to everyone,
Best wishes"

Nice words Stevie. We wish you well personally but obviously can't wish the Cowden scum to do well at the same time.

Stevie's playing career with the Fife saw him net 10 goals in 50 games. In a fine spell this season, it's sad to see him go but at least he's left with his head held high.


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