Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Falkirk

Friday, 4th Nov 2022

cinch League One: (away) v Falkirk, Saturday 5th November 2022, kick off 3.00pm at The Falkirk Stadium

Dunfermline Athletic return to The Falkirk Stadium for the first time since December 2018 hoping for a repeat of their handsome 4-2 win. That day it was a Championship fixture and you have to go back to November 1978 to find these two teams last meeting in the third tier of league football.

In the previous 103 league meetings Dunfermline have won 35 times, Falkirk 45 and 23 matches have been drawn.

Milestones Falkirk (Away)
Last Victory | 29/012/18 | 4-2 | Championship

Last Defeat | 05/10/17 | 0-2 | Irn Bru Cup

Best Victory | 01/01/65 | 4-0 | First Division*

Worst Defeat | 17/10/36 | 4-6 | First Division*
Last Goalless Draw | 15/04/06 | Premier League
First Meeting | 09/10/26 | 0-2 | Division One*

*Pre league reconstruction

Last meeting at the Falkirk Stadium
Saturday 29th December 2018
Falkirk 2 Dunfermline 4

The 1463 Pars fans were shocked as the home side scored in just 95 seconds. Rudden teed up Joe McKEE on the left side of the box to stroke the ball past the advancing Lee Robinson. 1-0 Falkirk.

The Fifers pressed and in 13th minute Tom Beadling’s header sent HIPPOLYTE in on goal. The defence tried to stop him and looked like they might have, but Myles twisted round again and poked the goal past Mitchell. 1-1

The Pars were to turn it all around and go ahead just four more minutes into the game. Higginbotham delivered a free kick from the left approx 30 yards out, his diagonal pass was not cleared as it travelled through the penalty box and Tom BEADLING popped up at the far post to stab the ball in at the right post. 1-2

Six minutes into the second half after slick play between Higginbotham and Longridge on the left side in line with the edge of the Falkirk box, Higgy emerged with the ball and as he reached the box fed the ball in for BEADLING in a central position to pick his spot. 1-3

Midway through the half Dunfermline would go further ahead prompting their fans to chant about how easy it was. James VINCENT certainly made it look easy accepting the ball from Keena on the right side of the box and firing clinically across goal to find the net just inside the left goalpost. 1-4

Falkirk hit back in 74 minutes as defender HARRISON found the net but it turned out to be a consolation.

FALKIRK: David Mitchell: Jordan McGhee, Scott Harrison, Aaron Muirhead, Tommy Robson, Patrick Brough (Cieran Dunne 72), Joe McKee, Ruben Sammut (Andrew Irving 54), Prince Buaben (Jason Jarvis 88): Zak Rudden, Denton Lewis.
SUBS NOT USED: Tom Dallison, Mark Russell, Marcus Haber, Leo Fasan (GK)

DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: James Craigen, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Tom Beadling (Robbie Muirhead 79), Joe Thomson, James Vincent: Myles Hippolyte (Malaury Martin 87), Aidan Keena (Faissal El Bakhtaoui 72), Kallum Higginbotham.
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Williamson, Lewis McCann, Mark Durnan, Cammy Gill (GK)

Last 12 Matches v Falkirk

Dunfermline have won six of the last twelve meetings, Falkirk four and two have been drawn including the most recent at East End Park in September.

17/09/22 | (H) | 1-1 | D | League One
09/10/00 | (H) | 2-0 | W | League Cup

13/04/19 | (H) | 0-1 | L | Championship

29/12/18 | (A) | 4-2 | W | Championship

10/11/18 | (H) | 0-2 | L | Championship

06/04/18 | (A) | 2-0 | W | Championship

07/04/18 | (A) | 2-1 | W | Championship

02/01/18 | (H) | 2-0 | W | Championship

04/11/17 | (A) | 1-1 | D | Championship

05/10/17 | (A) | 0-2 | L | Irn Bru Cup

19/08/17 | (H) | 3-1 | W | Championship

22/04/17 | H) | 1-2 | L | Championship

Recent Form

When these teams first met this season a Kyle Benedictus penalty ten minutes into the second half countered Calumn Morrison’s first half opener and the sides had to settle for a point apiece in this typically hot contest.

In the six games since the sides played out that draw Dunfermline have won four, drawn one and lost one, as have Falkirk. They are both joint leaders of the last six form league along with FC Edinburgh.

Last six matches


Kelty Hearts (H) W 2-1

Montrose (A) L 0-2

Clyde (A) W 2-0

FC Edinburgh (H) W 1-0

Alloa Athletic (A) W 3-0

Peterhead (H) D 2-2

Queen of the South (A) W 1-3
Kelty Hearts (H) L 2-3
Alloa Athletic (H) W 3-1
Montrose (A) D 1-1
Peterhead (A) W 4-0
Clyde (H) W 2-0

League Record


League Position: 1st

League Points: 28

Goal Difference: +12

Away League Record: P6 W4 D1 L1 GF10 GA2

Last Six Match Form: DWWWLW


League position: 3rd

League points: 24

Goal Difference: +10

Home League Record: P6 W4 D1 L1 GF13 GA6

Last Six Match Form: WWDWLW

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Kelty Hearts):
Deniz Mehmet: Sam Fisher, Kyle Benedictus (c), Rhys Breen (Chris Hamilton HT): Aaron Comrie, Joe Chalmers, Josh Edwards: Chris Mochrie, Matthew Todd: Craig Wighton, Nikolay Todorov (Kyle Macdonald 70).
SUBS NOT USED: Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Sam Young, Andrew Tod, Robbie Mahon, Max Little (GK)

FALKIRK (v Queen of the South): Nicky Hogarth: Leon McCann, Brad McKay, Coll Donaldson, Liam Henderson, Finn Yeats (Steven Hetherington 80), Stephen McGinn (c), Aidan Nesbitt (Gary Oliver 80), Calumn Morrison (Craig McGuffie 75), Kai Kennedy, Rumarn Burrell (Juan Alegría 69).
SUBS NOT USED: Seb Ross, Blair Sneddon, Lawal Oluwasegan, Paddy Martin (GK).

Other cinch League One Fixtures

Clyde v Airdrieonians
FC Edinburgh v Queen of the South
Kelty Hearts v Alloa Athletic
Montrose v Peterhead

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