A Fife showdown beckons now The Pars are in administration
It's not only East End Park that will see fans and officials huddled around a radio and collective internet outlets when the announcement is made soon about how many points the Pars will be docked for recent financial misdemeanors. Central Park will be tuning into the DAFC saga too with some Cowdenbeath supporters expecting, and indeed demading, that their old local rivals lose at least a dozen points now the Pars are in administration. Such a deduction before the weekend matches to come in Division One would leave Athletic one point above the Blue Brazil and the relegation play-off place currently occupied by Colin Cameron's side. This would set-up an exciting final Fife derby of the season between the Pars and Cowden at East End Park on April 20th and perhaps pave the way for one of the most talked about and controversial encounters between the Kingdom rivals who stand just six miles apart geographically. With Hamilton Accies (despite the waygoing of Billy Reid) and Dumbarton nudging ahead of 'Beath at the bottom of the 1st Division table a lifeline of sorts could be thrown towards the unfashionable end of Fife with a 12 point deduction for the Pars leaving Cowdenbeath within touching distance of the neighbours they beat at Central Park in the league for the first time in 36 years in February with a 4-2 win, a result that demonstrated many Dunfermline players had wind of the club's impending administration. Cowden need all the administrative help they can get in the 'run-in' with Falkirk away on Saturday 6th April and then Livingston at Central Park on Tuesday April 9th with a 7.45pm kick off. Blue Brazil Player-boss Cameron is hoping to feature in one or both these games as he prepares an on-field comeback at the age of 40 after three months out with a troublesome hamstring injury. Cowden's final four matches after the Livi encounter sees back to back away derbies against Raith Rovers and then the Pars, a potential play-off to avoid the play-offs at East End Park, before a home game against Dumbarton and a final day away trip to Lanarkshire to take on the Accies. 12 points off for bad financial behaviour puts the Pars into territory well trodden by their near neighbours. Since play-offs were introduced in 2005/6 Cowden have been involved in this climax to the SFL season four times. In one final bit of news from Central Park... Cowden have announced that they will wear kit made by German manafacturers Uhlsport for the next two years starting from August 2013 making them the only Scottish League club to play in Uhlsport kit in the 2013/14 season.
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