BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport
DUNFERMLINE will have to wait another five weeks to get their hands on the League One silverware they secured at the weekend after the SPFL confirmed they will not be presented with the trophy until April 30.
The Pars became the first club in Britain to seal a league title when they defeated Brechin City at the weekend and were handed a huge favour as Fife rivals Cowdenbeath pulled off a shock win away to second-placed Peterhead.
The success kicked off a raucous party after the full-time whistle at East End Park but there will be a lengthy delay in repeating those celebrations.
The East End Park side, who will now attempt to tie down manager Allan Johnston and much of his first-team squad on new contracts, will have to wait until their final home game of the campaign, ironically against Peterhead, before receiving their third-tier silverware.
An SPFL spokesperson said: “Dunfermline will be presented with the League One trophy after their final league game of the season on April 30.”
Meanwhile, the Dunfermline board have praised Saturday’s near 4,500 crowd for their behaviour, and the club’s fans in general for their contributions to keeping the community-owned club running.
A statement said: “Emotions run high when titles are at stake, particularly this time around after the difficult period our club has come through, but the behaviour of our supporters on Saturday was impeccable.
“Our supporters should all enjoy this moment with great pride, as their on-going contribution – by attending matches, contributing to the Centenary Club Lifeline, enjoying our hospitality lounges or volunteering around East End Park – keeps our club functioning. We’re in this together.”