‘I NEVER THOUGHT I’D BE SENDING THEM DOWN’

Sean Dickson will make an emotional return to Ochilview on Saturday
Sean Dickson will make an emotional return to Ochilview on Saturday

Sean Dickson started this season aiming to push Stenhousemuir up the league – on Saturday he could be sending them down.

Dickson, and his East Fife team-mates visit Ochilview in a crunch game for the Warriors’ league one survival hopes, and the creative midfielder will meet his former colleagues.

A fall-out with then manager Scott Booth led to a mid-season switch to the Fifers for a player many considered one of Stenhousemuir’s best.

“Even when I left I thought Stenny would get out of the mess they were in. I never saw this scenario coming. I never thought I could be relegating them a few months down the line,” he told Heraldsport.

He added: “I think there were a few bad decisions at board level and they’ve had a bad season, but they had chances to get out of it.

“The onus is on them now to get themselves out of their predicament, and as League One team to stay in their league but we are confident after three wins in our last four league games.”

Dickson grew up at Ochilview, having been a Warrior since his early teenage years. His father still watches the Warriors and keeps up with his fellow fans when he’s not looking out for Sean at New Bayview.

“My dad watched our game at the weekend but stopped by to get a recap of how Stenny did on the way home. He still goes a lot. By the sounds of it, it was quite disappointing.

“But I’m an East Fife player now, we have players like Derek Riordan and we are all excited about these play-offs.

“Going back to Ochilview and seeing a few old faces will be emotional, but I’m an East Fife player until the end of this season and focused on getting us up if we can.

“After that we’ll wait and see. I have had a few offers in but they’re on hold until our season is over.”