Danny Devine is at Dunfermline now- but he had Pars influence around him even in his early days at Preston in the company of Barry Nicholson.

Devine’s made his way into Stevie Crawford’s regular East End Park plans. The Northern Irishman has started the last six matches and will look to keep his place when Dunfermline face Morton.

Devine is now with the Pars after a Thistle spell. (Photo by Christian Cooksey/Getty Images)

Back in 2009  though, the centre-back was starting his professional trade at Preston. A certain Pars hero was also at Deepdale at that time in Nicholson. The attacking midfielder made over 170 appearances in Fife between 2000-2005.

Notable achievements for Nicholson at East End Park include a fifth place top flight finish, qualification to UEFA competition for the first time since 1970 and a Scottish Cup final.

Devine got to know him at Preston and has nothing but good things to say about the Pars hero: “I know Barry well and I was at the youth team at Preston whilst he was there.

Nicholson is a Pars hero. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

“He helped me make that transition through to the first-team until I made my debut. He’s a great guy and was one of the one’s who did look after the young boys coming through.

“I’ve seen him after that and I get on with him really well. He’s a good guy and I think he’s got a coaching role at Fleetwood Town now. That’s something I would have associated with Barry going into coaching.

“The last couple of weeks haven’t been great and we’re all hurting. It’s good to be back in the team and getting minutes but it doesn’t really help when you’re not getting results.

Results need to start coming. (Photo by Robbie Boyd)

“We are hoping to put that right on Saturday.”

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