Dunfermline Athletic have officially been taken over by a group of fans.

The 127-year-old club entered administration around six months ago to avoid going into liquidation over an unpaid £134,000 tax bill.

The club were docked 15 points and were eventually relegated from the old First Division.

Supporters' group Pars United agreed a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) with creditors in July and the final details are now complete.

Pars United has also acquired East End Park stadium, which was in administration under a separate company, as part of a community ownership structure.

An interim board, including former team manager Jim Leishman, has been appointed to the end of the season and papers will be sent to the Court of Session in Edinburgh to formally take the club out of administration.

New chairman Bob Garmory said: "The last few months have been a painful and frustrating time for everyone connected with Dunfermline Athletic. However, we ask that all Pars supporters and the wider west Fife community now look forward, not back, with a renewed sense of optimism and spirit.

"As previously stated, the Pars fans have already shown their resolve and support for saving the club and that now needs to continue going forward, particularly this season, to 'keep the Pars' as has been widely documented in the last week or so.

"We cannot lose the positive attitude and sense of involvement and engagement amongst our core support. The fundraising effort of the Pars supporters and patrons has been nothing short of exceptional, particularly in such tough economic times."

The delay between the CVA and the takeover was caused by a dispute over the club's training ground.

Pars United wanted to end the leasing of Pitreavie from Fife Council but former owner Gavin Masterton raised an interdict at the Court of Session last week in an attempt to prevent administrators BDO from renouncing the lease.

The petition was refused, paving the way for the fans' group to complete the purchase of the Scottish League One club.

The new owners said the training ground lease has not yet been terminated but they are working with Fife Council and legal representatives to arrange a "satisfactory outcome" for the club.

Administrator Bryan Jackson said: "I am delighted to confirm that Pars United have now completed the agreement to take control of Dunfermline Athletic FC (DAFC) with immediate effect.

"When I was appointed administrator of DAFC in late March I said it was a considerable task to save the club and, given the events of recent weeks, I wasn't wrong. But it was the devotion and loyalty of the fans, the team, the staff, management and, of course, Pars United which helped get this over the line.

"Given that this has been completed in just over six months, which is pretty quick for a CVA, I would like to congratulate the team at Pars United for their efforts over the last few months and wish them well for the future.

"I am very pleased that this historic club will live on following the successful completion of this process."