Fast Facts – Arbroath

  • Arbroath were founded 15 years before Dundee in 1878
  • Arbroath’s nickname ‘The Red Lichties’ comes from the red light that used to guide fishing boats back from the North Sea to the town’s harbour
  • Arbroath’s Gayfield Park, which opened in 1925, is the closest ground in Europe to the sea.
  • Arbroath’s original ground which was nearby to the current ground was called Lesser Gayfield
  • The first match between the clubs came in Dundee’s inaugural season in a Forfarshire Cup semi-final tie at West Craigie Park which The Dee won 7-3
  • Dundee’s first visit to Gayfield was the first league match between the clubs when The Dark Blues beat newly promoted Arbroath 1-0 in November 1935
  • The last competitive match between the sides was a Challenge Cup 1st round tie at Gayfield in July 2011 which Dundee won 2-1 after extra-time thanks to goals from Steven Milne and Stephen O’Donnell
  • Arbroath hold the world record for most goals in a game when they beat Bon Accord 36-0 in the Scottish Cup. Arbroath had a goal chopped off for offside
  • Jocky Petrie scored 13 goals in the Bob Accord match; a record for most goals by a single player in a British match
  • Arbroath’s current squad includes former Dees Steven Doris, Bobby Linn and Rab Douglas and Josh Skelly on loan from Dens