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Dundee v Arbroath Match Preview

Dundee host Angus neighbours Arbroath on Saturday and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Match Info

FIXTURE: Dundee v Arbroath

COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Championship

DATE: Saturday 29th February 2020

KICK-OFF: 3.00pm

VENUE: Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park

Ticketing Information

Tickets for the match against Arbroath at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park are on sale now online and from the Ticket office within Dundee Direct

The prices are as follows:

Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand

Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows:

Adult and one child under 12 £26
Two adults and two children under 12 £50
With additional children under 12 at £2

Prices for all areas in Dens Park are priced at £24 for Adults, £16 for concessions and £10 for Under 18

The ticket office is often busy on a matchday and fans are encouraged to buy their tickets as early as possible. It is open from 10am on a matchday.

Tickets are available from the ticket office, in person or by phone on 01382 889966 (Option 1) or online.

There will a cash turnstile in the Main Stand for Dundee supporters.

A reminder that season tickets holders can claim two free tickets for any match throughout the season.

Service personnel both former and current can receive two complimentary tickets for Saturday from Ticket Office at Dens Park with relevant military I.D.

Those who collected tickets for the postponed match against Ayr United in January can exchange their tickets for the Arbroath game or keep them for the rearranged Ayr fixture on March 10th.

Opposition Info

FORMED: 1878

STADIUM: Gayfield Park


PITCH SIZE: 105m x 65m

MANAGER: Dick Campbell

CHAIRMAN: Mike Caird

NICKNAME: The Red Lichties


HONOURS: SPFL League One (3rd tier) champions: 2018/19

Scottish League Third Division (4th tier) champions: 2010/11

SPFL League Two (4th Tier) champions: 2016/17

Scottish Qualifying Cup winners: 1903

RECORD WIN: 36-0 v Bon Accord, Scottish Cup, 12/9/1885


Getting to the Ground

The full address of the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park for Sat-Nav is Dens Park, Sandeman Street, Dundee, DD3 7JY

By bus:
From Dundee City Centre you can use the no. 1A National Express Dundee bus service which can be boarded at Albert Square every 12 minutes and takes you to Dens Road.

By train:
Trains from all over the country pass through the main Dundee station and supporters can then proceed to the ground by the above bus services from stops situated within walking distance of the station

By car:

Approaching from a westerly direction, (eg Glasgow or Edinburgh)

As you approach at the roundabout, continue on the A90 (Kingsway) for about 2 miles, take the second flyover exit (B960) and follow the signs for ‘Football Traffic until you reach the stadium

Travelling from the south (via Tay Road Bridge)

Exit the Tay Road Bridge in the right hand lane then stay in the left hand lane on the inner ring road. You will approach a set of traffic lights (Arnold Clark Garage on your right) turn left at the lights, straight through the next roundabout. Stay in the left hand lane which will split in two as you approach the next roundabout (Ladywell). Keep in the second lane from the left and you will be directed up Victoria Road. Continue up this road which becomes Dens Road after about 1 mile. Turn right at the second mini roundabout into Arklay Street and take the second street on your left. The stadium is approximately 400 yards on your left.

Travelling from the North (Grampian)

As you approach Dundee on the A90 you will arrive at the Kingway at the Shell garage, continue straight ahead (A929) then turn right at the traffic lights along Clepington Road, follow the signs for ‘Football Traffic’.

Travelling from The North (Inverness-shire)

Follow the A9 South and follow signs for Perth. Once you reach the Broxden Roundabout follow signs for Dundee. As you approach Dundee at the roundabout, continue on the A90 (Kingsway) for about 2 miles, take the second flyover exit (B960) and follow the signs for ‘Football Traffic’ until you reach the stadium.

Parking arrangements for “Blue Badge” holders are as follows:
Home Support – East Side of Provost Road heading from Sandeman Street to Dens Road
Away Support – East side of North Isla Street

For a taxi to the ground, call Tay Taxis on 01382 450450

Match Officials

REFEREE: Grant Irvine



Head to Head v Arbroath

LEAGUE: Won 18, Drawn 4, Lost 7

SCOTTISH CUP: Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 0

LEAGUE CUP: Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 0

CHALLENGE CUP: Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 0

TOTALS: Won 23, Drawn 4, Lost 7

Last Five Dundee v Arbroath Matches

  1. 7/12/2019 | Away | Championship | Drew 1-1 | 2,170 | Hemmings
  2. 5/10/2019 | Home | Championship | Won 2-0 | 5,045 | McDaid (2)
  3. 23/7/2011 | Away | Challenge Cup | Won 2-1 AET | 1,761
  4. 17/9/1995 | Home | Challenge Cup | Won 5-0 | 2,205 | Britton (4), Shaw
  5. 6/5/1979 | Home | First Division | Lost 2-0 | 8,385 |

Last Meeting

Dundee had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw at the end of a tough trip up the coast to Arbroath last December. The Lichties had the better of the first half and deserved to be ahead at half time after Bobby Linn’s goal. The Dee perked up in the second half and Kane Hemmings headed the equaliser after an hour. In an open and entertaining final half hour neither side could find the composure to take all three points.

Arbroath FC: Gaston, Gold, Little, O’Brien, Hamilton, Kader, Whatley (Murphy 90+2), Virtanen, Linn (Donnelly 85), McKenna, Stewart (Campbell 88)

Unused subs: Jamieson (gk), Swankie, Spence, Stirling.

Goal: Linn (36).

Booked: Little (foul on Todd), Hamilton (foul on Johnson).

Dundee FC: Hamilton, Kerr, Forster, McGhee c), Mackie, Todd (Roberson 74), Byrne (McGowan 56), Dorrans, McDaid, Hemmings, Johnson

Unused subs: Ferrie (gk), McPake, Moore, Mulligan, Cunningham.

Goal: Hemmings (60).

Booked: Forster (foul on Whatley), McGhee (foul on Kader), Mackie (foul on McKenna).

Attendance: 2,170.

Referee: Alan Newlands. Assistants: Graeme Stewart, Andy Taylor.

Arbroath’s Season So Far

Arbroath’s season started with a 2-1 home win over Elgin City in the Betfred Cup and followed that up with an impressive 6-1 win at Stirling Albion. The Smokies travelled to Easter Road next where they lost 3-2 and a 3-2 loss to fellow Championship side Alloa in the final group game saw them exit the competition.

On their League One winners Flag Day, Arbroath opened their Ladbrokes Championship campaign with a 0-0 draw with Queen of the South and continued to put points on the board with wins against Alloa and Dunfermline and a draw with Partick.

In the Challenge Cup Arbroath shocked Dundee United by knocking them out on penalties and nearly took points off them in the league a fortnight later when United needed two late goals to win 2-1.

The Litchties then went down 3-0 at home to joint league leaders Ayr United before losing 2-0 on their first visit to Dens since 1995.

Arbroath then exited the Challenge Cup the following week when they lost 2-0 to Clyde but bounced back the following week in the league with wins over Morton at Gayfield and Partick at Firhill.

After losing at Dunfermline, Arbroath recorded back to back wins against Alloa and Inverness before Morton got revenge for the earlier defeat with a 1-0 win in Greenock.

In the Scottish Cup, the Red Litchties needed a replay to overcome Junior side Auchinleck Talbot after a late equaliser in Ayrshire gave Arbroath a second chance to progress.

In the next round Arbroath drew 0-0 with League One Falkirk at Gayfield but exited the competition by losing the reply 2-0 at the Falkirk Stadium.

In the Championship Arbroath continued to exceed expectations and have been in and around the promotion play off spots after some superb results since Christmas. This included fantastic wins away at the top two Inverness CT and Dundee United, with former Dundee player Craig Wighton scoring the winner at Tannadice at the start of the month to give the Smokies their second win ‘across the road’ this season. 

Top Scorers:

DUNDEE: Hemmings 9; Johnson 7; Nelson, McGowan 4; McDaid 3; McGhee 2; Curran, Mackie, Kerr, Dorrans, Forster 1

ARBROATH: Linn 8; McKenna 6; Donnelly 5; Stewart, Gold 3; Thomson, Hamilton, Spence, Kader, Wighton 2; Doris, Hilson 1

Match Programme

Dundee’s 2019/20 match programme The Dee will be available to buy at the Partick Thistle game in and around the ground and in the club shop. It is a full, colour 48 page edition packed with news, views, features and exclusive interviews which this week include:

  • A message from manager James McPake
  • A message from managing-director John Nelms
  • Ladies Day – A look at woman’s matches played at Dundee’s former ground Carolina Port
  • Profile on visitors Arbroath
  • Played for Both featuring Jerry O’Driscoll
  • Junior Dees News
  • DFC in the Community News
  • Classic Match
  • Dundee Supporters Association news
  • Around the Boardroom
  • Club News

The Dee, produced by our partners Curtis Sports will be available on Saturday for just £3 and can also be ordered on the Curtis Sport website.

How To Watch

Fans from outside of the UK will be able to watch the match live on DeeTV with a virtual season ticket. You can sign up for DeeTV for just £12 a month or an annual fee of £120 on the official website where you will also have access to highlights, interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button

Fans in the UK can sign up to DeeTV for a monthly fee of £5.99 or an annual fee of £59.99 which will give them access to live audio of Ladbrokes Championship games, full match replays and highlights, behind the scenes content and exclusive interviews.

The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to every subscriber of DeeTV on Saturday while a shorter highlights package will be available to on Sunday alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

The pre-match press conference is also available to view on DeeTV from Thursday.

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