Raith Rovers Preview

Dundee travel to Kirkcaldy for the first competitive game of the 2019/20 season when we take on Raith Rovers in the Betfred Cup and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Match Info

FIXTURE: Raith Rovers v Dundee FC

COMPETITION: Betfred Cup Group D

DATE: Saturday 13th July 2019

KICK OFF: 3.00pm

VENUE: Stark’s Park

Ticketing Information

Tickets are still on sale from the Dundee FC Ticket Office for our opening Betfred Cup tie away to Raith Rovers on the 13th of July.

To avoid delays we would advise to purchase tickets before heading through where possible.

We have been advised that there will be tickets available on the day from a ticket pod behind the McDermid Stand on Saturday.

Tickets are prices at £12 for Adults and £6 for Concessions.

Dundee fans will be housed in the Val McDermid Stand on the north side of the ground.

Opposition Info

FORMED: 1883

STADIUM: Stark’s Park

CAPACITY: 8,867

PITCH SIZE: 103m x 64m

MANAGER: John McGlynn

CHAIRMAN: Bill Clark

NICKNAME: The Rovers

MASCOT: Roary Rover

CLUB COLOURS: Navy blue and white

HONOURS: Scottish League Cup winners 1994/95

Scottish League First Division (2nd tier) winners: 1992/93, 1994/95

Scottish League Division Two (2nd tier) winners: 1907/08,

1909/10, 1937/38, 1947/49

Scottish League Second Division (3rd tier) winners: 2002/03,

2008/09

Scottish League Challenge Cup winners: 2013/14

Scottish League B Division Supplementary Cup winners: 1946/47,

1947/48

Scottish Qualifying Cup winners: 1906/07

RECORD ATTENDANCE: 31,306 v Hearts, Scottish Cup, 7/2/1953

RECORD WIN: 10-1 v Coldstream 1954 Scottish Cup 1st Round

WEBSITE: www.raithrovers.net

Getting to the Ground

The full address of Raith Rovers for the Sat-Nav is Stark’s Park, Pratt Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1 1SA

By Train – Kirkcaldy Railway Station is situated to the North of the stadium and within easy walking distance (approximately 1 mile) of the stadium. On leaving platform 2, walk onto Whyte Melville Road towards the Railway Bridge then turn right and continue towards Beveridge Park Roundabout. Thereafter continue onto Abbotshall Road to Pratt Street.

By Car – From A92, leave dual carriageway at Kirkcaldy West, take the 3rd exit signposted A910 Town Centre and continue on that route to Kirkcaldy Railway Station. The ‘station’ car park is available for use and can be accessed from exit 2. There is additional but limited parking at Beveridge Park Car Park. To the south of the stadium, there is significant public and ‘on street parking’ in and around the esplanade. If parking ‘on street’, patrons are asked to park responsibly and be aware of some local restrictions. Pratt Street will be closed to traffic at least 30 minutes prior to kick off.

By Coach – Supporters coaches can be accommodated in the Beveridge Park car park (40 spaces)and on the esplanade. There is no general drop off facility at the stadium due to restricted access. Patrons using public transport can exit Kirkcaldy Bus Station and make their way via High Street to Links Street and thereafter arrive at Pratt Street South.

Blue Badge Parking – There are 12 spaces available at the rear of the North (Val McDermid) Stand which are offered on a first come first served basis. Any special drop off arrangements should be made directly to the club prior to match day. (01592 263514)

Match Officials

REFEREE: Lloyd Wilson

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Craig Ferguson

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Barry Reid

Head to Head v Raith Rovers

LEAGUE: Won 56, Draw 32, Loss 25

SCOTTISH CUP: Won 2, Draw 1, Loss 5

LEAGUE CUP: Won 11, Draw 2, Loss 1

CHALLENGE CUP: Won 1, Draw 0, Loss 0

TOTALS: Won 70, Draw 35, Loss 31

Last Five Dundee v Raith Rovers Matches

  1. 18/7/2017 | Away | Betfred Cup | Won 2-1 | 2,962 | Moussa, Hendry
  2. 26/8/2014 | Home | League Cup | Won 4-0 | 2,645 | Stewart, McGinn, MacDonald, Boyle
  3. 18/3/2014 | Home | SPFL Championship | Drew 0-0 | 4,561
  4. 2/1/2014 | Away | SPFL Championship | Won 2-0 | 4,039 | McAlister (2)
  5. 30/11/2013 | Home | Scottish Cup | Lost 1-0 | 3,184

Raith Rover’s Season So Far

Raith played four pre season matches and go into the competitive matches with a 100% record, including victory over a Premiership side.

All four games were played at Stark’s Park and the first was a 2-0 win over Stirling Albion on June 29th. This was followed up five days later with an impressive 3-2 win over Hamilton Academical which the Rovers website described as a “swashbuckling first half performance” when they raced into a 3-0 lead.

Their next friendly was a 2-0 win over Lowland League side Spartans and their final warm up was a Fife derby against Cowdenbeath which they won 2-1 after going behind early on.

Last Meeting

The Dee headed home over the Tay from Kirkcaldy with three points and a sense of relief after a keenly contested 2-1 win over Raith Rovers in the first game of the 2017/18 season. The match looked likely to be settled by penalties until it exploded into life in the last 10 minutes. Debutant Sofien Moussa came off the bench to put Dundee ahead but when Lewis Vaughan equalised on the stroke of full time spot kicks looked inevitable. However, Jack Hendry, who was also making his competitive debut, headed the winner in front of the delighted travelling support deep into injury time.

Raith Rovers: Lennox, Thomson, Benedictus, Davidson, Murray, Osei (Matthews 66), Callachan, Robertson, Vaughan, Spence (Court 78), Buchanan

Unused subs: Brian (gk), McKay, Berry, Thorsen, Valentine.

Goal: Vaughan 90.

Booked: Spence (simulation), Court (confronting O’Dea), Davidson (dissent).

Dundee FC: Bain, Kerr, Hendry, O’Dea (Waddell 80), Holt, Kamara, O’Hara (McGowan 56), Deacon, Allan, Wolters (Moussa 69), El Bakhtaoui

Unused subs: Ferrie (gk), Williams, Spence, Wighton.

Goals: Moussa (82), Hendry (90+2).

Booked: Deacon (foul on Buchanan), O’Dea (confronting Court), Moussa (goal celebration).

Attendance: 2,962 (1,612 Dees).

Referee: Stephen Finnie. Assistants: Graham Chambers, David McKniff.

How To Watch

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 most 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.

If you are out with the UK you will also be able to take advantage of our Live Streaming package for every home game.