Raith Rovers 

Brechin City 

Saturday 4th July 2015

Stark’s Park, Kirkcaldy 

Kick off: 3.00pm 

 Admission Prices: 

Adults £10

Concessions (Under 16 / Over 65 / Disabled) £5

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers kick-off their pre-season itinerary this weekend, and there’ll be a few familiar faces amongst the opposition for manager Ray McKinnon, as the Kirkcaldy side welcome his old club, Brechin City to Stark’s Park.

Although this is Raith’s opening encounter of their summer fixture list, the Glebe Park side have already had one run out, where they were on the wrong end of an 8-2 scoreline, against an Aberdeen side who were preparing themselves for their early European sojourn. However, it was an experimental looking Brechin side, with 4 trialists in the starting XI, and a further seven on the substitutes bench.

Andy Jackson and Robert Thomson scored the goals for home side on the night, but since then, they’ve been bolstered by the signings of former Raith Rovers forward, Dene Shields who has spent the last three seasons on the Maltese island of Gozo, playing for Xewkija Tigers, where he has been a prolific goalscorer for the club which has won the Gozo Premier League for the last seven seasons.

New player-manager, Darren Dods has also moved to bring in former Forfar midfielder, James Dale, and both are expected to feature in Saturday’s match for the away side, along with a number of trialists.

For Rovers, this will be the first opportunity for the new signings to take to the field in Raith colours, and the seven new arrivals, Kyle Benedictus, Lewis Toshney, James Craigen, Ryan McCord, Darren Petrie, Mitch Megginson and Craig Wighton, will all be hoping to play some part in the proceedings.

The last time the two clubs were in competitive action against one another was the 2008/09 season, which saw Raith promoted as Second Division champions a the end of the campaign. Brechin started the season well, going unbeaten in the league until November, a run that included a 2-0 win over Raith at Glebe Park.

However, Rovers would only lose three more games during the campaign, eventually overhauling Ayr United at the top-of-the-table with four matches remaining, coincidentally with a 1-0 win at Brechin. John McGlynn’s side would go on to secure the title at Hampden Park with a win over Queens Park, but Brechin would lose out to Ayr United in the play-offs, after they eventually finished third.

Saturday’s match referee will be Stephen Finnie.

Brechin City Ins and Outs This Summer:

In: Darren Dods, (Forfar Athletic) James Dale, (Forfar Athletic) Dene Shields, (Xewkija Tigers)

Out: Bobby Barr, (Morton) Greg Cameron, (Montrose) Colin Hamilton, (Alloa Atletic) Alan Trouten, (Ayr United) Gerry McLauchlan, (Ayr United) Steve Jackson, Ben Tough, Ryan Ferguson, (All unattached)

Overall Head-to-Head Record:

Raith Rovers Wins: 42 | Brechin City Wins: 13 | Draws: 18

Raith Rovers Goals: 175 | Brechin City Goals: 84

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