Stirling Albion

Raith Rovers

Forthbank Stadium, Stirling

Saturday 29th November 2014

Kick off: 3.00pm 

 

 Admission Prices:

Adults – £13

OAPs and Students – £8

U17s – £5

U12s – Free with full paying adult 

Match Preview: 

Raith Rovers will be looking to reach the Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup for the third successive season this Saturday, as they travel to Forthbank Stadium, to take on League One side, Stirling Albion.

The Binos are adjusting to life under new manager Stuart McLaren, after the club parted company with former boos, Greig McDonald last month.

Both Raith Rovers and Stirling Albion navigated their way past teams from the Junior ranks to reach this stage of the competition, and while Rovers eventually had enough to see off Linlithgow Rose at the first time of asking, Stirling ended up being involved in something of an epic tie, against Ayrshire outfit, Hurlford.

Stewart Kean had given the Junior Scottish Cup holders the lead in the first tie, before Chris Smith had levelled late on, after they’d been reduced to ten men, following Craig Wedderburn’s dismissal, ensuring a replay at Forthbank the following weekend.

Once again, Stirling lived dangerously in the second match, trailing twice, firstly in normal time thanks to a goal from Ross Robertson,and then in extra-time, after Stewart Kean had looked to have done enough to put Hurlford through. However, two equalisers from Steven Doris, his first goals since signing from Dundee, took the match to penalties.

The resultant shoot-out eventually saw 28 penalties taken, a Scottish Cup record, and Steven Doris’ decisive kick, eventually put Stirling Albion through, 13-12.

Raith Rovers and Stirling Albion both have cup anniversaries in common this season too. While Raith’s League Cup victory over Celtic was 20-years-ago this week, Stirling Albion’s incredible 20-0 Scottish Cup win over Selkirk, is 30-years-old next month.

The win was, and still is, the biggest win in British football, since Hyde lost to Preston 26-0 in the 1887-88 FA Cup. While footage of the 20-0 win is available, only 19 of the goals have been captured, as the cameraman was forced to change his tape as the last strike was scored.

This will be the third time that Raith and Stirling Albion have met in the Scottish Cup, and both previous meetings have taken place in Stirling. Raith won a Second Round tie 4-2 in the 1947-48 season, but lost to Airdrie in the next round. More recently, Stirling won 2-0 in 2001, thanks to goals from Chris Templeman, and ex-Raith forward, Ally Graham.

The recent head-to-head record between the sides is reasonably close, with five wins for Raith, and three for Stirling Albion from their last ten meetings, and their last encounter was a close-fought 2-1 win for Raith in the First Round of last season’s Challenge Cup.

Saturday’s match referee will be Greg Aitken.

Head-to-Head Cup Record at Stirling:

Stirling Albion wins: 4 | Raith Rovers wins: 3 | Draws: 0

Stirling Albion goals: 13 | Raith Rovers goals: 15

Current Form:

Stirling Albion: D-D-D-L-D-L

Raith Rovers: L-D-W-L-W-L

Biggest Home Win: 18/12/1948 Division Two Stirling Albion 5 Raith Rovers 2

Biggest Away Win: 17/02/1968 Division One Stirling Albion 0 Raith Rovers 7

Top Goalscorers in All Competitions:

Stirling Albion: Gordon Smith 7 | Sandy Cunningham and Darren Lee Smith both 3

Raith Rovers:Ryan Conroy 5 | Christian Nade 4 | Mark Stewart 3

Match Odds:

Stirling Albion: 9/2 | Raith Rovers: 4/7 | Draw: 7/2

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