Rovers look to win a domestic trophy for only the third time in their history this weekend as all roads lead to Airdrie for the SPFL Trust Trophy Final against Queen of the South on Sunday.

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John McGlynn’s side go into the game buoyant, despite recent results and have only lost two of their last six games as they look to have turned a corner after a sticky patch at the turn of the year. 

The appointment of Wullie Gibson appeared to give Queens a brief boost as they won three games on the bounce at the end of February and into the beginning of March, but their fortunes have since changed as four defeats on the spin including a 1-0 defeat to Rovers have saw them slump back to the bottom of the Championship, three points behind Dunfermline. 

Rovers on the other hand, go into the game hoping that lifting the trophy will act as a platform to go and help them secure the last play-off spot going into the final five league games. 

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The two sides have met four times this season and it has been a fixture that Rovers haven’t found too much success in, having won once, drew twice and lost once against then manager, Alan Johnston’s side and they’ll be looking to change their fortune by grabbing their second victory of the season against the Doonhamers. 

Rovers won the last encounter between the two sides, with Matej Poplatnik’s first half strike securing the three points at a sunny Palmerston and that strike has since seen him go on a run of scoring a goal a game against Inverness and Arbroath. 

Both the management and the players will have the added motivation of not being able to participate in the last final, which was never able to be played and resulting the shared award of the 2020 Tournament, which will hopefully mean they can have the trophy for keeps this time around. 

 

Head-To-Head Record: 

Queens Wins: 15  Raith Rovers Wins: 13  Draws: 5 

Current Form: 

Raith Rovers: D-L-W-L-W-D

Queen of the South: L-L-L-L-W-W 

Top Scorers: 

Raith Rovers: Dario Zanatta 9, Aidan Connolly 7, Matej Poplatnik 6 

Queen of the South: Lee Connolly 7, Ruari Paton 3 

 

Referee: Grant Irvine 

Location: Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie ML6 8QZ 

How to get there:

AWAY FANS

Visiting fans are typically seated in the south end of the Jack Dalziel stand, although larger visiting supports may be situated in the East Stand. Away fans travelling by car should use the car park accessed from Petersburn Road.

TRAVELLING BY CAR

Leave the M8 at Junction 6, the Newhouse Junction and take the A73 towards Cumbernauld. After two miles turn right into Petersburn Road (B8058) and you will see the ground over on the left. Car parking is available at the ground, and limited free parking is available on the surrounding streets.

TRAVELLING BY TRAIN

The closest station to the ground is Drumgelloch which is just over a mile away, whilst Airdrie station is around 1.5 miles away. Both stations are served by Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh.

From Drumgelloch station, proceed up to the top of Station Road and turn left into Towers Road. At the top of Towers Road turn left onto Forrest Street (A89). Go straight along Forrest Street until you reach another roundabout which is the junction with the A73. Turn left onto the A73 Carlisle Road and the ground is down this road on the left.

As you come out of the main entrance at Airdrie station, turn left along Broomknoll Street, proceeding under the railway bridge. At the roundabout turn right and go along the A89. At the next roundabout turn left, still proceeding along the A89 and then at the next roundabout turn right onto Graham Street (still the A89). After around half a mile you will reach another roundabout which is the junction with the A73, turn right onto the A73 Carlisle Road and the ground is down this road on the left. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank at Airdrie station.  The 201 bus passes the stadium, and can be caught at nearby Broomknoll Street. The McGill’s 287 bus also stops near the stadium, and can be caught at Stirling Street near Airdrie cross  / town centre.

NEARBY PUBS

All fans are welcome at the Four Isles Bar, West End Bar, Airdrie Workingmen’s Club and the Albert Bar, all of which are happy to accept bookings from visiting buses. There is also a bar at the stadium where both home and away fans are welcome.

PARKING

There will be limited car parking within the Stadium grounds. There will be approx. 150 spaces available in the South East Car Park which is accessed through Petersburn Road. We would advise those wishing to park at the Stadium to arrive as early as possible.When this is full cars will need to park on Minch Way just off Petersburn Road. This will cost supporters £2.

Coaches will be parking on Vansdorf Way which is just across from the Petersburn Road gate.

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