Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Raith Rovers

Friday, 30th Dec 2016

Ladbrokes Championship: Monday 2nd January 2017, kick off 3.00pm at Starks Park. The Pars have won six of the last dozen league fixtures, Raith three and three have ended all square.

Ticket Information
Adults – £20 . £10 Concession

The Ladbrokes Championship fixture card set up the first New Year Derby against Raith Rovers since 2013. The Pars have won three of the last six New Year meetings but their last first foot win at Starks Park was in 1989 although that is only three away fixtures back. The scorers that day in a 3-1 win were Trevor Smith, Ross Jack and an own goal.

This meeting sees Dunfermline in seventh place take on fifth placed Raith. Seven points separate the teams but Dunfermline view this first fixture of the second half of the season as a great opportunity to close the gap between them and the teams above.

Pars v Raith Rovers: The Full League Record

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P

W

D

L

F

A

At East End Park

 .49

22

9

18

87

71

At Stark`s Park

 .49

18

15

 .16

 .70

 .76

Division One (up to 1975)

22

10

8 4

51

36

Division Two (up to 1975)

22

10 4

8

42

39

Premier League (since 1975)

4

4

0

0

8

2

First Division (since 1975)

39

13

9

17

40

51

Championship (since 2016) 2 0 1 1 0 2
Second Division (since 1975) 9 3 2 4 16 17

TOTALS

98

40

24

34

157

147

The Pars best win at Stark`s Park was over 22 years ago in October 1994 when Stewart Petrie and Kenny Ward hit doubles and Hamish French hit the net in a 5-2 win. The last Pars win at Stark`s Park was a 3-1 in November 2012. That was an eventful match as Allan Walker and Dougie Hill were shown red.

Milestones v Raith Rovers (away)

Last League Victory

17/11/12

3-1

First Division

Last League Defeat

20/08/16

0-2

Championship

Best League Victory

29/10/94

5-2

Div One (old)

Worst League Defeat

01/01/83

0-6

Div One (old)

In the last dozen league fixtures the Pars have won six of them, Raith three and three have ended all square. Dunfermline have only won once in their last five trips to Kirkcaldy.

At Starks Park earlier this season in August, the Pars went down 2-0 to Gary Locke`s team when two goal in eight minutes late in the second half saw off Allan Johnston`s side`s challenge. Bobby Barr opened the scoring in 71 minutes and Mark Stewart added a second to complete a miserable day for Dunfermline.

Last twelve league meetings
2016/2017
Championship Dunfermline 0-0 Raith Rovers 05/11/16
Championship Raith Rovers 2-0 Dunfermline 20/08/16
2012/2013
First Division Raith Rovers 1-1 Dunfermline 17/11/12
First Division Dunfermline 1-0 Raith Rovers 02/01/13
First Division Raith Rovers 1-3 Dunfermline 17/11/12
First Division Dunfermline 3-1 Raith Rovers 01/09/12
2010/2011
First Division Dunfermline 2-1 Raith Rovers 23/04/11
First Division Raith Rovers 2-1 Dunfermline 02/01/11
First Division Dunfermline 2-2 Raith Rovers 13/11/10
First Division Raith Rovers 2-0 Dunfermline 21/08/10
2009/2010
First Division Raith Rovers 1-2 Dunfermline 20/03/10
First Division Dunfermline 2-1 Raith Rovers 16/03/10

Last Win at Starks Park
Saturday 17th November 2012


This was a remarkable match in which Raith Rovers were forced to play the
entire second half was just nine men. . The hosts took the lead from an Allan Walker free kick. When the ball was lofted in former Par Pat CLARKE jumped high above the defence to head the ball past Paul Gallacher. 1-0

Stephen HUSBAND`s low free kick got the Pars back on level terms. Dougie Hill was shown yellow for chopping down Ryan Wallace and the 25 yard free kick was driven low through the Raith wall to beat keeper Ross Laidlaw at his right hand post. 1-1

Walker was red carded and the Hill was shown a second yellow in the tunnel at
half time. A Joe CARDLE strike flew into the Pars net from the left corner of the box to put the Pars ahead just two minutes into the second 45 but it took until and two minutes from time before HUSBAND slotted in his second of the afternoon to finish it at 3-1.

RAITH ROVERS: Ross Laidlaw. Jason Thomson, Laurie Ellis, Dougie Hill, Eddie Malone. Grant Anderson (Brian Graham.74), Simon Mensing, Allan Walker, David Smith, Greg Spence (Stuart Anderson HT), Pat Clarke
SUBS NOT USED: Jordan Roberts (GK), Reece Donaldson, Joe Hamill
YELLOW CARD: Thomson (7), Anderson (34), Hill (36)
RED CARD: Walker (45), Hill (HT)
SCORER: Clarke (24)

DUNFERMLINE: Paul Gallacher, Andy Geggan, Andy Dowie, Callum Morris, Jordan McMillan (c),. Josh Falkingham, Stephen Husband, Ryan Thomson (Craig Dargo 51), Joe Cardle. Andy Barrowman (Alex Whittle 78), Ryan Wallace (Andy Kirk 62)
SUBS NOT USED: John Potter, Michal Hrivnak (GK)
SCORERS: Husband (37, 88), Cardle (47)

Raith Rovers Dunfermline
Current League Position
5 7
Last league games
DDDLDD LWDWDD
League Points
25 18
Goal Difference
+4 -7
League Record Home / Away
P8, W4, D3, L1 P9, W1, D3, L5

Form last six matches -
 . Raith Rovers  .

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 . Dunfermline
 . Hibernian (A) D 1-1  . Falkirk (H) D 1-1
 . Dundee United . (H) D 0-0  . Queen of the South (A) D 2-2
 . St Mirren (H) L 0-1  . Morton (H) W 2-1
 . Ayr United (H) D 1-1  . Ayr United (H) D 1-1
 . Dumbarton (A) D 0-0  .Buckie Thistle (A) W 5-3
 . Dunfermline Ath (A) D 0-0  . St Mirren (A) W 1-0

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Falkirk):
 Sean Murdoch: Andy Geggan (c), Lewis Martin, Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Paul McMullan, John Herron, Rhys McCabe, Joe Cardle (Michael Paton 85): Nicky Clark (Farid El Alagui 87), Michael Moffat (Gavin Reilly 81)
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Williamson, Callum Fordyce, Nat Wedderburn, David Hutton (GK)

RAITH ROVERS (v Hibernian): Kevin Cuthbert: Jason Thomson, Jean Yves-Mvoto, Kyle Benedictus, Iain Davidson, Chris Johnston: Bobby Barr, Ross Matthews, Jordan Thompson (Craig Barr 85), Rudi Skacel (Mark Stewart 74), Declan McManus.
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Vaughan, Yaw Osei, Joel Coustrain, Aaron Lennox, Scott Roberts

Referee will be Don Robertson.

Come on ye Pars!



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