Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Raith Rovers - Starks Park

22nd August 2000

Raith Rovers 2-1 Arbroath

I was briefly working at Kirkcaldy during 2000, so attended this CIS Insurance Cup tie with a couple of Raith supporting colleagues, whose main talking point before the match appeared to be trying to guess how large new signing Gerry Creaney's arse would be, given the weight he had accrued since his halcyon days at Parkhead.  The answer we discovered was "Very". 

Arbroath, from a league below Rovers, outplayed their hosts for almost an hour, indeed taking a 6th minute lead through former Raith forward Paul BROWNLIE.  But the visitors ran out of steam early in the second-half, and once Alex BURNS had prodded in an equaliser from close range, it all just seemed a matter of time until a winner came along. 

But the home fans had to wait until the 90th minute to greet it, and even then there was an element of good fortune about things.  The aforementioned Creaney, not long on as a sub, ran on to a header by Ray McKinnon.  There was minimal contact as he took the ball past Craig Hinchcliffe in the Arbroath goal, but enough for the experienced striker to go tumbling and convince the ref to give a penalty, which Alex BURNS duly converted.   

The Archibald Leitch designed main stand at Starks Park - note
the trademark gable - was completed as far back as 1925.

Panorama of Raith Rovers' Starks Park, Kirkcaldy.

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2nd January 2017

Raith Rovers 0-2 Dunfermline


Starks Park from along Pratt Street.

Starks Park Main Stand exterior.

Starks Park Main Stand exterior.

Starks Park Main Stand exterior.

Rear of McDermid Stand - named for local crime-author & celebrity fan Val McDermid.

Panorama of Raith Rovers' Starks Park, Kirkcaldy.

Dunfermline's John Herron & Nicky Clark prepare to kick-off facing Jean-Yves M'voto & Ross Callaghan 

Penman Family Stand - Starks Park

Main Stand - Starks Park.

The rear of the McDermid Stand ford views across the Firth of Forth to Berwick Law, some twenty miles away.

Panorama of Raith Rovers' Starks Park, Kirkcaldy.

Panorama of Raith Rovers' Starks Park, Kirkcaldy.

The nearer half of the Key-Tech Stand may be used to house away support, should the occasion require.

Panorama of Raith Rovers' Starks Park, Kirkcaldy.


  

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