We travel to Links Park to face Montrose this afternoon for our 11th cinch League One match of the season. Montrose currently sit 4th in the league on 16 points. Last time out, Montrose recorded a 5-0 victory over Clyde at Broadwood.
Long term absentees Ross Davidson, Danny Swanson, Stewart Murdoch and Mikey Cunningham will also miss today’s match along with Ross Dunlop, who picked up a calf injury last week, and Lewis Anderson, who picked up a knock in training on Thursday night.
Next week, Stewart Murdoch should hopefully return to training and Ross Davidson is scheduled to begin light jogging.
Kieran Millar returns to the squad after missing last week’s match against Cove Rangers.
Tickets for today’s match are available to buy online here ahead of the game. Pay at the gate is available for both adult and concession tickets however adult + child tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be presented digitally or printed at home.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults - £15
Concessions - £8
Adult & Child* - £18
*Must be purchased in advance
Face coverings are encouraged inside the ground and a socially distanced safe space is available in Section F of the main stand.
Those unable to attend today’s game can watch the match live via Montrose FC Live for £12.50. Coverage will begin at 14:15PM BST. The match can be purchased here.
East Fife will be wearing our all-red 3rd strip this afternoon with the goalkeeper in yellow.
Montrose will be in their blue home kit with white sleeves and the goalkeeper in teal.
Hot and cold refreshments will be on sale inside the ground.
Matchday programmes will be on sale priced at £2.50.
We’re delighted to announce the Liam Newton and Aaron Steele have both signed one-year extensions to their current contracts, keeping them both at Bayview until the summer of 2023.
19-year-old Liam was promoted to the first team July 2020 after impressing for the Under 20s side the season before. He made his debut against Cowdenbeath in the Betfred Cup in October before scoring his first goal against Raith Rovers in the same competition a few days later. The midfielder has 29 first team appearance to his name so far.
Defender Aaron Steele joined the club on a permanent deal in the summer after impressing while on loan from St. Johnstone towards the end of last season. The 19-year-old made his East Fife debut against Airdrieonians in April this year and, to date, has turned out for the club on 14 occasions, scoring twice.
Darren Young: “It’s great to have been able to tie both Aaron and Liam down to longer deals. Both guys continue to grow in confidence every week and you can see that in their performances on the park. They’re both still young so I’m sure they’ll continue to develop, and it will be great for the fans to see how they progress over the next couple of years”.
After a lengthy layoff due to covid restrictions, we’re delighted to announce the return of our matchday hospitality packages. Matchday hospitality will return for the visit of Dumbarton on 30th October and will be available for every home match until the end of the season.
3 hospitality packages are available starting from £45/person:
Package 1 - £45/person (inc. VAT)*
*£35 for season ticket holders
Package 2 - £75/person (inc. VAT)*
Package 1 plus:
*£65 for season ticket holders
Package 3** - £85/person (inc. VAT)
Package 2 plus:
*£75 for season ticket holders
**Jim Baxter Suite Max. 8 persons / Min. 5 persons
**Legends Suite: Max. 12 persons / Min. 8 persons
As the Under 20s season kicked off, we felt that some of our players would benefit from loan moves in competitive senior leagues rather than playing against players their own age. This, in turn, opened up places in the 20s group for younger players. Our 20s team is mainly made up of players born in 2003, 2004 and 2005 playing against 2001 and 2002s and they are being challenged and stretched each game. Four of our Under 20s side are currently on loan at senior clubs:
Jack Healy – East Stirlingshire
Jack joined the Shire in August and quickly had to learn the demands of a first team environment making a few appearances initially from the bench. He has now established himself as a starting player and is impacting games with goals and assists. Del Ure and his staff have been tremendous with Jack and have been giving constant feedback to the club. Jack was included in the Lowland League Catchup’s Team of the Month for September.
Next up for East Stirlingshire is a 2nd round Scottish Cup tie against Bonnyrigg Rose on Saturday.
Cammy Dow – Berwick Rangers
Cammy was another needing first team football and with him moving to Edinburgh, the chance to join Berwick Rangers presented itself. Cammy has managed to force his way into Stuart Malcolm’s starting line-up and recently scored his first goal as well as chipping in with some assists.
Next up for Berwick Rangers is a 2nd round Scottish Cup tie against Stirling Albion on Saturday.
Jamie Allan – Linlithgow Rose
Jamie initially joined Bo’ness United in September but unlike the others his spell wasn’t as successful as we had hoped. Despite good showings against the likes of East Kilbride we recalled him last month. Jamie applied himself constantly during his spell and he has been very unlucky not to get the game time his work ethic deserved. Jamie has now joined Linlithgow Rose and we hope to see him continue his progression.
Next up for Linlithgow Rose is an East of Scotland Qualifying Cup 2nd round match against Dalkeith Thistle on Saturday.
Kieran Lindsay – St Andrews
Kieran has been doing very well for St Andrews United having helped them out for a few weeks he is now on loan until January. The opportunity to play regular football in a senior league was one he couldn’t turn down and he has been flourishing under their new management team. Kieran is only 17 and one we hope will come back from the loan with a better understanding of the men’s game.
Next up for St. Andrew’s United is a King Cup 1st round tie against Ormiston on Saturday
We welcome Cove Rangers to the Locality Hub Bayview stadium this afternoon for our 10th cinch League One match of the season. Cove currently sit 2nd in the league, level on points with leaders Queen’s Park, who they’re behind on goal difference. Last time out, Cove recorded a 3-1 victory of Alloa Athletic at the Indodrill Stadium with Rory McAllister scoring all three goals.
Long term absentees Ross Davidson (foot), Danny Swanson (knee) and Stewart Murdoch (hamstring) will also miss today’s match along with new loan signing David Devine who has suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury from earlier in the season. Aaron Dunsmore is also doubtful having missed last week’s match with an ankle injury. Ryan Wallace returned to training this week and is available for selection this afternoon.
Tickets for today’s match are available to buy online here ahead of the game. Please note, there will be no cash turnstiles, so we strongly encourage both home and away supporters to purchase their match tickets in advance. Tickets can be presented digitally or printed at home. Those unable to purchase tickets online can buy theirs from the matchday reception. Parent and Child tickets must be bought in person from the matchday reception.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults - £15
Concessions* - £12
Under 16s** - £5
Parent & Child - £18
Parent & 2 Children - £21
*Over 60s and full-time students. Proof of eligibility may be requested
**Proof of age may be requested
Season tickets are valid for this match. Turnstiles will open at 2pm.
Those unable to attend today’s game can watch the match live on East Fife TV for £15. Coverage will begin at 14:45PM BST. The match can be purchased here.
Following the relaxation of the Covid Red Zones, we’re delighted to be able to welcome supporters (both home and away) back to the Jeek Fleming Lounge for pre-match refreshments before and after today’s game. Please note, there will be no draught beer available this weekend, but it will be back on sale for our match against Dumbarton in 2 weeks’ time. To comply with Scottish Government guideline, face coverings must be worn while moving around inside the lounge.
Pie stalls will be open at both ends of the stadium from 2pm. Please note, our pie stalls are cash only.
Issue 04 of our matchday programme is available to purchase for £2. Please look out for our programme sellers around the stadium before the game.