We welcome Forfar Athletic to the Locality Hub Bayview stadium this afternoon in matchday 4 of our 2022/23 cinch League Two campaign.
There are a couple familiar faces in the Forfar squad this afternoon in the shape of former Fifers Craig Thomson and Nathan Flanagan.
Brogan Walls and Lewis Anderson continue to miss out this week with ankle injuries along with long-term absentees Scott Gallacher and Connor McManus. McManus underwent an operation last week and will be assessed by Physio Gregor Pirie today to check his progress.
Scott Shepherd returned to non-contact training on Tuesday following a concussion picked up against Bonnyrigg 2 weeks ago before taking part in full training on Thursday night and is available for selection today.
Alan Trouten took part in full training twice this week and will be available for selection provided there are no adverse reactions.
East Fife will be in our change colours of pink strips, black shorts and pink stockings this afternoon with the goalkeeper in all green.
Forfar Athletic will be wearing navy strips, navy shorts and navy/sky blue stockings with the goalkeeper in all purple.
Tickets for today’s match are available to buy online here ahead of the game. Please note, there will be no cash turnstiles and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be presented digitally or printed at home. Those unable to purchase tickets online can buy theirs over the phone (01333 426323) and collect from the matchday reception. Parent and child tickets cannot be purchased online.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults - £18
Concessions* - £14
Under 16s** - £5
Parent & Child - £21
Parent & 2 Children - £24
*Over 65s and full-time students. Proof of eligibility may be requested
**Proof of age may be requested
All child members of EFCFC & EFG&WFC will be admitted free with a paying adult or as part of an organised group for all of our home league matches this season. Tickets for this are being organised through EFCFC.
Season tickets are valid for this match. Those who have still to collect their season ticket card can do so up until kick off this afternoon.
Turnstiles will open at 2pm.
Match referee: Barry Cook
AR1: Graham Chambers
AR2: Barry Reid
The last meeting between the sides took place at Station Park in May 2021 where East Fife picked up the 3 points with a 3-2 victory. Scott Fenwick had given the home side the lead in the 11th minute before Ross Davidson equalised 3 minutes later. Daniel Scally restored the home side’s advantage shortly after half-time only for Stewart Murdoch to level the match against a couple of minutes later before Sean Brown popped up with the winner for East Fife in injury time.
Forfar Athletic Team: McCallum, Nditi, Coll, Irvine, Meechan, Holmes (Mackintosh 64’), Scally, Moore, G Anderson, Shepherd (Allan 64’), Fenwick (Doris 64’)
East Fife Team: Long, Steele, Murdoch, Dunlop, Watson, Denholm (Dunsmore 80’), Swanson, Watt, Davidson, Newton (Healy 88’), Spence (Brown 72’)
Car parking is available at both ends of the stadium for both home and away supporters free of charge.
No live stream is available to viewers with the UK & Ireland.
Viewers outside the UK & Ireland can watch the match via East Fife TV with a monthly or season pass.
The stadium bars will be open to both sets of supporters from 12.15 pm this afternoon for pre- and post-match refreshments.
Pie stalls will be open at both ends of the stadium from 2pm. Please note, our pie stalls are cash only.
Issue 4 of our new-look matchday programme is available to purchase for £2.50. Please look out for our programme sellers around the stadium before the game.
Admission prices for our SPFL Trust Trophy R2 match v St. Johnstone B have been agreed as follows:
Adults - £10
Concessions* - £5
*Over 65s/Under 16s
Tickets will be available online here. Please note, there will be no cash turnstiles and we strongly encourage fans to buy online in advance.
East Fife made the journey to Coatbridge to take on Albion Rovers in the third league game of the season. Previously the Fifers suffered a defeat to Bonnyrigg Rose and were looking to bounce back and win all three points at The Reigart Stadium.
Stevie Crawford made two changes to the starting eleven that were beaten by Bonnyrigg last time out. Scott Shepherd and Brogan Walls missed out through injury with Pat Slattery and João Balde, making his starting debut for the club, replacing them in the starting line-up. New loan-signing Taylor Steven was named on the bench.
Hibs loanee Balde got the game underway, and it was Albion Rovers were the fastest out of the blocks as they had a few good chances early on. The first in the 3rd minute where Kieran Dolan managed to turn Sam Denham and get a shot away that Allan Fleming turned behind for a corner. In the 20th minute, Albion Rovers have another good chance when Callum Wilson squared the ball to Dolan whose shot is blocked well by Denham, however the clearance landed at the feet of Sean Fagan who rifles a shot goal wards which Fleming turned onto the post preventing Albion from taking the lead.
East Fife first chance of the half was in the 22nd minute when Scott Mercer’s free kick found the head of Aaron Steele who header back across the face of goal just evaded the onrushing Denham. A short while later, Fantastic Fleming struck again as he miraculously managed to stop a seemingly open goal for Dolan at point blank range.
East Fife’s best chance of the half was thanks to a mazy run from Balde, cutting in and out of a few Rovers players before eventually getting a shot away, however his shot didn’t have enough power and Leighfield saves comfortably with his feet. With 5 minutes left of the half, Fagan entered the referee’s book. The referee blew up for half time a little while after.
East Fife came out a lot stronger in the second half as it took little time before they created the first good chance of the second half when Balde sent a nicely placed pass to Schiavone, who took the ball down well, but his shot went over the bar and out for a goal kick.
On the 67th minute, East Fife took the lead when Alex Ferguson lofted through ball found Ryan Schiavone down the right who sent a pinpoint cross into the box, picking out Liam Newton directly in front of goal who headed home giving East Fife the lead.
Directly after the Fifers goal, Albion went close to levelling the match, as Jamie Leslie’s shot from around 25 yards forced Fleming to push the ball out for a corner at full stretch. In the 73rd minute, Stevie Crawford made his first substitution as Schiavone makes way for new loan signing Taylor Steven from St. Johnstone.
In the last 15 minutes of the game Albion Rovers really pushed for the win, however very little got past the stubborn East Fife back line. Rovers did have a chance late on was when substitute Max Wright cuts the ball back to unmarked McGrath, but his shot was dragged wide.
In the 5th minute of stoppage, time Lucas Williamson was brought on for goalscorer Newton. A minute later the referee blew up for full time, giving East Fife a tough 1-0 win in hot conditions. East Fife will play Forfar Athletic at Bayview next as Crawford and co aim to pick up another 3 points.
The final event for Kevin Smith's Testimonial is a Gala Dinner to be held in the Gorgie Suite, Tynecastle on Sunday 25th September at 6:30pm.
The cost of the evening is £60/person and includes a welcome drink and 3 course meal. The evening will be hosted by David Tanner with guest speakers Tam Cowan and Gary Naysmith.
Transport from Bayview is also available at a cost of £10/person. Pick-up locations from other parts of Fife can also be arranged if demand is available.
Tickets for our cinch League Two match against Forfar Athletic on Saturday 20th August at the Locality Hub Bayview Stadium are now on sale and can be purchased here.
Adults - £18
Concessions* - £14
Under 16s** - £5
Parent & Child** - £21
Parent & 2 Children** - £24
*Over 65s/Full-Time Students/Disabled – proof of age/eligibility may be requested
**Proof of age may be requested.
All member of East Fife Community Football Club & East Fife Girls & Womens’ Football Club who are under 16 go free with a paying adult or as part of an organised group for all cinch League Two matches at Bayview this season. Tickets for this are arranged through EFCFC.
Season tickets are valid for this match. Supporters who have not yet collected their season ticket card can do so up until kick off.
There are no cash turnstiles at Bayview and supporters are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets online. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling the club office on 01333 426323.
Please note, parent and child tickets cannot be purchased online and should be purchased directly from the club office.
We’re delighted to announce that goalkeeper Allan Fleming has penned a 1-year extension to his current contract.
The stopper returned to Bayview this summer after 6 seasons at Montrose where he helped win the League Two title in 2017/18. Allan has made 40 appearances for East Fife over his 2 spells at the club, keeping 8 clean sheets.
Speaking after yesterday’s match v Albion Rovers, Manager Stevie Crawford commented: “It’s vitally important that we managed to show right away (following Jude Smith’s transfer to Newcastle) that we have the backing of board and the Chairman to invest some of the money right away in giving Allan an extended contract.”
“Since the day he joined the club, not just on the pitch, and not just for his saves today, that he’s brought a maturity to us which is massively important with the number of young players we currently have at the club”.
Allan’s new contract keeps him at the club until the summer of 2024.