East Fife head north to McDiarmid Park tomorrow to take on St Johnstone in the opening game of the season in the Betfred Cup. It goes without saying that this will be an extremely tough challenge for the Fifers, with the Perth Saints now an established Premiership side under the stewardship of Tommy Wright, who has retained the core of his playing staff, bringing in Drey Wright from Colchester United and former Celtic player Tony Watt. There are also several familiar faces in the Saints squad in Jason Kerr, Mark Hurst and Greg Hurst, who all spent time at Bayview recently in loan spells.
Having completed four friendly fixtures against St Andrews United, Dunfermline Athletic, Queen of the South and Lochee United, Manager Darren Young expressed satisfaction at his side’s preparation for the season ahead. Several new faces have arrived at Bayview, including experienced campaigners Scott Agnew, Liam Watt, Ross Dunlop, Ross Davidson, Scott McBride and Daryll Meggatt. Goalkeepers Brett Long and Craig McDowall have also put pen to paper, in addition to young strikers Jonathan Court and Anton Dowds.
The Methil men are likely to be without the services of Scott Linton and Mark Docherty, who remain sidelined through injury, while midfielder Scott Agnew is also unavailable for selection.
You have to go back to 2006 to find the last time the two sides faced each other, with St Johnstone emerging 3-1 winners at McDiarmid Park, also in a League Cup tie. After a goalless first half, Jason Scotland found the target for the home side, hitting a double, with Martin Hardie also finding the net. Jonathan Smart scored his first goal in East Fife colours with ten minutes left on the clock.
The supporters who intend travelling to support The Fife against Lochee United on Saturday, 7th July in Dundee, should note that the Kick Off time has been altered from 2.30pm to 1pm.
Bayview Stadium is hosting a friendly game tonight (4th July) KO 8pm, between Raith Rovers and Dunfermline Athletic. We have been asked to point out to both sets of supporters that our upstairs bar (Jeek Fleming Suite) is reserved for Rovers Supporters only and our downstairs bar, (Jimmie's Bar) is for Dunfermline Supporters only. All supporters are very welcome to our stadium.
St. Johnstone have asked us to pass on detail of their matchday hospitality for our Betfred Cup tie on the 14th of July. See below for details.
Saints will entertain East Fife FC at McDiarmid Park in the Betfred Cup on Saturday 14th July, in what will be the club's first competitive fixture of the new season.
The club is delighted to offer fans the opportunity to take in this match in style by enjoying our renowned match day hospitality with this special package.
Guests will be welcomed into our Centenary Suite where they will receive the following for just £35 per person:
- A hot buffet prepared by Head Chef, Robert McKinnie
- Access to a cash bar
- Complimentary match programme and teamsheet
- Half-time refreshments of tea, coffee and biscuits
- Post-match visit from players
As the Black 3rd tops were not bespoke, our suppliers could only stock us with sizes up to 2XL. However, the supplier has agreed, in view of the demand for larger sizes, to make a special run of these. Therefore we will take orders by phone, e mail or visit to the office of the sizes required for 3XL, 4XL and 5XL. We have an order list for those who have already put their names down for those sizes and anyone who wishes to add their name can do so as soon as possible please.
We are expecting these sizes to be delivered by the end of August and beginning of September 2018. We have asked for 25. It should be noted that the price for the larger sizes are £45 per top.
Darren Young and new-signing Liam Watt spoke to EFtv following Tuesday's friendly v St Andrews United