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Arbroath vs Partick Thistle – Match Preview

Arbroath vs Partick Thistle – Match Preview

Ladbrokes Championship – Game 05 – Season 2019 / 2020

Friday 13th September, Gayfield Park, Arbroath, 7.05pm KICK OFF


Arbroath welcome Gary Caldwell’s Partick Thistle to Gayfield tonight for our match under the floodlights, live on BBC Scotland with the earlier kick off at 7.05pm.

It is the first time we have played Partick Thistle in a competitive match since the March 2nd 2012 when we drew 2-2 at Firhill, with the Lichties claiming a 1-0 victory over the Jags just a few days earlier on the 26th February 2012 thanks to a 39th minute goal by the late John McGlashan.

There will be a very familiar face in the Partick Dugout as former Lichtie and fan favourie, Brian Kerr is the assistant Manager at Firhill.

Partick Thistle have only picked up 1 point so far in the Championship but we know that they will be determined to get back to winning ways as the country watches live on BBC Scotland.

The Jags will be without midfield duo Shea Gordon and Stuart Bannigan due to suspension as they were both sent off against Ayr United, with striker Alex Jones also likely to miss out due an ankle injury.

However with experience all through out their side, players such as Joe Cardle, Gary Harkins and former Scotland striker Kenny Miller in their ranks it will be a tough night for the Lichties.

Arbroath Manager Dick Campbell has a headache selection in whether to keep faith with his side that recorded a victory over Dunfermline Athletic or keep his side that defeated Dundee United in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup last Saturday.

Gavin Swankie and Scott Stewart will both still be missing due to injury but Miko Virtanen will return to the Arbroath squad after being away on international Duty with the Finnish U21 side.

There is an added element to tonight’s game as Arbroath physio Anna Murray also plays for Partick Thistle Ladies on Sunday as they take on Heart of Midlothian.

It will be another extremely tough game for the Lichties but with your backing anything is possible as we have already shown this season.

Partick Thistle Squad (including summer arrivals)

Manager – Gary Caldwell
Assistant Manager – Brian Kerr
Goalkeeping Coach: Kenny Arthur

01 – GK – Jamie Sneddon
22 – GK – Scott Fox (Ross County)

02 – DF – Ryan Williamson (Dunfermline Athletic)
03 – DF – James Penrice
04 – DF – Thomas O’Ware
05 – DF – Ben Hall (Brighton & Hove Albion)
06 – DF – Sean McGinty
24 – DF – Osman Kakay (On loan from Queen’s Park Rangers)
30 – DF – Mouhamed Niang
43 – DF – Steven Saunders

07 – MF – Joe Cardle
08 – MF – Stuart Bannigan
11 – MF – Gary Harkins
12 – MF – Reece Cole (On loan from Brentford)
14 – MF – Shea Gordon (Motherwell, loan made permanent)
15 – MF – Tommy Robson (Falkirk)
16 – MF – Cammy Palmer (On loan from Rangers)
17 – MF – Craig Slater
20 – MF – Callum Wilson
23 – MF – Raffaele De Vita (On loan from Livingston)

09 – ST – Kenny Miller (Dundee)
10 – ST – Alex Jones (Bradford City)
18 – ST – Lewis Mansell (Blackburn Rovers, loan made permanent)
19 – ST – Dario Zanatta (Heart of Midlothian)
77 – ST – Mitch Austin (Sydney FC)

Firhill Departures

Aidan Fitzpatrick (Norwich City)
Cammy Bell (Falkirk)
Souleymane Coulibaly (Etoile Sportive du Sahel)
Kris Doolan (Ayr United),
Christie Elliott (Carlisle United)
Aaron Lennox (Montrose)
Andy McCarthy (Queen of the South)
Scott McDonald (Western United)
Ally Roy (Airdrieonians)
Blair Spittal (Ross County)
Miles Storey (Inverness Caledonian Thistle)
Steven Anderson (St. Johnstone, end of loan)
Conor Hazard (Celtic, end of loan)
Jack McMillan (Livingston, end of loan)
Niall Keown

Arbroath vs Partick Thistle – Head to Head

Partick Thistle 2 – 2 Arbroath – Scottish First Division – 2001/2002
Saturday 2nd March 2002 – Firhill Stadium, Glasgow
Goals – McLean 60, Hardie 81 – Ritchie 23, Cusick 40

Arbroath 1 – 0 Partick Thistle – Scottish First Division – 2001/2002
Tuesday 26th February 2002 – Gayfield Park, Arbroath
Goal – John McGlashan 39

Partick Thistle – Scottish Championship Results 2019/2020

Game 01 – Alloa Athletic 1 – 1 Partick Thistle – Saturday 3rd August
Game 02 – Partick Thistle 1 – 2 Dundee United – Friday 9th August
Game 03 – Greenock Morton 3 – 2 Partick Thistle – Friday 23rd August
Game 04 – Partick Thistle 2 – 3 Ayr United – Saturday 31st August


Shea Gordon and Stuart Bannigan are both suspended for Partick Thistle


Referee: David Munro
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny
Assistant Referee 2:Steven Wilson
4th Official – Chris Fordyce

Matchday Programme;

Tonight’s programme will be on sale just inside of Gayfield and is the 5th programme of new season and is priced at £2.50 with Luke Donnelly on the front cover.

How to watch BBC Scotland;

Freeview – Scotland Only – Channel 9 (SD) – Channel 108 (HD)

Freesat – Channel 106 (HD: Scot) Channel 108 (SD: Scot, HD: Rest of UK) Channel 174 (SD: Rest of UK)

Sky (UK only) Channel 115 (HD: Scot) Channel 457 (HD: Rest of UK) Channel 876 (SD)


Pay at the Gate – Cash Turnstiles in operation.

Admission allows you access to the entire ground, both the stand and terracing.

Ladbrokes Championship Season 2019/2020 Admission prices;

£18 – Adults
£10 – Concessions (Child, Students, OAP 65+, Disability Entry with a free carer)
£20 – Adult and Child Gate


Would all supporters attending tonight’s Ladbrokes Championship match between Arbroath and Partick Thistle at Gayfield Park on Friday 13th September please note that supporter segregation will be in place.

A large crowd is expected with Arbroath hosting Partick Thistle for their third home match of the season.

It is acknowledged that this decision does restrict the normal movement of supporters inside Gayfield however it is an absolute club priority to ensure that all Supporters can attend the match in a safe and friendly environment and enjoy the football on show.

Arbroath FC supporters will occupy the Harbour End of Gayfield, which will sweep round to the the TV Gantry whilst also gaining access to the Harbour side of the Main stand.

Partick Thistle supporters will be allocated to the the Pleasureland End (Switchie End) of Gayfield whilst also being permitted to Sections A and B of the Main Stand.

We expect a large crowd to watch this evenings anticipated fixture.

Your co-operation of the segregation arrangements is greatly appreciated by both clubs.

Disabled Access;

Gayfield Park, home of Arbroath FC has two enclosed disabled seating areas on either side of the main stand which are reserved for wheelchair users and their assistants / carers. Each area can accommodate up to 3 wheelchairs and 3 assistants / carers.

These areas also have wall attached seats which fold down in place for any assistant or carer that is present on the day.

Each side is accessible via a smooth flat surface suitable for wheel chairs with a disabled toilet on the opposite side of the stand.

Our match day stewards are always on hand to give assistance either into the ground, or to the accessible areas.

Unfortunately due to Gayfield’s location we don’t own any parking spaces around the ground, but there is plenty of spaces on either side of the ground to park which is all completely free.

If the distance from the main gate to the accessible area is too far, then we are happy to accommodate a vehicle into the ground for a close drop off. In this circumstance we would please ask that you contact the club a day or two before hand and arrive a little earlier than normal.

We offer a concession admission for those with a disability and free admission to any assistant or carer present.

We are a community club and hope to give all visiting and home fans the same experience as they are welcomed into our ground.


Unfortunately due to Gayfield’s location we don’t own any parking spaces around the ground, but there is plenty of spaces on either side of the ground to park which is all completely free.

If you are coming from the direction of Dundee, there are many spaces on Queen’s Drive next to Pleasureland, of if you continue past Gayfield there is Inchcape Park which is your first right after Gayfield. It is next to the Sea which offers street and overspill onto the grass.

Full Details can be found on our website –

We hope to see another fantastic support for our third home Championship game of the season cheering on the Lichties!

We hope you can make it along!

C’mon the Lichties!


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