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The season gets real on Saturday when the opening fixtures of the Championship kick-off with Inverness travelling to Arbroath to take on the 'Smokies' with fans from both sides being allowed entry, albeit on a restricted basis. The ball starts rolling at 15:00 as season 2021-2022 gets underway for the Caley Jags under the new leadership of Billy Dodds. Good to see the supporters bus getting an airing for this one after a year of inactivity.

Supporters Bus

Match Info

Streaming from Arbroath TV

Official Preview

 

Our standard League Cup exit was confirmed before the Hearts game with Stirling Albion clinching second spot in the group. Good luck to them. We went through the motions against Hearts and but for a superb performance by Mark Ridgers we would have conceded a hatful of goals. It ended 1-0 to the hosts after substitute Jamie Walker rifled in a sharp finish to end our League Cup games. One or two positives from the game but the gulf in class was evident as the Jambos prepare for life in the Premiership; for us, another season in the Championship starts at Arbroath, a side we have found difficult to break down of late.

 

Last 10 Competitive Meetings with Arbroath
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1 - 0
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3 - 1
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Venue - Head to head Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
Home 19 15 2 2 53 17 +36
Away 17 8 3 6 25 22 +3
Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 36 23 5 8 78 39 +39
First Competitive Meeting
Aug 12th, 1994 League ((Div 3)) (H) 5 - 2
Most Recent Competitive Meeting
Mar 27th, 2021 League (Championship) (H) 1 - 0

 

Things are looking up for Arbroath with news that over 800 season tickets have been sold. That's great news for the highest placed part time team in Scotland who have come up two tiers under the guidance of the wily olde Dick.

Latest Team News

Michael Gardyne is suspended for Inverness after his straight red at Tynecastle. Sean Welsh is still injured but it was good to see Anthony McDonald back on the park after recovering from his knee operation. David Carson has missed the last couple of games and Billy Mckay has not surfaced since we signed him from County. Let's hope we get these guys back on the park sooner rather than later.

Dick Campbell has former Edinburgh City player Liam Henderson suspended for Arbroath, but captain Tam O'Brien is back after a foot injury saw him miss the last few games. One miss for them this term will be striker Jack Hamilton who has returned to Livingston. Ex Dundee player Nick Low will be an asset at Gayfield this season. Bin man Linn will always be a threat to a static defence.

Billy Dodds talking after the defeat to Hearts

And here's the Billy and Danny show ahead of the visit to Gayfield


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To those travelling, enjoy the day and encourage the guys to get the result we need to get the season off to a great start. I’ve signed up to the livestream, so will be with you in spirit!  

Brilliant result. Our record against the Arbroath has been pretty dreadful recently so to get a win and a clean sheet to start the season is extremely pleasing. 

Harper might be better left midfield as he is good going forward and crossing the ball.

We need to put the disappointment of the league cup behind us..which shouldn't be too hard to do given the fact it happens almost every season.

Hope we can hit the ground running and start the season with three big points. 

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800 season tickets sounds impressive for a club and town the size of Arbroath. Presumably they have worked hard on their profile in the community.

I wonder how many we have sold to date.

Interested to see our line up and whether Carson, if fit, is in midfield or at right back. Given the positive comments about McAlear, I suspect he will be right back with Doran starting in place of Gardyne, giving a line up of:

Ridgers

Carson Broadfoot Devine Deas

Walsh McAlear MacGregor Doran

Sutherland

Duku

However, I’d be happy to see Allardice start with MacGregor in the “number 10” role playing off Duku. 

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9 hours ago, Robert said:

800 season tickets sounds impressive for a club and town the size of Arbroath. Presumably they have worked hard on their profile in the community.

I wonder how many we have sold to date.

Interested to see our line up and whether Carson, if fit, is in midfield or at right back. Given the positive comments about McAlear, I suspect he will be right back with Doran starting in place of Gardyne, giving a line up of:

Ridgers

Carson Broadfoot Devine Deas

Walsh McAlear MacGregor Doran

Sutherland

Duku

However, I’d be happy to see Allardice start with MacGregor in the “number 10” role playing off Duku. 

I've heard from a friend who knows someone in the shop well that it's somewhat "under 1000“

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The League Cup was a disappointment but, as Gringo points out, that is hardly a novelty for us these days.

With no single club having substantially greater resources than any other for once this season represents our best chance of promotion for years.

However, this league will be highly competitive and half a dozen other clubs will be feeling the same way 

We cannot afford results and performances as dire as those against Stirling Albion and particularly Cove Rangers.

With all due respect to Arbroath, any team looking to secure promotion this season should be looking to secure maximum points from this fixture.

No room for complacency but it is vital that we get this most important of league campaigns of on the right footing.

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To those travelling, enjoy the day and encourage the guys to get the result we need to get the season off to a great start.

I’ve signed up to the livestream, so will be with you in spirit!

 

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Great to see Billy McKay out there warming up.

A fantastic option to bring on if we are in need of a goal or two late on.

 

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Ridgers

Carson Broadfoot Devine Deas

MacGregor McAlear Allardice Walsh

Sutherland

Duku

Subs: MacKay Duffy Harper Mckay Jamieson McDonald Hyde

No sign of Doran: is he injured?

Nice to hear the away fans there when the players came on to the pitch. 

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35 minutes ago, Yngwie said:

Good vocal away support, the sun is shining and it’s not even blowing a gale here.

Where in the ground are the away fans? Hard to tell on the livestream.

0-0 reflects the first half. Pretty even. Nouble for Arbroath looks a real handful and came close whilst Sutherland had an effort blocked on the line.

We are playing too many long balls, and look best when we move it quickly. Walsh is our main outlet.

This could go either way. 

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Most of our fans set up camp in the harbour end but then at kick off when they saw that Arbroath were attacking that end, most of their fans migrated to there too. So not much social distancing! They’ve changed ends now, as they always do here.

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We are playing too many long balls, and look best when we move it quickly. Walsh is our main outlet.

Agreed.  Keep it short, keep it on the ground, and move it quickly. 

We'll have the sun behind us in the second half, but there's no wind to speak of.

Impressed by the way Duku sticks himself into situations where others wouldn't bother.  Hasn't paid off yet, but will do at some point.

Frustrating how often we were caught offside, but we seem to learned as the game went on.

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Hard to say as Walsh further forward than MacGregor. Probably 4 4 1 1 with Sutherland normally deeper than Duku.

I’d be minded to bring McDonald and Mckay on before too long if they are fit.

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Duku header disallowed for offside after good break by MacGregor.

Broadfoot on a yellow after fouling Nouble, and needs to be careful as he fouled the same player shortly afterwards. 

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Harper on for Walsh, and playing left midfield.

Living a bit dangerously just now. 

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