SPFL 2: Elgin next up for Ultra big league clash

Posted on Friday, August 18th, 2023

The Spartans welcome Elgin City to Ainslie Park this Saturday as the SPFL 2 newbies set out to turn two positive draws in their opening games into their first victory of the campaign.

Douglas Samuel’s side have delivered strong performances against Clyde who dropped from League 1 and Dumbarton who finished runners-up in the competition last season.

It’s been a pair of profitable goals from Jamie Dishington that have earned comeback points for Spartans and the playmaker is keen to turn these into winners next time out. 

Whilst this may be the first engagement on league duty, the sides have met previously in the Scottish Cup on three occasions.  First time up was in December 2008 when Elgin defeated the then East of Scotland Spartans, only for the game to replayed due to both teams fielding ineligible players – Dean Hoskins for the visitors and for the hosts, goalkeeper Joe Malin.  It was his namesake Gavin who was to secure Spartans passage into the next round nine days later when he scored the winner following Omar Kader cancelling out Steven Mackay’s fifth minute spot kick.

Then, in October 2015, Archie MacPhee’s last minute headed goal gave Elgin a narrow 1-0 victory at Borough Briggs in the 2nd Round after an outstanding performance by Blair Carswell throughout the tie.  The Cat and Jamie Dishington the only survivors from that match for Spartans whilst Matthew Cooper remains in the Elgin defence.

With Hibs and Hearts not in action until Sunday after their fantastic European efforts on Thursday evening, it’s an ideal opportunity for fans to get a weekend’s worth of football across the capital and Spartans continue to offer a half price offer for season ticket holders of both Premiership clubs.  Just show your club’s season ticket at the turnstile to benefit from this deal.

Kick-off is 3.00pm.

Saturday’s game is being sponsored by the side’s young supporters ‘Ultras North’ who have been producing plenty noise and adding to the match day experience with their exuberance and enthusiasm whilst getting right behind their heroes.

Admission prices are £15 Adults, £10 Concessions (Students / OAPS) and £5 for Youths aged 15-18.  Tickets can be purchased in advance via Fanbase  https://app.fanbaseclub.com/Fan/Tickets/ChooseQuantity?ticketId=187&fixtureId=3427 or pay at the gate.

Free Season Tickets are also available for Kids under 16. 

Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 20th April
Opponent: Bonnyrigg Rose
Venue:New Dundas Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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