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Raith Rovers

Ground Name: Starks Park
Capacity: 10,104 (all seated)
Address:
Pratt Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1SA
Telephone No: 01592 263 514
Fax No: 01592 642 833
Pitch Size: 113 x 70 yards
Club Nickname: Rovers
Year Ground Opened:
1891*
Home Kit Colours:
Navy Blue, White & Red
Official Web Site: www.raithroversfc.com
Unofficial Web Site:
Independent Supporters Trust

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Contents

What's The Ground Like?
Looking Towards The South Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Where To Drink?

Layout Of The Ground
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Fixtures 2008-2009
Record & Average Attendance
Hotel Accommodation
Feedback

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What's The Ground Like?

The ground has benefited greatly with the re-development of both ends. These stands, the North & South Stands, are virtually identical. Both are good sized, single tiered stands with windshields on either side and unusual floodlights protruding from their roofs. The North Stand is given to away supporters. On one side of the pitch is the Railway Stand, a small covered, all seated stand. Opposite, must be one of the most unusual Main Stands in Scotland. It is a classic looking old stand, that only runs for less then half the length of the pitch, but extends around one corner of the ground. It is a covered seated stand, the seating area of which is raised above pitch level and has a number of supporting pillars. Even so, the stand oozes character, complete with a 'RRFC' gable on it's roof. It is just unfortunate that the rest of this side of the ground, is empty.

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Looking Towards The South Stand


Photo Of Starks Park

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are normally housed in the North Stand at one end of the ground. The angle of the stand is quite steep, ensuring a good view of the playing action. The facilities in this stand are also quite good. If  there is only a small visiting support expected, then the South side of the Main Stand is allocated instead of the North End.

Andy Turner adds; 'The staff at the ground are welcoming and friendly. The folk who run the supporters shop, located in the south stand, personify the welcoming nature of the Club as a whole. I recently took a friend, a Plymouth fan for his first Scottish game and the lads at the shop gave him a commemorative programme as a souvenir. The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown is to be seen in the little old stand on occasions; apparently Gordon Brown sold programmes in his Kirkcaldy youth and has followed the club all his life'.

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Where To Drink?
Martin Hart informs me; 'The Starks Bar is the nearest bar to the ground and is popular with both home and away supporters. However, it can get very busy on matchdays'. Andy Turner adds; 'Raith's support usually congregate at the Novar Bar in Nicol Street. In my opinion though, the best boozer in the town is the Harbour Bar. A regular CAMRA award winner whose landlord brews his own excellent ale as well as having wonderfully kept guest beers from around the UK. The pub is on the seafront by the harbour area (hence the name) next to Fife College Priory Campus. Its a fair distance to the ground, but for those who fancy a "bracing walk" its a matter of a hike the length of the seafront. You can still see the floodlights of the "San Starko" in the distance.'

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Ground Layout


Layout

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Take the A921 into Kirkcaldy. Turn onto the B9157 (Pratt Street) for the ground. The ground is well sign posted (football traffic) on entering the town. Street Parking.

For a map showing the location of the ground click here
(to take you to the Street Map website).

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By Train
Kirkcaldy railway station is around a 15 minute walk away from the ground. Exit the station via the door at the top of the stairs on platform 2, then turn left down the hill. Go right under the railway bridge and at the mini roundabout turn left into Abbotshall Road. This road (keeping the railway to your left) eventually leads into Pratt Street and to the ground.

Thanks to Andy Turner an exiled Chesterfield fan & Martin Hart for providing the directions.

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Local Rivals
Dunfermline, Falkirk, Cowdenbeath & East Fife.

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Admission Prices 

Adults 14
Students 10
Concessions 7
Disabled 7, Carer Free
Pre-School Child Free (when accompanied by an adult).

Concessions apply to OAP's, Under 16's and the Unemployed.

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Programme Price
Official Programme 2.

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Fixtures 2008-2009
For the Raith fixture list click here (to take you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
31,306 v Hearts (1953).

Average Attendance:
2007-2008: 1,785 (Division Two)
2006-2007: 1,935 (Division Two)
2005-2006: 1,624
(Division Two)

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Hotel Accommodation
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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me and I'll update the guide.

* Although Raith Rovers took up residence in 1891, the ground had been used for some years previously for football matches.


 


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Last Revised: 07 January, 2008