In a historic match this weekend, Jeanfield Swifts welcome League 2 side, Elgin City to the Riverside for a highly anticipated Scottish Gas Scottish Cup match. Both clubs will be looking to progress to round three when League 1 and Championship sides enter the draw. With a prized place in the hat for that round at stake, this match promises to be a thrilling encounter.
Sitting at the foot of League 2, the visitors will be looking to kick start their season under the relatively new management of Barry Smith, while Jeanfield’s own new management team are well settled in since the Summer and sit third in the East of Scotland Premier League.
Both teams share the classic black and white vertical striped home kits, but Jeanfield will wear their striking yellow away kits for this fixture. The clubs share more in common that kits and there will be a few familiar faces for both sets of supporters to add some intrigue. Jake Dolsanski, a former Swifts player will feature in the visitors squad and a number of the Swifts facing their old side, with Chris Dodd, Aaron Whitehead, Chris McLeish and Scott Smith all having featured for the Highland team in the past.
A historic opportunity for Jeanfield Swifts
For Jeanfield Swifts, this Scottish Cup clash marks a historic occasion. The first time the club has taken on an SPFL league side in competitive Scottish Cup action at home and the chance to reach round three for the first time. It is a huge moment of pride for the players, staff, supporters and local community alike, who have all supported the growth of the club to get to this elevated stage.
Swifts manager, Robbie Holden and his players are certainly looking forward to the tie, Robbie said “The team is in good shape and the players have responded really well since myself and the management team came on board in the Summer. There's nothing quite like the Scottish Cup and we're really looking forward to testing ourselves against a league side at home. The players will be giving it their all this weekend, to get a positive result and it would be fantastic achievement for everyone at the club and in the community if we can make it to the next round."
As the big kick off approaches on Saturday, the club looks forward to welcoming Elgin and all their supporters to the Riverside and invites all football fans from the city and the local community to come out and lend their support for what promises to be a momentous occasion.
KO is at 3pm.
Under 16s FREE when accompanied by an adult
Please note entry season tickets are NOT valid and entry is CASH ONLY