A game to honour McCrae’s Battalion

Raith Rovers U20 player Ross Matthews displaying the poppy shirt that the team will wear against Hearts at Tynecastle. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
Raith Rovers U20 player Ross Matthews displaying the poppy shirt that the team will wear against Hearts at Tynecastle. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

Hearts and Raith Rovers will mark the centenary of McCrae’s Battalion with a special tribute at Saturday’s match.

The clubs will honour their former players who fought in the First World War by wearing commemorative kits which feature a poppy on the front.

The SPFL granted a request that the fixture take place on remembrance weekend, and the match is heading for a 16,500 sell-out.

“It will be quite some event,” said Eric Drysdale, Raith chief executive. “The arrangements in place for before the match and at half-time are quite special.

“It will certainly be a day to remember.”

Rovers have been given permission to wear their green and black ‘RemembeR’ kit after initially being told they would not be able to.

“For a while it didn’t look like we’d be allowed to wear it because both ours and Hearts strips are dark, but thankfully the authorities have relented,” Drysdale added.

“We even went to the lengths of staging a mock-up in match colours at Tynecastle so match referee Crawford Allan could see for himself if it was acceptable - and happily he has agreed to it.”

Raith have sold 700 tickets - believed to be the third largest away support at Tynecastle this season after Rangers and Hibs - but there are still some tickets available which will be on sale from Stark’s Park tomorrow (Friday) between 9.00 a.m and 1.00 p.m.

Raith will also be represented at wreath-laying services in Kirkcaldy and Haymarket on Sunday.