The Scottish Professional Football League’s fixture lists for all four of its divisions are out now, and the schedule for the second tier will see new Rovers manager Ian Murray’s side heading up to Aberdeen on Saturday, July 30, for a game kicking off at 3pm.
Cove – now also under new management, Jim McIntyre having just taken over from Paul Hartley, now in charge south of the border at Hartlepool United – finished last season top of League 1 with 79 points from 36 games, with Raith, managed by John McGlynn at the time, ending up fifth in the tier above on 50 points from the same number of matches.
July 30’s game will be the sides’ first-ever league meeting as they’ve only played each other in the league cup before, with Cove winning two of their three ties and Raith the other.
Cove beat the Fifers 3-0 in July 2019 and 2-0 in July 2018 but lost 2-1 in July 2016 in that competition, all those games having been in Aberdeen at Station Park or Balmoral Stadium.
Kyle Benedictus and Lewis Vaughan were Raith’s scorers six years ago, with Ryan Stott netting for the Aberdonians. Daniel Park and Jamie Masson were Cove’s scorers in 2018 and Masson got on the scoresheet the year after too, along with Christian Antoniazzi and Declan Glass.
Rovers’ first home game at Stark’s Park in Kirkcaldy follows on Saturday, August 6, also at 3pm and it’s against Dundee, and they’re at home the following Saturday too, at the same time, Morton being their visitors.
Manager Gary Bowyer’s Dundee are also newcomers to the second tier, having been relegated from the Scottish Premiership this summer after going up the season before at Raith’s expense.
Honours were even between the teams that campaign, each winning two, with one drawn, though, crucially, Dundee got the better of Raith in the promotion play-offs, winning one 3-0 and losing the other 1-0.
Their preceding games that season were a 1-1 draw in October 2020, a 3-1 win for Rovers in January 2021 and a 2-1 loss in April of that year.
Raith’s festive season schedule sees Morton returning on Christmas Eve, followed by a trip to Hamilton on January 2, and their last match of the regular 2022/23 league season is at home to Partick Thistle on Friday, May 5, next year, with kick-off at 7.45pm.
Their full fixture list is as follows:
30: Cove Rangers away 3pm
6: Dundee at home 3pm
13: Morton at home 3pm
20: Hamilton Academical away 3pm
27: Partick Thistle away 3pm
3: Inverness Caledonian Thistle at home 3pm
10: Arbroath away 3pm
17: Ayr United at home 3pm
1: Queen’s Park away 3pm
8: Cove Rangers at home 3pm
15: Morton away 3pm
22: Inverness Caledonian Thistle away 3pm
29: Partick Thistle at home 3pm
5: Hamilton Academical at home 3pm
12: Dundee away 3pm
19: Queen’s Park at home 3pm
3: Ayr United away 3pm
17: Arbroath at home 3pm
24: Morton at home 3pm
2: Hamilton Academical away at 3pm
7: Dundee at home 3pm
14: Cove Rangers away at 3pm
28: Inverness Caledonian Thistle at home at 3pm
4: Arbroath away 3pm
18: Queen’s Park away 3pm
25: Ayr United at home 3pm
4: Partick Thistle away 3pm
11: Hamilton Academical at home 3pm
18: Cove Rangers at home 3pm
25: Dundee away 3pm
1: Queen’s Park at home 3pm
8: Inverness Caledonian Thistle away 3pm
15: Arbroath at home 3pm
22: Morton away 3pm
29: Ayr United away 3pm
5: Partick Thistle at home 7.45pm