First Team

Match Preview: Arbroath (a)

2nd July 2018

All the info you'll need for attending tomorrow night's pre-season friendly at Arbroath

Hearts get preparations for the 2018/19 season underway tomorrow night with a trip to Arbroath.

The Jambos take on the Red Lichties in a pre-season friendly at Gayfield Park with a 7.30pm kick off.

Team news

Manager Craig Levein has added ten new names to his first-team squad and all of them are expected to get a run out in Angus in what will the first chance for supporters to see the new-look side in action.


There are no major roadworks taking place in the local area.

Ample on-street parking is available in the surrounding streets of Gayfield Park, with added space next to the Pleasureland indoor fun fair for supporters’ buses.

Hearts fans should note that the last trains leaving Arbroath for Edinburgh Waverley are at 21:59 and 22:28.

Stadium access

Fans can enter the stadium through the turnstiles at the front of Gayfield Park, entry is pay at the gate; £10 for adults, £5 for concessions, while an adult and child can enter together for £13.

The Caird Suite will be open before the match and offering a cash bar, where both sets of supporters are welcome.


The two sides last met in the not too distant past when Hearts hosted Arbroath at Tynecastle back in July 2015.

The League Cup first-round encounter was a precursor to Robbie Neilson’s side’s first season back in the top flight following the record-breaking Championship-winning season, but the then League Two side proved more than an ample test.

The visitors drew first blood through David Gold’s 39th minute penalty box strike, handing the Red Lichties a half-time lead.

Hearts restored parity ten minutes into the restart when Jordan McGhee knocked home Alim Ozturk’s cross, before Osman Sow put the Jambos in front three minutes later.

Sow bagged his brace 120 seconds later after Sam Nicholson had been fouled in the box but Martin Grehan’s 84th minute header cut the deficit and ensured a nervy final few minutes for the men in white, with Hearts sporting their away kit for the fixture.

The game was wrapped up in stoppage time, however, when Craig Wilson slid in to knock the ball into his own net under pressure from Jamie Walker.

Hearts would go on to face another of this year’s pre-season friendly match opponents in the next round; Forfar Athletic.

You have to go back to 1985 for the last time Hearts visited Gayfield Park in what was an October friendly.

A crowd of 307 watched a rampant Jambos side rack up a 4-1 win thanks to goals from Sandy Clark, John Robertson and a Gary Mackay brace, while Paul Kirkcaldy responded for the home side.

Hearts have faced Arbroath six times away from home in friendly matches with a record of three wins and three draws.