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Arbroath Football Club
Gayfield Park
Arbroath
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Arbroath F.C. was founded in 1878 and is nicknamed 'The Red Lichties' after the red light that used to guide ships into the local harbour. Prior to the official formation of the team, a demonstration match had been played by members of the Arbroath Rugby club against a Dundee football team called St Clements. Since 1880 the club has played its home fixtures at Gayfield, which now holds 4,145 spectators. In 1885 Arbroath set a world record for senior football which still stands when they beat Bon Accord 36-0 in a Scottish Cup game. Jocky Petrie scored 13 goals in that game, itself a British record in senior football. Incredibly Arbroath had other goals disallowed and actually only just made the record books because, by an amazing coincidence, Dundee Harp beat Aberdeen Rovers 35-0 on the same day in the Scottish Cup. During the 1890's, the strong Arbroath team was plundered by the new wave of professionalism in both Scottish and English Football, with many players heading to other Scottish clubs or even south of the border. In 1903 Arbroath won the Scottish Qualifying Cup, but the team has had mixed success in the league, having spent only brief spells in top flight.


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