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Getting to know: Kilmarnock

23 July 2015

Rugby Park is the destination on Saturday afternoon

The Cod Army will head to Scotland on Saturday for their friendly fixture against SPL outfit Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Having finished just above the relegation zone for the last two seasons, Killie will be hoping to improve on their results during the 20151/16 campaign.

They are the oldest professional club in Scotland and were founded in 1869.

The club enjoyed success in the 1960’s by winning the Scottish League Division 1 in 1964/65 after finishing runners up for the previous four seasons.

Kilmarnock have qualified for European competition on nine occasions, with their best performance coming in the 1966/67 European Fairs Cup when they reached the semi-finals but were eliminated by Leeds United.

The following decades were not as successful for the Scottish outfit, as they plied their trade in the second division for several seasons.

In 2007, Kilmarnock reached the Scottish League Cup Final but were beaten 5-1 by Hibernian, but reached the League Cup final again in 2012, this time defeating Celtic by a single goal to secure the club's first ever victory in the

Killie play their home matches at Rugby Park which is situated near the centre of Kilmarnock, and has a capacity of almost 18,000. The stadium was first opened in 1899 and underwent major redevelopment in 1994/95.

They are managed by former Hearts player Gary Locke, who ended his professional career at Kilmarnock in 2009 after playing 111 games and scoring one goal during seven years at the club.

Kilmarnock signed former Rangers top scorer Kris Boyd on a three-year contract this summer, and joined Killie for the third time in his career.

A notable former Killie player is present Everton forward Steven Naismith who played for the club from 2003 until 2007 before signing for Glasgow Rangers.

A coach will be running for the fixture against Kilmarnock, and will depart Highbury Stadium at 8.30 on Saturday 25th July. The kick-off is at 3 pm.

Prices are as follows: 

Season ticket holders - £15.00 Non season ticket holders - £30.00

To book your place on the coach please call into the Highbury ticket office or call 01253 775080

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