"You want to see fire in the bellies of your players, but that was something I'd never encountered before. The sight... was horrendous... a real embarrassment for the club" - Tommy McLean
"The fact he gave Graeme Hogg a dunt put him up in my estimation. Nothing against Graeme but Craig was a classy, smooth guy and I always wondered if he had a hard edge. The way he put him down that day made me realise he was tough." - Gary Mackay
Raith were looking forward to a campaign where they hoped to win promotion back to the Premier League after being relegated the season before.
Hearts meanwhile were going through a transitional spell with changes in both the boardroom and dugout.
Wallace Mercer, after 13 years in control of the club, had sold his stake to Chris Robinson.
The new owner's first act was to sack manager Sandy Clark and appoint Tommy McLean from Motherwell.
Like all managers, McLean set about taking a look at his new squad - especially those who he had in defence.
It was likely that Alan McLaren would be sold for a large sum of money (which he eventually was in a £1.5m move to Rangers) in order to bring some much needed capital into the club's coffers.
Therefore McLean was wanting to see how his other two centre-halves, Craig Levein and Graeme Hogg could work together in the central of defence.
Levein was already a stalwart of the club and was approaching his 10th year at Hearts.
He was signed as a teenager from Cowdenbeath in 1984 and under the tutelage of former Scotland international, Sandy Jardine, he developed into a classy centre-half.
Season 1985/86 when Hearts came so close to a league and cup double was the campaign that brought him to everyone's attention.
He may have ended that season medal-less but he had already won the PFA Young Player of the Year award two years in succession.
Rangers manager Jock Wallace wanted to buy him but with the Ibrox directors plotting behind his back to bring in Graeme Souness to replace him, refused to sanction Jock's request to launch a bid.
Everton showed a firmer interest only for Wallace Mercer to try his luck at getting them to pay a big fee.
They backed down and instead bought Dave Watson from Norwich for £900,000 which makes you wonder what fee the Hearts owner was asking for.
The Merseyside club were prepared to cough up a hefty sum 18 months later only for Levein to suffer a horrendous knee injury - it would crop up time and again throughout his playing career.
Levein would bounce back and win a call-up to the Scotland squad which also saw him put on an impressive display in the 2-1 win against Sweden in the 1990 World Cup.
Graeme Hogg's career meanwhile, started big but then began to scale down.
Signed up by Manchester United, Hogg it seemed was on his way - especially after an excellent man-marking spell on Diego Maradona when the Red Devils beat Barcelona 3-0 at Old Trafford in 1984 to reach the last four of the European Cup-winners Cup.
However, he couldn't hold down a secure berth in the United team and Alex Ferguson's arrival and his subsequent signing of Steve Bruce ensured Hogg was on his way out.
He moved to second tier Portsmouth and seemed to do well there - even though Pompey were unable to win promotion.
Then Joe Jordan offered the south-coast club £200,000 to procure Hogg's services for Hearts in 1991.
On his debut, Hogg set up the winning goal for none other than Levein as Hearts came away from St Johnstone in a 1-0 victory in August 1991.
Hogg acquitted himself well but he no doubt would have thought that with Jordan playing a sweeper system, he would be one of the three centre-halves playing regularly.
Levein and Dave McPherson had long been mainstays in the Hearts defence but Hogg was probably not banking on McLaren fulfilling his potential so quickly and, as a result, first-team chances were limited.
But in the summer of 1994 when Hearts travelled to Raith for a pre-season friendly, here was a chance for him and McLean paired the player with Levein - McLaren would take on the sweeper's role.
The first half was not the best of games and Hearts struggled to find any rhythm.
Raith capitalised with Gordon Dalziel giving them the lead on the half-hour.
Dalziel nearly doubled Raith's advantage right on half-time when he stole in between a gap left unattended by both Levein and Hogg only to see his shot turned around the post by goalkeeper Henry Smith.
As for what happened next, we'll let Dalziel himself pick up the story....
''It was just before half-time and I got in between Craig Levein and Graeme Hogg and got an effort in on goal at the Raith end of Stark's Park.
''Henry Smith turned it round the post for a corner but an argument then broke out between Levein and Hogg about who was meant to be marking me.
''I was winding them up and laughing and saying that I was having a stormer and I was a difficult player to mark at the best of times.
''The last thing I said to the pair of them was, 'I don't want you falling out over me'. I then told them to calm down.
''But Hogg then squared up to Levein. I think he threw the first punch or a shove in Levein's direction and then they had a set-to.
''Levein threw two haymakers which I can only describe as a superb effort that Mike Tyson would have been proud of.
''I was killing myself laughing and jokingly gave Hogg the count of 10 as he was flat out on the deck.
''I didn't realise the severity of the blows at the time or the fact that Levein had actually broken Hogg's nose.
''I signalled to the benches to get a stretcher and by the time I got to the dressing room Hogg was on a stretcher and completely spangled.
''It was a couple of dull ones that Levein hit him with and to be fair to him it was his own team-mate 'It was a stupid argument over nothing in a pre-season friendly.
''It was typical of me during my career. I was a cheeky-chappy type striker and I started banter with defenders and many an argument. But when trouble started I just ran like ****."
The whistle went for half-time and most of the staff on the bench made their way back into the dressing room.
However, after picking up his medical bag, physio Alan Rae spotted someone in a Hearts jersey lying spark out on the pitch.
Rae would reveal in his book, "Hands On Hearts: A Physio's Tale" what happened next:
"Graeme was down and there was blood everywhere. He wasn't going to make the count.
"While I summoned a stretcher, Bill Crombie (the referee) ran over (to the prostrate Hogg) with a red card and said, 'And I'm giving you one as well'.... What on Earth was going on here?
"My first duty was to Hoggie so I set about reviving him. He was carried into the medical room beneath the grandstand where the Raith doctor could inspect the damage. I left them to it.
"I headed for the dressing room, still with no idea as to what had happened.
"Had a Rovers player been sent off? Indeed there had been another dismissal.
"One glance in Craig's direction and the grim reality had hit home. His head was in his hands.
"The manager was pacing the floor, utterly speechless.... welcome to Hearts Tommy."
McLean would fine both players two weeks wages, put them on the transfer list and stripped Levein of the club captaincy.
At their hearing at the Scottish Football Association's headquarters, both received 12-match bans.
The club, shocked at the severity of the punishment, rescinded their own rulings (although given a year later Rangers' Duncan Ferguson would be sent to jail for head-butting an opponent on the pitch, the pair got off lightly).
It was the last game Hogg played for Hearts as when his ban expired, he joined Notts County and would also play for Brentford before a stint with junior side Linlithgow Rose.
Levein stayed on but suffered another knee injury a year later which forced him into early retirement.
As for the incident, Levein has stayed silent on it ever since but Hogg did mention it once back in 1999 within a context which shows you that as the old saying goes, 'what happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch'.
As Hogg says:
"He actually tried to sign me when I was at Linlithgow Rose and he was manager of Cowdenbeath.
"I think some people thought it was a wind-up when I told them about it. But Craig was as good as gold and we had a laugh about what had happened between us."