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    Lower Leagues Hike



    A belated start to my new quest. Would have went to Elgin on Monday but I was screwed by Sunday timetable trains. Still swithering on if ill concentrate on league by league or just hike my way round our country

    So with the Heelan league ticked off, the Gable Endies (quite possibly a HFL team next season) were the first port of call. Train check, carryoot check,snag baps check, Pacbro making the train without sleepin in check. A few pints in the Picture Hoose as its right next to the train station and would have been rude not to. That followed by a couple in the Market Arms. Then to a cold Links Park

    Montrose are pish and ive said previously this is their year for going down. Yesterdays showing didnt change my mind. Pish but beaten by a quite tidy side in Elgin Outplayed from start to finish. No creativity, no clue. Elgin on the other hand were tidy and played some nice fitba at times and it was noted that they have reluctance to lump it at any point. All their play was on the deck and looked good. Maybe this is the year they might get promoted. Easy day at the office for them 3-0 and 3 points. If Montrose find themselves in yhe playoffs again im sure Buckie,Brora or Cove or even East Kilbride, Spartans could beat them. Few pints in the Royal Arch complete with an Iron Maiden/Twisted Sister conversation with a local after before jumping on the train with a few Stellas

    Also a bit of warning,if anyone finds themselves at Links i have to warn you. Do not get a pie. Quite easily the most disgusting thing i have eaten and without exaggerating you could pour the grease out of them. (Pacbros jacket was spootered by it)Pretty f@cking foul and pacbro,pacpal and myself all made the mistake of having one. F@cking gadz min

    Anyway Forthbank next weekend





    Special careyoot for the start of my new travels
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    Haven't been to Links Park for Donkeys.

    Been a regular visitor down the years though, I was there the famous night they turfed Hibs out of the League Cup (wan't to say 75?) with Les Barr's 75 yard winner.

    The last time I wa there was for an Inverness game in the 2nd or 3rd division.
    A pal of mine was running the ICT supporters club and got a special deal on a corporate package at Links Park.
    So a car load of us headed through from Inverness (thankfully I wasnae driving).

    We arrived dead early and the first think I noticed was that there was a bright, shiny new stand where there'd been a rickety terracing last time I was there.

    Because we'd pitched up so early, yer man Bryan Keith (I assume he's nae Chairman any more?) met us and gave us a tour of the stand.
    Nice wee setup as I recall, we also met the then manager, the boy Dave Smith who'd been a successful non-league manager.

    Anyway, cracking day, great food (first time I tasted Guinea Fowl) loads of swally and great hospitality.
    I was substantially the worse for wear by the time we got back to Inverness.

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    Am I right in saying Forfar play on a fake pitch?

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    Stirling Albion just tweeted the match prices for todays game at Forfar. Ill take that as a good sign. Wheres my scarf and mittens

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    Forfar wasn’t my game of choice today but after the weather my safety head won and I thought the A90 was a safer drive than the A96(Elgin v Annan). Left Meldrum with only Cowan and Cosgrove for company, quite the norm for my travels. The snaaa was quite bad between Meldrum and Newmachar but once Dyce was in sight it cleared up. Once past Stonehaven there wasn’t a drop barring up in the hills

    I got to Forfar with 40 minutes to spare so I went for an uncharacteristic Guinness in The Plough which was the scene of a quality piss up after a Dons Scottish Cup tie in 2012. Nae so rowdy today as there was a bout 10 folk in and a man of about 60 with a peppa pig tshirt on.

    Headed to Station Park and the saying “when in Rome” sprung to mind (nae that Station Park resembles the Colloseum). I was in Forfar so I was to indulge in a Bridie. An excellent piece of fitba cuisine. Better than that f@cking abomination of a pie I got at Montrose last weekend. But I have to moan about the coffee as it was boiled bitter bowf.

    The game started well first half was decent. End to end with nothing between the teams. Both side hit the post early doors. Albion took the lead on the half hour after a decent move which led to the initial shot hitting the post leaving a an easy finish past the stranded keeper much to the delight of the decent travelling Bino support (more than some teams bring to Pittodrie). But with an up there is a down and couple of minutes later Albion crucially missed a pen. A poor weak worm burner of an effort. Easy work for the keeper. 5 minutes later The Loons equalised through Cox, a probably deserved goal as there really wasn’t anything between them. A mention for Cox who I thought was the best player on the day,a hardy wee c@nt. Speaking of which the game was littered with a lot of decent meaty challenges. Nothing wrong with that. Sportsound regular name check Gavin Sw@nkie also seems a tidy player for Forfar.

    At half time I decided I would swap my vantage point and mix it up with the Bino massive and get hear a bit of their banter. By the time I had a piss and met someone on route I established that in true old school fashion they had swapped ends to be closer to the end they were attacking. Ach well

    The second half was a damp (freezing cold) squib and was pretty much a bore with nothing of note happening barring Albion hitting the post again, that and poor officiating. No matter what level you are at you get it. One thing I did notice during the second half was the aforementioned peppa pig mannie was standing next to me. He was now wearing a wolf for a hat and was carrying a camcorder bag (minus the camcorder) theat had a green Tellytubby wearing an aviator jacket sticking out of it. Eh?

    Going back to meeting someone at half time. In December the mascot of the month in FourFourTwo magazine was Forfars very own Baxter the Bridie. So part of today was about meeting him as well as my lower league hike. Check the delight in my face

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    Whys that sideways?

    Anyway nae the greatest game overall but a decent way to spend a few hours. Only issue. Nae getting to see that fat hun manatee Gary Bollan get beat
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    Get yerself to a Sons game with the Boghead Youth Army (hated but rated)

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    I was actually thinking ill need to do it before they bugger off fae the Rock. Ill give you a shout min

    Fits their mascot?

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    Hes nae as good as Norrie the Scorrie up at Wick

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    Cowdenbeath v Elgin tonights tempting

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    Didnt take on Cowdenbeath due to the Fourth Road Bridge lorry crash and i though it might cause havok down that way. So Brechin v Airdrie it is. Turned up at Glebe Park, held up for an hour because half the Brechin team arw from Edinburgh and stuck coming up.

    F@ck sake

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    What a f@cking palaver. Just in the door fae Brechin at 11.50. As explained above the Forth Road Bridge lorry crash was a c@nt

    With my time to burn pre kick off i did something ive never done before. Had a pint in Brechin.

    Rocked up for the new kick off time of 8.45 just in time for the teams to appear. But only 21 appeared so they stood knocking balls about for a few minutes untill the Brechin keeper appeared. 8.54 the game kicked off.

    Half the Brechin team turned up with time to get stripped in time for KO and it showed with Airdrie dominating the play for the first 30 mins (in their horrific pink kit). Against the run of play Brechin scored through a pen. This got Brechins tails up and the game changed. During the half there was a lengthy injury to an Airdrie player delaying the game even further. At half time i looked at my watch and it was 10. I should have been almost home by then.

    Second half Brechin were much better and scored again through a peach of a volley. This made Airdrie lose their discipline and put in some bad tackles and daft fouls. Brechin grabbed a third and that was that was that. The Airdrie fans turned on their manager (ex pig/pjm and sh@te sportscene pundit Mark Wilson). In a ground with about 150 folk every shout was clear as day. "Wilson, your the worst f@cking manager we have ever had", "we will no make the playoffs with you in charge ye f@cking c@nt Wilson", "Wilson get tae f@ck" and my favourite Wilson......... (three second pause)......... Ye f@cking sh@tebag". There were many many many more.

    Sh@te game overall, 4 shots on target all game, 3 of which were goals. Scrappy with the ball off the deck alot.

    Great result for Brechin considering their pre game build up

    Also, glad i decided against Cowdenbeath as it was delayed and finished at 10.15. That would have been a late een home
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    Only Section B? Pwopah nawteee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by InversneckieDob View Post
    Only Section B? Pwopah nawteee!
    Nah but there was a decent amount of Airdroids up. When the third went in the place emptied

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    Peterheed v Alloa today. Peterhead have to win and hope stenny draw or lose to Brechin. That will only get them into the playoffs but avoid auto league 1 death

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    Due to the significance of this i thought it was a perfect to get my photo opp. Been to Balmoor plenty and it used to be my home ground when i played for the districts but didnt have the photae. I also saw Bobby Manns 913 yard free kick v Bossu

    Managed to rope Pacdad into it, bizarre for him travelling fae Ellon to Peterhead and it wasnt work related(37 years he travelled it untill he retired) He informed me on route that it was a fiver to get in. Bonus.

    Got there and in typical Peterheed fashion the sunny weather dissapeared on arrival and was replaced with overcast and breezy and pretty bloody cold. Nipped for a pint before. Good to see all hun memorabillia has been disposed of at the bar.

    I had a feeling the blue toon would do this today.(they needed Stenny to draw or lose to Brechin meaning they needed to win) . The standard was really pish. Both teams just lumped it constantly but it had an element of excitement as both teams were ropey at the back and you could sense goals were coming. Alloa took the lead undeservedly with their first attack. In the mean time Petefheed missed three good chances. In the second half Peterhead were the better team again(both teams created chances galore but Peterheed were creating more and spurning them all) and got a deserved equaliser. But the ropey defence chucked it and Alloa went up 2-1. But Peterheed kept chipping away and again deservedly equalised. But now it looked like they believed this was possible and it was. They took the lead and won. Playoff it is as Brechin and Stenny drew 1-1.

    Montrose await on Wed

    The Alloa fans were bams


    Edit-he didnt get it but Graeme Smith the blue toon keeper was by far man of the match. 3 fantastic saves
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    The Alloa fans were bams




    That reminded me on a Scottish cup tie we had many years ago at Recreation Park (cannot remember the year) but they were mental that day. Lots of fisticuffs

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    Fit to do on a Sunday. Why nae head to Ochilview .A Tommy Steel free Ochilview. Also a Stenny free Ochilview as this was a Lowland League game between East Stirlingshire and Civil Service Strollers

    Fist thing to mention. What the f@ck is with the average speed cameras all the way between Stonehaven and Dundee. That's a piss take and obviously permanent as all the fixed cameras are gone.

    Got there with an hour to spare so found the Ochilview bar for a pint. I was obviously nae local as I got a few funny looks but one dude to be fair gave me some chat. He was a hun but a very sensible one at that believe it or not. He doesn't want Pedro, never did, doesn't want the players they have and wished they had a Scottish manager who signed decent players like Stevie May who he was annoyed we signed when they should have been in the hunt for the likes. Decent conversation. Also telling me when he played juniors and ended up Playing East End in the Scottish. That's what I like about my travels, always get a yap with a local even though they can be huns. They all think I'm daft when I tell them fit I am/have been up to

    Anyway back to football matters, this was a quadruple result as it was a new ground I hadn't been to, two new unviewed teams and a new competition as it was the first Lowland game ive watched. I was interested to see how LFL stands up to the HFL and to be honest and without being biased as I don't hide my liking of the ,but East Stirling are one of the big teams in the league along with East Kilbride, Spartans and BSC Glasgow but I would say the better teams in the HFL could take them. Civil Service are pretty rubbish and would probably struggle in the HFL (but obviously be above the Fort and Strathy)

    East Stirling cruised the first half and should have been more than the one up at HT. The were guilty of wasting the mounds of possession they had. Second half CSS were a lot better but I think that's down to the Shire nae turning up. After an hour(ish) the Strollers equalised with a well worked headed goal. They weren't level for long though. Nae even a minute. ES took centre and went straight up the park and scored an other well worked headed goal. Then the ref stepped up and made sure his days work was seen as a shocker. Shires CF Andy Rogers(one of two players I reckon would get a game for a decent team in the HFL along with CB Jordan Tapping) was clearly pulled to the ground in a obvious goal scoring position, basically would have bee clean through if he wasn't rugby tackled. The ref initially took out his red then put it back in his pooch and booked the defender. Truly shocking decision. What made it worse was, the resulting free kick was tame and from the save CCS went up the park and gabbed an unlikely equaliser. Ifs and buts I know but would that have happened if they were dealt the blow of losing a man. Then from KO the Shire went up the park and were denied as stonewall a penalty you could see. Again clear as day with the ref looking right at but he waved play on. Unbelievable decision and with that the full time whistle went and I left. But I reckon I missed some kind of melee as when I walking down the street to the car the refs whistle went at least ten times and there was a bit of shouting. I could bet it was the boy Rodgers who was cleary irate after the non red card and penalty. Ill have to read up to see what happened.

    One thing I winna miss is the constant shouts of "mon the Shire-aaaaaaay". It was reminiscent of the Broch fans and how they constantly shout "mon I'Burry".

    Nae a bad day oot

    Next stop Elgin v Bray Wanderers in two weeks
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    Are those average cameras live? I know they are permanent now but not sure if they are operational yet. It's that f*cker Humza Yousafs bright idea.

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    I noticed some arent even on the poles so nae sure if the ones fitted work.

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