I'm up in Scotland on a family do this weekend and have managed to wangle myself out of the activities planned for Saturday afternoon.
Rather than sitting in one of the city's fine pubs seeing how Bury are doing on Soccer Saturday and spurred on by the excellent book Stramash, I'd like to go to a game while I'm up there.
My geography of Scotland is terrible though. Can someone recommend a Division Two/Three game that's do-able by train from Waverley and that will allow me to get back at a respectable hour for the night's festivities? I'd rather do the league than junior games. Thanks.
It's a Division One fixture but the Fife derby between Raith and Dunfermline in Kirkcaldy might be worth checking out. About 30 minutes or so on the train from Waverley and Stark's Park is about a ten minute walk from the train station.
Stirling is very picturesque and the view of the castle, the river and the start of the highlands from the stadium is great if you get it on a clear day. Ground is about a 10 minute walk from the station and there are regular trains to/from Waverley (it was 3 an hour when I lived there).
I found out today that the Raith game is all ticket so if you're planning on going I'd give them a quick call and explain your situation, maybe they'd reserve one for you.
They've given up on the all ticket again now according to the Raith website:
Raith Rovers FC has reached agreement with Fife Police that there will, after all, be cash turnstiles open for all stands for Saturday’s Irn Bru Scottish Football League Division 1 match against Dunfermline Athletic at Stark’s Park.
Tickets were originally only onsale from Raith themselves, for both home and away fans as (apparently), Dunfermline's money troubles meant Raith were unwilling to trust them collecting the cash for the 2500 away fans. A combination of sulking and laziness by Pars fans meant a small take-up of tickets so Raith have panicked it'll be a smaller crowd than budgeted and opened a cash gate after all.
I used the cash gate and had a fine old afternoon.
I didn't realise that the train journey would take me over the Forth Bridge which was a nice bonus. I had a pleasant walk from the station to the ground and then onto a pub called the Estuary where a combination of Movember and an English accent had me feeling the fear.
The atmosphere was superb as the two sides came out and it was a typical blood and thunder derby. Any attmept at remaining neutral went out of the window when, sitting behind the goal with the Raith fans, I went as barmy as them when the home side took the lead.
The first sending off was always coming, as were Dunfermlines first two goals as they were the better team. The second sending off, which followed a stramash just before the break, was announced over the Tannoy during half time.
I had to leave after an hour to get a decent-time train back to Waverley so am unable to report if the streets of Kirkcaldy were running with blood. The drizzle would soon wash it away anyway.