Pitching Up at Crossgates Primrose

“The club owe their name to the Rosebery colours rather than the dainty football” The above quote is from John Cairney’s ‘A Scottish Football Hall of Fame’ and even the Crossgates Primrose website acknowledges that it is a load of utter nonsense. The Fifth Earl of Rosebery, Prime Minister from 1894 to 1895, was famed […]

Calling in on Craigroyston

“Edinburgh isn’t so much a city, more a way of life… I doubt I’ll ever tire of exploring Edinburgh, on foot or in print” I’m willing to bet crime writer Ian Rankin wasn’t thinking about Edinburgh during the bloody Six Nations Championships when he composed the above quote. Look I’ve nothing against rugby, I have […]

Leaping About Largs

After a few weeks hiatus I am back on the road and headed to the North Ayrshire seaside town of Largs, a place perhaps most famous for the battle of October 2nd 1263 between the Kingdoms of Norway & Scotland. In world football circles however this little coastal resort is legendary, famed as the setting […]

Meandering Through Motherwell

I am very aware that Motherwell have a large and loyal support, the Fir Park side having the sixth largest average attendance in the SPFL Premiership last season. Despite this however I have only ever known one ‘Well fan personally in my entire life; the Reverend George Sherry, minister in the village of Menstrie where […]

Marching to Saint Mirren

I’ve never been to Paisley and a trip to see Saint Mirren had never been high on my list of priorities until the last game of the SPFL Championship campaign last season. On a visit to see Falkirk take on The Buddies I was struck by just how loud and colourful the Saint’s support was […]

Odyssey to Oakley

As a kid we sometimes went on Saturday afternoon family outings to Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline and on our way to this gift the famous industrialist & philanthropist Andrew Carnegie gave his home town we passed through Oakley. It was just a wee village, passed in a few seconds at thirty miles an hour and I […]

Finishing the Year at Firhill

I started 2018 in Glasgow, at Pollok’s Newlandsfield, so it makes sense to finish back here with a visit to the third biggest side in Scotland’s largest city. Given the success and dominance of Glesga’s top two sides calling Partick Thistle the city’s third greatest is as fine an accolade as being labelled the fourth […]