Interlude at Irvine Meadow XI

The summer of 2019 should have been one without football, given we were in a year with no European Championships or World Cup. That all changed however when our Scottish Women’s National Team qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the very first time. Our girls captured the hearts of a nation in three […]

Spectating at St Andrews United

St Andrews may be just a moderately sized seaside town in Fife but its name is famous around the globe. It is known as the ‘home of golf’ being the base of operations for the Royal & Ancient, golf’s governing body, and having ‘The Old Course’ a true icon of world sport. Also internationally renowned, […]

The 2019 Scottish Junior Cup Final

This afternoon I’m off to the one hundred and thirty first final of a tournament so massive all involved and those supporting them refer to it as simply ‘The Scottish’. At a time in footballing history when the senior cups awarded by the SFA & its English counterpart have lost much of their lustre the […]

The Fitba Nomad End of Season Awards 2019

It’s the end of a second long season of ground hopping and thus time to present awards to the best pub and greatest club I’ve visited during the 2018/19 campaign. This year the choosing the winners has become a harder task due, in part, to me stepping up my game visiting more boozers and grounds […]

Homecoming at Hearts

“This is my story… it’s no idle talk“ At some point in the sixties my father and his two older brothers strayed from the path my grandfather took to Alloa Athletic on a Saturday afternoon, forging their own way towards Tynecastle Park and a lifetime of supporting Heart of Midlothian. The eldest brother was the […]

Rambling up to St Roch’s

There are a good number of Scottish football teams that take their name from saints but since today’s club is named after the patron saint of bachelors; St Roch’s, of the SJFA West Region Championship, will probably be perfect for me. If you’ll allow me to put my weekday RME teacher hat on for a […]

Galavanting Around Gateshead

Regular readers will know I was born in England; at Pontefract General Infimary, West Yorkshire to be exact. Three years later I was carried north by my Scottish parents to be raised in their native Clackmannanshire, yet spending my first few years south of the border has left me with a certain Anglophile leaning. During […]

Walkabout the Warout

Glenrothes was supposed to be the future. Concieved in the minds of city planners in 1948 as one of the first projects under the New Towns Act; Glenrothes was unique in that, unlike East Kilbride or Cumberland, it wasn’t built to house population overspill from Glasgow. People came to Fife’s new town from diminishing local […]

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 […]