My good friend and former colleague Kai Funkschmidt writes: "I see you make best use of Edinburgh residency to write in-depth analysis of why Dumbarton are doing fine despite losing. That's the spirit. I'll declare you an honorary St Pauli supporter!" Honour accepted, Kai. Except that today I am forsaking the Athens of the North for a long day out on the search for goals and points at Balmoor. Our opponents Peterhead haven't exactly had a great start to the season either, but the maths of this encounter are stark. Win and we escape the basement. Draw and the we stay in the doldrums. Lose and we go at least four or five points adrift. I shall travel in hope - and early, and then late. Of course the 170 odd miles between Edinburgh and Peterhead is but nothing compared to the near 800 mile round trip between my old haunt, Exeter, and Dumbarton. But even so, we'd better play well!
Only Just Offside is a blog about football and life. Mainly in that order. It revolves around the regular columns contributed by writer, think-tanker and journalist Simon Barrow to the match day magazine of his beloved Dumbarton FC. Also in the mix are contributions to the official DFC and Sonstrust websites... along with other ruminations, reports and riffs, too. (c) SB 2007-2014, unless otherwise attributed.