Sunday, 3 October 2010

Grounds of hope

Rock steady crew
Over the years I've bumped into a number of 'ground hoppers' at Dumbarton games, mostly with English accents. On the train from Glasgow over to the Rock yesterday I met up with Roy and Gary [pictured],  who had made the journey from Cheshire. They have visited all the professional grounds south of the border and are now catching up with a few in Scotland. Unfortunately, they'd never had the pleasure of Boghead Park - but had to admit that SHS has one of the most pituresque settings in British football (being biased, I'd say the  most attractive), even if the game against Airdrie United was far from pretty at times. At least you can catch a glimpse of Sons' old home in the 2001 film (made in 1999) A Shot at Glory, lads. Available in all good DVD bargain bins.

Incidentally, Gary and Roy's home side Crewe Alexandra had a rather special day on 2 October 2010. While they were watching Dumbarton lose to the Diamonds, the Railwaymen (apparently named after a pub bearing Princess Alexandra's name) were involved in a ten-goal thriller at Chesterfield, eventually drawing 5-5. That's the kind of action we hope for down the Rock. 7-3 would be better, of course.

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