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Something you don’t often see

A Scottish League football ground filled nearly to capacity:

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A mere 24 hours after seeing Dumbarton lose out against Raith Rovers my daughter and I took in the Partick Thistle v Morton game last night in the same division.
Same division but a different league.
The Sons and Rovers had attracted fewer that 600 souls to their match on Tuesday, whereas there was just short of 9,000 at Firhill last night with the kick off being delayed for twenty minutes to allow the crowd access to the stadium. We initially paid our way into the stand pictured above but there clearly weren’t enough seats for everyone to be accommodated so the stewards directed us on to the track and to the stand behind the goals.

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The Plastic Whistle players celebrate what turned out to be the winning goal last night.

It wasn’t a great game. The decisive moment came in the 41st minute via a cross from Thistle’s Chris Erskine which First Division Player of the Month Kris Doolan just failed to connect with. However James Craigen picked it up at the far post and converted the opportunity with ease.

It looks like Thistle are headed for the SPL. I wonder if Firhill will house as big a crowd as last night at any game next season?

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4 Responses

  1. “A Scottish League football ground filled nearly to capacity:”

    Of course if you visit 3rd Division grounds when a certain team are playing you may well see an almost full house.

    Be nice to see the Jags back in the top flight.
    I suspect Firhill might then be full for the Glasgow derby

  2. What a night to be a Jags fan! Not a night for sexy football, and the 3 points should do it. Could be some party in Dumbarton in the last game of the season!

  3. Good luck to Thistle.

    If they can attract such high gates, and break the mould in Division 1, then why can’t they do likewise in the SPL?

    • Wednesday night’s game was a meaningful match with a title at stake. That’s why the punters turned out. Thistle will become the last ever winners of the SFL division one trophy should they prevail in the next few weeks and the (daft) proposals relating to league reconstruction.

      Not so sure that the attendance will reach the dizzy heights of last Wednesday in a so-called ‘middle-8’ clash versus anyone.

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