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Staying Up!

Enjoyed a great day in Cowdenbeath yesterday.

There’s a statement you’ll not read too often!

And here is a train ticket that may be unique in the detail of the point of departure and destination. I wonder if this is the first ever one way ticket issued from St Albans to Cowdenbeath?


The ticket belongs to BLFP correspondent Shanghai Jimmy and is from his UK base to the venue for yesterday’s important match for the Sons. A point would have guaranteed Dumbarton’s survival in the first division. As it turned out they got three via a 3-2 victory which did nothing to reflect their second half superiority. They missed a barrowload of chances but still looked fairly comfortable – despite having lost the first goal of the afternoon.


Ferncake and Shanghai Jimmy being overawed by the occasion…..

Central Park Cowdenbeath is a weird and wonderful place. The big tyres on the track are for the stock car racing which takes place on a Saturday night (The car racers were literally queueing up to get in as we left). The welded wire mesh, from behind which which supporters have to view the game, is there for the safety of the stock car spectators.


The curious vista of Central Park, Cowdenbeath.

The photo doesn’t do the obstructions to view any justice. The mesh, the dugouts, the flags…..jeez! it’s lucky if you see any fitba’ at all. Maybe that’s a blessing on occasion mind you….

Anyway, a satisfactory day which saw the Sons avoid the drop back to division two from whence they came last season. The best part time club in Scotland and an overall league position which is their best since 1985 (actually ’87 ed).

Well done to the manager, his staff and the players.

The players celebrate at the end of the game.

The players celebrate at the end of the game.

Footnote : Don’t be concerned that Shanghai Jimmy is stranded in Cowdenbeath. He had his onward travel organised and a back up strategy of food parcels just in case.


2 Responses

  1. Congrats to the Sons. A change of manager does wonders. I wonder how long this man will last next season….?

    Cynical me is upset that you have put Cowdenbeath in trouble. My ”wee team,’ if you see wot I mean.

  2. If there is any justice then Dunfermline will enter the play-offs but I doubt it will happen.

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