Well, may I offer a pictorial exhibit of Airdrie United’s New Broomfield stadium, just after kick off time yesterday in the first division game against Dumbarton?
The stadium, built in 1998 for Airdrieonians, was that club’s undoing. Encumbered with the debt for building the field of premier dreams they were liquidated after the 2001-2002 season when they finished second in the first division, thus just missing out on the SPL.
Reborn as Airdrie United (same strip, same nickname, essentially same club) having bought Clydebank FC in a piece of jiggery pokery*, they continue to have this millstone of a 10,000 seater stadium.
Here are the stats:
In other words it has only twice been more than half full and never once full.
The building of the stadium was in the response to the setting up of the SPL in 1998 which had a 10,000 seater criteria for any club who wished to be promoted to that exalted company. Another consequence of the madness of setting up that league took place in Peterhead today, where the local side narrowly missed out on a victory against a club who in 1998 thought that they were contenders to win the Champions League.
Anyhoo, for the second week running it was good to meet up with Jack Stephen at the game. Maybe Jack would agree that the Sons were rather unfortunate to have suffered a 4-1 defeat having dominated at least 40 minutes of the match and laid siege to the Airdrie goal for much of that time.
Bad (pisspoor) defending, a rubbish ref and well, lack of scoring prowess, cost us the game.
The 4-1 scoreline was a mirror image of the result in the play off game at the end of last season.
I’m not too downhearted. Cowdenbeath next week in a bottom of the table clash.
Onwards and upwards!
*PS The announcer at Airdrie, reporting the results and half times from other divisions, announced “Peterhead 2, The club formerly known as Rangers 2″
In that spirit, I should have reported the result as The club formerly known as Clydebank 4 Dumbarton 1 but I hate to lose a local derby.
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