We're in the depths of December but at this point of this seasons Odyssey of the Irn Bru Scottish Division 1 grounds we wind ourselves in one of the coldest most exposed locations imaginable; Broadwood home of Clyde.
the air of being unfinished about it largely because there are
currently three excellent stands and a big hole to the north with a
corrugated iron wall behind that goal line, over which many a ball
disappears into the marsh beyond. The Main Stand to the East of the
pitch and the opposing West Stand were the first two to be completed at
Clyde's third permanent home, after Barrowfield Park and Shawfield
Stadium. And were first used in February 1994 after an almost 8 year
wandering first to Firhill (Partick Thistle) and New Douglas Park
(Hamilton Academical) who will feature later in this season's travels.
three stand put down is often aimed at Clyde fans on message boards,
that plus their current distance from the Clyde. But it is one of the
many first division stadiums that meet the current seating requirements
for the SPL, although they would have to install a good undersoil system
if they ever were to find themselves in such a position. (Ironically
the game the following week was called off to a frozen pitch)
sets of fans were housed in the Main Stand, which although it left vast
areas of empty seats did concentrate the fans atmosphere to close
quarters. Shouts and gestures were easily aimed at the rival support in
this game where both teams held the upper hand at times.
£2.50. This is award winning stuff, and rightly so has been the
Scottish Football programme of the years every season since the 1995-6
season. It is 76 pages from multiple contributors on a whole range of
issues, history, form, stats etc. It also has 8 pages dedicated to the
visitors which was thoroughly researched and up t date.
Pie and Bovril
steak pie served here and an excellent cup of bovril. I forgot to note
the price so will have to check on the second visit later in the season.
Edited: Pie £1.70, Bovril £1.40.
(Bacon Butty) and Bovril £3.10
League Table of Cost
Having watched our Lions beat the league leaders the
week before the away support was pumped up for more of the same. The
proximity of Cumbernauld to Livingston making this virtually a Derby
match also meant there were some unfamiliar faces in the travelling
And the Livi Lions carried off where they left
off against Hamilton. Playing flowing football which was rewarding in
the 8th minute by another Graham Dorran's goal, when he headed in a
Robert Snodgrass cross. Somehow the stadium announcer and subsequently
Clyde fans believed that Snoddy had scored as a result of his own cross.
If he did I've never seen anyone move that fast. We may not have a 20
goal a season striker but Graham is almost on track to be a 20 goal this
season midfielder. After the goal went in we continued to apply the
pressure for maybe another 12 minutes but didn't find that elusive
second goal. Then the home side started to wake up to the fact that
their long ball and hope tactics weren't working and looked for more
productive ways to get into the Livi half. Unfortunately our defenders
and midfield started to give Clyde the room and time to refine these
tactics more carefully.
Having not had that second
goal our early joy turned to anxiety as we hoped that we might hold out
under this sudden arrival of pressure until half time so that the
manager Mark Proctor could pull the team together with some words at
half time. Sadly Clydes Craig McKeown finally got what was a deserved
equaliser in the 43rd minute and the Clyde support suddenly came back to
The second half it appeared that only one team
had come out to play. Livingston didn't seem to be wanting to get back
ahead. With 15 minutes to go with the Livi goal under increasing
pressure the inevitable happened and Neil McGregor ran past our defence
and slotted home what turned out to only be the winner. Colin Stewart
managed to pull off three spectacular saves which prevented the
scoreline being worse than it was. 2-1 in the end flattered Livi another
case of Jekyll one week Mr Hyde the next.
Final Score Clyde 2 Livingston 1 (Morton: McKeown 43, McGregor 75. Livingston:
Graham Dorrans 8)
on the relative teams' positions. Morton lost more heavily than Livi so
our spot in third was actually strengthened from goals scored to goal
difference. Clyde however, jumped over Queen of the South into 7th
Next time it's off to last season's happy hunting ground of McDairmid Park, Perth home of St. Johnstone.
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