Sunday, 27 March 2011

Elgin City - Borough Briggs

30th September 2000

Elgin City 3-0 Dumbarton

Taking advantage of some or other newspaper rail ticket offer, I obtained a return ticket to Elgin for some ridiculously small sum and used it to tick Borough Briggs off the list.  I had been to the ground before, when Elgin City was still a Highland League club, and I was collecting camcorder footage for the Caledonia Dreaming video series.  

This was two years earlier when Borough Briggs still boasted probably the most wonderfully quirky feature ever to be found at a Scottish football ground: The Pill Box.  Quite why it was felt a reinforced concrete shelter sited at a Scottish football ground would help to hold back the might of Hitler’s Third Reich (had they reached the north of Scotland), I am unsure.

The entrance to Borough Briggs.

An eclectic selection of huts and buildings in one corner.

Borough Briggs' main stand.

Dumbarton's No 9 Paddy Flannery almost leaves the ground attempting a header.
This match was only Elgin City’s eighth since joining the Scottish League, and the side was very much still struggling to find it’s feet, having yet to record a win.  But a creditable draw with bottom club Montrose the previous week had prevented the two sides trading places.  Dumbarton were just one a point and one place above Elgin, so the Highlanders’ must have harboured ambitions of chiselling out their maiden league win.

No score at half-time, and Chris Gentile looked to have opened the scoring for the visitors’ on the hour but had a seemingly good goal disallowed, presumably for offside.  City took heart at this piece of good fortune and seven minutes later Connor CAMPBELL headed them in front.  Another header, this time from Steve CLINTON in the 74th minute wrapped things up nicely, and I was rewarded for my long train trip by being present as a little piece of history was made: Elgin City winning their first even Scottish League match.            

Panorama of Borough Briggs, Elgin taken from roughly where the pillbox was sited.

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