Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Cowdenbeath - Central Park

14th August 1999

Cowdenbeath 0-3 Forfar Athletic

Another trip with Daughter and pram, but this time just a few miles up the road to Cowdenbeath.  Daughter would eventually come to enjoy visiting Central Park, but that was a good few years in the future…….. and it was to watch the Stockcar Racing, not football.  It’s a Swingin’ Safari, right enough!

Cowden began this match in grand style, monopolising possession and creating, but squandering a shedload of opportunities.  Forfar somehow held out for half-an-hour, before being awarded a penalty for nothing, after which the home lads seem to lose interest.  To Ralph BRAND’s penalty conversion were added goals from Steven MILNE (49) and Barry McLEAN (87), as Forfar eventually ran out comfortable winners.

The Central Park turnstiles.

Same view in 2016 - more gates open for the visit of local rivals Dunfermline Athletic

Daughter finds the choice between wolfing down her
breadsticks or watching the Blue Brazil an easy one to make.

Little has changed come 2016, bar the video box for the stock-car racing.
As for Daughter, well she sat her Driving Test today.

The Central Park "New" stand, constructed in 1993 after
half the original grandstand was destroyed by fire.
Same view in 2016

Panorama of Central Park, Cowdenbeath.

Same view in 2016 - the biggest (and most annoying) change is the higher fence,
erected one assumes to prevent flying bits of stock-cars decapitating watchers.
Are those the same big tyres around the pitch, I wonder


Cowdenbeath 0-3 Dunfermline
23rd of July 2016

Club shop - closed for business

An acre of knee-high grass should be compulsory at all football grounds

Is this Cowdenbeath's Kyle Miller perhaps?

Cowdenbeath v Dunfermline - July 2016
Dunfermline captain Andy Geggan, watches team-mate Kallum Higginbotham
compete with Cowdenbeath's Greg Ross 

Craig Johnson v Ben Richards-Everton would have been a fine pic were it not for that bloody fencing.

Kallum Higginbotham

Cowdenbeath v Dunfermline - July 2016

Ben Richards-Everton

Cowdenbeath v Dunfermline - July 2016

David McGurn is beaten by Lee ASHCROFT for the visitors' second goal.

Behind the stands, the providers of the evening entertainment began to arrive.

Not quite a sexy as the Stade de France moths, but the Cowden Gulls circled at one point
looking for the remains of chips and burgers.

View from inside the "Old Stand"

Cowdenbeath v Dunfermline - July 2016

Panorama of Central Park, Cowdenbeath

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