St Mirren 2-1
19th November 2011
And this One completes the set !!
I have now visited each and every Scottish League ground in
. OK, so I suppose there have been greater achievements in the history of mankind, and pretty much every Normal out there will react to my announcement with a “So?”. But I don’t care – there are less salubrious and more salacious ways of wasting one’s spare time. Scotland
Amongst the list of grounds visited to your left, you will see a few departed friends, plus there are a couple more I have visited for which I, regretfully, have no pics. One such is Douglas Park, which I used to drop into from time to time during the 1980s. But the real loss is
, where in 1981 I witnessed an unfeasibly youthful looking Ally McCoist pretty much end Willie Garner’s Celtic career single-handed. Muirton Park
Muirton is long gone now of course, but I was surprised to note the site of St Mirren’s former ground Love Street has not yet been redeveloped. They seem to have just bashed the various buildings to bits, and collected the pieces into big piles of rubble. I guess Tesco’s plans have been a victim of the recession.
|The old turnstile entrances to Love Street.|
|Piles of rubble on the old playing surface.|
|The approach to the new St Mirren Park along Greenhill Road.|
|The main entrance to the stadium.|
The new ground is a neat if uninspiring affair, with four almost identical looking stands, sporting the obligatory open corners. I had hoped someone may have been a bit brave and chosen slightly smaller stands with the corners filled in, rather in the manner of Scunthorpe’s
. But I suppose this tried and tested new build formula provides the most seats per £ ratio. Glanford Park
As the sides took the field to “The Saints are Coming”, I wondered if any of the home fans appreciated the irony of their team entering the fray to the sound of a
Dunfermline band. But the song title was unfortunately apt as, once the match got under way St Mirren proceeded to do what I had seen them do to Dunfermline on the opening 45 minutes of the season; namely pass the Pars to pieces. The difference this time around was they succeeded in actually converting their dominance into goals: through Kenny McLEAN (24) and Nigel HASSELBAINK (45).
Little Hasselbaink was real joy to watch; always available as an outlet for his colleagues, and generally the ball stuck when he received it - in stark contrast to Pars’ Buchanan and Kirk, whose second touches were invariably attempts to regain possession.
|I don't know what was reddest - Samson's hair, his top |
or his face after Dunfermline's goal.
|Joe Cardle causes another anxiety attack in the Buddies' defence.|
|Panorama of St Mirren Park, Paisley.|