Arbroath v St Johnstone

Arbroath’s Gayfield Park is about as close to the North Sea as it’s possible to get without actually wading into the water. It’s one of the most scenic football ground locations you’ll find anywhere in the UK, but it’s also notoriously one of the coldest. Last time I came here was way back on New Year’s Day 2003. I remember it well, because ice-cold wind … Continue reading Arbroath v St Johnstone

Jeanfield Swifts v Whitehill Welfare

You’d be forgiven for thinking that St Johnstone – famously the only professional league club in Britain with a ‘J’ in their name – are Perth’s only football team. But cast your eyes further down the Scottish football pyramid and you’ll find another Perth side, and another letter ‘J’. This is Jeanfield Swifts, and they’ve been ruffling a few feathers since making the leap across … Continue reading Jeanfield Swifts v Whitehill Welfare

At last, a fairy tale I can believe in

Regular followers of Scottish football will be familiar with the media’s hankering for a true “fairy tale story”. Once upon a time, in the early 2000s, it was Livingston’s rise through the leagues that had pundits reaching for the Hans Christian Andersen references. A few years later, it was Gretna’s turn to “live the dream”. As it turned out, both clubs were spending money they … Continue reading At last, a fairy tale I can believe in

Croydon v Athletic Newham

These, as everyone keeps telling us, are unprecedented times. Amid the stranger knock-on effects of 2020’s ‘new normal’, we’ve had wild deer wandering the shopping streets of Glasgow, the Government buying everyone a cut-price Nando’s, and even some scattered cases of men washing their hands after visiting the loo. And here’s another one to add to the list: Croydon FC moving into a 16,000-seater stadium. … Continue reading Croydon v Athletic Newham

Peckham Town v Borden Village

Time drags when you’re hiding from a pandemic, and after six long months of staying indoors, hoarding loo roll and watching every single episode of Come Dine With Me, I was gagging for a goal-fest. So, this 0-0 draw wasn’t quite what I had in mind. Still, if there’s one place that’s guaranteed to re-kindle a passion for groundhopping, it’s Peckham Town’s gleefully named Menace … Continue reading Peckham Town v Borden Village

Dartford v Dulwich Hamlet

It’s impossible not to be impressed by Princes Park, Dartford’s home ground. The place might be small, with a capacity of just over 4,000, but pound for pound it’s arguably one of the best grounds in the country. It’s painstakingly eco-friendly in its design, with grass on the roof, a sunken pitch, solar-powered loos and its own water recycling system. It has its own golf … Continue reading Dartford v Dulwich Hamlet