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  1. Favourite quirks of Scottish stadiums.

    Definitely 29000. I was there too, in the front row of the stand (my reward for being early for once was to sit through that 45 mins ) Plus the added bonus of having to listen to Wallet Merger who grabbed the mic off the official announcer so he could polish his ego with a wee speech .
  2. Are there actually any stadiums where there isn't some kind of access, even just for tractors etc to maintain the pitch?
  3. Meg

  4. Top 5s Watch 2018-19

    Maybe last year I would have agreed. Andrew Renwick had a lot of friends in the LL and SFA and 40 years experience including LL Vice President but he’s gone now. There’s also a slight shift of power to the west with Waddell out and Fraser from BSC in. In their drive for a ‘more professional ‘ league they want clubs with lights to make the LL more palatable for SPFL clubs taking the drop. So bye bye Whitehill imo.
  5. Premier League 2018-19

    Shudder... first thing I thought of was Walter Kidd.
  6. Kelty Hearts lowland league quest

    Aye, and if your auntie had baws
  7. I'm pretty sure the Taylor Report only applied to the English clubs. Pittodrie and Kilbowie were already all-seated (albeit using bench seats/bleachers) and Ibrox was getting modernised by Murray with his Steel company using it as a prestige project and to generate more income but there was no need to go all-seated until the SPL brought in their own 10,000 seat rule. The development of Ibrox was more to do with Willie Waddell in reaction to the 1971 disaster. The three new stands were modelled on Dortmund and completed between 1978 and 1981, with only 8000 standing in the East and West enclosures below the main stand. Rangers had won the treble in 1978 but were weakened by spending on the stadium until Davie Holmes brought in Souness in 1986. The 3 new stands cost about £10m rather than the projected £6m. Murray only bought Rangers in 1988. However Murray was responsible for the £20m club deck and filling in the corners, as well as lowering the pitch.
  8. Women's World Cup 2019... featuring Scotland.

    Thinking again, I was probably talking shite.
  9. Women's World Cup 2019... featuring Scotland.

    I imagine that’ll be French time.
  10. Women's World Cup 2019... featuring Scotland.

    We’ve decided, well Mrs Mantis has decided, we’re missing the England game. Looking at the positives: we’re expecting a grandchild a few days before so should make that; don’t have to trek to Rennes from Nice; will make the men’s game at Hampden on the 8th; slight possibility of hanging on for a last 16 game at Le Havre on the 23rd.
  11. That's not countryside, it's a park. And it's still there I think. Brockville without a doubt.
  12. We’re touched by your unconditional support.
  13. Surprised nobody’s mentioned a game in 2004 when we won the league and Ayr were relegated. A 1-1 draw in a game we were expected to win but was spoiled by the wind. Ayr went ahead in 35 seconds and Barry Wilson equalised with a pelanty although the ball kept blowing off the spot.