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Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag #19 – Oot ‘n’ Aboot

Written For Nutmeg Number 25 Surrounded by nothing but peace and tranquillity as we strolled along the River Spey in the vicinity of Aberlour. With the frequent stopping to throw sticks and stones into arguably the worlds most exported river and the smile that uncomplicated pursuit brought to a certain young boy’s face, a feeling…

2022/23 – Banks o’ Dee 2 v 0 Turriff United

Spain Park, Highland Football League, 14/1/23 Me still 263 and Wee Man still 135 Banks o’ Dee Football Club Founded – 1902 Nicknames – The Dee, The Rechabites Selected Honours – Scottish Junior Cup-1957, Aberdeenshire Cup 2021/22, Aberdeenshire Shield– 2021/22. North Region Superleague – 2007/08, 2008/09, 2015/16, 2015/16, 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2021/22. Grill League Cup – 2013/14, 2016/17, 2018/19 and 2021/22. North Regional Cup – 1969/70, 1970/71, 1973/74, 1976/77,…

2022/23 – Banks o’ Dee JFC 0 v 4 Sunnybank

Spain Park, NRJFA Championship, 13/1/23 Me still 263, Wee Man still 135 Banks o’ Dee Junior Football Club Founded – 2022 Nicknames – The Dee Honours – None Random Fact – The team were formed to keep a Junior presence for Banks o’ Dee after their promotion the the HFL. However unlike other colts who bypassed 100s of teams making…

2022/23 – Buckie Thistle 3 v 2 Aberdeen

Victoria Park, Aberdeenshire Shield Semi Final, 11/1/23 Me still 263 Buckie Thistle Football Club Founded – 1889 Nickname – The Jags Honours – Highland Football League 1919/20, 1926/27, 1927/28, 1933/34, 1936/37, 1953/54, 1956/57, 1957/58, 2009/10, 2010/11 and  2016/17. Highland League Cup – 1953/54, 1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1960/61, 1979/80, 1986/87 and 2011/12. Aberdeenshire Cup -1936/37, 1938/39, 1945/46, 1952/53, 1953/54, 1954/55, 1956/57, 1984/85, 1986/87, 2005/06, 2007/08, 2009/10 and…

2022/23 – Cowie Thistle 3 v 2 Tarves

Mineralwell Park, Scottish Amateur Cup 5th Round, 7/1/23 Me 263, Wee Man 135 Cowie Thistle Amateur Football Club Founded – 1985 Nickname – Thistle Honours – AAFA Division One East – 2001/02 and 2016/17. AAFA Division 5 – 1989/90. Aberdeen FC Trophy – 2000/01 and 2017/18. AAFA Association Trophy – 1999/00 and 2008/09. Edmond Trophy…

2022/23 – Cowie Thistle 4 v 1 Kemnay Amateurs

Jim Glennie Park, Friendly, 3/1/22 Me 262 Cowie Thistle Amateur Football Club Founded – 1985 Nickname – Thistle Honours – AAFA Division One East – 2001/02 and 2016/17. AAFA Division 5 – 1989/90. Aberdeen FC Trophy – 2000/01 and 2017/18. AAFA Association Trophy – 1999/00 and 2008/09. Edmond Trophy – 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2013/14. Frank…

2022/23 – St Johnstone 2 v 3 Hearts

McDiarmid Park, SPFL Premier League, 28/12/22 Me still 261, Wee Man 134 St Johnstone Football Club Founded – 1884 (or was it?) Nickname – The Saints Honours – Scottish Cup – 2013/14 and 2020/21. Scottish League Cup – 2020/21. Scottish Challenge Cup – 2007/08. Scottish Second Tier – 1923/24, 1959/60, 1962/63, 1982/83, 1989/90, 1996/97 and 2008/09 Random Fact – Although…

2022/23 – Tranent 8 v 0 Edinburgh University

Foresters Park, Lowland League, 21/12/22 Me 261, Wee Man 133 Tranent Juniors Football Club Founded – 1911 Nickname – The Belters Honours – Scottish Junior Cup – 1934/35. East of Scotland League – 2021/22. East Region South Division- 2015/16. Midlothian League – 1928/29, 1930/31 and 1936/37. East of Scotland Junior Cup – 1913/14, 1919/20, 1930/31,…

2022/23 – Aberdeen 0 v 1 Celtic

Pittodrie, SPFL Premier League , 17/12/22 Me still 260 and Wee Man still 132 Aberdeen Football Club Founded – 1903 Nickname – The Dons Honours – European Cup Winners Cup – 1982/83. European Super Cup – 1983. Scottish League – 1954/55, 1979/80, 1983/84 and 1984/85. Scottish Cup – 1946/47, 1969/70, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1983/84, 1985/86 and 1989/90. Scottish League Cup -1955/56, 1976/77, 1985/86, 1989/90, 1995/96 and  2013/14. Drybrough Cup – 1980 Random Fact- The club have been saying they will build a new…

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2022/23 – Formartine United 2 v 2 Aberdeen

Aberdeen win 5 v 3 on penalties North Lodge, Aberdeenshire Shield 1/4 Final, 6/12/22 Me still 260, Wee Man still 132 Founded – 1948 Nickname – United Honours (Since step up to senior)- Highland League Cup – 2017/18. Aberdeenshire Cup – 2013/14 and 2017/18. Aberdeenshire Shield – 2018/19. Random Fact – United were forced to change their badge in 2010 after a “member of the…

2022/23 -Aberdeen University 4 v 1 Banks o’ Dee Juniors

Hillhead(Keith Park), NRJFA North Regional Cup Second Round, 3/12/22 Me still 260, Wee Man 132 Founded – 1872 Nickname – Uni Honours – Queens Park Shield -1921/22, 1922/23, 1927/28, 1929/30, 1932/33, 1936/37, 1937/38, 1940/41, 1945/46, 1946/47, 1987/88, 1948/49, 1949/50, 1950/51, 1954/55, 1956/57, 1962/63, 1965/66, 1968/69, 1969/70, 1987/88 Random Fact – Uni have entered the senior Scottish Cup on three occasions facing…

2022/23 – Glentanar 0 v 2 Islavale

Woodside Complex, North Region JFA Championship, 26/11/22 Me still 260, Wee Man 131 Glentanar Football Club Founded – 1978 Nickname – Glens Honours – Acorn Heating Cup – 2003/04. Grill League Cup – 2004/05. Morrison Cup – 2010/11. Random Fact – Glentanar were the first Junior team I witnessed winning a cup in the Junior…

2022/23 – SønderjyskE 0 v 1 Vejle BK

Haderslev Stadion (Sydbank Park), 1. Division, 14/11/22 Me – 260 SønderjyskE Fodbold Founded – 2004 Nickname – SE Honours – Danish Cup -2019/20 Random Fact – The club are currently managerless after parting ways with Henrik Hansen in November. Danish Monday night fitba again, this time at SønderjyskE (pronounced Sooneryoosk and meaning Southern Jutlandic), after…

2022/23 – Esbjerg fB 5 v 1 Brabrand

Esbjerg Stadion (Blue Water Arena), 2. League, 13/11/22 Me still 259 Esbjerg forenede Boldklubber  Founded – 1924 Nickname – EFB Honours – Danish Top Tier – 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63, 1964/65, 1978/79, Danish Cup –  1963/64, 1975/76, 2012/13. Danish 1st Division – 2011–12 Random Fact – More personal than club related. I have travelled a lot through football, to 16 countries and 81 clubs(out with Scotland) but in terms of…

2022/23 – Skovlund IF 3 v 2 Bække SF

Henning Have Stadion (Neutral Venue), Series 3 v Series 4 playoff, 10/11/22 Me 259 Vejen Sports Forening Founded -1890 Nickname – VSF Honours – Unknown Random Fact – Vejen translated into English means road. Strange name for a town. A completely random and last minute find. But a game is a game especially when doable…

2022/23 – Midtjylland 0 v 0 Nordsjælland

MCH Arena, Superliga, 7/11/22 Me still 258 Football Club Midtjylland Founded – 1999 Nickname – Ulvene (The Wolves) Honours – Superliga – 2015, 2018 and 2020. Danish Cup 2019 and 2022. 1e Divisie – 2000 Random Fact – The club won the second tier of Danish football in their first season of existence. Another chance to head up north to Herning but…

2022/23 – Esbjerg fB 4 v 2 B 93

Esbjerg Stadion (Blue Water Arena), 2. Division , 6/11/22 Me 258 Esbjerg forenede Boldklubber Founded – 1924 Nickname – EFB Honours – Danish Top Tier – 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63, 1964/65, 1978/79, Danish Cup –  1963/64, 1975/76, 2012/13. Danish 1st Division – 2011/12 Random Fact – Aberdeen signed Esbjerg native Jens Petersen from the club. The defender appeared 210 time in red,…

2022/23 Silkeborg 0 v 2 Anderlecht

JYSK Park, UEFA Europa Conference Group B, 3/11/22 Me 257 Silkeborg Idrætsforening Founded – 1917 Nickname – SIF Honours – Superliga – 1993/94. 1st Division – 2003/04, 2013/14 and 2018/19. Danish Cup – 2000/01. Intertoto Cup – 1996 Random Fact – Peter Kjaer, arguably one of Aberdeen’s best goalkeepers played for the club prior to…

2022/23 – Craigmark Burntonians 2 v 3 Kilbirnie Ladeside

Station Park, Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round, 28/10/22 Me 256, Wee Man 130 Craigmark Burntonians Football Club Founded – 1946 Nickname – The Mark Honours – Ayrshire Second Division – 1982/83. Ayrshire League Cup – 1963/64, 1964/65 and 1980/81. Ayrshire District Cup- 1963/64. Cumnock & Doon Cup – 1989/90. Ayrshire Super Cup – 1989/90. Random…

2022/23 – Kilwinning Rangers 20s 3 v 1 Auchinleck Talbot 20s

Ian Cashmore Memorial Park, Lowland Development League Cup West Second Round, 28/10/22 Me 255, Wee Man 129 Kilwinning Rangers Football Club Founded – 1899 Nickname – The Buffs Selected Honours – Scottish Junior Cup – 1908/09 and 1998/99. West of Scotland Super League – 2003/04. Ayrshire District League – 2012/13. Ayrshire District League – 1998/99…

2022/23 – Darvel 8 v 2 East Kilbride Thistle

Recreation Park, South Challenge Cup, 26/10/22, (Match reversed) Me 254, Wee Man 128 Darvel Football Club Founded – 1889 Nickname – The Vale Honours – WOSFL Premier Division – 2021/22. West Region Championship – 2019–20. Ayrshire District League – 2016/17 Random Fact – The president of the club is John Gall, owner of Brownings Bakers,…

2022/23 – Dyce 1 v 2 Hermes

Ian Mair Park, NRJFA Premier League, 21/10/22 Me still 253 Dyce Football Club Founded – 1989 Nickname – The Blue and White Hoops Honours – NRJFA Division One – 2005/06. North Regional Cup – 2007/08 and 2008/09. Grill League Cup – 2008/09, 2015/16 and 2017/18. Morrison Trophy – 2001/02 Random Fact – The club use…

2022/23 – Aberdeen 4 v 1 Partick Thistle

Pittodrie, SPFL League Cup 1/4 Final, 19/10/22 Me still 253 and Wee Man still 127 Aberdeen Football Club Founded – 1903 Nickname – The Dons Honours – European Cup Winners Cup – 1982/83. European Super Cup – 1983. Scottish League – 1954/55, 1979/80, 1983/84 and 1984/85. Scottish Cup – 1946/47, 1969/70, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1983/84, 1985/86 and 1989/90. Scottish League Cup -1955/56, 1976/77, 1985/86, 1989/90, 1995/96 and  2013/14. Drybrough…

2022/23 – Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 2 v 1 Kelty Hearts

Dalgety Bay Sports Club, Friendly, 18/10/22 Me 253 and Wee Man 127 Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Football Club Founded – 2000 Nickname – Swifts Honours – None Random Fact – The club have the longest name in the Scottish football pyramid A random midweek friendly for my 175th Scottish ground, why not? It got us out…

2022/23 – Edinburgh South 4 v 1 Arniston Rangers

Paties Road, South Challenge Cup, 16/10/22 Me 252, Wee Man 126 Edinburgh South Community Football Club Founded – 1969 Nickname – N/A Senior Honours – None Random Fact – The club have over 70 teams at all age groups and provide a pathway from being a nipper right through to the football pyramid since the…

2022/23 – Banks o’ Dee 1 v 1 Fraserburgh

Spain Park, Highland Football League, 14/10/22 Me still 251 and Wee Man still 125 Banks o’ Dee Football Club Founded – 1902 Nicknames – The Dee, The Rechabites Selected Honours – Scottish Junior Cup-1957, Aberdeenshire Cup 2021/22, Aberdeenshire Shield– 2021/22. North Region Superleague – 2007/08, 2008/09, 2015/16, 2015/16, 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2021/22. Grill League Cup – 2013/14, 2016/17, 2018/19 and…

2022/23 – Keith 0 v 2 Inverurie Loco Works

Kynoch Park, Aberdeenshire Cup, 12/10/22 Me still 251 Keith Football Club Founded – 1910 Nickname -The Maroons Honours – Highland Football League – 1961/62, 1978/79, 1979/80, 1980/81, 1984/85, 1999/00, 2006/07, Highland League Cup – 1964/65, 1973/74, 1974/75, 1975/76, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1988–89, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2012–13. Aberdeenshire Cup – 1935/36, 1957/58, 1959/60, 1966/67, 1973/74, 1977/78, 1979/80, 2008/09. Aberdeenshire Shield -…

2022/23 – Hermes 0 v 2 Formartine United

Lochside Park, Aberdeenshire Shield, 11/10/22 Me still 251, Wee Man 125 Hermes Junior Football Club Founded – 1968 Nickname – N/A Honours – NRJFA Superleague – 2011/12 and 2014/15. North East Division One- 1994/95. Grill League Cup – 2003/04. North Regional Cup – 1997/98 and 2003/04. McLeman Cup – 2008/09. Morrison Trophy – 1993/94 and…

2022/23 – Alford 5 v 0 Nicolls Amateurs

Glenury Park (Stonehaven FC), Ian Napier Memorial Shield, 9/10/22 Me still 251, Wee Man 124 The second Aberdeenshire AFA game of the weekend and also the second to be played on a Junior pitch. With no plans for this blustery Sunday afternoon a chance for Wee Man to carry on his North Juniors quest was…

2022/23 – Ellon Thistle 3 v 1 Ellon Amateurs

The Meadows, Aberdeenshire AFA Division 2 East, 8/10/22 Me still 251, Wee Man still 123 Ellon Thistle Football Club Founded – 1968 Nickname – The Jags Random Fact – My old boy is the secretary/treasurer of the club. My favourite non-Aberdeen FC club. My old club. My Dad’s present club and a club home to…

2022/23 – HTS 1 v 7 Aadum IU

Tistrup Stadion, DBU Series 5, 28/9/22 Me 251 Klubsamarbejdet HTS Founded – Although the three clubs date back year and years, the coalition seems to be in 2016 (I cannot find any evidence of them online prior to this) Nickname – HTS Honours – Unknown Random Fact – The club are a collaborative effort of…

2022/23 – Esbjerg fB (2) 1 v 5 Andrup

EfB Kunststofbaner, DBU Series 3, 28/9/22 Me 250 Esbjerg forenede Boldklubber  Founded – 1924 Nickname – EFB Honours – Danish Top Tier – 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63, 1964/65, 1978/79, Danish Cup –  1963/64, 1975/76, 2012/13. Danish 1st Division – 2011–12 Random Fact – This team is “100% Sunday League” (the words of a player and Esbjerg fB community and marketing manager…

2022/23 – Ribe BK 3 v 0 Midtals IF

Frøs Arena, DBU Jutland Series 1, 27/9/22 Me 249 Ribe Boldklub Founded – 1917 Nickname – RBK Honours – Unknown Random Fact – A town fact rather than football. Ribe is the oldest Scandinavian town left in existence. It dates back to the early 8th century, during the Germanic Iron Age The highest level of…

2022/23 – Coconut Lions 0 v 6 Bramming B

Guldager Idrætscenter, DBU Jutland Series 4, 23/9/22 Me 248 Coconut Lions Football Club Founded – Circa 1991 Nickname – The Lions Honours – Unknown Random Fact – A hard club to find info on however I did find a youtube video on a song on the the club called “Coconut Lions – Rock n’ Roll…

2022/23 Hjerting IF 3 v 2 Tarp VNI

BDO Arena, DBU Jutland Series 2, 24/9/22 Me 247 Hjerting Idraetsforening Founded – 1931 Nickname – HIF Honours – Unknown but they have a full trophy cabinet Random Fact – When the club founded the paid a farmer to use his field which they shared with his cows. They were charged 50DKK annually for the…

2022/23 Midtjylland 5 v 1 Lazio

MCH Arena, UEFA Europa League Group F , 15/9/22 Me 246 Football Club Midtjylland Founded – 1999 Nickname – Ulvene (The Wolves) Honours – Superliga – 2015, 2018 and 2020. Danish Cup 2019 and 2022. 1e Divisie – 2000 Random Fact – The club are a merger of two clubs, Herning Fremad and Ikast FS.…

2022/23 – Lochgelly Albert 1 v 5 Tweedmouth Rangers

Purvis Park, EOSFL Second Division, 3/9/22 Me 245, Wee Man 123 Lochgelly Albert Junior Football Club Founded – 1926 Nickname – The Berts Selected Honours – Fife Junior League – 1937/38, 1946/47, 1948/49, 1954/55 and 1973/74. Fife Junior Cup- 1934/35, 1940/41, 1953/54, 1956/57, 1957/58 and 1977/78. Fife & Lothians Cup – 1936/37. Cowdenbeath Cup- 1946/47,…

2022/23 – Craigroyston 1 v 0 Heriot-Watt University

St Mark’s Park, EOSFL Second Division, 31/8/22 Me 244 Craigroyston Football Club Founded – 1976 Nickname – Craigie Honours – East of Scotland League First Division – 2005/06 and 2012/13. King Cup – 1996/97. Alex Jack Cup – 1993/94 Random Fact – The club were founded by a group of Eyemouth United players with manager…

2022/23 – Huntly 0 v 0 Aberdeen

Huntly win 4 v 2 on penalties Christie Park, Aberdeenshire Cup 1/4 Final, 30/8/22 Me still 242, Wee Man still 122 Huntly Football Club Founded – 1928 Nickname – The Black and Golds Honours – Highland Football League-1929/30, 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1997/98 and 2004/05 Highland League Cup -1948/49, 1951/52, 1992/93, 1993/94 and 1995/96 Aberdeenshire Cup -1960/61, 1985/86, 1991/92, 1993/94, 1994/95,…

2022/23 – Dufftown 0 v 3 Maryhill

Westburn Park, Scottish Junior Cup 1st Round, 27/8/22 Me still 242, Wee Man 122 Dufftown Football Club Founded – 1890 Nickname – The Toonsers Honours (since becoming Junior)- Elginshire Cup – 2021/22 Random Fact – The club were managed by Ex Aberdeen manager Steve Patterson. Pele took charge from December 2015 until the end of…

2022/23 – Sunnybank 1 v 2 Rothie Rovers

Heathryfold Park, NRJFA Championship, 23/8/22 Me still 242, Wee Man 121 Sunnybank Football Club Founded – 1946 Nickname – The Bankies Selected Honours – Scottish Junior Cup – 1953/54. Aberdeen and District Junior League – 1951/52, 1953/54, 1955/56, 1965/66 and 1966/67. North East Premier League – 1971/72, 1974/75, 1975/76, 1982/83, 1996/97 and 1998/99. North Region…

2022/23 – Institute 1 v 2 Annagh United

Brandywell Stadium, NIFL Championship, 20/8/22 Me 242, Wee Man 120 Institute Foootball Club Founded – 1905 Nickname – Stute Honours – NIFL Championship – 2017/18. North West Senior Cup – 1997/98, 2002/03, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2014/15, 2016/17 and 2017–18 Random Fact – The club were made homeless in 2017 when severe flooding hit Northern Ireland.…

2022/23 – Glentoran 3 v 1 Crusaders

The Oval, NIFL Premiership, 19/8/22 Me 241 , Wee Man 119 Glentoran Football Club Founded – 1882 Nickname – The Glens Selected Honours – Irish League 1893/94, 1896/97, 1904/05, 1911/12, 1912/13, 1920/21, 1924/25, 1930/31, 1950/51, 1952/53, 1963/64, 1966/67, 1967/68, 1969/70, 1971/72, 1976/77, 1980/81, 1987/88, 1991/92, 1998/99, 2002/03, 2004/05 and 2008–09. Irish Cup – 1913/14, 1916/17, 1920/21, 1931/32, 1932/33, 1934/35, 1950/51, 1965/66,1972/73, 1982/83, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1986/87, 1987/88, 1989/90, 1995/96, 1997/98, 1999/00, 2000/01, 2003/04, 2012/13, 2014/15 and 2019/20 Irish League Cup – 1988/89, 1990/91, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2006/07 and 2009/10 Random Fact – The club were the first…

2022/23 – Buchanhaven Hearts 0 v 1 Sunnybank

Raemoss Park, NRJFA Championship, 16/8/22 Me still 240, Wee Man 118 Buchanhaven Hearts Junior Football Club Founded – 1908 Nickname – The Hearties Honours – North Region Division One – 2008/09. North Region Second Division – 2018–19. North East Division One – 1979/80 and 1991/92. Archibald Cup – 1991/92. Duthie (Acorn Heating) Cup – 1988/89 and 1991/92. Morrison…

2022/23 – Lossiemouth United 1 v 5 Longside

Coulardbank Road, NRJFA Championship, 13/8/22 Me 240, Wee Man 117 Lossiemouth United Football Club Founded – 1919 (with various periods of abeyance returning in 1949, 1964, 2022) Nickname – Lossie United Random Fact- Lossie United are the last to side to beat Formartine United prior to the Pitmedden side stepping up to the Highland League…

2022/23 – St Marnans 1 v 0 Fyvie

McRobert Park, AAFA Division 1 (East), 10/8/22 Me 239, Wee Man 116 St Marnans Football Club Founded – 1893 as Aberchirder (St Marnans name change coming in 1896) Honours(Since Joining AAFA in 2016/17) – Chattan Rovers Cup – 2017/18. Hans Fyfe Trophy – 2017/18 Nicknames – Saints and Foggie Random Fact – Jake kicked his…

2022/23 – Nairn St. Ninian 1 v 1 Forres Thistle

Showfield Park, Grill League Cup, 9/8/22 Me 238, Wee Man 115 Nairn Saint Ninian Junior Football Club Founded – 1968 Nickname – Saints Selected Honours – North Region Division 1 (West) – 2017/18. North Regional (North) League – 1975/76, 1977/78, 1978/79 and 1981/82. Morayshire Junior Cup – 1968/69, 1979/80 and 1997/98. Elginshire Cup – 2011/12…

The Great Granite City Gallivant

An Aberdeen Fitba Escapade Sometimes stuff comes into my head and doesn’t leave it. There has been many examples of this over the years. Fitba related, music related, travel related. One thing that had been gathering dust in my brain , yet never forgotten was a walking tour of Aberdeen and all its grounds from…

2022/23 – Scone Thistle 0 v 2 Lochee Harp

Farquharson Park, Midland League, 3/8/22 Me 237, Wee Man 114 Scone Thistle Football Club Founded – 1882 Nickname- The Jaggy Nettles Honours –  Tayside JFA Division One – 1994/95. East Region Tayside Division One – 2002/03.  Tayside League Cup – 2005/06 Random Fact – George Best made a substitute appearance for the club in a friendly match…

2022/23 – East End 1 v 0 Bridge of Don Thistle

Denmore Park, Grill League Cup, 2/8/22 Me still 236, Wee Man 113 East End Football Club Founded – 1887 Nickname – The End Honours – North East Premier Division – 1977/78. North Regional Cup 1977/78.Aberdeen & District Junior League- 1926/27 and 1933/34. North Division One – 2006–07. North East First Division – 1984/85, 1986/87 and 1992/93. North…

2022/23 – Inverurie Loco Works 1 v 1 Banks o’ Dee

Harlaw Park, Highland Football League, 30/7/22 Me still 236 Inverurie Loco Works Football Club Founded – 1902 Nickname – Locos Senior Honours – Highland League Cup 2007/08 and 2008/09. Aberdeenshire Shield – 2003/04, 2013/14 and 2016/17. Scottish Qualifying Cup (North) 2004/05 and 2005/06 Random Fact – Despite the club being founded in 1902 the badge…

A Fitbawbag’s 2021/22 End of Season Review

The first full season without the Dons season ticket. It was chucked during the 2018/19 season after Wee Man’s admission to liking “little games”. This plus mediocrity acceptance of the club and supporters which was really grinding at the time. 2019/20 was cut short for obvious reasons. This meaning my last game came in the…

2022/23 – Buckie Thistle 1 v 2 Aberdeen

Victoria Park, Graeme Stewart Testimonial, 25/6/22 Me still 236, Wee Man still 112 Buckie Thistle Football Club Founded – 1889 Nickname – The Jags Honours – Highland Football League 1919/20, 1926/27, 1927/28, 1933/34, 1936/37, 1953/54, 1956/57, 1957/58, 2009/10, 2010/11 and  2016/17. Highland League Cup – 1953/54, 1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1960/61, 1979/80, 1986/87 and 2011/12. Aberdeenshire Cup -1936/37, 1938/39, 1945/46, 1952/53, 1953/54, 1954/55, 1956/57, 1984/85, 1986/87, 2005/06,…

2021/22 – Tarves 4 v 3 Woodside

Balmoral Stadium, AFC Trophy Final , 24/6/22 Entrance – £3 Me, £1 Wee man Attendance – 150 (rough head count) Pie – £6, Sausage roll, coffee, crisps Pint – N/A Season 2021/22 finally comes to an end for us two, just 332 days after our first game of the campaign. (That looks more ridiculous written…

2021/22 – Aberlour Villa 4 v 2 Cullen

Villa Park, Abbeyside Premier League, 21/6/22 Entrance – £0 Attendance – 43 and a cat Pie – N/A Pint – N/A Aberlour Villa Football Club Founded – 1924 Nickname – The Villa Selected Honours – Moray Welfare League Premier Division- 2016. Tom Hunter Cup – 2017. Tewnion Cup – 2017 Random Fact – The club…

2021/22 – Echt 3 v 0 Alford

Balmoral Stadium, AFA Association Cup 1/2 Final, 17/6/22 Entrance – £3 me, £1 Wee Man Attendance – 226 (rough head count) Pie – Shut Pint – N/A Back to the Balmoral Stadium where I swore I would never set foot again and have been twice in a week. This season is starting to get daft…

2021/22- Castletown 3 v 3 Thurso Swifts

Back Park, Caithness AFA League 2, 16/6/22 Entrance – £0 Attendance – 61 Pie – Coffee, Twix free Pint – £3.10 Castletown Hotel Castletown Football Club Founded – 1900 Nickname – The Quarrymen Honours – CAFA 1st Division-1989 .CAFA 2nd Division-2007. Steven Cup – 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 Random Fact – Manager Tom McKenna…

2021/22 – Echt 0 v 1 Woodside

Balmoral Stadium, AFC Trophy 1/2 Final, 12/6/22 Entrance – Me £3, Wee Man £1 Attendance – 113 (Rough Head Count) Pie -Shut Pint – N/A The Immoral……I mean Balmoral Stadium. Somewhere I vowed never set foot again after my first visit. This when on the official opening Cove rangers played Aberdeen in a friendly match.…

2021/22 – Mormond Thistle 2 v 2 Haven

Strichen Park, NESFA League One, 10/6/22 Entrance – Free Attendance – 42 Pie – N/A Pint – £3.70, Tennents, White Horse Hotel Mormond Thistle Football Club Founded – 1972 Nickname – Thistle Selected Honours -NESFA League Two – 2016. Brucklay Cup -2014, 2016 and 2021, Ardallie Cup – 2016. Mormond Cup 2021, Gordon Leask Memorial…

2021/22 – Alford 3 v 1 Beacon Rangers

Alford Pleasure Park, AAFA First Division East, 8/6/22 Entrance – Free Attendance – 227 Pie – N/A Pint – £3.70 Tennents, Haughton Arms Alford Amateur Football Club Founded – 1971 Nickname – None Honours – AAFA Division One East – 2021/22, AAFA Divison Four – 1972/73. AAFA Division Five – 1971/72. Barclay Cook Cup -…

2021/22 – Elizabethan Link Up 4 v 8 Haven

NESCOL Park, NESFA League 1, 4/6/22 Entrance – Free Attendance – 37 Pie – N/A Pint – N/A Elizabethan Link Up Football Club Founded – 1990 Nickname – The Lizzie Honours – NESFA League One – 2007 and 2008. NESFA League Two – 2021. Brucklay Cup – 2018. Ardallie Cup – 2019 I have lost…

2021/22 – Echt 2 v 2 Kincorth

Echt win 7 v 6 on Penalties Pleasure Park, Association Trophy 1/4 Final, 31/5/21 Entrance – Free Attendance – 89 Pie -N/A Pint – N/A Echt Amateur Football Club Founded – 1990 Nickname – None Honours – AAFA Premier Division/Division 1 – 1996/97 , 2000/01, 2001/02, 2006/07 and 2007/08. AAFA Division 2 – 1995/96, AAFA Division…

2021/22 – Alford 4 v 2 Great Western United

Gallowshill, White Cup Final, 30/5/22 Entrance – £ 3 Attendance – 156 (Rough Head Count) Pie – £3 , Pie and coffee Pint – £4 Tennents, Briggies Bar From Newburgh to Newburgh. Surely a first in my life watching a ball being kicked about, two games in a row in towns with the same name.…

2021/22 – Newburgh Juniors 0 v 3 Glenrothes

East Shore Park, EOSFL First Division Conference B, 28/5/22 Entrance – £6 Me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – 171 (Rough Head Count) Pie – £3.10 , Coffee, Juice, FAB Pint – N/A Newburgh Juniors Football Club Founded – 1887 Nickname – The Burgh Honours – Perthshire Junior League – 1946/47, 1953/54, 1954/55, 1955/56 and 1956/57.…

2021/22 – Jeanfield Swifts 6 v 1 Tynecastle

Riverside Park, EOSFL Premier Division, 15/4/22 Entrance – £6 Me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – 85 (Very Very Rough Head Count) Pie – £6, 2x Pie and Coffee Pint – £3 Tennents, Ground Bar Jeanfield Swifts Football Club Founded – 1928 Nickname – Swifts Selected Honours – Perthshire Junior League 1941/42, 1947/48, 1948/49, 1963/64, 1965/66,…

2021/22 – Buckie Thistle 1 v 1 Wick Academy

Victoria Park, Highland Football League, 13/4/22 Entrance – £10 Attendance – 252 (Rough Head Count) Pie – £4, 2x Sausage Rolls and Coffee Pint – £3.40 Thistle Bar Buckie Thistle Football Club Founded – 1889 Nickname – The Jags Honours – Highland Football League 1919/20, 1926/27, 1927/28, 1933/34, 1936/37, 1953/54, 1956/57, 1957/58, 2009/10, 2010/11 and  2016/17. Highland…

2021/22 – Ellon United 1 v 0 Dyce

The Meadows, North Region JFA Super League, 12/4/22 Entrance – £5 Me, £0 Wee Man Pie – £1 Coffee Pint – N/A Ellon United Football Club Founded – 1890 Nickname – United Honours – North East Division One – 1983/84. North Region Division One – 2016/17. Morrison Cup – 1977/78. McLeman Cup – 1977/78 Random…

2021/22 – Bridge of Don Thistle 0 v 2 Banks o’ Dee

Crombie Park, Grill League Cup Final, 10/4/22 Entrance – Me £7, Dad £3, Wee Man £0 Attendance – 270 (Rough Head Count) Pie – £6, Pie x 2, Coffee x 2 Pint – N/A A strange one this, in 115 matches blogged to date I have never struggled to find the words and I was…

2021/22 – Tarves 6 v 1 Newburgh Thistle

Hillhead Park, Soccerworld Premier Division, 6/4/22 Entrance – Both Free Attendance – 42 Pie – N/A (Closed for midweekers) Pint – £3.80 Tenenets, Aberdeen Arms Hotel Tarves Football Club Founded – 1930s Nickname – None Honours – Aberdeenshire AFA 3rd Divison -1990/91. Hans Fyfe Trophy – 1990/91 Stephen Shield – 2009/10 and 2013/14 Random Fact…

2021/22-Rothes 1 v 3 Fraserburgh

Mackessack Park, Highland Football League, 2/4/22 Entrance – £10 Me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – 475 (Rough Head Count) Pie – £3.00 Coffee, 2 x Juice Pint – £ 4.70 Windswept Lighthouse, Station Hotel Rothes Football Club Founded – 1938 Nickname – The Speysiders Honours – Highland League – 1958/59. Highland League Cup – 2019/20. North of Scotland Cup 1958/59, 1978/79 and…

2021/22- Strathspey Thistle 2 v 4 Fraserburgh

Seafield Park, Highland Football League, 30/3/22 Entrance – Me £8, Wee Man £0 Attendance – 179 (Rough Head Count) Pie – Pie x 2, Coffee, Juice, Crisps £6.60 Pint – N/A Strathspey Thistle Football Club Founded – 1993 Nickname – The Strathy Jags Honours – None Random Fact – The drunkest I ever got on…

2021/22 – Dundee St James 1 v 3 Forfar West End

Fairview Park, East Region SJFA Midland League, 26/3/22 Entrance – £6 Me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – 80 + 5 dogs Pie – £3.50 Pie, Coffee, Crisps Pint – N/A Dundee St James Football Club Founded – 2021 (as Dundee St James) Nickname – None Honours – None Random Fact – The club are a…

2021/22 – New Elgin 0 v 2 Forres Thistle

Nicol-Togneri Park, North Region SJFA Second Division, 19/3/22 Entrance – Me £4, Wee Man £0 Attendance – 33 paying, 25 outside the fence Pie – £3, Pie and Coffee Pint – N/A New Elgin Junior Football Club Founded – 1896 Nickname – The Freestaters Honours – Morayshire Junior League – 1947/48, 1950/51, 1951/52, 1953/54, 1954/55, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1959/60, 1963/64 and 1966/67. North…

2021/22 – Pollok 3 v 1 Kilbirnie Ladeside

Newlandsfield Park, WOSFL Premier League, 12/3/22 Entrance – Me Free, Wee Man Free Attendance – 794 Pie – Coffee, Juice, Crisps, Lollipop £3 Pint – £3.95 Tennents, Loks Bar and Grill Pollok Football Club Founded – 1908 Nickname – The Lok Notable Honours – Scottish Junior Cup – 1980/81, 1984/85 and 1996/97. West of Scotland…

2021/22 – Dundonald Bluebell 2 v 1 Tranent

Moorside Park, South Challenge Cup, 8/3/22 Entrance – Me £7 , Wee Man £0 Attendance – 88 (Rough Head Count) Pie – £3 Coffee, Mars Bar, Caramel Wafer Pint – £3.50, Tennents and Irn Bru , Social Club Dundonald Bluebell Football Club Founded – 1938 Nickname – The Bell Honours – East Region Central Division…

2021/22 – Turriff United 2 v 2 Formartine United

The Haughs, Highland Football League, 4/3/22 Entrance – Me £8, Wee Man Free Attendance – 335 Rough head count (also to be noted hard to decipher officials from fans) Pie – Sausage roll x 2, crisps and coffee £8.60 Pint – £4 , Tennents and Irn Bru, Fan Bar Turriff United Football Club Founded – 1954 Nickname – Turra Honours –…

2021/22 – Stranraer 0 v 0 Albion Rovers

Stair Park, SPFL League 2, 26/2/22 Entrance – Me £15, Wee Man £0 Attendance – 276 (Rough Head Count) Pie – £4.50, Coffee, Twirl, Giant Unicorn Lolly Pint – £3.30 Tennents, Stranraer Fitba’ Bar Stranraer Football Club Founded – 1870 Nickname – The Blues Honours – Second Division – 1993/94 and 1997/98. Third Division -…

2021/22 – Hamilton Academical 1 v 1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

New Douglas Park, SPFL Championship, 25/2/22 Entrance – £20 Me, £10 Wee Man Attendance – 1187 (109 Caley including us) Pie – £6 Pie, Crisps, Coffee, Juice (however, I got £7 change off a tenner) Pint – No time, this was a straight from school run job Hamilton Academical Football Club Founded – 1874 Nickname…

2021/22 – Lochee Harp 0 v 15 Carnoustie Panmure

New Beechwood Park, East Region SJFA Midland League, 22/2/22 Entrance – Me £6, Wee Man £0 Attendance – 127 (Rough head count) Pie – N/A Pint – N/A Lochee Harp Football Club Formed – 1904 Nickname – The Harp Honours – Tayside Premier League – 1983/84, 1984/85, 1985/86, Dundee Junior League – 1904/05, 1906/07, 1910/11, 1922/23, 1923/24, 1926/27, 1928/29, 1929/30, 1930/31, 1931/32, 1934/35, 1935/36, 1937/38,…

2021/22 – Banks o’ Dee 4 v 1 Ellon United

Spain Park, North Region Superleague, 19/2/22 Entrance – Me £5, Wee Man £ 0 Attendance – 73(Rough Head Count) Pie –Pie x 2, Coffee and Juice £8 Pint – N/A Banks o’ Dee Junior Football Club Founded – 1902 Nicknames – The Rechabites, The Dee Honours – Scottish Junior Cup-1957, Aberdeenshire Cup 2021/22, Aberdeenshire Shield- 2021/22. North Region Superleague – 2007/08, 2008/09,…

2021/22 – Huntly 3 v 3 Banks o’ Dee

Banks o’ Dee win 5 v 3 on penalties Harlaw Park, Aberdeenshire Shield Final, 16/2/22 Entrance – £10 Attendance – TBC Pie – Didn’t bother Pint – Many had around Inverurie pre and post Founded -1991/92 season Random Fact – Fraserburgh are the most successful club in the competiton with eight wins Cup final on the doorstep for the third time…

2021/22 – Elgin City 0 v 2 Annan Athletic

Borough Briggs, SPFL League 2, 15/2/22 Entrance – Me £12, Wee Man £7 Attendance – 347 Pie – Pie x 2, Coffee and Juice £8 Pint – No time Elgin City Football Club Founded – 1893 Nickname – The Black and Whites Honours – Highland League – 1931/32, 1934/35, 1952/53, 1955/56, 1959/60, 1960/61, 1962/63, 1964/65,…

2021/22 – Arbroath 1 v 3 Hibernian

Gayfield, Scottish Cup 5th Round, 13/2/21 Entrance – £22 family ticket Attendance – 4049 Pie – Pie, Coffee, Crisps £4.80 Pint – N/A Arbroath Football Club Founded – 1878 Nickname – The Red Lichties Honours – Scottish League One – 2018/19, Scottish Third Division/ League Two – 2010/11 and 2016/17 Random Fact – The clubs…

2021/22 – St Mirren 4 v 0 Kelty Hearts

St Mirren Park, Scottish Cup 5th Round, 12/2/22 Entrance – Me £20 quid, Wee Man £5 Attendance – 3390 Pie – Pie x 2, Coffee, Juice £11 Pint – N/A St Mirren Football Club Founded – 1877 Nickname – The Buddies Honours – Scottish Cup – 1925/26, 1958/59 and 1986/87, League Cup – 2012/13, Scottish…

2021/22 – Benburb 5 v 1 Ashfield

New Tinto Park, Lowland Development Cup West, 11/2/22 Entrance – £5 Donation Attendance – 43 Pie – Coffee, Lion Bar, Crisps £2 Pint – £3.50 Clubhouse Bar Benburb Football Club Founded – 1885 Nickname – The Bens, The Chookies Honours – Scottish Junior Cup 1933/34 and 1935/36, West of Scotland Cup – 1940/41, 1941/42, 1982/83…

2021/22 – Broughty Athletic 6 v 1 Lochee Harp

Whitton Park, East Region SJFA Midland League, 8/2/22 Entrance – Me £6, Wee Man £0 Attendance – 125 Pie – Pie, Coffee, Crisps £3.50 Pint – N/A Broughty Athletic Junior Football Club Founded – 1920 (as Broughty Ex- Servicemen) Nickname – The Fed Honours – East of Scotland Junior Cup – 2018/19, East Region North…

2021/22 – Lossiemouth 2 v 1 Deveronvale

Grant Park, Highland Football League, 5/2/22 Entrance – Me £10, Wee Man £0 Attendance – 133 Pie – Coffee, juice, Wispa, crisps £4.50 Pint – N/A given the circumstances of the day Lossiemouth Football Club Founded – 1945 Nickname – The Coasters Honours – Highland League Cup – 1961/62 and 1996/97, North of Scotland Cup…

2021/22 – Longside 1 v 3 Rothie Rovers

Davidson Park, Grill League Cup 1/4 Final, 4/2/22 Entrance – £4 me (should have been a fiver but my only change was £4 and i was told not to break a twenty), £0 Wee Man Attendance – 161 (rough head count) Pie – Coffee, juice, crisps, Wispa, £2.70 Pint– £3.60 Amstel , (Longside FC social club) Longside Football…

2021/22 – Banks o’ Dee 6 v 0 Culter

Spain Park, North Region Superleague, 2/2/22 Entrance – Me £5, Wee Man £0 Attendance – 124(Rough Head Count) Pie – Coffee, Juice , crisps, £2.80 Pint – N/A Banks o’ Dee Junior Football Club Founded – 1902 Nicknames – The Rechabites, The Dee Honours – Scottish Junior Cup-1957, Aberdeenshire Cup – 2021/22 North Region Superleague – 2007/08, 2008/09, 2015/16, 2015/16, 2017/18 and…

2021/22 – Banks o’ Dee 0 v 3 East Craigie

Spain Park, Inter-regional Cup 3rd Round, 29/1/22 Entrance – Me £5, Wee Man £ Attendance – 130(Rough Head Count) Pie – Coffee and Juice £2 Pint – N/A Banks o’ Dee Junior Football Club Founded – 1902 Nicknames – The Rechabites, The Dee Honours – Scottish Junior Cup-1957, Aberdeenshire Cup – 2021/22, North Region Superleague – 2007/08, 2008/09,…

Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag #18 – McLeeds United

Originally written for Turnstiles Magazine Issue 3 Throughout its history English football has seen its fair share of men from north of the border pull on various club colours. They have been well dotted throughout the clubs over the years. We “jocks” have always been kicking about in the English game from day one and…

2021/22 -Deveronside 2 v 6 Banks o’ Dee

Macduff Sports Centre, SJFA North Region Superleague, 15/12/21 Entrance – £5 Attendance – 49 and a dog, at least 15 fare dodgers outside Pie – Coffee £1 and free sandwiches Pint – N/A Deveronside Junior Football Club Founded – 1977 Nickname -The Side Honours – North Region (North ) League Winners -1983-84, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1993-94,…

2021/22 – Deveronvale 4 v 5 Nairn County

Princess Royal Park, Highland League, 11/12/21 Entrance – £10 Me, Free Wee Man Attendance – 96 (rough head count) Pie – £2.50 Coffee and crisps Pint – £3.50, Supporters Bar Deveronvale Football Club Founded – 1938 Nickname – Vale Honours – Highland Football League – 2002/03, 2005/06, Aberdeenshire Cup –1947/48, 1950/51, 1951/52, 1961/62, 1965/66, 2000/01, 2006/07, 2011/12. Aberdeenshire Shield– 1994/95, 2002/03. Scottish Qualifying…

2021/22 – Rutherglen Glencairn 3 v 1 Finnart

Hamish B Allan Stadium, Kilmarnock Pie Cup, 10/12/21 Entrance – £7 Me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – 98 (rough head count) Pie – £4.20, sausage roll, hot dog, coffee Pint – N/A Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club Founded – 1896 Nickname – The Glens Honours – Scottish Junior Cup -1901/02, 1918/19, 1926/27, 1938/39. West of Scotland…

2021/22 – Livingston 0 v 1 Heart of Midlothian

Almondvale, SPFL Premiership, 5/12/21 Entrance – £25 Me, £10 Wee Man Attendance – 5597 Pie – £9.10 Pie x 2, Coffee, Fanta Pint – Bar at capacity on arrival Livingston Football Club Founded – 1943 (1995 name change to Livingston) Nickname – Livi Honours – League Cup-2003/04, First Division-2000/01, Second Division/League 1-1986/87, 1998/99, 2010/11, 2016/17.…

2021/22 – Montrose Roselea 0 v 8 Bridge of Don Thistle

Broomfield Park, SJFA North Region Premier League, 4/12/21 Entrance – Me £5, Wee Man £0 Attendance – 35 (biggest count) Pie – N/A due to last minute change of venue Pint – N/A due to last minute change of venue Montrose Roselea Junior Football Club Founded – 1930 Nickname – The Lea Honours – Tayside…

2021/22 – Clydebank 3 v 1 Troon

Holm Park, WOSFL Premier Division, 3/12/21 Entrance – £7 Me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – ? Pie – £7 chilli chicken burger and cheeseburger Pint – Put to the sword by the traffic at Charing Cross on the way down Clydebank Football Club Founded – 2004 Nickname – The Bankies Honours – Central League Division…

2021/22 – Brechin City 1 v 1 Darvel

Glebe Park, Scottish Cup 3rd Round, 29/11/21 Entrance – £10 Attendance – 577 Pie – £7 Pie x 2 and Diet Coke Pint – Tennents, £2.50, City Bar Brechin City Football Club Founded – 1906 Nickname – The Hedgemen Honours – Second Division – 1982/83, 1989/90, 2004/05, Third Division – 2001/02 Random Fact – The…

2021/22 – East Craigie 9 v 2 Scone Thistle

Craigie Park, Midland League, 27/11/21 Entrance – £6 Attendance -58 (Including Scottish Premier alumni Phil Maguire and Lee Wilkie) Pie – Pie and Coffee £3 Pint – £2 Ossain, Hospitality East Craigie Football Club Founded – 1880 Nickname – The Shipbuilders Honours – ? Random Fact – The club claim to be the oldest Junior…

2021/22 – Inverurie Loco Works 0 v 2 Heart of Midlothian

Harlaw Park, Scottish Youth Cup, 25/11/12 Entrance – Free Attendance – 187 Pie – N/A Pint – £3.60 Greene King Icebreaker, Social Club Inverurie Loco Works Football Club Founded – 1902 Nickname – The Railwaymen Honours – Highland League Cup – 2007/08, 2008/09, Aberdeenshire Shield – 2003/04, 2013/14, 2016/17, Scottish Qualifying Cup(North) – 2004/05, 2005/06…

2021/22 – Irvine Victoria 1 v 5 Shotts Bon Accord

Victoria Park, WOSFL Conference A, 20/11/21 Entrance – Me £6, Wee Man £0 Attendance – 83 Pie – £2 pie and coffee Pint – N/A Irvine Victoria Football Club Founded – 1904 Nickname – The Westenders Honours – Ayrshire District League – 2013–14 Random Fact – The clubs record win stands at 10 v 0…

2021/22 – Queen of the South 1 v 2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Palmerston, Championship, 19/11/21 Entrance – Me £18, Wee Man £6 Attendance – Reported as 0 on the official QOTS website Pie – £3.50 pie and coffee Pint – £3.20, Tennents, fan bar Queen of the South Football Club Founded – 1919 Nickname – The Doonhamers Honours – Division 2 -1950/51, 2001/02, 2012/13, Scottish League Challenge…

2021/22 – Turriff United 0 v 5 Brechin City

The Haughs, Highland Football League, 17/11/21 Entrance – Me £8, Wee Man Free Attendance – 239 Rough head count (also to be noted hard to decipher officials from fans) Pie – Sausage roll and coffee £4 Pint – £3 , Tennents, Fan Bar Turriff United Football Club Founded – 1954 Nickname – Turra Honours -…

2021/22 -Aberdeen University 1st 2 v 2 Heriot Watt 1st

Keith Park, BUCS Scottish Tier 1, 17/11/21 Entrance – Free Attendance – 25 at biggest and 2 dogs Pie – N/A Pint – £ 3.13, Belhaven Best, Brig o’ Don Founded – 1872 Nickname – Uni Honours – Queens Park Shield -1921/22, 1922/23, 1927/28, 1929/30, 1932/33, 1936/37, 1937/38, 1940/41, 1945/46, 1946/47, 1987/88, 1948/49, 1949/50, 1950/51,…

2021/22 – Keith 1 v 4 Fraserburgh

Kynoch Park, Highland League Cup, 13/11/21 Entrance – Me £10, Wee Man £5 Attendance – 140 rough head count Pie – Two sausage rolls and a coffee £5.20 Pint – John Smiths £3 , Fan Bar Keith Football Club Founded – 1910 Nickname – The Maroons Honours – Highland Football League – 1961/62, 1978/79, 1979/80,…

Fitbawbaggery from the Vaults # 15 -Hanging Out With Lions in Lisbon

I have had many a fitba trip out with Scotland since I took up this travelling about to watch games malarkey. I think it stands at seventeen countries to date that I have been lucky to watch club fitba in. The Netherlands is a home from home in fitba terms with eighteen grounds conquered. England…

Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag #17 – Connection……..Fitba is back!

This bit started out life months ago with a different original trajectory , but the piece was abandoned. This so I could concentrate on paramount stuff in life such as being a Dad, looking for work, being with the awesomely lovely lady on the banks o’ Dee and partaking in what the crux of this…

2021/22 – Bridge of Don Thistle 7 v 1 Ellon United

Aberdeen Sports Village, North Region SJFA Superleague, 2/10/21 Entrance – Me £5, Wee Man £2 Attendance – 51 Pie – Coffee, Coke, Crisps £5.20 (you don’t get pies) Pint – N/A Bridge of Don Thistle Junior Football Club Formed – 1983 (As Wilsons XI) Nickname – Thistle Honours – None Random Fact – Since their…

2021/22-Formartine United 1 v 4 Banks o’ Dee

Harlaw Park(Inverurie Loco Works), Aberdeenshire Cup Final 2021/22, 1/10/21 Entrance – £10 for me, £0 for Wee Man Attendance – Around 400 or so(rough headcount) Pie – Coffee and Diet Coke £4.25 Pint – £3.60 , Tennents, Social Club Founded -1887 Random Fact – Tonight’s match ended the shortest reign of the old trophy with…

2021/22 – Dunbar United 3 v 1 Tweedmouth Rangers

New Countess Park, Friendly, 28/9/21 Entrance – Donation (£6 parted with) Attendance – 53 head count Pie – £5 , coffee and two sausage rolls(the very last two) Pint – £3.20, Belhaven Best(when in Rome) Sport Centre Bar Dunbar United Football Club Founded – 1925 Nickname – The Seasiders Honours – Scottish Junior Cup -…

2021/22 – Rossvale 1 v 0 Cambuslang Rangers

Petershill Park, Scottish Junior Cup Second Round, 24/9/21 Entry – Me £6, Wee Man £0 Attendance – 205 (rough head count) Pie – £6.50, pie, burger, coffee(surely the first time every being served a filter coffee at the fitba) Pint – No time Rossvale Football Club Founded – 1976 Nickname – ? Honours – West…

2021/22 – Tynecastle 0 v 5 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic

Meggetland, East of Scotland Qualifying Cup, 21/09/21 Entrance – £7 Attendance – 195 (Rough head count) and a rabbit Pie – Coffee and Irn Bru £2.20 (no room for a pie) Pint – Tennents £4.35, The Kilted Pig(across the road) Tynecastle Football Club Founded – 1928 as Tynecastle Boys Club (2005 Tollcross were merged into…

2021/22 – Formartine United 2 v 2 Cumnock

North Lodge Park, Scottish Cup 1st Round, 18/9/21 Entrance – Me £10, Wee Man £5 Attendance – 203(rough head count) Pie – Pie, Coffee, Orangeade £4.50 Pint -N/A (got my bargain beers from last night in the fridge for after) Formartine United Football Club Founded – 1948 Nickname – United Honours (Since step up to…

2021/22 – Newtongrange Star 0 v 4 St Mirren

Scottish Youth Cup, New Victoria Park, 17/9/21 Entrance – Me £4 , Wee Man £1 Attendance – 250 Pie – Pie, Coffee, Irn Bru £4.50 Pint – Arrived 5 minutes before kick off Founded – 1890 Nickname – Nitten Honours – Scottish Junior Cup – 1929/30. SJFA East Region Premier League – 2012/13. East Region…

Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag #16 – When Real Madrid were Battered Black and Hew

Originally written for Turnstiles Magazine issue 2 (Subject of the issue being underdogs) As the Swedish sky unleashed it’s most relentless of elements behind him, and with the fifteen thousand strong boisterous, drenched Red Army housed in the adjacent terraces making their presence felt , arguably the greatest British manager at the time made his…

2021/22 – St. Peters U20 5 v 2 Forth Wanderers U20

New Western Park, Lowland Development League Conference D, 10/9/21 Entrance – Free Attendance – 57 Pie – Hot Dog and Coffee £2.70 Pint – £3.00, Carling, Club Bar St. Peters Football Club Founded – 1984 Nicknames – ? Honours – None (First season at this level) Random Fact – St. Peters is not only a…

2021/22 – Forres Thistle 1 v 1 Glentanar

Logie Park, North Region SJFA Division Two, 4/9/21 Entrance – £3.00 Me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – 40 + 3 dogs Pie – 2 Pies and coffee £5 Pint – N/A Forres Thistle Football Club Founded – 1906 Nickname – The Jags Honours – North Region First Division (West)- 2002/03, North Regional League -1971/72 and…

2021/22 – Fraserburgh 1 v 2 Banks o’ Dee

Bellslea Park, Aberdeenshire Cup Semi Final, 31/08/21 Entrance – £10 Me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – TBC Pie – £4 Mince Pie and Coffee Pint – N/A Fraserburgh Football Club Founded – 1910 Nickname – The Broch Honours – Highland League – 1932/33, 1937/38 and 2001/02, Highland League Cup – 1958/59 and 2005/06, Aberdeenshire Cup – 1910/11,  1937/38,…

2021/22 – Dundee North End 6 v 3 Dundee St James

North End Park, East Region SJFA Midland League, 28/8/21 Entrance – £6 me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – 120 (approx. headcount taken once Dundee United fans left) Pie – £2.00 Coffee, Crisps, Ice Pole Pint – £2.60 Tennents, Social Club Dundee North End Football Club Founded -1895 Nickname – The Dokens Honours – SJFA North…

2021/22 – New Deer 0 v 3 Station Bar

New Deer Football Ground, North East Scotland League 1, 24/8/21 Entrance – £0 Me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – 24 Pie – N/A Pint – N/A New Deer Football Club Founded – 1908 Nickname – The Deer Honours – Some but cant date them Random Fact – New Deer have been conceding and average of…

2021/22 – Ardallie 2 v 3 Macduff

The Halfway House, North East Scotland League 2, 23/8/21 Entrance – £0 Me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – 11 (minus the two clubs folk) Pie – N/A Pint – N/A Ardallie Football Club Founded – TBC Nickname – The Dallie Honours – TBC Random Fact – Ardallie are the only team I ever scored against…

2021/22 – Bo’ness Athletic 5 v 1 Bathgate Thistle

Newtown Park, East of Scotland League, First Division Conference X, 20/8/21 Entry – £6 me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – 120, however that is very unofficial due to the large local ned troupe jumping the wall. Pie – Sausage Roll x 2 and Coffee £4 (Sausage Rolls were excellent) Pint – N/A Bo’ness Athletic Football…

2021/22 – Methlick 5 v 2 Peterhead United

King George Park, North East Scotland League 2, 17/8/21 Entrance – £0 Me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – 25 Pie – N/A Pint – £4.70 (Ythanview Hotel across the road, where we had our tea too which was good and well priced) Methlick Football Club Founded – A fact forgotten in time to it seems.…

2021/22 – Longside 3 v 2 Sunnybank

Davidson Park, North Region SJFA First Division, 13/8/21 Entrance – £5 me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – 63 Pie – No pies being served, Coffee £1 Pint- £3.50 Tennents , (Longside FC social club) Longside Football Club Founded – 1933 Nickname – The Side Honours – North East Premier League 1999/00, 2000/01 Random Fact -…

2021/22 – Maud 2 v 1 Cruden Bay

Pleasure Park, Grill League Cup Group Stage, 10/8/21 Entrance – £5 me, Wee Man £0 Attendance – 53 Pie – £3.50 pie and coffee Pint – N/A Maud Junior Football Club Founded – 1973 Nickname – N/A Honours – Grill League Cup – 2011/13, North Region 1st Division – 2003/04 Random Fact – Maud were…

2021/22 – Easthouses Lily 2 v 2 Peebles Rovers

Newbattle Complex, East of Scotland League First Division Conference B, 6/8/21 Entrance – Me £6, Wee Man £0 Attendance – 99 and two dogs(counted again to see if I could get the 100, 99 again) Pie – £3.70 pie, coffee and Kit Kat Chunky Pint – £2, Tennents, (Easthouses Lily Club Bar) Easthouses Lily Miners…

2021/22 – Lochee Harp 1 v 3 Forfar West End

New Beechwood Park, East Region SJFA Midland League, 4/8/21 Entrance – £6 Attendance – 93 Pie – Closed Pint – N/A Lochee Harp Football Club Formed – 1904 Nickname – The Harp Honours – Tayside Premier League – 1983/84, 1984/85, 1985/86, Dundee Junior League – 1904/05, 1906/07, 1910/11, 1922/23, 1923/24, 1926/27, 1928/29, 1929/30, 1930/31, 1931/32,…

2021/22 – Stoneywood Parkvale 2 v 1 Sunnybank

Arjowiggins Stoneywood Park, North Region SJFA, First Division, 3/8/21 Entrance – £5 me £0 Wee Man Attendance – 48(twice counted) Pie – Didn’t bother(rare) Pint – N/A Stoneywood Parkvale Football Club Founded – 2016 Nickname – The Vale Honours – None Random Fact – The club impressively reached the last 16 of the 2019/20 Scottish…

2021/22 -Rothie Rovers 6 v 0 New Elgin

Rothienorman Football Ground, SJFA North Region Division 2, 28/7/21 Entrance – £5 me, £0 Wee Man Attendance- 38 (minus committees) Pie – Closed Pint – N/A Rothie Rovers Junior Football Club Founded – 1983 Nickname – Rovers Honours – None since making the step up to Juniors Random Fact – Major upgrade works were carried…

2021/22-Formartine United 1 v 3 Fraserburgh

Harlaw Park(Inverurie Loco Works), Aberdeenshire Cup Final 2020/21, 28/7/21 Entrance – £10 for me, £0 for Wee Man Attendance – 600 (reportedly) Pie – Hotdog, coffee and Diet Coke , £7.50 Pint – Birra Moretti, £4.90, (Banks of Ury Hotel) Founded -1887 Random Fact – It is claimed the trophy is the second oldest fitba…

2021/22 – Lochore Welfare 3 v 1 Oakley United

Central Park, East of Scotland First Division Conference B, 27/7/21 Entrance – £6 for me, £0 for Wee Man Attendance – 98 (rough count) Pie – £2.50 for a sausage roll, pie and coffee Pint – £2 Tennents (Lochore Welfare FC Social Club) Lochore Welfare Football Club Founded – 1934 (Various mergers and name changes…

A Fitbawbag’s 2020/21 End of Season Review

Well can that be classed as a season? Corona tried to say no. Not many games were viewed, thats a fact. But Wee Man and myself had our eyes opened to new Leagues, this leading me to believe that it was a success despite only seeing 1170 minutes of fitba in the flesh. Would we…

2020/21 – Cuminestown United 5 v 5 Macduff

Tenant Park, North East Scotland League 2, 8/6/21 Entrance -N/A Attendance -38 Pie -N/A Pint -N/A Cuminestown United Football Club Founded – 1923 Nickname – N/A Honours – I am not even going to pretend I know Random Fact – More ground related than club. Cuminestown once had a Junior team. The reason they don’t…

2020/21 New Pitsligo 6 v 3 New Deer

New Pitsligo Playing Field, North East Scotland League 1, 4/6/21 Entrance – N/A Attendance – 38 (Biggest Count) Pie – N/A but the steak pie supper from near by Gold-N-Crispy was beautiful Pint – N/A New Pitsligo Football Club Founded – Unsure Nickname – Cyaak Honours – Unsure but the league, League Cup, Brucklay Cup,…

2020/21 – St. Duthus 2 v 0 Invergordon

Grant Park, North Caledonian League 1, 29/05/21 Entrance – Free Attendance – 57 when counted (hard to put a figure to, this due to comings and goings) Pie – N/A Pint – N/A St Duthus Football Club Founded – 1885 Nicknames – The Saints, The Tain Saints Honours – North Caledonian Cup- 1924/24, 1978/79, 19/83/84,…

2020/21 – Lesmahagow 0 v 1 Royal Albert

Craighead Park, Friendly, 28/5/21 Entrance – Good will donation bucket (tenner for the two of us). Attendance – 171 when counted just before half time. Pie, Burger and Coffee – £5.20 Pint – N/A Lesmahagow Junior Football Club Founded – 1885 Nickname – The Gow Random Fact – The club started off as Nethanvale Swifts from1885-1906…

2020/21 -Forfar United 3 v 1 Forfar Albion 19’s

Guthrie Park, Friendly, 22/5/21 Entrance- N/A (Club unsure of rules in regards to admittance) Attendance – 34 committee, parents and sneaky tree dodgers like me (unofficially) Pie – N/A Pint – £3.60 (Heverlee, The Stag, close to Guthrie Park) Forfar United Junior Football Club Founded – 2020 Nickname – N/A Honours – None Random Fact…

The Dons Two Years On – What Have I Missed?

The 3rd of March marks the second anniversary of the infuriating sounds of the equally infuriating song echoing around me. “Oh Derek McInnes” was ringing out up Merkland Road East. This coming after drawing in the Scottish Cup with the new kids on the block. Yes, that is right, drawing with The r*****s was worthy…

Fitbawbaggery in Numbers # 6 – Top 5 Non-Dons Games

This year marks my 30th anniversary of heading to watch fitba in the flesh. It is thirty years since the aroma of cigars and Bovril first skelped my nostrils as I walked up the stairs at the rear of the Merkland Road End. Three decades since I first experienced the collective outburst of elation of…

2020/21 – Alness United 2 v 1 Inverness Athletic

Dalmore Park, Ness Cup League 2, 19/12/20 Entry – N/A despite being Tier 1 Attendance – Unofficially 42 Pie – N/A Pint – N/A Alness United Football Club Founded – 1890 (Approx). Nickname – None Honours -North Caledonian League 1972-73, 1973-74, 2000-01, 2004-05. North of Scotland /North Caledonian Cup -1973-74, 1999-00, 2013-14 Random Fact -…

2020/21-Deveronvale 1 v 4 Camelon

Princess Royal Park, Scottish Cup Second Preliminary Round,12/12/20 Entry- Not when Jason Leitch is involved Attendance – See Above Pie – See Above Pint- See Above Deveronvale Football Club Founded – 1938 Nickname – Vale Honours – Highland Football League – 2002/03, 2005/06, Aberdeenshire Cup -1947–48, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1961–62, 1965–66, 2000–01, 2006–07, 2011–12. Aberdeenshire Shield-…

Inane Ramblings of A Fitbawbag # 13 – The Five Year (Mis)Adventure

5th of December 2015. Quite the insignificant date for the outsider. The fifth of December in general, has had very little of note happen throughout history. In 1848 the US saw the start of the California gold rush and in 1945 the Bermuda Triangle caused one of aviation greatest mysteries when “Flight 19”, a group…

Inane Ramblings of A Fitbawbag #10 – This is England ’20

Originally written for The Red Final Issue 140, October 2020 16th of February, Gelredome, Arnhem. Storm Dennis is seriously blowing a fucking hoolie, I had just viewed a cracking ninety minutes of fitba where the hosts Vitesse put Heerenveen to the sword 4-2. This rounding off a quadruple header of Dutchball, following visits to De…

2020/21 – Esh Winning 2 v 4 Chester-le-Street

West Terrace, Northern League Division 2, 8/10/20, 22/10/20 Entry – Both Free Attendance – 121 Hot Dog, Diet Coke, Lemonade, Coffee – £5 Pint and Orange Juice – £4 Esh Winning Football Club Founded – 1967 Nickname – The Stags Honours – Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup 2007–08 Random Fact – The club were formed as Esh…

2020/21 Ryton and Crawcrook Albion 2 v 5 Crook Town

Kingsley Park, Northern League Division 2, 14/10/20 Entrance – £5 and free Attendance – 119 Chips, Coffee, Juice, Crisps – £4.20 Pint – £2.20 Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Football Club Founded – 1970 Nickname – RACA Honours – Northern Alliance Division One – 1996/97 Random Fact – The club are more than just a Northern…

2020/21 Consett 5 v 1 Bishop Auckland

Belle View, Northern League Division 1, 13/10/20 Entrance – £5 and £2 Attendance – 150 Diet Coke and Dairy Milk- On the house Pint – Too short notice to manage one pre-game Consett Association Football Club Founded – 1899 Nickname – The Steelmen Honours – Northern League Division Two – 1988–89, 2005–06. Durham Challenge Cup…

2020/21 Tow Law Town 1 v 0 Willington

Ironworks Park, Northern League Division 2, 10/10/20 Entry -£4 & £2 Attendance – 80 Sausage and chips/coffee/Diet Coke – £5.20 Pint and Diet Coke – £3 Tow Law Town Association Football Club Founded – 1890 Nickname – The Lawyers Honours – Northern League Division One – 1923–24, 1924–25, 1994–95. Northern League Cup – 1973–74 Random Fact…

2020/21 Carlisle City 3 v 0 Birtley Town

Gillford Park, Northern League Division 2 , 3/10/20 Entry – £4 and £2 Attendance – 78 Match Ball Sponsor – £25 Coffee and crisps – £2 Pint and a coke – £3.30 Carlisle City Football Club Founded – 1975 Nickname – The Sky Blues Honours – Division One 1991–92 Random Fact – Formed in 1975 by…

2020/21 – Easington Colliery 4 v 1 Redcar Athletic

The Welfare Ground, Northern League Division 2, 1/10/20 Attendance – 105 Entry – £5 Coffee and Chips and Gravy – £2.80 Pint – £2.80 Easington Colliery Association Football Club Founded – 1913 Nickname – The Colliers, Green Army Honours- Wearside League -1929–30, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1947–48, 1948–49, Wearside League Cup 1932–33, 1945–46, 1961–62, 2009–10 Random Fact…

Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag # 9 – 200 Days and The Corona Effect

You will have to excuse the obscenities, but two hundred days without a game is fucking ridiculous. Since 1991 when my fitba viewing career started this is easily the longest period without a game by a long shot. Even during my playing days there were Dons games in the mix and sometimes watching my pals…

The Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag # 8 – Voetball, van der Ark and Vitesse.

Part 1 The Netherlands, not Holland as the common misconception goes. A tremendous and a somewhat underrated country. Many people choose to take their jollies in hotter climes. I however cant really be bothered with the sun these days. This maybe down to me being spoiled throughout my working career what with currently being stationed down in…

A Fitbawbags Fitba Bucket List

Everyone has a to do list of sorts, not a paint the garden gate or dump shite at the skip type. Countries or cities that tickle their fancy, bands they would like to see, retire early, skydive, have kids, run a marathon or whatever. The content can be a complete miscellany of things. Whether it…

The Fitbawbag Seen In The Flesh Dons Greatest XI

I have always wondered what my Dons best XI would be like but I have never really put a conscious effort into jotting it down. I have always had favourites that would habitually make the final cut, but never a full eleven. For the time being I have no random fitba to write about so…

The Fitbawbag Seen In The Flesh Greatest XI

An XI picked from players seen in the flesh throughout the years of heading through turnstiles across Europe As I write I have not thought about this previously. It is totally off the cuff. There are obvious choices that will slip right in but the others will take some serious time and thought. The method…

Fitbawbaggery in Numbers # 4 -100 Long Gameless Days

Exactly what it says on the tin. Today marks one hundred days since I had the pleasure of a game. That game was a final 90 minutes of a four game Dutch tour, Vitesse 4 v 2 Heerenveen on February 16th. The following Wednesday I went offshore for twenty eight days and came back to…




				

A Fitbawbags Guide To Fitba Literature #4 – The Scottish Fitba Edition

I have done the general worldwide fitba literature twice and the Dons special so I felt it would be rude to not do a Scottish fitba version(minus anything Aberdeen related). As well as collecting Aberdeen books I do the same with Scottish books. This became apparent when one day realised I had over one hundred…

Fitbawbaggery from the Vaults # 12-Shotts Bon Accord 3-4 Blantyre Victoria

Hannah Park, West Region League One. 11/5/19 Shotts Bon Accord Football Club Founded – 1950 Nicknames – The Bonny, The BA Honours – Scottish Junior Cup 1957-58 and 2011/12, West of Scotland Cup – 1963/64 Current Division – West of Scotland Football League Conference A Random Fact – In 1995 Shotts were suspended from the…

A Fitbawbags Guide To Fitba Literature #3 – The Dons Edition

Football and reading, two of my favourite things. Combining them together makes me a contented fellow. Then when I add the team I support into the equation its this super amalgamation pastime. I have read over sixty Dons related books in my life. Still have them all too, all sitting proudly in a bookshelf in…

Fitbawbaggery in Numbers #3 – The Filthy 50

Accrington Stanley to Željezničar This may just be a pipe dream given what is going on in the world just now. Call it a bit ambitious. Call it delusional. I call it a ground bothering a fitba fan being bored and thinking creating a list was a productive thing to do. I also call it…

Fitbawbaggery From The Vaults #9 – It’s Friggin Friendly in Oslo

When I was a kid my old boy was forever in Norway. As a teacher at Peterhead Academy he was part of the Peterhead/Ålesund school exchange for near thirty years. The dining room at my folks was a homage to the country with trolls, pictures and other things picked up on his sojourns. To add…

Fitbawbags Interviews # 1 -Wee Man- Aiming for the Century (Or Five)

Mans best friend is a dog so they say. Well I’ll disagree. The first reason being cats are better, the second being the more important of the two reasons, the person who came up with that line surely didn’t have a fitba mad five year old to accompany them to random towns all over Scotland…

A Fitbawbags 2019/20 End of Season Review

With the recent conclusions of the Highland League, Lowland League and East and West Region Juniors I suppose I will terminate my first non Dons season at this point also. I did hold out hope of the leagues recommencing but unfortunately I can’t see this coming to fruition. Yes the SPFL hasn’t been shut down…

The Inane Ramblings of a Fitabwbag # 5 – A Spherical Hole In Life

Here I sit in my living room, Tartan Special in hand, empty sharing size packet of peanuts discarded next to me. Grace Kelly is strutting her stuff on the box in one of her Alfred Hitchcock film appearances. As always, my big sook of a cat is sleeping on my lap. As nights go it…

A Fitbawbags Guide To Fitba Literature Second Edition

A second 15 crackers from my collection. May come in handy for some during the days stuck in doors avoiding bat flu. As I have said before. I love fitba and a close second favourite hobby is reading. When I can combine the two I am in my element. The hybrid hobby. Ill read anything…

2019/20-Vitesse 4 v 2 Heerenveen

Gelredome, Eredivisie, 16/2/20 Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse Founded – 1892 Nicknames – Vitas, Airborne Football Club Honours – KNVB Cup 2016/17 Random Fact- The clubs record European win is 4-0 against Dundee United in the UEFA Cup in 1990. (They won the tie 5-0 on agg) Saved the best for last this trip. To start with,…

2019/20-Fortuna Sittard 0 v 0 Emmen

Fortuna Sittard Stadion, Eredivisie, 15/2/20 Fortuna Sittard Founded – 1968 Nickname – Fortunezen Honours – KNVB Cup 1957, 1964 Current Division – Eredivisie Random Fact – The stand where the ultras congregate was renamed in honour of late ex player Fernando Ricksen. I obviously got my ticket elsewhere The night started off in nightmare circumstances.…

2019/20-DHSC 1 v 2 Rijnvogels

Sportpark Wesley Sneijder, Hoofdeklasse, 15/2/20 DOS Holland Stichtse Boys Combinatie Founded – 2007 Nicknames – None Honours – None Current Division – Hoofdeklasse Random Fact – Being a native of the city, Wesley Sneijder helps fund the club. The ground has been renamed Sport Park Wesley Sneijder in tribute. Fifth tier Dutch fitba, don’t mind…

2019/20-De Graafschap 2 v 0 Roda JC

De Vijverberg, Eereste Divisie, 14/2/20 Vereniging Betaald VoetbalDe Graafschap Founded – 1954 Nickname – Superboeren (Super Farmers) Honours – Eerste Divisie 1991, 2007, 2010 Current Division – Eerste Divisie Random Fact – Ex Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwoods last job in fitba was as manager of the club in 2014. He left after one month in charge…

A Wee Mans Half Century, Eleven Thousand Mile Fitba Odyssey

Fitba has been a constant in my life, and throughout my thirty-five years on earth. I have gone through stages with the game. There was a time where I was playing only, this was a short one-year period. This then turned into playing and watching Aberdeen at Pittodrie which gradually turned into a season ticket.…

2019/20-BSC Glasgow 1 v 4 Hibernian

Recreation Park, Scottish Cup 5th Round, 9/2/20 Broomhill Sports Club Glasgow Football Club Founded – 2014 Nickname – None Honours – Lowland League Cup 2018/19 Current Division – Lowland Football League Random Fact – The club have been in the LFL for five full seasons and improved every year, 10th(30 points) , 7th (41 points),…

2019/20-Sauchie 4 v 1 Newtongrange Star

Beechwood Park, East of Scotland Premier Division, 8/2/20 Sauchie Juniors Football Club Founded – 1960 Nicknames- The Reds Honours – East Region Premier League – 2011–12, 2016–17 Random Fact – Ex Dundee United and St Johnstone and multiple Trinidad and Tobago cap Colin Samuel spent a season at the club prior to getting into coaching…

2019/20-Cumbernauld Colts 0 v 1 Spartans

Broadwood, Lowland League, 7/2/20 Cumbernauld Colts Football Club Founded – 1969 Nicknames – Colts Honours – Lowland League Cup 2017/18 Current Division – Lowland Football League Random Fact – Jackie McNamara spent his youth career at the club. This meaning the club are partly to blame for one of the worst performances i have EVER…

2019/20-Rothes 3 v 1 Keith

Highland League Cup 1/4 final, MacKessack Park, 5/2/20 Rothes Football Club Founded – 1938 Nickname – The Speysiders Honours – Highland League – 1958/59, North of Scotland Cup 1958/59 and 1978/79 Current Division – Highland League Random Fact – The club play in tangerine due to buying floodlights from Tannadice Park. The colours of Dundee…

2019/20-Clachnacuddin 2 v 3 Forres Mechanics

Highland League, Canal Park, 31/1/20 Clachnacuddin Football Club Founded – 1885 Nicknames – The Lillywhites, Clach Honours – Highland League-1894–95, 1896–97, 1897–98, 1900–01, 1902–03, 1903–04, 1904–05, 1905–06, 1907–08, 1911–12, 1920–21, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1938–39, 1947–48, 1974–75, 2003–04, Highland League Cup-1947–48, 1950–51, 1981–82, 2003–04, 2013–14, North of Scotland Cup-1894–95, 1895–96, 1897–98, 1899–1900, 1902–03, 1903–04, 1905–06, 1906–07, 1919–20,…

2019/20-Falkirk 2 v 0 Arbroath

Scottish Cup 4th Round Replay, The Falkirk Stadium, 28/1/20 Falkirk Football and Athletic Club Founded – 1876 Nickname – The Bairns Honours – Scottish Cup 1913 and 1957 Current Division – SPFL League 1 Random Fact- The club are part of one of the biggest urban myths in Scottish fitba. In 99/00 Falkirks old home…

2019/20-Mid Annandale 0 v 7 Musselburgh Athletic

South and East Shield Final, New Murrayfield Park(Blackburn United), 26/1/20 The chance of a third cup final of the season was too much to resist. It was either that or witness St Mirren v Aberdeen, which lets face it, just oozes shite. So West Lothian it was. But a day out with Wee Man in…

2019/20-Kirrie Thistle 0 v 2 Lochee United

Westview Park, East Region Super League North, 25/1/20 Kirriemuir Thistle Junior Football Club Founded – 1921 Nickname – Thistle Honours – None Current Division – East Region Super League North Random Fact – Ex Aberdeen and Scotland Cap Kevin McNaughton is on the books and is also a coach at the Angus club A belated…

A Fitbawbags 2019/20 Mid Season Review

Games – 30  Goals – 100  Tournaments – 20 Friendly(3), Europa League (2), Highland League, North of Scotland Cup, Lowland League (2), East of Scotland Premier Division, South of Scotland League, Scottish Junior Cup (2), North Region Super League, North Region Second Division (2), West Region Super League (3), West Regional Sectional Cup (2), East Region,…

A Wee Fellow and His Size Three Yellow

Originally written for The Red Final Issue 138 The Hampden Museum or Scottish Football Museum as it is it is also known is a great time filler and well worth a visit. Despite being owned by a bunch of clueless arseholes, it is a treasure trove and has some excellent pieces of memorabilia there is…

2019/20-Cumnock 1 v 2 Glenafton Athletic

West Region Superleague, Townhead Park, 21/12/19 Cumnock Juniors Football Club Founded – 1912 Nickname – The Nock Honours – Scottish Junior Cup 1978/79 and 1988/89 Current Division – West Region Super League Random Fact – A fact I learned today, Townhead Park wasn’t always a football ground. It was once upon a time used as…

2019/20-Banks o Dee 2 v 0 East End

North Region Superleague, Spain Park, 18/12/19 Banks o’ Dee Junior Football Club Founded – 1902 Nicknames – The Rechabites, The Dee Honours – Scottish Junior Cup-1957, North Region Superleague – 2007/08, 2008/09, 2015/16, 2015/16, 2017/18 and 2018/19 Current Division – North Region Superleague Random Fact – The club failed to gain entry into the Highland…

2019/20-Arbroath Victoria 3 v 0 Dundee Violet

East Region Premier League North, Ogilvie Park, 14/12/19 Arbroath Victoria Football Club Founded – 1872 Nickname- The Vics Honours – Angus Junior League 1928/29, 1936/37/ 1953/54 , 1954/55 and 1956/57 Random Fact – George Best turned out in a friendly v Arbroath FC in 1982. This was to mark the clubs centenary. The Irishman netted…

2019/20-Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 v 0 Besiktas

Europa League Group K, Molineux, 12/12/19 Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club Founded – 1877 (As St Lukes Football Club) Nickname – Wolves Honours – First Division 1953/54, 1957/58 and 1958/59. FA Cup- 1892/93, 1907/08, 1948/49 and 1959/60. League Cup- 1973/74 and 1979/80 Current Division – Premiership Random Fact – In May Peter Davies (71) claimed he…

2019/20-Hill of Beath Hawthorn 1 A-A 0 Tranent

Keirs Park, East of Scotland Premier Division, 7/12/19 Hill of Beath Hawthorn Football Club Founded – 1975 Nickname – Haws Honours – Scottish Junior Cup 1989/90 Current Division – East of Scotland Premier Division Random Fact – The Haws first manager Jock Finlayson managed the club from 1975 to 2015. This being the longest reign…

2019/20-Colwyn Bay 1 aet 0 Airbus UK

Llanelian Road, Welsh Cup, 6/12/19 Colwyn Bay Football Club Founded-1881 Nickname – The Seagulls Honours – None Current Division – Cymru North Random Fact — The club played in the English League for many years and in the 1991–92 season, a dispute with the Football Association of Wales led to Colwyn Bay being ordered to join the…

2019/20-Amiens P v P Stade de Reims

Stade de la Licornes, Ligue 1, 4/12/19 Amiens Sport Club Founded – 1901 Nickname – Les Licornes (the Unicorns) Honours – None Current Division – Ligue 1 Random Fact – The club won its first ever game 13-0 against San Quentin After battling traffic in a taxi I finally made it to the Stade de…

2019/20-Le Havre 2 v 0 Le Mans

Stade Oceane, Ligue 2, 3/12/19 Le Havre Athletic Club Founded – 1872 Nickname – Les Ciel et Marine (the navy and blue) Honours – Coupe de France – 1959 Current Division – Ligue 2 Random Fact – Le Havre are the oldest team in French football Fantastic stadium. Thats is good place to start. The…

2019/20-Largs Thistle 1 v 2 Kilwinning R*****s

Barrfields, West of Scotland Superleague, 30/11/19 Largs Thistle Football Club Founded – 1889 Nickname – Theesel Honours – Scottish Junior Cup 1993/94 Current Divison – West of Scotland Superleague Random fact -The clubs top scorer over a single season was back in 1957/58. David Cook managed the impressive haul of 87(eighty seven). Not bad at…

Fitbawbaggery From The Vaults #6: 100 Grounds

Written circa March 2018 for The Red Final A Lock In, A Riot, A March, A Programme, A Headlbutt, A Turd and A Duncan Shearer Overhead Kick. People refer to football teams’ homes different things, grounds, stadiums or shitehole in the case of Dundee United. I personally prefer the term “ground” but it’s all about…

Fitbawbaggery From The Vaults #5: From Dudgeon To Dortmund via The Dam

Sutherland to North Holland to North Rhine-Westphalia doesn’t come across as a typical football tour but I’ve been known to do things a bit differently in the past. The plan, three games played in three countries over four days. What brought this on? It wasn’t deliberate; it was part being in the right place at…

Fitbawbaggery From The Vaults#4: Rot-Weiss Barmy Army- Rot-Weiss Oberhausen 1 v 1 Rot-Weiss Essen

Niederrheinstadion, Regionalliga West, 4/5/19 Sport-Club Rot-Weiß Oberhausen e.V. Founded: 1904 Nickname: Die Kleeblätter (The Clovers) Honours: Regionalliga West 1969, Regionalliga West/Südwest 1996/97 Current Division: Regionalliga West Random Fact: Between seasons 2004/05 and 2008/09 RWO managed a bizarre and rare sequence of a double relegation followed by a double promotion meaning they dropped from 2.Bundesliga to…

2019/20-Linlithgow Rose CFC 0 v 2 Pollok

Scottish Junior Cup Third Round, Prestonfield, 26/10/19 Linlithgow Rose Community Football Club Founded – 2019 Nickname – The Rosey Honours – None Current Division – East Region Premier League South Random Fact – The are not affiliated with senior Linlithgow Rose and do not usually play at Prestonfield (Hence why the badge is of the…

2019/20-The Spartans 1 v 3 East Stirlingshire

Lowland League, Ainslie Park, 25/10/19 The Spartans Football Club Founded – 1951 Nickname – N/A Honours- Lowland League – 2013/14, 2017/18, East of Scotland League-1971–72, 1983–84, 1996–97, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2008-09, 2009–10, 2010–11 Current Division – Lowland League Random Fact – The club were originally formed as a graduates of Edinburgh University club. This practice…

2019/20-St Cuthbert Wanderers 3 v 3 Heston Rovers

South of Scotland League, St Marys Park, 23/10/19 Saint Cuthbert Wanderers Football Club Founded-1879 Nickname – The Saints Honours – South of Scotland League – 1927–28, 1928–29, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1980–81, 1995–96, 2015-16. South of Scotland Qualifying Cup- 1971-72 Random Fact – The club are named after Saint Cuthbert of…

2019/20-Sunderland 5 v 0 Tranmere Rovers

Stadium of Light, League 1, 22/10/19 Sunderland Association Football Club Founded-1879(as Sunderland and District Teachers) Nickname – The Black Cats Honours – First Division/Premier League – 1891/92, 1892/93, 1894/95,1901/02, 1912/13, 1935/36. FA Cup- 1936/37, 1972/73 Current Division- English League 1 Random Fact – Legendary Aberdeen manager Dave Halliday is Sunderlands third top scorer ever and scored…

2019/20-Hurlford United 1-0 Pollok

West Region Premiership, Blair Park, 19/10/19 Hurlford United Football Club Founded – 1912 Nickname – The Ford Honours – Scottish Junior Cup – 2013/14. West Region Superleague – 2012/13. West of Scotland Cup – 2017/18 Current Division – West Region Premiership Random Fact – In the same season that the Ford won the Scottish Junior…

2019/20-Auchinleck Talbot 6 – 1 Lanark United

Sectional Cup Final, Beechwood Park, 13/10/19 Auchinleck Talbot Football Club Founded – 1909 Nickname – The Bot Honours – Scottish Junior Cup – 1949, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015,2018, 2019. West of Scotland Superleague/Premier League- 2005–06, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2018-19. Ayrshire First Division -1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88,…

2019/20-Newmachar United 3 v 2 Glentanar

Charlie Gordon Park, North Region Second Division, 12/10/19 Newmachar United Junior Football Club Founded-1987 Nickname – United Honours – None Current Division – North Region Second Division Random Fact- I played my first ever away game of football at Charlie Gordon Park circa thirty years ago Plan A of Kilwinning R*****s v Troon was knocked…

2019/20-Scotland U21s 0 v 0 Lithuania U21s

Under 21s European Championship Qualifier, Tynecastle, 10/10/19 Worst game of the season so far. It’s not only the senior team that are shite. Ninety minutes with not one thing of note, two teams devoid of any ideas and not one performance worthy of comment. Will take some doing to see a worse serving of fitba…

2019/20-Huntly 0 v 0 Formartine United

Highland League, Christie Park, 9/10/19 Huntly Football Club Founded – 1928 Nickname – The Black and Golds Honours – Highland League – 1929–30, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 2004-05. Highland League Cup – 1948–49, 1951–52, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96. Aberdeenshire Cup – 1960–61, 1985–86, 1991–92, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1999–00. Qualifying Cup – 1992–93, 1994–95, 1996–97, 1999–00…

2019/20-Brora R*****s 3 v 2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

North of Scotland Cup Final, Mosset Park, Forres, 6/10/19 Game of the season so far. Excellent viewing from start to finish.Very much needed after the blank draw the previous day. I have always been meaning to go to a HFL related final. I managed to fulfil that today with Wee Man in tow. The car…

2019/20-Deveronside 0 v 0 Benburb

Scottish Junior Cup Second Round, Macduff Sports Centre, 5/10/19 Deveronside Junior Football Club Founded – 1977 Nickname -The Side Honours – North Region (North ) League Winners -1983-84, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1999-00 and 2000-01 Current Division – North Region Superleague Random Fact – I managed to tick off their old ground…

Fitbawbaggery in Numbers #1 – 250 Clubs and Counting

After visiting Macduff for the Scottish cup tie between Deveronside and Benburb I noticed when adding Benburb to my list of teams seen in the flesh they were the two hundred and fiftieth team I have seen. The list is as follows………… AUSTRIA AUSTRIA VIENNA MATTERSBURG RAPID VIENNA CROATIA HNK RIJEKA CZECH REPUBLIC BANIK OSTRAVA…

Fibawbaggery from the Vaults #3: Three’s the Magic Number in Prague

Prague is usually linked with stag and hen dos and general British drunken arseholeness due to the cheapness of a trip there. What people forget is it’s a great place to visit for the fitba ground collector due to there being four top flight teams in the city. Then on top of that, it is…

2019/20-Bathgate Thistle 1 v 7 Armadale Thistle

East Of Scotland Cup, Creamery Park, 31/8/19 Bathgate Thistle Community Football Club Founded: 1937 (Became a community club in 2013) Nickname: Thistle Honours: Scottish Junior Cup 2007/08 Current Division: East of Scotland Superleague South Random Fact: One of the club sponsors is advertised on entrance to Creamery Park. “The Bathgate Union Jack Rangers Supporters Club”…

A Fitbawbags Guide To Fitba Literature

Along with watching fitba, another hobby I am very fond of is reading. Its something I do every day. When offshore I get through up to fifteen books at twenty eight day trip on average. But Non-fiction only. So when I get to combine fitba and a book it creates a hybrid hobby. I have…

2019/20-Kelty Hearts 5-0 Spartans

Lowland League, New Central Park, 27/8/19 Kelty Hearts Football Club Founded; 1975 Nickname; The Hearts, The Maroon Machine Honours; East of Scotland Football League-2017/18, East of Scotland Superleague-2014/15 and 2016/17 Current Division; Lowland League Random Fact; The highest win for the club is 14-0 and has been achieved three times v Burghead Thistle, Lochore Welfare…

2019/20-Islavale 7 –0 Whitehills

Simpson Park, North Region Second Division, 25/8/19 Islavale Football Club Founded – 1949 Nickname – The Vale Honours – North Region League winners: 1970–71, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99 Current Division- North Region Second Division Random fact – Colin Hendry of being a hun, a stalker and a general lowlife fame played for Islavale previous to starting…

2019/20-Dungannon Swifts 3 – 1 Glentoran

NIFL Premiership, Stangmore Park, 17/8/19 Dungannon Swifts Football Club Founded: 1949 Nicknames: The Swifts Honours : Irish League Cup 2017/18 Current Division: NIFL Premiership Random Fact: Aberdeens Niall McGinn started his career at the club and hails from Dungannon (Any Dons connection is good for me) The final day of the holiday and the final…

2019/20-Dundalk 5-0 Finn Harps

League of Ireland Premier Division, Oriel Park, 16/8/19 Dundalk Football Club Founded; 1903 Nicknames; The Town, The Lillywhites Honours; League of Ireland 1932–33, 1962–63, 1966–67, 1975–76, 1978–79,1981–82, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1994–95, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018. FAI Cup-1941–42, 1948–49, 1951–52, 1957–58, 1976–77,1978–79, 1980–81, 1987–88, 2001–02, 2015, 2018. League Cup-1977–78, 1980–81, 1986–87, 1989–90, 2014, 2017 Random Fact ;…

2019/20-Beith 4 v 2 Largs Thistle

Bellsdale Park, West of Scotland League  Cup, 12/8/19 Beith Junior Football Club Founded; 1938 Nickname; The Cabes Honours; West of Scotland Premier Division -2009–10, 2017–18. Scottish Junior Cup 2015–16, West of Scotland Cup -1965–66, 1966–67, 2008–09, 2018-19 Current Division; SJFA West Premiership Random Fact; The Club are a phoenix club of Beith FC who were members…

Fitbawbaggery from the Vaults #1 – Go Ahead Eagles 2 v 1 Almere City 18/1/19

Go Ahead Eagles Founded; 1902 Stadium – De Adelaarshorst, Deventer Nickname; The Pride of the IJssel Honours; Eredivisie-1916–17, 1921–22, 1929–30, 1932–33 Current Division; Eerste Divisie Random Fact; Originally named Be Quick which is an even more bizarre name than Go Ahead they were forced to change their name as unbelievably some other Dutch mob had…

2019/20-Cliftonville 4 v 0 Barry Town United

Solitude, Europa League Preliminary Qualifier Leg 2, 4/7/19 Cliftonville Football & Athletic Club Founded; 1879 and the oldest in Ireland Nickname; The Reds Honours Irish League; 1905–06 (shared), 1909–10, 1997–98, 2012–13, 2013–14 Irish Cup; 1882–83, 1887–88, 1896–97, 1899–00, 1900–01, 1906–07, 1908–09, 1978–79 Irish League Cup; 2003–04, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16 Current Division;  NIFL Premiership Random…

2019/20-Peterhead 0 v 2 Aberdeen

Balmoor Stadium, Friendly, 3/7/19 Peterhead FC Founded;1891 Nickname; The Blue Toon Honours; League Two – 2013–14, 2018–19 Highland League, 1946–47, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1988–89, 1998–99 Highland League Cup, 1962–63, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1980–81, 1988–89 Scottish Qualifying Cup Winners, 1946–47, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86, 1997–98 Current Division; SPFL League One Random Fact; The Blue Toons highest defeat of…

2019/20-Blyth Spartans 3 v 1 Stranraer

Croft Park, Friendly, 29/6/19 Blyth Spartans Association Football Club Founded; 1889 Nickname; The Spartans or Green Army Honours; None Current Division; National League North Random Fact; Ali Dia or “George Weahs cousin” that hoodwinked Graeme Souness into signing him for Southampton played for Blyth before his infamous fifty-three minutes for the Saints Once upon a…

2019/20-Dunipace 0 v 1 Edinburgh United

Westfield Park, Friendly, 22/6/19 Dunipace FC Founded; 1888 Nickname; The Pace Honours; Scottish Junior Cup 1905/06 Current Division; East of Scotland League First Division Conference A Random Fact; Westfield Park is not found in Dunipace but in neighbouring Denny Due to the proximity to Bannockburn the pre-game plan was to head there and see the…

Change 3 – April-May 19

Watching neutral football opened a can of worms. There was obviously the collection of grounds, but I started to enjoy fitba a lot more when I didn’t give a shite about the outcome. The final change and the final nail in the season tickets coffin. This ending all doubts I had about not renewing. During…

Change 2- Fatherhood

The most important change bar none. On the 20th of September 2014 my life took on a whole new dimension, I became a proud father. I still remember it like it was only a couple of weeks ago. I received a shout from the (now ex) wife that “eh I think the babies coming” around…

Change 1 – Neutral Fitba

“Groundhopper”is not a term I am not very enamoured with, in fact i’d go as far as to say its shite. But it seems to be the most common for what I have gradually become. I prefer to just say I am a football fan. It’s a simple as that. I like to watch football…

The Dons

Being born at the tail end of ’84 I unfortunately missed the halcyon days of Alex Ferguson and the great Aberdeen Football Club. Being born the year after the historic victory over Real Madrid at a sodden Ullevi in Gothenburg scuppered my chances of attending the most famous night in the club’s history. What also…

Embracing fitba at all levels.

Dons Fan on Hiatus – Fitba Dad- Lower and Non-League Enthusiast – Bookworm – Fanzine and Magazine Raconteur















“My love for football grew when I realised it was more than just 90 minutes”

“My love for football grew when I realised it was more than just 90 minutes”