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

HonoursHighland 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 – 1997/98, 2001/02, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07. Scottish Qualifying Cup (North) – 1960/61, 1962/63, 1984/85, 2002/03

Random Fact – A trip to Kynoch Park on December 5th 2015 was the catalyst for my fitba adventures. A boys day out on the grog and a random game, what a day it was. But more importantly it re-ignited my love for neutral football and devalued my motor spectacularly. But it changed my life and I would not change how my football viewing habits have turned out for all the tea in China. I like tea for the record.

A completely bonus and out of the blue game for me tonight. This due to me clearly not listening to anyone and or forgetting there was birthday and football type stuff which left me on my lonesome. After the previous nights Aberdeenshire Cup viewing I thought it would be good to head to another game in the competition. Buckie, Huntly or one of my favourite grounds on earth? It was a no brainer for me. A trip to Kynoch Park to see my joint most local senior team the Locos (This one however, still speaks to me on social media).

I deliberately got up to the “Friendly Town” early so I could get a pint in the Plough Inn. A quality boozer, where I was welcomed in by the locals before sitting at the bar with a pint. (It is the “Friendly Town” after all).A busy place for a Wednesday night which is good to see. Going by some of the chat it seemed it was filling up for a certain Champions League game. They should have stayed home, or at least headed to Kynoch Park giving the embarrassment they were to soon witness. However a decent pub all the same despite any blue orientated clientele.

On Kynoch Park, it is one of my favourite grounds on earth. I genuinely believe it has one of the best Main Stands in the land. But there is more to it than that. It has character, it has a charm and has the aura of somewhere with a million stories. It is just a brilliant place to take in a game.

After grabbing a pie (a third successive lovely steak effort in three games, I am on a roll) and a coffee I headed toward my usual corner when I take in a game in Keith. To do this I had to pass the die hard Locos crew the Chuff Chuffs. A few weeks back I had to do a bit of digging to get contacts and basically find the guys in order for them to be filmed for A View From The Terrace. After a few calls, Twitter messages and following clues I got a hold of head Chuff Gordon. During the call he told me to speak the next time I was at a Locos game. This I did tonight and I am so glad I did. The guy was fucking delighted with how it all went (filmed two weeks ago). The three present at Kynoch tonight were clearly over the moon at getting the chance. I am so glad I have had a part in that as seeing people buzzing like that makes you feel brilliant in yourself. It really gives you the feel good factor (See Saturday’s shenanigans in Ellon too). Before I headed to my usual perch, Gordon finished on something that really struck home. Basically he pointed put that anyone who showcases the lower leagues and fitba that most people would never usually see should be commended to the hilt as they are doing their bit to document life away from the big leagues. “I’m nae just saying it’s about us it’s about showing off this level and the leagues less known”. Gordon really gets it. There is a whole world away from the glamour of the pro game. This is why AVFTT is the best fitba programme on the whole of TV.

The game kicked off as the Chuff Chuff’s drums started to beat and no sooner had Gordon and co finished their first song the Locos had rattled the crossbar after Garry Wood smashed a header at goal. The ball bounced down and out. It was never in despite mass claims from the Locos players. But they didn’t wait long until the ball was in the net. Wood was this time provider after some neat work on the left, his ball into the box found Jay Halliday in the middle of the box to place the ball past Irvine in the Keith goal from 10 yards. They were unlucky not to extend the lead soon after when Petermann ran in at the back post but the free kick toward him seemed to skip off the turf and speed up making the chance far more difficult for the number 18. Locos created more chances and Wood will wake up tomorrow wondering how he didn’t have at least a hattrick. He did add a Locos second when he unleashed his “oldschool” and scored a diving header from a Dingwall free kick. There was something joyously old fashioned about this finish. Diving headers are definitely an endangered species these days. But “Woody” is keeping the skill alive. The striker was to miss another good chance and have one cleared off the line by Keith defender Robertson. Ryan Ward was also guilty of a bad miss when he found himself bearing into the box from the left with only the keeper to beat. He tried to play it into the far bottom corner but didn’t have enough bend on it leaving the effort to go out for a goal kick. Before the half was out Keith had their best chance. Well chance is pushing it. It was a bit of a pinball like stramash in the box but Reid in the Locos goal was untroubled in the end.

HT 0 v 2

The second half was entirely different from the first. Keith looked a completely different team. The got the ball down and knocked it about well. But they couldn’t seem to get the last bit right. Their possession was well up and this seemed to get to the Locos who almost seemed a bit panicky and were full of unforced errors. This was one of those types of games that if there was a third goal it was going to be big no matter who scored it. If Keith had got it I would guess they would have went on to get more from the game given how the Locos had got a bit of nerves in them. But it was the Locos who had the best chance of the half when Petermann was left unmarked in the Keith box but his free header went high wide and handsome over the bar. A bad miss. Although Keith had come into the game they didn’t test Andy Reid until the seventieth minute when Brownlie hit a shot from range which made the Locos number one dirty his shirt for the first time. It was here that I felt the significant temperature drop. It turned baltic rapidly and it was to the extent that I covered my face with my scarf. (14 degrees heading to Keith, 3 degrees heading home for the record). It was good that a warm car was not too far away at this point. There was one final decent chance of the match when Alberts hit a twenty yard effort that was top corner bound but Irvine was up to the task and clawed it away. The final whistle went and the Locos were through to a home tie v Huntly in the next round in November.

Not the best game I will go to this season but these games get me out the house. They are also the far better choice than watching the Champoins League. Even with rangers getting their arse handed to them. I would choose an Aberdeenshire Shield game every time. Proper fitba with great fitba people like Gordon and his band of merry men. Promoting the lower leagues is something I want to do at every opportunity. Almost seven years ago Kynoch Park changed my life in a fitba sense and I can’t see me ever falling into old ways again.

Entrance – £10

Attendance – 121 (Rough head count)

Pie – £3.50, pie and coffee

Pint – £3.70, Tennents, The Plough Inn

One of my favourites in all fitba
Wednesday night lights
The wonderful Sandy Stables Stand
The opposite side enclosure
Gordon and his crew
Locos keeper Andy Reid belts one up the park
Big fan of this boozer

Published by pacman1903

Once a football fan. Now a football nerd

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