On this trip, as with all of my past trips to Scotland, the itinerary has been more or less built around making it to as many football matches as possible over a 2-3 week period. Usually there are “realities” that turn my very grand plans into very modest plans- a County home match, a County away match, and a Scottish national team match are usually all I can fit in without spending most of my trip on trains/buses. This time, things are a bit different!
Everything has fallen my way (more on just how lucky I’ve been in future posts) and I will be attending no less than FIVE matches over three weeks! The first of these was the Highland Derby I wrote about a few days ago and today’s match is also of the derby variety. In this case I’m spending one quick day and night in Arbroath where I will be attending the “Angus Derby” between Arbroath F.C. and Montrose F.C. at Arbroath’s Gayfield Park.
As I write this Abroath are firmly in the promotion playoff picture (they are in second but probably can’t catch Forfar Athletic for the automatic promotion spot) and Montrose are in fifth place- one place outside of the playoffs- and might be able make it into the playoffs with a late season push.
Either way, it’ll be great to see another lower league match- last time it was Elgin City and Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill in Coatbridge. Rovers have since moved up to League One, so maybe I’ll be a good luck charm for one of these clubs!