Scottish Junior Cup 4th Round
Linlithgow Rose 4
Blantrye Victoria 0
Pies £1.25p (delicious, best of season)
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an easy train journey up , arrived in Scotland to find Edinburgh in
thick fog. Linlithgow itself lies halfway to Falkirk in West Lothian.
seems like it would be a busy place in summer with visitors and
Linithgow Palace birthplace of Mar Queen of Scots being the highlight.
It is fantastic ancient architecture and is well worth a visit.
Rose are one of the largest and best supported clubs in the juniors
and won the Junior Cup three times between 2002-2010. Between the wars
Linlithgow Rose played at Mains Park in the town; they have played at
Prestonfield since 1949. They have a string of honours in the league and
regional cups and have steadily built upon their success, developing a
ground that is not only the envy of nearly every other club in the
Juniors but some in the Scottish League, too.
The ground is
immaculately maintained, dominated by a smart seated stand built above
the original pavilion in 2001 along one side and with a neat, covered
terrace along the opposite side. Under here is located a marvellous tea
bar which purveys steak pies, bridies and the most satisfying lentil
soup among other delicacies. The social club dominates the end nearest
the town, its white-painted exterior walls. The other end is a grassed
bank where local youngsters carried on a never-ending game of football
throughout the afternoon.
The Scottish Junior Cup has been held
every year since its inception in 1896 and is an unseeded knockout
competition. The final is always held at an SPL club.
itself was played out on a bright yet foggy and very chilly afternoon.
The first half was mundane with few clear cut chances. But in the second
half Rose dominated and ran out easy winners.
back to base which was only made worse by a train full of Newcastle
& Rotherham supporters making plenty of unnecessary noise.
But it was still an enjoyable day and was well worth the effort.