Tagged with Edinburgh

Game 4: Spartans 2-2 Dunfermline Athletic XI

Game 4: Spartans 2-2 Dunfermline Athletic XI

Date: Sunday July 13, 2014 – 3pm Venue: Ainslie Park, Edinburgh This game began just a few moments after Livingston’s comfortable 3-0 win over Falkirk, with the Ronnie Swan Memorial Trophy at stake. After enjoying the third place game from the clubhouse balcony, I ventured down to the stand for the final, soaking up the rays … Continue reading

Game 3: Livingston 3-0 Falkirk XI

Game 3: Livingston 3-0 Falkirk XI

Date: Sunday July 13, 2014 – 1pm Venue: Ainslie Park, Edinburgh As someone that likes a bit of variety in my football, there is something odd about travelling to the same venue two days running. Such is the nature of the Ronnie Swan tournament hosted by Spartans, which in its four team format gives each competing side two … Continue reading

Game 2: Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 Livingston

Game 2: Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 Livingston

Date: Saturday July 12, 2014 – 1pm Venue: Ainslie Park, Edinburgh Hard on the heels of the Forfar trip, Livingston’s pre-season continued at Ainslie Park, as one of four clubs competing a weekend tournament. Named after late Spartans’ stalwart Ronnie Swan, the tournament line up was completed by the host club, Falkirk and Dunfermline Athletic, with … Continue reading

Game 79: Hearts U20 2-3 Hamilton Accies U20

Game 79: Hearts U20 2-3 Hamilton Accies U20

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 @ Riccarton Campus, Edinburgh I’ve got right into the SPFL Under 20 League this season; there’s been little else on midweek in Scotland through the winter. The games are usually played at decent venues and there tends to be a couple of recognised first teamers in most Under 20 sides as well … Continue reading

Game 6: Heart of Midlothian 1-0 Royal Antwerp

Sunday, July 17 @ Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh It was inevitable that I’d see a stinker of a friendly eventually, and this was it. I suppose that it goes with the territory; after all, pre-season friendlies are all about preparing for the competitive challenges ahead and giving players a chance to get ‘match fit’.

Game 5: Livingston 1-0 Heart of Midlothian

Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ Braidwood Motor Company Stadium, Livingston It’s fair to say that I didn’t expect that four tough looking pre-season friendlies against SPL clubs to come and go without a Livi home defeat. After his defeat of a composite Hearts team, that’s the reality though, and it’s certainly a confidence booster for … Continue reading

Craigroyston 0-2 Hibernian XI

Matchday 8 Wednesday, July 22, 2009 – St Mark’s Park, Edinburgh In the early 1990s, when I covered East of Scotland League games for the Pink News, Craigroyston used to groundshare at City Park with Spartans, a situation which didn’t help a pitch which was poor at the best of times. Craigie managed to secure a let … Continue reading

Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Hibernian

(Hibernian win 8-7 on penalties) May 20, 2009 – Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh Hibs’ youth team made it a trophy treble by beating bitter rivals Hearts on penalties in the East of Scotland Shield match at Tynecastle, adding one of Scottish football’s oldest prizes to their SPL championship and Scottish Youth Cup double. A very competitive and entertaining … Continue reading

Edinburgh United 0-2 Armadale Thistle

April 29, 2009 – Paties Road Stadium, Edinburgh Situated in the leafy Edinburgh suburb of Colinton, the modest, council-owned Paties Road Stadium has hardly changed since I last visited more than a decade ago. The same can be said for the  incumbant tenants Edinburgh United who continue to plod on unremarkably as the Capital’s only … Continue reading

Spartans 1-1 Whitehill Welfare

April 21, 2009 – City Park, Edinburgh City Park is a ground I have an affinity with, albeit indirectly, as it was the home ground of Ferranti Thistle at one point. My team, Livingston were Ferranti Thistle in a former life, so there’s a connection there, even if it extends back to a time when … Continue reading