Sunday, 28 February 2016

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Edinburgh City V BSC Glasgow

Saturday 27th February 2016

Meadowbank Stadium

Edinburgh City V BSC Glasgow (45)
Edinburgh City Football Club are a semi-professional senior Scottish football club, which plays in the Lowland Football League after joining from the East of Scotland Football League. The club are based at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. Edinburgh City was first formed in 1928 as an amateur club. The club aimed to become the Edinburgh equivalent of the Glasgow club Queen's Park, and joined the Scottish Football League as an amateur club in 1931.The club won election to the league, where they replaced Clydebank, ahead of Nithsdale Wanderers by 25 votes to 7. The club was very unsuccessful in the league, as on average they won fewer than one game in six. They achieved a famous Scottish Cup upset victory, however, when they defeated Hibernian 3–2 at Easter Road in the first round of the 1937–38 competition. Hibernians' player Arthur Milne missed a penalty kick with five minutes left to play
The club left The Scottish Football League in 1949. It switched to junior status and played in the Edinburgh & District Junior League. The club ceased activity completely in 1955, when the local council refused to renew its lease on its home ground, City Park.
A club called Postal United was founded in 1966. The Edinburgh City Football Club Ltd (Social Club), which had continued trading throughout the abeyance of the football club, gave their approval in 1986 for Postal United to use the Edinburgh City name The new club applied to join the Scottish Football League in 2002 and 2008, but failed to win election. On 18 June 2013, they were confirmed as members of the new Lowland League from the 2013–14 season of which they won there 1st title in the 2014-15 Season. They lost the play-offs to Brora Rangers over 2 legs thus denying them a shot at a promotion play off against Montrose for a place in the SPFL (Brora lost the play off)
This season Edinburgh are on a roll and at the time of the game are 18 points clear although a lot of clubs have games in hand notably Stirling University who have 5 games in hand and Spartans who have 3 Arguably you can’t see Edinburgh slipping up. The Most Stirling can gain is 72 points and and Spartans 66 and following this game Edinburgh now have 57 and they’ve both still to play each other so 5 more wins would do it although it’s more likely 3 or 4 will do with only 6 games remaining for Edinburgh
Meadowbank Stadium
Edinburgh City V BSC Glasgow (51)
Meadowbank Arena is a multi-purpose sports facility, with 7,500 covered seats and 16,500 total seats, located at Meadowbank, in Edinburgh, Scotland. It hosted the Commonwealth Games of 1970 and 1986. The capacity of the stadium is 16,500. The grandstand has 7,500 seats, and uncovered benches stretch around the rest of the track although most of these are in a state of disrepair. The stadium contains indoor facilities, including squash and basketball courts. These are also used for antiques fairs, martial arts competitions, conferences, and church meetings. Other outdoor facilities include field hockey pitches.The Stadium was built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games, at a cost of £2.8 million.It was opened by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent on 2 May 1970. Meadowbank Thistle played at the stadium from 1974 until the club relocated to the new town of Livingston in 1995. Meadowbank is often cited as one of the worst stadiums used in the Scottish Football League due to the lack of atmosphere in the ground. This was caused by the stadium having a capacity of 16,500, but Meadowbank typically attracted crowds of less than 1,000. Most fans were located on one side of the ground, while the running track created a great distance between the fans and the pitch. Meadowbank Thistle announced their intention to leave the stadium and relocate to Livingston in 1995, when their lease expired. Their last game as Meadowbank Thistle was played in May 1995, although they continued to play at Meadowbank Stadium as Livingston until their new Almondvale Stadium was ready in November 1995. Edinburgh City moved into the stadium after Meadowbank left and they have since been joined by Leith Athletic (from the East of Scotland League playing on the 3g pitches adjacent).Hibernian have also played some of their reserve team matches at Meadowbank. In February 2013, the City of Edinburgh Council started a new consultation process about its future. Three options for redeveloping Meadowbank were put forward for consideration by Edinburgh Council in December 2013. and in 2015 plans were put forward to demolish the stadium but Edinburgh Council are still trying to raise the 6m shortfall for the 43 million pound development (Meadowbank Plans)
Edinburgh City V BSC Glasgow (14)
We left Carlisle on the 1101 Just making it after a struggle to find a parking place near the station that’s free. The £23.70 Return fare is a Bargain (with a Family Railcard) and £3.50 for a plus bus ticket make it much cheaper than driving. We arrived in Edinburgh at 1222 and went for a look around the shops before catching a tram to York Place and then a number 5 bus right up to Meadowbank we had a look around the complex where there was a comic con going on (we tried to sneak in but didn’t get past the security guards it seamed pointless paying £15 for probably 30 minutes )
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We paid the £5 entry and £2 for a Programme going through turnstile C although all of the other turnstiles look like they’ve not been in use for some time. As you go through you go into an area underneath the stand where there is a running track some toilets and a refreshment bar. there wasn’t many folk around and the attendance was more like 100 come kick off.
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There was very few chances in the 1st half nothing of much to write about but in the 2nd half around the hour mark Edinburgh took the Lead when Ross Guthrie’s corner was fired home at the far post by un-marked Aaron Dunsmore. From there on it was all Edinburgh Ross Allum doubled Edinburgh’s lead on 80 Minutes. Edinburgh were pushing for a 3rd but were unable to break the solid Glasgow defence down. During the second half we were able to walk round and take a few picture’s of the sadly run down stadium meeting up with another ground hopper Brian Simmons from Croydon and have a chat with Jim Mckellar part of the Edinburgh City back room staff who was very welcoming. The big Stadiums Screen and the Floodlights are a sign of a bygone era we caught the 1852 back to Carlisle and were safely back home by just after 8pm
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All in All it was a good day out and a worthwhile trip to the Capital of Scotland. Edinburgh City are at home in 2 weeks against East Kilbride as part of the Groundhop weekend which is the last game of the Saturday kicking off at 8pm. I’m aiming to go back up for the 4 games in a day but funds may put an end to this (will have to see ) having done this game it gives me the opportunity to go home after the 3rd game but I may stay anyway. for more info on the Groundhop Weekend click here
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Division :- Scottish Lowland League
Ticket Price Adult £5
Programme £2
Attendance
Score 2-0
Train fare £23.70 and £3.50 for Plus bus (1 Adult 1 Child with Family railcard)

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