Saturday, 14 May 2011

Keanie Park (Johnstone Burgh v Blantyre Victoria)

Last week I went to Keanie Park to see Johnstone Burgh versus basement boys Blantyre Vics in Central District First Division. Johnstone is only four minutes by train from Paisley and the walk to the ground is a short one as well. I arrived at Johnstone station well before kick-off which meant there was still time for a pre-match pint in the Silver Tassie. I then made my way to Keanie Park, which is a nice and tidy ground. The weather was great at first as well until it started raining in the second half.

Vics were already relegated before this game but still somehow managed to beat Burgh 4-0. This result meant that the drop to the Central District Second Division loomed for the Renfrewshire side as well and after today's result their fate was confirmed. For most of the match this had seemed a typical goalless draw. Burgh looked slightly stronger but were unable to find the net. With 13 minutes to go Vics were awarded a penalty. Vics' number 7 scored and then Burgh fell apart and conceded three more goals in the next 13 minutes.

The entrance to Keanie Park.

Burgh's warm-up: throwing the ball at each other...

The club building.

Johnstone is on the Glasgow Airport flightpath.

Burgh goalkeeper Fraser Wilson was carried off after just five minutes.

This Blantyre free kick did not go in.

The enclosure was not very popular today, even after it had started raining in the second half.

A closer look at the enclosure.

Saturday 7th May 2011
West Region Central District First Division
Johnstone Burgh 0 Blantyre Victoria 4
Goals: 77 (pen.), 80, 86, 90.
Att: 65 (est.)


  1. Just come across your blog today (May 22nd) and will definately be coming back frequently next season. I will also put a link to it on my own groundhopping blog "All Roads Lead Somewhere...".

  2. Hi Bas
    Thought you would find this interesting, because the Eurovision contest was being held in the main stadium in Dusseldorf Fortuna have built a mobile stadium next to the main arena with a capacity of just over 20,000 and it will only be used for four matches. The Mobile Arena Stadium in the Sports Park crazy or what?


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