We make good time as always up the road and even have time to stop in at a bakers in Forfar. Last week when we were in town to see the Forfar v Airdrie United game but unfortunately we missed out on the famous 'Forfar Bridie' as inexplicably they'd run out of them pre-half time; so Dad's here to sample and take some back to Edinburgh. It's a break from tradition to have such a treat before we've even got to the ground, but while in Rome as they say.
First impressions are not good as appearance wise it looks pretty shoddy. Never judge a book by it's cover and all that lark however, as the pie turns out to be a beauty. Nice crunchy crust, nae grease and plenty filling, so says my dad.
The game kicks off bang on 3pm and it's a bright start from both teams. Looking around the ground we can see that there's a huge fence set up behind one of the goals to stop the ball disappearing into the adjacent gardens. From one of these windows I can see a bloke settling down to watch the game. As entertaining as the Director's Box may be, I'd happily swap the warmth of his home for the freezing cold of a Montrose afternoon.
Stranraer are first to threat with a corner but it's cleared easily. After five minutes the whole of the Montrose side of the Director's Box is up in arms at the near side linesman when he awarded a throw-in to Stranraer instead of the home side. This is not the last time this linesman will feel the venom of the home crowd.
We are offered a cup of tea or post match beverage in the bar after the game but we're off down the road and home. Cheers to all the folks at Montrose for the hospitality shown and to Duncan Ferguson and my sister,Isla, for arranging the tickets. And cheers to you Raymond for joining us this time out.
Fascinating Fact of the Day: To date Montrose have had the same number of draws home & away - 252.