Saturday, April 13, 1996

Stenhousemuir FC

Stenhousemuir 0 Ayr United 1 - Scottish League Division Two

Stenhousemuir is a small town in the district of Falkirk, Scotland, situated to the north of Falkirk. The town adjoins Larbert to the West and to a lesser extent Carron & Carronshore to the East. Stenhousemuir FC were founded in 1884, they play at Ochilview Park (capacity 3776 of which 626 seated). Their nickname is "The Warriors", and the team's mascot is "Willie the Warrior", a Viking-like figure with round shield and horned helmet.

A weekend in Glasgow facilitated a visit to Ochilview Park to see Stenhousemuir (one of my favourite club names - Ed) take on Ayr United. The nearest railway station to Stenhousemuir is Larbert (regular services between Stirling and Glasgow) from where it is only a short walk. The area is on the outskirts of Falkirk and in view of having a lot of time available we ventured into Falkirk town centre on the bus to have lunch. We also took the opportunity to wander out to East Stirlingshire's Firs Park ground - a useful geographical exercise which aided a subsequent trip.

Another basic venue at the time of my visit, I believe the stand in the picture has now been replaced by a modern version. As for the match, Ayr United grabbed the points courtesy of the solitary goal. When queuing for refreshments, it was surprising to hear many English voices - clearly hoppers 'ticking off' a new venue. Towards the end of the match we were surprised to see a man wandering around the stadium with a ladder. He did not stop to do anything with it and there did not appear to be any reason for this.

Attendance: 559
Programme: £1:00

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