A Trip Back In Time

I’ve been to a lot of grounds in Scotland but Saturday was my first trip to the proverbial “One horse town” known as Cowdenbeath. Hibs had drawn the ‘Blue Brazil’ in the Scottish Cup.I had managed to wangle a free ticket from a fellow kind Hibee from the excellent website ‘Hibees Bounce’. Nice one.

The ground itself is an eye opener to say the least. 2 ramshackle stands, terracing that belongs in the past, a (what looked like) pigeon hut in one corner, and a ( I kid you not) a stock car racing track surrounding a tattie field of a pitch. One look at the place and I thought “the Hibs players are in for a shock when they take to the park.”With an Arctic blast blowing all afternoon there was no shelter on the terracing from it’s icy grip. It must have been terrible for both teams to play in. However they managed to provide the 2600 odd crowd with a Cup cracker.

Hibs went one down within 16 seconds. The 2000 Hibees groaned collectively. “Here we go again” we’re all thinking. Hibs didn’t let the goal get to them though. Slowly they got into their stride and started to dominate. 3 cracking goals from Griffiths, new boy Doyle (I like the look of this lad) and Spoony had us on easy street. But this is Hibs, we do things the hard way, and with 20 minutes to go Beath scored again (a sublime goal) to set up a nervy ending to the match.

3-2 Final Score, and the main thing is the ‘Cabbage’ are through to the next round.I wonder who we will get when the draw is made on Monday? Fingers crossed for a home tie against lower league opposition, though to be fair, these clubs will probably want Hibs as we are an easy touch at the moment. But at least we are there and I have faith in Nutsy in turning us around.

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