Thursday, September 06, 2012

Aye eye

Sunday morning on holiday..... first full day in Scremerston.

Early start.... out of the door by half past ten (AM before you get any smart ideas) and fancying a stroll around Berwick.....

We drove the couple of miles to town, and upon reaching one of the three bridges that cross the Tweed, it was patently obvious that, this being bank holiday Sunday..... there was a football match on.

Now, for those as ignorant of all things football related as me, there's an interesting fact about Berwick Rangers football club, and that is, although geographically located in England, the team play in the Scottish league.  They are currently languishing in the Scottish third division, which incidentally also includes one of the two Scottish teams that I regularly check on, those two being Montrose (in the third division) and Arbroath (in the Scottish second division).

So, normally, what sort of attendance would one expect to find at a sleepy border town, third division club, bank holiday match?

Well, given the fact that last season's highest home attendance had peaked at a paltry 486 when they played against Alloa Athletic, you might imagine that Berwick had naught to fear.... you'd be wrong.....

On this particular day..... the big bank holiday game was against Glasgow Rangers - a team that have been "demoted" from the heady heights of Premier League football, on the grounds of financial "discrepancies" - a claim for which I stand to be corrected.  They were, in fairness, lucky to be allowed to continue playing.... but the impact of one of Great Britain's most successful teams being sent so far down the ranks will have some big knock on effects in the coming seasons..... a lot of money's just fallen out of football.

Alas, I digress.....   so, with Berwick Rangers fans raising the roof off the town at eleven AM and kick off a good hour away..... all the shops (wisely) closed..... there wasn't much reason to stay in Berwick at all..... so we headed off to Eyemouth..... it's the first little seaside town over the border into Scotland - A place I really like.

On the way to Eyemouth there were dozens of coaches of Glaswegian fans queued up waiting to be escorted into town.  Herded and shepherded like lager swigging sheep so as to not cause bother in the wee town of Berwick.

As it turns out, we had an ace day in Eyemouth..... we had a lovely lunch at a cafe/bar called Oblo, on the outside balcony, in glorious sunshine, where we dined on fresh mussels, haddock, crab, prawns, nachos, olives, and generous helpings of Tennents lager..... all washed down with some rum and raisin ice cream.  Magic.

Surprisingly..... Berwick nearly won the game but had a late goal disallowed..... and were quite happy with a draw at one apiece.... Ally McCoist on the other hand was not so happy on his way back to Glasgow!!

Unfortunately, as we had only planned to stroll round Berwick, I'd neglected to bring along my camera.......  I DO have some photos of Eyemouth from a previous visit if I can dig them out..... (to compensate for the crappy uneducated view of football (above) I give you a series of photos - AND I've put bowling cam back on and put a new tune for you to listen to)

the two of us on the beach in Eyemouth (on a previous visit)
just outside Eyemouth harbour (on a previous visit)
Eyemouth harbour (on a previous visit)
grey seals in the harbour at Eyemouth (on a previous visit)

13 comments:

  1. I used to make the most fantastic tart called Eyemouth tart. Wonder if you can buy it in the cafes and bakers of Eyemouth?

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    1. never heard of it before - note to self: investigate the Eyemouth Tart!!

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  2. Well, it looked lovely the LAST time you went.

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    1. and I'm pleased to report it was even lovelier this time!

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  3. I suppose you would be ignorant of football if you follow Montrose and Arbroath! I should talk - Falkirk is my Scottish team.

    And the last time Rangers visited Manchester, we had to rebuild a lot of it.

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    1. only reason I follow those two is that they're close to where my aunt and uncle used to live and I spent many summer holidays with them in that area.... fond memories.... and you can't beat an Arbroath Smokie!

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  4. "lager swigging sheep"?...Erm...I don't think so! The modern sheep's favourite tipple is of course "Black Sheep Ale" - another wonderful Yorkshire beverage. Mind you - I concede that Glasgow Rangers sheep could be less sophisticated.
    Judging by the trainers, I'd say your last visit to Eyemouth was in the early eighties?

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    1. for the record..... and this probably says more about YOUR trainer knowledge than mine..... I'm wearing a stylish pair of New Balance running shoes.... and Dawn is sporting some rather exotic Swiss made Wenger walking shoes. Ever had a Golden Sheep? I had one in the Jolly Fisherman in Craster which had to be the worst pub and the worst beer of our recent stay-cation.

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  5. Sounds like you had a great time on holiday. We've just got back too from the SRSY (Sunny Republic of South Yorkshire) and also spent some time on the coast (of NYorks). Love it!!
    By the way, while we were in the UK I saw a report about the Ale Trail which you've sometimes mentioned - looked like hell (for the non-participants), with lots of drunken folk dressed up as penguins and so on. Good luck with that one!

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    1. yes, that "ale trail" item was the one that we're involved in.... and believe it or not I actually served that penguin on that day..... he was sweating like an idiot in the summer heat..... in the middle of Slawit.... what did a penguin expect?

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    2. We were bemused when we saw the news item, but then the following day we went to Primark (of course) and I actually saw a penguin outfit (think it's supposed to be pyjamas) for sale. A strange country we came back to ....

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    3. the ale trail is not as bad as some residents would have us all believe!!! As for pissed penguins in slawit.... all idiots!

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  6. Yum. Your lunch sounds wonderful. I've made a note of that place for our trip 2014.

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