Groundhopper: Threave Rovers (Malcolm Stephenson)

Threave Rovers 0 Preston Athletic 1 (8/8/15) 


It’s early August and I am on holiday with the wife at Dalbeattie, Scotland. We arrived on Friday the 7th August and it was a heart warming feeling to discover that Threave Rovers were at home the next day. Even better it was only about 6 miles from were I was staying so there would be no complaints from the wife. Quite honestly she never complains even if it was 10 pm that night I was getting back from the football.

Threave Rovers play at Castle Douglas in the Dumfries and Galloway area of Scotland. The club was formed in 1953 and play at Meadow Park. If you want to get here it will have to be by car or bus. The trains ceased to go here in 1965 after the Beeching axe decimated British rail.

Threave play in the Lowland League but for a time changed to the South of Scotland league which entailed less travelling and thus saving cash. They seem to have had a change of heart and gone back into the Lowland league. Now if a team does well in this league there is a chance to automatic progress in to the Scottish Football league through their new play-offs system.

The ground looks like a football ground as they now have floodlights. The ground capacity is 1,671. On the far side of the pitch is a small stand which has about 100 seats, some of which apparently came from St Mirren. The ground is painted black and white right around the stadium. The changing rooms, social club and offices etc are all behind the goal. There is no terrace to speak about and no covered area apart from the main stand.

In 2007-08 Threave did well in the Scottish cup when they defeated Stenhousemuir in the second round proper. In the South of Scotland league they have always been a strong side winning the league title 12 times.

Threave were playing in black and white strips while Preston Athletic were playing in red strips with white sleeves. It was a bit like watching Newcastle Utd V Rotherham Utd. Last season was a miserable one for Threave as they only won two matches the entire season. This season they got of to a great start when they defeated Whitehill welfare on the opening day. A win again today would equal their entire tally of wins last season.

Preston come from Prestonpans, East Lothian and play at Pennypit Park. They were formed in 1945. This is an ambitious club and they have put in numerous promotion applications to the Scottish Football league but without success.

The game flowed from end to end with chances on scoring created by both sides. The visitors took the lead on the half hour. That goal was enough to settle the game. Preston Athletic will say they could have scored more and the home side will have said they deserved a point. Depends on who you support and what sort of game you saw in your eyes.

It was only about £6 admission and about £1.50 for the programme. Value for money in my eyes even if the Premier league was kicking off today. I would rather be at a game and a new ground than watch a premier league match on some Norwegian channel in a pub thank you very much.


It’s a long way to go yet for a new season. I am sure Threave will be wanting to get past the two wins in a season like they gathered last time out. Time will tell




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