Ross County v Greenock Morton
Ground: Victoria Park, Dingwall
Another long journey awaited me this time. I took the train from Dundee via Perth to Inverness, where I took the bus to Dingwall to visit Ross County v Greenock Morton. Dingwall is a lovely town and I’m happy I took some time walking around and seeing the place before going for my usual pre-match drink.
Ross County got formed in 1929 as a merger of local clubs Dingwall Victoria United and Dingwall Thistle. Both clubs played in the North Caledonian League, but applied for a place in the Highland League together. Ross County was the club that became a part of the Highland League as a result. They won the title in 1967, 1991 and 1992 and also earned themselves a reputation as “giant killers” in the Scottish Cup with the best result being a 0-4 away victory against Forfar Athletic in January 1994. Only 3 days after that famous victory, they got elected to the Scottish Football League together with Inverness Caledonian Thistle after restructuring created 2 new places in Division Three. In 1999 they won the division and got promoted, followed by another promotion in 2000 when re-structuring of the leagues saw them end up in the First Division. In 2007 they got relegated, but they returned immediately. In 2012 they got promoted to the Scottish Premier League. They remained in the top flight until relegation in 2018.
Ross County have played at Victoria Park from their foundation in 1929. There are 4 all-seater stads, with me sitting on the main (west) stand. The away fans were located in opposite east stand. Remarkable thing is that the capacity of the ground (6,541) is larger than that the population of Dingwall (5,491). However, the club draws support from the wider county. There is a nice bar under the main stand from which you can enter the ground and see a part of the pitch, hence why the bar is only accessible to people with a ticket. The game was very one-sided with Ross County easily seeing off a woeful Greenock Morton, the final score was 5-0. This was another good trip and again I encountered many very friendly people. Altogether a great day out.