Lochee United v Linlithgow Rose
East Superleague (Juniors)
Ground: Thompson Park, Dundee
My first match visit after moving to Dundee was my closest juniors team, Lochee United. It was easy enough to get there, because the ground is in walking distance from where I live. It took me 20 minutes to walk there. Lochee United was founded in 1892 and played as a juvenile and amateur side in their early years. In 1959 they joined the juniors, where their most successful time was in the late 1970s and 1980s. After the formation of the East Superleague in 2002, they became successful again. In 2005 they won the East Superleague and reached the final of the Scottish Junior Cup. In 2008 they won the East Superleague again and the following season they competed in the Scottish Cup for the first time as a result, in which they reached the third round and only got beaten after a replay by Ayr United. In 2015 they relegated to the East Premier League, but they went back up after only one season.
Lochee United play at Thompson Park, a ground in a residential estate in Lochee, West Dundee. The ground was nice, there is one stand behind one of the goals. There are hills around the pitch, where many of the spectators stood. The view from the ground was great as you look straight over the hills in the area. There was a good attendance of approximately 300. The great thing of junior football is that it’s very affordable to go (£ 6 for a ticket, 50p for a hot drink), and generally a very friendly atmosphere, which explains the popularity of the junior game in Scotland. Lochee United was no different from what I expected. It’s a very friendly club and well worth a visit.
Lochee started the season well by staying unbeaten in the first three games. Linlithgow Rose got 6 points out of their first 4 games. The game was unfortunately very one-sided. Linlithgow Rose were much stronger and quicker. They ran out as 5-1 winners as a result. It was a shame that there wasn’t much of a game, but overall my first experience in Scottish junior football was very good.