Forfar West End v Kennoway Star Hearts
East Superleague (Juniors)
Ground: Strathmore Park, Forfar
After a few local professional grounds, I’ve gone back to the East Superleague. I drove to Forfar for a game between 2 teams that got promoted from the East Premier League and are now both fighting relegation. Forfar West End got founded in 1892, although a club with the same name existed previously. In 1883 Forfar West End became the second team of Angus Athletic, in 1885 Angus Athletic folded and the second team went independent as Forfar Athletic, where I have already been. After the restructuring of the junior leagues in 2006, they ended up in the East Region, North Division, the 3rd tier of junior football in the East region. Two promotions and a relegation followed each other and since then they have been in the East Premier League. In 2017 they finished third and got promoted after winning a play-off against Newtongrange Star, who themselves stayed up in the end due to Kelty Hearts getting promoted.
Strathmore Park is a small ground, with other than the club building (that contains a nice bar on the other side) not much else around the pitch. The only places to sit are a few benches behind the goal. It is the smallest club where I’ve been, but as normal in junior football, again a very friendly club. The game itself was long very close, but Kennoway Star Hearts won 2-0 in the end and got 3 very important points in the fight against relegation.