Forfar Athletic v Albion Rovers
Scottish League 1
Ground: Station Park, Forfar
For my second game, and my first in the SPFL, I made the short trip to Forfar. I took a bus from Dundee to Forfar, which took about 30 minutes, to go to Forfar Athletic. From Forfar town centre it was a short walk to get to Station Park, after stopping at 2 local pubs in lovely sunshine (which was gone by the time I got to the ground and it was suddenly cold and wet, typical Scottish weather!).
Forfar Athletic got founded in 1885, when the second team of Angus FC broke away to form Forfar Athletic. In 1921 they got admitted to the Scottish Football League, starting in the new Division Two. In 1925 they got relegated to Division Three, that was founded 2 years earlier. One year later they were the only team of the division to stay in the Football League as they got promoted to Division Two while the division got disbanded. None of the other teams ever returned to the Scottish Football League. In 1947 the Third Divison was re-established after the second World War and Forfar Athletic joined the division. In 1949 they were promoted to the Second Division where they stayed until their promotion in 1984 to the First Division (by then the 2nd tier). In 1992 they relegated back to the Second Division and they relegated to the (again) newly re-formed Third Division 2 years later. Promotion followed again in 1997, followed by relegation in 1999, promotion in 2000, relegation in 2007, a last place in 2008, promotion (via play-offs) in 2010, relegation in 2016 and another promotion in 2017.
Their ground Station Park is a proper old-fashioned football ground, opened in 1888 and it didn’t change much over the past decades. Personally, I love such traditional grounds so I enjoyed my trip thoroughly. The ground might be old, it’s a lovely place that just breathes football for traditionalists like myself. The game itself was close, but Albion Rovers were the better team overall and deserved a 2-0 win.