Peterhead v Albion Rovers
Scottish League Two
Ground: Balmoor Stadium, Peterhead
This time I went to the furthest SPFL club from any railway station: Peterhead. To get there I took a train to Aberdeen and then a bus that took 1h20 to the “Blue Toon”. Peterhead is a fishing town right on the cost in the far north-east of Scotland. It’s often quite cold there and it was no different this time, especially because of the cold sea air.
Peterhead FC got founded in 1891 and joined the league of the Aberdeenshire FA in 1900 until they left to join the Highland League in 1931. They won the league in 1947 in the first season after the war, followed by titles in 1949, 1950, 1989 and 1999. They also won the Highland League Cup 5 times and the Aberdeenshire Cup 20 times. In 2000 they got elected to the Scottish Football League together with local rivals Elgin City when the league (including SPL) got expanded from 40 to 42 clubs. In 2014 they won League Two, to which they returned after relegation 3 years later.
Peterhead play at the Balmoor Stadium, where they moved to in 1997 after they left Recreation Park where they played from the year they got founded. The facilities at the Balmoor Stadium are seen as the main reason why Peterhead were elected to the SFL in 2000. The ground has a capacity of 3,150, of which 1,000 seated at 2 stands opposite each other. There is uncovered standing all around the pitch. Despite it being a modern stadium, it’s a really nice ground with many people standing alongside the pitch, which creates a good atmosphere.
The game was quite bizarre. There was nearly a goal straight from kick-off with the Albion Rovers goalkeeper being too far in front of his goal, but he just managed to save the shot. Within 3 minutes Peterhead were 1-0 up and just over 10 minutes later 2-0 and they missed some big chances. Everything was looking like a hammering. It was still “only” 2-0 at half time though, where it could easily have been at least 5-0. In the second half, Albion Rovers played a lot better and pulled one back. Late on, they were even close to an equaliser, but Peterhead kept the 2-1 lead and got a deserved win. Because Edinburgh City lost at home to Clyde, Peterhead got the top spot as well.