Mixed feelings today. The good side is the deserved victory the Heart of Midlothian obtained by defeating their opponents today by ten goals to nil! Such an event I have never witnessed in the flesh, a mere five or six goals at one time is as far as I can recall being scored. History tells us in the days of yore such scores were not uncommon but today they are indeed rare. The Heart of Midlothian in their present mood were not slow to take advantage of their despairing visitors. This victory sounds cruel but in the world of football such events must happen, the team at the top must show the killer instinct to defeat this opponent and ensure fear is offered to the next.
I regret not being there in person, but living four hundred miles away, and in abject poverty at that (oh yes I am!), being there is not possible. Such a victory, even over a part time side with limited resources, is to be relished! Sadly such sides know before the season starts such an event may occur, yet as always they go out full of hope anyway. I suspect they will not be too happy tonight however while our young men will be boasting (quietly) of their prowess! It must be stated their women will I suspect be more interested in 'The Voice' or 'Ant and Dec' and other drivel!
The other side of the situation is that the team we defeated is Cowdenbeath. I have a soft spot, not the one in my head, for this town. My mother came from Cowdenbeath and we often visited there, indeed the house was on the hill overlooking Central Park and in days of your the boys would climb up onto the roof to watch the game and save sixpence! When the ground was open the town was awash with money. 24,000 persons lived there, the vast majority employed in the coal mines that once dominated the area. My uncles were all miners, and what a tough life they had! The people running the football team appear to have thought the good times would continue for ever, Cowdenbeath was called the 'Chicago of Fife' and the ground at opening day could they say hold 70,000 people! Changes to the ground, deterioration, Health and Safety and common sense now limit the crowd to a couple of thousand. The population might reach 15,000 today and the mines have long since disappeared.
So I am grateful for the victory but I wish it could have been against a more worthy opponent, Hibernian perhaps?