✔527 New Hawthorn Park

Duns 0-6 Hawick Royal Albert
East of Scotland League
Saturday 28th May 2016
Duns (historically Scots: Dunse) is the county town of Berwickshire, within the Scottish Borders, 16 miles west of Berwick-upon-Tweed. (Population approx 2,500)

The  town dates back to early 12th century, with a settlement sited on the slopes of Duns Law, close to the original Duns Castle built in 1320 by the Earl of Moray, nephew of Robert the Bruce.

The Battle of Duns took place in 1377, when the Earl of Northumberland invaded Scotland, laying camp at Duns. His army's horses were alarmed at night by the rattles used by the local shepherds and farmers to scare birds from their crops. The disarrayed English force was routed by the townsfolk, which gave source to the town's motto(and football club nickname) -  Duns Dings A!

Duns Football Club officially formed in 1882.
From 1896 played in the Border League then the Border Amateur League from 1906.
East of Scotland League 1928-1968, then brief spells until 1976.
Rejoined league from 2011-12 season.
The Dingers have played in the Scottish Cup on 21 occasions from 1947, including ties away to Celtic in season 1950-51, Rangers 1963-64 and hosting Aberdeen in 1953-54.
New Hawthorn Park
TD11 3QQ

Capacity 1,000
(Scottish grounds visited 74 East of Scotland grounds 6/15)

Opened in 2014 within the grounds of the old Berwickshire High School on the outskirts of the town. 
A small enclosure was erected in 2015 at the ground entrance along from the dugouts, with the main spectator viewpoint on the raised terracing on the far side. The ground also has hard standing behind the entrance goal.

Duns (14th) v Hawick Royal Albert (5th)
East of Scotland League Matchday 28
Kick Off 2.30pm
Weather:Warm and sunny.

0-1 James McPartlin (5’)
Opened the scoring
0-2  Daryl Johnson (15’)
Quickly doubled their lead
0-3 Lewis Mitchell (22’)
Lead the defence a merry dance before slotting home
0-4 Lewis Mitchell (54’)
Picked up a left wing cross and finished well.
0-5 Mark McEwen (68’)penalty
Converting spot-kick after a foul just inside the box.
0-6 James McPartlin  (81’)
Slight suspicion of handball as he ran on unmarked to calmly slide the ball past the 'keeper.

Entertainment 8/10
Top Bloke No.9 (Hawick RA)

Admission £3
Programme £2 (sold out)
Mince pie £1.20
Coffee £1
The Gadabout
85 miles door-to-door via A1/A6105

I drove up to the borders with Lee & Katie, who met me at 100FgC HQ after I finished work. The journey north turned out to be a race against the clock with the A1 choca with bank holiday caravan traffic. The return home went smoothly, taking an hour less, so back at HQ for 6pm.

Ground no.527 New Hawthorn Park - Matchday Web Album (20 pictures from Duns)

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