✔549 Meadow Park

Irvine Meadow XI 3-1 Irvine Victoria
West Region Super League First Division
Saturday 1st October 2016
Irvine is a a new town and former royal burgh on the coast of the Firth of Clyde in North Ayrshire. Located 30 miles south-west of Glasgow and 26 miles north of Ayr. (population over 33,000)
The town was made a Royal Burgh in 1372 by Robert II and has historical maritime connections. The harbour became a major west coast seaport and now houses the main site of the Scottish Maritime Museum.  Irvine was officially designated as a "New Town" in 1966, the fifth and last to be developed in Scotland and the only one to be located on the coast.
Irvine is the birthplace of the present First Minister of Scotland and SNP leader (and Jimmy Krankie lookalikey) Nicola Sturgeon and also Roddy Woomble, lead singer of indie rockers Idlewild.
Irvine Meadow XI formed in 1897.

The Medda have lifted the Scottish Junior Cup on three occasions, winning 2-1 against both Shettleston in 1959 and Glenafton Athletic in 1963. They completed their hat-trick ten years later finally overcoming Cambuslang Rangers 1-0 in the second replay following 2-2 and 3-3 draws. 
They’ve also finished runners-up twice, losing out to Bo’ness United in 1948 and Petershill in 1951, in front of a record Junior Cup final crowd of 77,650 at Hampden Park.

Ayrshire First Division Winners on 9 occasions
SJFA West Super League Premier Division Champions: 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
The Meadow have won an array of cup honours throughout their history including 9 West of Scotland Cup’s and the Ayrshire Cup 14 times.
Meadow Park
Wilson Avenue,
KA12 0TW

(Scottish grounds visited 81 Scottish Junior grounds 34 Lifetime Junior Cup winners 27/28)

Capacity 5,200
Record Attendance 13,740 V Stonehouse Violet in 1949 in Junior Cup 5th Round.

Meadow Park has a classic old style stand which holds 700 seats. The social club, changing rooms and refreshment bar are underneath the stand. The home dugout is in front of the stand and the away team in front of the opposite terrace. There’s also terracing behind goals with a larger standing area at the turnstile entrance.
Irvine Meadow XI(11th) v Irvine Victoria(10th)
McBookie.com Super First Division Matchday 5

Medda came from behind to claim local bragging rights in the Irvine derby. Victoria took the lead in the 11th minute with a peach of a goal from Paul Young, who picked up the ball on the left edge of the penalty area and fired in off the far post. 
A spell of pressure from the home side saw them draw level on 23 minutes, when a low hard cross from the left was turned into his own net by the defender. They grabbed the lead before the break. A right wing corner kick was cleared, then when the ball was recycled into the area it found Ryan Begley unmarked to head in at the back stick. 
After a good opening 45, the second half didn’t quite live up to expectations, Meadow were the better side but chances were few and far between. The Wee Vics might have got something out of the game, but their cause wasn’t helped by the referee who sent off Scott Chesney on 79 minutes for two yellow card offenses. Medda sealed victory with  just a few minutes remaining, when a long pass found Ben Black who beat the outcoming ‘keeper to the ball to toe-poked into the net.

Matchday Stats
IMXI 3( OG 23 Begley 38 Black 87)
IVFC 1(Young 11)
Top Bloke - Ben Black(Irvine Meadow)
Entertainment 7/10

Admission £6
Programme £1.50
Coffee 80p (no pie because I’m on a cutback)
165 miles door-to-door
0824 Northern Rail Newcastle to Carlisle/1003 Virgin Trains Carlisle to Glasgow Central
Caught the 1204 train to Irvine and the 1606 return.
1740 Glasgow Central to Carlisle/1941 Carlisle to Newcastle

I arrived in Irvine at 12.30, calling at the Auld Brig for lunch and yet another 'Spoons tick, before a stroll along the harbour towards the Ship Inn, the oldest pub in Irvine dating back to 1595. 
Afterwards I visited my usual haunts in Glasgow before heading down to Carlisle, where I was lucky to avoid injury in the William Rufus. I was minding my own business watching the football on TV when a western saloon type bar brawl took place next to where I stood. Flying smashed glass and a hurled chair was involved. I was rescued by a gang of lasses from Crook, who coincidently I met in Salou on holiday last week. (I’m always saying it’s a small world) 

Irvine Meadow is the penultimate club in a project which has took over my life over the last two seasons. The final club I need to visit for my book  is Arthurlie and I’m keeping everything crossed that they have a home fixture on my next planned trip to Glasgow on the 29th October, while will finally complete my trail of the Scottish Holy Grail. 

Matchday Web Album (25 pictures from Meadow Park)

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