Posted: 4/6/2010


       McDairmod Park is a good 40 minute walk UPHILL and out of town from the centre of Perth, where I found a really nice bed & breakfast, Clark Kimberley Guest House on the Dunkeld Road, and I was the only guest.

      Anyway, it was a Tayside Derby between the home team St. Johnstone, The Saints  and Dundee United, The Arabs.  United are hot on the heels of second place Celtic in the SPL and three points would give them a chance to catch up. They once played in a European Cup Winners Final vs IFK Goteborg of Sweden and I was there at the second leg at Tannadice Park many years ago.  Their fans were so sporting of The Blue Angels from the North and applauded them well as they took the trophy. In fact I wrote to FIFA, as did others and the Dundee United fans were awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award.

    Under manager Jerry Kerr they represented Lamar Hunt's Dallas Tornado in The Cotton Bowl in the inaugural season of the United Soccer Association league in 1967, before the Texas team formed their own team the next season.

    Tonight was a great atmosphere with lots of orange and black bedecked visiting fans filling most of either end of the stadium.  Michael Duberry ex Leeds united was in defence for the home team.It was what you might call a dour match. with both defences very tight and seemed to be heading for a draw until John Daly popped up and scored the only goal in the 83rd minute, to keep an eight match unbeaten run for manager Peter Houston. It should have been a home win but No 10 Liam Craig, definitely not worthy of Pele's number, had a poorly taken penalty stopped by Slovan goalie Dusan Pernis in the 70th minute.

    Manager Derek McInnis knows that his Saints  are three points adrift of Heart of Midlothian with only one match before 'The Split', and they may not make the top six.  I took the local bus back downhill to town where everything was very quiet. In the morning in my squeezy clean b&b I had a great cooked breakfast made by Connie Brooks, who with her husband Sandy own the establishment. 

      She is from Donegal and knew the people such as John Campbell the CEO at Finn Harps in Ballybofey, and we also chatted about hurling, gaelic football and the stunning scenery. Off I went to catch the bus to Inverness and beyond, to look for Nessie and more.