Sunday, 29 August 2010

Grounds Without Games: Home Park, Coldstream

A goal kick away from the English border, Coldstream's redeveloped Home Park ground was officially opened by a Newcastle United XI in 1991. "A brilliant and memorable day," as their website still records it. Newcastle fans use the words shambolic, naive and near-catastrophic to describe the rest of Ossie Ardiles's time in charge.

Formed almost one hundred years earlier, the Streamers have been members of the East of Scotland League since its inception in the 1923-24 season, when they won the league for the first and last time. Their Home Park ground is just off the town's main street, between the bowls club and a Universal Fibre Optics plant. There's a clubhouse behind one goalmouth and church spire over the other, the hills of England rolling away in the distance.

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