In the next twenty fours hours I will see the Boys from Brazil play twice. Well, technically twice. At Old Trafford on Sunday I will be sitting in the press box watching the likes of Hulk, Thiago Silva, Neymar and Pato take on Belarus. However today I am heading for Central Park, home of The Blue Brazil, Cowdenbeath FC.
After the start of the Olympic football on Thursday in Glasgow, the Fuller family had spent a day at leisure in Edinburgh on Friday. However, with a late flight home on Saturday how could I resist the lure of the Ramsden’s Cup. I would lose all respect by ignoring games around the Scottish capital at the likes of Falkirk, East Stirlingshire and Cowdenbeath. The latter won my vote, not just because the promise of South American style football, but a visit to Britain’s only top flight ground that also doubles up as a Stock Car racing track.
Central Park, home to the club since 1917, has hosted greyhound and speedway racing but it has been the hosting of stock car racing since 1970 that has made it famous. It has even hosted four world championships, such has been its importance in the sport. However, it is primarily a football ground although on a normal match day only about a tenth of the 4,370 capacity is filled by fans. Continue reading