Today is the biggest football day in the history of Ross County Football Club. The cup final at Hampden. There will probably be a few others there, but I've got my ticket and the important thing is I'll be there. The manager Derek Adams I've known since he was 8 years old; the Director of Football, Geroge Adams, a personal friend of years standing. The achievement of a former Highland league side in getting into Division 1 was huge - a cup final is a sign of another kind of arrival. And European football next year - I want tickets for Ross County v Barcelona.
No idea how the game will go - the miracle is their being there. To win would be a sign of eschatological proportions that would herald a new era in possibility thinking. Either way, travelling with two friends in their car (I've done the journey already this week! :)), encountering long roadworks on a road that will funnel both sets of fans from the North, getting parked and into the stadium, surviving the Hampden pie, and then home before whatever time - going to be a long, big, tiring, fun day. Why not?
Post Match Update
Ross County 0 Dundee United 3
Yes, I'm sad the fairytale came to an end Ross County. But they had over 20,000 supporters, the match was without incident or acrimony on the pitch and the fans were brilliant with each other. The Hampden pie didn't happen because the one thing that hasn't changed is the inability of a national football stadium to have caterers who can serve at something above slow motion. I stood in a queue for 12 minutes and it barely moved. However, given the other dietary experiments of the day, probably just as well. A long day - from 9.15 am till 9.45 pm - was it worth it? Yes - not for the football, but for the friendships.