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Third Round Draw

I do hope this post is not too previous.

Should Sons beat Huntly in our Second Round Cup Tie (currently due on Tuesday evening at 7.45) our next opponent will be Aberdeen at home.

We’ve made a habit of drawing Aberdeen recently, in the Quarter-Final in 2014 and in last year’s Third Round, both times up at their place, both 1-0 defeats.

This outcome is of course not guaranteed as the last time we played Huntly at home in the Cup (1992) they beat us 2-0.

Dumbarton P-P Airdrieonians

So another postponed game, the third this season and the second in a row – with the possibility of a fourth next Saturday if Huntly cannot get their 1st round Cup tie against Cumbernauld Colts on before then.

Mind you, when I saw the weather forecast for Dumbarton for the week just gone and that the temperature would not rise above 0oC until about 3 pm today I knew this would be off.

So we are now in eighth place, just one above the relegation play-off spot and with Clyde in ninth having a game in hand (they have had even less luck with getting games played than we have.) Admittedly, Peterhead are only two points above us and we have two games in hand over them.

I’d still prefer to have more points on the board, though.

Scottish Cup Time Again

The draw for the Second Round of this season’s Scottish Cup has paired the Sons with the winners of the Huntly vs Cumbernauld Colts First Round tie, postponed on Saturday.

I don’t think we’ve ever played Cumbernauld Colts but I well remember a home game against Huntly in a season when we won promotion from the old third tier (in the days when there were only three.) Unfortunately that success was not replicated in the Cup. In another home tie for us Huntly beat us 2-0. We were obviously concentrating on the league.

This season’s game is due to be played on Sat 9th Jan. That’ll be in the middle of a run of what are now five games at home in a row (provided the East Fife game – also postponed on Saturday – gets rescheduled during the period.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 61: Huntly

I observed this school (Gordon’s School) while photographing Huntly’s War Memorial, so naturally had to take these as well.

Horizontals, verticals, flat roofs, square chimney, rounded corner:-

Art Deco School, Huntly

Rounded corner again and strong verticals:-

Huntly, Art Deco School Building

Huntly War Memorial

Huntly is a town in Aberdeenshire.

Our visit there had a threefold purpose. To photograph the War Memorial, to look at the bookshop in the town and to visit Huntly Castle.

The War Memorial is unusual, a tapering obelisk above a group of granite columns in an elongated octagon:-

Huntly War Memorial

Showing elongated shape:-

War Memorial, Huntly

Dedication. The obelisk has the date 1914. The dedication reads, “Men of Huntly who fell in the Great War 1914:1918.” Great war names on both side tablets, World War 2 on lower tablet:-

Huntly War Memorial Dedication

Looking towards the town:-

Huntly, War Memorial

Epitaph. The obelisk bears the date 1918. The epitaph reads, “Their land they crowned with fame that shall not die: in death they died not, being raised on high to glory with the brave.” Great war names on both side tablets, World War 2 on lower tablet:-

Epitaph, Huntly War Memorial

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