Name of the Rose
Linlithgow Rose, Scottish junior football team. Junior Cup winners in 2002. Currently in the East Superleague and one of the top junior sides.
Junior does not mean kids football, it is the
level below senior (league) football.
Players are semi-pro or amateur, though quite a few have played professionally. Teams are often in quite small communities, or in places where there are league teams.
Crowds tend to be small, from the low dozens to the hundreds, but the skill level can be as high as in the senior game, and commitment, sometimes spilling into violence, is high.
Although you would be unlikely to come to Linlithgow speciffically to watch the football, they have a tidy ground, with pie stall and social club, a grandstand (a rarity in the juniors) and it is an agreeable and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon if you are interested in football.
The picture is from a cup game on a sunny warm October afternoon vs local rivals Camelon Juniors. Rose won 3-1, helped perhaps by the Camelon goalkeeper being sent off in the first 5 minutes.
Camelon's own ground is only about 600m from the Falkirk Wheel, along the canal towpath (see my Falkirk page for the Wheel). A low sensitivety to swearing and abuse, given the often trenchantly expressed opinions of junior fans.
Entrance £4, £2 concessions: plus £1.50/£1.00 for the grandstand.
Linlithgow and surrounding areas
"Linlithgow a snippet of the History"
Linlithgow is a very old town and goes back century's, Most famous as the birth place of Mary Queen of Scots, who was born in Linlithgow palace, Where you can take a tour of at a small fee, surrounding the palace you have the peel a large area of lawns where you can have a picnic if you so wish. you also have Linlithgow Loch all contained within the grounds. This is a relaxing place whether old or young with swans and ducks, moorhens, coots and greebs. so if you have any bread left over I'm sure the birds will take it off your hands.
In the original startrek serial Scottie the Enterprise ship engineer was born and brought up in Linlithgow in the twenty third century before moving to Canada then to the starship Enterprise where he beamed up many life forms but not as we know it.
"Sport and leisure"
Linlithgow has a sports centre where you can go for a swim, play football, or for a jog a cycle or a sauna or just relax in the cafe and spectate. If you are a golfer there is Linlthgow golf club a 18 hole golf course with a bar and restaurant, there are many golf courses within a 10 mile radius. If you just like to socialise there are plenty of bars and eateries to drink and eat in at your leisure
Linlithgow is a small town 15 minutes east of Edinburgh. Its claim to fame is its spectacular ruined palace, dating to the 15th Century. The town can be easily accessed by either car or train and makes an interesting part-day trip from the capital.
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