Saturday, October 04, 2014

A day of football, music and art...

Playlist
Various -16 Albums Playlist
Allan Holdsworth - Blues For Tony
Bryan Adams - Tracks of My Years (Deluxe Edition)
CPE Bach - CPE Bach Edition
Various - Weekly Playlist No 33
Various - Weekly Playlist No 34
Genesis - Epic Genesis

Up perhaps a little early...


..and wasted a couple of hours compiling and recording a possible podcast upload, featuring sixteen very good albums indeed...

Breakfast at home, then, to the garage, where Anne's new bike was looking fine...



Note too, Meg the Black cat's toy mouse, last seen back in February...


...has now found a new occupation - to stop the car from hitting the bike...

A two hour drive to Dumfries, soundtracked by the sometimes way out sounds of Weekly Playlist No 33...

A beautiful day, we parked at the stadium and picked up our tickets - Anne would be sitting on her hands in the Queens stand...


We walked to the town centre, noting these murals on the wall behind the newly reopened Terregles St terracing, depicting scenes from Queens' current set up and from their history...



The league and cup double in season 2012/13...


Illustrious goalies...


The famous 4-3 win over Aberdeen at Hampden in 2008, to take them to their first Scottish Cup final...


Big Jim Thomson's goal from the final, against the now defunct Glasgow Rangers...


The European "adventure" (as they say in football parlance) to Denmark...




More from 2012/13...



..and the long-suffering fans...


The town was looking good in the Autumn sunshine...



..and the Hearts fans were preparing for the game, some of them at the famous Hole i' the Wa' Inn..


Lunch in the market square...




...before heading back to the ground...


...which was packed - around 3,000 Hearts fans had made the journey...




Dougie the Doonhamer's dog occupied the centre spot as we waited for the teams...



Kick off...


Queens played very well indeed in the opening 35 minutes, dominating the game, as Hearts seemed to be misfiring on the artificial pitch...

A couple of close misses and a header off the inside of the post seemed to suggest the game would be closer than my predicted 3-1 win to Hearts (the EP had advised 1-1)...

However, the game turned on a moment of controversy when Hearts broke away towards half time, and a cracker of a shot from their centre forward, the Swede Sow, crashed off the crossbar and down onto the goal line, bounced back up, hit the bar again and bounced out to be picked up by Queens' goalie...

The ref appeared to be playing on, then noticed the linesman running back to the halfway line...

A goal given, followed by much protestation...

(Queens fans who were behind the goal advise the ball did in fact cross the line)...

A couple of minutes later, with Queens shellshocked and their composure gone, Hearts broke through again and added an excellent second goal, helped it must be said by some shocking (non) defending...

Game over...

Second half...


Five minutes in and Hearts had a very strong shout indeed for a penalty but the ref disagreed with the travelling support...

Hearts were now in control and try as they might, Queens couldn't make the break through to pull a goal back...

Then, a brilliant move from the Jam Tarts swept down the pitch, using its full width, a delightful shimmy from the left winger to reach the goal line, a deflected cross into the six yard box which wrong footed the defence and an unmarked full back tapped it in...

All over...

Full time - a good game but disappointment for Mr CBQ - and delight for the Exec Producer...


While the scoreline flattered the Edinburgh side - 2-1 would, on the basis of the play, probably have been a better reflection - all in all, Hearts, after a shaky start, deserved the win...

Meanwhile, brother-in-law Keith was over in the Hearts end, while nephew Craig was in the press box - here's his take from Scotland on Sunday...

At the start of last season, Anne and I attended a friendly between these two teams and I correctly predicted then that Hearts would not avoid relegation - this season, I predict they will be promoted back to the top flight...

They may indeed win the league, if current form is anything to go by - their last game of the quarter is against Count Brodski's Alloa - I can see them coming through this with their unbeaten record intact...

Another two hour drive back up the road, with the rest of the results allowing Queens to maintain their position in fourth, despite two defeats in a row, from the bottom team last week and the still undefeated league leaders this week...

The return journey soundtrack was Weekly Playlist No 34...

Back home, the third of four Gerhard Richter artefacts had arrived and, post a small and tasty takeway Indian, this book of paintings entertained to the sound of CPE Bach, as Anne watched "Strictly"...


"Dr Who" followed - probably the weakest episode thus far and the trailer for next week didn't look too good either...

Then a two hour documentary on Genesis, which managed to gloss over a few things, including entire albums and the participation in the group of a couple of drummers and the ill fated "without Phil Collins" period...

Good nonetheless - the interview with the five members of the "classic" line up seemed though to suggest friction remains and that there is little chance of them ever doing anything again together...

After that, some BBC clips of both band and solo performances across the years, including the film of Banks, Collins and Rutherford miming to "Many Too Many" at an empty Knebworth field in 1978 - a gig which I much enjoyed...

Lights out on a long day...

Highlight of the Day : Seeing Queen of the South "live", despite the score...

2 comments:

impossible songs said...

As ever some really fine photos there, making Dumfy look pretty good. I also saw the Genesis doc, file under "awkward for all involved" and as for the various talking heads offering their wisdom, WTF?

David Quartet said...

Yeah - forgot to mention the talking heads - who on earth were they - other than the Manager of course...

Weird...

Reignited my interest in the back catalogue though, which I guess is the whole idea...