Sunday, 14 March 2010

Sunday 14 March 2004

Six years go this day fell on a Sunday. I know because of what I was doing that day.

The M8 experienced two rush hours that day one heeading out to Glasgow the other heading back.

Livingston were in their first major cup final. The club had entered administration just before the semi-final match but we won through and found ourselves at Hampden for the final. For the first 45 minutes we sang our hearts out but you wouldn't have known three quarters of Hampden was wearing the green and white of Hibernian.

But then in two glorious minutes at the start of the second half first Derek Lilley got on the end of a Burton O'Brien pass to get the first, right in front of the Livi support. Then moments later David Fernandez played Jamie McAllister through with onlyDaniel Andersson the Hibs keeper to beat, but he curled it around, the keeper leaving the bulk of the national stadium speechless. Just not our little section. Already hoarse we could now hear ourselves sing, and sing we did til the final whistle.

I then had to walk back into George Square to meet our lift home (they'd been shopping). We passed the queue of Hibs supporters in their cars, many of them had left the stadium early. There were more of us than them at the end for the medals to be collected by the losers who had beaten Celtic and Rangers to get there.

They were happy days.

Livingston yesterday extended their lead at the top of division 3 after being dropped from Division One last year due to administration again. Yesterday we won at Elgin while East Stirlingshire lost. I wasn't here for most of the previous climb, just the last few weeks in Division One. Plus I'm missing the ride through Division three this time due to the election. But I still have hope we can do it again.

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