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Scottish Cup Final; Ross County v Dundee Unitred

Thorpe Groyney

Open your mind
Nov 20, 2008
Surely it's plain to see?
There's only one place to be this weekend. West Stand at Hampden Park. It's another Highland Clearance.

Dingwall, a town of just 5,200, and Ross & Cromarty barely making it past 20,000. It's going to be a relatively empty part of the UK come Saturday, though, with over 17,000 descending on Mount Florida to see if the Staggies can pull off what would be the greatest Cup win ever north of the border.

Believe me they've put out the likes of Hibernian and Celtic with no little skill. Michael Gardyne, a creative midfielder, can really play, with an exquiste touch and great vision. Andy Barrowman can mix it with the toughest of centre halves. And in goal Michael McGovern has consistently shown he can play at a much higher level.

County's manager, Derek Adams, has proved himself to be a charismatic and inspiring manager, back at the club where he made his name as a classy little midfielder. Getting the most out of next to nothing seems to be his speciality. It's even more praiseworthy to consider he's achieved this all by having his team play an eye-pleasing swift passing game.

Having followed the Staggies from well before I first went to a game back in '76, with family born (and buried!) in Dingwall, and now being a shareholder at Victoria Park through family inheritence, as well as having a relative still working at the club, Saturday will prove to be a special, special occasion.

Never in my wildest dreams, when County would struggle fitfully against the likes of Rothes, Clachnacuddin and Lossiemouth, did I ever think they would ever get anywhere near a Scottish Cup Final.

And yet ... well, words still fail me. I still don't believe that it was Ross County that completely dismantled Celtic, I just can't - not until those teams come out at Hampden Park this weekend. It promises to be an unforgettable day, not only for Ross County, but for Ross & Cromarty. And, should they do the impossible, perhaps for Scotland as a whole.

I can hardly wait.