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Feversham Lens
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Sep 15, 2019, 10:35 PM

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Re: [HantsLondoner] Where are you going - where did you go? ICE HOCKEY or Reply Privately

Sunday 15th September 2019
Fife Flyers (0-2-2) 4 Nottingham Panthers (0-0-2) 2
Elite League (6.30pm start)
Admission £18
Programme £3 (40pp, glossy, decent amount of reading)
Attendance 1,650 (per Elite League website)
The usual refreshments available (didnít bother)


The middle-aged guy next to me, a Hearts season ticket-holder, described this result as akin to Hamilton Accies beating Celtic. Emphatic it was, too, for the Kirkcaldy-based Flyers, who, on the whole, havenít the financial muscle to challenge over a full season British ice hockeyís leading clubs. After a goalless first period, the hosts roared 4-0 up through Chase Schaber (26:51), Danick Gauthier (36:53 and 47:51) and Mike Cazzola (50:53). Table leaders Panthers, 5-1 winners at Dundee Stars the previous evening, made the score respectable with late markers from Samuel Herr (53:55) and Oliver Betteridge (58:22). Flyers moved to the top of the standings, with Panthers, backed by about a hundred travelling diehards, dropping to fourth.

Fife Flyers, founded in 1938, claim to be the UKís oldest ice hockey club. Their rink, Fife Ice Arena, in the Gallaton district of Kirkcaldy, handy for the A92, is even older. Its capacity (seating and standing) is 3,500. Externally, the rink, on a sunny afternoon a dazzling white and blue edifice, has pleasing Art Deco styling. Internally, itís fairly standard. Seats, reasonably raked though not all in the best condition, are available right round the ice pad. A venue not quite as grotty as the likes of rank Whitley Bay but nowhere near as swanky as plush Sheffield. Rather than sitting, I opted to stand at the back on the halfway line. Great view. Plenty of others (including, I noticed, a chubby lass who ate a tray of tomato ketchup garnished with sausage and chips) opted to do the same. Ice hockey shirts (designed to be worn by padded-up blokes rather than average Joe spectators) must be the naffest Ďleisure wearí in sport.

My first ice hockey match in four years. Canít say Iíd want to watch it every week but, as an occasional thing, this typically frenetic encounter was enjoyable enough. An easy return journey from Angus, via the quiet A90 and A92, enabled me to complete the Tay bridges by adding the road crossing to the rail bridge, ticked way back in 1983 during a post A-levels/pre university Freedom of Scotland rail ticket holiday. Iím joking. I donít tick bridges.

In case youíre wondering, the Hearts season ticket-holder is in the ĎLevein Outí camp.


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