Around the grounds

IT was a big weekend for football as two titles in Scotland were won (writes Sarah McLean).

In the Third Division, Alloa Athletic stormed through the season taking the title and promotion with them.

And they finished it off in style with a 8-1 win over Elgin to give Paul Hartley a great debut season in management.

In the SPL there was another massive result as Celtic thrashed Kilmarnock 6-0 at Rugby Park to win the title for the first time in four years.

The local teams, apart from Arbroath, fared less well over the weekend with losses for Forfar, Brechin and Montrose.

Forfar suffered the worst defeat as they went down 4-1 to East Fife at Station Park. With results not going their way this season there are fears that the Loons may be playing Third Division football come summer.

Brechin, despite having a home advantage, suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Stirling Albion.

Montrose, meanwhile, travelled to Peterhead and came home empty handed after a 2-1 defeat despite an impressive performance.

There was some good news for Montrose recently when they were awarded ‘Most Improved’ programme of the year by the national memorabilia magazine, Programme Monthly & Football Collectable.

Meanwhile, Arbroath were the only victorious Angus side on Saturday when they defeated league leaders Cowdenbeath at their home ground.

Regular readers of ‘Around the Grounds’ will know I’m a big fan of the initiatives put into place by clubs to encourage more fans in through the gate.

The most recent example of this is Brechin City allowing children in for free for the last two home games of the season - the first was last Saturday against Stirling Albion and the second will be against Cowdenbeath on April 28. Hopefully it will see a whole new generation of fans going through the gates every other Saturday.