Romance of the Scottish Cup is still alive
Brechin's 2-2 Scottish Cup draw with St Johnstone was not just a great game of football, it also emphasised everything that is good about the Scottish game.
Firstly, referees don't get many plaudits, so hats off to Steve Conroy, who, despite understandable concerns over a pitch that was a mud-bath in places, let the game go ahead and handled it with real common sense.
And well done to Brechin and their volunteer army for getting the pitch playable after a night of snow and rain.
But, mainly, a huge well done to both sets of players who showed terrific skill and commitment in equal measure in extremely trying underfoot conditions amid driving rain.
Brechin City's Ewan Moyes closes down St Johnstone's Chris Millar. Photo: SNS.
It would have been easy in the conditions for a couple of liberties to be taken in tackles, but every player on the field played hard but fair, showing respect for opponents.
The crowd of 3,500 was raucous, everyone who works at the community-owned club was their usual hospitable self and the match itself see-sawed, with Brechin going ahead through a penalty, falling behind and then levelling for a draw and a mouth-watering replay.
With legendary Saints fan Stuart Cosgrove presenting Off the Ball, from Glebe Park, I even got the chance to meet up with his great mate, Mike Mason, who went to school with me in Dundee and who I hadn't seen in years.
And, fortunately, despite pitching in with a fork to help hard-pressed fans and staff get the pitch playable, no injuries have been done to my ageing bones.
All in all, it was a great day out and proof that the magic of the Cup is still alive.