The Bridge to Burra.
A trip to Burra
By Simon Fairclough
A description of an unusual trip to an away match.
I'm becoming one of the better travelled reporters in the Shetland Islands on this trip. Having made the pilgrimage north to Unst a week ago, taking in the island of Yell on the way, I was assigned to covering the Guernsey men's football match in Burra.
Burra is a small island off the west coast of the mainland, but unlike the larger islands to the north it has two bridges which take you there, incorporating a game of dare along the single carriageway of each span!
The drive from Lerwick takes you over one of the narrower parts of the mainland (some six miles), and shortly before the pretty fishing village of Scalloway you turn off following signs for Hamnavoe - the "capital" of Burra.
The backdrop for the football pitch has to be the most picturesque of any football ground I have ever been to. And the memory of sitting amongst Guernsey's athletes, who were supporting the team in large numbers, whilst reporting on the match and looking out north across the pitch up the coast will live with me forever.
The game wasn't half bad either - a 6-0 win for the Sarnians over Greenland on a tight sloping pitch, followed immediately by news of Ynys Mon's failure to beat the Western Isles, thus guaranteeing a place in the final for Guernsey. I interviewed manager Steve Ogier with the sound of the squad singing "gold" in the dressing room behind us.
A perfect day for everyone - I just hope the players are stay in tune come Friday at Gilbertson Park, where the Final awaits!
last updated: 13/10/2008 at 12:43