I happened to be in Glasgow over the weekend and managed to pop along to the game, and as much as a try would've been nice, I quite enjoyed the game. It was tight throughout, and the result was in doubt until the final minute.
It's not the sort of game I'd want to watch all the time, don't get me wrong, but I didn't come away feeling cheated of my money.
It was my first time at the ground, and I found the experience as a whole to be very positive- I happened to bump into a few guys I knew from Hawick before the game, who insisted on getting me a couple of beers (might be why I enjoyed the match!), so that was a good start. The staff were all very polite and helpful, and the service at the bar and food outlets was good. Both sets of supporters were enjoying themselves on the terraces, which always makes for a good atmosphere, and the close scoreline meant that people weren't drifting away with 10 minutes to go.
So, the first 7 minutes of the game, which is all I could stand to watch, continued for the next 73 minutes. No tries were scored? Good grief. Are you sure that the reason nobody left before the end, wasn't because they were bored silly and frozen stiff? What was the final score then? It might be easier to give the result by the number of goals scored for each team.
Was waiting for a Leeds fan to post something about Colin Dixon, but they've gone quiet. It was before I started watching RL, but a Leeds-born mate of mine told me that Dixon was hated at Leeds because of an incident with Mick Shoebottom in 1971 which ended Shooey's career.
I did watch Dixon later in the 70s and he was a great player. And, yes, he was "hard".
Without wishing to divert this thread, Dixon was blamed by the Leeds fans for that tragic incident. It was later proved than Dixon was nowhere near the incident. I was at the game at Headingley the next time Salford played there and the treatment Dixon received from the Leeds players and fans was a disgrace. It was to his eternal credit that he stood up to it all and never took a backward step. A true hardman and great respect to him.
As a young lad, I thought that Peter Smethurst of Salford was a real tough guy. Not particularly big, but he loved the rough stuff and always had a smile on his face, even when it was all kicking off. Got to say Colin Dixon as well for the unjustified rough treatment he copped from Leeds back in the 70's