In choosing the street for the second Aberdeen Intercity walk, which appeared here on Sunday 8th September 2019, I came down to either the Esplanade or Pittodrie Street. The Esplanade won. I did Pittodrie Street anyway, since it’s a street I associate with Aberdeen and it’s near the beach.
I started behind the Richard Donald Stand, the huge two-tiered stand that dominates Pittodrie Stadium, home for now of Aberdeen FC. It being a Monday afternoon not much was occurring at Pittodrie. A woman walked into the club shop, the door to a club Portakabin stood ajar. All was calm. I actually like Pittodrie. It’s mismatched, cold and a bit rundown, not to mention the overzealous stewarding, but at least it has character which is probably more than its proposed out-of-town replacement will. I looked down Merkland Lane and saw the stark grey granite turnstile edifice. It looks the part.
Within yards I was back on a quiet residential city street. Neighbours blethered to each other and car doors opened and closed. Student flats had sprung up since my last visit. Signs declared them to be homes, not halls. In a few steps I couldn’t see the football ground. I could just have taken a wrong turning.
Thank you for reading. The Aberdeen Intercity walk referred to above, about the Esplanade can be found here. The first Aberdeen Intercity walk, which was about Union Street, can be found here. The other Intercity posts can be found on the Intercity page.