• STV
  • MySTV

Snow way through for Queen's Park team and referee

After a match at Elgin City on Tuesday night, the Third Division side and official John Beaton

Snow joke: Gardner Speirs and his Queen's Park squad are still waiting to arrive home from their match at Elgin.
©SNS Group

The Queen’s Park team and referee John Beaton have both endured a miserable night after getting stuck at snow gates on their way back from a match at Elgin City. Both were stuck on the A9 south of Aviemore at around half 11 on Tuesday night as wintry weather descended on their route back from Borough Briggs, leaving them stranded overnight.

Queens had just picked up a 1-0 win at the bottom club, lifting them back up into the play-off spaces in the Third Division with just six games left to play.

But their joy was short lived as police closed their road home, leaving players and staff, most of who had full-time jobs to be at on Wednesday morning, stuck for the night.

Their miserable journey home may be compounded even further after taking police advice to head back, with the coach taking those on board to Aviemore. With snow still persisting there, it seems unlikely they will return to Glasgow at least until this afternoon.

Lanarkshire-based ref Beaton was also amongst the unfortunate travellerscaught up in the weather. The Category One official was posted to the match and decided to spend the night in his car instead of turning back, before being moved on at 9am to begin his journey back after nine and a half hours.

“We were stuck there and we couldn’t move forward or back,” Beaton told STV Sport. “We were advised to go back if we could, which Queen’s Park did, but the conditions were so bad I decided to stay put.

“The weather at the game was fine and there was no snow in Elgin or in the Inverness area, it was just on the road home that it all changed.

“I was supposed to be in work at quarter to nine but it will be probably be midday before I make it. It’s just one of those things.”

Five fixtures in the Scottish Football League fell foul of the inclement weather on Tuesday night, with a sixth between Cowdenbeath and Stirling Albion abandoned due to heavy snow after just 18 minutes.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.