Older fans retain an abiding affection for Muirton. It was, in its day, a very fine stadium. By the end, it was dilapidated and worn. I think, even before the Bradford fire, the Centre Stand was declared unsafe and after Bradford all the stands were.
It was a proper, old-fashioned stadium. That meant you could walk around the extent of the pitch and, as a kid, I used to migrate at half time so I was always behind our goal. There was segregation down the middle of the terracing for some games which prevented that, but that was always quite exciting as well, with the youngsters from both teams winding each other up. The Enclosure meant the noise and dust was exacerbated. You felt close to the action at Muirton.
But it had to go. This all happened at a time when the club was in dire straits, on and off the field. It was clear Muirton was beyond repair and the opportunity to move to a purpose-built stadium was one we couldn't refuse. The heart wanted you to stay at Muirton. The head told you, if you stayed, the club would be out of business in a couple of years and be another Third Lanark.
So, while McDiarmid will never have the atmosphere of Muirton, it was a positive change. It has also coincided with the longest and most sustained period of success in the club's history. The two things may be connected.