Saturday, 10 November 2018

2018 Stadium #24 - Tingbjerg Idrætspark

Date: 29th September 2018
Stadium: Tingbjerg Idrætspark
Location: Brønshøj, Copenhagen, Denmark

My twenty-fourth stadium of 2018 was on Saturday 29th September at Tingbjerg Idrætspark in Brønshøj, Copenhagen, Denmark. The match was Brønshøj vs. Skovshoved in the Danish 2. Division.

Tingbjerg Idrætspark is part of a sports complex nestled in a triangle of land with roads to the south and east and a housing estate to the west. The sports complex has an artificial pitch to the west of the stadium with numerous additional pitches and mini pitches to the east and north with Copenhagen Cricket Club beyond this. The ground is around 1.5 miles north-east of Husum railway station which is part of the C-Line and H-Line on the Copenhagen S-Train network. Tingbjerg Idrætspark has been home to the club since 1977 when they moved from their Rådvadsvej home where they had played for the previous 40 years.


The west side of the ground is dominated by an all-seater stand which was opened in June 2003. This stand has 491 seats in the main spectator area with two equal seating sections split by a gap in the middle allowing a walkway to the interior of the stand. This middle area also has an announcer box above the walkway. The southern half is taken up by the more vocal fans who also engage in a lot of flag waving. At the back of this half there is a standing area along the back row of the stand. The northern half has a boardroom at the back and an additional row of seating in between this and the main seating deck. This pushes the seating capacity over the 500 mark and with the additional standing area and the back of the southern half gives the stand an overall limit of 600 spectators. To the north of the stand is a large open-air bar with numerous standing tables which plenty of fans were using to enjoy the game while drinking a beer. This area also houses a control room and a club shop before you reach the stadium entrance in the north-west corner.


The eastern side of the ground is uncovered concrete standing though there is a raised platform for the middle half of this side. By the halfway line there is a camera gantry which the club use to upload match highlights during the game. At ground level the two dugouts are either side of this. The northern end is a fair way back from the goal and is entirely uncovered with a flat concrete area behind the pitch and grass behind this. This end sees the players enter the field via an adjacent building outside the stadium perimeter. In the north-east corner there is an additional food and drink shack. In recent years the southern end had a five level wooden terrace behind the goal but this has since been removed leaving this end as the sparsest section of Tingbjerg Idrætspark. There is no hard standing facilities with just grass underfoot to view the game from.


Brønshøj went into the game as favourites with the visitors struggling near the bottom of the league having picked up just four points from their first nine games. The early going was very quiet with the only chance of note coming in the 7th minute when a header from a home free-kick was was saved by the away keeper. The game really kicked into life at the midway point of the half when the first goal arrived. Brønshøj's Anton Holse sent his cross from the left-wing to the back post and found Oscar Buch who half-volleyed past the keeper to put his side 1-0 up. A couple of minutes later Skovshoved almost gifted Brønshøj a second when Tobias Brogaard rolled his goal kick straight to Andreas Baes. However Brogaard redemed himself well to save Baes' shot from just inside the area. 60 seconds later and the away side had what turned out to be their best opportunity of the game. Brønshøj appeared to be napping as a long ball found Simon Bræmer in acres of space in on goal. Home keeper Kasper Vilfort rushed out to meet him and this put Bræmer off sufficiently that his lobbed finish failed to find the net. This miss proved crucial as in the following minute the home side doubled their lead. Kevin Bechmann Timm tried to lift the ball into the box and when the ball was headed back to him by a defender he hit a terrific half-volley from 25 yards into the corner of the net. Brønshøj added a third four minutes before the interval when Jamil Fearrington's cross from the right wing found Bechmann Timm who nodded in from the six-yard line. The contest was put to bed four minutes after the interval as Skovshoved failed to clear a corner properly with the ball falling to Oscar Buch who slammed the ball into the net to grab his second of the game. The next goal arrived in the 62nd minute and again it was a Jamil Fearrington cross from the right which Bechmann Timm got on the end of. It was another cracking finish from Bechmann Timm who hit a first time shot in off the far post from the 18-yard line to secure his hattrick. Not to be outdone Oscar Buch then also completed his hattrick in the 65th minute. Bechmann Timm turned provider this time as he threaded a ball through to Buch who did well to keep the ball in play. The Skovshoved defence thought the ball was heading out so had frozen allowing the quick-thinking Buch to quickly spin, duck inside a challenge and shot past Brogaard in the visiting goal. With the lead extended to six the home manager decided to make some changes including substituting the two hattrick heroes. With the hosts easing off this  allowed the away side to play a little but they never looked like scoring with the game running to its conclusion with no meaningful further action. It was a great day for Brønshøj as they secured their biggest win for eleven years with the afternoon also being the first time in half a century that two players had scored hattricks in the same match.



Result: Brønshøj 6-0 Skovshoved
Division: Danish 2. Division
Attendance: 485

Friday, 2 November 2018

2018 Stadium #23 - Boundary Park

Date: 22nd September 2018
Stadium: Boundary Park
Location: Oldham, Greater Manchester

My twenty-third stadium of 2018 was on Saturday 22nd September at Boundary Park in Oldham, Greater Manchester. The match was Oldham Athletic vs. Colchester United in Football League Two.

Boundary Park lies on the north-west edge of Oldham with its name referring to its location on the boundary between Oldham, Chadderton and Royton. The ground is bordered by a road following by housing to the south and new housing estates have also recently been built to the north and west. Also to the west are the Clayton Playing Fields with numerous additional football pitches. The area to the east of the ground is the sparsest area with just an office building, car park spaces and general grassland. In terms of transport Boundary Park is 2 miles east of the nearest railway station at Mill Hills but only a mile north of the nearest Manchester Metrolink tram station at Westwood. The venue has been home to the club since 1899 though Boundary Park was in fact opened three years earlier for former club Oldham County who folded shortly afterwards.


The Main Stand runs for around two-thirds of the length of the southern side of the ground and is the oldest looking in the venue. It is a two-tier structure which was originally split between seating on the upper deck and terracing on the lower deck but with the ground converted to an all-seater during the 1994-1995 season this distinction ceased. The upper tier is predominantly wooden seating with plastic seats in the middle section of the stand. This middle area also includes a separate area for officials and as well as a perspex area at the back of the stand presumably for announcers and media. The stand has a couple of supporting pillars in front of the spectator areas and these rise out of the back of the lower tier. As alluded to the lower tier was once concrete terracing which ran the length of the field but seating has been bolted on for the area in front of the stand. The old uncovered terracing either side of the stand was not converted so is disused. This stand also includes the dressing rooms with players and officials emerging from the back of the lower tier. The two dugouts are also located in this position.


The northern side of the ground used to be a pretty similar affair to the southern side with the Broadway Stand featuring an all-seated upper deck with a lower deck originally consisting of concrete terracing before later having seating attached to it. This structure looked similarly dated and was demolished in 2008. The new North Stand opened in late 2015 and in keeping with other stands new opened over the last few years has hospitality at its heart. The single-tier of seating can accommodate around 2,300 spectators but accounts for less than half the height of the stand with two floors of hospitality areas including 11 private boxes, the Broadway Suite and the 1895 Suite. These two suites increase the stand's potential attendance by another 600 or so bringing its overall capacity to just under 3,000. The stand also houses the arena's reception, club shop, bar and a gym. The Rochdale Road Stand is behind the eastern goal and is a single-tier stand with no supporting beams to disrupt views. The stand used to be assigned to away fans and there is still fencing in place separating the southern third from the rest of the stand so the club were able to just open up a small section of it for clubs with a small travelling contingent. The north-east corner is now used by the more vocal home fans who previously occupied the Chadderton Road End at the western end of the field. This stand, which has a capacity of 3,750, is now entirely assigned to opposition supporters. The seating is split into two areas with a walkway between the upper and lower segments. There are four supporting beams at the front of the stand which prevent a perfect view of the action but with such a large number of seats for away fans only the most substantial followings will result in people ending up with properly restricted views.


Both sides had started the season well and were in amongst the play-offs at kick-off. Colchester drew first blood after a quarter of an hour - it came when Brennan Dickinson's corner was nodded to the back post by Luke Prosser for Luke Norris to volley home from a couple of yards out. For the majority of the half the U's were happy to cede the lion's share of possession to Oldham but the Latics found it difficult to carve open an effective Colchester defence. The closest they came were a couple of half-chances, one being a Chris O'Grady shot straight at Dillion Barnes after 19 minutes and the other a Sam Surridge shot across goal in the 25th minute which zipped past the post. The away side started the second half perfectly by netting a second goal in the 50th minute. Once again its origins were from a Brennan Dickinson corner which landed in the middle of the area. Peter Clarke's scuffed attempt to clear the ball found Harry Pell just inside the 18-yard box and his first time effort flew into the corner of the net giving Daniel Iversen no chance in the home goal. The two-goal cushion lasted just nine minutes though as a long ball down the right wing found Andy Taylor on the byline and his well placed ball across the goal found Sam Surridge rushing in to knock in from six yards out. Oldham's confidence looked up but this was undone in the 68th minute when a very long goal-kick by Dillon Barnes arrived at the edge of the opposition area. A period of head tennis ensued which culminating in Harry Pell nodding through to Luke Norris who, with a swarm of Oldham defenders around him, managed to squeeze enough room to get a shot off which was deflected into the back of the net to make it 3-1 to Colchester. With five minutes to go the home side grabbed a lifeline when a free-kick was lofted into the box and Sam Surridge headed into the bottom corner of the net. Colchester reacted by dropping very deep which only served to invite Oldham on them and inevitably the equaliser followed three minutes later. It came from a Dan Gardner corner which was headed in by Peter Clarke from inside the six-yard zone. On the balance of play the hosts deserved something out of the game but it was a galling final five minutes for Colchester as they saw a win slip away.



Result: Oldham Athletic 3-3 Colchester United
Division: Football League Two
Attendance: 4,017

Saturday, 20 October 2018

2018 Stadium #22 - Bickland Park

Date: 19th September 2018
Stadium: Bickland Park
Location: Falmouth, Cornwall

My twenty-second stadium of 2018 was on Wednesday 19th September at Bickland Park in Falmouth, Cornwall. The match was Falmouth Town vs. St Austell in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division.

Bickland Park is on the western edge of Falmouth a couple of miles from the town centre. The ground is currently bordered by housing to the north and east but there is a new estate currently being constructed to the west as well. The nearest railway station is Penmere which is a mile south-east of Bickland Park. The venue has been home to the club since 1957 though they are looking to move to a new location in the near future.


The ground is a classic non-league venue with a dramatic slope from north to south. The northern side of the stadium is dominated by the main stand halfway along the pitch length. This structure consists of seven rows of concrete with wooden benching atop each level and can hold around 350 spectators. The stand is an old one and several supporting beams hold up the corrugated iron roof which does result in restricted views in sections of the stand. However the natural slope, and the fact the stand is raised above ground level to allow space for dugouts underneath, does mean the views are good on the whole. Unusually there is a staircase in the middle of the stand leading from the dressing rooms to the pitch resulting in the players having to go through the spectator area to the field of play. The back of the stand runs to the top of the steep grass bank so there are further uncovered viewing areas either side of the top of the stand.


The southern side of the ground has a small covered stand by the halfway line but is otherwise uncovered. The whole side is made up of three levels of shallow concrete terracing but due to the overgrown nature of this side it is barely visible under the grass. The eastern end of the ground is a similar story with a small covered stand in the middle of this side directly behind the goal. With the stand barely taller than the goal itself netting has been placed it to keep shots over the bar within the confines of the arena. The western end of Bickland Park has a steep concrete slope down the hill with grass sections at the northern and southern edges. The concrete part of the standing areas is rather higgledy-piggledy as it varies between large stepped sections, small stepped sections and flatter sections. It is mostly uncovered but there is one covered segment behind the goal. The entrance to the arena is on this side of the ground and the north-west corner has a somewhat dated looking but spacious social club which is a good size for functions. This building is outside the confines of the stadium save for a food outlet facing towards the pitch by the entrance.


Falmouth raced out of the blocks and were 2-0 up within just six minutes. Martyn Duff grabbed the first goal before a ball was clipped into the box from the right for Tim Nixon to shot low into the far corner and put Falmouth into a two-goal lead. St Austell knew it was a long way back from here but came into the contest mid-way through the half. They went close in the 22nd minute when a ball was fizzed across the box from the right with an attacker just arriving too late to nod home. Only three minutes after the visitors did have the ball in the back of the net after Mark Goldsworthy prodded the ball over the line during a penalty area scramble. Falmouth should have restored their two-goal cushion in the 41st minute when a ball over the top saw an attacker beat the visiting keeper to the ball but he was off balance and his weak shot towards the empty net was intercepted by a defender. The second half was an end-to-end contest with lots of half chances. Neither side managed to carve out a really good opportunity save an occasion in the 68th minute when a well-time ball put Falmouth's Jordan Annear clean through with him being denied by the St Austell goalie. The last ten minutes saw a frenetic end to the contest. In the 82nd minute a cross from the right wing into the Falmouth box found an unmarked Liam Eddy who headed home from six yards to restore parity. St Austell were level for barely a minute though as a lofted Falmouth ball over to the right edge of the penalty area found Jordan Annear who unleashed a great half-volley across goal into the far corner of the net. A couple of minutes later and the hosts scored again to make it 4-2. This time it was a ball into the area from the left that was met by a header towards goal. The keeper saved well and then produced an outstanding save from the subsequent rebound but this second save only pushed the ball as far as Jack Bowyer was slammed the ball into the back of the net from close range to round off what had been a thoroughly enjoyable game for the neutral.



Result: Falmouth Town 4-2 St Austell
Division: South West Peninsula League Premier Division
Attendance: 185

Friday, 12 October 2018

2018 Stadium #21 - Lux Park

Date: 4th September 2018
Stadium: Lux Park
Location: Liskeard, Cornwall

My twenty-first stadium of 2018 was on Tuesday 4th September at Lux Park in Liskeard, Cornwall. The match was Liskeard Athletic vs. St Dennis in the South West Peninsula League Division One West.

Lux Park sits on the northern tip of the town as part of a sports complex. Liskeard Leisure Centre borders the western end of the ground with a cricket pitch to the north and Liskeard School & Community College's playing fields to the south. The eastern end then backs onto a road with houses beyond this. The venue is 1 mile north of the town's railway station and has been home to the club since they formed in 1946.


There is one seating area at Lux Park located just past the half-way line on the southern side of the venue. This stand consists of 3 rows of concrete with wooden benching appended to it and is capable of housing a few dozen spectators. This stand doesn't take up too much of this side of the ground with the majority taken up by uncovered concrete. It is a similar story on the northern side of the ground with uncovered concrete except for a covered wooden section either side of the half-way line. The two dugouts are located directly in front of this area with the only other structure on this side being a small clubhouse building in the north-west corner.


The west end is where the entrance to the ground can be found and this leads into an area of uncovered concrete. There is a decent amount of space at this end and though a chunk of it is taken up by parking spaces there is still ample room for spectators. This is not the case on the eastern end of the ground due to the adjacent road with just a slim strip of concrete on offer for anyone who wishes to watch from this section.


St Dennis almost took the lead in the 8th minute when Tyler Trudgeon saw his curling effort from the edge of the box come back off the post. It was a case of fine margins proving a big difference as barely a minute later the visitors found themselves a goal behind - Tom Cleveland took up a similar position at the opposite end of the pitch his his shot was dispatched into the roof of the net giving St Dennis keeper Ryan Holland little chance. Shortly after this Jack Podmore had a header cleared off the line as Liskeard tried to extend their lead. For the remainder of the half it was St Dennis though who were the better side. Just before the half-hour mark a mix-up in the home defence saw keeper and defender collide with the ball finding its way to Carl Rickard who smashed a shot back off the crossbar. The visitors continued applying pressure and spent lots of time in the Liskeard area - they went close again in the 41st minute when an attacker was sent clean through only to see his shot saved by the keeper. Having hit the woodwork twice St Dennis could consider themselves unfortunate to be behind at the interval but any hopes of getting back into the game were undone by a bad start to the 2nd half. Liskeard should have gone 2-0 up within a minute of the restart after some nice play saw the ball crossed into the area and laid off for Tom Cleveland who drew a save from Holland with his close range shot. In the 49th minute a home corner found striker Ben Waters two yards from goal but he contrived to somehow head over the bar. St Dennis were failing to heed their warnings and just 45 seconds after this miss they did concede a second. The ball was clipped into James Lorenz who ghosted round the back of the away defence and tucked past Holland from inside the six yard box. 2-0 became 3-0 in the 54th minute and as Lorenz grabbed his second goal of the game. This one had a stroke of luck about it as Lorenz had cut inside from the right wing before his mishit cross snuck in the narrow gap between keeper and post with the ball finding the far corner of the net. In the 57th minute Lorenz was causing problems again as he was unleashed down the right wing and crossed for Tom Cleveland at the back post with Cleveland blazing over from a couple of yards out. After this St Dennis were able to sort themselves out defensively to restrict Liskeard's chances but the damage was done as the game petered out with an uneventful last 30 minutes. There was still time for one more goal which came in the 87th minute when Tom Cleveland was allowed far too much time to run down the right side of the pitch, advance into the are and stroke low past Holland from a couple of yards out. That wrapped up the scoring as Lorenz and Cleveland's braces secured a comfortable scoreline for Liskeard.



Result: Liskeard Athletic 4-0 St Dennis
Division: South West Peninsula League Division One West
Attendance: 51

Saturday, 6 October 2018

2018 Stadium #20 - Easter Road

Date: 25th August 2018
Stadium: Easter Road
Location: Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland

My twentieth stadium of 2018 was on Saturday 25th August at Easter Road in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland. The match was Hibernian vs. Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.

Easter Road is located to the north-east of the city centre. It is in a predominantly residential area with most of the ground bordered by housing save a conference centre to the west and a cemetery to the north. The venue is 1.3 miles north-east of the city's main railway station of Edinburgh Waverley and has been home to the club since 1893.


The current stadium was gradually reconstructed over a 15-year period starting in 1995 to bring it up to a modern standard. The oldest stands from this time are the North and South Stands at either end of the ground. These two-tier all-seater stands replaced the old single-tier terraces and each have a capacity of just under 4,000. Due to the road layout around the ground the two stands are mirrored so the North Stand tapers off in the north-west corner and the South Stand tapers off in the south-east corner. Both stands have function rooms looking out onto the pitch for around half the area at the back of the lower tier.


The West Stand is a two-tier structure built in 2001 to replace what was the oldest surviving stand at the venue. It has a capacity of around 6,400 and contains the reception, offices and dressing rooms. The players tunnel runs out to the centre of the lower tier with the two dugouts either side of it. The middle section of seating in the upper tier houses the media area as well as corporate seats. The main suites are inside the stand and there is access to a sports bar at the back of the lower tier. The newest stand is the East Stand - this also has a capacity of around 6,400 and is the only single-tier stand at Easter Road. This was constructed in 2010 replacing a stand that had only been there for a quarter of a century. Despite only opening in 1985 the old East Stand dated quickly and by the time it was demolished was the smallest stand and also had a lot of supporting beams holding up the roof. The newer cantilever roof stand is now at the same height as the other three stands giving Easter Road a much neater look.


Hibernian started the match the stronger of the two sides and went close after a quarter of an hour. Lewis Stevenson picked up the ball on the right wing, spotted Daryl Horgan was in acres of space in the centre and laid the ball off to him. Horgan advanced into the area before forcing Aberdeen keeper Joe Lewis into a spectacular save to tip the ball to safety. The hosts enjoyed the greater amount of ball time in a fairly quiet first 45 minutes but conceded against the run of play in messy fashion in first half injury time. It came about from an Aberdeen corner where the original ball to the back post was nodded into the centre of the six-yard box by Stevie May. Tommie Hoban volleyed a shot at home keeper Adam Bogdan who failed to fully save the shot leaving the ball precariously sitting on the goal line. Hibernian's defence remained static throughout this whole passage of play allowing Hoban to poke the ball across the line to give his lead the lead. The second half was similar to the first with Aberdeen happy to sit back on their lead as Hibs huffed and puffed to try and force an equaliser. Eventually this paid off through a neat move with 5 minutes left on the clock. As the hosts built up an attack they were able to lure the Aberdeen right-back away from his man leaving Paul Hanlon free inside the area. Hanlon had time to send the ball across the six yard line where Jamie Maclaren was there to knock the ball in to ensure Hibs rescued a late point out of the game.



Result: Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen
Division: Scottish Premiership
Attendance: 18,583

Friday, 28 September 2018

2018 Stadium #19 - Ironworks Road

Date: 17th August 2018
Stadium: Ironworks Road
Location: Tow Law, County Durham

My nineteenth stadium of 2018 was on Friday 17th August at Ironworks Road in Tow Law, County Durham. The match was Tow Law Town vs. Brandon United in Northern League Division Two.

Ironworks Road is in the north of the small rural town of Tow Law. Off the A68 road which runs through the town the ground is bordered by housing on the north-east and south-west sides with fields on the north-west end and across the road on the south-east end. The venue is 9.5 miles north-west of the nearest railway station at Bishop Auckland though Durham station 12 miles west of Tow Law is better served by transport connections. The venue has been home to Tow Law since the 1893 when they left their former Church Road home for the newly built site. The only exception to this was the 2004/05 season when the side were forced to groundshare after subsidence issues with the pitch.


The afforementioned pitch slopes downhill from the north-east side. This side has an uncovered six-level concrete terrace for the southern section up to the half-way line before reducing to a three-level concrete terrace for the remaining half. There is a metal fence at the back of the terracing to separate from the club car park but with the sloping pitch you can actually still get a decent view of the action from the car park. The opposite side of the pitch has a 133 seat stand by the half-way line. This all-seater structure has a supporting beam down the middle of the stand to hold up the roof. The two dugouts are either side of the stand and there is also uncovered standing towards the south-east end. The area towards the northern-western end is not a designated spectator area.


The south-east end is predominantly uncovered flat concrete with a small five-level terrace behind the goal. One side of this terrace is a building contains dressing rooms and spectator toilets and to the other side the main club building including a food outlet in the corner. A three-level concrete terrace takes up the entirety of the north-west end. At the back of the terracing there are a single row of 13 seats in both corners pushing the seating capacity of the venue to 159.


The visitors started proceedings off well and in the 8th minute Lee Blades did well down the left before cutting inside the area and shooting off the outside of the post. A couple of minutes later more good work down the left saw Brandon take the lead - this time it was Jack Carr who cut inside and unleashed a terrific shot across goal into the top corner. Brandon's lead lasted only six minutes as the a Tow Law cross from the right found Dean Thexton who was able to bundle the ball in on the goal line. The turnaround was completed in the 20th minute when a corner to the right side of the box was knocked back into the centre for Dan Kirkup to prod home. On the half-hour mark the visitors should have drawn level again when Jordan Lee played Jack Carr through on goal but Carr clipped his shot just the wrong side of the far post. They were left to rue this as they went on to concede two quick-fire goals just before the break - Dan Kirkup was able to grab his second in the 37th minute after he met a corner with a bullet-header into the roof of the net and in the 39th minute Dean Thexton netted again after dispatching Kai Hewitson's cross from the right. The start of the second half was a quieter affair with little action until the final quarter of the game when another spate of goals occurred. In the 75th minute Brandon reduced the deficit when a well placed ball down the left wing allowed Lee Blades acres of space and he took his time before slotting into the bottom corner. Tow Law's lead went back up to three again in the 81st minute when a corner to the back post found its way to Dan Kirkup who shot into the roof of the net to complete a hatrick for the defender. A minute later and there were two Tow Law players with hatricks as a ball in from the right found Dean Thexton who smashed in off the underside of the bar to grab his third goal. Brandon may have felt a little aggrieved to have been on the end of such a heavy defeat but taking their eye off the ball for a couple of minutes towards the end of both halves saw them ruthlessly punished by a clinical Tow Law.



Result: Tow Law Town 6-2 Brandon United
Division: Northern League Division Two
Attendance: 98

Friday, 14 September 2018

2018 Stadium #18 - Borough Briggs

Date: 15th August 2018
Stadium: Borough Briggs
Location: Elgin, Moray, Scotland

My eighteenth stadium of 2018 was on Wednesday 15th August at Borough Briggs in Elgin, Moray, Scotland. The match was Elgin City vs. Arbroath in the Scottish Challenge Cup 1st Round.

Borough Briggs is in the northern part of Elgin close to the River Lossie which meanders through the city. The ground can count amongst its neighbours a leisure centre and childcare centre to the west, an industrial and retail park to the south and open fields to the north and east. The venue is one mile north of the city's railway station and has been home to the club since 1921.


The entrance to the ground is on the southern side with the turnstiles next to the main stand. This structure runs for around half the length of the southern side and has a seating capacity of 478. The stand has a low roof but no supporting pillars apart from at the two sides. The dressing rooms are located within and the player tunnel emerges in the middle of the stand. This stand also has the club reception, shop and offices. The two dugouts are positioned either side of the stand and beyond this is uncovered concrete terracing though there is a small covered plexiglass section for disabled fans towards the eastern end. Close by to this is a food outlet in the south-east corner.


A covered concrete terrace runs the entire length of the pitch on the northern side. This has 11 rows of terracing with the back two levels a larger size to allow more flat standing. There are a huge number of supporting beams holding up the old looking roof but the stand does retain sound well. Unusually the four floodlights on this side go through the roof into the terrace so is in amongst the standing areas. The eastern and western ends of the ground both have flat concrete sections directly behind the goal with a concrete terrace built into a grass bank behind. At the back of this the grass banking takes over up to the perimeter of the site.


The game was a Scottish Challenge Cup 1st Round tie between League Two side Elgin City and League One side Arbroath. It was the visitors who edged the first half and had two clear cut chances during the first 45 minutes. The first of these came in the 21st minute when Kane Hester lifted the ball over the Elgin keeper Thomas McHale only to see Darryl McHardy clear off the line. In the 34th minute Abroath had another opportunity when the Elgin goalie was dispossessed while attempting some skilful play in his own area. The ball was pulled back and the resulting shot bounced off the crossbar and away to safety. The League One side took the lead in the 57th minute when a corner to the back post was headed into the top of the net by Thomas O'Brien. Within 60 seconds it should have been 2-0 when Kane Hester laid the ball off for Michael McKenna who blazed over from just inside the area. The last half-hour saw a more competitive showing from Elgin - with a quarter of an hour to play they should have pulled level when a cross into the area found an unmarked Chris McLeish who headed straight at the Abroath shotstopper. In the 83rd minute the late perseverence paid off when Jordan Lowdon lofted a free-kick into the area. Once again a key player was left unmarked but this time Darryl McHardy made no mistake and nodded past Darren Hill from six yards out. At the conclusion of 90 minutes the game went straight to penalties. The two sides were evenly matched after the first seven rounds of penalties but on the eighth round of spot kicks Elgin's Matthew Cooper's penalty was saved by Darren Hill ensuring a 7-6 spot-kick victory for Abroath.



Result: Elgin City 1-1 Arbroath (Arbroath win 7-6 on penalties)
Competition: Scottish Challenge Cup
Attendance: 401