Ground: Links Park
Location: Montrose, Angus, Scotland
My thirty-second ground of 2019 was on Tuesday 7th May at Links Park in Montrose, Angus, Scotland. The match was Montrose vs. Queen of the South in the Scottish Championship Play-Off Semi-Final.
As with many older grounds Links Park is situated in the heart of a residential community with housing surrounding the stadium on all four sides. It is however just a stone's throw from the cricket and rugby club beyond the row of houses on the east. The venue is half a mile east of Montrose railway station and has been home to the club since 1887.
The entrance turnstiles are at the end of a road on the western side of Links Park. Upon entering the club shop is the first thing you will see before turning right to enter the arena. This end has a twelve row covered concrete terrace which curves inward at its northern end. The stand runs for two-thirds of the length behind the goal and has a capacity of 1,582. In front and to the south of the stand is a large flat uncovered gravel section. The southern side has the main stand at the ground. The Bryan D. Keith Stand is a 1,338 capacity all-seater stand with a cantilever roof providing good views of the game. This stand, built in the 1990s, has the players tunnel and dugouts at the bottom with a directors section in the middle accessed via separate doors in the middle of the stand. The stand takes up the middle third of this side with a flat uncovered area to the east and shipping containers to the west including a food outlet.
The remaining stand at the venue is a five level uncovered concrete terrace at the eastern end. This has a flat grass section atop it with barriers to rest on. This end tapers slightly towards the southern end and has netting behind the viewing area to catch any loose balls from ending up in the adjacent road or houses. The northern side of Links Park is the only one with no structures with it just consisting of uncovered flat concrete. This side is though fairly spacious so good room for supporters.
Result: Montrose 2-1 Queen of the South
Division: Scottish Championship