Capacity: 7,700 (Seats 2,900)
Address: Lone Moor Road, Derry, BT48 9HZ
Telephone: 028 7137 3111
Pitch Size: 111 x 72 yards
Club Nickname: The Candystripes
Year Ground Opened: 1928
Home Kit: Red & White Stripes, Black Shorts
Brandywell is located close to the Bogside area, to the South-West of Derry/Londonderry City Centre. The ground shares its surroundings with County Derry's Celtic Park Stadium, and for those who are sightseeing both stadiums are visible from the Grand Parade side of the City's ancient walls. The vast hillside City Cemetery looms over both grounds and dwarfing the surrounding housing estates. Derry City themselves are a Northern Ireland club who were accepted into the League of Ireland in 1985. Brandywell itself, which is owned by the local council, is a distinctive stadium, its shape being formed by a history of hosting greyhound races. What we see today is literally a ground of two halves; the newer East side and the older West side. On the West side, three steps of concrete terracing lead round to a low disabled enclosure, a two storey police control hut and the old Main Stand. This stand, now one of the oldest structures in the Irish Football League is called the Glentoran Stand, and perhaps unsurprisingly was purchased from Glentoran's Oval in East Belfast (Though we believe it was from the original Oval ground, not the second Oval ground the club still play at). This narrow stand has an elevated bench seating deck above a longer paddock area. On the other side of the Main Stand is an open area of 450 red plastic seats flanked by areas of terracing. The seating deck sits on the foundations of a structure called 'The Jungle', a low covered terrace which was demolished in 2004. Beyond this area the terracing tapers away to the exit gate at the Brandywell Road/Celtic Park end.
On the East side us a far newer stand. Opened in 1991 it contains around 2,700 mainly red plastic seats over eight rows with BRANDYWELL spelled out in black. Despite being set back from the pitch the stand still feels well connected to the action, which would not be the case if it was surrounding a much wider athletics track. The low cantilever roof offers an unobstructed view of the pitch and the fact that both home and away supporters are accommodated in this stand can make for a great atmosphere on a matchday. The players dressing rooms are located on the curved training ground corner of the new stand, with an unusual players tunnel leading out over the greyhound track onto the pitch. The South end of the ground is also accompanied by a scoreboard directly behind the goal.
Brandywell Stadium is one of a handful of Northern Ireland stadiums which have recently been allocated funding to improve stands and facilities in the next few years (The others being Linfield's Windsor Park, Ulster RUFC Ravenhill and County Antrim GAA Roger Casement Park-all in Belfast). It is not known what shape or size the rebuild will look like at this stage but it is likely to focus on the old West side, with the historic old Glentoran Stand, open seating and terracing demolished to make way for a new structure.
Visiting supporters are allocated a seating block in the East Stand towards the North End of the stadium. The facilities within this stand are okay and the view of the playing action good. This stand is shared with home fans and the low roof means that even a relatively small number of fans can really make some noise. The Club and supporters are normally most welcoming to visiting sides.
There is a social club at the ground but this is for members only. It is best therefore to drink in the vibrant city centre or enroute to the stadium.
From the South
Follow the A5 from Strabane alongside the River Foyle, turn left and cross the River Foyle on the A2 Craigavon Bridge. You will then come to a roundabout with the “hands across the divide” statue. Turn the left turn into Abercorn Road and follow the road as it kinks to the right and becomes Barrack Street. You will then see the floodlights of Celtic Park GAA Stadium direct ahead of you with the floodlights of Brandywell just visible to the left. As the road starts to slope down turn left into Windmill Terrace and follow the road as it snakes downhill and joins Lecky Road. Take the second right turn into Brandywell Road.
From the East
Follow the A6 from Dungiven into the outskirts of Derry,passing Institute fc, Altnagelvin Hospital then Londonderry Railway Station. Following the city centre signs, turn right and cross the River Foyle on the A2 Craigavon Bridge. Then as 'From the South' above.
From the West
Follow the R236 from Ballybofey / R265 from Lifford merging into the A40 on the south suburbs of Derry. On the approach to the City Centre turn left into Lone Moor Road. The main entrance gate leading to the stadium, Sports Centre, training ground and football club car park is on the right.
There is a car park at the stadium which is accessed from Lone Moor Road, using the main entrance gate to the Sports Centre and training ground. The club car park is on the left hand side beyond the rear of the old Main Stand. Otherwise it is case of street parking in the local area.
Londonderry Railway Station is located just over a mile away from the stadium. Londonderry is linked to the whole of Northern Ireland by the Translink and Northern Ireland Railways Network. The quickest route from Belfast would be to take the Londonderry Railway Line service from Great Victoria Street via Antrim, Ballymena and Coleraine. Journey time is around 2 hours 15 minutes with 8 services throughout the day. The trains terminate at Londonderry. There are no direct services that operate from Dublin, passengers would need to first travel to Belfast Central.
The stadium is around a 15 minute walk away; When you come out of the railway station booking office, turn right and walk along the riverside. Cross the River Foyle on the nearby Craigavon Bridge. You will then come to a roundabout with the “hands across the divide” statue. Turn left into Abercorn Road and follow the road as it kinks to the right and becomes Barrack Street. You will then see the floodlights of Celtic Park GAA Stadium direct ahead of you with the floodlights of Brandywell just visible to the left. As the road starts to slope down turn left into Windmill Terrace and follow the road as it snakes downhill and joins Lecky Road. Take the second right turn into Brandywell Road. Turnstiles for the New Stand on the East side of the stadium are on the left with turnstiles to the old West side terracing, with the open seating and Glentoran Stand further up the hill.
There is a bus service which runs from Dublin Busaras to Derry/Londonderry Foyle Street. There is the Bus Eireann Expressway Service 033 from Dublin Busaras which then becomes the Translink NI Ulsterbus Service 274 to Londonderry Foyle Street. The service runs every day although there are only six services each day.
For those travelling from the Mid-West of the Irish Republic Bus Eireann Expressway Service 064 links Galway with Donegal, travelling via Knock Ireland West Airport, Sligo and Ballyshannon. The service then continues through to Donegal, Ballybofey and Letterkenny, terminating at Derry Foyle Street.
With all bus services arriving into Derry/Londonderry Foyle Street in the City Centre it will then take a 10 minute walk to locate Brandywell, which is located in Bogside, outside of the city walls.
When you come out of the bus station walk through the narrow exit next to the enquiries offices and turn right onto Foyle Street. You will then see the clock tower of the Guildhall direct ahead of you. Turn left and walk under the Shipquay Gate arch in the City wall, then walk up the hill into the City Centre. At The Diamond War Memorial turn right into Butcher Street and exit the City Centre through the Butchers Gate. You will then see the floodlights of Celtic Park GAA Stadium direct ahead of you with the floodlights of Brandywell just visible beyond. At the junction turn left and follow Fahan Street downhill alongside the grass banking outside the city wall. At the crossroads turn left and follow Lecky Road past the Bogside Artists Studio. Continue for 3 minutes then turn right into Brandywell Road. Turnstiles for the New Stand on the East side of the stadium are on the left hand, with turnstiles to the old West side terracing, open seating and Glentoran Stand further up the hill.
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There are wheelchairs spaces in the disabled enclosure next to Glentoran Stand on the old. West Side of the stadium plus an enclosed wing section in the East Stand.
Finn Harps. Although geographically speaking Institute are the nearest rivals, however they play in the Northern Ireland League structure.
Modern Record Attendance
9,800 v Finn Harps FAI Cup 2nd Round, 23 February 1986
2015: 1,223 (Premier Division)
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