Arbroath

Gayfield Park

Capacity: 4,153 (seated 814)
Address: Arbroath, Angus, DD11 1QB
Telephone: 01241 872 157
Fax: 01241 431 125
Pitch Size: 115 x 71 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Red Lichties
Year Ground Opened: 1925*
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Maroon and White

Main Stand
Main Stand
Town End and East Terrace
Town End and East Terrace
Seaforth End
Seaforth End
East Terrace
East Terrace
Showing Proximity Of Sea Wall
Showing Proximity Of Sea Wall

Gayfield is predominantly made up of terracing which extends around three corners of the ground. However, this gives the stadium a lot of character, especially as terracing is slowly but surely disappearing generally from football stadia. On one side is the Gayfield Main Stand which was opened in 2002 and extended in 2010. This is a covered single tiered, all seated stand, which has a large floodlight pylon protruding from the centre of its roof. The other sides of the ground are all terraces that are of a similar size. Each side has a small covered area, that covers the centre part of the terraces to the rear. There are also a number of small floodlight pylons that run down the East side of the pitch, the bases of which are situated within the East Terrace. 

It is interesting to note that Arbroath for over 100 years held the World Record for the biggest victory in a competitive game. 36-0, against Aberdeen Bon Accord in 1885. Former Arbroath player John Petrie also held for sometime the World Record for number of goals scored by one player in a competitive game, scoring 13 of the 36 goals in that match.

Supporters are normally housed in the Seaforth Terrace at one end of the ground. This end is also affectionately known as the 'Pleash End' as it has the Pleasureland indoor amusement arcade at the back of it. If demand requires it, then the East Terrace at one side of the pitch can also be allocated. Normally a relaxed and hassle free day out. John Stenhouse adds; 'make sure you have a pie, they are amongst the best you'll find'.

Jamie Malley informs me; ''no matter how good the weather forecast is take a coat! and if its anytime between October and March also take a set of thermals. Gayfield is the closest ground to the sea in Britain (and in fact in Europe) and when the wind comes in off the North Sea it gets a wee bit chilly.  Also if its really windy don't stand in the East terrace unless you've got an umbrella - the sea may come over the wall and you'll end up very wet!'

David Lewis informs me; 'There is a small bar located in the Main Stand, called the 36-0 Lounge, which opens an hour before kick off. Although small it was comfortable with a television showing the latest scores. Away fans are welcome to use the bar, unless segregation is in place for the match.' Otherwise the nearest bar to the ground is the Tutties Neuk, on Queens Drive, which is just across the road from the ground. The bar is popular with both home and away fans, although it is a little on the small side.

Jamie Malley adds; 'Tutties is the place to go pre-match.  Home and away supporters will freely mingle before the game and the banter is pretty good - I've even heard some away fans describe this as the best pre-match boozer in Scotland. Otherwise, within the town itself there are a number of pubs, the best of which is probably the Corn Exchange (a Wetherspoons outlet) for cheap beer 'n' food.  If you are after a quieter pub the harbour area has a load.  For food the pies at Gayfield are so-so and if you want one best go before half time as they usually run out. Remember Arbroath is famous for its fish, so make sure you have some fish and chips before you leave. If there's a chippie that serves better and fresher fish than Peppos on the harbour, then I've yet to find it and I've eaten fish & chips all over the country! Also if you are down at the harbour there's no end of shops selling Smokies'.

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The ground is easy to find as it is located on the main A92. If approaching Arbroath on the A92 from the South, you will come to the ground on your right. There is plenty of street parking to be found along the sea front.

Arbroath Railway Station is around a 15 minute walk away from Gayfield Park. From the railway station come out of the main entrance and turn left. Walk down to the bottom of this road and turn right into Millgate Loan. The ground is approximately half a mile along this road - you can't really miss it.

From the Bus Station - come out of the bus station onto the dual carriageway - turn right and walk away from the town towards the Signal Tower museum. You'll see the ground ahead of you - its a 10/15 minute walk.

Thanks to Jamie Malley for providing the directions.

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All Areas Of Gayfield Park
Adults £13 
Concessions £7
Parent + Child £15

Official Programme £2.

Montrose, Forfar Athletic and Brechin City.

Arbroath FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Record Attendance 

13,510 v Rangers, February 22nd, 1952.

Average Attendance
2016-2017: 727 (League Two)
2015-2016: 651 (League Two)
2014-2015: 721 (League Two)

Special thanks to David Linden for providing the photo of the Main Stand at Gayfield Park, Arbroath FC.

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Arbroath v Bolton Wanderers  
Pre-Season Friendly Match
Tuesday 11th July 2017, 7:30 pm 
Barry Gore (Bolton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Gayfield Park?

I was just looking forward to seeing Bolton Wanderers play in Scotland 

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Having arrived in Arbroath at around 2:30 pm (5 hours before kick off) to make a day of it, we were able to park at the side of the ground. Gayfield Park was very easy to find, just follow the coast road. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We for a walk around town. Arbroath is not very big, but very clean. We had a venture into a Wetherspoons pub called the Corn Exchange, where the beer was £1.99 a pint. Had a good laugh with some locals.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Gayfield Park?

I found Gayfield Park fascinating. It is old and full of character. It reminded me of a real football ground, before the new all seating stadiums came in.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

It was a friendly game all the supporters got behind both teams strangely enough. Facilities were decent. Loved the location. So close to the sea, that when the tide is in your slippers get wet. 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the match had ended we were away within five minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Absolutely a brilliant day out at Gayfield Park. For location alone the best ground I have visited. There wasn't a single fault. Apart from the five hour drive each way. I would love to visit again.

Arbroath v Edinburgh City
Scottish Football League Two
Saturday 15th April 2017, 3pm
Brian May (Edinburgh City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Gayfield Park?

I was a first-time visitor to Arbroath and number 35 of the 42 Scottish League grounds for me. With things tightening up at the top and bottom of the league, this was a crucial game for both teams.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We travelled by train and found the Gayfield Park ground really easily. It didn't look as though there was that much car parking available at the ground though.

Gayfield Park

Gayfield Park Arbroath

 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As usual, when going to a game with my kids, we try to make a day of it and explore the towns we visit. We had arrived in Arbroath around midday and made our way to Arbroath Abbey and then the Signal Tower Museum, both of which are well worth a visit. We even had time to visit the indoor funfair behind one end of the ground! The home fans milling around the ground were friendly enough.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Gayfield Park?

Gayfield Park is a great little ground. Terraces make up three sides with a tidy main stand on the other. The terraces are mainly open but each side has a small roof and there are fences that can be closed if segregation is in force, but were open when we visited. The ground is right by the sea, and we had a typical Scottish spring day alternating between sunshine and heavy showers including hail, but there was more than enough room under cover. I can imagine that a midweek game in winter could be a very different experience!

That's The Sea Over The Back There!

North Sea Coast Side

 

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

The stewards were friendly and helpful and pointed out the 'parent and child' gate which was a few pounds cheaper than going through the separate 'Adult' and 'Concession' gates. There is a small club shop just inside the gate and a supporters bar built into the Main Stand. Having been warned that the pies sell out quickly, we headed straight for the refreshment stall and I have to say that the steak and black pudding pie was possibly the best pie I have had at a football ground!

The game started with Arbroath predictably on top given the relative league positions but City kept them on their guard with some good chances on the break. The Arbroath fans were singing and creating a lively atmosphere throughout the game - changing ends with the small band of City supporters at half time. Scorelines elsewhere meant that the result was becoming increasingly important for City and deep into injury time bundled home a corner to snatch the points and edge closer to survival.

Looking Towards The Seaforth End

Looking Towards The Seaforth End Arbroath FC

 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game, the sun was out again so we took a stroll along to the harbour and had some excellent fish & chips (locals queuing out of the door is always a good sign) before walking back up to the train station.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

We had a great day out at Gayfield Park. Arbroath is certainly an interesting and friendly town to visit and a last gasp winner always puts a bit of gloss on any football game! I would definitely visit again. But not in January!

Arbroath v Montrose
Scottish Football League Two
Saturday 25th March 2017, 3pm
Angus Robertson (Montrose fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Gayfield Park?

I was looking forward to the atmosphere and the intensity of the Angus Derby.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Gayfield Park is very easy to find. Parking is not the best, on the grass either side of the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Came straight from work in a hurry. Arbroath fans are mostly friendly, although there is a rivalry between our two clubs, which has led to a few problems in the past, but I noticed a more family friendly environment compared to recent years.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Gayfield Park?

Gayfield Park is fine and well kept. The old ancient stands with the low roofs are quaint looking!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The pies are the best I've tasted from any game, a great credit to the people of Lichtie SmokeyVille. Stewards were very friendly and helpful. Atmosphere was a little tense, owing to the rivalry between the two clubs. I made sure the Montrose Tammy was hidden in the pocket whilst leaving the ground, though to be honest I generally find the Arbroathers friendly enough. The Montrose fans and team seemed to be more on form than the Smokeys.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It's was a bit of a nightmare to get away with cars coming from all directions, will take the train next time.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great entertaining football, friendly stewards, pies were magic. A very enjoyable afternoon at Gayfield Park for what is always a lively entertaining fixture. I think this derby is becoming more family friendly than before.

Arbroath v Clyde
Scottish League Two
Saturday 12th November 2016, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Gayfield Park?

Before this game I had 19 clubs still to visit in Scotland, and I want to do four per year. Two down this season, so two to go. East Fife and Berwick are planned next.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I had a good journey up from Suffolk and arrived at my B&B in Kirkcaldy dead on time on the Friday, sadly my journey home on the Sunday was extended by three hours due to problems on the East Coast Mainline. I had an easy onward journey up to Arbroath on Saturday morning. The ground was very easy to find, thanks to the directions on this site.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I had ample time to look around Arbroath, and thankfully it was a lovely sunny autumn day. I first had a walk around the harbour and saw lots of fishing boats. It was high tide so the sea was breaking over the tall sea wall. I was very lucky not to get soaked as a wave came over just ten yards in front of me! I visited the chip shop at the harbour mentioned in the guide and sat by the harbour. I then visited the Signal Tower Museum and learnt a lot about the lighthouse 11 miles out at sea on a rock, and also how lighthouses were made. As this is only a few hundred yards from Gayfield Park, it is well worth a visit. At the ground all were friendly as I would expect. There were only a small number of fans who had journeyed from Clyde.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Gayfield Park?

The Gayfield Park Round transported me back many years to when crumbling concrete terraces were common. What struck me was the closeness to the sea and the views of the sea when in the ground. I spoke to some locals and they told me that it was a mild day, but on a cold day it can get very cold indeed. Nobody should visit Gayfield Park without a coat (or two) and a wooly hat under your hood! The Main Stand is adequate, but it took me some time to realise that the only way in was through a small door at the top of some steps. I suppose the door helps to keep the west wind out! The toilets were good and it looked as though one I went in upstairs was brand new. The other three sides of the ground were pretty much all the same with semi-crumbling old concrete terracing and three roofs. As is traditional at this level, and with no segregation in place, fans changed ends at half time. Indeed I moved from the seats at half time and watched the second half from various places, including right by the sea as this was so novel for me. Looking out to sea as well as watching the match was special.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The opening stages were fairly even with Arbroath scoring one goal in the first half. However, in the second half they added three more and by the time the second one went in the result was in no doubt. It ended 4-0. Apart from when the goals were scored the atmosphere was pretty flat, but there were only 615 people there, in quite a large space.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I left early for the 10 minute walk to the railway station to catch the 16.55 back to Kirkcaldy. I noted that there were several Clyde fans who left early and were on the same train, causing the train guard much bother!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I had a good weekend in this area of Scotland.

Arbroath v Clyde
Scottish League Two
Saturday 12th November 2016, 3pm
Arthur Morris (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Gayfield Park?

I went with a mate who is a Grimsby Town fan. I support Chester and we have recently started visiting the odd Scottish ground. We decided on a visit to Gayfield Park as it is the scene of the famous 1885 36-0 win against Bon Accord. I not keen on bucket lists but a trip to see the Red Lichties at Gayfield would have been high on my list if I had one. A further point if interest is that Arbroath have been playing at Gayfield since 1880 so that in itself is a good enough reason to go.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We stayed overnight in Edinburgh and enjoyed a brilliant train journey up the East Coast to Arbroath.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

The Millgate, the Pageant and Tutties Neuk pubs, were all visited before the match and a return visit to the Pageant to collect a "left behind scarf" after the match. Finally a visit was made to the West Port Bar whilst waiting for a train back to Edinburgh. "Tutties" is a fine pub, with Clyde and Arbroath fans happy to drink alongside one another and friendly bar staff.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Gayfield Park?

Gayfield Park is a "proper" old lower league football ground with standing on three sides and a Grandstand along the West side if the pitch. The weather was fine which is relevant here as the ground is only 20 or so yards from the North Sea. I particularly liked the post and rail perimeter fence, the old fashioned terracing and the freedom to stand anywhere we wanted to as there was no segregation of supporters.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

A cracking game which Arbroath won by 4-0. However Clyde had three clear cut chances in the second half and the game was by no means as one sided as the score suggests. My mate had two pies so it is safe to assume that they were at least okay!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Having travelled into Arbroath by train it was a ten minute walk back to the station although the detour to the Pageant and the West Port Bar added a few more minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

This was a fantastic day out, Arbroath itself is a friendly town with a picturesque harbour and sea front, good pubs and the best football ground I have visited in years.

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* The present Gayfield Park overlies part of the original Gayfield ground which dates back to 1880. The old Gayfield was demolished and the pitch moved a short distance along the coast where the new ground was built and opened in 1925.

Updated 20th July 2017

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