Annan Athletic

Galabank

Capacity: 2,500 (500 seated)
Address: North Street, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway DG12 5DQ
Telephone: 01461 204108
Fax: 01461 204108
Pitch Size: 110 x 71 yards
Pitch Type: Artificial 3G
Club Nickname: Black and Golds, or Galabankies
Year Ground Opened: 1953
Home Kit: Gold and Black

Main Stand
Main Stand
North End
North End
Clubhouse End
Clubhouse End
East Side
East Side

On one side is the smart looking Main Stand. This small covered stand is all seated and is five rows high and is fairly new looking. It straddles the halfway line on the West side of the ground. The rest of the stadium is mostly comprised of uncovered hard standing areas, apart from the East side which is unused for spectators. This side though does have the team dugouts situated in front which leads to a procession of players and staff and half and full time as the dressing rooms are located on the opposite side. Beyond this side of the stadium there is some high netting to try and prevent balls being kicked out of the ground. The North End of the ground which has been dubbed the Astro End, after the Astroturf training pitch behind, has been designated for away supporters, if segregation is required. The pitch slopes down from this area towards the South (Club house) end of the ground. 

During 2013 the ground saw some improvements being made with a new covered terrace being constructed at the club house end of the stadium, whilst the North terrace was also extended. An artificial 3G pitch was also installed for the start of the 2012/13 season.

Special thanks to Alan Price for providing most of the information for this page.

Dominic Jack a visiting Clyde fan informs me; 'I was very impressed with how welcoming the club was to visiting fans. The social club was very good and the pies were superb, one of the best that I have had for a long time. Overall it was very worth the trip down, despite the scoreline!' Derek Hall a visiting Hartlepool United fan adds; 'The pies were delicious and fantastic value; The Scotch Pie (minced savoury mutton) was only £1.70 whilst the Steak Pie (served in the same pastry as the Scotch Pie) was £2'. Although you have to sign in, as a visitor, at the excellent social club on the ground, there is no charge and the atmosphere is very welcoming.

There is a club house at the ground itself which welcomes away supporters. Although you have to sign in as a visitor, there is no charge for this. Otherwise there are also plenty of bars half a mile down the hill, on Annan’s High Street. One of these is the Blue Bell Inn, an old coaching which is situated by the River Annan and is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Also just off the High Street in Lady Street, located in the Corner House Hotel, is 'The Shed' bar which is popular with football fans and has SKY Sports. If you’re looking for something to eat, then the Café Royal is recommended either for eat-in or as a takeaway chippy.

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From the North
Leave the A74(M) at Junction 20 and follow the signs for the B722 Annan. After about five miles, Galabank is on your right as you enter Annan. 

From the South and East
Leave the A74(M) at Junction 22 and take the the A75, towards Dumfries. After about eight miles turn left onto the B6357, signposted Annan. After ¾ mile turn right at the roundabout into Scotts Street, and follow this until it becomes High Street. At the traffic lights in the town centre turn right onto the B722 (Lady Street, signposted Eaglesfield); this becomes North Street. The ground is on the left after half a mile, after the athletics stadium.

From the West
Coming west along the A75 from Dumfries, turn right onto the B721 (signposted Annan), and follow into the High Street. At the traffic lights, turn left onto the B722, signposted Eaglesfield, then as above.

Car Parking
There is not a lot of car parking available at the ground; however, the campsite next door appears to be geared up to help out; offering parking for a fee of £1.

Annan Railway Station is located on the Carlisle to Dumfries line. The Galabank ground is about a 15 minute walk away from the railway station. To get there simply keep walking in a straight line away from the station, cross the High Street and keep heading straight ahead. You will pass 'The Shed' pub on the left (which is worth a visit) and a further five minutes walk and you will reach Galabank on your left.

Thanks to Kevin Hunter for providing the directions.

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Adults: £10
Over 65's: £5
Under 16's: £5
Under 12's when accompanied by an adult: Free

 

Official Programme £2

Queen of the South

The Club has ample space for wheelchair users at the front of the Main Stand.

Annan Athletic FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Website).

Record Attendance

2,517 v Glasgow Rangers Division 3, September 17th 2012.

Average Attendance
2016-2017: 387 (League Two)
2015-2016: 447 (League Two)
2014-2015: 393 (League Two)

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.

Special thanks to Geoff Jackson for providing the photos of the Galabank football ground in Annan. Check out Geoff's Cumbrian Groundhopper blog.

Annan Athletic v Celtic U20
Scottish Challenge Cup 1st Round
Tuesday 15th August 2017, 7.45pm
Phil Armstrong (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Galabank?
 
This visit to Galabank was a new stadium for me to visit and to tick off my limited 'Doing the 42' grounds of Scotland checklist. Galabank is actually the most local Scottish League team to me.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I parked just off the High Street where there are multiple small car parks with a mixture of free, restricted and pay and display parking available. It was then just a ten minute walk to the Galabank football ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As I had arrived just 15 minutes prior to kick off, I just went straight into the stadium, there is nothing in terms of shops outside the stadium other than the club bar but the High street has the usual array of takeaways and pubs. I would recommend The Shed.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Galabank Stadium?
 
Galabank is a modest ground with two covered stands, one terraced stand behind one goal, the other a long side stand with seats. At the far end of the ground the away terracing is open to the elements but according to home fans in attendance, it is seldom used and only when segregation of fans is required. Otherwise away fans are free to wander about with home fans, which I am not a fan of nor the artificial pitch but with two other teams using the ground and the harsh weather it would not be viable to have a grass pitch at this level. The other long side of the other side of the pitch is open to the elements and has the team dugouts out front.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was interesting and very much enjoyable. Both teams were up for the game but there was a clear difference in ability and speed. Celtic had a player sent off with a straight red after 10 minutes which actually leveled the playing field. Catering queues at half time were quite long but highly recommend are the Scotch pies which were one of the best pies I have had at a football ground in a long time, in fact, I went back for a second! In the end the home side ran out 3-1 winners.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Simple enough ground to get out of no real traffic leaving Annan once getting back to my car.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a really enjoyable evening out with a surprise win for Annan. I enjoyed the freedom to be able to move around the stadium but not the mingled cross sections of home and away support a little intimidating with the different factions of fans ‘cheering’ their side on. I would on the whole highly recommend a visit to Galabank though.

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Updated 6th September 2017

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