Berwick Rangers

Shielfield Park

Capacity: 4,131 (Seated 1,366)
Address: Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 2EF
Telephone: 01289 307 424
Fax: 01289 307 424
Pitch Size: 110 x 70 yards
Club Nickname: The Borderers
Year Ground Opened: 1954
Home Kit: Gold and Black

Main Stand
Main Stand
The Ducket Enclosure
The Ducket Enclosure

The ground is a classic oval shape, with a cinder track surrounding the playing area (which is used by the Berwick Bandits Speedway Team during the summer). Both ends are small open terraces, whilst on one side is the Main Stand. This small all seated stand is covered, but has a row of floodlights running across the front of the stand, the foundations of which could impede your view. Opposite is another mostly open terrace. However there is a small covered area, known as the 'Ducket Enclosure' which straddles the half way line.

Supporters are not normally segregated at Shielfield. If segregation needs to be enforced then the Main Stand can be split between home and away supporters. If necessary, such as a visit by one of the old firm sides, then all of the terracing can be allocated. As Bill Purvis adds; 'Visiting supporters can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and friendly banter both in the ground and in some of the local hostelries before the match. We do take exception however to being called "English ********" especially as most of the team and half the support are Scots'!

Nick Vagg informs me; 'There is the Black & Gold pub adjacent to the ground which is popular with both home and away fans. It has been recently refurbished and has a big screen to show SKY Sports'. Bill Purvis adds; 'Otherwise, coming into the ground by car on the B6354 (see directions) you will pass the Grove which is always popular with both sets of supporters. If you are walking from the Railway Station you will pass several pubs most of which are not too bad, however, once you cross the River Tweed into Tweedmouth you will come upon the Angel Inn on your left which has plenty of Berwick football memorabilia adorning its walls and is a favourite haunt of the home support. After the Match many go to "Barrels Alehouse" which is a well known pub situated at the Berwick end of the Old Bridge'. There is also the Bonarsteads Bar on Northumberland Road, which also welcomes away fans.

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From The North
From the A1 around Berwick and continue crossing the River Tweed. Then take the left turn towards Spittal (B6354). After about one mile, you will reach the entrance to the ground on your left.

From The South
From the A1, take the right turn towards Spittal (B6354). After about one mile, you will reach the entrance to the ground on your left.

Car Parking
There is plenty of free car parking available at the ground.

Berwick-upon-Tweed Railway Station is around a twenty minute walk away from Shielfield Park. 

Thanks to Colin Wallace for providing the following directions from the station to the ground: 'When you leave the station car park, turn right and follow the road around to the left (the opposite direction to the traffic flow on a one way street). Turn right into Castlegate (this is the main road in to town). Go under the archway of the old town walls and you will come across a mini-roundabout that is opposite to the bus station. Turn right and cross the Royal Tweed Bridge. You are now in Tweedmouth. At the other end of the bridge just follow the road as it curves around to the left, passing a school and a Co-op Superstore. Just after that you will come across a railway viaduct. Turn right here into Shielfield Terrace and the ground is 150-200 yards down on your right.

Brian Scott adds; 'Anyone who would like a more scenic route which avoids the town and most of the traffic, but does not increase the journey time (unless you stop to look at the wildlife in the river), might like to follow this easy route, but with some steep steps. Also not suitable after dark. Come out of the station and go right - down some steps into Castle Vale Park. You will find the Castle Parks Trail and go down the sloping path and then down some steps to the north bank of the river Tweed. To your right you will have stunning views of the river and The Royal Border Bridge opened in 1850. Turn left onto the river walk path and go under The Royal Tweed Bridge which opened in 1928. If you keep to the river in front of some houses you will come to the Berwick Old Bridge which was built in 1633. Cross the bridge taking time to look down at the wildlife, and at the end of the bridge bear left into Main Street. Follow this road up a slight incline and left into Prince Edward road and then you are back on the original route.'

Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance.

Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can save on the price of train tickets.

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Adults £12
OAP's, Under 16's and Unemployed £7

Official Programme £2.

Bill Purvis informs me; 'Matches against Stranraer are jokingly known as Border derbies although it is probably somewhere around 190 miles between the two towns!'

The Club has space for around 15-20 wheelchair users with accompanying carer in the North Stand. The Club admit wheelchair users and carer free of charge.

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

Record Attendance
13,365 v Glasgow Rangers, Scottish Cup 1st Round, January 28th 1967. (Berwick Won 1-0).

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 461 (League Two)
2014-2015: 466 (League Two)
2013-2014: 468 (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 Luke Crawford for providing the photos of Shielfield Park Berwick Rangers.

Berwick Rangers v Albion Rovers
Scottish Football League Two
Saturday 28th February 2015, 3 pm
Arron Botterill (Doing the 42)

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

I often stay up in Northumberland so like to take in a game if Berwick are at home.

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

Very easy. I turned off the A1 signposted Spittal. Continued down this road and saw a sign for Shielfield Park.

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

Went to a couple of pubs. The Leaping Salmon on the banks of the River Tweed is a Wetherspoons pub, whilst I also visited the Black and Gold pub just up near the ground.

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

Shielfield Park is a traditional old style ground which has a strange speedway track round so the pitch is slightly set away from the stands. No real segregation only for big cup games as fans either sit in the stand or terrace opposite.

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

Game was quite dour for about 60 minutes before any main action occurred. Albion ran out 2-0 winners. The food is good and cheap. There is a burger van just to the side of the stand which also does fish and chips.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Fairly easily there were only a few hundred in attendance so was a case of going straight back to t he A1.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Enjoyable day out seeing a different ground. Was nice to still see terracing in the ground although it was very cold this time of year!

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Updated 29th December 2016

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