Partick Thistle

Firhill Stadium

Capacity: 13,079 (10,887 seated)
Address: 80 Firhill Road, Glasgow, G20 7AL
Telephone: 0141 579 1971
Fax: 0141 945 1525
Pitch Size: 114 x 75 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Jags
Year Ground Opened: 1909
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Kingsford Capital
Kit Manufacturer: Joma
Home Kit: Red, Yellow and Black
Away Kit: Grey, Pink and White

North & Jackie Husband Stands
North & Jackie Husband Stands
Main Stand
Main Stand
Jackie Husband Stand
Jackie Husband Stand
North Stand
North Stand

On one side of the ground is the impressive looking, Jackie Husband Stand. This is a large, covered single tiered stand. Opposite is the older Main Stand, which has raised seating above pitch level. This stand is covered and has a fair few supporting pillars which may obstruct your view. It was originally built in 1927. The stand looks a little odd, as the lower end has been given over to what look like administrative offices. Apart from the bigger games, this stand normally remains closed.

At the North End of the ground is the new North Stand, which replaced a former open terrace. This all seated covered stand, originally only ran for around 2/3rds of the width of the pitch, but has been extended during the Summer of 2003, so that it now completely fills that end of the ground. Opposite is the South End, which is now unused for spectators, being comprised of a grassy bank. It was originally an open terrace, but this was demolished in anticipation of building a new stand, however, this has not materialised. 

Interestingly, Firhill is the closest League Football Ground to Glasgow City Centre.

Barry Buttigieg informs me; 'The Club have resurfaced plans to re-develop the South End of the stadium. This would include a 450 all seater stand, plus residential and office accommodation. Planning permission for the scheme has been applied for by the Club.'

Away Fans are housed in the old Main Stand on one side of the pitch. Apart from some supporting pillars that might hinder your view, the facilities inside are not bad. Entrance to the stadium is by ticket only, which need to be purchased from the ticket booth in front of the Jackie Husband Stand. Cash is not accepted at the turnstiles. Food on offer inside the ground includes a range of pies from McGhee's Bakery; Scotch Pie (£2.20), Skinny Scotch Pie (Reduced fat and salt £2.20), Steak and Ale Deluxe Pie (£2.50), Mr Singh's 'Curry in a Pie' (£2.50), Cheezy Bean Pie (£2.20) and Sausage Rolls (£2).

Firhill Stadium holds a somewhat illustrious personal record for myself. Having had a couple of beers before the game, I unfortunately needed to find the gents half way through the first half. Just as I got in there, up went a roar from inside the ground, Partick had scored. Then on returning, just as I reached the bottom of the stairs, going back up into the stand. Partick scored again! So this is still my personal record of missing two goals with one visit to the loo! Of course, I took a fair bit of ribbing from the surrounding supporters as I returned to my seat. In a dull second half, there were plenty of suggestions from the fans around me, that perhaps I should work my goal magic, by going to the gents again!

Derek Hall informs me; 'There is a social club, located in the centre of the old Main Stand, to which anyone is welcome and entrance is free. You can also buy your admission ticket here - and enter any part of the ground with it (including the away section).' Jim McFarlane recommends the Munn's Vaults on Maryhill Road. This pub is only around a five minute walk from the entrance to the away end and has a good mix of home and away support. Further down Maryhill Road towards the city centre, there is over on the right of the road the Woodside Inn (known locally as the Woody), which also welcomes away fans. Also further along Maryhill Road (but in the opposite direction to Munn's and the Woodside, going away from the City Centre) is the Strathmore Bar which welcomes both home and away fans and it also does food.

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From The West:
Leave the M8 at Junction 17 and follow the A81, Maryhill Road towards Maryhill. Turn right into Firhill Road for the ground.

From The East:
Leave the M8 at Junction 16 and follow the A81, Maryhill Road towards Maryhill. Turn right into Firhill Road for the ground.

Street Parking (although don't be surprised if you are approached by a number kids wanting to 'mind your car mister'). 

Maryhill Railway Station is the closest train station to Firhill Stadium, but it is still a fair walk away (20-25 minutes). It is served by trains from Glasgow Queens Street, but it may be best instead to use the Underground.

By Glasgow Underground Richard Jones informs me; 'you can alight at two or three underground stations. Probably the easiest, is to get off at St. Georges Cross, and just head North up Maryhill Road  until you see the stadium (in Firhill road just off Maryhill road). It should take around 10-15 minutes to walk. Another option is to get off at Kelvinbridge (this is slightly closer to Firhill than St. Georges Cross). Go up the stairs/escalators to Great Western Road, cross Great Western Road and turn to your right. Walk only a few metres until you come to North Woodside Road on your left. Walk down that road until you come to Maryhill Road. Turn left along Maryhill Road to get to the ground.

Alan McAulay adds, 'If you are looking to have a pre-match drink in Byres Road, then alight at Hillhead Underground Station. Most of the pubs are on the left hand side when you exit the station, although the very studenty Curlers Bar is right next to it. A better bet maybe Tennents Bar, which is further down as it has more of a 'footy -friendly' atmosphere. To then get to the ground from Byres Road turn right out of Hillhead Station and go straight along past the library and Fopp records, then turn right again. Kelvinbridge station is on your right hand side, but below street level, so keep an eye out for it' then directions are as above.

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Home Fans (Jackie Husband and North Stands)
Adults £22 Concessions £15, Under 16's Free

Away Fans (Main Stand)
Adults £22 Concessions £15, Under 16's £5

Concessions apply to OAP's, Under 18's and Students in full time education.

Official Programme £3

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

Greenock Morton, Airdrie and St Mirren.

Record Attendance

54,723 Scotland v Northern Ireland, British Championship, 25th February 1928.

For a Partick Thistle game:: 49,838 v Rangers, First Division, 18th February 1922.

Average Attendance
2016-2017: 4,154 (Premier League)
2014-2015: 3,777 (Premier League)

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 Haydn Gleed for providing the video of Firhill Stadium, Partick Thistle.

Partick Thistle v Heart of Midlothian
Scottish Premier League
Saturday 25th February 2017, 3pm
Andrew Goddard (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Firhill Stadium?

Welcome To Firhill SignI make an annual trip up to Scotland with an old friend to take in a game or two, see some live music and catch-up over a few beers. We had chosen Partick Thistle as it was a new ground for us both. We had also stuck with our tried-and-tested formula of taking the train up from South West London on Saturday morning with a flight back on the Sunday evening.

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

We took the 7.30am Virgin service from London Euston (with a self-imposed 'No beer 'til Preston' policy to maintain some degree of restraint) and were happily settled in the Tennent's Bar on Byres Road by 1pm for a quick sharpener before checking-in at our nearby hotel just off the Great Western Road. Firhill Stadium was an easy 20 minute walk away and we arrived at the ground just after 2pm.

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

Having set off from home at 5.45am I didn't want to run the risk of having any problems sorting out match tickets at the ground so we spurned a couple of half-decent looking pub options en route and headed directly to the stadium. A steward explained that there weren't really any pubs in the immediate vicinity of the ground, but we could get a drink in the social club within the Main Stand and that tickets would be available from booths right up to kick off. We therefore decided to have a quick pint in the club bar before walking round to the opposite side of the ground to purchase 'home' seats in the Jackie Husband Stand.

External View Of The Main Stand

Main Stand External View

The club bar was functional yet rather under whelming, with lengthy queues for a somewhat insipid choice of beers (Tennents or Belhaven) and a general lack of Partick Thistle collours or memorabilia about the place. Clientele was probably a 70/30 split in favour of Hearts fans, so perhaps the bar is kept pretty neutral in terms of decor so as not to discourage away fans (who are housed in the same stand) from using the facility. We overheard several Hearts fans bemoaning the teams performance in their previous game, a midweek cup humping by Hibernian, the wounds from which were clearly still fresh. As fellow football supporters (Wolves and West Ham United respectively), we certainly know all too well the pain of local derby defeats so could only sympathise.

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

We bought our tickets for £22 from the booth outside the Jackie Husband stand at about 2.45pm, and were advised that seating would be 'unreserved' with the exception of any seats reserved for season ticket holders. The admission price seemed slightly on the strong side for the facilities and level of football on offer, but obviously as one-off visitors this was of no real concern to ourselves. Firhill is a three-sided ground, with the old main stand (the 'Colin Weir Stand') given over to the 1,200 or so Hearts fans.

The View From Our Seats

View From The Jackie Husband Stand


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

The Jackie Husband Stand patrons seemed to fall broadly into two groups - grizzled old boys towards the back, Dads trying to keep tabs on their excited offspring towards the front. We had a Scotch pie which was fine albeit a touch disappointing after the delights of the 'bridie' sampled during the previous years trip to Dunfermline! The game itself was pretty poor in terms of quality, but result in a convincing 2-0 win for the hosts against a desperately out-of-sorts Hearts team, who seemed disjointed and petulant throughout. A poor pitch didn't help the players and both teams seemed to lack much in the way of creativity or vision. Nevertheless the honest endeavour of the Jags was more than enough to see them through. Hearts played the last 25 minutes or so with 10 men after their big lump of a striker belatedly received his second yellow for pushing his luck with the ref one too many times. Both teams would probably struggle in League One south of the border on this showing, but that didn't hamper our enjoyment of the game at all. The atmosphere wasn't too bad given there were just over 4,000 in the ground, with the more vocal fans (perhaps 500 or so in number) stood up behind the goal in the North Stand to our right.

North Stand

North Stand

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After clapping the Jags off, we wandered down Maryhill Road as the crowd quickly dispersed. With a gig planned for later in the evening, we decided to head directly back to the hotel for a rest and freshen-up after the very early start to the day. Firhill is well connected by a couple of Subway station and several buses, so I can't imagine it would ever prove too problematic getting away post-match.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was very enjoyable. Firhill is a decent stadium in a very pleasant area of an attractive and engaging city. The lack of a fourth stand doesn't help the atmosphere and the place did feel a tad windswept at times, but Partick Thistle is a friendly and welcoming club and pleased to see them competing well at SPL level despite the fervour that surrounds the Old Firm elsewhere in the city of Glasgow.

Patrick Thistle v Dundee
Scottish Premier League
Wednesday 28th December 2016, 7.45pm
Welsh Exile (Dundee fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Firhill Stadium?

I hadn't been to Firhill before. Plus after Dundee had made a great comeback the week before then this had made me hope for a win and put a decent run together

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

The Firhill ground was fairly easy one to find, being at night the floodlights gave the ground away. There was no parking at the ground as and is is set in the middle of residential area, there was ample street parking around.

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

There were a number of pubs and food outlets outside the ground. We ended up at a pub called the Strathmore, it welcomed both home and away fans and also served food. The home fans were friendly as well.

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

It was good to see at Firhill some good old fashioned looking floodlights. Once inside we were housed in the old Main Stand. This stand has a number of supporting pillars and sometimes you had to adjust your head to see the game. Opposite the stand were in was a big stand which housed the home support it stood out as the size of it was huge compared to rest of the ground. To our left was another modern all seater affair where their vocal supporters congregated. To the right hand side is a big grass banking. I've seen old photos of Firhill and it's a shame to see what was a former big impressive terrace gone.

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

Game was over in the first half with Patrick in control at 2-0 at half time and that was the result at the end of the game. I wasn't keen on the pies that were more modelled on the English types with soft around the bottom and around the sides which makes them soggy. Atmosphere from the Dundee fans was good The old fashioned roof helps generate a better atmosphere.I found it amusing though that the football club play recording of crowds chanting just before kick off in order to get the crowd singing. They tried to make a noise but got louder after their second and only loud in parts.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away took longer than usual with all the street parking and all converging on the main route out of the ground.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Enjoyable day out, sometimes the football gets in the way of a good day out and from a Dundee perspective this was one of those. Can't praise the stewards and staff enough would definitely go back to Firhill again.

Partick Thistle v Dundee
Scottish Premier League
Wednesday 28th December 2016, 7.45pm
Nigel (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Firhill Stadium?

I follow Newcastle United and with a few other fans we get together a couple of times a season to visit a new ground.

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

We got the train from Newcastle in the morning and after a brief stop in Edinburgh we arrived at our hotel in Glasgow City Centre at 3pm.

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

We went to a few pubs near our hotel before heading out towards Firhill Stadium for a few more beers. On the way to the ground we stopped at the chippy close to the ground.

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

As we approached the ground and first saw the Main Stand which was an old looking structure, which houses the away fans.

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

The atmosphere was helped by the boisterous away support from Dundee and the referee who made a few decisions which were not greeted too kindly by the home fans. Partick deservedly ran out 2-0 winners with two good goals.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We went back to the bar in the Main Stand and got a taxi back to our hotel when it closed so we didn't have any issues getting away from the ground at all.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall it was a great visit to Firhill Stadium. Everyone was friendly and I would definitely recommend a visit, I will be back again one day!

 

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Updated 19th July 2017

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