Capacity: 3,808 (Seated 2,508)
Address: Springkerse, Stirling, FK7 7UJ
Telephone: 01786 450 399
Fax: 01786 448 592
Pitch Size: 110 x 74 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Albion or Binos/Beanos
Year Ground Opened: 1993
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Red and White
The Forthbank Stadium was opened in 1993, after the Club moved from their original Annfield home. The modern stadium comprises two seated stands, on either side of the pitch and a small terrace at either end. The largest of these stands is the West Stand, which is a covered, single tier, all seated stand, that has some executive boxes running across the back of it. Opposite is the similar looking East Stand, which is smaller that the West Stand, not so much in height but in its overall length. This is also covered, all seated and has Police Control Box situated at its rear. Away fans are allocated this stand. The terraces at each end of the stadium are almost identical. They are small and uncovered box like affairs, which are situated well back from the pitch. These terraces are only opened for the bigger games. Looking out beyond the North Terrace there are some wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Outside of the stadium there are a number of artificial pitches behind the West Stand.
Away fans are located in the East Stand at one side of the pitch, where up to 1,000 fans can be seated. This covered stand, has good facilities and provides a good view of the playing action. If demand requires it then a further 500 terrace spaces can be provided in the South Terrace.
At the Forthbank Stadium itself there is 'Binos Bar' which operates in one of the hospitality suites in the Main Stand. Normally away fans are welcomed, however for high profile games then it may not do so. Otherwise as the stadium is on the very outskirts of town, there is not much around. However there is one pub called the Kerse Inn on the nearby Retail Park, which you will pass on your right as you drive down to the stadium.
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Leave the M80 at Junction 9 and take the A91 towards Alloa. At the 4th roundabout turn left and the ground is just down this road on the right. There is a large car park at the ground which is free.
Stirling Railway Station is just over a mile away from the Forthbank Stadium, so either a 20 minute or so walk or jump in a taxi. Otherwise there is the P1 Park and Ride Bus which runs from the City Centre, passing by the Forthbank Stadium (alight at the Peak Leisure Centre stop) on its way to Springkerse. As you come out of the station turn right and the bus stop is further up Goosecoft Road on the right. The service operates every 15 minutes on Saturday afternoons and costs £1.20 for an adult return. For more information about the Park and Ride Service see the Stirling Council website.
Come out of the front exit at Stirling railway station and turn left. You will see a modern looking foot bridge not too far in front of you as you walk down the road. Use this bridge to cross over the railway tracks. When you come down the stairs at the other side walk straight ahead then go diagonally across the grassed area to Forthside Way. This road will bend round to the left and take you over a mini roundabout straight towards the stadium which will become visible on your left hand side. Thanks to Iain Badger for providing these walking directions from the railway station to the stadium.
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Aged 65 and Over £9
Students with valid ID £9
Under 16's £5
Under 12's Free (When accompanied by a paying adult)
Official Programme £3.
There are 18 spaces available for home fans in the West Stand, as well as 18 for away fans in the East Stand. Disabled fans and their helper are admitted free.
At Forthbank Stadium: 3,808 v Aberdeen, Scottish Cup 4th Round, February 15th, 1996.
At Annfield: 26,400 v Glasgow Celtic, Scottish Cup, 4th Round, March 14th 1959.
2016-2017: 637 (League Two)
2015-2016: 616 (League Two)
2014-2015: 770 (League One)
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Stirling Albion v Annan Athletic
Scottish Football League Two
Saturday 23rd September 2017, 3pm
Phil Graham (Neutral fan)
Stirling Albion v Cowdenbeath
Scottish League 2
Saturday 15th April 2017, 3pm
Vinnie (Neutral fan)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Forthbank Stadium?
Firstly my Father-in-law played for Albion back in the day, plus I know some of the lads playing in the current team.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I got a train up from Edinburgh, which took just under one hour. I then got a taxi to the ground which in fact I could easily have walked. So after the game, I did walk back to the station and it took about 15 minutes.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
Not a lot as just went straight to the ground. The crowd was about 600 which is normal for League 2 in Scotland. What struck me though was the age profile of the fans - at 53 I did not feel particularly old! Not the usual loads of kids you get at smaller clubs. All very friendly, the banter was, ahem, earthy but very funny.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Forthbank Stadium?
All the fans were seated in the Main Stand. There is a small bank of terracing at either end and a smaller stand opposite which I believe they open for bigger games. The stadium is perfect for a club of this stature. Many Scottish teams have a couple of thousand fans knocking about in a 10,000 Taylor Report stadium, eg Clyde, Airdrie etc. This is better.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
It was really entertaining, For the bottom of League 2 so it ain't Bayern v Dortmund... but plenty application by both teams. Stirling played poorly and their fans (rightly) gave them pelters. Could not really see the Cowden fans. The catering was very basic but cheap and did the trick.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
I walked back to the station, teaming up with some random guy who was up for banter on way back. If I had more time then I would have gone for a drink in town.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
It was a really good trip to the Forthbank Stadium. It was an easy trip and a watchable game. Also I forgot to mention - the view of the Ochil Hills from the ground is lovely! The Forthbank Stadium it would give a few other Clubs, also set in a nice scenic area a run for their money.
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