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Carrick Rangers
Taylors Avenue

Capacity: 5,000 
Address: Taylors Avenue, Carrickfergus, County Antrim, BT38 7HL
Telephone No: To be advised
Fax No: To be advised
Pitch Size: 105 x 68 yards 
Year Ground Opened: To be advised
Club Nickname: The Gers 

Home Kit Colours: Amber & Black
Official Web Site: www.carrickrangers.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites: None at present

 

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Contents

What's The Ground Like?
External View And Main Gates
 
(photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Main Stand and Carrickfergus End (photo)
Where To Drink?
Main Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Carrickfergus End (photo)
By Train or Bus
Taylors Avenue End (photo)
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2011-2012
Local Rivals
Record Attendance
Hotel Accommodation
Location Map Of Taylors Avenue
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What's The Ground Like?

The town of Carrickfergus is a well known tourist destination,largely thanks to its Norman castle and modern harbour. The football stadium lies one mile to the east of the town centre,and sits uncomfortably between the Belfast to Larne railway line, a number of training pitches and a hospital complex. Because of its surroundings,access to the ground is limited to one side,the Taylors Avenue End where a tall breezeblock wall is punctuated by colourfull artistic silhouettes on a painted background, alongside a bold modern text rendition “share a passion, share a dream, share a community, share a future” flanking the club crest in the colours of amber and black.The main entrance /exit gates and turnstiles can also be found on this side. Entering through the turnstiles spectators arrive behind the goal on a flat expanse of concrete. Looking to the left a flat expanse of concrete leads to a fenced off area-this is the site of the former Social Club, which was destroyed in a fire at the end of 2010.

Looking to the far end of the ground,with the tall spire of Carrickfergus church in the background is a low covered terrace which is given to away fans. Looking to the right the tall and narrow Main Stand sits on the pitch centre line,with two sets of concrete steps leading up to a raised tier of 750 blue and grey seats.The low roof is supported by a number of columns, but with glazed screen ends the stand does nevertheless keep the wind and rain out on most occasions, however the roof line does not extend to cover the flat standing paddock in front of the stand.A cosmetic change was made at the ground a couple of years ago, resulting in the external walls of both the main stand, and indeed the rear wall of the Taylors Avenue terrace being painted black to compliment the club’s Amber and black home colours.To the far right of the main stand, leading back to the Taylors Avenue end are two low buildings, the tea hut and toilet block. The ground is noticeable for retaining its concrete pitch perimeter wall-now painted black of course, thankfully this no longer supports intrusive fencing. However,the fences have been kept in position immediately to the rear of the dug outs in front of the main stand, as well as behind the goal at the away end.The ground at present is complimented by 4 floodlight poles on the Main Stand and former social club sides.

Please note that currently Carrick Rangers are playing their home games at Seaview Crusaders FC, whilst a new 3G pitich is being laid at Taylors Avenue.

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Future Developments
The immediate concern for the club,once the new artificial playing surface is installed will be to install temporary changing room facilities on the former social club side. A new social club and possible corner floodlights would appear to be important additions if the club wishes to establish itself as a Premier League club. It was suggested a few years ago that the hospital complex opposite the Taylors Avenue end would be expanded with the football ground site being purchased for redevelopment, however in this current economic climate that seems unlikely to happen.

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External View And Main Gates


Carrick Rangers Main Gates and external
                    view

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Away fans are allocated the Carrickfergus End, which is a low covered terrace running from corner post to corner post. There is currently no crush barriers on the steps,however the view from the top of the steps at the rear of the stand is sufficient to see over the tops of the fencing behind the goal and fans huddled at the rear of the stand should be able to take shelter from wind and rain and get a good atmosphere going.

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Main Stand and Carrickfergus End


Main Stand and Carrickfergus End

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Where To Drink?
There is a Social Club at the ground, which is a good thing as there are no pubs or bars in the immediate vicinity of the ground. So otherwise it is probably best to stick to Carrickfergus town centre before arriving at the ground.

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Main Stand


Main Stand photo

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

From the East:
Follow the A2 from Larne and Whitehead towards Carrickfergus. Go through the centre of Carrickfergus and about half a mile before the castle in the distance on your left, turn right into Taylors Avenue. Follow the road bridge over the railway line and the ground is directly in front of you. 

From the West:
Follow the A2 from Newtownabbey and Greenisland. Once in Carrickfergus continue past the castle and town centre than after half a mile take a left turn into Taylors Avenue, follow the road bridge over the railway line and the ground is directly in front of you.

Parking
There is a small car park inside the ground between the social club and the away covered terrace, but parking is limited to Taylors Avenue and outside the grounds of Barn United fc.

For a map showing the location of the ground see the Google map below, at the bottom of this page.

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Carrickfergus End


Carrickfergus End Carrick Rangers

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By Train or Bus

Carrickfergus is situated halfway along the railway line between Belfast Central and Larne Harbour.Services are every half hour on a Saturday afternoon, and every hour on a weekday evening.

Carrickfergus Joymount Bus stop is just off the High Street and can be reached by Ulsterbus 563 from Belfast Bridge Street. There is no direct link to Carrickfergus from Antrim or Ballymena-all services run into Belfast Europa Bus Station.  

Directions from the railway station to the ground:

A 25 minute walk. Follow the station approach road and cross the next two junctions, under the stone arch into North Street.At the next junction you will see Carrickfergus Castle direct ahead of you with the town centre High Street to your left. Continue towards the castle then take a left turn onto the A2 Marine Highway. After 10 minutes walk take a left turn into Taylors Avenue. After 5 more minutes the road
leads over the railway line,take the footbridge over the railway and the ground is directly ahead of you.  
   
Directions from the Joymount bus stop to the ground:

15 minutes on foot. Walk away from the town centre and castle along the A2 Marine Highway waterside footpath. After 10 minutes walk take a left turn into Taylors Avenue. After 5 more minutes the road leads over the railway line, take the footbridge over the railway and the ground is directly ahead of you.
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Taylors Avenue End


Taylors Avenue End

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Admission Prices 

Adults £9
Child £5

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Programme Price
Official Programme £2

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Ground Map


Taylor Avenue ground layout

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Fixtures 2011-2012
Northern Ireland Premier league fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).  

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Local Rivals
Larne and Ballyclare Comrades are the nearest local rivals, with North Belfast clubs Crusaders and Cliftonville being the nearest Premier League rivals.

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Record Attendance
To be advised.

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. To access their Carrickfergus Hotels and Guest Houses page.

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Map showing the location of the stadium and railway station
Instructions for using the map:
- Use the bar on the left of the map to zoom in / out using the + / - keys.
- Click and drag an area of the map to move around or use the up/down, left/right arrows
   on the map.
- Click the Satellite button to see aerial view photograph. 



 

 

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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me and I'll update the guide.



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