Brandywell Stadium Like?
Brandywell Stadium (photo)
East Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
West Side And Glentoran Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Celtic Park End (photo)
By Train Or Bus
Record & Average Attendance
Brandywell Stadium Location Map
|What's Brandywell Stadium Like?|
Brandywell is located close to
the Bogside area, to the South-West of
Derry/Londonderry City Centre. The ground shares its
surroundings with County Derry's Celtic Park
Stadium, and for those who are sightseeing both
stadiums are visible from the Grand Parade side of
the City's ancient walls. The vast hillside City
Cemetery looms over both grounds and dwarfing the
surrounding housing estates. Derry City themselves
are a Northern Ireland club who were accepted into
the League of Ireland in 1985. Brandywell itself,
which is owned by the local council, is a
distinctive stadium, its shape being formed by a
history of hosting greyhound races. What we see
today is literally a ground of two halves; the newer
East side and the older West side. On the West side,
three steps of concrete terracing lead round to a
low disabled enclosure, a two storey police control
hut and the old Main Stand. This stand, now one of
the oldest structures in the Irish Football League
is called the Glentoran Stand, and perhaps
unsurprisingly was purchased from Glentoran's
Oval in East Belfast (Though we believe it was
from the original Oval ground, not the second Oval
ground the club still play at). This narrow stand
has an elevated bench seating deck above a longer
paddock area. On the other side of the Main Stand is
an open area of 450 red plastic seats flanked by
areas of terracing. The seating deck sits on the
foundations of a structure called 'The Jungle', a
low covered terrace which was demolished in 2004.
Beyond this area the terracing tapers away to the
exit gate at the Brandywell Road/Celtic Park end.
is one of a handful of Northern Ireland stadiums which
have recently been allocated funding to improve stands
and facilities in the next few years (The others being
Linfield's Windsor Park, Ulster RUFC Ravenhill and
County Antrim GAA Roger Casement Park-all in Belfast).
It is not known what shape or size the rebuild will
look like at this stage but it is likely to focus on
the old West side, with the historic old Glentoran
Stand, open seating and terracing demolished to make
way for a new structure.
|Visiting supporters are allocated a seating
block in the East Stand towards the North End of the
stadium. The facilities within this stand are okay and
the view of the playing action good. This stand is
shared with home fans and the low roof means that even
a relatively small number of fans can really make some
noise. The Club
and supporters are normally most welcoming to
|Where To Drink?|
|There is a
social club at the ground but this is for members
only. It is best therefore to drink in the vibrant
city centre or enroute to the ground.
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
|From the South:
Follow the A5 from Strabane alongside the River Foyle, turn left and cross the River Foyle on the A2 Craigavon Bridge. You will then come to a roundabout with the “hands across the divide” statue. Turn the left turn into Abercorn Road and follow the road as it kinks to the right and becomes Barrack Street. You will then see the floodlights of Celtic Park GAA Stadium direct ahead of you with the floodlights of Brandywell just visible to the left. As the road starts to slope down turn left into Windmill Terrace and follow the road as it snakes downhill and joins Lecky Road. Take the second right turn into Brandywell Road.
From the East:
Follow the A6 from Dungiven into the outskirts of Derry,passing Institute fc, Altnagelvin Hospital then Londonderry Railway Station. Following the city centre signs, turn right and cross the River Foyle on the A2 Craigavon Bridge. Then as 'From the South' above.
From the West:
Follow the R236 from Ballybofey / R265 from Lifford merging into the A40 on the south suburbs of Derry. On the approach to the City Centre turn left into Lone Moor Road. The main entrance gate leading to the stadium, Sports Centre, training ground and football club car park is on the right.
There is a car park at the stadium which is accessed from Lone Moor Road, using the main entrance gate to the Sports Centre and training ground. The club car park is on the left hand side beyond the rear of the old Main Stand. Otherwise it is case of street parking in the local area.
Map showing the location of the Brandywell Stadium (at the bottom of this page).
Station is located just over a mile away from the
Londonderry is linked to the whole of Northern Ireland
by the Translink and Northern Ireland Railways
Network. The quickest route from Belfast would be to
take the Londonderry Railway Line service from Great
Victoria Street via Antrim, Ballymena and Coleraine.
Journey time is around 2 hours 15 minutes with 8
services throughout the day. The trains terminate at
Londonderry. There are no direct services that operate
from Dublin, passengers would need to first travel to
The stadium is around a 15 minute walk away; When you come out of the railway station booking office, turn right and walk along the riverside. Cross the River Foyle on the nearby Craigavon Bridge. You will then come to a roundabout with the “hands across the divide” statue. Turn left into Abercorn Road and follow the road as it kinks to the right and becomes Barrack Street. You will then see the floodlights of Celtic Park GAA Stadium direct ahead of you with the floodlights of Brandywell just visible to the left. As the road starts to slope down turn left into Windmill Terrace and follow the road as it snakes downhill and joins Lecky Road. Take the second right turn into Brandywell Road. Turnstiles for the New Stand on the East side of the stadium are on the left with turnstiles to the old West side terracing, with the open seating and Glentoran Stand further up the hill.
|There is a
bus service which runs from Dublin Busaras to
Derry/Londonderry Foyle Street. There is the Bus
Eireann Expressway Service 033 from Dublin Busaras
which then becomes the Translink NI Ulsterbus
Service 274 to Londonderry Foyle Street. The service
runs every day although there are only six services
For those travelling from the Mid-West of the Irish Republic Bus Eireann Expressway Service 064 links Galway with Donegal, travelling via Knock Ireland West Airport, Sligo and Ballyshannon. The service then continues through to Donegal, Ballybofey and Letterkenny, terminating at Derry Foyle Street.
With all bus services arriving into Derry/Londonderry Foyle Street in the City Centre it will then take a 10 minute walk to locate Brandywell, which is located in Bogside, outside of the city walls.
When you come out of the bus
station walk through the narrow exit next to the
enquiries offices and turn right onto Foyle
Street. You will then see the clock tower of the
Guildhall direct ahead of you. Turn left and walk
under the Shipquay Gate arch in the City wall,
then walk up the hill into the City Centre. At The
Diamond War Memorial turn right into Butcher
Street and exit the City Centre through the
Butchers Gate. You will then see the floodlights
of Celtic Park GAA Stadium direct ahead of you
with the floodlights of Brandywell just visible
beyond. At the junction turn left and follow Fahan
Street downhill alongside the grass banking
outside the city wall. At the crossroads turn left
and follow Lecky Road past the Bogside Artists
Studio. Continue for 3 minutes then turn right
into Brandywell Road. Turnstiles for the New Stand
on the East side of the stadium are on the left
hand, with turnstiles to the old West
side terracing, open seating and Glentoran Stand
further up the hill.
when accompanied by a paying adult.
|Official Programme £2|
|Geographically speaking Derry/Londonderry
club Institute are the nearest rivals, but along with
Limavady United and Coleraine they play in the
Northern Ireland League structure. The nearest League
of Ireland rivals therefore would be County Donegal
Club Finn Harps, who are based in Ballybofey, with the
nearest current Premier League rivals being Sligo
wheelchairs spaces in the disabled enclosure next to
Glentoran Stand on the old. West Side of the stadium
plus an enclosed wing section in the East Stand.
|League Of Ireland Premier League Fixtures (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record And Average Attendance|
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Last Updated : 11 May 2014