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Albion Rovers
Cliftonhill Stadium

Capacity: 2,496 (Seated 489)
Address: Main St, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. ML5 3RB
Telephone No: 01236 606 334 
Fax No: 01236 606 334
Pitch Size: 110 x 72 yards
Year Ground Opened: 1919
Club Nickname: Wee Rovers
Home Kit Colours: Yellow & Red
Official Web Site: www.albionroversfc.com
Unofficial Web Site: www.albionrovers.com

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Contents

What's The Ground Like?
Future Developments
Looking Towards The Main Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Where To Drink?

Layout Of The Ground
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Fixtures 2012-2013
Record & Average Attendance
Hotel Accommodation


What's The Ground Like?

The ground is not one of the better in the League having only a small Main Stand and covered terrace at either side, with both ends being totally open and not used for spectators. The Main Stand is a strange looking affair, as at some point it has had an extension to its roof placed on the front. It has wooden seating to the rear and terracing to the front, with several supporting pillars which may impede your view. Opposite is the small, covered Albion Street Terrace, running about half the length of the pitch. Again, this simple stand has several supporting pillars. There is a cinder track that runs around the playing surface and at one time the ground was also used for speedway meetings.

Dave McIntosh  adds; 'The current floodlighting system in place at Cliftonhill, originally came from Cardiff Arms Park when it was demolished to make way for the Millennium Stadium'.

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Future Developments

Albion have announced their intentions to leave Cliftonhill and move to a new 3,000 capacity ground. The Club are currently investigating possible locations for the new stadium, including one at Whifflet, which is close to the site of the old Rovers ground which they played at between 1884 & 1919 before they moved to Cliftonhill. The proceeds of the sale of Cliftonhill would be used to finance the new ground.

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Looking Towards The Main Stand


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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Crowd segregation is not in force for most games. If it is imposed then part of the Main Stand and Albion Street Terrace are given to away supporters. Stefan a visiting fan from Germany adds; 'When I was there, they played East Stirlingshire. There was no trouble at all with visiting fans and the fans of both clubs were mixed in the together in the Main Stand. The stand itself had a nice small bar at the back of it, which I enjoyed before the game. On the whole there was a very welcoming atmosphere at Cliftonhill'.

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Where To Drink?
Michael Cooper informs me; "there is a bar at the stadium itself which is aptly named 'The Rovers Return', otherwise the nearest pub to the stadium is called 'Owens Bar'. Away fans are welcome in both of these". Owens Bar can be found further down the A89 towards Airdrie, by the fire station.

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Ground Layout


Layout

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Leave the M74 at Junction 5 at take the A725 towards Coatbridge. Continue on the A725 into the centre of Coatbridge and on reaching a large traffic island (where you can see the floodlights of the ground up on the right), turn right onto the A89 towards Airdrie. The ground is a short distance down this road on the left. Street Parking.

Map showing the location of Cliftonhill Stadium 
(takes you to the Google Maps website).

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By Train

The nearest railway station is Coatdyke, which is about a ten minute walk away from the ground. As you come out of the station bear left and proceed up Quarry Street. Continue over the crossroads (with a shop on one corner) and after about a quarter of a mile a church on your right. At the end of Quarry Street turn left onto Muiryhall Street and then turn right onto Main Street. Pass the Fire Station on the left and then Owens Bar. Continue along the Main Street and you will reach the stadium on your right.

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Local Rivals
Airdrie.

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Admission Prices 

All Areas Of The Ground:
Adults £12, Concessions £5, Children (Under 12's) Free when accompanied by a paying adult.

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Programme Price
Official Programme £1.50

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Fixtures 2012-2013
Albion Rovers FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
27,381 v Glasgow Rangers,
Scottish Cup 2nd Round, February 8th, 1936.

Average Attendance:
2011-2012: 463 (Division Two)
2010-2011: 384 (Division Three)
2009-2010: 360 (Division Three)

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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.

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Last Revised: 
1 August 2012