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
Record & Average Attendance
|What's The Ground Like?|
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.
|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.|
|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'.
|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.|
|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.
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.
Of The Ground:
|Official Programme £1.50|
|Albion Rovers FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Record & Average Attendance|
27,381 v Glasgow Rangers,
Scottish Cup 2nd Round, February 8th, 1936.
2011-2012: 463 (Division Two)
2010-2011: 384 (Division Three)
2009-2010: 360 (Division Three)
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