Scottish Ground Guide

Annan Athletic FC
Galabank

Capacity: 2,500 (500 seated)
Address:
North Street, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway DG12 5DQ
Telephone No:
01461 204108
Fax No:
01461 204108
Pitch Size:
110 x 71 yards
Club Nickname:
Black and Golds, or Galabankies
Year Ground Opened: 1953
Home Kit Colours:

Black & Gold stripes

Official Web Site:
www.annanathleticfc.com
Unofficial Web Sites:
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Contents

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

Looking Towards The North End (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Ground Layout
Fixtures
Disabled Facilities
Local Rivals

Record & Average Attendance

Hotel Accommodation


What's The Ground Like?

On one side is the smart looking Main Stand. This small covered stand is all seated as is five rows high and is fairly new looking. It straddles the halfway line on the West side of the ground. The rest of the stadium is mostly comprised of uncovered hard standing areas. The team dugouts are located opposite the Main Stand on the East Side, where there is some uncovered terrace which is only a few steps high. The North End of the ground which has been dubbed the Astro end, after the Astroturf training pitch behind, has been designated for away supporters, if segregation is required. The pitch slopes down from this area towards the South (Club house) end of the ground.

During 2013 the ground saw some improvements being made with a new covered terrace being constructed at the club house end of the stadium, whilst the North terrace was also extended. An artificial 3G pitch was also installed for the start of the 2012/13 season.

Special thanks to Alan Price for providing most of the information and photos for this page.

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Main Stand


Main Stand

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Dominic Jack a visiting Clyde fan informs me; 'I was very impressed with how welcoming the club was to visiting fans. The social club was very good and the pies were superb, one of the best that I have had for a long time. Overall it was very worth the trip down, despite the scoreline!' Derek Hall a visiting Hartlepool United fan adds; 'The pies were delicious and fantastic value; The Scotch Pie (minced savoury mutton) was only £1.70 whilst the Steak Pie (served in the same pastry as the Scotch Pie) was £2'.
 
Although you have to sign in, as a visitor, at the excellent social club on the ground, there is no charge and the atmosphere is very welcoming.

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Where To Drink?
There is a club house at the ground itself which welcomes away supporters. Although you have to sign in as a visitor, there is no charge for this. Otherwise there are also plenty of bars half a mile down the hill, on Annan’s High Street. One of these is the Blue Bell Inn, an old coaching which is situated by the River Annan and is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Also just off the High Street in Lady Street, located in the Corner House Hotel, is 'The Shed' bar which is popular with football fans and has SKY Sports. If you’re looking for something to eat, then the Café Royal is recommended either for eat-in or as a takeaway chippy.

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Looking Towards The North End


Looking Towards The North End

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

From the North:
Leave the A74(M) at Junction 20 and follow the signs for the B722 Annan.  After about five miles, Galabank is on your right as you enter Annan.
 

From the South and East:

Leave the A74(M) at Junction 22 and take the the A75, towards Dumfries. After about eight miles turn left onto the B6357, signposted Annan.  After ¾ mile turn right at the roundabout into Scotts Street, and follow this until it becomes High Street.  At the traffic lights in the town centre turn right onto the B722 (Lady Street, signposted Eaglesfield); this becomes North Street.  The ground is on the left after half a mile, after the athletics stadium.

From the West:
Coming west along the A75 from Dumfries, turn right onto the B721 (signposted Annan), and follow into the High Street.  At the traffic lights, turn left onto the B722, signposted Eaglesfield, then as above
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There is not a lot of car parking available at the ground; however, the campsite next door appears to be geared up to help out; offering parking for a fee of £1.

For a map showing the location of the ground click here
(to take you to the Street Map website).

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By Train

Annan Railway Station is located on the Carlisle to Dumfries line. The ground is about 10 minutes walk from the railway station. To get there simply keep walking in a straight line away from the station, cross the High Street and keep heading straight ahead.  You will pass 'The Shed' pub on the left (which is worth a visit) and a further five minutes walk and you will reach Galabank on your left.

Thanks to Kevin Hunter for providing the directions.

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Admission Prices 

Adults: £10
Over 65's: £5
Under 16's: £5

Under 12's when accompanied by an adult
: Free

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Programme Price
Official Programme £1.50

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Fixtures
Annan Athletic FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Website).

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Disabled Facilities

The Club has ample space for wheelchair users at the front of the Main Stand.

 
Local Rivals
The team replaced by Annan in the Scottish League were local rivals Gretna. The closest current Scottish League side is Queen of the South in Dumfries which is around 16 miles away.

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
2,517 v Glasgow Rangers
Division 3, September 17th 2012
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Average Attendance:
2012-2013: 641 (Division Three)
2011-2012: 472 (Division Three)
2010-2011: 458 (Division Three)

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Hotel Accommodation

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5 July 2014