|What's The Ground Like?|
is predominantly made up of terracing which extends
around three corners of the ground. However, this
gives the stadium a lot of character, especially as
terracing is slowly but surely disappearing
generally from football stadia. On one side is the
Gayfield Main Stand which was opened in 2002 and
extended in 2010. This is a covered single tiered,
all seated stand, which has a large floodlight pylon
protruding from the centre of its roof. The other
sides of the ground are all terraces that are of a
similar size. Each side has a small covered area,
that covers the centre part of the terraces to the
rear. There are also a number of small floodlight
pylons that run down the East side of the pitch, the
bases of which are situated within the East Terrace.
thanks to David Linden for providing the photo
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
|Supporters are normally
housed in the Seaforth Terrace at one end of the
ground. This end is also affectionately known as the
'Pleash End' as it has the Pleasureland indoor
amusement arcade at the back of it. If demand requires
it, then the East Terrace at one side of the pitch can
also be allocated. Normally a relaxed and hassle free
day out. John Stenhouse adds; 'make sure you have a
pie, they are amongst the best you'll find'.
Jamie Malley informs me; ''no matter how good the weather forecast is take a coat! and if its anytime between October and March also take a set of thermals. Gayfield is the closest ground to the sea in Britain (and in fact in Europe) and when the wind comes in off the North Sea it gets a wee bit chilly. Also if its really windy don't stand in the East terrace unless you've got an umbrella - the sea may come over the wall and you'll end up very wet!'
|Where To Drink?|
informs me; 'There is a small bar located in the
Main Stand, called the 36-0 Lounge, which opens an
hour before kick off. Although small it was
comfortable with a television showing the latest
scores. Away fans are welcome to use the bar, unless
segregation is in place for the match.' Otherwise
the nearest bar to the ground is the Tutties Neuk,
on Queens Drive, which is just across the road from
the ground. The bar is popular with both home and
away fans, although it is a little on the small
Jamie Malley adds; 'Tutties is the place to go pre-match. Home and away supporters will freely mingle before the game and the banter is pretty good - I've even heard some away fans describe this as the best pre-match boozer in Scotland. Otherwise, within the town itself there are a number of pubs, the best of which is probably the Corn Exchange (a Wetherspoons outlet) for cheap beer 'n' food. If you are after a quieter pub the harbour area has a load. For food the pies at Gayfield are so-so and if you want one best go before half time as they usually run out. Remember Arbroath is famous for its fish, so make sure you have some fish and chips before you leave. If there's a chippie that serves better and fresher fish than Peppos on the harbour, then I've yet to find it and I've eaten fish & chips all over the country! Also if you are down at the harbour there's no end of shops selling Smokies'.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
The ground is easy to
find as it is located on the main A92. If
approaching Arbroath on the A92 from the South, you
will come to the ground on your right. There is
plenty of street parking to be found along the sea
|Arbroath train station
is around a 15 minute walk away from the ground. From
the railway station come out of the main entrance and
turn left. Walk down to the bottom of this road and
turn right into Milgate Loan. The ground is
approximately half a mile along this road - you can't
really miss it.
From the Bus Station - come out of the bus station onto the dual carriageway - turn right and walk away from the town towards the Signal Tower museum. You'll see the ground ahead of you - its a 10/15 minute walk.
Thanks to Jamie Malley for providing the directions.
|Montrose, Forfar & Brechin.|
Of The Ground:
|Official Programme £2.|
|Arbroath FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Record & Average Attendance|
13,510 v Rangers, February 22nd, 1952.
2013-2014: 1,054 (League One)
2012-2013: 684 (Division Two)
2011-2012: 803 (Division Two)
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* The present Gayfield
Park overlies part of the original Gayfield ground
which dates back to 1880. The old Gayfield was
demolished and the pitch moved a short distance
along the coast where the new ground was built and
opened in 1925.
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