Scottish Ground Guide


East Stirlingshire
Ochilview Park

(Sharing with Stenhousemuir) 
Capacity: 5,267 (2,117 Seated)
Club Contact Address:
81d Main Street, Bainsford, Falkirk, FK2 7NZ
Telephone No: 01324 629 942
Fax No: 01324 629 942
Pitch Size: 110 x 72 yards 
Club Nickname: The Shire 
Year Ground Opened: 1890
Home Kit Colours:
Black & White Hoops
Official Web Site:
www.eaststirlingshirefc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
East Stirlingshire MAD
Shire Trust


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Contents

What's The Ground Like?
Future Ground Developments
Looking Towards The Tryst Road Terrace (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Where To Drink?
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train

Admission Prices

Programme Price

Ground Layout
Fixtures
Local Rivals
Record & Average Attendance
Hotel Accommodation



What's The Ground Like?

After 87 years the Club have left their Firs Park ground and now ground share Ochilview with Stenhousemuir. The Club found themselves unable to keep Firs Park up to Football League requirements and have signed a five year agreement to play at Stenhousemuir.

On one side of the ground, is the relatively new looking Main Stand (also known by the locals as the McCowans End, after the toffee factory in the same street). This small all seated, covered stand, runs for about half the length of the pitch and straddles the half way line. It has a couple of floodlights perched on its roof. Opposite to this stand the side of the ground is unused for spectators and just has the team dugouts and a row of small floodlights. At the Tryst Road End of the ground is good sized terrace, that recently has had a roof put on it, giving much needed shelter for the standing fans. The opposite East End of the ground is again unused for spectators. During the Summer of 2007 a new synthetic playing surface was installed at the stadium.

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Future Ground Developments
At some point Firs Park will be re-developed for housing. Whether there will be enough finance then to build a new stadium, remains to be seen.

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Looking Towards The Tryst Road Terrace


Looking Towards The Tryst Road Terrace

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Generally there is no segregation of fans for league games. If segregation needs to be enforced, then away fans are predominantly housed in the covered Tryst Road terrace which is allocated specifically to them, whilst some seats are also allocated in the Main Stand.

Daniel Waddell adds; 'I attended a game against Stranraer, as my team Falkirk's game had been postponed. There was a decent atmosphere for a 3rd division game, as the Shire fans tried to create some noise throughout the game. The terrace was closed and there was no segregation in the Main Stand, although most of the Stranraer fans gathered towards the one side. For the 1st half I sat in the very front row and even there the view of the action was fairly good. For the 2nd half I moved up a couple of rows where there was ample legroom. I also managed to park right outside the ground. The whole experience almost made up for not getting to see Falkirk play, and it was great to visit a new ground as well'.

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Where To Drink
There is a Social Club on one corner of the Tryst Road terrace and a small bar under the Main Stand. Both welcome away supporters, although on occasions the Social Club may charge a small entrance fee, for non members. There are a couple of bars to be found in the nearby town centre (five minutes walk).

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Leave the M876 at Junction 2 and follow the A88 towards Stenhousemuir. After about three quarters of a mile turn right into Tryst Road. The ground is down the bottom of this road on the left. It is not the easiest ground to spot as it has no large floodlights that can be seen from a distance. Remember also to ignore the 'football traffic' signs around the area, as if you follow them you will eventually end up at Falkirks' ground. Street parking.

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

The stadium address is: Gladstone Road, Stenhousemuir, FK5 4QL.

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By Train
The nearest train station is Larbert, which is just under a mile away from the ground. As you come out of the station, bear left down the main (King Street) road in front of the station. Continue down Kings Road and you will reach the ground on the left. 

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Admission Prices 

Adults 10
Concessions 5

Concessions apply to OAP's, Under 16's & Students.

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Programme Price
Official Programme 2.

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Fixtures 2013-2014
East Stirlingshire FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Local Rivals
Falkirk, Stenhousemuir.

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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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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance (at Firs Park):
12,000 v Partick Thistle,
Scottish Cup, 3rd Round, February 21st 1921.

Average Attendance:
2012-2013: 612 (Division Three)
2011-2012: 321 (Division Three)
2010-2011: 319 (Division Three)

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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.




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Last Revised:  16 September 2013