you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be)?
As we were on holiday in Scotland, I wanted to take in my first Scottish
football game. We were staying in Dumfies & Galloway & it was great to know
Queens had a big game local derby with Gretna.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking
The journey was very straightforward, as I had obtained the ground details
from the website. We parked for free at the Ice Bowl which is right next to
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We got to the ground really early as we wanted a seat rather than stand on
the terracing. I was also a bit worried that it may have been ‘all ticket’
but a steward said this has been considered but Queens had decided against
it. As we walked around the ground we met a guy from West Bromwich who was
ground hopping! The home fans seemed friendly enough and we had already
decided that as neutrals, we were going to go in the home stand.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then
other sides of the ground.
The ground was very run down and the Club shop consisted of a room the size
of a porch! My son wanted a souvenir and when he asked about a small pendant
he was told it was £10.00. We decided the merchandise was far too expensive
& made do with a postcard. The home fans entering the shop were mostly
returning faulty home shirts that had been purchased only recently…not a
good advert to encourage people to part with their money.
When we got to the main stand, we were a bit surprised, as this was fairly
new and admission was only £16 for an adult & child (good to see a Club that
encourages a family to attend by reducing the standard admission prices).
Luckily we got to sit in the main stand, which provided an excellent view.
No tickets are issued and seating is on a first come first served basis.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game was disappointing. I had heard an awful lot about Gretna being the
Scottish ‘Chelsea’ with a rich owner splashing the cash to ensure the teams
advancement through the leagues. I had heard many of the Gretna players had
SPL experience, but although they will probably get promoted again this
season, I was disappointed by the general standard of play. For a local
derby, it lacked passion on the pitch and the passing was very poor by both
There were hardly any stewards or police and it seemed that the home club
has vastly underrated how large the crowd would be. Five and a half thousand
may not seem a lot, but when your average home gate is about 1500, you will
see what a big increase in attendance there was. They even had to ‘open’ a
piece of terracing (that I understand is condemned & without a safety
certificate) to house the Gretna fans. Not the best piece of management!
5 minutes before half time I started queuing for a pie, but after missing a
goal, standing there for the entire half-time period & 10 minutes into the
second half, I gave up! I tried again with 1 minute to go to the final
whistle & low & behold missed another goal!
The atmosphere was good from both sets of fans but being a derby, I thought
it may have been even better.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game
We got away from the ground within 10 minutes, very easy indeed.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out
Good to see a game north of the border and sample another ground. It’s hard
going for most of the Scottish Clubs from what I heard so it would do some
of the premadonas from the English League to spend a month out on loan to
see how life compares!