Scottish Ground Guide


Queen Of The South FC
Palmerston Park

Capacity: 7,620 (3,509 seated)
Address: Dumfries, DG2 9BA
Telephone No: 01387 254 853
Fax No: 01387 240 470
Pitch Size: 112 x 73 yards
Club Nickname: Doonhamers
Year Ground Opened: 1919*
Home Kit Colours: Royal Blue & White
Official Web Site:
www.qosfc.com
Unofficial Web Sites:  
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Queen Of The South MAD



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Contents

What's The Ground Like?
Future Developments
Portland Drive & East Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Where To Drink?

Portland Drive & West Stands
(photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

By Train
Local Rivals
A Closer Look At The Portland Drive Terrace
(photo)
Admission Prices

Programme Price
Layout Of The Ground

Fixtures
Record & Average Attendance

Hotel Accommodation
Plamerston Park Location Map


What's The Ground Like?

Palmerston Park is a great looking traditional ground, with a nice blend of new and old stands. On one side of the ground is the relatively new Galloway News (East) Stand. This smart looking, all seated single tier stand, is covered and runs the full length of the pitch. Opposite is the Dumfries & Galloway Grandstand, a classic looking small covered seated stand, that has a raised seated area. It only runs for around half the length of the pitch, straddling the half way line. There are small portions of terracing at the front of the stand and at either side. At one end is the Portland Drive Terrace. This is a fair sized terrace, that is partly covered (to the rear). The roof has a gable perched upon it, which features a traditional looking clock. The stadium has benefited recently with the re-opening of the Terregles Street End. This small open terrace had not been closed for some years, but after some repairs and safety work, it is now in use once again. The ground also has a striking set of floodlights.

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Future Developments
Martin Buchan informs me; 'The club have drawn up plans to bring the ground up to the 6,000 capacity needed for SPL football. This would involve the building of a new stand at the Teregles End of the ground, which would be similar in design to the existing East Stand. The Portland Drive Terrace would also be made all seated. In addition the pitch would be extended to comply with the current rules for European matches'.

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The Portland Drive & East Stands


Portland Drive & East Stands

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are located in the relatively new Galloway News (East) Stand, which is shared with home supporters. Around half this stand is allocated, which is around 1,100 seats. If demand requires it, then the whole of this stand can be allocated, taking the total allocation to 2,200. The facilities in this stand and view of the action are pretty good and even a small amount of away supporters can really generate some noise from it.

R Shields a visiting Clyde supporter informs me; 'This is perhaps one of the best, if not the best day out in the first division. A hospitable ground, good facilities, placed in a town that is enjoyable to visit. Queens are good competition, and if I had to single out a favourite away game, then this would be it!'
Whilst Philip Addison a visiting Darlington supporter adds; 'The ground was a mixture of a new stand, an updated old stand and old terraces. It felt like a throwback to watching football in years gone by. The atmosphere was lively, especially at times when a bagpipe player was blowing'.

Please note that cash is not accepted at the turnstiles. Away fans can purchase tickets at the ticket office located behind the
East Stand.

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Where To Drink?
There is a bar at the ground, at the rear of the West Stand. This is called the Palmerston Lounge Bar and away fans are welcome. The nearest bar, is the Spread Eagle Inn, which is about a five minute walk away. Around the corner from this bar, are a number of others including the Devorgilla and the Globe. Otherwise Dumfries town centre is around a 10-15 minute walk away. There are a number of pubs to be found including a Wetherspoons Outlet called 'Robert The Bruce' on Buccleuch Street. Also on the same street is the CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed Cavens Arms.

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Portland Drive & West Stands


Portland Drive

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Approaching Dumfries from the North or East you will reach the A75 Dumfries by pass. Follow signs for Kilmarnock/Stranraer and when you reach the roundabout, that is the junction with the A76 (Glasgow Street) turn left towards Dumfries, Go over a couple of roundabouts and when you a reach a T junction (where you can see the Spread Eagle Inn), with a set of traffic lights, turn right at the lights onto the A780. A short way down this road turn right into Terregles Street for the ground. There is a fair amount of parking at the 'Ice Bowl' behind the Galloway News (East Stand), otherwise there is some street parking available.

Map showing the location of Palmerston Park
(at the bottom of this page).

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By Train
Dumfries is served by trains from Glasgow & Carlisle. The ground is just over a mile away from the ground and should take about 15-20 minutes to walk. When you arrive by train you will see an imposing hotel right in front of you and behind it is a street called Lovers Walk. Turn right along Lovers Walk until you reach Academy Street. Continue along Academy Street bearing right past Burns Statue on to Buccleuch Street. Continue until you pass over Buccleuch Street Bridge then on to Galloway Street. Continue then turn right on to Terregles Street and about 200 yards further on is Palmerston Park.

Thanks to Eric Fisher, for providing the directions.

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Local Rivals
Stranraer, Annan Athletic & Ayr United.

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A Closer Look At The Portland Drive Terrace


Now The Largest Remaining Football Terrace In Scotland:

Portland Drive Terrace

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Admission Prices 

All other areas of the ground:
Adults 16, Concessions 9, Under 16's 5.

Concessions apply to OAP's & Students. In addition disabled supporters are admitted free, whilst a carer pays the concessionary rate.

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Programme Price
Official Programme 2.50

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Fixtures
Queen Of The South FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
26,552 v Hearts,
Scottish Cup 3rd Round, February 23rd, 1952.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 1,724 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 1,659 (Division Two)
2011-2012: 1,550 (Division One)

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Hotel Accommodation
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Map Showing The Location Of Palmerston Park




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

* The ground has been home to the Club since 1919 and although developed by the Club, football had been played on the land since the 1870's.




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Last Revised:  23 July 2014