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
A Closer Look At The Portland Drive Terrace (photo)
Layout Of The Ground
Record & Average Attendance
|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 only downside to the stadium is the Terregles Street End, a small open terrace no longer used that has fallen into disrepair and looks a little shabby. The ground also has a striking set of floodlights.
|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'.|
|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.
|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.|
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
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.
|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.
|Stranraer, Annan Athletic & Ayr United.|
areas of the ground:
|Official Programme £2.|
|Queen Of The South FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Record & Average Attendance|
26,552 v Hearts,
Scottish Cup 3rd Round, February 23rd, 1952.
2011-2012: 1,550 (Division One)
2010-2011: 1,622 (Division One)
2009-2010: 2,365 (Division One)
|Fans Ground Review|
Morty (Visiting West Brom Fan) 26/8/06
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|If anything is incorrect
or you have something to add, please e-mail
me 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.
© Duncan Adams 2012. All rights reserved.