Morton

Cappielow Park

Capacity: 11,100 (Seated 5,741)
Address: Sinclair Street, Greenock, PA15 2TY
Telephone: 01475 723 571
Fax: 01475 781 084
Pitch Size: 110 x 71 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Ton
Year Ground Opened: 1879
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Royal Blue & White

The Cowshed
The Cowshed
The Grandstand
The Grandstand
Wee Dublin End
Wee Dublin End

Cappielow is a fair sized ground, full of character, but beginning to show its age. The Grandstand on one side of the ground, is a single tiered, all seated stand, which has a number of supporting pillars in front. On its roof are a set of unusual striking floodlights. Opposite is the Cowshed as it is known, which is a classic looking stand and is unusual in the respect that it has seating at the front of it and terracing at its rear. Both ends are open to the elements. The Wee Dublin End, is a former terrace, with white benches bolted onto it, which makes it look out of place. This end is normally not used on match days. Beyond can be seen a large crane, which is reminiscent of the ship building days on the Clyde. At the other end is the small Sinclair Street Terrace, that has a small clock behind it. Located in two corners of the ground on either side of the Cowshed are a pair of modern floodlights.

Away fans are housed on one side of the Grandstand, towards the Dublin End of the ground.There are a fair few pillars in this stand that may impede your view and the leg room is on the tight side. In addition visiting supporters are also given a portion of the Cowshed on the opposite side of the ground, which includes part of the terrace. The latter is an experiment by the Club to see if this will help boost the atmosphere at Cappielow. For larger games then the Wee Dublin End can also be allocated for away fans to use. A visit to Cappielow is normally a relaxed day out and the Morton fans do their best to get behind their team.

The Norseman Bar is located right by the ground on Sinclair Street and is popular with both home and away fans. It can get quite busy on matchdays, but it is still the favoured pre-match venue. If you have a bit more time on your hands then you could journey into the centre of Greenock, which is about a mile away. Not far from Greenock Central Railway Station on Cathcart Street is a Wetherspoons pub, called the James Watt. This pub is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

From Glasgow head on the M8 and then A8 towards Greenock (along which you get a fine view of Castle Rock in Dumbarton). Follow the A8 into Greenock and you will reach the ground on your left. It's just after going under a bridge with Picollo's fish & chip shop on the corner. There is a car park opposite the main entrance, which costs £3, otherwise street parking.

The nearest railway station to Cappielow Park is Cartsdyke which lies on the Glasgow Central - Gourock line. The journey from Glasgow takes around 40 minutes and then the ground is about a five minute walk from Cartsdyke Station. 

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All areas of Cappielow Park*
Adults £20
Concessions £15
Under 17's £5
Under's 12's £1 (When accompanied by an adult)

Concessions apply to Over 65s, Under 21's and Students.

* Fans who have a Greenock Morton fan card can get a £2 discount on the above adult and concession ticket prices (excludes the away sections).

Official Programme £2.

St Mirren.

Greenock Morton FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Record Attendance

23,500 v Celtic, April 29th, 1922. 

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 1,986 (Championship League)
2016-2017: 2,362 (Championship League)
2015-2016: 2,731 (Championship League)

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Morton v Dumbarton
Scottish Championship
Tuesday 10th April 2018, 7.45pm
Tony Smith (Doing the 134)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Cappielow Park?
 
I have never previously seen Morton play at home but one of my earliest Scottish grounds visited was Cappielow Park in Sept 2000 when the now defunct Clydebank were tenants ahead of their demise/reincarnation as Airdrie United at a new-build ground. Strangely I also first saw Dumbarton just three weeks later when they were lodging at the very basic ground of Albion Rovers. Recently our paths have crossed at St Mirren (modern ground passed on the train from Glasgow) and at their own idiosyncratic one-sided stadium, so a visit to a ‘traditional’ ground offered a welcome and long overdue contrast.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
My hotel was roughly an equidistant 15mins walk from Greenock Central and Cartsdyke railway stations but the latter is just five minutes from the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I arrived mid-afternoon so bought my match ticket (£18) from the main office before going into town to eat/explore. My first ever Wetherspoons pizza proved perfectly adequate but a reasonable selection of pies, bridies etc would have been available at the ground. I later had tea (£1) in a small polystyrene cup, probably at odds with some of the environmental etc values the club seem to be supporting.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Cappielow Park?
 
The photographs on this site and earlier ticket purchase seemed to reinforce that nothing much has altered since the Millennium and probably decades before. Indeed, the dockside crane is still in place reminding me of an unfulfilled ambition to own the corresponding huge meccano kit. However, the three on-roof floodlights of the Cowshed have now been replaced by tall spindly pylons at the corners on that side. A pay at the gate ticket window (£20 including £2 premium towards the youth development programme) had opened along with a bigger surprise ie ultramodern scan technology turnstiles. Just inside I noticed inscribed bricks/plaques festooned the office so I looked to see if Mike Kimberly (previous reviewer) had contributed one as current secretary/organiser of the 92 Club. That was not the case, but the Kit & Boot Recycling Room displayed a notice “Scotland’s Climate Change Pledge for Communities” on what was a cold wet windy night with ‘Saveheat.net’ a prominent advertiser outside. A further advertiser ‘Millions’ relates to the tiny tasty chewy sweets as opposed to the cost of a new ground. The gents urinals need descaling and a further notice “Sink operated by knee” relating to the washbasin taps reiterated this ground is not bog standard. The £3 programme was however typical of its type.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Perhaps two thirds of the 1,134 crowd were sat in the Main Stand but I easily found a seat with an unobstructed view but it was a little cramped and I guess was originally traditional wooden benches. The away fans seemed to be at the end of it as opposed to the screened off terrace opposite. (As the crow flies Dumbarton is only six miles over the River Clyde, but 18 miles by road but 38+ by rail doubling back from Glasgow). The conditions may not have helped in a largely non-descript first half with misplaced passes etc. There was correspondingly little atmosphere generated by the crowd but the two managers/coaches shouted a lot. Thankfully the second half proved much better and nosier. I don’t think this was just because the cunningly named home mascot Cappie (a cat in kit with a huge blue cap) had leapt into the stand to pose for selfies with the kids. For some reason Morton had substituted their goalkeeper but he was not at fault when the visitors took the lead after about 10 minutes from a volley by the inappropriately named Handling. A celebratory kazoo? was blown in the away section at that stage and again after an own-goal in the 87th minute that made it 2-2 in the meantime having let in two decent goals. However, the game went to form with a winner conceded deep into injury time perhaps demonstrating a lack of ‘game-management’ by the opposition and why they seem to be heading towards a relegation play-off. Likewise, on this performance I cannot see Morton qualifying for the analogous promotion games. The completely bald/shaven referee kept up well with play but was of course not immune to criticism.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I was quickly away from the ground, the road outside having been closed for safe pedestrian movement and both buses and trains were still running.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
The second half made the game worth seeing and it would be a shame to see the demise of traditional grounds such as this. The town itself contains a decent shopping centre, some interesting statues/sculptures and everyone was very friendly. Should I ever revisit I will, however, ensure my hotel is considerably further from the A8 road where traffic noise never seems to cease.

Greenock Morton v Raith Rovers
Scottish Championship League
Saturday 1st October 2016, 3pm
Mike Kimberley (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Cappielow Park?

I'd been to a match at Motherwell on Friday night and this match was an opportunity for another ground to be ticked off the list.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Having used this website's excellent directions, I caught the train to Cartsdyke which is a five minute walk. The ground is visible on the right when arriving from the Glasgow direction. There appeared to be plenty of parking on a bank behind the Wee Dublin End.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

It was a gloriously sunny day and I spent a few minutes before kick-off admiring the view across the Clyde. The locals were all friendly and accommodating. A meat pie and a Bovril for £3, were excellent value.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Cappielow Park?

The Cappielow Park Ground is an old fashioned traditional one, which will appeal to most of a certain age. The few Raith fans that I saw were in the Main Stand and there did not appear to be or need to be any segregation.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was settled by a super free kick by Morton's Ross Forbes from outside the box. Other than the unfortunate Gavin Gunning being injured seriously enough to leave the pitch on a stretcher, the game was not a memorable one.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was just five minutes back to the station and on the train to Paisley St. James to catch the 5.15pm match between St. Mirren and Falkirk.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good two days out and I succeeded in seeing three games. This time the trains were perfect and the plan worked.

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Updated 26th November 2018

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