Capacity: 5,600 (1,830 Seated)
Address: London Road, Stranraer, DG9 8BS
Telephone: 01776 889 514
Fax: 01776 889 514
Pitch Size: 110 x 70 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Blues
Year Ground Opened: 1907
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Royal Blue and White
Stair Park is situated in a picturesque park of the same name, hence the name of the ground. The Club have been playing in the park since in 1907, and the park itself even has a bandstand. The ground has seen a lot of improvements in recent years. In 1995 a new Main (South) Stand was constructed at one side of the pitch, built by Barr Construction, at a cost of £500,000. This smart looking covered all seater stand, runs for roughly half the length of the pitch and straddles the half way line. There is a small amount of terracing on each side of the stand. From the back of the Main Stand, you can enjoy good views of the surrounding area to the sea. On the other side is a small stand, that is affectionately known as the 'Coo Shed'. This is a small covered stand, that has open terracing on either side of it, as well as a standing area in front. In the rear of this stand, are a number of rows of wooden benches. There are also a couple of supporting pillars in this stand.
The Town End at one end of the ground is a small covered terrace, whilst at the other end, there is a small open terrace. At the back of this terrace are a number of trees and bushes, which gives the ground a rural look and I noticed a couple of kids seemed to be permanently employed during the game retrieving match balls from the undergrowth (the forwards were not having a good day on my visit!). There is also a small club shop within the ground, at one side of the Town End. It is also worth mentioning that the pitch is somewhat uneven in places.
Fans are not normally segregated at Stair Park, but if required then away fans are given the Coo Shed and East Terrace, parts of the ground, where up to 2,000 fans can be accommodated. Away supporters tend to congregate in the Coo Shed as they can make themselves more vocally heard from this stand. The refreshment kiosks offer a selection of scotch pies and sausage rolls at 60p each as well as tea and coffee at 50p, per cup. I had an enjoyable afternoon out at Stair Park, however it is worth bearing in mind that when in winter, you should wrap up well as that wind can be biting, coming in off the sea.
Derek Hall adds; 'Just a few words about Stranraer. What a cracking little place. Nice pubs, nice chippie and nice guest houses. The best bit of the lot though is the friendly reception at the Stranraer FC Social Club - massively recommended'.
There is no club bar at the ground, however the ground is only a five minute walk away from the town centre where there are plenty of bars and eating establishments. As you leave Stair Park, turn left onto the main road to take you down to the town centre. The nearest bar is down on the right, in the Rudicot Hotel. This has a small quiet bar, which has a separate entrance on the side of the hotel. The bar serves a good pint of real ale (Deuchars IPA). If you continue down into the town centre then the next bar that you come to is 'The Pub' on the left hand side. This is a fair sized bar with TV's and a pool table. There is a chippy and cafe on the same side of the road. If you continue further on into Stranraer along the same main road then on your right you will reach the Grapes pub. This old pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Colin Ferguson adds; 'probably the best bet for a drink before the game, is the Stranraer FC Social Club which is situated in North Strand Street'.
From The North
Take the A77 from Glasgow down to Stranraer. This is not a particularly good road, so allow plenty of time for your journey. As you come into Stranraer either follow the road into the town centre and then turn left onto the A75 (Dumfries) and the ground and park are a short distance down this road on the right. Otherwise turn left from the A77, where the 'football traffic' is indicated by a sign. This takes you up to the A75 and again turn left and the ground and park are over on the right.
From The East
Follow the A75 into Stranraer. As you pass a school on your right, you will come to the ground and park on your left.
There is free car parking in the park surrounding the ground, as well as nearby street parking.
Stranraer Railway Station is a fifteen minute walk away from Stair Park. From the railway station you should walk up to the ferry terminal building, opposite North West Castle Hotel. Turn left walk about 150 yards to the 'Craig n Elder' Hotel. Turn right onto Stair Drive. At the end of Stair Drive turn left. This takes you onto London Road walk for about 200 yards and Stair Park is on the right hand side actually inside the public park.
Thanks to J McCallum for providing the above directions.
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Children of secondary school age: £5
Official Programme £2.
Queen Of The South and Ayr United.
6,500 v Rangers, 1948.
2018-2019: 339 (League One)
2017-2018: 444 (League One)
2016-2017: 409 (League One)
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Stranraer v Falkirk
Scottish League One
Saturday 21st September 2019, 3pm
Andy Carruthers (Falkirk)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Stair Park?
We love following Falkirk. Stranraer is not that far over the border really plus it’s a gateway day out. Also, the Bairns haven't played at Stranraer for at least twenty years I believe so it was good to be able to come and support the boys.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
As always easy trip from up from Wigan by car, which took around four hours. The scenery as we got off the motorway at Gretna soon became amazing as we took the A roads for the 90 odd miles to Stranraer. Stranraer is a lovely little place on the shores of Loch Ryan. We were staying over and our digs were a twenty minute walk from the ground.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
We had lunch in a superb little cafe on the shores of Loch Ryan before heading into the town centre which has an abundance of eating establishments but not too many pubs. However, the Royal Hotel welcomes away fans which is literally around ten minutes from the ground on foot. We ended up in there after the game and later that evening we went across the road to the local Indian restaurant which was fantastic. As far as Stranraer fans were concerned we didn’t see any until we got to the ground. That said sadly the team average around 300 however there didn’t look like many made the effort for this game. The stewards were fantastic and the fans who were there also very friendly.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Stair Park?
The ground holds around 5000 I think with a Main Stand for home fans and a smaller stand facing for away fans. It is open behind one goal and a small stand behind the other goal. You are practically on the pitch you're that near if you stand along the barriers. But it’s a nice little stadium with no restrictions anywhere. Great viewing and there are plenty of pies coffee etc.. on offer at good prices in the kiosks around the ground.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Falkirk pretty much dominated, to be honest. Missed a few chances but won the game 3-0. It should have been more sadly. Stranraer are struggling at the wrong end of the table so set up to play defensively which killed the game a bit but that said I still enjoyed the match especially getting all three points.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Getting away was not a problem as we were on foot. There is good parking available though if you go by car and not a lot of congestion coming out as there wasn’t a lot there. Falkirk fans came in three coach loads but we literally walked out of the ground and into the Royal Hotel within about ten minutes.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Again a great day out the weather does help as it was a lovely day. Stranraer is a lovely little place especially with Loch Ryan as a backdrop well worth a visit friendly locals great food and drink however if you stay there don’t expect a raving nightlife as it all goes quite after 10 pm perfect lol.
Stranraer v Arbroath
Scottish League 1
Tuesday 20th February 2018, 7.45pm
Tony Smith (Doing the 134)
Stranraer v Livingston
Scottish League Cup Group Stage
Tuesday 25th July 2017, 7.45pm
Brian Scott (Neutral Ipswich Town fan)
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