Capacity: 4,123 (Seated 1,528)
Address: Trinity Rd, Brechin, Angus, DD9 6BJ
Telephone: 01356 622 856
Fax: 01356 625 524
Pitch Size: 110 x 67 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The City
Year Ground Opened: 1919
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Red and White
It is a long time since I have visited a ground with such charm and character as Glebe Park. The Main Stand is overlooked by a church spire, whilst opposite a tall, well-tended hedge borders half the length of the open side, which is called the 'hedge side. Apparently, Glebe Park is the only ground in Europe with a hedge surrounding its perimeter. This side has a small open terrace only a couple of steps high and there are a number of floodlight pylons running down the front of it. The Main Stand is a small all seated covered stand, which straddles the half way line. You would think at first glance that this was quite an old stand, especially as it has a floodlight protruding from its roof, but in actual fact, it was built in 1981 and replaced a similar looking wooden stand. At one end is the Cemetery End terrace, which is covered and has a number of supporting pillars. Opposite is the latest addition to the ground, the smart looking David H Will Stand. Built in the early 1990's, it is a covered all seated stand, which seats 1,228 spectators. It is unusual, in being set back some distance from the pitch and sits upon a raised bank.
Glebe Park is a pleasure to visit and a friendly welcome awaits most visitors. The ground is generally maintained to a high standard (although the inside of the David Hill stand could do with a repaint) and the staff and fans have real pride in their club. If you get the chance, make your way to the rear of the Cemetery Terrace, where in true Hollywood style, supporters have been invited to have individual plaques with their names on, set in concrete. Plus the supporters have also been allowed to place their hand prints in the concrete, giving it that Hollywood look. Supporters are not normally segregated for games and both sets of fans tend to try and out-sing one another in the Cemetery End. If fans are to be segregated, say for a big cup game, then away fans will normally find that the David H Will Stand has been allocated to them. Neil Stapleton adds; 'If you get chance, sample the soup on sale inside the ground, it is excellent'.
Calum MacLennan informs me; 'There is the Stables Lounge Bar which is good for a pre-match pint. This is only a five minute walk away from the ground. As you come out of the ground entrance, turn left and go down to the roundabout, passing the Ashvale Fish and Chip shop on the left. Go straight across the roundabout and just past the Esso Garage and bookies (but just before the hairdressers) look for the Stables sign on the right and go down the passageway to the pub'. Marten Kats adds; 'The Dalhousie Bar at the corner of Market Street and Swan Street is a decent alternative as well.' It is around a ten minute walk away from Glebe Park. Also in the centre of Brechin near to the Brechin railway station, that is now used for the vintage Caledonian Steam Railway, is the Caledonian pub. This pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. However this the Caledonian doesn't open until 4pm so really only good for a post-match pint or for an evening fixture.
From the the A90 take the B966 towards Brechin (if coming from the South, ignore the first Brechin turn off on the A90, the A935, and continue Northwards). Continue along the B966 and you will come to the ground on your left. The entrance is quite small between some houses and is indicated by a small Glebe Park sign. There is a small free car park at the ground which holds around fifty vehicles, otherwise street parking.
There is no railway station in Brechin itself, apart from the Heritage railway, which doesn't go all the way back to Montrose. The nearest main line station is in Montrose which is eight miles away. You can either then take a taxi to the ground, or catch a bus to Brechin. Brian Scott adds: 'From the railway station forecourt take a number 30 Stagecoach bus to Brechin (hourly). Do NOT get on one that says Arbroath as that is in the opposite direction. They both pull up at the same bus stop. The return fare is £5.'
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All Areas Of Glebe Park
Over 65's/Under 18's £8
Parent + Child £18 (Additional school age child £2).
Official Programme £2 - Called 'A View From The Hedge'
Montrose and Forfar.
8,122 v Aberdeen
Scottish Cup 3rd Round, 3rd February 1973.
2018-2019: 581 (League One)
2017-2018: 923 (Championship)
2016-2017: 429 (League One)
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Brechin City v Queen of the South
Scottish Championship League
Saturday 28th April 2018, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral fan)
Brechin City v Stenhousemuir
Scottish Football League One
Saturday 21st November 2016, 3 pm
Welsh Exile (Neutral fan)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Glebe Park?
It was my first visit to Glebe Park and the town of Brechin. Plus I could give Jason Scotland who was playing for Stenhousemuir a bit of banter as he once played for Swansea City, my rival team in Wales.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I got public transport and Glebe Park proved to be awkward to find. It's on the edge of the town and relied on technology to locate the place. There was car parking available outside the stadium thou I did notice people parking on the streets and in the adjacent supermarket.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
I went and had a coupled of pints at a local pub not far from Glebe Park. Located the other side of the roundabout by the ground. It also did meals and was welcoming to both sets of fans. Also there's a chip shop just outside the ground. Plus the town centre is only a 5-10 minute walk away with everything you need there.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Glebe Park?
Again as with a lot of stadiums in Scotland Glebe Park is rather unique. Behind each goal was oddly the two largest stands at the ground. One end was a large modern all seated affair and at the other end there was a large covered terrace with the club shop located also at one. And strangely the only way into the stadium is behind each goal. Either side of the pitch on one side was a raised flat standing area with a hedge behind and opposite is a unique vertical Main Stand not very wide at all but seemed to have a lot of charm. There was no segregation at the ground for this match.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game ended Brechin City 1 Stenhousemuir 2, in what was a pretty scrappy game. The was a group of youngsters in the home end with drums and flags, who were trying to create an atmosphere and even the small contingent of Stenhousemuir fans in attendance were having a good sing song. The food inside the ground was decent and at a good price I would definitely recommend the burgers. I found the local officials very unhelpful. My friend is disabled and asked if they had rates for him and help through the gate but this was denied. I wrote a email to complain to them about the experience and never received a reply so I would not go back.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Seemed straight forward we got the bus at the end of the road to take us to our destination.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Another cold day out, it's worth a visit. Both sets of fans got behind their team. An enjoyable day at Glebe Park was only soured by the lack of help and communication from officials within the club.
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