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Any of you ever been to a Scottish football match and can give me some hints/tips and advice as to what would be a good 'experience'.

I need to explain that I'm getting married in the summer and as a smaller, more niche one of my stag do's, Me and a couple of mates would like to go and see one the teams who's names I used to be in awe of when I heard them read out as a kid on the classifieds on a Saturday arvo (all that Forfar 5 - Fife 4 type of stuff).

So we're basically looking at somewhere that's not crazily far north so doesn't take forever to get to on a Saturday.

Neither of the Old Firm as we're looking for something a bit smaller and off the beaten track.

Any stories or tips on travel, tickets, places to avoid, places that are beautiful or just weird and wonderful would be most appreciated. 

Be nice to find an old stadium with terraces etc as well.

 

Thanks in Advance.

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Been Ross County and Inverness but like you say, too far north. Arbroath also is a throwback and right on the edge of the coast. Not been any others though

I've seen Palmerston Park, Dumfries home of Queen of the South quite a few times on telly and they have a big terrace behind the goal that has plenty of space as it's big but they also make a lot of noise. Also Dumfries is a really nice town as I've been before.

I think it was the birthplace and home of Robert Burns the poet and there are heritage trails and things too. Nice town centre.

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Can't believe I got in before Inverurie Ram (where are ya). For quirky get a copy each of the 'Children of Albion Rovers' and head up to Cliftonhill - just a short train out of Glasgow to Coatbridge. For a bit of fun head to Patrick Thistle and enjoy singing "one Team in Glasgow" all afternoon. Raith Rovers for a sea view and a chance to dance through the streets.

But a trip to Easter Road or Tynecastle means a weekend in one of the finest cities and a lot more interesting beer selection. 

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2 hours ago, Tony Le Mesmer said:

Been Ross County and Inverness but like you say, too far north. Arbroath also is a throwback and right on the edge of the coast. Not been any others though

I've seen Palmerston Park, Dumfries home of Queen of the South quite a few times on telly and they have a big terrace behind the goal that has plenty of space as it's big but they also make a lot of noise. Also Dumfries is a really nice town as I've been before.

I think it was the birthplace and home of Robert Burns the poet and there are heritage trails and things too. Nice town centre.

That's a good shout, thanks, as Dumfries is only 4 hours away from the Midlands. That could work. I'll look into it.

Thanks again.

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I have been to Inverness Caledonian Thistle's ground when it was just 1 stand, about 16 years ago. The other 3 sides were like a kids Sunday morning game with it roped off. There wasn't a match on at the time so the bloke that was there took us around the stand, into changing rooms, sat in the dug out, had wander around the pitch. The  he gave us free tickets to an under 18 (could have been 16) tournament between Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. 

That is as far as my football experience in Scotland goes.

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Just now, ossieram said:

I've been to Dundee United and Arbroath. Some good pubs around Dundee and a decent gound. Arbroath hasn't got a lot going for it at all. And remember that you can't get a pint in Scottish grounds unless you go in an executive box.

I don't think the words 'executive box' and 'Arbroath FC' go together Ossie. :D

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Old school grounds in the 1st Div, Ayr, Dumbarton, Morton or Raith Rovers  would be good if Hibs or Dundee Utd were visiting.

Partick Thistle if you want a Premier league game and lots of decent boozers round that bit of Glasgow, or Hearts is a decent ground. 

Div 2 you could go to Hampden for Queens Park, or Alloa and Stenhousemuir. 

Div 3 would be difficult because most clubs are up north, however Cowdenbeath in Fife would be an experiance.....

Glasgow is a good base, shed load of good pubs and a really good weekend out. The people are really friendly too. 

You could get to a load of grounds within a 30 mins train journey if you stay in Glasgow or Edinburgh. 

And as others say, no pints in the ground unless you go hospitality. 

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35 minutes ago, CWC1983 said:

Old school grounds in the 1st Div, Ayr, Dumbarton, Morton or Raith Rovers  would be good if Hibs or Dundee Utd were visiting.

Partick Thistle if you want a Premier league game and lots of decent boozers round that bit of Glasgow, or Hearts is a decent ground. 

Div 2 you could go to Hampden for Queens Park, or Alloa and Stenhousemuir. 

Div 3 would be difficult because most clubs are up north, however Cowdenbeath in Fife would be an experiance.....

Glasgow is a good base, shed load of good pubs and a really good weekend out. The people are really friendly too. 

You could get to a load of grounds within a 30 mins train journey if you stay in Glasgow or Edinburgh. 

And as others say, no pints in the ground unless you go hospitality. 

Glasgow people are really friendly????? Yes they like to give you a nod.

 

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9 minutes ago, PistoldPete2 said:

Glasgow people are really friendly????? Yes they like to give you a nod.

 

It pains me to say it, but yes, they are a good bunch once you get them outside of Ibrox and Parkhead. 

I'd recommend a t time session in either the merchant city, or up Great Western Road on a Saturday to anyone. 

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On 15 February 2017 at 21:19, 2tups said:

Can't believe I got in before Inverurie Ram (where are ya). For quirky get a copy each of the 'Children of Albion Rovers' and head up to Cliftonhill - just a short train out of Glasgow to Coatbridge. For a bit of fun head to Patrick Thistle and enjoy singing "one Team in Glasgow" all afternoon. Raith Rovers for a sea view and a chance to dance through the streets.

But a trip to Easter Road or Tynecastle means a weekend in one of the finest cities and a lot more interesting beer selection. 

2tups back garden with several bags of tinnies and bottles from the local offie. Watching 11 cows v 11 sheep in a nearby field, that should do the trick!

And I would agree with everything 2tups has posted. Derby already been to Kilmarnock and St Mirren etc.

Stenhousemuir, East Fife & Brechin City worth a shout.

You could fly to Inverness and watch Clachnacuddin or fly to Aberdeen and watch Inverurie Loco's, Cove Rangers, Huntly, Montrose, Peterhead, Nairn County, Arbroath Gayfield Park etc

This is a list of Scottish football stadia, ranked in descending order of capacity.

RankStadiumLocationCapacityHome team

1Celtic ParkGlasgow60,832Celtic

2Hampden ParkGlasgow52,025Queen's Park and Scotland

3IbroxGlasgow50,082Rangers

4PittodrieAberdeen22,199Aberdeen

5Easter RoadEdinburgh20,420Hibernian

6Rugby ParkKilmarnock18,128Kilmarnock

7Tynecastle ParkEdinburgh17,420Hearts

8Meadowbank StadiumEdinburgh16,000Edinburgh City

9TannadiceDundee14,209Dundee United

10Fir ParkMotherwell13,742Motherwell

11Somerset ParkAyr12,175Ayr United

12Dens ParkDundee12,085Dundee

13CappielowGreenock12,011Greenock Morton

14Lesser HampdenGlasgow12,000Queen's Park youth

14East End ParkDunfermline11,904Dunfermline Athletic

15Firhill StadiumGlasgow10,887Partick Thistle

16McDiarmid ParkPerth10,673St. Johnstone

17Excelsior StadiumAirdrie10,171Airdrie United

18Starks ParkKirkcaldy10,104Raith Rovers

19AlmondvaleLivingston10,016Livingston

20The Falkirk StadiumFalkirk9,706Falkirk

21St.Mirren ParkPaisley8,023St. Mirren

22Broadwood StadiumCumbernauld8,006Clyde

23Caledonian StadiumInverness7,500Inverness CT

24Gayfield ParkArbroath6,488Arbroath

25Palmerston ParkDumfries6,412Queen of the South

26Mosset ParkForres6,000Forres Mechanics*

27New Douglas ParkHamilton6,000Hamilton Academical

28Victoria ParkDingwall5,800Ross County

29Stair ParkStranraer5,600Stranraer

30Adamslie ParkKirkintilloch5,500Kirkintilloch Rob Roy*

31Station ParkForfar5,177Forfar Athletic

32Victoria ParkBuckie5,000Buckie Thistle*

33Christie ParkHuntly4,500Huntly*

34Kynoch ParkKeith4,450Keith*

35Central ParkCowdenbeath4,370Cowdenbeath

36Shielfield ParkBerwick4,131Berwick Rangers

37Dudgeon ParkBrora4,000Brora Rangers*

38BalmoorPeterhead4,000Peterhead

39Claggan ParkFort William4,000Fort William*

40Hannah ParkShotts4,000Shotts Bon Accord*

41Newlandsfield ParkGlasgow4,000Pollok*

42Glebe ParkBrechin3,960Brechin City

43Borough BriggsElgin3,927Elgin City

44Forthbank StadiumStirling3,808Stirling Albion

45Princess Royal ParkBanff3,800Deveronvale*

46Station ParkNairn3,800Nairn County*

47Ochilview ParkStenhousemuir3,776Stenhousemuir, East Stirlingshire

48GalabankAnnan3,500Annan Athletic

49Links ParkMontrose3,292Montrose

50Grant ParkLossiemouth3,250Lossiemouth*

51Harmsworth ParkWick3,200Wick Academy*

52Recreation ParkAlloa3,142Alloa Athletic

53Bellslea ParkFraserburgh3,000Fraserburgh*

54Grant Street ParkInverness3,000Clachnacuddin*

55Ainslie ParkEdinburgh3,000Spartans*

56Raydale ParkGretna3,000Gretna 2008*

57Mackessack ParkRothes2,700Rothes*

58Harlaw ParkInverurie2,400Inverurie Loco Works*

59Allan ParkAberdeen2,300Cove Rangers*

60Cheaper Insurance Direct StadiumDumbarton2,050Dumbarton

61Bayview StadiumMethil2,000East Fife

62CliftonhillCoatbridge1,249

 

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9 minutes ago, Inverurie Ram said:

2tups back garden with several bags of tinnies and bottles from the local offie. Watching 11 cows v 11 sheep in a nearby field, that should do the trick!

And I would agree with everything 2tups has posted. Derby already been to Kilmarnock and St Mirren etc.

Stenhousemuir, East Fife & Brechin City worth a shout.

You could fly to Inverness and watch Clachnacuddin or fly to Aberdeen and watch Inverurie Loco's, Cove Rangers, Huntly, Montrose, Peterhead, Nairn County, Arbroath Gayfield Park etc

This is a list of Scottish football stadia, ranked in descending order of capacity.

RankStadiumLocationCapacityHome team

1Celtic ParkGlasgow60,832Celtic

2Hampden ParkGlasgow52,025Queen's Park and Scotland

3IbroxGlasgow50,082Rangers

4PittodrieAberdeen22,199Aberdeen

5Easter RoadEdinburgh20,420Hibernian

6Rugby ParkKilmarnock18,128Kilmarnock

7Tynecastle ParkEdinburgh17,420Hearts

8Meadowbank StadiumEdinburgh16,000Edinburgh City

9TannadiceDundee14,209Dundee United

10Fir ParkMotherwell13,742Motherwell

11Somerset ParkAyr12,175Ayr United

12Dens ParkDundee12,085Dundee

13CappielowGreenock12,011Greenock Morton

14Lesser HampdenGlasgow12,000Queen's Park youth

14East End ParkDunfermline11,904Dunfermline Athletic

15Firhill StadiumGlasgow10,887Partick Thistle

16McDiarmid ParkPerth10,673St. Johnstone

17Excelsior StadiumAirdrie10,171Airdrie United

18Starks ParkKirkcaldy10,104Raith Rovers

19AlmondvaleLivingston10,016Livingston

20The Falkirk StadiumFalkirk9,706Falkirk

21St.Mirren ParkPaisley8,023St. Mirren

22Broadwood StadiumCumbernauld8,006Clyde

23Caledonian StadiumInverness7,500Inverness CT

24Gayfield ParkArbroath6,488Arbroath

25Palmerston ParkDumfries6,412Queen of the South

26Mosset ParkForres6,000Forres Mechanics*

27New Douglas ParkHamilton6,000Hamilton Academical

28Victoria ParkDingwall5,800Ross County

29Stair ParkStranraer5,600Stranraer

30Adamslie ParkKirkintilloch5,500Kirkintilloch Rob Roy*

31Station ParkForfar5,177Forfar Athletic

32Victoria ParkBuckie5,000Buckie Thistle*

33Christie ParkHuntly4,500Huntly*

34Kynoch ParkKeith4,450Keith*

35Central ParkCowdenbeath4,370Cowdenbeath

36Shielfield ParkBerwick4,131Berwick Rangers

37Dudgeon ParkBrora4,000Brora Rangers*

38BalmoorPeterhead4,000Peterhead

39Claggan ParkFort William4,000Fort William*

40Hannah ParkShotts4,000Shotts Bon Accord*

41Newlandsfield ParkGlasgow4,000Pollok*

42Glebe ParkBrechin3,960Brechin City

43Borough BriggsElgin3,927Elgin City

44Forthbank StadiumStirling3,808Stirling Albion

45Princess Royal ParkBanff3,800Deveronvale*

46Station ParkNairn3,800Nairn County*

47Ochilview ParkStenhousemuir3,776Stenhousemuir, East Stirlingshire

48GalabankAnnan3,500Annan Athletic

49Links ParkMontrose3,292Montrose

50Grant ParkLossiemouth3,250Lossiemouth*

51Harmsworth ParkWick3,200Wick Academy*

52Recreation ParkAlloa3,142Alloa Athletic

53Bellslea ParkFraserburgh3,000Fraserburgh*

54Grant Street ParkInverness3,000Clachnacuddin*

55Ainslie ParkEdinburgh3,000Spartans*

56Raydale ParkGretna3,000Gretna 2008*

57Mackessack ParkRothes2,700Rothes*

58Harlaw ParkInverurie2,400Inverurie Loco Works*

59Allan ParkAberdeen2,300Cove Rangers*

60Cheaper Insurance Direct StadiumDumbarton2,050Dumbarton

61Bayview StadiumMethil2,000East Fife

62CliftonhillCoatbridge1,249

 

There's rumours of the Peterhead massive been down there in Angus giving it the 'sing when you're trimming"....hedge me bets.

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On 15/02/2017 at 20:15, S Hunter said:

Been to Kilmarnock when George Burley was manager for a pre-season friendly.  Dens Park for Dundee v Livingston but that's about it.  Both okay but no booze sold or let out for a fag if you smoke.

You could probably  get corporate hospitality at one of the smaller clubs for a similar cost of buying match day tickets at somewhere like Arsenal or Chelsea.

Clyde FC do a corporate package for £45 per person

Greennock Morton £50

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On Friday, February 17, 2017 at 00:10, Inverurie Ram said:

 

 

 

When me and my sister were about eleven we both picked a Scottish football team to follow. I picked Brechin City and have been following their results ever since. I've never been to see them play but now that I have watched this I want to. Love the hedge! 

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4 hours ago, angieram said:

When me and my sister were about eleven we both picked a Scottish football team to follow. I picked Brechin City and have been following their results ever since. I've never been to see them play but now that I have watched this I want to. Love the hedge! 

And in the 90's there used to be a massive nightclub called Flicks in Brechin  that the "Hitman and Her" televised from. Used to be buses running from Aberdeen and Dundee. 

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