Albion Rovers

Cliftonhill Stadium

Capacity: 1,572 (Seated 489)
Address: Main St, Coatbridge, ML5 3RB
Telephone: 01236 606 334
Fax: 01236 606 334
Pitch Size: 110 x 72 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Wee Rovers
Year Ground Opened: 1919
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Yellow and Red

Main Stand
Main Stand
Albion Street Terrace
Albion Street Terrace
Airdrie End
Airdrie End
West End
West End
Main Stand External View
Main Stand External View

From the outside Cliftonhill Stadium looks interesting as from the roadside the bright colours and raised elevation of the Main Stand, certainly catch the eye. However on the inside you quickly see why the ground is is not one of the better in the League having only two sides open to spectators for matches. On one side is the small Main Stand, which is a strange looking affair, as at some point it has had an extension to its roof bolted onto the front. It has wooden seating to the rear and terracing to the front, with several supporting pillars which may impede your view. However, the terraced paddock is no longer in use. Opposite is the reasonably sized covered Albion Street Terrace. This terrace runs about half the length of the pitch. Again, this simple stand has several supporting pillars. It is a pity that this terrace has been closed for a number of years now due to safety concerns. In 2015 a small open terrace was constructed at the Airdrie End of the ground, whilst the opposite West End is unused. There is a cinder track that runs around the playing surface and at one time the ground was also used for speedway meetings as well as greyhound racing. The stadium is also overlooked by a number of residential properties located above the Albion Street side.

Dave McIntosh  adds; 'The current floodlighting system in place at Cliftonhill, originally came from Cardiff Arms Park when it was demolished to make way for the Millennium Stadium'.

Albion Rovers have announced their intention to leave Cliftonhill Stadium and move to a new 3,000 capacity ground. The Club are currently investigating possible locations for the new stadium, including one at Whifflet, which is close to the site of the old Rovers ground which they played at between 1884 & 1919 before they moved to Cliftonhill. The proceeds of the sale of Cliftonhill would be used to finance the new ground.

Away fans are housed in part of the Main Stand at one side of the pitch. Stefan a visiting fan from Germany adds; 'When I was there, they played East Stirlingshire. There was no trouble at all with visiting fans and the fans of both clubs were mixed in the together in the Main Stand. The stand itself had a nice small bar at the back of it, which I enjoyed before the game. On the whole there was a very welcoming atmosphere at Cliftonhill'. However, fans are now normally segregated in the Main Stand.

 

Michael Cooper informs me; "There is a bar at the stadium itself which is aptly named 'The Rovers Return', otherwise the nearest pub to the stadium is called 'Owens Bar'. Away fans are welcome in both of these". Owens Bar can be found a five minute further down the A89 towards Airdrie, by the fire station.

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Leave the M74 at Junction 5 at take the A725 towards Coatbridge. Continue on the A725 into the centre of Coatbridge and on reaching a large traffic island (where you can see the floodlights of the ground up on the right), turn right onto the A89 towards Airdrie. The ground is a short distance down this road on the left. Street Parking. 

The nearest railway station is Coatdyke, which is about a ten minute walk away from the Cliftonhill Stadium. As you come out of the station bear left and proceed up Quarry Street. Continue over the crossroads (with a shop on one corner) and after about a quarter of a mile a church on your right. At the end of Quarry Street turn left onto Muiryhall Street and then turn right onto Main Street. Pass the Fire Station on the left and then Owens Bar. Continue along the Main Street and you will reach the stadium on your right.

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All Areas Of The Ground:
Adults £10
Concessions £5
Under 17's £2
Under 12's - Free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Official Programme £2.

Albion Rovers FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Airdrieonians.

Record Attendance 

27,381 v Glasgow Rangers, Scottish Cup 2nd Round, February 8th, 1936. 

Average Attendance
2016-2017: 450 (League One)
2015-2016: 555 (League One)
2014-2015: 552 (League Two)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to Ian Howitt and Geoff Jackson for providing a photo of the Cliftonhill Stadium Albion Rovers. Check out Geoff's Cumbrian Groundhopper blog.

Albion Rovers v Raith Rovers
Scottish Football League One
Saturday 30th September 2017, 3pm
Phil Graham (Raith Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Cliftonhill Stadium?
 
Another new ground and chance to watch Raith Rovers again. I was also curious to see if Cliftonhill was as rustic as I imagined it to be.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey to Coatbridge from Edinburgh took a lot longer than it should of due to the majority of trains out of Edinburgh being cancelled. So a couple of trains and a taxi from Cumbernauld later I made it to the ground in time for kick off.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went straight into the ground on arrival. Matchday programmes cost £2 and were on sale outside.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Cliftonhill Stadium?
 
I went through the away turnstile and it cost £14 for an Adult. It was kind of pointless having separate home and away turnstiles as there was no segregation once inside. I made my way to the terracing behind the goal where most of the Raith Rovers fans where. It was a good view from here on a sunny but chilly day. I doubt Albion Rovers would ever be able at a higher level than Division One at Cliftonhill, due to the lack of facilities and capacity.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
A 2-1 loss for Raith due in no small part to a dreadful goalkeeping by Smith who tried a Cruyff turn with an inevitable result.... Food was reasonably priced at £2 a pie and £1 for Hot Drinks. The atmosphere was good amongst the Raith Fans who significantly outnumbered the sparse home crowd.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was an easy exit from the ground and a five minute walk to Coatdyke Station. Thankfully the trains were back running on time and I was back home in Edinburgh by 6pm.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a disappointing result but a good day out at a real old school ground. Would I return? Maybe but probably not a day when the weather is bad! But Cliftonhill Stadium is a place I would recommend everyone go to at least once.

Albion Rovers v Dumbarton
Alan Reid Testimonial Match
Saturday 8th July 2017, 3pm
Ian Howitt (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Cliftonhill Stadium?
 
This game was a bonus as I was in Scotland for a weekend of speedway, which is my other sporting passion. Checking the fixtures I found that this was en route to the evening speedway meeting in Glasgow, thus it was perfect as it represented a new ground to tick off.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I went by train, alighting at Coatdyke which is a ten minute walk to Cliftonhill Stadium. It seemed most fans parked on the main road outside the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I did not eat or drink before going into the ground. There were a couple of pubs nearby which looked a little unwelcoming. Inside the ground under the Main Stand is a bar which was very pleasant with very friendly folk enjoying a drink.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Cliftonhill Stadium?
 
It is fair to say that Cliftonhill Stadium has seen better days. Only the Main Stand and its terrace in front, together with a new small terrace behind one goal are used, the remaining side and end are out of bounds with the one end being overgrown. However, everything that remains and in use is cared for lovingly and it is a ground that oozes character. A nice touch is a wall of remembrance as you enter that has plaques dedicated to Albion Rovers followers who have sadly passed away.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was a typical friendly/testimonial match played in boiling sunshine but an entertaining game nonetheless that finished 1-1.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was an easy walk from the ground back up the hill to the railway station. The attendance was only around 200 at the game so no real problems in getting away.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Thoroughly enjoyable. I had been advised by many beforehand that Albion Rovers have a reputation for being a very friendly club and that really is the case. Everyone from supporters to those behind the (very sensibly priced) tea bar and the club shop was all smiles and happy to talk. With Cliftonhill Stadium being one full of old school charm, this is one I can highly recommend.

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Updated 4th October 2017

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