Capacity: 5,267 (2,117 Seated)
Address: 81d Main Street, Bainsford, Falkirk, FK2 7NZ
Telephone: 01324 629 942
Fax: 01324 629 942
Pitch Size: 110 x 72 yards
Pitch Type: NULL
Club Nickname: The Shire
Year Ground Opened: 1890
Home Kit: Black and White Hoops
At some point Firs Park will be re-developed for housing. Whether there will be enough finance then to build a new stadium, remains to be seen.
After 87 years the Club have left their Firs Park ground and now ground share Ochilview with Stenhousemuir. The Club found themselves unable to keep Firs Park up to Football League requirements and have signed a five year agreement to play at Stenhousemuir.
On one side of the ground, is the relatively new looking Main Stand. This small all seated, covered stand, runs for about half the length of the pitch and straddles the half way line. It has a couple of floodlights perched on its roof. Opposite to this stand the side of the ground is unused for spectators and just has the team dugouts and a row of small floodlights. At the Tryst Road End of the ground is good sized terrace, that recently has had a roof put on it, giving much needed shelter for the standing fans. The opposite East End of the ground is again unused for spectators. During the Summer of 2007 a new synthetic playing surface was installed at the stadium.
Generally there is no segregation of fans for league games. If segregation needs to be enforced, then away fans are predominantly housed in the covered Tryst Road terrace which is allocated specifically to them, whilst some seats are also allocated in the Main Stand.
Daniel Waddell adds; ‘I attended a game against Stranraer, as my team Falkirk’s game had been postponed. There was a decent atmosphere for a 3rd division game, as the Shire fans tried to create some noise throughout the game. The terrace was closed and there was no segregation in the Main Stand, although most of the Stranraer fans gathered towards the one side. For the 1st half I sat in the very front row and even there the view of the action was fairly good. For the 2nd half I moved up a couple of rows where there was ample legroom. I also managed to park right outside the ground. The whole experience almost made up for not getting to see Falkirk play, and it was great to visit a new ground as well’.
There is a Social Club on one corner of the Tryst Road terrace and a small bar under the Main Stand. Both welcome away supporters, although on occasions the Social Club may charge a small entrance fee, for non members. There are a couple of bars to be found in the nearby town centre (five minutes walk). Paul O’Shea adds; ‘Right by Larbert Railway Station is the Station Hotel, which is featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. On my visit they had some interesting beers from small Scottish microbreweries.’
Leave the M876 at Junction 2 and follow the A88 towards Stenhousemuir. After about three quarters of a mile turn right into Tryst Road. The ground is down the bottom of this road on the left. It is not the easiest ground to spot as it has no large floodlights that can be seen from a distance. Remember also to ignore the ‘football traffic’ signs around the area, as if you follow them you will eventually end up at Falkirks’ ground. Street parking.
The nearest railway station is Larbert, which is just under a mile away from the ground. As you come out of the station, bear left down the main (King Street) road in front of the station. Continue down Kings Road and you will reach the ground on the left.
Concessions apply to OAP’s, Under 16’s & Students.
Official Programme £2.
At Ochilview Park: 2,805 v Glasgow Rangers, League Two, April 27th 2013.
At Firs Park: 12,000 v Partick Thistle, Scottish Cup, 3rd Round, February 21st 1921.
2015-2016: 320 (League Two)
2014-2015: 315 (League Two)
2013-2014: 343 (League Two)
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