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Stirling Albion

Forthbank Stadium

Capacity: 3,808 (Seated 2,508)
Address: Springkerse, Stirling, FK7 7UJ
Telephone: 01786 450 399
Fax: 01786 448 592
Pitch Size: 110 x 74 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Albion or Binos/Beanos
Year Ground Opened: 1993
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Red and White

                    
                    

The Forthbank Stadium was opened in 1993, after the Club moved from their original Annfield home. The modern stadium comprises two seated stands, on either side of the pitch and a small terrace at either end. The largest of these stands is the West Stand, which is a covered, single tier, all seated stand, that has some executive boxes running across the back of it. Opposite is the similar looking East Stand, which is smaller that the West Stand, not so much in height but in its overall length. This is also covered, all seated and has Police Control Box situated at its rear. Away fans are allocated this stand. The terraces at each end of the stadium are almost identical. They are small and uncovered box like affairs, which are situated well back from the pitch. These terraces are only opened for the bigger games. Looking out beyond the North Terrace there are some wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Outside of the stadium there are a number of artificial pitches behind the West Stand.

Away fans are located in the East Stand at one side of the pitch, where up to 1,000 fans can be seated. This covered stand, has good facilities and provides a good view of the playing action. If demand requires it then a further 500 terrace spaces can be provided in the South Terrace.

At the Forthbank Stadium itself there is 'Binos Bar' which operates in one of the hospitality suites in the Main Stand. Normally away fans are welcomed, however for high profile games then it may not do so. Otherwise as the stadium is on the very outskirts of town, there is not much around. However there is one pub called the Kerse Inn on the nearby Retail Park, which you will pass on your right as you drive down to the stadium.

Leave the M80 at Junction 9 and take the A91 towards Alloa. At the 4th roundabout turn left and the ground is just down this road on the right. There is a large car park at the ground which is free.

Stirling Railway Station is just over a mile away from the Forthbank Stadium, so either a 20 minute or so walk or jump in a taxi. Otherwise there is the P1 Park and Ride Bus which runs from the City Centre, passing by the Forthbank Stadium (alight at the Peak Leisure Centre stop) on its way to Springkerse. As you come out of the station turn right and the bus stop is further up Goosecoft Road on the right. The service operates every 15 minutes on Saturday afternoons and costs £1.20 for an adult return. For more information about the Park and Ride Service see the Stirling Council website.

Come out of the front exit at Stirling railway station and turn left. You will see a modern looking foot bridge not too far in front of you as you walk down the road. Use this bridge to cross over the railway tracks. When you come down the stairs at the other side walk straight ahead then go diagonally across the grassed area to Forthside Way. This road will bend round to the left and take you over a mini roundabout straight towards the stadium which will become visible on your left hand side. Thanks to Iain Badger for providing these walking directions from the railway station to the stadium.

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Adults £13
Aged 65 and Over £9
Students with valid ID £9
Under 16's £5
Under 12's Free (When accompanied by a paying adult)

Official Programme £3.

There are 18 spaces available for home fans in the West Stand, as well as 18 for away fans in the East Stand. Disabled fans and their helper are admitted free.

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

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Record Attendance

At Forthbank Stadium:
3,808 v Aberdeen
Scottish Cup 4th Round, 15th February, 1996.

At Annfield:
26,400 v Glasgow Celtic
Scottish Cup, 4th Round, 14th March 1959.

Average Attendance 

2018-2019: 588 (League Two)
2017-2018: 658 (League Two)
2016-2017: 637 (League Two)

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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: [email protected] and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to Stepham Hoogerwaard for providing the photos of the Forthbank Stadium, Stirling Albion.

  • Stirling Albion v Cowdenbeath
    Scottish League 2
    Saturday 15th April 2017, 3pm
    Vinnie (Neutral fan)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Forthbank Stadium?

    Firstly my Father-in-law played for Albion back in the day, plus I  know some of the lads playing in the current team.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    I got a train up from Edinburgh, which took just under one hour. I then got a taxi to the ground which in fact I could easily have walked. So after the game, I did walk back to the station and it took about 15 minutes.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Not a lot as just went straight to the ground. The crowd was about 600 which is normal for League 2 in Scotland. What struck me though was the age profile of the fans – at 53 I did not feel particularly old! Not the usual loads of kids you get at smaller clubs. All very friendly, the banter was, ahem, earthy but very funny.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Forthbank Stadium?

    All the fans were seated in the Main Stand. There is a small bank of terracing at either end and a smaller stand opposite which I believe they open for bigger games. The stadium is perfect for a club of this stature. Many Scottish teams have a couple of thousand fans knocking about in a 10,000 Taylor Report stadium, eg Clyde, Airdrie etc. This is better.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    It was really entertaining, For the bottom of League 2 so it ain't Bayern v Dortmund… but plenty application by both teams. Stirling played poorly and their fans (rightly) gave them pelters. Could not really see the Cowden fans. The catering was very basic but cheap and did the trick.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    I walked back to the station, teaming up with some random guy who was up for banter on way back. If I had more time then I would have gone for a drink in town.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    It was a really good trip to the Forthbank Stadium. It was an easy trip and a watchable game. Also I forgot to mention – the view of the Ochil Hills from the ground is lovely! The Forthbank Stadium it would give a few other Clubs, also set in a nice scenic area a run for their money.

  • Stirling Albion v Annan Athletic
    Scottish Football League Two
    Saturday 23rd September 2017, 3pm
    Phil Graham (Neutral fan)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Forthbank Stadium?
     
    Another new ground and only a 45 minute journey on train from Edinburgh were I am working at present.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    The Forthbank Stadium was easy 15 minute walk from Stirling Station.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    I went straight to the ground from the Railway Station.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Forthbank Stadium?
     
    All fans at the game were housed in the Main Stand. The Club shop is located right inside the home turnstile so you can't miss it! Would be good to see a game there with a big crowd and the terraces open at either end.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    It was a really enjoyable game that Stirling Albion won 3-2. Most of the seats on the back row of the Main Stand were reserved for Season Ticket Holders and by the look of it most of them turned up as everyone seemed to know each other. The food was poor unfortunately and was the only blemish on a good day out. £3.50 a Burger and it was lukewarm and bland, The match programme which cost £2 was a monthly issue for September but was up to date with recent results.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    With a crowd of only 600 exiting from the stadium was quick and easy and I was back at the Station by 5.10pm for my train back to Edinburgh.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    A great day out at a nice ground. Although the Forthbank Stadium is newish, it didn't feel like the soulless concrete structures that a lot of other clubs have nowadays.
  • Stirling Albion v Brechin City
    Scottish League Cup Group Stage
    Tuesday 19th July 2018, 7.45pm
    Brian Scott (Neutral fan)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Forthbank Stadium?
     
    Only eight league grounds left for me to do in Scotland, and great to be able to see four matches in a nine day holiday.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    I had a good journey up from Suffolk by train and I had booked accommodation at The Holiday Inn right next to the ground. Expensive but convenient. I used the walking route given in the guide but going home the next day I used the P1 bus which runs every 15 minutes as it was raining! I hadn’t seen rain for two months.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    I had a meal in the pub restaurant very close to the hotel. Good food at very good prices! Then took the short walk to the Forthbank Stadium Only £5 to enter for seniors. I had a long chat with a very friendly steward in the ground. Only the Main Stand was open and he was in charge of the away area to the north of the stand. He lives and works locally now but comes from Birmingham and used to support Birmingham City in the old days.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Forthbank Stadium?
     
    I sat in the home area and had a good view of the hills to the north. It was lovely to see green grass! Most of the UK was in drought conditions but the temperatures are lower in this part of Scotland.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    My last game had been at Brechin when they got relegated with no league wins. So it was good to see them playing some attractive football this time. For much of the game they outclassed the home side. Brechin scored in the 17th minute but Stirling equalised just before half time. It looked as though it was going to penalties, but Brechin got the winner in the 84th minute. The attendance was 334.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    I was back in my hotel room within minutes of the game ending.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    Day one of my holiday completed. On to Cove Rangers tomorrow and they’re brand new stadium in south Aberdeen.
  • Stirling Albion v Queens Park
    League Two
    Saturday 3rd August 2019, 3pm
    Bryan (Neutral)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Forthbank Stadium?
     
    The first ground of my trip around the Scottish lower leagues.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    I travelled via train from Edinburgh. The ground was easy to find via directions on this site.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    I took a quick look around the town centre. The home fans were very friendly.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Forthbank Stadium?
     
    There was just the Main Stand open for this game. I sat in amongst the home fans next to the roped-off Directors Area. The Forthbank Stadium is a nice small compact ground where even the directors would talk to you about the referee's woeful performance.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    Not a lot of singing, but plenty of vocal encouragement, the referee's performance added to that.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    It was easy to get out of the ground.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    A lovely day out only beating the lovely weather.
  • Stirling Albion v Edinburgh City 
    Scottish League 2 
    Saturday 21st December 2019, 3pm 
    John Meechan (Edinburgh City)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Forthbank Stadium?

    It is my favourite away day in League 1 and 2. Stirling is a great city to visit, with lots of tourist attractions and great pubs. Forthbank Stadium is nice and modern and it's easy to get too. The people in Stirling are always friendly also.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    We took a coach from Glasgow to Stirling which only took 44 minutes. Stirling is well connected to Glasgow, Edinburgh and the North by both coaches and trains (please note, coaches from Edinburgh to Stirling take ages, so best take the train if travelling this way). As for the ground itself, we walked the easy 20 minute route from the City Centre as it is picturesque and runs by the River Forth. We did try the bar at the ground also, however, there was some hospitality thing going on so we weren't allowed in, this seems to be a growing problem at Scottish Football grounds these days.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    As I was with an Arsenal fan we went to the Cold Beer Town sports pub in the City Centre to watch the Arsenal match that was the lunchtime kick-off televised game. I would recommend this pub for Sports fans, lots of screens, good sound, good food and a good beer selection.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Forthbank Stadium?

    The Forthbank Stadium is nice and modern, the perfect size for this level, and it is convenient to find because of the tall floodlights. One thing that strikes me about the ground is that there is a pretty decent looking swimming pool right next door. I might give it a go during my next away day in my Edinburgh City FC trunks!

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    The atmosphere was fantastic as Stirling had some special Christmas deal on for the home fans and there were a lot of school kids in attendance who were making a great amount of noise with their Christmas bells. This great atmosphere was added with a great passionate Edinburgh City support of around 90 or so. 

    The game was edgy and City won 1-0 with a very late goal, this sent our fans wild and our chants and singing were almost deafening at times. The stewards were fine, they did have to tell us away fans not to stand at the back of the stand and to sit in the seats but they were pleasant enough. Due to the large turnout and only one of the two seated stands being used it was a bit of a squeeze, but this probably made the atmosphere better. 

    The pies were very tasty and the selection was great. The Haggis and Steak pie is highly recommended but it did seem to break up very easily which made it difficult to eat.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    Very easy, there is a large taxi rank by the ground and I noticed a lot of people used it. The walk for us back into the City Centre was nice as we could see the Castle in the distance making it an enjoyable one. After the game, we went to the City Walls and Molly Malones pubs, I would recommend both, however, please note that the Molly Malones (along with the Brewdog and Wetherspoons) in Stirling are all pretty small.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    Grand. My favourite away day in League 1 and 2 & still is. I have always said that every team in League 1 and 2 should aim for a ground like Forthbank. I highly recommend Stirling for a day out, football-related or not.

Updated 19th June 2020