Wednesday 16 February 2011

Johnstone Burgh; Scotland

Johnstone Burgh play in the SJFA Central Division One, & I visited their ground in March 2010. It took a while to gain access, but when I did it was worth it just to see the wonderful old barrelled covered terrace! Johnstone is in Renfrewshire, & easy to reach by train from Glasgow. It's certainly one of many Scottish non-league grounds I'd love to see a game at, but almost certainly never will!

This is the back of the club building from the road outside.

To the left of that structure are the turnstiles. Firmly locked. I treked round the outer perimeter fence to try to find a way in.

And eventually found this gap. wasn't me! I am happy to gain access into grounds if there are ways in, but am not prepared to leave myself open to a charge of criminal damage, if someone objects, or thinks I've broken in somewhere!

I am now inside, on the opposite side of the ground to the road.

For the purposes of this tour we head back to the turnstiles, & will start from here.

Just beyond them, to the right, are the still traditional in Scotland roofless open toilets.

Tucked/dumped right in the corner are a pair of dugouts.

To our right we see the club building, with a small bit of cover in front of it.

Here we look across the pitch to the magnificent old barrelled terrace roof.

To our left, behind the goal, it is open grass banking. We are going to head this way, clockwise, around the ground.

From up on this slope we look down to the red & white striped building, with the cover in front, & we can also see a few steps of terracing.

The banking is substantial.

Here we are up at the top of it, looking across the pitch. There is banking up the other end too.

Down at the front we look through the goalposts to the main are of cover.

To the right the strange smaller flat cover.

At the back, on the outer perimeter, is a hoarding for the local newspaper.

Back up the slope, we look over to the right, once more.

And to the left, to where we are heading.

Back down the bottom, here we look along the pitch rails.

And back up the top once more beyond the top of the slope is what looks like wasteland. And don't worry, I wasn't running up & down the slippery banking, it's just the way I've put them on here for some reason!

Now we're moving along the slide, where you can see the slope is nowwhere near as pronounced.

We reach the covered terrace. Cinders style steps, under an old barrelled roof! Football beauty!

From under it we glance back at the part of this side we've already seen.

Here we stare over the pitch to the striped roof. Is it me or would it have been a little more aesthetically pleasing on the eye if it was still covered in snow? ;-)

Looking down the terrace from the back of it.

Not entirely safe, due to the local wildlife.

Beyond the covered shed is more grass banking, but underneath it appears there was once some terracing.

The cover, from the bottom corner of it.

And on the pitch.

Moving along, banking to the corner.

And round the next curve, behind this goal. The rails are set far back from the goal. I am wondering if there was once a running track here, or maybe some sort of racing held. Maybe animals or motor?

From the top of the corner banking at this side we glance back along to the barrelled stand.

Heading behind the goal now, we see over the pitch, toward the dugouts & changing rooms.

Almost reaching the last side of the ground.

Here we are, wow, almost a flat side!

From this angle we can see where the grass banking abruptly stops.

When we reach the first of the dugouts we see some concrete terracing behind.

And then the 'tunnel' to the changing rooms.

More steps of terrace behind the home dugout, and small backless bit of cover.

From this side of the ground we look over to the barrel.

Here is the cover on this side. Weird, I can't imagine it giving much protection from the elements in the rain, as even a slight wind would get you wet.

In front are a few steps of concrete terrace.

Here we are under the cover, looking over the pitch.

And to the other side.

Our last shot, in the corner where we began, a nice view of the terrace & cover on this side.


Reynard The Fox said...

Nice pictures. I really like the barrel roofed stand.

Rabbler said...

Couldn't agree more. Magnificent isn't it? Some of these Scottish junior grounds are ramshacklingly amazing!

Barga said...

The old barrelled enclosure looks suspiciously like the one at East Stirlingshire Firs park in Falkirk, which was removed about 20 odd years ago, eventually replaced by an ugly concrete wall. Could this be the only remaining part of Firs Park, which has recently been demolished?
It would be fascinating, as the Firs park shed was allegedly moved to Clydebanks FC's Kilbowie park, when they had taken over East Stirlingshire to form a new club called ES Clydebank around 1964. Apparently they removed some of East Stirlings assets, including the old shed, which subsequently found its way back to Falkirk when the East Stirling fans regained control of their club.
These things do happen, witness the recent move of the old Falkirk FC Brockville Park enclosure to Stehousemuir FC at Ochilview, which coincidently is now also the home of East Stirlingshire FC, after they were forced to move from their historic ground due to the crooked main shareholder and ex-pro player Alan Mackin. Poor old Shire

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