Firhill Stadium has been home to Partick Thistle since 1909 and the Main Stand, at the very least, exudes the sort of old school charm that is frighteningly lacking in the modern identikit stadiums now.
Proper old turnstiles, a bank of terracing that sadly is now disused save for a TV gantry, and an open gate that meant we could just wander in. Perfect! Unfortunately due to having loads of other grounds to visit we probably spent the least amount of time here, but it certainly won us over.
The only downsides were the club shop being closed (we can’t be the only Partick Thistle tourists, surely?! Oh, right) and finding out afterwards that the club very rarely use the Main Stand on match days now. This means two things – firstly, the club play their games in front of two empty stands, which is outright weird. Secondly, the grandest of grandstands sits largely unused.
I’ve no doubt it’s probably in a terrible state and crumbling to pieces, but the old romantic in me thinks that if you’ve got it, flaunt it. And Firhill definitely has plenty to flaunt.
A gem of a football stadium.