Oh the wonders of this blog. It’s not that long ago that if I’d suggested Newbyres has a touch of the Tinto Parks about it you’d assume I was an idiot. Now though you’re suddenly thinking “ooh, this is going to be a good’un.”
It certainly is that. We left Newtongrange with Stan and Gordon’s best wishes and a revised route for the rest of our journey and headed out towards another Scottish junior ground. Although the gates were padlocked shut it was easy enough to see it all from the outside.
In fact, as we walked along the entrance we found a gate that was unlocked and made our way in. A sizeable amount of uncovered terracing stands opposite the main stand and it’s definitely a beauty.
Much like the former home of Benburb FC it’s a rickety old affair that’s seen better days but it’s also magnificent. Painted in club colours it’s overgrown with paving slabs causing a health and safety nightmare but it’s impossible not to love.
The terracing is split by a tunnel of sorts. Basically a gravel path from the changing rooms to the pitch is walled off but it’s a lovely touch and helps house the dug outs in an impressive manner.
Its best feature is the seat made out of crates. You’re probably thinking that it’s not actually a seat made out of crates but it is. It’s a seat made out of crates. If there’s a better chair in all of football then I look forward to seeing it.
All in all it’s definitely a ground worth visiting. A wonderful old affair and even if it’s locked up when you do go there’s plenty to see from the outside.