Forthbank Stadium (Stirling Albion)

I’ll be honest – there was something about the Forthbank Stadium that left me a little cold. “At last!” I hear you cry, “here comes Fury with a bag full of truth!”

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I can’t quite place my finger on it, but too much didn’t quite add up for me, despite many positives. I guess firstly its newness doesn’t help. Built in 1992, it’s of an age where it’s modern enough to lack character but too old to be impressive.

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Then there’s the sticky-out red turnstiles. I don’t know what it is about them, but they had very little appeal to me. Sure, there were some saloon-door blue ones which look a bit better behind the open terraces, but the red ones didn’t get me going.

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Also, the fact that the stadium is on the outskirts of town rather than central doesn’t help. You feel like you’re on a retail park, regardless of some lovely hilly views around it.

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The two main stands, whilst identical, are quite nice and certainly make this feel proper, even if the time on one of the clocks outside was wrong. I know Old Trafford has a similar timepiece dedicated to the Munich air disaster but there was no hint that this was anything other than someone needing to change the battery.

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Although it doesn’t sound it, that was me subtly moving into Forthbank’s positives. Although you can’t see a lot from the outside due to a wall, it’s easy enough to get photos of the interior.

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But that’s not my favourite thing about this football ground. It has, in my opinion, the best road sign in football. I know, you’ve heard it all before.

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But a junction for farm access? Brilliant! So all in all not a classic. Maybe I was a bit jaded, as I’d done so many Scottish grounds, maybe I was expecting a little bit more character. It’s undoubtedly worth visiting but I can’t imagine it’ll be troubling anyone’s top ten list.

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