Ochilview Park (Stenhousemuir)

And here we are at last! Not the end of the Scottish marathon I was on with Lee Kyle, there’s loads of them left, but Stenhousemuir is one that we’ve all been waiting for.

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I’m not sure it deserves the patience and goodwill we’ve shown it, as it has all the hallmarks of a bad ground. Plastic pitch? Yes sir. No stands instead of rickety crap ones? Check. So what has it got.

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Well, let me introduce you to a real winner. Because if your ground only has two stands, then one of them had better have a name so good that it doesn’t matter about the other half of your stadium. Let me present to you… The Norway Stand.

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Hell yes! This is what we tune in for every week! Is there a better named stand in all of football? Manchester City’s fan-voted Colin Bell Stand, hijacked by United supporters so they could christen it The Bell End, doesn’t count.

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It’s a perfectly pleasant stand and probably best of all the stadium is fairly accessible for the tourist wanting a peak inside. The club offered to show me around but as the ground was open I headed in alone.

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It is a shame that the only other thing to look at is a covered terrace and some delightful looking turnstiles. There’s also a TV gantry behind the pleasant looking dugouts, done out in club colours of course.

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The only other questions that remain is who took the top off a bollard by the players’ entrance. And perhaps more importantly, how? And why?

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It’s also worth pointing out that I don’t remember Ochilview offering any views of the Ochil Hills. Which considering the four grounds I visited ahead of it all did, seemed cheeky, but I won’t hold it against them.

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And I think that sums this ground up well. There’s loads you could pick fault at, but it’s so hard to hold a grudge. Stenhousemuir is undeniably a brilliant name in Scottish foot and twinned with The Norway Stand makes this an out and out winner.

 

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