Really?! Really! This much hatred, for spending two weeks worth of blogs outside of England? Heaven help you if my career ever went well enough to do some actually foreign gigs.
Annoyingly, I have to agree with the racist element of this blog’s readership and admit that this ground was something of a disappointment, although I lay very little blame at the feet of the football club.
This is easily the most ridiculous stadium name we’ve encountered in this blog’s history, and it only contains one stand. Unfortunately for me it was being renovated when I visited, so the only thing worth looking at was covered in scaffolding and fencing.
It’s certainly a very accessible place, and so you’ll be able to see everything on show, just so long as it’s not being rebuilt when you do choose to go. Much like Matlock Town, it’s a ground that shares with a cricket club, making it a tad odd and also quite memorable.
There’s also a second stadium within the complex, which we’ll cover in forthcoming weeks. Yeah racists, take that – we’re coming back!
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It’s a long, long time since I visited Ibrox with Lee Kyle, but it seems stupid not to include it. Even if the postbag will be inundated again with anti-Scottish sentiment. “Oooh, Scotland again, eh Andy?” Yeah, I’m so sorry that it’s been two months since the last one. Pathetic.
Even though dusk was coming when we visited, it’s definitely a grand stadium. The glass staircases at either end of the Main Stand are undoubtedly spectacular and there’s little wonder that this stand is a listed building. Its beautiful red brick façade is just magnificent.
In fact, Lee and I decided to chance our arm a little as we wandered along this end of the stadium and opened the reception door. Here, a security guard was only too happy to let us take a couple of snaps of the hallway.
Back outside and we passed the Rangers gates, always an excellent addition to a ground. There was one end that barely resembled a football ground (points off for that), but overall it was a very enjoyable visit. The Main Stand alone is worth your time.
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Aftet the awful scenes witnessed around Cumbria over the last week, this one was an absolute no brainer. Funnily enough, Brunton Park was the first ever ground I visited on this blog, but it’s nice to have a daytime visit.
I went over the summer and it’s a beautiful ground, the perfect mix of old and new. One big new stand that’s not so new it’s unlovable, but the rest is very traditional and reminds me of places like Roker Park.
Also, any ground with a stand sponsored by Edinburgh Woollen Mill is going to win points from comedy’s beigest comedian. I bloody love a pair of brown slacks.
As for Brunton Park itself, prior to it suffering some extreme flooding there was plenty to see. It’s genuinely a great ground to get checked off the list, and well worth a visit. Wacky signs, easy to see inside, and random high shelves outside one of the stands. Brilliant.
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God, I can already hear your whiny incessant voice knowing away at me. “Oooh, Andy, claim you know your football grounds do you? Strange how you don’t even know the proper name for this one.”
Yeah, strange that, isn’t it? Really odd. Or maybe, just maybe, because this ground was known for ten years since opening in 1994, that it’s just lodged in my mind that it’ll always be known as the McAlpine Stadium. Just like Bolton’s home will always be the Reebok.
Annoyingly I visited this incredibly late at night, making it tough to make much out. Comedian John Scott was a barely-interested guest, I think he largely used it as an excuse to get out of the car and have a fag, but you take what you can. Carl Hutchison couldn’t have cared less when we visited Matlock Town. So a thumbs up to John for at least getting out of the car.
This is a magnificent structure in daylight though. I’ve nicked a picture just so you can see. It’s very much one of a kind and even though it spent four years with just three sides, that made it even more of a one off in my mind.
Hopefully I’ll get to come back and visit during daylight, but regardless, this is a must-see addition on your football ground travels.
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