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East Stirlingshire

Ground Name: Ochilview Park  (Sharing with Stenhousemuir) 
Capacity: 5,267 (2,117 Seated)
Club Contact Address:
Firs Street, Falkirk, FK2 7AY 
Telephone No: 01324 623 583
Fax No: 01324 637 862 
Pitch Size: 110 x 72 yards 
Club Nickname: The Shire 
Year Ground Opened: 1890
Home Kit Colours:
Black & White Hoops
Official Web Site:
www.eaststirlingfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
East Stirlingshire MAD
Shire Trust
Map

Contents

What's The Ground Like?
Future Ground Developments
Looking Towards The Tryst Road Terrace (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Where To Drink?
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train

Admission Prices

Programme Price

Ground Layout
Fixtures 2008-2009
Local Rivals
Record & Average Attendance
Hotel Accommodation
Feedback

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What's The Ground Like?

After 87 years the Club have left their Firs Park ground and now ground share Ochilview with Stenhousemuir. The Club found themselves unable to keep Firs Park up to Football League requirements and have signed a five year agreement to play at Stenhousemuir.

On one side of the ground, is the relatively new looking Main Stand (also known by the locals as the McCowans End, after the toffee factory in the same street). This small all seated, covered stand, runs for about half the length of the pitch and straddles the half way line. It has a couple of floodlights perched on its roof. Opposite to this stand the side of the ground is unused for spectators and just has the team dugouts and a row of small floodlights. At the Tryst Road End of the ground is good sized terrace, that recently has had a roof put on it, giving much needed shelter for the standing fans. The opposite East End of the ground is again unused for spectators. During the Summer of 2007 a new synthetic playing surface was installed at the stadium.

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Future Ground Developments
At some point Firs Park will be re-developed for housing. Whether there will be enough finance then to build a new stadium, remains to be seen.

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Looking Towards The Tryst Road Terrace


Looking Towards The Tryst Road Terrace

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Generally there is no segregation of fans for league games. If segregation needs to be enforced, then away fans are predominantly housed in the covered Tryst Road terrace which is allocated specifically to them, whilst some seats are also allocated in the Main Stand. I have yet to visit  to see East Stirling play a game at Ochilview, so if you like to add your own experiences of the ground then please e-mail me.

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Where To Drink
There is a Social Club on one corner of the Tryst Road terrace and a small bar under the Main Stand. Both welcome away supporters, although on occasions the Social Club may charge a small entrance fee, for non members. There are a couple of bars to be found in the nearby town centre (five minutes walk).

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Leave the M876 at Junction 2 and follow the A88 towards Stenhousemuir. After about three quarters of a mile turn right into Tryst Road. The ground is down the bottom of this road on the left. It is not the easiest ground to spot as it has no large floodlights that can be seen from a distance. Remember also to ignore the 'football traffic' signs around the area, as if you follow them you will eventually end up at Falkirks' ground. Street parking.

For a map showing the location of the ground click here
(to take you to the Street Map website).

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By Train
The nearest train station is Larbert, which about a half a mile away from the ground. As you come out of the station, bear left down the main (King Street) road in front of the station. Continue down Kings Road and you will reach the ground on the left. 

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Admission Prices 

Adults 10
Concessions 5
Under 16's/Students 1

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Programme Price
Official Programme 50p.

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Fixtures 2008-2009
For the East Stirling fixture list click here (to take you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Local Rivals
Falkirk, Stenhousemuir.

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Football Hotels who are powered by Activehotels, who specialise in locating accommodation near or within a short travelling distance of the football ground. They also have the added advantage over some other hotel booking services that you pay on departure. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. To access their Stenhousemuir and Falkirk page click here.

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
12,000 v Partick Thistle,
Scottish Cup, 3rd Round, February 21st 1921.

Average Attendance:
2007-2008: 385 (Division Three)
2006-2007: 307 (Division Three)
2005-2006: 256
(Division Three)

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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me and I'll update the guide.



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Last Revised: 07 January, 2008