Brockville Park

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Brockville Park
Location Scotland Hope Street, Falkirk
Coordinates 56°00′12.39″N 3°47′21.50″W / 56.0034417°N 3.7893056°W / 56.0034417; -3.7893056Coordinates: 56°00′12.39″N 3°47′21.50″W / 56.0034417°N 3.7893056°W / 56.0034417; -3.7893056
Opened 1885 (1885)
Closed 2003
Demolished 2003
Surface Grass
Capacity 7,500 – 8,000[1][2]
Record attendance 23,100 v Celtic
21 February 1953
Tenants
Falkirk F.C.
(1885–2003)

Brockville Park was a football stadium located on Hope Street in Falkirk, Scotland, 0.25 miles (0.4 km) north-west of the town centre. It was the home of Falkirk F.C. from 1885 until the end of 2002–03 Scottish football season.[3] The record attendance at Brockville Park was 23,100 on 21 February 1953 in a match against Celtic.[4][5] Nowadays the stadium has since been replaced with a Morrisons supermarket. An old turnstile is on display next to the supermarket's car park.

Layout[edit]

The main stand was situated to the West of the pitch and was mostly for home supporters and directors, with a small part towards the North end allocated to away fans. The Cooperage Lane terracing was to the South of the pitch and was for home supporters. The Watson Street terracing was to the North of the pitch and was for away fans. Part of the Watson Street end was closed in latter years as it failed to gain a safety certificate.[citation needed] The Hope Street end was divided into home and away fans separated by a metal 'cage'.

Controversy[edit]

SPL criteria[edit]

Falkirk were denied promotion to the Scottish Premier League on several occasions due to regulations and criteria which Brockville Park did not meet. The most recent was in the 2002-03 season when Falkirk, despite winning the First Division, were refused entry to the SPL. In preparation for winning the First Division that season, and the prospect of promotion, Falkirk started talks with several clubs over a ground-sharing partnership for the 2003-04 season.[6] However, the SPL criteria stated at the time that ground-sharing was prohibited for clubs in the Premier League[7] so Falkirk remained in the First Division and tried to make a ground-share agreement whilst Brockville Park was demolished.[6] Two potential partners were Airdrie United with their Excelsior Stadium and Clyde with their ground of Broadwood Stadium in nearby Cumbernauld,[6] a third option was to share Ochilview Park with local rivals Stenhousemuir and eventually an agreement was made for Falkirk to play their home games at Ochilview for one season.

Poor facilities[edit]

In 2001, when Recreation Park, the home of Alloa Athletic was deemed unsuitable by police to host a match against Celtic due to its small capacity, Brockville Park was chosen as the venue for the Scottish Cup third-round tie.[1] This was met with criticism from both clubs over the Scottish Football Association and their decision because the ground lacked under-soil heating,[1] which was significant because the match was scheduled to be played in January at the height of winter. Another argument was that a previous match between Alloa and Celtic was relocated to Partick Thistle's Firhill Stadium in Glasgow,[1] which is an all-seater stadium. Alloa Athletic's manager at the time, Terry Christie, had shown confusion to why the Scottish Cup tie was not also hosted at a similar venue, rather than Falkirk's Brockville Park, which contained terracing and was not an all-seater stadium.[1]

Closure[edit]

Brockville Park was demolished towards the end of 2003, having remained largely unchanged for decades, and was considered unsafe to host matches in the Scottish Premier League due to its largely terraced spectator areas. The site was then sold to supermarket chain Morrisons who built a new branch in place of Brockville Park.[3] The supermarket contains memorabilia commemorating Falkirk's history at Brockville Park.[3] An old turnstile from the stadium is located just outside the supermarket.[3] The club ground-shared with local rivals Stenhousemuir at Ochilview Park for the 2003–04 football season whilst their new home, the Falkirk Stadium was being constructed. In 2004 Falkirk moved to their newly built stadium on the outskirts of the town.[8]

A defunct turnstile on paving outside a supermarket
An old turnstile outside the supermarket

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e SFA prompts venue fury, BBC Sport. 2001-12-13. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  2. ^ Stadium: Brockville Park, FootballFans.eu. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  3. ^ a b c d 50 Fascinating Falkirk Facts, stforum.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  4. ^ Team Profile & History, Scottish Premier League. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  5. ^ Brockville Park, FootballGroundMAP.com. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  6. ^ a b c Falkirk to share ground, BBC Sport. 2003-01-10. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  7. ^ Falkirk consider Airdrie switch, BBC Sport. 2003-02-19. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  8. ^ Falkirk Football Club - Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk Stadium. Retrieved 2011-06-26.

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