All About Galabank Stadium: Annan Athletic’s Homeland
Annan Athletic, a club in the Scottish Professional Football League, has been at Galabank Stadium since 1953. Mid-Annandale (a non-League team) and Edusport Academy (also non-League) have shared this ground from 2012 to 2014, and from 2015–2019, respectively.
General Information About Galabank – Annan Athletic Stadium
Capacity: Attendance Limit: 2500 (500 seated)
Add: North Street, Annan, Dumfries, and Galloway DG12 5DQ
Telephone: 01461 204108
Fax: 01461 204108
Official Web Site: https://www.annanathleticfc.com/
- Price for Adults: $12
- Over 65s: £6;
- 12–15s: £6;
- 12 and under with an adult: £4. Free.
The well-designed Main Stand can be found on one side. All five rows of seats in this modestly covered stand appear to be brand new. It’s located smack in the middle of things on the Western half of the turf. The remaining parts of Galabank Stadium, with the exception of the East side, are covered with hard standing areas.
However, the team dugouts are located in front of this side, so players and coaches must walk this way to access the locker rooms at halftime and the end of the game. High netting is installed beyond this side of the ground in an effort to keep balls from being kicked outside of Galabank Stadium.
If segregation is necessary, away fans will sit in the North End of the ground (nicknamed the “Astro End”), so named for the Astroturf training pitch located behind the stands. From this point, you can see how the pitch gradually declines toward the south end (Clubhouse) of the ground.
In 2013, Galabank Stadium had some renovations that included the construction of a new covered terrace at the clubhouse end of the ground and the extension of the North terrace. For the beginning of the 2012–13 season, a synthetic 3G pitch was also put in.
Originating up North
You need to get off the A74(M) at Junction 20, then follow the signs for the B722 to Annan. Just outside of Annan, on the right, you’ll find Galabank Stadium after a short five-mile journey.
From The Southeast and East
Take the A75 south towards Dumfries from Junction 22 of the A74(M). To get to Annan, you’ll need to take a left onto the B6357 after around eight miles. When you reach the roundabout after 3/4 of a mile, take a right onto Scotts Street and continue until you reach High Street. Turn right onto the B722 (Lady Street, marked Eaglesfield) at the town center’s traffic signals; this will become North Street. After half a mile, past the athletic fields, the ground will be on the left.
From the West
Coming from Dumfries on the A75 west, turn right onto the B721 (marked Annan) and continue along the High Street. Follow the directions above until you reach a set of lights when you will turn left onto the B722, toward Eaglesfield.
Parking Your best bet for parking your car is to find a spot on the street, as there is limited parking onsite.
When traveling between Carlisle and Dumfries, stop at Annan Railway Station. It takes roughly 15 minutes to walk to the Galabank ground from the train station. After leaving the station, continue right across the High Street. You’ll see the interesting-looking bar “The Shed” (well worth a stop) on your left, and then five minutes later you’ll arrive to the equally intriguing Galabank Stadium on your left.
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History of Galabank Stadium
In 1953, Carlisle and District League club Annan Athletic relocated to Galabank. They first called Mafeking Park home in 1946–47. After a brief hiatus, the club returned to Scottish football in 1977, first competing in the South of Scotland League and then the East of Scotland League. This made it possible for the club to try out for the Scottish Cup, and on December 15, 1979, the club staged its first Scottish Cup match at Galabank Stadium, against Stranraer.
Annan Athletic was approved into the Scottish Football League on July 3, 2008, becoming the league’s newest member in lieu of the defunct Gretna. So, beginning with the 2008-09 season, Annan’s fixtures in the Scottish Football League Third Division were moved to Galabank.
Before Annan was officially welcomed into the SFL, a team from the league sent an inspection team to Galabank. They agreed that it met the requirements, with the caveat that Annan add floodlights, which they did before their inaugural season in the Scottish Football League’s second division. The number of people who can use Galabank Stadium at once is 2,504.
For the next 2012–13 season, the grass field was replaced by a 3G artificial turf field. From 2012 to 2014, South of Scotland League club Mid-Annandale played their home games at Galabank Stadium after their prior ground in Lockerbie was rendered unplayable.
From 2015 until they moved to their own turf at Alliance Park in Strathclyde Country Park in 2019, the South League and, more recently, the Lowland League team Edusport Academy used the field.
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Annan Athletic FC
A Scottish football team, Annan Athletic FC plays its home games in the town of Annan in the county of Dumfries and Galloway. Before being accepted into the Scottish Football League in 2008, Annan Athletic won the South of Scotland League twice and the East of Scotland League four times.
Annan Air Training Corps was established in December 1942; the club became known as Annan Athletic in April 1943. Annan Athletic joined the Carlisle and District League and the Cumberland Football Association for the next season.
It was a wise decision, as Annan Athletic Football Club swept all but one of their inaugural season’s competitions. Annan continued to play in the Carlisle and District League until the 1977–78 season when they returned to Scottish football by joining the South of Scotland Football League. In 2000, when two new clubs were invited to the Scottish Football League, Annan petitioned to join but was rejected in favor of Peterhead and Elgin City.
Annan led the league by three points after the first quarter of the 2011-12 season. The following year, Forfar Athletic ended Jim Chapman’s rule with a playoff victory over Annan, winning 6-4 on aggregate. Peter Murphy, an Irishman, is the third manager in Annan Athletic’s history as a Scottish Premier League club.
Annan and Clyde shared the same division for a number of seasons, leading to the development of a heated rivalry that was only exacerbated when former Annan manager Jim Chapman accepted the head coaching position at Bully Wee, taking with him a number of key players. Annan Athletic FC was named its first manager in 1975; earlier, the team was selected by the club’s management committee.
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