Shielfield Park – Berwick Rangers

Capacity:
4,131 (Seated 1,366)
Address:
Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 2EF
Telephone:
01289 307 424
Fax:
01289 307 424
Pitch Size:
110 x 70 yards
Pitch Type:
Grass
Club Nickname:
The Borderers
Year Ground Opened:
1954
Undersoil Heating:
No
Home Kit:
Gold and Black

Shielfield Park has a classic oval shape, with a cinder track surrounding the playing area, which is used by the Berwick Bandits Speedway team during the summer. The Main Stand is on the west side of the pitch. It is all seating, mostly with quite large plastic tip up seats, but a section at the northern end are backless. There are a row of floodlights running across the front of the stand which could impede your view. On the opposite side there is terracing which doers’t extend all the way to the far end. The central part of this side has a good sized roof which should provide excellent cover in all but the worst driving rain. This area is known as the ‘Ducket Enclosure’.
There is no access at all to the northern end as most available space is taken up by the bend of the speedway track. Whilst at the southern end there is just a flat pathway to access the ‘Ducket’ side. Although there is nothing to prevent spectators standing in this area, it is a long way from the pitch, and of course a very long way to the far end goal. There is a pronounced slope from the south end down to the north end. This slope is also prevalent in the Main Stand as the walkway at the front of the seats goes down also. Some of the seats are not exactly parallel with the pitch.

Supporters are not normally segregated at Shielfield. If segregation needs to be enforced then the Main Stand can be split between home and away supporters. If necessary, such as a visit by one of the old firm sides, then all of the terracing can be allocated. As Bill Purvis adds; ‘Visiting supporters can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and friendly banter both in the ground and in some of the local hostelries before the match. We do take exception however to being called “English ********” especially as most of the team and half the support are Scots’!

Nick Vagg informs me; ‘There is the Black & Gold pub adjacent to the ground which is popular with both home and away fans. It has been recently refurbished and has a big screen to show SKY Sports’. Bill Purvis adds; ‘Otherwise, coming into the ground by car on the B6354 (see directions) you will pass the Grove which is always popular with both sets of supporters. If you are walking from the Railway Station you will pass several pubs most of which are not too bad, however, once you cross the River Tweed into Tweedmouth you will come upon the Angel Inn on your left which has plenty of Berwick football memorabilia adorning its walls and is a favourite haunt of the home support. After the Match many go to “Barrels Alehouse” which is a well known pub situated at the Berwick end of the Old Bridge’. There is also the Bonarsteads Bar on Northumberland Road, which also welcomes away fans.

From The North
From the A1 around Berwick and continue crossing the River Tweed. Then take the left turn towards Spittal (B6354). After about one mile, you will reach the entrance to the ground on your left.

From The South
From the A1, take the right turn towards Spittal (B6354). After about one mile, you will reach the entrance to the ground on your left.

Car Parking
There is plenty of free car parking available at the ground.

Berwick-upon-Tweed Railway Station is around a twenty minute walk away from Shielfield Park. 

Thanks to Colin Wallace for providing the following directions from the station to the ground: ‘When you leave the station car park, turn right and follow the road around to the left (the opposite direction to the traffic flow on a one way street). Turn right into Castlegate (this is the main road in to town). Go under the archway of the old town walls and you will come across a mini-roundabout that is opposite to the bus station. Turn right and cross the Royal Tweed Bridge. You are now in Tweedmouth. At the other end of the bridge just follow the road as it curves around to the left, passing a school and a Co-op Superstore. Just after that you will come across a railway viaduct. Turn right here into Shielfield Terrace and the ground is 150-200 yards down on your right.

Brian Scott adds; ‘Anyone who would like a more scenic route which avoids the town and most of the traffic, but does not increase the journey time (unless you stop to look at the wildlife in the river), might like to follow this easy route, but with some steep steps. Also not suitable after dark. Come out of the station and go right – down some steps into Castle Vale Park. You will find the Castle Parks Trail and go down the sloping path and then down some steps to the north bank of the river Tweed. To your right you will have stunning views of the river and The Royal Border Bridge opened in 1850. Turn left onto the river walk path and go under The Royal Tweed Bridge which opened in 1928. If you keep to the river in front of some houses you will come to the Berwick Old Bridge which was built in 1633. Cross the bridge taking time to look down at the wildlife, and at the end of the bridge bear left into Main Street. Follow this road up a slight incline and left into Prince Edward road and then you are back on the original route.’

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Adults £10
Concessions £5  

Official Programme £2.

Bill Purvis informs me; ‘Matches against Stranraer are jokingly known as Border derbies although it is probably somewhere around 190 miles between the two towns!’

The Club has space for around 15-20 wheelchair users with accompanying carer in the North Stand. The Club admit wheelchair users and carer free of charge.

Berwick Rangers FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Record Attendance

13,365 v Glasgow Rangers
Scottish Cup 1st Round
28th January 1967. (Berwick Won 1-0).

Average Attendance
2018-2019: 478 (League Two)
2017-2018: 434 (League Two)
2016-2017: 427 (League Two)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: [email protected] and I’ll update the guide.

Special thanks to Luke Crawford for providing the photos of Shielfield Park Berwick Rangers.