Gala Fairydean Football Club
Website http://www.galafairydeanfc.co.uk/
Formed 1907
Colours Home: Black & White Vertical Striped Shirts / Black Shorts / Black Socks.
Away: Sky Blue Shirts / Blue Shorts / Sky Blue Socks.
Honours
East of Scotland League Champions 1960-61, 1961-62, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1968-69, 1988-89, 1990-91
Scottish Qualifying Cup (South) 1961-62, 1965-66, 1966-67, 1978-79, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1991-92.
East of Scotland City Cup 1960-61, 1987-88.
East of Scotland Qualifying Cup 1926-27, 1946-47, 1961-62, 1965-66, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1990-91, 1994-95.
East of Scotland League Cup 1993-94.
King Cup 1911-12, 1912-13, 1914-15, 1929-30, 1946-47, 1960-61, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1968-69, 1971-72, 1988-89.
Scottish Border Counties FA Challenge Cup 1913-14, 1946-47, 1947-48, 1955-56.
Area
Viewed as the ‘capital’ of the Scottish Borders, the burgh of Galashiels (pop. 12,367 – 2001 census) is usually abbreviated to ‘Gala’ locally. It is perhaps best known for the manufacture of textiles, being the location of the Scottish College of Textiles, now part of Heriot-Watt University. Robert Burns wrote a poem about Gala called, ‘Braw Lads,’ which is sung every year at the ‘Braw Lads Gathering’ festival, which celebrates the Charter awarded to the town in 1559, with riders on horseback parading through the streets.
Useless Fact Gala locals are referred to as ‘Braw Lads / Lasses’, although in other parts of the region they are called ‘pail mercs’ – a colloquial term which refers to the fact that the town was the last in the Borders to get indoor plumbing.
Club History
A history of the club up to the year 2000 can be found here.
Since that was penned.....
Ground
Netherdale, Galashiels.
The name ‘Netherdale’ refers to a large area on the eastern edge of Galashiels, comprising the stadiums for Fairydean, Gala RFC and a huge playing field with several rugby and football pitches marked out.
Spectators arriving at the football stadium are presented with the only chance in the East of Scotland League to enter the ground through a traditional turnstile. A match programme, costing £1, is produced for every game, which is available at the gate.
The ominous-looking grey concrete stand is not the prettiest structure you will ever clap eyes on, but it’s actually a listed building and the high cantilevered roof means an unrestricted view of the action, if not too much protection from the elements. Inside are spacious dressing rooms, a recently refurbished bar and a players lounge. Fairydean purchased 300 black plastic ‘tip-up’ seats from Newcastle United when St James’s Park was rebuilt several years ago. However, these were removed during the summer of 2006 and the seating now consists of slatted wooden benches.
Fairydean groundshare with Border Amateur League side Gala Rovers, and in recent years this arrangement has been to the detriment of the playing surface. Recognising the problem, the club is now receiving specialist help and advice from a local turf maintenance company.
Netherdale has six floodlight pylons, allowing mid-week matches and although it has hosted EoS Association cup finals in the past, it recently seems to have fallen out of favour with the powers that be. A shame because, despite any faults, visiting this ground remains a truly unique experience, it’s nostalgic feel and historical features giving the place a quaint charm that modern grounds could never match.
Parking There is a large car park outside the ground.
Toilet Facilities In the bar underneath the stand.
Disabled Access The only route to the stand is up steps, so it’s a no-go area for wheelchairs, but there is a paved area in front of the stand, which affords a good view of the pitch. Gala are thorough and professional in everything they do and club officials will be only too pleased to assist spectators with special needs.
Gallery (click on image to view full-size)
Directions
Directions to ground
Eating & Drinking
The catering booth is set into the side of the stand, on your right as you enter the ground, serving the usual staples of a football fan’s diet at reasonable prices. Netherdale is quite a distance from the town centre but if you arrive early enough on a match day, Galashiels has a number of pubs serving food, with The Salmon Inn on Bank Street, opposite the Paton Street turn-off down to Netherdale, probably the pick of the bunch. The bar under the stand is open to anyone on a match day, but only press and team officials can enter the stand from here – paying punters will need to leave the building and go in through the turnstile.
Gala Fairydean Last Ten Years vs Vale (winners in bold)
Season Date Competition Home
Result
Away
2007-08 15/09/07 EoS First Division Gala Fairydean
1-1
Vale of Leithen
29/09/07 Scottish Cup First Round Vale of Leithen
3-1
Gala Fairydean
TBC EoS First Division Vale of Leithen
R
Gala Fairydean
2006-07 18/11/06 EoS First Division Gala Fairydean
1-1
Vale of Leithen
2005-06 05/11/05 EoS First Division Gala Fairydean
2-2
Vale of Leithen
29/04/06 EoS First Division Vale of Leithen
4-1
Gala Fairydean
2003-04 16/08/03 EoS Premier Division Gala Fairydean
5-1
Vale of Leithen
24/01/04 EoS Premier Division Vale of Leithen
0-1
Gala Fairydean
07/02/04 EoS League Cup First Round Vale of Leithen
1-4
Gala Fairydean
2002-03 31/08/02 SQC (South) First Round Gala Fairydean
1-1
Vale of Leithen
07/09/02 SQC (South) First Round Replay Vale of Leithen
1-2
Gala Fairydean
02/11/02 EoS Premier Division Gala Fairydean
5-3
Vale of Leithen
29/03/03 EoS Premier Division Vale of Leithen
1-2
Gala Fairydean
2001-02 18/08/01 EoS Premier Division Gala Fairydean
1-2
Vale of Leithen
08/09/01 SQC (South) First Round Gala Fairydean
2-0
Vale of Leithen
02/03/02 King Cup Second Round Gala Fairydean
1-0
Vale of Leithen
13/04/02 EoS Premier Division Vale of Leithen
1-2
Gala Fairydean
2000-01 23/09/00 EoS Premier Division Vale of Leithen
4-1
Gala Fairydean
20/01/01 EoS Premier Division Gala Fairydean
0-3
Vale of Leithen
1998-99 29/08/98 EoS First Division Vale of Leithen
1-0
Gala Fairydean
19/12/98 EoS First Division Gala Fairydean
1-2
Vale of Leithen
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