Fairydean Rovers’ stand is among Scotland’s elite

L-r Gala President Jim Gray with Kevin Temple (Chairman of Galafairydean Football Club) in the stands of the now 'A' listed Netherdale stadium.
L-r Gala President Jim Gray with Kevin Temple (Chairman of Galafairydean Football Club) in the stands of the now 'A' listed Netherdale stadium.

Love it or loathe it, Gala Fairydean Rovers’ 1960s stand has been promoted to the architectural top league this week after being granted A-list status by Historic Scotland.

Formerly a B-list building, the structure has attracted controversy in the past, with critics likening it to a ‘second-rate Eastern Bloc building’.

But supporters of the Netherdale club were quick to defend their spiritual home, fondly known as the San Siro among its most loyal supporters, this week.

Gala FDR chairman Kevin Temple said: “We are all proud of the stand and its history. People have mixed views on it and it does require a good deal of maintenance.

“But I welcome the move.

“The new listing may result in some restrictions on what can be done, but it should also mean access to grants if work is required.”

The Netherdale stand now joins the elite eight per cent of Historic Scotland’s 48,000 buildings that enjoy category A-listing.

The club will be hoping supporters come along and fill their stand of “national importance” when the team steps out to play Vale of Leithen in a Lowland League clash this Saturday, while Selkirk travel to play Spartans.

Following their King Cup triumph over Duns, Peebles Rovers return to league business in taking on Ormiston in an East of Scotland First Division encounter at Whitestone Park.

Speaking ahead of the match, Rovers manager John O’Hara told The Southern: “I will be looking for a win as we are in need of points to improve our league position.

“Like ourselves, Ormiston have been blowing hot and cold this season, but they appear to be a good, well-organised side, so we will have to be at our best”.

Peebles are without injured pair Greg Shortreed and Josh Hall.

Hawick Royal Albert travel to face Eyemouth United at Warner Park.

The Albert were right on track early on in the season when notching up some fine results, but of late have strayed off course and lost four games back to back.

Albert have Paul Brown back from suspension, but Andy Williamson and Michael McKenzie are both serving bans.

Kelso United face Duns away from home.