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has rated Humbug Park 2.0 out of 5.

davidapattison-67's review of Humbug Park

I visited Humbug Park to spectate at a East Region South Division league (i.e. third and bottom tier of the divisions) match between Crossgates Primrose and Dundonald Bluebell who were concluding their promotion run at the end of the 2013/14 season.

The ground has an accessible location on a side street off the main road south out of Crossgates. Several bus routes pass through the village and only short walk is required to reach Humbug Park. Car parking is in the surrounding streets and is likely only to be a problem if there is a local derby or Scottish Junior Cup tie with a well supported club.

Humbug Park is basic in terms of facilities for both players and spectators. There are no seated or covered facilities for spectating, toilet facilities are minimal and the majority of the spectating areas is an extensive swathes of flat grassland. The playing pitch can be viewed without obstruction from all areas of the ground. Catering is from a permanent kiosk adjacent to the club house and provides the usual range of hot and cold snacks and drinks.

As an occasional spectator on the fife junior club scene I will on future pick my days carefully to revisit Humbug Park i.e. no wind, no threat of rain and preferably in the warmer months of Spring and Autumn, but if you want to experience junior football at its basic level this is one of the places to come.

Location

Humbug Park is located on the southern edge of Crossgates village, c.5 miles east of Dunfermline.
The ground is easily reached on foot from the village centre and is close several bus routes which link Dunfermline to communities to the north, east and south east of the village.
Car parking is in the surrounding street and ion the main south road into the village. Were there to be a match attracting a sizeable crowd parking could become difficult and at some distance from the park, however I would think this happens on few occasions

View

The pitch is on slope and appears to be uneven in its surface. It appears as if only the basic care is taken to tending the surface and I would expect it would become very heavy and probably cut up badly during the winter months of the season.
A single rail fence surrounds the playing pitch.
there is no seated area nor are there any covered standing areas for spectators, and other than a concreted terraced area at the players clubhouse entrance and partly behind one goal the rest of the spectating area is a level grass surround.
consequently however there is an unobstructed view of the pitch from all parts of the ground.

Facilities

The facilities inside the ground are limited. Toilets are situated behind the clubhouse.

Food & Drink

There is a catering kiosk in the ground selling the usual range of hot and cold snacks, pies, burgers and drinkls

Police & Stewards

No police or stewards in attendance nor was there any need to have them present.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere was poor on my visit. there was a very small crowd even tho' the visiting team were on the verge of clinching promotion. Having said that as the majority of the pitch is surrounding by extensive flat grass areas it would be difficult to generate much of an atmosphere even if there was a large crowd.

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Ratings for Humbug Park

ApsectRating
LocationAspect 1 rating: 3.5 stars
ViewAspect 2 rating: 2.5 stars
FacilitiesAspect 3 rating: 2.0 stars
Food & DrinkAspect 4 rating: 2.5 stars
Police & StewardsN/A
AtmosphereAspect 6 rating: 1.0 star
OverallOverall rating: 0.0 stars

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2.5 stars
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