The Ports return to action this Saturday as we travel to Scotland to face Stranraer in a pre-season friendly at Stair Park. Kick-off is at 1pm.

The third oldest club in Scotland, Stranraer have a long a proud history, and the connections with Portadown FC date back over 60 years.

In May 1961, as The Ports prepared for a test match with Linfield to decide the destination of the Irish League title, Gibby McKenzie took his team across the Irish Sea for a warm up game against Scottish second division side Stranraer

It was a success jaunt for the Shamrock Park side as they ran out 6-2 winners with goals from Eamon Gorman (4), Callan and Robinson. A young inside forward playing for the home side caught the eye of McKenzie and he was quick to snap up the dig soon 18 year old Jimmy McMillan.

The Ports returned to Stair Park in August 1972 for a pre-season meeting but this time Stranraer turned the tables winning 6-3. The Portadown scorers on this occasion were Brian Morrison, Vic Fleming and a Collinings own goal.

The friendship between the clubs was strengthened and Portadown returned again the following summer. Brian Mirriywad again on the score sheet but it was not enough as Stranraer ran out 3-1 victors.

A a gap of one year it was back along Loch Ryan in 1975 with the home side winning 3-0.

Portadown were keen to host Stranraer at Shamrock Park, but the political climate at the time was not conducive. We had to wait 40 years when our Scottish visitors won 1-0 at Shamrock Park in 2015.

Written by Trevor Clydesdale



  • There is limited parking for away coaches in the vicinity of Stair Park and coaches may be directed to parking facilities about 0.5 mile away from the park.




  • The train station is 0.7 mile from Stair Park.
  • Entry is by cash or card at the turnstiles which will be open at least one hour before Kick Off.
  • Segregation will be in place for this match, however, dependent on the numbers a designated seated area may be provided for away fans in the North Stand




  • No Surfing Flags are allowed in the ground.
  • Banners, or other articles which could, or might be used as a weapon, or to cause annoyance or unnecessary obstruction or offence, are not permitted within the ground.
  • Flags on 1.2 metre canes are allowed and any large Flags, which must be fire retardant, can be displayed in unoccupied areas of the ground at the discretion of the Safety Officer.
  • Stair Park is a no smoking stadium in the stands and enclosed areas.
  • Continual standing in the seated areas is not permitted.
  • Any use of flares will be treated as a serious incident.
  • Large flags which are permitted can be placed in unoccupied areas only at the discretion of the Safety Officer.
  • All persons entering Stair Park are admitted subject to the condition that they may be required to submit to search to prevent prohibited articles being brought into the ground which might be used to cause injury or damage to other persons or property.
  • Further ground regulations can be found on the Stranraer Football Club website.
  • The Pavilion Bar at the ground will be open for both sets of support on the day.
  • The “Fitba’ Bar is just under a mile from Stair Park in North Strand Street, Stranraer, post code, DG9 7LD, TEL 01776704121