Ewe Camp squeezes into top 100 football venues

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A new book called British Football’s Greatest Grounds has ranked Northend Thistle’s Ewe Camp as one of the top 100 must-see football venues in the UK.

The Lochranza pitch, affectionately known as the Ewe Camp as it is regularly used as a grazing field for sheep, has been ranked number 99, just after the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium!

Author Mike Bayly described the Ewe Camp, after visiting in 2019, as: ‘an astonishingly beautiful football setting. Located adjacent to a whisky distillery and surrounded by the sunlit hills of Torr Nead on three sides, it is the very essence of Scotland in miniature’.

Ewe Camp is featured over three pages and includes photographs of Northend Thistle playing a match against Southend.

Northend Thistle manager Chris Traill said: ‘It’s a fantastic coffee table book for all football nerds like myself.’

He was, however, less optimistic about the future of the Arran Dairies League and the long-term future of the club , adding: ‘I doubt very much the Arran football league will come back in the short term and certainly most of my team will be retired by the time it does. So I think it’s probably a fitting way to bow out for the time being. I will no doubt continue to turn up for the odd ‘over age’ five-a-side every now and again.’

British Football’s Greatest Grounds by Mike Bayly is available at Amazon, Waterstones and other online stores and bookshops.




British football’s greatest grounds by Mike Bayly includes the most scenic, historic and important football grounds in Britain, including Lochranza’s Ewe Camp. No_B08ewecamp01

A two-page spread shows the Northend Thistle FC grounds in all its splendor. No_B08ewecamp02

The article features comments from Northend Thistle FC manager Chris Traill and some interesting details about the club. No_B08ewecamp03