Football Ground Guide

Altrincham FC
J Davidson Stadium

(But still known to many fans as Moss Lane)
6,085 (1,154 seated)
Address: Moss Lane, Altrincham, Cheshire WA15 8AP
Main Tel No: 0161 928 1045
Fax No:
0161 926 9934
Year Ground Opened: 1910
Team Nickname: The Robins
Home Kit Colours: Red & White
Official Web Site:
Unofficial Web Site: Alty Fans Forum


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What's the Ground Like?
On one side of the ground is the Carole Nash Insurance Main Stand. This is a small single tiered all seated stand that sits astride the half way line. An old classic looking stand, it has glass windshields on either side, plus a number of supporting pillars, one of which is centrally located at the front of the stand. Views of the pitch may be further impaired by two small floodlight pylons that are located at the two front edges of the stand. On one side of this stand is a smaller separate structure, the Goodwin Family Stand. This is a very small covered all seated stand. On the other side of the Main Stand is a small open terrace that is only a couple of large steps high.

Opposite the Main Stand is the Popular Side. This is a covered terrace that runs the full length of the pitch, made unusual by having a section in the middle that has a higher roof compared to either side. At the Golf Road End is a small covered terrace, whilst opposite the Hale End is a small open terrace. If segregation is in force then this open terrace is allocated to away fans, as well as portion of seating in the Main Stand.

Moss Lane is completed with a set eight floodlight pylons, which run down each side of the ground (four on each side). A rather large (and ugly looking) telecommunications mast overlooks the  ground, but at least your mobile phone reception should be good here!

Carole Nash Main Stand

Carole Nash Main Stand

What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are mostly housed in the open Hale End Terrace at one end of the ground. Away fans can also sit in the Carole Nash Main Stand, however the leg room there is a little on the tight side. Inside the ground there is a Club shop (on the Main Stand side towards the Golf Road End) and catering is provided by a couple of burger vans.

Rob Urwin a visiting Southport fans adds; '
A great ground to visit, it wasn’t segregated on the day we  went which meant we had access to both ends. The Altrincham fans were in good voice which meant there was a decent atmosphere. It was easy to find and the catering was acceptable. The toilets weren’t the best, a little bit in the open air! There were very few stewards in attendance which was a bit of a concern considering it was a “high profile“ game but they weren’t needed so it was a good call. It is a neat ground,  more than adequate for the Conference, and a visit I look forward to'.

The Popular Terrace

Popular Terrace

Where To Drink?
There is a bar inside the ground called the Noel White Suite, which is situated under the Main Stand. It welcomes all fans, but is not generally available to away fans at half time, unless you have paid to sit in the stand. Otherwise there are little in the way of pubs near to the ground. Best take the 15 minute walk into the town centre up Moss Lane (with the ground behind you turn right) where there are plenty of pubs to be found. Alan Chadwick informs me; 'Altrincham town centre has a number of interesting pubs and bars the best being Life of Pi by the market (excellent pies and Tatton real ale) or Costellos at Goose Green (close to Tesco) which is a freehouse for the local Dunham Massey brewery'. There is also the Old Market Tavern which is well known for the quality of its real ale in Market Place, plus there is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Unicorn on Ashley Road.
Looking Towards The Golf Road End

Looking Towards The Golf
                    Road End

How To Get There & Where To Park
As Altrincham fixtures tend to coincide with the home fixtures of nearby Manchester United, then you may well be best advised to allow extra time for your journey as traffic will be heavy in the area.

From The South:

Leave the M6 at Junction 19, and take the A556 towards Manchester Airport. At the large roundabout junction with the M56, turn right onto the M56, still heading towards Manchester Airport. Leave the M56 at Junction 6 and take the A538 towards Hale Barns/Altrincham. After two miles (in which you will have passed through Hale Barns) you will go through the traffic lights that is the junction with the A5144 (Delahays Road). After these traffic lights take the third right into Westminster Road. Carry straight on down Westminster Road, which becomes Bancroft Road and then Moss Lane. The ground is down on the right.

From The North:
Leave the M6 at Junction 20A and take the M56 towards Manchester Airport. Leave the M56 at Junction 6 and take the A538 towards Hale Barns/Altrincham. Then as South.

There is very little parking at the ground itself. In nearby Urban Road there is the Blessed Thomas Holford School which allows cars to park there at a cost of £1. Otherwise street parking.

Map showing the location of the Moss Lane Football Ground (at the bottom of this page).

Hale End

Hale End

By Train/Metro
Altrincham train station is served by trains from Manchester Piccadilly and normally takes around 26 minutes. Alternatively you can also get the Metrolink tram from both Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria main line stations. There is a frequent service to Altrincham and the journey time is around 30 minutes. The ground is around a 15-20 minute walk away from Altrincham station (Interchange). Exit the Interchange via the main entrance (there is a clock tower in front of the main entrance) and take the first left into Moss Lane. Then just keep going straight down Moss Lane and you will eventually come to the ground on your left.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Admission Prices
Adults £15, OAP's £9, Under 17's £5, Under 12's £2.

Adults £13, OAP's £8, Under 17's £5, Under 12's £2.

Concessions apply to OAP's and Under 16's.

Local Rivals
Macclesfield Town

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Disabled Facilities

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.

Ground Layout


Altrincham FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
10,275 Altrincham Youth v Sunderland Youth, February 28th 1925.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 863 (Conference North)
2012-2013: 833 (Conference North)
2011-2012: 826 (Conference North)

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Fans Reviews Of Moss Lane
Steve Bailey (Luton Town) 17/10/09
Luke Barber (Tamworth) 22/9/09

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Hotel Accommodation
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Map Showing The Location Of The Moss Lane Football Ground In Altrincham

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Last Updated : 1 June 2014