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AFC Bournemouth
Goldsands Stadium

But still known to many fans as Dean Court
Capacity: 12,000 (all seated)
Address: Dean Court, Kings Park, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 7AF
Main Telephone No: 01202 726300
Fax No: 01202 726373
Ticket Office: 01202 726338
Pitch Size: 115 x 71 yards
Team Nickname: The Cherries
Year Ground Opened:
1910 (pitch rotated 90 degrees in 2001)
Shirt Sponsors: Energy Consulting
Home Kit Colours:
Red & Black Stripes
Away Kit Colours: All White
Kit Manufacturers: Carbrini
Official Web Site: www.afcb.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Norwegian Supporters Club
Vital Bournemouth (Vital Football Network)
Cherry Chimes

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Contents
What's The Goldsands Stadium Like?
Future Developments
External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Main and Steve Fletcher Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
Energy Consulting East Stand
(photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Ted MacDougall Stand
(photo)
By Train
Looking Towards The Steve Fletcher Stand
(photo)
Ground Layout
Admission Prices

Local Rivals

Programme & Fanzine

Disabled Facilities
Fixtures 2014-2015
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Dean Court Before Redevelopment
Hotel Accommodation
Goldsands Stadium Location Map

 

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What's Goldsands Stadium Like?

The stadium has been greatly improved with the addition of the Ted MacDougall Stand at the South End of the stadium. Although temporary in nature, the stand which is named after a former centre forward, fills what was an open end, making the ground four sided. The stand itself was erected in the Summer of 2013 and looks quite impressive. Having a capacity of 2,400 seats it is of a decent size and is all seated. The only drawback is that it has a couple of supporting pillars at its front.

The rest of the stadium was literally built in 2001 in a matter of months. All three stands are of roughly the same design and height and are quite smart looking, with the Main Stand having a row of executive boxes to its rear. Each is a covered single tiered stand, with good views of the playing action with perspex windshields at each side. One nice touch is that the windshields to either sides of the stands have been brightened up with the addition of some huge player photos. The stand roofs have perspex panels allowing more light to reach the pitch. There is also a small video screen installed beneath the roof of the Main Stand towards the South End.

When the new stadium was built the pitch was rotated 90 degrees from its old position. So if you ever visited the old ground, try figuring out where the old Brighton Beach End was located! Originally known as Dean Court the ground was renamed the Goldsands Stadium in 2012 under a corporate sponsorship deal. The stadium is completed with a set of unusual looking floodlights that are situated in the open corners.

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Future Developments
After looking at the feasibility of constructing a new stadium, the Club are now looking again at expanding Dean Court. The number of seats could be increased to 15,000 by building a larger and more permanent Ted MacDougall Stand at the South end of the ground. In addition the corners of the stadium could also be filled with seating, to further boost the capacity to 18,000. However no timescales have been announced as to when this might take place.

External View


External View

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are located on one side of the Energy Consulting East Stand, which is situated at one side of the pitch. The normal allocation for this area is 1,500 seats, but this can be increased to 2,000 if required. The stand is shared with home supporters and offers a good view of the playing action. The facilities are okay a normally there is a good atmosphere. Please bear in mind though that if you have tickets for the lower rows in this stand, then at the beginning and towards the end of each season, the sun can shine quite brightly into this area, so make sure you bring your shades and a cap! I had a fairly relaxing visit to the stadium with no problems experienced.

Food on offer inside the ground includes a range of Pies; Steak and Ale, Chicken & Mushroom Chicken Balti (all 3), Burger/Cheeseburgers (3.50), and Hot Dogs (3.50). Ian Holt a visiting Reading fan adds; 'Compared to other grounds there is little in the way of burger vans outside the ground or in the vicinity of the stadium. Although inside the menu looked quite good only Steak & Ale Pies, Sausage Rolls or Hot Dogs were available when we visited'.

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Main and Steve Fletcher Stands


Main and Steve Fletcher Stands

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Where To Drink?

There is the 1910 Supporters Bar at the ground, but this is for home fans only. Similarly the closest pub to the stadium, the Queens Park Hotel on Holdenhurst Road (alongside the A338 Wessex Way) also does not allow in away supporters.

Around a 10-15 minute walk away is the Sir Percy Florence Wetherspoons outlet on Christchurch Street, in nearby Boscombe. Away fans are welcome at this pub, but no colours are allowed. Next door to Wetherspoons is the Mello Mello bar which also admits away supporters (and with colours). Whilst a little further down on the opposite side of the street is the 'Shark Bites' Bar. Otherwise alcohol is available to visiting supporters inside the stadium at 3 a pint of John Smith's, Fosters (330ml bottles 2.50). Bulmers Cider (Bottles 2.50), Red or White Wine (3.70 for a small bottle).

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Energy Consulting East Stand


East Stand

Note how the seats have become discoloured from the sunlight over the years.

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Follow the A338 towards Bournemouth. The ground is situated on the left of the A338 in the outskirts of town. You should be able to spot the tops of the ground floodlights on the left. Otherwise leave the A338 via the slip road which is signposted  Kings Park/Football traffic. You will then reach a small roundabout at which you take the second exit into Kings Park Drive. The entrance to the stadium and car park are down this road on the left. The car park at the ground is of a good size, however please note that this costs 50p per hour, otherwise you may find yourself with a penalty ticket for your trouble.

Map showing the location of the Dean Court football ground (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV:
BH7 7AF

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Ted MacDougall Stand

Ted MacDougall Stand
By Train
The nearest train station is Pokesdown which is roughly a mile from the ground and is around a 15 minute walk away. However, most trains arrive at Bournemouth Central, which is around a half an hour walk to the ground. Either try to get a train to Pokesdown or grab a cab (7-8). If you do arrive at Pokesdown Station (which is served by trains from London Waterloo), then exit the station (there is only one exit) and turn right down the main Christchurch Road (A35). Proceed for about 400 metres and then turn right into Gloucester Road. Dean Court is located down the bottom of this road. Thanks to Andy Young for providing the directions from Pokesdown Station.

If you arrive at Bournemouth Central, then leave the station by the South exit, thereby facing
an Asda Supermarket. Turn left and walk down to the main Holdenhurst Road. Turn left (going away from the town centre) and then keep straight on along Holdenhurst Road for around 25 minutes, reaching the Queens Park pub (recommended by this Guide). Continue straight on past the pub until you reach a roundabout at which you turn right into Kings Park Drive. The ground is down the bottom of this road on the left. Alternatively you can catch a Yellow Number 33 bus to the ground, normally a half hourly service. Come out of Station again by the South exit, facing Asda and turn left until you get to a Texaco Garage. There is a bus stop with shelter on the same side of the road. Ask the driver to be let off near Kings Park Drive. Please note that if you decide to use the same service coming back, take a yellow number 2 bus as this is a circular service'. Latest bus timetables can be accessed by visiting the Yellow Buses website. Thanks to Richard Barnes for supplying the directions from Bournemouth Central.

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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Looking Towards The Steve Fletcher Stand


Steve Fletcher Stand

Admission Prices

Home Fans:
Main Stand (Centre): Adults 35, Concessions 25, Junior Cherries 12
Main Stand (Wings): Adults 29, Concessions 22, Junior Cherries 7
Main Stand (Family Area):
Adults 25, Concessions 14, Junior Cherries 6
Steve Fletcher (North) Stand: Adults 25, Concessions 14, Junior Cherries 7
Energy Consulting East Stand (Centre): Adults 30, Concessions 22, Junior Cherries 12
Energy Consulting East Stand (Wings): Adults 26, Concessions 14, Junior Cherries 7
Ted MacDougall Stand:
Adults 25, Concessions 14, Junior Cherries 7

Away Fans:
East Stand: Adults 26, Concessions 14

* Concessions apply to over 65's, under 16's, and full time students (providing that NUS proof of student status can be shown) and the disabled.

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Dean Court Layout


Dean Court Layout

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Local Rivals
Brighton, Southampton, Aldershot and from further a field Leeds.

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Programme & Fanzine
Official Programme: 3.
View from the tree Fanzine: 1.

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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.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
AFC Bournemouth fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance

11,772 v Real Madrid
Friendly, July 21st, 2013.


Before the ground was re-developed:
28,799 v Manchester United
FA Cup 6th Round, March 2nd 1957.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 9,952 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 6,852 (League One)
2011-2012: 5,881 (League One)

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Fans Reviews Of The Goldsands Stadium
Gary Exton (Nottingham Forest) 19/8/14
Alex Royal (Middlesbrough) 15/3/14
Thomas Murphy (Watford) 18/1/14
David Windridge (Blackburn Rovers) 28/9/13
James Butler (Charlton Athletic) 3/8/13
Ronan Howard (Swindon Town) 12/1/13
Matthew Cowdrey (Crawley Town) 29/12/12
James Spring (Notts County) 14/1/12
Mark Horler (Torquay United) 31/8/10
Martin Hewitt (Portsmouth) 28/7/10

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Dean Court Before Redevelopment
To view a number of photos of Dean Court before it was re-developed in 2001, visit the Old Football Grounds section of this website.

Hotel Accommodation

If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

Access their Bournemouth Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.


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Map showing the location of the Goldsands stadium, railway stations and listed pubs.



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Last Updated: 11 September 2014