|What's The Goldsands
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)
Looking Towards The Steve Fletcher Stand (photo)
Programme & Fanzine
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Dean Court Before Redevelopment
Goldsands Stadium Location Map
|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
|It is believed that the Club are
exploring the possibility of moving to a new
stadium. The Club do not own Dean Court. so moving
to a new stadium would give the Club more freedom
and security. It is thought that if this were to
happen then it could be a site further out of
Bournemouth towards Bournemouth Airport.
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
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'.
|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.
Note how the seats have become discoloured from the sunlight over the years.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
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
|Ted MacDougall Stand|
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
|Brighton, Southampton, Aldershot and from further a field Leeds.|
|Programme & Fanzine|
View from the tree Fanzine: £1.
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|AFC Bournemouth fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
11,772 v Real Madrid
|Fans Reviews Of The Goldsands Stadium|
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
|To view a number of photos of Dean
Court before it was re-developed in 2001, visit the
Football Grounds section of this website.
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|Map showing the location of the Goldsands stadium, railway stations and listed pubs.|
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