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Eastbourne Borough FC

Ground Name: Priory Lane
Capacity:
4,151 (542 Seats)
Address:
Sports Club, Priory Lane,
Eastbourne, Sussex, BN23 7QH

Main Tel No:
01323 766265
Fax No:
01323 741627
Pitch Size:
115 x 72 yards
Team Nickname: 
The Sports
Year Ground Opened: 1983
Home Kit Colours:
Red & Black
Official Web Site:

www.eastbourneboroughfc.co.uk

Unofficial Web Sites:
www.ebfcsc.org.uk
Supporters Forum

Map
Contents
What's The Ground Like?
Looking Towards The River End
(photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Where To Drink?

Main Stand (photo)
How To Get There & Where To Park
By Train/Metro
Mick Green Stand
(photo)
Ground Layout
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Local Rivals
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2010-2011
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Reviews
Hotel Accommodation

 

What's The Ground Like?
Although a tidy and well kept ground, it is one of the smaller in the Blue Square Premier. On one side is  the smart looking Main Stand. This covered, all seated stand, has a capacity of 542 seats. There are no supporting pillars, resulting in good views of the playing action. However, the stand runs for about half the length of the pitch and strangely has been built mostly to one side of the half way line, so that the team dugouts that are located in front of the stand, sit to one side of it, rather than as you would expect in the middle. Opposite is a a small covered terrace, called the Peter Fountain Stand, that extends again for around half the length of the pitch. In one corner this meets the River End Terrace, which is covered. The opposite end, the Mick Green Stand, is a small covered area which is divided into two. The team entrance from the dressing rooms to the ground runs out from this end, splitting the terrace.
 
Looking Towards The River End


Looking Towards The River End

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
If fans are segregated, then away fans supporters are are situated in the River End Terrace at one end of the ground. This terrace, although only a few steps high, does at least have some cover. If segregation is not in force then fans can pay a transfer within the ground to sit in the Main Stand. The stewarding is fairly relaxed and normally a hassle free day out. The Club provide their own catering which includes amongst other things; Cheeseburgers (£3), Burgers (£2.80), Hot Dogs (£2.80) and Chip Butties (£1.50). Alas no pies!
 
Where To Drink?
The club is situated on the very outskirts of town, so there is little in the way of local pubs. There is though a a large Clubhouse at the ground that has two bars; the Sports Bar, and the smaller Happy Jacks Bar. However, for larger games this may be only open for home fans, so it may be an idea to check with the Club beforehand. Alternatively there are three pubs within 20 minutes walk of the ground; 'The Martello Inn' on Langney Rise, 'The Kingfisher Tavern' at Langney Shopping Centre and 'The Friday Street Farm' which is a pub/restaurant in Friday Street.

For those who arrive at Eastbourne Station, then there is the
Gildredge Pub (Which has Sky Sports) right opposite, plus the nearby 'Slug & Lettuce'. Whilst for those alighting at Pevensey & Westham, then five minutes walk away in Westham,  is the Heron pub on the High Street, that has a beer garden and also serves food.
 

Main Stand


Main Stand

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How To Get There & Where To Park

From the direction of Brighton on the A27 take the A22 towards Stone Cross and Westham. At the next roundabout take the first exit again towards Stone Cross and Westham. Continue towards Stone Cross village until you will come to a crossroads, with a church on your left and the Red Lion pub on the. Turn right just past the pub onto the B2104 Friday Street. At the end of Friday Street, turn left at the double mini-roundabout into Hide Hollow (B2191). After passing Eastbourne Crematorium on your right, turn right at the roundabout into Priory Road. The entrance to the ground is about 200 yards down the road on the left. There is a good sized car par at the ground which holds 400 cars, part of which is allocated to away supporters and is free of charge. As there is only one entrance/exit to the car park, then this can lead to a bit of a bottleneck at the end of the game.

Map showing the location of the Priory Lane Football Ground (takes you to the Street Map website).

To go to a simplified page, containing the directions and pub info, which you can print out click here.

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By Train

The nearest station to the ground is Pevensey & Westham, which is around a mile and half away. However, it is not served by any practical public transport that can take you to the ground. It may be more practical to head for Eastbourne station instead. Although Eastbourne Station (which is served by trains from London Victoria) is around four miles away from the stadium, it does have public transport links and a taxi rank, whereas Pevensey & Westham does not. As Jim Burgin explains; 'Fans who come by train should get off at Eastbourne Station, walk 50 yards into town centre and catch the number 11 bus which passes the ground, ask for a dayrover which is currently £3 this will act as a return ticket. Buses run every 30 minutes and the journey takes around 25 minutes. However, the service finishes at 7pm, so not much good for evening games'. Otherwise grab a taxi up to the ground.

If you do decide to go to Pevensey & Westham station, then it is a ten minute train ride from Eastbourne Station. Turn left out of the station towards the industrial units and past the cow fields! then left at the roundabout into Priory Road to find the ground. Alternatively, if you have a bit of time on your hands; then turn right out of the station (towards mini roundabout) into Westham village and within a 5 minute walk you'll find the 'Swan' fish and chip shop and the 'Heron' pub and also Pevensey Castle (which charges a small admittance fee). Thanks to Wil Orange for providing these directions and info.

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Mick Green Stand


Mick Green Stand

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Admission Prices
Terrace:
Adults £14, Concessions £10, Under 16ís £4

Seating:
A £2 supplement is payable within the ground.
 
Official Programme
Official Programme: £2.50

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Local Rivals
Lewes.

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Ground Layout


Layout

 
Fixtures 2010-2011
Eastbourne Borough FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
3,770 v Oxford United.
FA Cup 1st Round, November 5th, 2005


Average Attendance:
2009-2010: 1,206 (Blue Square Premier)
2008-2009: 1,344 (Blue Square Premier)
2007-2008: 872 (Blue Square South)

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Fans Reviews Of Priory Lane
Steve Bailey (Luton Town) 13/2/10

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Football Hotels who are powered by Activehotels, who specialise in locating accommodation near or within a short travelling distance of the football ground. They also have the added advantage over some other hotel booking services that you pay on departure. 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. To access their Eastbourne Hotels and Guest Houses page.

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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.


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Last Updated : 1 January 2011