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Ebbsfleet United
Stonebridge Road

Capacity: 5,011 (Seating 500)
Address:
Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent DA11 9GN
Main Telephone No: 01474 533796
Fax No:
01474 324754
Team Nickname: 
The Fleet
Year Ground Opened: 1905
Pitch Size: 112 x 72 yards
Home Kit Colours: Red & White
Official Web Site:
www.ebbsfleetunited.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Fleet Trust
Home Of The Fleet
The Fans Club
My Football Club

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Contents
What's The Ground Like?
Main Stand
(photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Where To Drink?
Liam Daish Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park

By Train

Plough End (photo)
Admission Prices
Programme Price

Local Rivals

Fixtures 2012-2013
Looking Towards The Swanscombe End (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Stonebridge Road Location Map

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What's The Ground Like?
Although the ground is old and has plenty of character, it has lacked any major investment for some years now. This is clearly showing, with parts of the ground looking tired and on its 'last legs'. On one side of the ground is an old looking wooden Main Stand. This single tiered covered stand, is all seated and runs for around half the length of the pitch. This stand has a fair number of supporting pillars running along the front of it, although the seating is raised above pitch level. There is also a tiny terrace in front of this stand. Entrance to the seated Main Stand is gained within the ground, on payment of a transfer fee (£2 per adult, £1 per concession). Opposite is a fair sized terrace, which has a simple rusty looking roof which covers the middle portion of it. This terrace was named the Liam Daish Stand in 2012.

One end is known as the Plough End, gaining its name from the former pub that was situated just behind it. This is a former covered terrace. In 2006 seats were installed in its front portion with the rear area being unused for spectators, I think due to an unsafe roof. From a distance this stand looks quite picturesque as it is has a wooded hill just beyond it. The other end, known as the Swanscombe End, is an open terrace, that is dominated by a huge electricity pylon which sits directly behind it. The Club Shop is located inside the ground.

The Club was formed in 1946, following the merger of Northfleet United and Gravesend United.
It was renamed Ebbsfleet United in 2007.

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Main Stand


 Main Stand

Thanks to Kieron Stanley for providing some of the photos on this page.

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Rob Crossan comments; 'Normally segregation is not in force for most home games. However if required then the open terrace at one of the ground, can be allocated specifically to away fans. It is a fairly steep, old fashioned with few facilities. The ground may been completely bypassed by modernity, but the atmosphere is good and the home fans in the covered end, behind the goal kept up a non stop barrage of singing throughout the half that Gravesend were attacking it'. Culinary delights on offer include; Chicken curry & rice (£3), Chilli and rice (£3), Jacket potato with cheese (£2), Cheeseburger (£3), Burger (£2), Hot Dogs (£2), Pasties (£1.50), Pies (£1.50), Bacon Rolls (£1.80) and Chips (£1).

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Where To Drink?

Inside the ground is a comfortable Club House which is popular with both home and away fans alike. However, it may be advisable to check before entering the ground, whether segregation is in place, as if so, then as an away supporter you may not be able to gain access to it. Otherwise about a ten minute walk away near to Swanscombe Railway Station is the George and Dragon, which has a selection of real ales available. There is little in the way of other watering holes near to the ground, with the nearby Plough pub being closed down and converted into a cafe.

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Liam Daish Stand


 Covered Terrace

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How To Get There And Where To Park
First thing to note is that the ground is in Northfleet.  

From the M25 (South):
Leave the M25 at Junction 2 and take the A2 towards Gillingham. Then take the B262 towards Stone/Greenhithe. At the end of the B262 turn right onto the A226 towards Northfleet & Gravesend. Keep on this road until you reach the ground on your left.

From the M25 (North) - Dartford Bridge:
After coming over the bridge keep to the left hand lanes and after passing through the toll booths turn left onto the A226, towards Northfleet. Keep on this road until you reach the ground on your left.

There is some parking available behind the Swanscombe End at a cost of £3. Keith Wood adds; '
Parking is available on matchdays in Car Park C at Ebbsfleet International, which costs £2'. The car park is about a five minute walk away from the ground. Otherwise there is nearby street parking available.

Map Showing The Location Of The Stonebridge Road Ground (at the bottom of this page).

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By Train
The nearest station to the ground is Northfleet, which is only a few minutes walk away from the ground. The station is served by trains from London Bridge & Charing Cross. Just come straight out of the station and turn left at the top of the road. The ground can be then seen down on the right.

Ben Hudspith a visiting Kidderminster Harriers fan informs me; 'I found it easier to go from London St Pancras on the high speed service and get off at Ebbsfleet Internantional. The jouney time from St Pancras is under 20 minutes and trains are every 15 minutes in both directions. For walking directions come out of the side entrance of the station which will bring you into Car Park C. Walk right down to the end of this car park and through the entrance then walk straight under the bridge and you will see the ground right in front of you. It will take about five minutes for you to walk or there is a Fast Track bus available from the main entrance of the station which runs every 10 minutes. Going by train this way also has the added bonus of being able to go to Gravesend beforehand (the next stop on train from Ebbsfleet International and only a copule of minutes journey time), where there are a wider variety of pubs to be found. I found both the Somerset Arms, which showed live televised sports and the Railway Bell outside the raliway station to be both very welcoming'.

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Plough End


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Admission Prices

Terrace:
Adults £15,
Over 60's/Under 18's £10, Under 13's £5, Under 5's Free.

Seating:
Enter through the terrace turnstiles and pay a £2 transfer fee inside.

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Programme Price
Official Programme £2.50

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Local Rivals
Dartford and from further afield Margate.

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Fixtures 2012-2013
Ebbsfleet United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Looking Towards The Swanscombe End

 

Looking Towards The
                    Swanscombe End

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
12,032 v Sunderland
FA Cup 4th Round, February 12th 1963.

Average Attendance:
2011-2012: 1,017 (Blue Square Premier)
2010-2011: 1,006 (Blue Square South)
2009-2010: 1,068 (Blue Square Premier)

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Fans Reviews Of Stonebridge Road
Rhys Warriner (Mansfield Town) 28/1/12
Steve Bailey
(Luton Town) 20/3/10

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They have a huge choice of places to stay and their booking facility is straightforward 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.

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Map showing the location of the stadium, railway station and listed pubs

Instructions for using the map:
- Use the bar on the left of the map to zoom in / out using the + / - keys.
- Click and drag an area of the map to move around or use the up/down, left/right arrows 
- Click the Satellite button to see aerial view photograph.



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

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Last Updated:
3 December 2012