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Fleetwood Town FC
Highbury Stadium

Capacity: 5,311 (Seats 2,701)
Address: Park Avenue, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 6TX
Main Tel No: 01253
775080
Fax No: 01253 775081
Pitch Size:
112 x 74 yards
Team Nickname:
Cod Army
Year Ground Opened: 1939
Home Kit Colours: Red and White
Away Kit Colours: Yellow and Navy Blue
Shirt Sponsors: BES Commercial Gas
Kit Manufacturers: Puma

Official Web Site:
www.fleetwoodtownfc.com
Unofficial Web Sites:
None at present

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Contents
What's Highbury Stadium Like?
Parkside Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Looking Towards The Percy Ronson Stand
(photo)
Where To Drink?
Highbury Stand (photo)
How To Get There & Where To Park
Memorial Stand (photo)
By Train
Percy Ronson Stand (photo)
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Local Rivals
Disabled Facilities
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2014-2015
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Highbury Stadium Location Map
 

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What's Highbury Stadium Like?
The stadium is modern having been completely re-built over the last five years, matching the teams' meteoric rise up the leagues with five promotions in seven seasons. The latest addition to the ground is the very impressive looking Parkside Stand which was first opened to spectators in March 2011. This 2,000 capacity all seated stand was a built at a cost of around £4m. It has a single tier of seating, whilst above are offices and a top row of executive boxes and hospitality area, all of which have a small tier of seating outside. These are covered by a semi circular roof, with large glassed areas to either side which allow light to get to the pitch. At the front of this stand are the team dugouts.

Opposite is the Highbury Stand, which is a small all-seated covered stand, which was opened in 2008. It is only six rows high, has a capacity of 550 and runs for only half the length of the pitch, meaning that there is a large open area next to it, although this area does feature some buildings. On the roof of the Highbury Stand is a small television gantry. For the 'eagle eyed' then directly behind it you can see a small roof which is the roof the old Main Stand which is still in existence having had the new stand built in front of it. It just shows how much the stadium has come on, when you consider that at one time there was this stand and not much else at the ground.

Both ends are covered terraces, which are similar in size in terms of height. The Percy Ronson Terrace which is given to away supporters, runs for around 2/3rds of the width of the pitch. Whilst the home end, the Memorial Stand (named in memory of the service and trawlermen who have previously lost their lives from the port of Fleetwood) is larger extending the full width of the pitch and housing just under 1,500 supporters. In one corner of the stadium between the Parkside and Memorial Stands is a large video screen. The stadium is completed with a set of modern floodlights.
 
Parkside Stand


Parkside Stand, Highbury, Fleetwood Town

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What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Away fans are mostly housed in the Percy Ronson terrace at one end of the stadium, where 831 fans can be accommodated. This terrace which was opened in 2007, is covered, free from supporting pillars and affords a good view of the playing action. The Club have recently improved the facilities in this area with a new snack bar and toliet block. The terrace capacity also includes an open flat standing area on the Highbury Stand side. The official capacities are 621 for the Percy Ronson Terrace and 210 for the Highbury side standing area. There is an away fans ticket office and programme booth situated outside the visiting supporters entrance.

Visiting supporters are also allocated 300 seats in the Parkside Stand and this can be increased if required. The facilities in this stand are far better than the terrace with alcoholic drinks available to purchase and there are large screens on the concourse showing Sky Sports. For teams with a smaller following then only the Parkside seats will be made available and not the Percy Ronson Terrace.

 

Looking Towards The Percy Ronson Stand


  Looking Towards The Percy Ronson Terrace

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Where To Drink?
There is Jim's Sports Bar at the ground, which admits away fans. The facilities in this bar are excellent, but get there early as it is bound to be very popular on matchdays. It is located at the back of the Memorial Stand and can be accessed from the park pathway that runs along that side of the ground. It is open from 12 noon on Saturdays and 5pm on matchday evenings and shows BT and Sky Sports on a large number of televisions. The Highbury Club which is located adjacent to the away turnstiles does not allow in visiting supporters.

Martin Crimp a visiting Southport fan informs me; 'We were directed to the Queens Hotel, on Poulton Road, about a 15 minute walk away.
It has Sky Sports on multi screens along with a decent pint of Thwaites. Go up Highbury Avenue then left at the St Nicholas church into Poulton Road. The Queens is about 300 yards along this road on the left.' 

Otherwise it is probably best to take the 10-15 minute stroll into Fleetwood itself (on leaving the stadium entrance go up to the main road and turn left) where there are plenty of pubs to be found. My choice would be the Wetherspoon outlet the Thomas Drummond on London Street (off Lord Street). About the same distance away is the Strawberry Gardens pub on Poulton Road. This is owned by the local Fuzzy Duck brewery and features beers from that brewery as well as guest ales. It also provides food the catering for which is provided by Syd Little (of Little & Large fame) and his wife. On the seafront itself is the Mount Hotel, that benefits from showing live televised sports. These three pubs; the Thomas Drummond, the Mount Hotel and the Strawberry Gardens are all listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Alcohol is also available inside the stadium but only to away fans who have seating tickets in the Parkside Stand.

Highbury Stand


  Highbury Stand, Fleetwood Town FC

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How To Get There & Where To Park

Leave the M6 at Junction 32 and take the M55 towards Blackpool. Then leave the M55 at Junction 3 and take the A585 towards Fleetwood. On the outskirts of Fleetwood you will come to a roundabout with Blackpool and Fylde college on your left. Continue straight on towards Fleetwood but after the roundabout take the first left into Copse Road. After about a mile and as you pass Fleetwood Fire station on your left then branch left and turn left onto to Radcliffe Road (going back on yourself but in parallel with Copse Road). Then take the next right into Stanley Road and the stadium is at the bottom of this road on your left. There is no parking for away supporters at the stadium itself but there is plenty of street parking available in the area.

Map showing the location of the Highbury Stadium (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: FY7 6TX

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Memorial Stand

 
Memorial Stand, Highbury, Fleetwood Town FC

Please note that since this photo was taken the roof of the stand has been raised.
This was done to incorporate an office block at the rear of the stand

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By Train

There is no railway station in Fleetwood itself. The closest is at Poulton-le-Fylde, which is just over five miles away. However it is more likely that fans will head to Blackpool North station which is around seven miles away. A taxi from the station to Fleetwood will cost you the best part of £20, which may okay if there is a group of you. For smaller groups it may be better to catch a bus to Fleetwood, Service numbers 1 and 14, run from Blackpool.

Jean Cox of Blackpool Transport informs me; 'When you come out of Blackpool North Station walk up to the main road which is Talbot Road and then walk down past Wilkinsonís store, cross the road at the Station Pub and then walk down to the bus stop outside Home Bargains. The line 14 is on the hour and then every 10 minutes to Fleetwood. Or you can walk down to the Promenade. At the North Pier you will see the tram stop, at the end of the tram shelter there is a bus stop for the Line 1 which also goes to Fleetwood. Line 1 runs 12 minutes past the hour and then every 20 minutes. You can buy an unlimited day travel pass for £3.95 per adult'.

If you have time on your hands and you fancy a trip along the sea front, then you could walk to the sea front in Blackpool and catch one of the new fleet of trams that were introduced in 2012. Services to Fleetwood run every 20 minutes and the journey takes around 40 minutes. The nearest stop to the ground is Stanley Road, which is around 200 yards from the stadium.

Mark Cotterill a visiting Blackpool fan adds; 'Most away fans who go to Fleetwood by train will normally go via Preston, where you can change for Poulton-le-Fylde. You can then get either a number 80 or 82 bus to Fleetwood (the bus stop is directly opposite the station entrance). Which costs £5.50 return. You can get off on Poulton Road right outside the Strawberry Gardens Pub (the ground is a 10-15 walk from the pub). The bus takes only 15-20 minutes. If you go from Blackpool North the bus takes 45 minutes and Tram around 50 minutes. A Bus timetable can be downloaded from the Lancashire County Council website (PDF document).

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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A Closer Look At The Percy Ronson Stand

Percy Ronson Stand,
                    Fleetwood Town

Admission Prices
Home Fans:*
Parkside Stand: Adults £22, Over 65's/Under 18's £17, Under 16's £14, Under 5's Free**
Highbury Stand: Adults £21, Over 65's/Under 18's £16, Under 16's £13, Under 5's Free**
Memorial Stand: Adults £20, Over 65's/Under 18's £15, Under 16's £12, Under 5's Free**


Away Fans*:
Parkside Stand: Adults £22, Over 65's/Under 18's £17, Under 16's £14, Under 5's Free**
Percy Ronson Stand: Adults £20, Over 65's/Under 18's £15, Under 16's £12, Under 5's Free**


* Please note that these prices are for tickets that are purchased prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game cost £2 more (Under 5's are still admitted free**).

** When accompanied by a paying adult.

Home fans can get further discounts on these ticket prices by becoming a club member.
 
Official Programme

Official programme: £3

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Local Rivals

Southport, Barrow and Blackpool.

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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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Ground Layout


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Fixtures 2014-2015
Fleetwood Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
5,194 v York City
League Two Play-Off Semi Final, 16th May 2014.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 2,819 (League Two)
2012-2013: 2,856 (League Two)
2011-2012: 2,265 (Conference Premier)

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Fans Ground Reviews

John & Stephen Spooner (Southend United) 26/4/14
Arthur Richardson (Rochdale AFC) 6/4/13
Steve Ellis (Exeter City) 9/3/13
James Prentice (Doing The 92) 29/12/12
Morgan Nock (Kidderminster Harriers) 21/9/10
Steve Bailey (Luton Town) 21/8/10

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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.

Access their Blackpool & Fleetwood 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 Highbury Stadium, Railway Station And Listed Pubs



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Feedback
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Last Updated: 25 July 2014