Alfreton Town

Impact Arena

Capacity: 3,600 (Seats 1,400)
Address: North St, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7FZ
Telephone: 01773 830277
Fax: 01773 836164
Pitch Size: 110 x 75 yards
Club Nickname: Reds
Year Ground Opened: 1959
Home Kit: All Red

Main and Tommie Bradley Stands
Main and Tommie Bradley Stands
Tom McRoy Stand
Tom McRoy Stand
Away Fans Terrace
Away Fans Terrace
Bentley Close End
Bentley Close End
Main Stand
Main Stand
The Impact Arena
The Impact Arena

The Impact Arena is a small ground that does have a bit of character but seems to have a disproportionate amount of seating for its size. On one side is the small Main Stand that runs for about a two-thirds of the length of the pitch. It is comprised of three small structures, with a small covered seated stand at its centre, with covered standing area the; "Tommie Bradley Terrace" on one side and another small seated area the; 'Lottie Bradley Hospitality Area" on the other side. There are a number of supporting pillars running across the front of this side. The team dugouts are also located on this side of the pitch. 

Opposite is a similar looking covered all seated stand called the Tom McRoy Stand, however, this is around twice the size in terms of length and has more rows of seats. It is unusual that there is no barrier at all between the pitch and the stand. One end of this stand, the Bentley Close End, is a small seated area that is open to the elements. It looks like that this end was a former terrace that has had seats bolted onto to it. Opposite is a small steep terrace, known as the 'Tin End'. This has a small covered area at the back towards the centre. There is a noticeable slope to the pitch which runs down from this end to the other. The ground has a set of four modern floodlights.

The Club have announced plans to build a new stand to replace the current Tom McRoy Stand. This development would also see the relocation of the team changing rooms, tunnel etc.. which would make it the new Main Stand at the ground. Both ends will also be redeveloped with new covered terraced stands. No timescales have been given as to when this will happen. A video clip showing a virtual tour around the proposed developments can be viewed on YouTube. In the short term the Club intend to put a roof on the Bentley Close End as well as cover the sections of open seating in the Tom McRoy Stand.

Away fans are mostly housed in the mostly open 'Tin End' terrace at one end of the ground. This end can accommodate around 1,200 supporters. In addition a small amount of seats are also made available in the covered seating area on one side of the pitch. This area though does have a number of supporting pillars that may impede your view. At the back of the open terrace there is a small covered area, which can provide some shelter but only for a relatively small number of fans, plus again there are a number of supporting pillars to contend with. I enjoyed my visit to the stadium and found it to be a friendly one. 

Food on offer inside includes; a range of Pukka Pies (£2.20), Cornish Pasties (£1.80), Sausage Rolls (£1.50), Cheeseburgers (£2.70), Beefburgers (£2.20), Chips Cob (£1.90). Plus you can have Pie, Peas, Chips & Gravy for £4.20. 

Inside the stadium there is a bar, but this is for home supporters only. However, located just outside the entrance to the ground is the Alfreton Town Supporters Club, which does admit away fans. I personally preferred the Victoria pub on Nottingham Road, which is a only a few minutes walk away, going back up onto the main road. The Victoria serves two real ales (both of which are guest beers which vary) and also shows SKY Sports. A little further along Nottingham Road going towards the town centre is Blueys Bar.

If you have a bit of time on your hands, then you may care to take the 15 minute walk into the town centre (back up to the main road from the ground and turn left). Of choice here is the Waggon and Horses on King Street, which is a Wetherspoons outlet.

Leave the M1 at junction 28 and take the A38 towards Derby. After around two miles leave the A38 and take the B600 towards Alfreton. At the top of the slip road on leaving the A38 turn right along the B600 towards Alfreton Town Centre. After around half a mile you will see a Garage on your right and a modern looking church on your left. Turn left just after the church into North Street. The ground is down the bottom of this street on the right. For the away turnstiles then fans should continue past North Street and then take the next third left into Alma Street. The away fans entrance is down on the left just before the park. There is a small car park at the ground in North Street, otherwise there is plenty of street parking.

Alfreton Railway Station is located just under three-quarters a mile away from the ground and is about a 15 minute walk, mainly uphill to the ground. It is served by trains from Nottingham and Chesterfield. Come out of the station entrance and at the main road turn right into Mansfield Road. Cross the road to the other side and take the second left into Prospect Street. At the bottom of this road turn right into Nottingham Road, then take the first left into North Street and the ground is down on the right. Thanks to Brian Scott for providing the directions.

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All areas of the stadium
Adults £14
Over 65's/Under 16's £10
Under 16's £2*

* When accompanied by a paying adult, otherwise concession price applies.

Concessions apply to Over 65's, Under 21's, Students and Under 16's when not accompanied by an Adult.

Official Programme £3

Matlock Town and Ilkeston Town.

Alfreton Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Record Attendance
5,023 v Matlock Town 1960.

Average Attendance
2016-2017: 547 (National League North)
2015-2016: 583 (National League North)
2014-2015: 804 (National League)

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

Thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram and photos of the Impact Arena.

Alfreton Town v Gainsborough Trinity
National League North
Saturday 9th September 2017, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Impact Arena?
 
I needed to visit a club that is not too far, by that I mean within three hours from home. Also from this guide, I had noted that the ground had very individual stands to say the least.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I drove to Ely and then caught a through train to Alfreton. I had a little bit of difficulty finding my way into the ground due to slightly incorrect details on this site. It's not down Victoria Street. Try North Street.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I walked into the town and ended up at the church on the other side. Then walked back to the ground, arriving by 2pm. Then I had my usual walk around the inside of the ground taking notes.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Impact Arena?
 
What a lovely old quirky ground, with lots of quaint little stands all of different designs. I ended up sitting in the Tom McRoy Stand under the TV gantry on the roof. I noted that on this side of the pitch there is no barrier at all between the stand and the pitch. The weather was a mixture of strong sunshine and drizzly rain, so being under cover was desirable.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Alfreton  Town got off to a cracking start and within 24 minutes had scored four goals. Three of these were from free kicks around the outside of the penalty area. Things got even worse for Gainsborough Trinity when they had a player sent off in the 25th minute for a bad foul. In the second half Gainsborough appeared to be a better team even with a man missing. They scored a consolation goal in the last few minutes, so it ended 4-1. The attendance was quite low at only 454.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It took me 15 minutes for the mostly downhill walk back to the railway station. It's 3/4 of a mile away.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I had a pleasant day out at the Impact Arena, with everything going to plan.

Alfreton Town v Blyth Spartans
National League North
Saturday 5th August 2017, 3pm
John Hague (Blyth Spartans fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Impact Arena?
 
Our first game back at Step 2 below the Football League for a few years and while not a new ground for me, it's a new one with Blyth. However our last attempt at visiting Alfreton stalled at Nottingham after a signal failure.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Well after our attempt a few years ago Colin Green, Dave Gray and I kept it simple and drove up the M1 from Leicester. It always makes us laugh when fans of Midlands teams as us if we had a good trip... yep! Dead easy.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went straight in to the Social Club which seemed to have been taken over by Spartans fans for the afternoon. There was no half decent beer so it was a pint of cider before heading into the ground for the obligatory photos.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Impact Stadium?
 
Since my last visit when Alfreton were in the Northern Counties East Football League, they just seem to have bolted seats to everything. I'm not convinced they add anything and in many cases they spoil the ground. Great terrace though.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Pie, chips peas and gravy... excellent. Love the programme and badge shop. Very friendly. Stewards were a bit picky but a few Spartans fans didn't really help them. As for the game - not great and Blyth conceded two soft goals so not best pleased. It might be a long hard season. Alfreton did have a proper pantomime villain in Billy Priestley who will delight away fans this season.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Dead easy... home in 45 minutes!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Not bad until the 40th minute!

Alfreton Town v Luton Town
Saturday April 14th, 2012, 3pm
Conference Premier League
Paul Willott (Luton Town)

On the weekend of FA cup semi-finals, it seemed poignant to recall that in 1994 I travelled to Wembley to watch Luton take on Chelsea in an FA cup semi-final; and here I now was travelling to watch them play at Alfreton, who as recently as 1998 playing in the Northern Counties East league. How the footballing geography can change over the years.
 
The drive up the M1 was fairly trouble free, and following the directions provided in this guide, I soon found myself a place to ditch my car in a perhaps appropriately named "Preston Avenue", quite close to where the ground nestles.
 
Alfreton's ground is a far cry from Wembley! If there had been any problems earlier in the season for the little club in dealing with larger crowds, they had cured them by the visit of Luton, as I encountered no hitches either going in or getting out of the ground.  I made a bee-line for the covered section of the "tin end" terrace and surveyed the surroundings.  What a quaint little ground!  I noticed an earlier reference to a sloping pitch ; it almost struck me as though the ground was clinging to the hill-side!
 
The toilets were certainly primitive and cramped, but the food seemed good from what I heard being said about it by fellow supporters.
 
The 900 or so Luton fans made plenty of noise, but in truth they had little to shout about as Luton's performance was hardly inspiring.  There was a sense of inevitability about the 0 - 0 scoreline and another season in the fifth tier of English football beckoning; but I guess with every cloud comes a silver lining in the shape of more visits to grounds where you can still stand to watch your football, and maybe another couple of train rides on the Severn Valley railway with a football match cheekily slotted in the middle; thats assuming Kidderminster don't succeed where Luton are currently failing of course........
 
I quickly returned to my car upon the final whistle and in a trice was heading south down the M1 .

Alfreton Town v Grimsby Town
Saturday January 7th, 2012, 3pm
Conference Premier League
Glynn Sharkey (Grimsby Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

This was my first visit to Alfreton and having passed it many a time on the M1 going to various places, I was looking forward to exploring a new ground and town.
 
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The hour and a bit drive plus a £12 bargain Travelodge room left me and the better half in a good mood and looking forward to the day ahead. From where we were parked on the A38 / A61 roundabout it was a simple 15mins walk into town and the ground was maybe a further 10mins from the town centre.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
The Wagon and Horses Wetherspoons looks a bit ropey from the outside but looks are very deceiving and at 10am they serve maybe the best spoons brekky I have had the pleasure of tasting, the same is said for the Sunday lunch we had the next day. This was a good meet up place for arriving mates and we headed off to the King Alfred pub on the High Street, once again a decent pre game boozer.

Further along, the road seems to be named Nottingham Road and there is a cracking place called the Victoria. This did have a sign saying home fans only which I assume is because of the large numbers expected from Grimsby but we got in with no problem. What an excellent real old time pub. Everyone we saw up to now seemed very friendly.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Small, compact, but inviting. The big problem was getting us all in. There were only a couple of turnstiles open for the thousand odd Grimsby supporters that turned up. It did cause frayed tempers outside and it was as bad getting out of the ground as well. The away end is sectioned off in cages which seemed funny as it's Derbyshire non league football not Millwall circa South London in the 60's/70's. But saying all that it does have the feel of a proper old fashioned football ground.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
 
For the size of the ground and size of the crowd the atmosphere was brilliant. Alfreton need to be able to cope with crowds of 2,000 when to be fair they are only used to 700 or 800. They missed a trick as many, many people gave up trying to be served at the refreshment stall. Toilet facilities were woefully inadequate on the day too. The Police seemed very good humoured and helpful but the stewarding in my opinion was, how shall we say, not as good as could be expected.  Apart from that well done Alfreton.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
As mentioned above, getting out the ground was as much of a nightmare as getting in and thank God there were no injuries, with everyone trying to squeeze out. There were a few local idiots inside the ground who seemed to be trying to provoke trouble but they quickly melted away after the final whistle.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
We were staying at the Travelodge  so did a few pubs and a curry house after the game. We went back to the King Alfred for post match drinkies then called in the Bluebell which was quite lively, the curry house next to the Wagon and horses spoons wasn't too bad but I would give a miss the Devonshire Arms, Miners, and the Swan and Salmon which were all on the way to the Travelodge. All in all a good weekend away, it could and should have been so much better but saying that I would go back with no hesitation. Non league can be rubbish at times, but thanks to places like Alfreton, this not always so.

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Updated 26th September 2017

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