Capacity: 4,200 (Seats 524)
Address: Richmond Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 9HG
Telephone: 0161 330 6033
Pitch Size: To be advised
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Nash
Year Ground Opened: 2005
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: All Blue
The Tameside Stadium was officially opened by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2005. It a modern seated stadium, that overall is quite smart looking and wouldn't look out of place in a higher league. It comprises a fair sized Main Stand on one side, a covered terrace opposite and two open end terraces.
The Main Stand sits astride the half way line and runs for about half the length of the pitch. Although in capacity terms it is not that large (7 rows comprising 524 seats), the stand itself looks a lot larger. This is firstly due to the fact that the seating area is raised above pitch level, meaning that spectators have to climb a small set of stairs to enter it. Secondly the roof of the stand is elevated quite high above the seating area, with a fair sized back panel. It is also cantilevered, meaning that there are no obstructing pillars to hinder your view of the playing action. The blue block of seats have the letters TMBC spelt out in white across them. This is in reference to the local council who were one of the funders of the stadium. In front of the Main Stand are the team dugouts, whilst on either side there are areas of open terracing.
Opposite the Main Stand is a good sized covered terrace. It some respects it mirrors the Main Stand in terms of width (it too sits astride the halfway line and runs for around half the length of the pitch), has a high placed roof and has portions of open terracing to each side. Both ends have open terraces that although not that high (around seven steps) do run the full width of the end. The stadium has a set of four tall floodlights.
Outside the stadium there is a statue of three football players, who were born locally and played in the World Cup; Geoff Hurst (England), Jimmy Armfield (England) and Simone Perrotta (Italy). Again it is unusual to see such statues at this level.
Most visiting fans are impressed with the stadium, its facilities and friendliness of welcome. If you get chance then visit the Programme Shop inside the stadium, which has a vast number of football programmes for sale (many at very reasonable prices).
There is a fair sized Club Bar at the stadium which welcomes visiting fans. Otherwise in terms of pubs there are none that I am aware of close by. Still if you arrive early at the stadium (or travel by train) then Ashton-under-Lyne town centre is only a 15 minute walk away, where there are plenty of pubs to be found. These include a Wetherspoons pub called the 'Ash Tree' on Wellington Road.
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Leave the M60 at Junction 23 and take the A6140 towards Ashton-under-Lyne. After passing a Cineworld Cinema on your right you will reach a set of traffic lights (with a couple of sporting statues on your left as you approach the lights), where you turn left (signposted Local Traffic) onto Richmond Street. Go over the railway bridge, straight across the mini-roundabout and then take the next left into the stadium complex. There is a large car park at the ground which is free.
The nearest Railway Station is Ashton-under-Lyne which is located just over a mile or a 15-20 minute walk away from Tameside Stadium. The station is served by trains from Manchester Victoria and Huddersfield.
The easiest and straightforward walking route from the station to the ground (although not the shortest), is to come out of the main entrance and turn right along the main road in front of you (Wellington Street, the A6140). Passing the Prince of Orange pub on the left (as this is a Robinsons pub I probably wouldn't be able to pass it by without popping in first!) go straight ahead, then passing a large IKEA store on your right. Follow the road around to the right and at the next roundabout take the 1st exit. Then passing a Sainsbury's store on your right, at the next set of traffic lights turn right into Richmond Road, proceed across the bridge over the railway and the stadium is further along this road on the left, beyond the athletics ground.
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Over 65's £6
Under 16's and Students £3
Official Matchday Programme: £2
Ashton United, Hyde, Stalybridge Celtic and Droylsden.
For Curzon Ashton:
1,731 v AFC Wimbledon
FA Cup Second Round, 4th December 2016.
For Tameside Stadium:
3,588 FC United v Stourbridge
Northern Premier League, April 21st 2015.
2015-2016: 407 (Conference North)
2014-2015: 276 (Northern Premier League)
Special thanks to Russell Cox for providing the photos of the Tameside Stadium. Visit his Wycombe Wanderer ground hopping blog.
Curzon Ashton v Stalybridge Celtic
Conference National League North
Monday 25th January 2016, 7.45pm
Maxwell Meadows (Groundhopper)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tameside Stadium?
Coming up from Essex I am not too familiar with the non-league scene in the Greater Manchester area and this was to be my first visit to such a club.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
No problem as I parked for the day at Ashton Moss Metrolink station. For £5 I got a day ticket that gave me unlimited travel on the net work. I took the opportunity to check out Manchester city centre that included a visit to the People's History Museum and the Marble Arch pub on Rochdale Road.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
Just prior to the roundabout turn off to the ground, by Cineworld, there is a large parking area surrounded by various eateries. You are spoilt for choice.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tameside stadium?
As it was an evening game the stadium was brightly lit. This impression was enhanced by the light reflecting off the large area of concrete terracing opposite the Main Stand. Despite being the Tameside derby, fans were not segregated. The singing/chanting Curzon supporters remained on terracing adjacent to the Main Stand and in front of the bar. Stalybridge fans congregated behind the goal they were attacking. Although this was low, uncovered terracing it was perfectly adequate for the crowd. Overall the ground had the feeling of being wide open. A quick look around behind the terraced areas showed space for expansion should the club ever feel the need. The sense of exposure was heightened on the night in question as a bitterly cold wind that blew down the length of the pitch. Standing at the top of the covered terracing straddling the half-way line there was no where to hide from the cold.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Being a derby the game had a good atmosphere. Unfortunately the standard of football could not match the expectation. There was little effective goal-mouth action in the first half. It was not until about the 25 minute that that Bridge threatened the Nash keeper. For their part Nash did not really threaten until about the 40th minute when they failed to convert a couple of chances. This was despite the best efforts of the Nash 7, ably supported by the right back to attack their opponents defence. Their cause was not helped by apparently only playing one striker up front. For their part Bridge appeared to persist in their plan of knocking a quick ball over the midfield in the hope that one of their forwards could get to it. With a brisk following wind this was doomed with the ball invariably going out for a goal kick. In the 2nd half Nash steadied a bit and put more into attack. The 7 remained effected with his opposite number on the left wing coming into play more. Despite holding a narrow defence Bridge held firm getting numbers in the box. However, Nash's better football frustrated their opponents, on about 75 minutes Bridge had a player sent off for another rash challenge. Despite this Bridge held out, even mounting attacks right at the end when they could have snatched all the points with a show of good football and tenacity. It ended 0 - 0, a just result with neither side showing a sufficient cutting edge where it mattered.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
With the main car park full I went to the overspill car park just up on the approach road to the ground. The volume of traffic made it difficult to leave but to their credit drivers were amenable to letting cars out into the queue. Consequently it did not take to too long to get away and back on the main road.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Despite the score and the cold it was an enjoyable visit to an ambitious young club with a new ground. Credit to the programme as well. It was a good read with a number of very specific Nash articles. This included 'some things you might not know about Stalybridge', 'On this day', 'Howay the Nash' and 'Noddy's bit.' Worth every penny. It cannot be easy living in the shadow of the 'Manchester TV teams', to quote the programme, consequently I wish the best to teams such as these and look forward to another visit in the north-west.
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