FC United of Manchester

Broadhurst Park

Capacity: 4,500 (Seats 696)
Address: 310 Lightbowne Rd, Moston, Manchester, M40 0FJ
Telephone: 0161 769 2005
Fax: 0161 769 2014
Pitch Size: 102 x 67m
Club Nickname: Red Rebels or FCUM
Year Ground Opened: 2015
Home Kit: Red, White & Black

Main Entrance
Main Entrance
Main Stand and Lightbowne Road End
Main Stand and Lightbowne Road End
Looking Towards The St Mary's Road End
Looking Towards The St Mary's Road End
Main Stand
Main Stand
Lightbowne Road End
Lightbowne Road End
St Mary's Road End
St Mary's Road End
North Terrace
North Terrace
Broadhurst Park
Broadhurst Park
External View
External View

It is a remarkable achievement that a new Club formed by a fans group in 2005, would be opening a new £6.5m stadium just ten years later. But that has been the meteoric rise of FC United of Manchester, who now not only have a home of their own (having groundshared with various clubs since their formation), but a stadium that would not look out of place in the Football League. 

From the outside the Main Stand looks quite striking, with an interesting design of red fascia on wooden cladding and two large white pillars flanking the main club entrance. This Main Stand as you would expect is the largest stand at the stadium and has a mixture of seating to the rear and terrace at its front. Pleasingly it has no supporting pillars, so fans can enjoy an unhindered view of the game. Like all the stands at the stadium it is covered and the roof runs the full length of the pitch, so that the stadium corners to either side are enclosed. At the moment though the Main Stand looks a bit of an odd affair. Firstly there is a section to either side, that remains unfinished, with the necessary steelwork in place, but little else. Secondly it has seating to the rear and standing paddocks at the front, which is unusual, but apparently this was requested by supporters when plans were being drawn up for the new Stadium.

The North Terrace opposite the Main Stand and the Lightbowne Road End, are both similar looking covered areas. I say areas as they do have any terracing but are flat standing. They are are quite simple affairs with their roofs having quite a high supporting back wall and a number of supporting pillars running across the front. In the middle of the North Terrace there is a raised television gantry, which is also timber constructed, in keeping with the design theme of the ground. The St Mary's Road End is a sizeable covered terrace, that can accommodate around 2,500 fans. This stand was originally in place at Northwich Victoria's old Drill Field ground, but with the demise of that ground, it was dismantled and brought to Broadhurst Park. The stadium has a set of four floodlights.

Away EndAs you would expect from a new stadium, the facilities inside are very good. If fans need to be segregated then the Lightbowne end is allocated to away fans, where 500 fans can be accommodated. This end is comprised mostly of a flat standing area (i.e no terracing) and the roof covering is set back from pitchside. This lack of terrace, may cause a problem for some in viewing the match, especially if there is a large away support. As FC United are normally very well supported, then a good atmosphere is normally generated within the stadium. The ground itself is still in parts a work in progress, so portaloos are in evidence and catering outlets are brought in on matchdays. Although I have yet to visit Broadhurst Park to watch a game, I have received good reports of the friendliness of the fans and the welcome given by the Club. 

There is a large fans bar located at the back of the St Mary's Road Terrace, which is open to both home and away fans. The bar serves its own real ale called Broadhurst Ale, which is brewed by a local microbrewer. If fans are not segregated then it is also available to all supporters at half time. The nearest pub is the Gardeners Arms on Lightbowne Road. This large pub is only a ten minute walk away and offers real ales from JW Lees. Otherwise there is the Blue Bell Hotel on Moston Lane, which is just under a mile away from Broadhurst Park. The Blue Bell is a traditional pub that serves real ales by Holts. It also has the added benefit of having BT Sports, Sky television and offers free match parking too.

Behind the home end just off St Mary's Road in Teddington Road is the Miners Social Club, which also has a cafe attached. It has live bands on matchdays and is proving to be popular. Normally away fans are admitted, but for some high profile games it only allows in home supporters. If arriving at Newton Heath Metrolink, then very near to the stop is the Railway Hotel. This Joseph Holts pub also has BT and Sky Sports television and a free shuttle bus is available to take fans on the short journey up to Broadhurst Park. There is also another Holts Pub called the Broadway in New Moston, on Nuthurst Road which is around a 15 minute walk away. The Broadway also offers free matchday parking.

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Leave the M60 at Junction 21 and take the A663 towards Manchester City Centre (turning right at the traffic lights with the the Boat and Horses pub on the left hand corner and then crossing back over the motorway). After passing a Premier Inn and then the Whitegate pub/beefeater on your left, turn right at the traffic lights into Hollinwood Avenue (Signposted A6104 Middleton/Moston Railway Station). Continue along Hollinwood Avenue passing Moston Railway Station on the left. At the next roundabout take the first exit (with the Gardeners Arms on one side) into Lightbowne Road. The entrance to Broadhurst Park is further down in the left.

Car Parking
There is parking available at the stadium itself, which costs £5 per car. However, these have to be pre-booked with the Club. There is a residents only parking scheme in place around the St Mary's End of the ground. However, there is plenty of street parking on other streets a little further away. One such road is Moston Road which runs alongside the nearby Park. If following the car directions above, then on reaching the roundabout with the Gardeners Arms, take the second exit into Moston Lane. The at the next roundabout take the first exit, continuing on Moston Lane down to the park.

The Manchester Creative & Arts Academy (M9 7FS) have 150 Car Parking spaces available at a cost of £3 each. There is a free shuttle bus available to and from Broadhurst Park.

The nearest railway station is Moston, which is located just under a mile away from Broadhurst Park. It is served by trains from Manchester Victoria and Leeds. However it is only an hourly service, currently departing on Saturday afternoons from Manchester Victoria at 26 minutes past the hour.

It is about a 15 minute walk from the station to the ground. As you come out of the station entrance, turn left along Hollinwood Avenue (there is a handy Fish & Chip shop called Farrrells, as well as a cash point at the NatWest Bank, opposite). You will then reach a roundabout with the Gardeners Pub on the left. Take the first exit onto Lighbowne Road and the stadium entrance is further down on the left.

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Adults: £9
Over 60s/Students: £5
Under 18's: £2

Official Matchday Programme: £2

Record Attendance

4,232 v Benfica. Friendly 29 May 2015.

Average Attendance 
2015-2016: 3,394 (Conference North)
2014-2015: 2,155* (Northern Premier League Premier Division)

* Home games played for the first part of the season at Stalybridge Celtic and then the remainder at Curzon Ashton.

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

FC United of Manchester v Darlington FC
National League North
Monday 29th August 2016, 3pm
David Forster (Darlington fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Broadhurst Park?

I was looking forward to this game was to be my daughters first away match. Plus I was looking forward to visiting another football club that is also fan owned.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As there was an accident on the M62, we were diverted over Saddleworth Moor and Oldham, luckily we had our sat nav to get us there. Parking was relatively easy At Broadhurst Park on the nearby Lightbowne Road.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Because of the diversion we did not have time to check out the local area, so it was straight to the ground. The few home fans I interacted with where friendly and helped me and my partner find our way.

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

From the outside, Broadhurst Park looks impressive, as it is a relatively new build. However once inside I was not as convinced. As the game was segregated, I did not have chance to experience the other sides of the ground

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was good. Darlington went two up very quickly with the home side drawing level in the second half.  Nathan Cartman bagged a winner late on to give Darlington a 3-2 victory. The atmosphere was good, with the ground acoustics helping a lot of noise to be generated. The stewarding was quite low key, though there was a visible Police presence. I did not sample the food myself, though my daughter tucked into and enjoyed a hotdog. As for facilities I was less impressed, the toilets were disgusting portaloos and females had to be escorted through to the home end to access a decent toilet. The fact we were not offered any seats in our allocation was a bit of a let down. Still with some further investment, Broadhurst Park could become an example of what non-League clubs can aspire to have. If it had better facilities for visitors then it really could become a ground for FC United of Manchester to be proud of.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away back to the M62 was easy enough just heading through Oldham.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

All in all a good day, just a shame about the facilities and lack thereof, I would visit Broadhurst Park again once the ground is sorted out

FC United v AFC Telford
National League North
Tuesday 9th August 2016, 7.45pm
Paul Dickinson (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Broadhurst Park?

As a Leeds United season ticket holder since 1978, this new ground was always going to be a challenge! But as it was to be my 299th new ground and it's pretty much the nearest one to my home in Leeds still to visit, so it had to be done!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Easy thirty minute drive from my office in Huddersfield to the excellent Rose of Lancaster pub in Chadderton. There I met a friend and after a pint and some food, it was a quick four mile drive to Broadhurst Park, arriving at around 6.45pm. We were able to park on the dual carriageway right outside the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Had a wander round the ground beforehand and then upstairs to the bar in the Main Stand for a drink - great views of the pitch from here and lots of people enjoying what looked like excellent and good value food. The only downside was the real ale...brewed by Joseph Holts (local brewery) but absolutely bland and tasteless!

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

Despite my determination not to enjoy it, I have to admit to failing miserably! Although the stadium is still work in progress, the Main Stand and large terrace are both striking in appearance - we were sitting in front of the Directors seats on the halfway line and for only a £9 admission, which is great value for this level.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Although it finished 0-0, it was a good game and I though Telford shaded it overall. The atmosphere, as you'd expect, was good throughout....even though the home fans were singing rude songs about my favourite football team!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game;

Straight out and back in Leeds by 10.30pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Really enjoyable evening and I'd strongly encourage people to visit - even if, like me, you initially have to overcome your "MUFC" prejudice!

FC Utd vs Rochdale AFC
Pre Season Friendly
Saturday 30th July 2016, 3pm
Mark Rigby (Rochdale AFC fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Broadhurst Park?

Simply I had never visited Broadhurst Park before.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Broadhurst Park was easy to find and parking was relatively easy also, on the nearby road. We arrived early so could see potential parking problems nearer to kick off.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Chatted to a home fan on the short walk to the ground. On the whole they seemed okay, although it was a friendly after all.

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

Broadhurst Park is modern looking, having been first open a couple of seasons ago. Entering the 'away' end behind the goals we were greeted with a level concrete stand. Viewing was poor, especially for kids, but at least it was undercover .The Main Stand was mainly seating and a terraced standing area behind the goals housed the more vocal home fans.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Facilities were poor on the whole. No proper toilets but a few 'porta loo's were provided. A burger van provided burgers, hot dogs and bacon rolls and a selection of hot and cold drinks were reasonably priced. Being a pre season friendly, the atmosphere wasn't great but I could imagine a good atmosphere at a competitive match. There is no provision for alcoholic drinks in the away end and there are NO PIES!

Comment on getting a way from the ground after the game:

As the away end is nearest the main road, we were first to the cars for an easy get away.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Broadhurst Park is not a bad ground but the facilities and viewing for away fans leaves much to be desired. I understand that the club was a break away from Man Utd but maybe it's time to let go. The chants and songs, the kit and even the match programme give the impression of Old Trafford albeit on a much smaller scale. One thing is for sure, the 'Busby Babes' are nothing to do with FC Utd so why sing about them?

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Updated 5th September 2016

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