Capacity: 4,304 (Seats 504)
Address: North Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2QW
Telephone: 01427 613295
Club Nickname: Trinity or The Holy Blues
Year Ground Opened: 1873
Home Kit: Royal Blue and White
From the outside the ground doesn’t look up to much, but inside it is a different story. Okay similar to a lot of clubs at this level the Club have a small covered all seated Main Stand that sits astride the half way line. The Ping Stand though as it is called, does have a bit more character then most, having a barrel shaped roof and glass windshields to either side. There are open areas to either side of this stand that are not used as such for spectators, unless you want to stand by the perimeter fence. Opposite is the small covered North Terrace, which like the rest of the ground looks tidy and well maintained. There is also a small covered terrace at Town End of the ground, whilst at the other end there is a fair sized steep open terrace. The ground is complete with a set of eight floodlight pylons, four of which run down each side of the ground.
Generally an enjoyable visit. If in the rare event that fans are segregated within the ground, then the Northolme Terrace at one end of the ground is given over to away fans. Although a reasonable size, this end has no cover so it is open to the elements. In addition a small number of seats are made available in the Main Stand to those who need them. The view of the action from the Northolme Terrace is pretty good and you also get to enjoy views over the town and as well as the nearby All Saints Church, which seems quite appropriate for a ground which is nicknamed the ‘Chapel’ by the home supporters. The food on offer inside the ground is also well recommended.
There is the comfortable Blues' Club next to the ground, which welcomes away fans. The Club has televisions showing sport and is featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. The nearest pub is the Elm Cottage, which is only a five minute walk away. From the ground turn right along North Street, cross over to the other side of the road and the pub is just around the bend on the left. Otherwise there are plenty of pubs in the town centre which is only around a ten minute walk away. These include a Wetherpoons outlet called the Sweyn Forkbeard on Silver Street.
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Leave the M18 at Junction 1 and take the A631 towards Maltby, Bawtry and then Gainsborough. As you reach Gainsborough you will cross over a river and at the traffic lights that is junction with the A156, turn left towards the town centre. Keep straight on this road, passing a Tesco Store and then the town centre on your left. You will reach the ground further along on the right. There is no car park at the ground as such, so street parking.
The closest railway station is Gainsborough Central Station which is located under half a mile away from the ground. Although it is served by trains from Sheffield these are rather infrequent. You are far more likely to end up instead at Gainsborough Lea Road Station, which has more services running to it from Sheffield, Doncaster and Lincoln. However this is further away from the ground being just over a mile and a half away and will take 25-30 minutes to walk. It is though a fairly straightforward walking route:
As you come out of the station entrance turn left and proceed along the main road passing a Ford Garage. On reaching a roundabout take the third exit onto Ashcroft Road towards the town centre. Proceed straight along this road (A159) for around one mile, passing Marshall's Yard on your right and you will reach the ground further along also on the right.
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Under 16's £4
Pre school children: Free (When accompanied by an Adult)
Concessions apply to Over 65's and Students.
Official Programme £2.50
9,760 v Scunthorpe United Midland League, 1948
2015-2016: 486 (Conference North)
2014-2015: 422 (Conference North)
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Gainsborough Trinity v Lowestoft Town
Conference National League North
Saturday 16th April 2016, 3pm
Brian Scott (Lowestoft Town fan)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Northolme ground itself?
Another ground in my quest for all the '92' plus top three non leagues In England and Scotland top four leagues. 61 to go!
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I travelled by train and as I had plenty of time I went from Peterborough via Lincoln where I had to change trains. There was enough snow on the footbridge at Lincoln to make a snowball - it's April!
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
I arrived at Lea Road Station with a few hours to spare. I had a walk up to Gainsborough Central station and watched a train arrive and depart in each direction. Such a massive site for a railway station with only three trains per week each way, all on a Saturday. The church, not far from the ground is well worth a visit as it is quite unusual inside.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Northolme Ground?
Northolme is fairly typical of many grounds at this level, the 'Ping' Main (seated) Stand is rather small, but there is ample terracing undercover for the average attendance. I sat for the first half and then joined fellow Lowestoft fans undercover on the terrace for the second half. There was more noise from the away fans than home fans who didn't seem to have any specific area to congregate.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Lowestoft needed the points to try to move out of the relegation zone. Gainsborough scored in the first half rather against the run of play. Lowestoft came back in the second half with an equaliser and had efforts cleared off the line and hit the bar. As Brackley lost, Lowestoft are now equal on points with them but with a poorer goal difference they just remain in the bottom three.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
I walked straight back to Gainsborough Lea Road station, which took me 25 minutes. It's probably just under two miles, but as trains depart in each direction at about 40 minutes past the hour, there is no real rush. I took the more direct route back via Retford, Peterborough and Ely.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I had a good day out, despite it being so cold in the wind, but the sun did shine for most of the time, with the odd hail storm.
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