Guiseley

Nethermoor Park

Capacity: 3,000 (Seats 500)
Address: Otley Road, Guiseley, Leeds, LS20 8BT
Telephone: 01943 873223
Club Nickname: The Lions
Year Ground Opened: 1909
Home Kit: White And Navy Blue

Main Stand
Main Stand
Clubhouse Side
Clubhouse Side
Otley Road End
Otley Road End
Railway End
Railway End

The ground is a fairly open one, with three sides being mostly open to the elements. On one side are two small all seated stands. Both are similar in height and design. The first was built as a replacement for the old Main Stand in 2009 and sits astride the half way line. The second is a little smaller in width and is situated towards the Railway End. Oddly the stands have a gap between them in which a floodlight pylon stands. Opposite a small covered terrace, which again is located towards the Railway End. This is a simple structure, with a few supporting pillars running across the front of it. On the other side is situated the club house. In-between are the team dugouts placed at pitch side. Both ends are small open standing areas, that are mostly flat or just have one step. Beyond the Railway End you get a nice view of the hills in the distance, beyond the tree line. The ground is completed by a set of eight small floodlights, four of which run down each side of the ground.

The Club have received planning permission to improve Nethermoor Park so that it can comply with current National Conference League criteria for ground grading for member clubs. This will involve the construction of two new covered terraces at either end and the installation of seating on the South side. It is anticipated that works will commence early in 2016.

Normally a welcoming club, that is an enjoyable day out. For most matches fans are not segregated, but for some high profile games segregation is put in place. In this instance away supporters are allocated the Railway End Terrace which has a capacity of 990 and the George Stocks Stand, which is one of the seated stands on the North side of Nethermoor Park. The George Stocks Stand can accommodate 210 seated spectators. As the Railway End is open to the elements it may be an idea to go for one of the seats in the George Stocks Stand, as this is covered. This stand also enjoys good views of the playing action.

If you have a bit of time on your hands then why not visit the first original Harry Ramsdens fish and chip shop. Now no longer owned by Harry Ramsdens, it is called the 'Wetherby Whaler' and is located further along Otley Road (A65) in the direction of Skipton. If travelling along Otley Road you will pass Nethermoor Park on your right and the 'Wetherby Whaler' is located further on also on the right hand side. Still excellent quality and you can eat inside in the ornate tea rooms. Visit the Wetherby Whaler website for more details. 

There is a club house at the ground which normally admits away fans (unless segregation is in force inside the stadium). It has a wide selection of drinks available including real ales. The bar facility is shared with the neighbouring Cricket Club. A ten minute walk from the ground along Otley Road (going towards the centre of Guiseley) is Coopers. This pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and normally has eight real ales on tap.

Leave the M62 at Junction 28 and take the A653 towards Leeds. After passing the White Rose Shopping Centre on your left, bear left where the road forks onto the ring road (A6110). Continue on the A6110 passing underneath the M621, following signs for Bradford (A647). Continue following the ring road for another eight miles, until you reach a roundabout that is the junction with the A65. Take the first exit onto the A65 towards Skipton. Continue on the A65 for four miles and you will reach Nethermoor Park on the right.

Car Parking
There is no parking available to visiting supporters at the ground. There is a large free public car park adjacent to the ground on Netherfield Road. To find this then turn right off the A65 (if travelling from Leeds) at the Station Pub, at the traffic lights in the centre of Guiseley. Then turn left into Netherfield Road after crossing over the railway bridge and the car park is about a quarter of a mile on the left hand side. The ground is about a hundred yards away and can then be accessed via a footbpath and a pedestrian footbridge over the railway. If using a SatNav then post code of the car park is LS20 9PD (Location Map). Otherwise street parking. However please note that traffic wardens are out in force on matchdays, so if street parking, please park correctly and considerately.

Guiseley Railway Station is only a five minute walk away from the ground. The station is served by trains from Leeds, Bradford Forster Square and Ilkley. 

As you come out of the main entrance walk diagonally across the car in front. In-between two car parking areas on the other side of the road, you should see a small pathway that takes you towards a row of terraced houses. Follow this path down to its end and you will come out on the Otley Road. Turn right and the ground is further down on the right hand side.

If you wish instead to walk into the centre of Guiseley first, then on coming out of the station turn left and then at the bottom of the Station approach road, turn right. Then turn right again at the crossroads with the Station pub on the right hand corner into Otley Road. Nethermoor Park is further down on the right hand side.

Find train times, prices and book tickets with trainline. Booking tickets in advance will normally save you money!

If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy 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.

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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.

Adults £15
Concessions £10
Under 19's £5
Under 12's Free when accompanied by an adult.

Record Attendance
2,486 v Bridlington Town
FA Vase Semi Final 1st Leg, 24th March 1990

Average Attendance
2014-2015: 564 (Conference North)

Official Matchday Programme £3

FC Halifax Town, Bradford Park Avenue and Harrogate Town.

Guiseley AFC Fixtures (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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

Special thanks to Ben Robinson for providing the photos for this page. Visit his Football Grounds Blog

Guiseley v Grimsby Town
Conference National League
Tuesday 15th March 2016, 7.45pm
Kevin Dixon (Grimsby Town fan) 

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

Nethermoor Park was another new ground for me. This is Guiseley's first season in this league and not too far to travel on a Tuesday night. The match was originally scheduled for Boxing Day, but postponed due to bad weather, and then postponed again four weeks ago.

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

A case of weighing up whether to go through Leeds or around the northern side. I chose the latter, and was doing fine until leaving the A1 at Wetherby. From there it was stop start until I turned towards Leeds/Bradford airport, then it was a clear run until arriving on the outskirts of Guiseley. It was then a crawl to the ground, not helped by multiple traffic lights. There is a decent sized free car park just over the railway, with access to the away turnstiles via a footbridge.

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

Not arriving till after 7pm, it was straight into the ground, and as the away turnstiles are accessed from the car park, there was no chance of meeting any home fans, who seemed to be coming in from the opposite end.

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

A tiny ground, holding only 3,000 and is currently undergoing some building work. The Railway End, where most of our fans were, is basically just a flat area behind the goal, with one step up, not much good if you are standing at the back. I wandered around for a while, before choosing to stand just round the corner on the left hand side, in what could only be classed as a glorified bus shelter. At least it had three or four shallow steps, which gave a slightly improved view, although it wasn't easy to see past the dugouts into the far left corner. The opposite side of the ground had two small seated stands, probably holding around 400 in total, one of which housed probably 120 of our fans.The rest of the Guiseley fans were standing behind the other goal, and along from us beyond the dugouts.

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

Given that it was their biggest attendance of the season, swelled by almost 1,000 from Grimsby, the atmosphere was quite flat.We seemed to have left our "choir" at home, and there was no sign of our two drummers either. We started well enough, then gave away a soft goal after six minutes. We then equalised in the 19th, and squandered several more chances in the first half. The second half was deja vu, Guiseley retaking the lead again on 50 minutes, and then we equalised five minutes later, Padraig Amond getting his 30th goal for the season. A draw was probably a fair result in the end, although it didn't help in our pursuit of the top two. Stewards were friendly, and the large police presence was also fine. I think our idiot minority had stayed at home. The food van was doing a roaring trade, big queue beforehand, and the portaloos were clean.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

A bit slow getting out of the ground, as there was only a small gate to get 1,000 away fans through. Then back over the railway, and another jam getting out of the car park and through the endless traffic lights. I chose to go back via the Leeds ring road, which was fairly quiet by then, and arrived home at 11.45pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I wouldn't be in a hurry to visit again, mostly because of the poor view. The building work going on doesn't seem to be addressing this, although with an average attendance prior to this game of less than 800, it is unlikely this is seen as a problem. Not for the first time this season, I wondered how some of these small clubs survive.

Guiseley v Barrow
Conference National League
Saturday 7th November 2015, 3pm
John Woods (Barrow fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Nethermoor Park?    

I have visited before and always found Guiseley to be an enjoyable place to visit. Not just the Nethermoor Park football ground itself, but also Midgeleys fish and chip shop a few minutes walk away from the railway station on Springfield Road.

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

Easy; as you come out of Guiseley Railway Station, then turn left for the town centre (including the aforementioned chip shop and pubs) or go right to go straight to Nethermoor Park.

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

First for a bite to eat at the Chip shop which was good as always, and then onto the nearby Station pub. We had heard that there was to be a pitch inspection so we waited there with the home fans in the pub for the outcome of the pitch inspections which took place at 1.30pm and 2.15pm. The second one confirmed that the game was on, but with kick-off delayed by 15 minutes.

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

Confusion! The game was segregated, bot not many people knew about it. Of the four of us arriving together, two were allowed in the "home" end, two were sent to the far corner of the ground where Guiseley supporters were being turned away from their usual entrance. It wasn't until half time that numerous supporters of both clubs were allowed to move to the correct part of the ground. The away end was a mixture of open and covered terracing but no seats; a stool from the clubhouse was provided for one visiting supporter who couldn't stand. And those portable toilet cubicles really need to be replaced by something more appropriate.

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

The pitch was very wet and slippery which spoiled the game as a spectacle, but full credit to the Guiseley ground staff for making it anywhere near playable. Stewards were fairly relaxed, if rather confused by the number of supporters in the wrong part of the ground!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Just a short walk from the away end to the railway end, and no problem once the muddy exit and unlit footbridge over the railway line had been negotiated

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An enjoyable day out spoilt only by the weather; Barrow always seem to get the wettest day of the year in Guiseley!

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Updated 17th March 2016
 
 

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