Capacity: 4,000 (Seated 500)
Address: Wetherby Road, Harrogate, HG2 7SA
Telephone: 01423 880675
Club Nickname: Town
Year Ground Opened: 1920
Home Kit: Yellow and Black Stripes
A largely open ground which is surrounded by a lot of greenery giving an overall pleasant look. On one side is the newish looking Main Stand. This covered seated stand comprises six rows of seating and runs for around half the length of the pitch. The view is good from this area as there are no supporting pillars or floodlight pylons to hinder your view. On one side of this stand is an even smaller seated stand, which is used to house Directors and Sponsors, whilst the other side has a flat standing area. Opposite is a covered terrace that had a new roof built onto it in 2015. It is free of supporting pillars, although it does have the bases of two floodlight pylons protruding through it. At the Hospital End of the ground, a new covered terrace was opened in 2014. Although it has developed that area of the stadium, the terrace itself, although being practical, isn't the most attractive of stands. At the other end there are a couple of buildings that house the club shop and team dressing rooms. In front of these buildings there is a single step of terracing, which is covered by a small extended roof attached. In addition there is also a small tarmac flat standing area at this end for spectators to stand on by the perimeter fence. Unusually the teams enter the playing area from this end.
There is a Club House at the ground called ‘Nineteen Nineteen Bar’ which allows in visiting fans. Othwerwise the nearest pub is the Woodlands, which is a short distance back down the A661 Wetherby Road, heading away from town.
Leave the A1(M) at Junction 47 and take the A59 towards Knaresborough. Then take the A658 towards Bradford/Harrogate. At the second roundabout turn right onto the A661 towards Harrogate. You will pass a Sainsburys and then after the lights with the Woodlands pub on one corner, then the entrance to the ground is a just a bit further down on the right.
There is small car park at the ground (cost £1), behind one end of the ground. This may seem a convenient spot to park your car, but then you just spend the match watching to see if you car gets hit by a wayward shot! Otherwise there is a pay and display car park at the adjacent hospital. Please be aware that there is a residents only parking scheme in operation on roads close to the ground.
Although there are two local stations near to the ground; Hornbeam Park Station (for Leeds) and Starbeck (for York) you are more likely to end up at Harrogate station itself, which is just over a mile away from the ground. It is served by trains from Leeds and York.
Adam Hodson a visiting Stockport County fan adds; 'The following Bus Services; 770, 771 and X70 all run from Harrogate Town Centre along Wetherby Road, passing the ground. You can catch them from Stand 9 of Harrogate Bus Station in the Town Centre. From the Railway Station, turn right out of the main entrance and the Bus Station is a short walk down on the right. The Bus journey time to the ground, is no more than ten minutes'.
Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance.
Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can save on the price of train tickets.
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Adults £14, Concessions £9, Under 16's £4
1 Adult + 1 Under 16 £16
Adults £13, Concessions £8, Under 16's £3
1 Adult + 1 Under 16 £14
Concessions apply to Over 65's, Members of the Armed Forces and Emergency Services.
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Special thanks to Adam Hodson for providing the photo of the new Hospital End and to Anders Johansen for the photo of the Clubhouse End. Anders has his own Groundhopper Blog (which although it covers many grounds in the UK, the blog is written in Norwegian).
Harrogate Town v Grimsby Town
FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
Saturday 24th October 2015, 3pm
Kevin Dixon (Grimsby Town fan)
Why were you looking forward to visiting the Wetherby Road Football Ground?
I'm aiming to visit as many non league grounds as I can, before we hopefully(?) regain our league status. I have found that, in general, non league fans are much friendlier than their league counterparts.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Steady 80 mile drive from home. Parked in the town centre (Tower Street multi storey), and left the girls to visit Betty's and browse the shops. Then a 15 minute walk across the Stray to the Wetherby Road ground.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
Had a walk around the town and grabbed a sandwich. There are numerous places to eat if you have time to spare. A few home shirts in evidence, along with a few of ours. Everyone seemed friendly.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?
A decent ground by this league's standards. Main Stand with seating on one side. New looking covered terrace opposite housing our fans, and a covered terrace at the hospital end housing the home fans. The other end is occupied by the dressing rooms, and the 1919 clubhouse.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
A cracking good cup tie, with a few heavy tackles thrown in. We should have had a two goal lead early on, but then went a goal behind. We went on to win 4-1 quite comfortably. The atmosphere was great, with a crowd of over 1900, half of them from Grimsby. Harrogate assistant manager John McDermott got a great reception, as expected for our longest serving former player. Stewards were friendly, and food looked okay. A bank of Portaloos made up the facilities, which I didn't have the need for.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
15 minute walk back to the car, and collect the family, then a while to get round the town through the one way system.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Yet another friendly place to visit, and one I would recommend to any fan.