Hyde

Ewen Fields

Capacity: 4,073 (Seats 530)
Address: Walker Lane, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 2SB
Telephone: 0161 367 7273
Pitch Size: 114 x 70 yards
Club Nickname: Tigers
Year Ground Opened: 1906*
Home Kit: Red and Navy

Main Stand
Main Stand
Leigh Street Stand
Leigh Street Stand
Tinkers Passage End
Tinkers Passage End
Walker Lane End
Walker Lane End

The ground has a nice combination of new and old, giving it some character. The small Main Stand at one side of the pitch is modern and is seated and all covered. It was originally built in 1986 and extended in 2000. It has no supporting pillars and runs for around a third of the length of the pitch, sitting astride the half way line. It has an unusual looking roof, with a couple of floodlight pylons situated on top, giving it an individual look. Mounted on the back wall of the stand is a small electric scoreboard. On one side of the Main Stand is a small old covered terrace, affectionately known to the local fans as the ‘Scrattin Shed’, whilst the other side is unused. Opposite is another new looking stand called the Leigh Street Stand. This small covered terrace runs almost the full length of the pitch and is where the team dugouts are located (even though the dressing rooms are on the other side of the ground). At one end is the Walker Lane End, which is another small covered terrace. Opposite is the intriguingly named Tinkers Passage End. This very old looking covered terrace that has a number of supporting pillars running across the front of it.

The ground is also used for Manchester City Reserve games. In 2010 the overall look of the ground was almost completely changed as essentially what had been a predominantly red coloured stadium was changed to blue (even the red seats in the Main Stand were replaced). The stadium was also re-branded with Manchester City sponsorship. Although I can appreciate that this has been an additional source of income for Hyde, it is a shame that part of the Club's identity has been sacrificed for it.

If segregation is in force then away fans are housed in the Tinkers Passage End, where around 1.200 fans can be accommodated. This small covered terrace, is set back from the pitch having a flat hard standing area in front. It also has a number of supporting pillars. John Womersley a visiting Barrow fan adds; 'The away end has a football goal net type structure over the entire 18yd box up to, and above roof stand height, giving an 80's fence type feeling to watching a match. I noted that the home end didn't have the same. On the plus side the stewarding was good and friendly.' Food available inside includes; Cheeseburgers (£3), Burgers (£2.50), Hot Dogs (£2) a selection of Pies (£2) and Chips (£1.50 or with gravy £2).

The more vociferous Hyde fans tend to congregate to the left of the away end in the 'scratching shed', allowing plenty of banter to take place. Normally visiting supporters are not allocated any seats in the Main Stand.

There is a Social Club at the ground which normally allows in away supporters. Otherwise five minutes walk away from the ground is the Gardeners Arms pub on Lumn Road. A little further away on Mottram Road is the Sportsman Inn, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. It sells beers from the Rossendale Brewery as well as guest ales. Hyde Town Centre is around a ten minute walk away where there are plenty of pubs to be found. The Cotton Bale on Market Place is a Wetherspoons outlet which is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.   Round the corner from the Globe Pub is a handy fish & chip shop. 

Leave the M60 at Junction 24 and take the M67 towards Sheffield. Leave the M67 at Junction 3 and at the traffic lights at the top of the slip road, turn right towards Hyde Town Centre. At the second set of traffic lights turn left onto Mottram Road. Pass a Morrisons store on your left and at the first set of lights turn right onto Lumn Road. At the top of the road there is a T-junction where you turn left onto Walker Lane. The entrance to the ground is down on the left just past Hyde Leisure Pool.

Car Parking
There is a car park available at the ground which is free. Additionally there is parking available at the Leisure Pool, which costs £2 per car. A residents only parking scheme operates in the vicinity of the ground so street parking has to be away from the stadium.

The nearest railway station is Newton for Hyde, which is around half a mile away from the ground. It is served by regular trains from Manchester Piccadilly. It should take around ten minutes to walk. On exiting the station walk down the hill down the bottom of the road. Cross over Sheffield Road and go straight up Castle Street in front of you (please note that both Sheffield Road and Castle Streets are both back streets in an area of industrial unites). At the top of Castle Street turn left onto Commercial Brow which becomes Halton Street, after crossing the motorway bridge. At the end of Halton Street at the T-junction turn left onto Mottram Road. Then take the first right into Grange Road North. Then take the next right into Miles Street and the ground is down at the bottom of this street.

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For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field website.

Hyde FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Seating:
Adults £16, Over 65's £10, Under 16's £7

Terrace:
Adults £14, Over 65's £8, Under 16's £5

Official Programme £2.50

9,500 v Nelson
FA Cup 1952/53 season.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 689 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 808 (Conference Premier)
2011-2012: 645 (Blue Square North)

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Special thanks to Simon Jenkins, for providing the photos of the Ewen Fields football ground for this page.

Hyde v AFC Barrow
Conference Premier
Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 7.45pm
Mike Kimberley (Neutral fan)

Having finished visiting all of the Blue Square Premier (Conference) grounds last season I was keen to visit one of the newly promoted clubs’ grounds and also see my first Barrow match of the campaign.

I travelled to Newton For Hyde by train from Manchester Piccadilly which only takes fifteen minutes. I followed the directions  Had been given and noted that Sheffield Road is not well sign-posted resulting us walking the wrong way initially. Fans should note that the first main road encountered is Commercial Brow where you should turn left towards the motorway over-bridge.

The ground has a pleasant setting, with rolling hills behind the Main Stand and it was a warm and balmy night, unusual for summer 2012. The branding around the ground shows a heavy influence of near neighbours Manchester City which personally I welcome: it is good to see the large clubs supporting clubs further down the football pyramid.

The burgers at £2.50 were of slightly superior to many encountered elsewhere. There was a good atmosphere in the 798 crowd which included about one hundred and fifty travellers from Barrow who enjoyed the recent removal for the “United“ from Hyde’s name with chants of  “you sold your history”. The staff and stewards that I met in the ground were pleasant and friendly, with no “jobsworths” encountered.

The superior pitch that appears to be a legacy of the City connection ensured some quality football from Hyde who probably should have shaded the game, particularly after beating Danny Hurst in the Barrow goal only to be denied by the crossbar. Barrow took up the mantle of positive passing in the last fifteen minutes but without the killer blow to kill the game off. The 0-0 result was probably fair ending but all in all an enjoyable visit.

Mike Kimberley

Barrow AFC fan and Ninety-Two Club Member

Hyde v Luton Town
Conference Premier
Friday, August 17th 2012, 7.45pm
Steve Bailey (Luton Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

One of five new grounds for me in the Conference this season so always good to go somewhere new.  Having heard of all the Man City branding I was a bit worried it would all seem very artificial though.

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

Drove up, bit of a marathon as motorway was blocked so took Snake Pass route – very scenic mind!  Stayed at hotel two miles away and got taxis to and from the ground.  Parking looked adequate though.  Ground easy to find by following signs to the Leisure Centre.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Went in a couple of CAMRA recommended pubs, the Queens Inn and Sportsman, both very friendly, away fans chatted away with no problems.  Sportsman has a good chip shop almost next door.  Went in pub after the game and atmosphere was again good.

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

Going in was unusual as rather than turnstiles there was just a table and a gate to walk through -= all very informal!  We were along one side rather than at the end where away fans normally go.  The Man City branding was a bit strange but the stands all looked neat and for a club who have never been as high as Step 1 before it was quite an impressive little ground with plenty of covered terracing on all four sides and a neat little Main Stand.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

It wasn’t the best of games but it was good to come back and win having gone a goal down and possibly staring defeat to yet another team we have never played before - we’ve made a habit of this since going non-league!  The atmosphere was good, the Hyde fans opposite made a lot of noise and so did we as we got back into the game.  Being as it was moved to a Friday for TV we didn’t take as many as we might have done.  Facilities generally good, food looked OK but I’d already eaten.  Stewards very friendly, I was chatting away to one who bemoaned the Man City link and said since that happened he had stopped going as a fan as it all seemed wrong to him.  He said it was great seeing so many away fans and couldn’t wait till the local derby against Stockport!  He also said he was glad our away kit was blue as that meant the team could play in red!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Walked back to Sportsman and all was quiet and friendly.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day/night all round!

Manchester City v Schalke 04
Development Squad Friendly Game
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, 7pm
Aron Slack (Manchester City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I had been to Ewen Fields once before and saw the City development squad lose on that occassion.  This time around I was just looking forward to seeing some new young players playing who might not of played in the previous game. Also it was free admission with the club not charging seasoncard holders to get in

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

I travelled on the train from Manchester Picadily. Although they do run regular services every 15-30 minutes, the train I caught was delayed and because of this I missed the start of the game. Due to my late arroval I got a taxi from the station to the stadium which cost around 3 pounds.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

With the club not giving much notice about the game, they must of only been a few hundred at most in attendance and I don't think they were any away fans. I did get a coffee from the stadium which tasted okay but it was served in a paper cup instead of a travel cup with a lid, I disliked, spilling half of it on my way back to my vantage point of the game.

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

Most of the ground is terrace and with the sparse attendance (it was a reserve match after all) there wasn't much in the way of atmposhere. However, on the whole, I do think the ground looked nice for a Conference North club. It did look a bit strange though, that wherever there was a Hyde FC logo on display there was a City logo not far off from it.

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

It was a good entertaining game, with City winning 1-0, both teams did play well. I didn't have any other food or drink than the coffee I talked about earlier. One thing I noticed was that there seemed to be more stewards than fans inside the ground!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

A lot of fans were leaving early and I had to as well or I would of had to wait an hour for the next train from Newton Hyde. I stayed in the Ground until my Taxi pulled up and then I caught my train  and got home in good time.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a good night game and considering the stadium was close to a train station, that helped for transport even though it wasn't the greatest of stations with little information or staff on duty.

* Hyde FC moved to the Ewen Fields ground in 1906, after merging with Hyde St Georges, who had played on the ground from the 1890's up to the merger. No one knows for sure exactly when the ground originally opened, as football had been played on the area for sometime before that.

Updated 13th February 2015

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