Address: Salford, M7 3PZ
Telephone: 0161 792 6287
Pitch Size: To be advised
Club Nickname: The Ammies
Year Ground Opened: 1978*
Home Kit: Red and White
The Moor Lane football ground is a largely open one. In fact the only sizeable structure of note, is the Main Stand at one side of the pitch. Most of the other sides of the ground are comprised of open narrow, flat standing areas, that run behind the concrete pitch surround. At the School End the flat standing area, backs onto the Club car park, which makes you wonder if any cars have suffered damage over the years due to wayward shots. On the Moor Lane side of the ground, opposite the Main Stand, there is a small basic covered structure, that sits astride the half way line, which does provide a bit of cover for standing spectators. Above this has been erected a platform for a television gantry, the supporting pillars to which run right across the front of the covered area. Beyond this side is a raised grassed bank, but alas it is out of bounds to supporters.
The Main Stand itself is a rather drab looking affair. Running for around half the length of the pitch and located on the half way line, it is a box like structure, that looks to be made from concrete. Although covered with a flat roof, there are a number of thick supporting pillars that run across the front of the stand that could hinder your view. Apart from the Directors area, then seating for supporters is comprised of wooden benches. The team dugouts are located to the front of this stand. On one side of the Main Stand, towards the main entrance to the ground, is located the Social Club and next to it a refreshment bar. On the other side of the Main Stand is an open flat standing area. Moor Lane has a set six tall but thin looking floodlight pylons, three of which run down each side of the pitch. Overlooking the ground at the North Eastern corner is the tall spire of St Pauls Church.
Unlike most older clubs that find their grounds hemmed in by surrounding buildings, Moor Lane enjoys a large footprint, which means that if the Club were ever to develop the ground further, then they have plenty of space to do so. One odd thing I noticed, is that the ground has in places quite short perimeter fencing, which means that it is not too difficult to view the game for nothing from the outside.
On the rare occasion that fans are segregated at Moor Lane then away fans are allocated the West end of the stadium, mostly behind the goal and the flat standing area extending around to the Main Stand. No seating is made available to visiting fans and facilities such as portaloos and a refreshment van are brought in. Around 350 fans can be accommodated in this area. For most games though fans are not separated and can enjoy freedom of the ground. The stadium has two entrance points, the main one on Nevile Road, with a second over on the opposite side of the ground on Moor Lane.
With ex-Manchester United players; Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs taking a shareholding in the Club, then over the last couple of years Salford City's media profile has risen accordingly and so has the Club on the field, with two league promotions in successive seasons. A BBC documentary about the Club called; 'The Class of 92 - Out Of Their League' further shone the media spotlight on the Club. So if you can keep eyes on the football rather than trying to 'Celeb spot' in the crowd, then you will be doing well!
There is a social club inside the ground that welcomes visiting supporters. Although the ground is situated in a largely residential area, there does not appear to be any pubs within easy walking distance of Moor Lane.
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Moor Lane is located just over two miles away from Junction 17 of the M60. The ground is not located in Salford itself, but in the nearby area of Kersal.
From the M60 at Junction 17 take the A56 towards Manchester City Centre. Keep straight along the A56 and after passing a Lidl stare on the left with a Carphone Warehouse on the opposite side of the road, then take the third turning on the right (at the traffic lights and signposted Oaklands Hall/St Pauls Church) into Moor Lane. For the main entrance take the next left into Nevile Road and you will reach the ground down on the right, after the school.
There is no parking available at the ground for visiting supporters. However there is plenty of street parking available in the local area.
Although there are some smaller railway stations that are slightly nearer to Moor Lane, it is not worth travelling out to them as you'll still be almost three miles away from the ground. Manchester Victoria is the closest mainline station, which is just over three miles away and probably too far to walk. Either take a taxi up to the ground or from the Victoria Station approach you can catch First Bus No: 98 along Bury New Road towards Bury. This bus stops just after Moor Lane, just past the Hazeldean Hotel. The journey time is around 18 minutes. More information can be found on the First Bus website.
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Official Matchday Programme £1.50
FC United of Manchester, Curzon Ashton
3000 v Whickham, FA Vase 5th Round, 1980
2015-2016: 642 (Northern Premier League)
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* Although Salford moved into Moor Lane in 1978, the ground had been used previously for many years for a variety of sports.