J Davidson Stadium

Capacity: 6,085 (1,154 seated)
Address: Moss Lane, Altrincham, WA15 8AP
Telephone: 0161 928 1045
Fax: 0161 926 9934
Club Nickname: The Robins
Year Ground Opened: 1910
Home Kit: Red and White

Main Stand
Main Stand
Popular Terrace
Popular Terrace
Looking Towards The Golf Road End
Looking Towards The Golf Road End
Golf Road End
Golf Road End
Hale End
Hale End

On one side of the ground is the Carole Nash Insurance Main Stand. This is a small single tiered all seated stand that sits astride the half way line. An old classic looking stand, it has glass windshields on either side, plus a number of supporting pillars, one of which is centrally located at the front of the stand. Views of the pitch may be further impaired by two small floodlight pylons that are located at the two front edges of the stand. On one side of this stand is a smaller separate structure, the Goodwin Family Stand. This is a very small covered all seated stand. On the other side of the Main Stand is a small open terrace that is only a couple of large steps high. 

Opposite the Main Stand is the Popular Side. This is a covered terrace that runs the full length of the pitch, made unusual by having a section in the middle that has a higher roof compared to either side. At the Golf Road End is a small covered terrace, whilst opposite the Hale End is a small open terrace. If segregation is in force then this open terrace is allocated to away fans, as well as portion of seating in the Main Stand.

Moss Lane is completed with a set eight floodlight pylons, which run down each side of the ground (four on each side). A rather large (and ugly looking) telecommunications mast overlooks the  ground, but at least your mobile phone reception should be good here!

The ground is still known to many fans by its original name of Moss Lane. It was renamed the J Davidson Stadium in 2013 as part of a corporate sponsorship deal.

Away fans are mostly housed in the open Hale End Terrace at one end of the ground. Away fans can also sit in the Carole Nash Main Stand, however the leg room there is a little on the tight side. Inside the ground there is a Club shop (on the Main Stand side towards the Golf Road End) and catering is provided by a couple of burger vans. Rob Urwin a visiting Southport fans adds; 'A great ground to visit, it wasn’t segregated on the day we  went which meant we had access to both ends. The Altrincham fans were in good voice which meant there was a decent atmosphere. It was easy to find and the catering was acceptable. The toilets weren’t the best, a little bit in the open air! There were very few stewards in attendance which was a bit of a concern considering it was a “high profile“ game but they weren’t needed so it was a good call. It is a neat ground,  more than adequate for the Conference, and a visit I look forward to'.

There is a bar inside the ground called the Noel White Suite, which is situated under the Main Stand. It welcomes all fans, but is not generally available to away fans at half time, unless you have paid to sit in the stand. Otherwise there are little in the way of pubs near to the ground. Best take the 15 minute walk into the town centre up Moss Lane (with the ground behind you turn right) where there are plenty of pubs to be found. Alan Chadwick informs me; 'Altrincham town centre has a number of interesting pubs and bars the best being Life of Pi by the market (excellent pies and Tatton real ale) or Costellos at Goose Green (close to Tesco) which is a freehouse for the local Dunham Massey brewery'. There is also the Old Market Tavern which is well known for the quality of its real ale in Market Place, plus there is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Unicorn on Ashley Road.

As Altrincham fixtures tend to coincide with the home fixtures of nearby Manchester United, then you may well be best advised to allow extra time for your journey as traffic will be heavy in the area.

From The South
Leave the M6 at Junction 19, and take the A556 towards Manchester Airport. At the large roundabout junction with the M56, turn right onto the M56, still heading towards Manchester Airport. Leave the M56 at Junction 6 and take the A538 towards Hale Barns/Altrincham. After two miles (in which you will have passed through Hale Barns) you will go through the traffic lights that is the junction with the A5144 (Delahays Road). After these traffic lights take the third right into Westminster Road. Carry straight on down Westminster Road, which becomes Bancroft Road and then Moss Lane. The ground is down on the right.

From The North
Leave the M6 at Junction 20A and take the M56 towards Manchester Airport. Leave the M56 at Junction 6 and take the A538 towards Hale Barns/Altrincham. Then as South.

Car Parking

There is very little parking at the ground itself. In nearby Urban Road there is the Blessed Thomas Holford School which allows cars to park there at a cost of £1. Otherwise street parking.

Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance.

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Altrincham train station is served by trains from Manchester Piccadilly and normally takes around 26 minutes. Alternatively you can also get the Metrolink tram from both Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria main line stations. There is a frequent service to Altrincham and the journey time is around 30 minutes. The ground is around a 15-20 minute walk away from Altrincham station (Interchange). Exit the Interchange via the main entrance (there is a clock tower in front of the main entrance) and take the first left into Moss Lane. Then just keep going straight down Moss Lane and you will eventually come to the ground on your left.

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Adults £15, OAP's £10, Under 17's £5, Under 12's £2.


Adults £14, OAP's £9, Under 17's £5, Under 12's £2.

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

Macclesfield Town

Record Attendance

10,275 Altrincham Youth v Sunderland Youth, February 28th 1925.

Average Attendance
2014-2015: 1,251 (Conference Premier)
2013-2014: 863 (Conference North)
2012-2013: 833 (Conference North)

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Altrincham v Grimsby Town
Conference National League
Tuesday 18th August 2015, 7.45pm
Kevin Dixon (Grimsby Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to going to the Moss Lane football ground?

I went there last season. There was some good banter between the fans, and it's actually one of our shorter away trips in this League.

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

Set off at lunch time, hoping to stop for a walk in the Pennines, but poor weather spoiled that. This meant I arrived in Manchester rather early with a couple of hours to kill. Went to the Trafford Centre to waste some time, then drove to the ground, arriving at 6.15pm. Traffic by now was building on the M60, due to Manchester United being at home in the Champions League. Parked almost right outside the Moss Lane ground with no problems.

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

Went in the King George pub, which was already hosting a number of Mariners fans. Good selection of ales, and also serving food, which as far as I could see, was the usual pub fayre.

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

The ground is what you expect in this league, mostly old and a bit of a mish mash. The away terrace is open to the elements, however this was not a problem on a dry and mild August evening. The home fans started in the opposite end, but then at half time, moved to the side terrace to be nearer the goal they were attacking, which was also good for the atmosphere.

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

We went into the game unbeaten, but struggled for the first half hour, and went behind to a controversial goal which has since been proved not to have actually crossed the line. We equalised just before half time, and for the first ten minutes of the second half looked likely to go on and win. However we conceded another soft goal and that was how it finished. The stewards were friendly enough, but our fans were largely well behaved anyway. Not sure about the food, although I heard a couple of chaps near me being rather uncomplimentary about it.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Really easy, as I had parked right outside the ground, so back on the M56 in ten minutes. Unfortunately the M62 was variously closed and coned off, so I actually didn't arrive home until 1.20am in the morning, some three and a half hours after the final whistle.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Moss Lane is a nice friendly ground to visit, like a lot in this league. Much as we want to get back into the Football League, visiting these small grounds is what football is all about.

Altrincham v FC Halifax
Conference Premier League
Saturday 21st March 2015, 3pm
Barry (FC Halifax fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to the Moss Lane ground?

I was looking forward to this particular game as it was probably the closest stadium to Halifax in the division, taking around 50 minutes to get there.

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

With the stadium being situated in the middle of a what seemed like a posh residential area of suburban Manchester, it is quite difficult to find. Luckily though I was travelling on the supporters coach, so didn't need to know. Once you are there, there is quaint scattering of shops including a general post office, chinese take away, pub and chippy.

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

With 90 minutes to kill before kick off, I just went the chippy. The staff were nice enough as were the stewards at the ground.

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

Moss Lane is an unusual ground, with three quarters of it being terrace. However I much prefer standing anyway as it definitely adds to the atmosphere. The away end was, from where I was standing good, plus due to it being a nice day the fact there was no roof didn't make a difference. However I feel from certain parts of the stand could be difficult for people to get a decent viewing of what is going on due to the stand being quite low down on top of it being really close to the actual pitch meaning the net gets in the way. A side note: the pitch was in pristine condition, something you wouldn't be surprised seeing in the higher tiers, which contrasts massively with abysmal surface at the Shay.

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

The game, depsite the 0-0 scoreline, was an exciting one with chances either side of half time to both sides. Their goalkeeper, Stuart Colburn, had a terrific game stopping shots from Adam Smith in the first half and Jackson, Boden and Hattersley in the second. Whereas Altrincham were limited to two or three chances which all were off target.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Easy enough, just walked out of the ground and got on the coach.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Very unfortunate to get a point, Altrincham is a ground which I will definitely go to again, mainly because of the short journey rather than anything spectacular with Moss Lane itself.

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Updated 26th September 2015