Altrincham

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.

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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Seating:

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

Standing:

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 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.

Altrincham v Luton Town
Conference Premier League
Saturday, October 17th, 2009, 3pm
Steve Bailey (Luton Town fan)

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

I had been here once before when we played them in an FA Cup replay but was looking forward to coming back on a Saturday and having a proper day of it

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

Took the tram from Manchester which was easy and cheap but as Man Utd were at home it was absolutely stuffed with people even though it was only 11am for a 3pm kick off however once past Old Trafford there was hardly anyone on it.  From the tram stop it was only 10 minutes or so to the ground but as for car parking it was incredibly easy with hardly any restrictions at all in place. 

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

Before the game went into a really good pub in centre of town, the Market Tavern, with many good beers which is recommended.  Then on via an excellent chip shop opposite the ground to the King George nearby. Considering how near it was it was not that busy we left at 5 to 3 and were in the ground in time for kick off, it is that close.  Can't imagine doing that at Old Trafford somehow, I like this division!

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

This is a real old fashioned football ground, a jumble of stands built at different times, toilets from the 1950s the sort of place that is becoming all too rare. It ought to be reserved this way forever.

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

Another really friendly place, steward near us was chatting away about referees and football in general.  A good, lively atmosphere made more so but a poor ref who sent one of our players off and then sent one of theirs off to balance it out we could only laugh at how poor he was! 

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

Very easy, back in Manchester before 6.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Really good day on all fronts and would certainly recommend it to any visiting fans.

Altrincham v Tamworth
Conference Premier League
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009, 7.45pm
Luke Barber (Tamworth fan)

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

We have played Altrincham at their place on three separate occasions and knew full well what was expecting us. Both clubs don't really get along, due to an ineligible player incident from 3-4 years ago where Alty were docked over 20 points. The only reason I went is because it was half term so I had time on my hands. The ground isn't the best and the area surrounding it isn't either.

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

The journey was excellent, we left Tamworth at 5.30 and there was no congestion or anything and we arrived in plenty of time. The ground is in the middle of an estate with several roads so is easy to find and there is no problems with parking as there are plenty of street parking around the ground

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

We arrived at 7.15 and decided to go for a bite to eat at the chippy, however the locals had made it before us and the queue was out the door so in the end I didn't bother and went straight into the ground. We never got talking to any home fans.

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

I've been before but the thing that has changed from last time is the new flats behind the away end which make the area look more appealing. The away end is one of the worst I've been in, it is open and the facilities are not the best. The other areas of the ground are ok but are not the best compared to other teams in the league.

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

The game was pretty drab with Tamworth having the better chances. It was your typical Tuesday night game where the atmosphere was not the greatest and people were doing their best to keep warm on the open terrace. I didn't really speak to any stewards but I found it strange that home fans could use the food hut in the away section, yet we were not allowed to use the bar in their end. The pies tasted ok but I'm not a big fan of these vans that sell them in there wrapper and are barely warm. The toilets are portacabins and can only fit about 3 in at any one time. God help them when Luton visit!

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

It was easy, there was no traffic and were back on the M6 in roughly 10 minutes, there was no hint of trouble

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

Disappointed with the draw and although it isn't the best, some people may like the old looking nature of the ground.

Updated 13th August 2015

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