Eastleigh

Silverlake Stadium

Capacity: 5,250 (Seats 2,660)
Address: Ten Acres, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9HT
Telephone: 023 8061 3361
Club Nickname: The Spitfires
Year Ground Opened: 1957
Home Kit: Blue and White

Main Stand
Main Stand
South Stand
South Stand
Clubhouse End
Clubhouse End
East Terrace
East Terrace
External View
External View

Silverlake stadium has undergone some major changes during 2014, with the erecting of new stands on three sides of the stadium. Although these stands may be of a semi permanent nature in construction, they have very much improved the overall look of the ground, as beforehand these areas were largely open to the elements. Covered terraces have been erected along the East side and at the Clubhouse End. Whilst at the South (Silverlake) End a substantial covered stand has been built. This all seated stand has a capacity of 2,290. Interestingly the new East Terrace stand was purchased from Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club and transported to Silverlake. Although only a few steps high, it is covered and has a capacity of 1,250.

On the West Side of the stadium is the Grandstand, which typical of non-league is your small, raised covered seated stand that is located astride the half way line. However it does have the benefit of good views of the action as there are no supporting pillars. It has a capacity of 370 seats. At one end is the club offices and Social Club, and a small covered terrace has been erected at this end. The stadium has a set of eight small floodlight pylons that run down the front of each side of the pitch.

The Club have shown its intention to further develop the Silverlake Stadium, by publishing plans for a new 9,000 capacity ground, to be built on the present site. The scheme is in its infancy at the present time, with no published timescales.

Away supporters are now normally housed in the new South Stand at one end of the stadium. This all seated stand is covered and is of a good size, having a capacity of over 2,000. However it does have some supporting pillars running across the front of it, that could impede your view of the playing action. Food on offer inside the stadium includes; 1/4lb Cheeseburgers (£4), 1/4lb Beefburgers (£3.50), Veggieburgers (£3.80), Bacon Rolls (£3.50), Hot Dogs (£3.50) and Chips (£2.20).

With all the development that has recently gone on with the stadium, then it is a very different one, from the ground that I previously visited. From what was a 'one small stand ground,' a stadium is emerging that could it the not too far distant future, be of Football League Standard. I experienced no problems on my visit, although I did find that the ground location to be a 'bit out the way' with little if any in the way of nearby pubs or eating places.

There is a club bar at the ground called the Spitfire, which welcomes both home and away supporters and has the bonus of serving real ale! Just North of the stadium on Stoneham Lane, is the Concorde Club, which I have been informed has a public bar. It also serves real ale. Half a mile further on is the Cricketers on Chestnut Avenue. It serves food and has real ale from Greene King. However, although it is in walking distance there are no foot paths along the road in the immediate vicinity of the stadium, so it would be advisable to drive.

If you have a bit of time on your hands and you are travelling by train, then you could alight at Eastleigh Railway Station, which is close to the town centre where there are plenty of pubs to be found. In fact just across the road from the railway station is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Wagon Works. From Eastleigh Bus Station you can catch the BlueStar No.2 service towards Southampton City Centre, which passes near to the stadium. Visit the BlueStar website for timetables.

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Leave the M27 at Junction 5 and take the Stoneham Lane exit towards Eastleigh. You will pass the back of stadium on your left. Continue to the end of the road and at the roundabout go completely around the roundabout to come back on yourself, back towards the motorway. Just as you pass the Concorde Club on your left turn right into Stoneham Lane. The entrance to the ground is around the bend on the left. There is a good sized car park at the ground which holds 500 cars, which is free.

The closest railway station to the stadium is Southampton Airport Parkway, which as the crow flies is only about half a mile away from the ground. Myles Munsey informs me; 'Although it would seem natural to turn left as you come out of the station, it would be foolhardy to do so as the pedestrian pathway soon runs out along that way. Instead as you come out of the station, turn right and then cross over to the other side of the road. Turn left at the brown sign advertising the Lakeside Miniature Railway and follow the road and footpath through the Lakeside County Park. You will come out of the park onto a main road, which you crossover at the pedestrian crossing and then proceed down Stoneham Lane in front of you. Carry straight on past the church and you will reach the ground entrance on your left. You will find after dark that the locals carry torches to helpfully light your way for the return walk'. 

There is also taxi rank outside the station, in case you don't fancy the walk. Southampton Airport Parkway station is served by trains from Southampton & London Waterloo.

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Seating*
Adults £15
Senior Citizens/Students £10  
Under 16's £5
Under 7's £2

Terrace*
Adults £12
Senior Citizens/Students £8 
Under 16's £4
Under 7's Free

* The ticket prices quoted above are for those tickets bought prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to £3 more per Adult ticket and £2 more per Senior Citizen/Child ticket.

Official Programme £2.50

Havant & Waterlooville, Salisbury City.

Eastleigh FC Fixture List (Takes you to the BBC website).

Record Attendance
5,250 v Bolton Wanderers FA Cup 3rd Round, 9th January 2016

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 2,015 (Conference Premier)
2014-2015: 1,752 (Conference Premier)
2013-2014: 680 (Conference South)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to Eastleigh Football Club for providing a photo of the South Stand.

Special thanks to also Gary Hargreaves and Steve Wooldridge for photos of the East Terrace and Clubhouse End.

Eastleigh v Northampton Town
Pre Season friendly
Saturday 30th July 2016, 3pm
Paul Dickinson (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Silverlake Stadium?

As I was staying with family just up the road, this was an easy one to get ticked off and became new ground number 296.

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

We had travelled down the day before so matchday couldn't have been easier, with my Sister dropping myself and my Brother-in-law at the Cricketers pub at 1pm.

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

A couple of pints and some food at the pub and then a ten minute stroll to the Silverlake Stadium. There were home and away fans in the pub and all seemed friendly - as you'd expect for a preseason game in the sunshine Its also worth pointing out that Stoneham Lane was closed off to traffic, so some of the issues identified by other fans didn't arise and it was a very pleasant stroll past the church to the ground,,,,,perhaps this is now a permanent change to the matchday arrangements?

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

The Main Stand was by far my favourite although the large size of the away end also surprised me. The Silverlake Stadium it a neat and tidy ground and it was good to see both sets of fans happily mingling in the clubhouse before the game.

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

Although it was only a friendly, the Northampton fans who were there will not have been impressed by a 4 1 defeat to a team two leagues below them - especially with a start in League One just around the corner.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We booked a taxi and left slightly early as had a night out in Suthampton planned with our "other halves."

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I'm always pleased to get another ground ticked off and this was my 5th in the last two weeks, so I've had a good start to the new season! It gets harder from here though as my Leeds United commitments start next weekend..... I liked the set up at Eastleigh and would recommend it to any fans who are planning to go there this season.

Eastleigh v Bolton Wanderers
Saturday 9th January 2016, 3pm
FA Cup 3rd Round
Myles Munsey (Ground Hopper)

Reasons for visit:
Put simply, the lure of the FA Cup. The first appearance by Eastleigh in the third round, the last non-league club left, the possibility of a sell-out crowd (5,250) and the very real prospect of an upset, meant I was on the phone to the club very soon after the draw was made.

Getting there:
A rather problematic journey by train seemed likely owing, yet again, to engineering work between Basingstoke and Southampton affecting the journey. Despite there being a bus replacement part of the way, it was a pretty trouble free journey and my companion and I alighted at Southampton Airport Parkway in good time.

And now a recommendation. By all means cross the road at the pedestrian crossing outside the station but do not turn left and attempt to walk to the ground along the road. There is no pavement, only a very narrow grass verge. This would be risky enough in daylight and very foolhardy after dark.  Instead, do what the Eastleigh fans do and turn right outside the station. Proceed north (towards Eastleigh) then turn left at the brown sign advertising the Lakeside Miniature Railway. Follow the road and footpath past the railway (can be muddy but is safe), cross the stream and then cross the road at the lights. Carry straight on past the church and the ground entrance is on your left soon after. You will find after dark that the locals carry torches to helpfully light your way for the return walk. 

Before the game:
Allowing for the disrupted travel was a good thing. I find I always need time in the bank. The extra time was useful in order to fulfill a very necessary requirement. I had ordered three tickets but one of our group was unwell and with a game of this significance I did not wish to see the ticket wasted. It is in my nature to help people out.

I spotted a lady by the ticket office chatting to one of the officials. Putting two and two together I detected her need and offered the spare ticket at face value. I am no shark and it would be beneath me to charge more than I paid. The offer was gratefully received and this lady was well pleased, as she had been trying for ages to get one. I took a packed lunch which was consumed at half time.

First impressions:
This wasn’t a first visit – I had been there in August for a National League fixture. The Silverlake is I’m afraid functional and modern, rather disjointed and with a degree of confusion as to how to find your seat. The reality is that there are only a few turnstiles therefore a bit of a tour round the ground is necessary. I will say that the seat was comfortable with plenty of legroom (yes that old chestnut again!) and the view immediately behind the goal in the Mackoy Community stand was excellent. Back in row H was good as this was just far enough back to avoid the rain which was pelting down at one point. 

Silverlake Stadium

Silverlake Stadium

For this match the ground was bristling with TV cameras – at least five, the one in the corner on a temporary podium being particularly annoying as it nearly eliminated my view of Eastleigh’s goal. I saw the goal, at least part of it, but only just.

The ground is in a nice quiet location and the juxtaposition of the church is strange given the noise and bustle of the nearby airport. And in a tongue in cheek reference to flying there is are signs behind the goals stating ‘beware low-flying balls’ – a nice touch.

The game:
The Silverlake Stadium seemed rather aptly named given the recent downpours.  Three pitch inspections had to be passed and the agreement of both managers reached before this game went ahead. It showed. The pitch was very heavy. The conditions may have been awkward, but my goodness was this a great game.

In the first half Eastleigh more than held their own and made life very difficult for the championship visitors on a bog of a pitch. Bolton came more into it towards the interval with Ross Flitney pulling off two very good saves. 

Six minutes into the second half the place erupted when Jai Reason’s cross was diverted into his own net by Dorian Dervite past the helpless Ben Amos. The second half ebbed and flowed and Eastleigh nearly made it two when following a scrambled Andy Drury effort was cleared off the line by David Wheater, the ball regrettably holding up in the mud. This passage of play took place with an intruder on the pitch. Sensibly advantage was played and the culprit was apprehended soon afterwards. Unfortunately with time ticking away Bolton scored following a corner, Pratley sweeping home. There were just three minutes left on the clock.  

The Spitfires can be rightly proud of their efforts, nearly pulling off a famous victory, and if they continue to perform with this passion may well earn a place in the Football League.

Getting away:
A little bit of a log jam to get out (well it was a record gate) but that aside we retraced our steps to the station. The journey back to Basingstoke and Newbury was somewhat protracted, but otherwise uneventful.

Overall thoughts:
The stewards here are very engaging and friendly and there was no bother whatsoever. I was impressed by the catering and toilet facilities which had to be boosted for the larger than average crowd. This is not a ground for the purist, but you will get a hassle-free day at a well-run friendly club with an honest set of supporters.

There are those who say there is no magic left in the competition these days. They should have been here!

Eastleigh v Barnet
Conference Premier League
Saturday, 14th March 2015, 3pm
James Sweeney (Barnet fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to the Silverlake Stadium?

Barnet were away to fellow promotion chasers Eastleigh and we did not hesitate to make the short trip down the M3 to the Silvelake Stadium with the Barnet Army I was also looking forward to the match because both teams are very strong and were both on good form going into the game.

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

It was a very easy car journey with no problems except speed restrictions on the M3. As you leave for Southampton Airport, you pass the ground on your left but as there is no left turn into Stoneham Lane, we had to go up to a roundabout and head back on ourselves towards the airport to turn into Stoneham Lane. What I recommend for any supporter travelling to the stadium is to leave the M3 at Junction 13 (A335 exit), heading right towards the town centre. Then turn right at the roundabout then left at the next roundabout onto Stoneham lane. This way you don't have to go an extra 2 miles, pass the airport and go almost 360 degrees round the roundabout to turn right into the road for the ground.

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

I had brought a packed lunch down to the ground and ate it when I arrived. There is a good sized car park at the stadium that holds over 500 cars and is free however it does fill up quickly so you have to get there with at least 45 minutes to spare. The stewards were very friendly and helpful as we had to walk around the perimeter of the ground to get to the away end. And £at 12 for and adult £4 for a child it was a very good price!

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

Barnet fans were housed in one corner of the new South Stand, at one end, which was seated and could accommodate up to 600 fans. Some extra terracing was made available in the new East Terrace with about 200 standing spaces available. The South Stand was very neat but did have some supporting pillars but they didn't impede my view. Opposite to where the 500 Barnet fans were, there was a small terrace which was packed with Eastleigh supporters and opposite to the East Terrace was a small seated Main Stand which straddled the half way line with terracing either side.

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

The game finished 2-1 to Barnet with goals from John Akinde and Curtis Weston. Barnet conceded a late penalty which was slotted home by former bee Ben Strevens but I wasn't enough for the home side as we held on to claim a brilliant win at our fellow promotion chasers Eastleigh. It is fair to say that the Barnet fans made more noise than the home supporters especially when the second goal was put in by John Akinde, but I guess they didn't have a lot to shout about. The Barnet fans also had some great banter with the Easleigh mascot which I think was a bear but I'm not too sure!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

We had to trek back around the perimeter of the ground and as we were low on petrol we found a petrol station close to junction 13 of the M3. We were closely followed by the Barnet coach and overtook the Wolverhampton Wanderers coach who had just played at Brighton. Again no problems but speed restrictions and we were home for 19:30 pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I thought the South Stand that we were in was very impressive and the rest of the ground was decent enough and with a win under our belt and the news that Bristol Rovers got a late draw at Halifax (who we have on Tuesday) meant we were back on the summit of the table on goal difference.

Eastleigh v Swindon Town
Pre-Season Friendly
Thursday, July 17th, 2014, 7pm
Ronan Howard (Swindon Town fan)

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

Not one I’d been to before and above all else, very close to home – Basingstoke to Eastleigh being only around 30 miles, I didn’t even have to take any time off work which is unheard of for a midweek game! Glorious weather as well so would be rude not to

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

The ground is very easy to get to – turn left off Junction 5 of the M27 if coming from the West, straight to the top of the road, double back on yourself at the roundabout and turn right at the sign for Eastleigh FC. Traffic was an absolute nightmare that time of the evening so would allow plenty of time if midweek. Being well used to the M3 it’s a busy road on a weekend also so would want to factor that in. Car parking was ample for a crowd the size of a friendly game but still seemed to be fairly full, so would advise getting there early for a league game, especially now Eastleigh have been promoted to the Conference Premier. Parking free at the ground which is always a bonus, though would wonder how long it will remain so. 

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

Very little in the way of pubs, restaurants or anything else near the ground, certainly not within walking distance. Went to the Cricketers just up the road (turn left at the roundabout instead of doubling back towards the ground and you can’t miss it) for a quick pre match pint. Other than that Eastleigh town centre would probably be your best bet, although the ground itself is well outside the town. 

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

Bit of a contrast from league grounds I’ve been to - presumably things will get more professional since Eastleigh’s promotion but the ground is a bit like a school sports field with a couple of stands – one very basic looking terrace running the length of the pitch, one more modern seated area on the opposite side running midway through the pitch length, a covered terrace at one end and an uncovered flat standing area at the other. Beautiful open area given the weather but could be a bit grim in the winter.

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

Wasn’t expecting a fiercely competitive game or free flowing football as this was a friendly and I wasn’t wrong – the heat may have played a part, or cumulative fatigue from playing a few other games in the past few days but Swindon were very poor throughout – lethargic, sloppy passing, not a pretty site. A neutral may have thought Eastleigh were the league one club as they played with energy, drive, and quite rightly got a goal in each half. Good luck to them, and looks as if they will do ok in the coming season.

Facilities were basic as you’d expect, tickets from a raffle book, no turnstiles, rather we were shown through a corrugated iron fence, small but functional clubhouse incorporating toilets, a bar and a club shop. Serviceable at this level but will doubtless want to make improvements to the ground should they remain in the conference premier. 

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

No real problems – car park fairly full and with only one exit but within a few minutes was back on the motorway and heading home

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Nice little friendly club, basic facilities, decent enough views of the pitch (better than at some other clubs at non-league level I’ve seen) and an easy trip home. The manner of defeat would have been gutting if it had have been a competitive game, however there’s not much you can gauge from a friendly. If we happen to get drawn in the cup (or if Eastleigh have a fantastic season and us a catastrophic one, both finding ourselves in League 2 next year!) I’d be the first to revisit.  

Eastleigh v Aldershot Town
Conference Premier League
Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 7.45pm
Martin Rawlings (Neutral fan)

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

I had visited Eastleigh before but this was their first game in the Conference Premier, so I wanted to see what if anything had changed. I should also say that at £12 to get in, then think its a bargain in this day and age.

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

Because of the expected large crowd and the fact I had been before I tried the train. Got off at Southampton Airport Parkway. It took about 20 minutes to walk to the ground. Turn right out of the station, then left through the lakeside country park. This was unlit, but not a problem going but very dark coming back. Then left a few 100 yards down a lane with no pavement. The queue of cars for the car park made me feel I had made the correct decision. Saying that the ground is about a mile from junction 5 of the M27. 

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

There is potential, a café en route through the country park, however it was closed by the time I got there as this was an evening game. Otherwise its pretty barren from the station to the ground.

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

Away fans had been given the new side terrace stand. I got the impression that this might only be the case when there was a good following. The stand is new, covered and gives the impression that you get a good view. One end was still being built and may be the away end in future. Its a neat and tidy looking ground everything looks fairly recently built.

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

Good atmosphere for this "derby" game, plenty of Aldershot fans who rarely go quiet. Food was burger van fare. The club house was open for home fans, however I didn't partake. The game was very tight Eastleigh scoring a very late winner.

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

I got away okay. The path through the country park is very very dark, but others were also going that way. Not sure about people who went by car. It looked difficult to say the least.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I enjoyed the experience. With 1900 in the ground it felt packed. I will go again possibly the Bristol Rovers game which is also in the evening. Going by car I'd consider parking slightly away from the ground if there is anywhere. I did notice a few people parking up a lane near a church about 100 yards before the car park and they were getting away no problem at all.

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Updated 20th August 2016

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