Merseyrail Community Stadium

Capacity: 6,008 (Seats 1,844)
Address: Haig Avenue, Southport, PR8 6JZ
Telephone: 01704 533422
Fax: 01704 533455
Pitch Size: 115 x 78 yards
Club Nickname: The Sandgrounders
Year Ground Opened: 1905
Home Kit: Yellow and Black

The Grandstand
The Grandstand
Jack Carr Stand
Jack Carr Stand
Looking Towards The Blowick End
Looking Towards The Blowick End
Blowick End
Blowick End
Popular Side
Popular Side

A fairly open ground that on one side has a tidy looking Grandstand. This covered all seated stand is of a fair size, housing around 1,840 supporters. The stand, which was opened in 1968, doesn’t run the full length of the pitch and straddles the half way line, with the spaces on either side, unused for spectators. It is not totally free of supporting pillars, with one large pillar, situated towards the middle. There are windshields to either side and a couple of odd looking floodlights on its roof.

The rest of the stadium is comprised of terrace, with only the Jack Carr terrace (named after a former Director of the Club) at one end being covered. This terrace, which is also known as the Scarisbrick End, is the home end and can house just over 900 fans. The roof has no supporting pillars to hinder the view, but only runs for around half the width of the playing area. Opposite is the Blowick End, a small open terrace which is allocated to away fans. On the remaining side of the ground is the Popular Side, another open terrace, which is unusual in the respect that it is comprised of four separate blocks. Between a couple of these blocks are floodlight pylons, as rather than traditionally having a floodlight pylon in each corner of the ground, they run down both sides.

Away fans are predominantly housed in the Blowick terrace at one end of the ground, where just under 1,200 supporters can be housed. This small terrace is set back from the pitch and is open to the elements, so hope it does not rain. A better bet maybe to head for one of the 300 seats made available to visiting supporters in the Grandstand, as this is covered and generally gives a better view. The refreshments are competitively priced; Cheeseburgers (£2.50), Cumberland Sausage (£2.50), Hot Dogs (£2) and a selection of pies (£2).

There is a bar at the ground which is situated behind the Grandstand, aptly called the Grandstand Bar. This shows Sky Sports matches and even serves its own real ale called 'Grand Stand Gold'. Otherwise there is the ‘Thatch & Thistle’ pub, which also serves food. This is located near to the bottom of Haig Avenue, at the junction of Butts Road and Meols Cop Road. As its name suggests the pub has a thatched roof as is part of the 'Two for one' chain. Also coming from the M58 on the Scrisbrick New Road is the Richmond pub, which is also in walking distance of the stadium. 

If you have a bit more time on your hands, then just over a mile away is Southport town centre, where there are plenty of good pubs to be found. Worth mentioning are the Sir Henry Segrave, Wetherspoon outlet and the Scarisbrick hotel. Both of which are located in Lord Street and are listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Leave the M6 at Junction 26 and take the M58 towards Southport. Leave the M58 at Junction 3 and take the A570 towards Ormskirk. Follow the A570 around Ormskirk Town Centre towards Southport. On entering Southport you will come to a large roundabout with Tesco’s & McDonalds outlets. Take the 3rd exit onto Scarisbrick New Road (A570). You should now be able to catch sight of the ground over on your right. Pass the Richmond pub on your left and then turn right into Haig Avenue. The ground is down on the right. There is no car park at the ground as such. There is though plenty of street parking available in the surrounding streets, however in some streets there are some parking restrictions so check for any warning signs.

The nearest station to the ground is Meols Cop which is about a mile away away from the ground. It is served by trains from Manchester Piccadilly. As you come out of the station turn left and proceed down Norwood Road. After about half a mile, turn right into Haig Avenue and the stadium is located down on the left. 

Southport station is located a mile and a half away from the ground. It costs around £4 for a taxi. Rosalind Zeffertt informs me; 'The best way to get to Haig Avenue from the station is by the number 44 Arriva bus which runs every 20 minutes from Eastbank Street (at 02, 22 and 42 past the hour). Go left out of the station onto Chapel St and then Turn left into Eastbank Street and the bus stop is on that side of the road opposite the Bright House store. In the evenings, the 44a goes from the same stop but is only every half hour, at 17 and 47 past the hour'. 

Adam Hodson a visiting Stockport County fan adds these walking directions; 'Head out of the station via the Chapel Street exit, turn left and walk through the pedestrianised shopping centre, passing shops such as WH Smiths & Marks & Spencers. Turn left at the end at the end of the pedestrianised shopping centre onto Eastbank Street. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Scarisbrick New Road, passing a Total garage on the left. Continue through one set of traffic lights and at the 2nd set of traffic lights, turn left onto Haig Avenue and the ground is down on the right. It took me around 20-25 minutes to walk'. 

Whilst Paul Aird informs me; 'For a quicker aleternative walking route; 'Exit the station by the side entrance leading to the car park and turn right into London Street. At the top of London Street take the Victoria Footbridge over the railway line then turn left into Virginia Street, continue straight into Forest Road then right into Haig Avenue for the ground'. 

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Adults £15
Concessions £11
Under 19's £5

Adults £13.50
Concessions £10
Under 19's £5
Under 11’s accompanied by an adult are admitted free.


Official Programme £2.50

Record Attendance:
20,010 v Newcastle United
FA Cup 6th Round, 1932

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 1,033 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 958 (Conference Premier)
2011-2012: 1,290 (Conference Premier)

Fleetwood Town, Morecambe and Burscough. 

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Southport FC v AFC Wimbledon
Conference Premier League
Saturday, August 14th 2010, 3pm
Spencer Green (AFC Wimbledon fan)

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

I had never been to Southport's ground before. I try to get to as many away grounds as possible plus it was the 1st game of the season so there was no excuse!

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

I came up by train into Southport (every 15 mins from Liverpool) and met up with a few fellow fans in the town. Got a taxi from Southport station – £3.80 between 4 of us! Bargain!

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

Found a Whetherspoons pub on Lord Street in Southport – usual fare. Come out the station turn right then left and at the main junction you will see it opposite you. A couple of other fans went to a chippy just next to the pub very nice by all accounts.

Went to go into Southport FCs bar at the ground at 2.15 – they had stopped away fans coming in as it had got to crowded and there was a safety issue – there was a pub 10 mins walk though straight up Haig Avenue past the away end which some fans went to.

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

Ground very nice – much the same as a few in this league – large uncovered away end – perfect for August not sure about Winter!

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

The game itself was entertaining even down to the fact we werw awarded a penalty which was an absolute joke – seriously it looked like our player fell over the ball outside the area and the ref pointed to the spot! I have to say justice was done when we missed it! Southport players are huge! They defend well and can really count themselves unlucky they didn’t get a point. We seemed to catch them on the hop when we brought two speedy wingers on and scored straight away but take nothing away from Southport I don’t think they will have a problem staying up this season.

Atmosphere – I couldn’t hear the Southport fans as I was in the middle of the away fans and there was 6-700 of us so that’s all I could hear!

Toilets – Seemed to be brand new portacabins – all very nice – but it was the 1st game of the season!

Catering – Standard fare – had a rubber burger – does the usual burgers, pies, soft drinks etc although cheaper than most football clubs at £2.20 a burger.

Stewards – Seemed to be all bouncers from around Southport’s pubs putting in a shift before the nightime! Seemed pleasant enough and used common sense when a couple of wallys jumped on to the pitch when we scored and rather than chuck them out – threw them back into the crowd! Not sure whether that would work with other away fans............

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

This time I walked 10 mins down the road to Meols Cop station to catch the train to Wigan – come out away end turn right and just keep going. Very easy to get away from -  not a problem.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

A good day out – sun was shining – we won – and I even managed to be back in London for 8pm! Would recommend it.

Updated 6th February 2015