Capacity: 4,500 (Seats 1,000)
Address: Park View Road, Welling, Kent, DA16 1SY
Telephone: 020 8301 1196
Fax: 020 8301 5676
Pitch Size: 112 x 72 yards
Club Nickname: The Wings
Year Ground Opened: 1977*
Home Kit: Red With White Trim
On one side is a classic old looking seated Main Stand. This stand which was opened in 1950 (and extended later in the 1960's) is covered and runs for about 2/3rds of the length of the pitch. The angle of the stand is quite steep, meaning that fans are kept quite close to the playing action, however there are a row of supporting pillars running across the front of the stand which could impede your view. Opposite is the much newer East Stand which was opened in 2002. Also known as the Cricket Club side this stand is all covered and all seated. It has a capacity of 600. However it only runs half the length of the pitch (towards the Danson Park End) and has a pair of pillars on either side which also serve as floodlight pylons. One of these could impede your view of the playing action down at the High Street End. On the other side of te East Stand is an ugly looking building which houses a social club and adjacent to this is a flat standing area.
Both ends are open terraces. The larger of these is at the Danson Park End, which looks quite picturesque with a number of large trees behind it. Opposite is the smaller High Street End. This end is located very close to the main road and passengers on the upper deck of passing buses can see into the ground. There is some netting at the back of the terrace to help prevent balls being kicked over, but I am sure that every now and again a stray ball must make it over! The ground is shared with Erith and Belvedere FC.
When segregation is in force the away fans are allocated the whole of the East Stand and the Danson Park Terrace. The terrace is open to the elements so if the weather forecast is not good, then it may be an idea to seek out one of the seats in the East Stand, as they are under roof. There are 600 seats with around 400 standing places available. Normally a good and relaxed day out. The proximity of the High Street means that there are plenty of eating and drinking choices available.
As mentioned there is a Social Club at the ground that welcomes away fans. The entrance is located just outside the ground by the turnstiles. Otherwise almost next door to the stadium is a pub called the ‘Guy Earl of Warwick’. Further along the High Street there is the Nag's Head and a Wetherspoon pub called the New Cross Turnpike. If you take a left out of the ground onto the main road, then passing the Guy Earl Of Warwick pub on your left then you'll reach the Nag's Head over on the right and then the Wetherspoons is further down on the left.
Leave the M25 at Junction 2 and take the A2 towards Central London. Leave the A2 at the third exit (signposted A221 to Bexleyheath and Sidcup). Take the A221 towards Bexleyheath and at the next roundabout turn right (3rd exit) continue towards Bexleyheath. You will go under a bridge that carries the A2. At the next roundabout take the second exit into Danson Road. Follow this road until your reach a T-junction. At these traffic lights turn left into Park View Road. The ground is down on the left. There is no car park at the ground as such, but there is plenty of street parking available.
Welling station is situated just under a mile away from the ground. It is served by trains from London Victoria and London Charing Cross. As you come out of the station entrance turn right and at the bottom of this road turn left onto Central Avenue. This leads onto a T-Junction with Bellegrove Road (there is the Plough & Harrow pub in front of you which shows SKY Sports) at which you turn left. Continue straight along Bellegrove Road and this leads into the High Street. The ground is further down the High Street on your right.
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Over 60's/Under 16's £9
Under 12's Free*
Seating costs £1 per person more, paid as a transfer fee within the ground.
* When accompanied by an adult.
Official Programme £3
Dartford, Bromley and Ebbsfleet United.
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Welling United v Bristol Rovers
Conference Premier League
Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 3pm
Thomas Cook (Bristol Rovers fan)
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
As a Rovers fan I’ve been looking this season to visit new grounds that we haven’t played at before. Welling stood out to me as London based games are easyish to reach from Bristol and it tied in with my Birthday weekend. I also liked the look of the Park View Ground, as it looked proper old school, bar the small new East Stand on one side.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We took an early 7.30am train from Bristol so we could get to our hotel in Kings Cross to drop bags off before getting on the beer for the day! No Problems, bags dropped by 10am and a few drinks at London Bridge before getting the train to Welling, which took 20 minutes.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We had planned a pub crawl towards the Ground. We arrived in Welling at 11.30am and the first pub on our list, the Plough & Harrow wasn't yet open! (other fans later said that it was fine for a beer stop off the train and not much else). So we headed to the New Cross Turnpike. A typical Wetherspoons pub, with well priced drinks and reasonable food. We left the Wetherspoons around 1pm and than went to the Nags Head, which was another fine pub. Lastly we went to the Guy Earl of Warwick next to the ground which was fine as well.
Locals and staff in all the pubs were welcoming and friendly and seemed pleased to see good numbers of away support.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
Having read the website here I knew what to expect, a small tidy newish stand that was very full on our arrival as was the flat terrace along the side. I loved the look of the old Main Stand, a real football stand in my opinion a few posts blocking the view, wooden seats a proper throw back!
Interestingly there was large queue at the away entrance and many Rovers fans were ushered through a side gate if they had the correct amount of cash. My mate said he only had a tenner (it was £15 to get in) the bloke on the gate kindly said £10 would do. My mate handed him a twenty pound note and the chap gave him a tenner change! Genius!
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The day itself was freezing cold and some light frost remained on the east side of the pitch. Welling had a good home record and looked well organised and Rovers struggled to break them down. It turned into a bit of a dour battle and no surprise that the game ended 0-0. The staff inside the ground were great. The stewards let fans enjoy themselves and we were allowed into the Club bar at half time for a well-priced pint.
The score was disappointing but the day was good due to the atmosphere created by the gasheads who seem to be enjoying the novelty of this 1st season in non-league, as well asthe home fans behind the goal at the High Street End.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Seemed no problems, as fans left together but can't comment too much as we just reversed our pub crawl and train before continuing our night in London. Then a hungover trip back by train to Bristol the next day.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
An enjoyable weekend at a welcoming ground in a good location, give me a ground like this (a very small and a bit tatty) over an empty shiny Richoh Arena or 3-sided Kassam Stadium any day. A proper ground with local loyal home fans and friendly stewards who were happy to let you make the most of your visit.
* The club moved to the ground in 1977. It had previously belonged to Bexley United FC and was originally opened in the mid 1920's.