Eastbourne Borough

Priory Lane

Capacity: 4,151 (542 Seats)
Address: Eastbourne, Sussex, BN23 7QH
Telephone: 01323 766265
Fax: 01323 741627
Pitch Size: 115 x 72 yards
Club Nickname: The Sports
Year Ground Opened: 1983
Home Kit: Red and Black

Main Stand
Main Stand
River End
River End
Mick Green Stand
Mick Green Stand
Looking Towards The River End
Looking Towards The River End

Although Priory Lane is a tidy and well kept ground, it has a smaller feel to it than some other grounds in the Division. On one side is  the smart looking Main Stand. This covered, all seated stand, has a capacity of 542 seats. There are no supporting pillars, resulting in good views of the playing action. However, the stand runs for about half the length of the pitch and strangely has been built mostly to one side of the half way line, so that the team dugouts that are located in front of the stand, sit to one side of it, rather than as you would expect in the middle. Opposite is a a small covered terrace, called the Peter Fountain Stand, that extends again for around half the length of the pitch. In one corner this meets the River End Terrace, which is covered. The opposite end, the Mick Green Stand, is a small covered area which is divided into two. The team entrance from the dressing rooms to the ground runs out from this end, splitting the terrace. During the Summer of 2016 the Club installed a new 3G artificial playing surface.

In the rare occurrence that fans are segregated, then away supporters are housed in the River End Terrace at one end of the ground. This terrace, although only a few steps high, does at least have some cover. The stewarding is fairly relaxed and normally a hassle free day out. The Club provide their own catering which includes the usual fayre of Cheeseburgers, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Chips etc.. but alas no pies! A popular away trip as many decide to make a weekend of it at the seaside.

The club is situated on the very outskirts of town, so there is little in the way of local pubs. There is though a a large Clubhouse at the ground that has two bars; the Sports Bar, and the smaller Happy Jacks Bar. However, for larger games this may be only open for home fans, so it may be an idea to check with the Club beforehand. Alternatively there are three pubs within 20 minutes walk of the ground; 'The Martello Inn' on Langney Rise, 'The Kingfisher Tavern' at Langney Shopping Centre and 'The Friday Street Farm' which is a pub/restaurant in Friday Street. 

Luke Thomas adds; 'There is also the Garden Bar plus a Harvester and few other bars located in the Waterfront area of the harbour what is around a 15 minute walk from the stadium. With the stadium behind you turn left and walk along Priory Road. Take the second left into Netherfield Avenue and then the third right into Telscombe Road. Follow this road up and around to the left where it becomes Tanbridge Road. On the right you will see a bridge that you need to crossover. This brings you onto the main A259 Pevensey Bay Road. Turn right along this road and at the roundabout (with an Asda store on one corner) turn left (signposted Sovereign Harbour Village). Continue straight down this road into the Waterfront Complex.' If driving then as above but instead follow Priory Road to its end where you turn left into Langney Rise. At the next roundabout take the first exit into Pevensey Bay Road and at the next roundabout turn right by Asda for the Waterfront. There is a free car park which is signposted at the Waterfront.

For those who arrive at Eastbourne Station, then there is thee nearby London & County pub. Whilst for those alighting at Pevensey & Westham, then five minutes walk away in Westham,  is the Heron pub on the High Street, that has a beer garden and also serves food.

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From the direction of Brighton on the A27 take the A22 towards Stone Cross and Westham. At the next roundabout take the first exit again towards Stone Cross and Westham. Continue towards Stone Cross village until you will come to a crossroads, with a church on your left and the Red Lion pub on the. Turn right just past the pub onto the B2104 Friday Street. At the end of Friday Street, turn left at the double mini-roundabout into Hide Hollow (B2191). After passing Eastbourne Crematorium on your right, turn right at the roundabout into Priory Road. The entrance to the ground is about 200 yards down the road on the left. There is a good sized car par at the ground which holds 400 cars, part of which is allocated to away supporters and is free of charge. As there is only one entrance/exit to the car park, then this can lead to a bit of a bottleneck at the end of the game.

The nearest station to the Priory Lane ground is Pevensey & Westham, which is around a mile and half away. However, it is not served by any practical public transport that can take you to the ground. It may be more practical to head for Eastbourne station instead. Although Eastbourne Station (which is served by trains from London Victoria) is around four miles away from the stadium, it does have public transport links and a taxi rank, whereas Pevensey & Westham does not. As Jim Burgin explains; 'Fans who come by train should get off at Eastbourne Station, walk 50 yards into town centre and catch the Eastbourne Loop 11 bus, going Eastbound towards Langney. This bus passes the ground and can be caught in the town centre outside Argos on Terminus Road (Stop L). Ask for a dayrover which is currently £3.70 this will act as a return ticket. Buses run every 15 minutes or so and the journey takes around 25 minutes. On a Saturday after the game has ended, the bus can be caught back into Eastbourne from outside the ground around every 15 minutes up to about 6pm. On evening weekdays the bus leaves at either 21:20 or 22:31 to get back to the station.You can view a bus timetable on the Traveline South East website. Otherwise grab a taxi up to the ground.

If you do decide to go to Pevensey & Westham station, then it is a ten minute train ride from Eastbourne Station. Turn left out of the station towards the industrial units and past the cow fields! then left at the roundabout into Priory Road to find the ground. Alternatively, if you have a bit of time on your hands; then turn right out of the station (towards mini roundabout) into Westham village and within a 5 minute walk you'll find the 'Swan' fish and chip shop and the 'Heron' pub and also Pevensey Castle (which charges a small admittance fee). Thanks to Wil Orange for providing these directions and info.

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All areas of the stadium
Adults £13
Concessions £9
Students £5
Under 18’s £1

Official Matchday Programme: £2

Eastbourne Borough FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Lewes, Whitehawk and Crawley Town.

Record Attendance
3,770 v Oxford United
FA Cup 1st Round, 5th November 2005

Average Attendance
2016-2017: 541 (National League South)
2015-2016: 532 (National League South)
2014-2015: 574 (National League South)

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

Eastbourne Borough v Hemel Hempstead Town
National League South
Saturday 14th October 2017, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Priory Lane Ground?
 
I had intended to visit Bognor Regis Town but realised at the last minute that they were away from home in the FA Cup so I chose Eastbourne Borough instead.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The train journey down from Stowmarket was fine, but I had difficulty in finding the correct bus stop due to roadworks in Terminus Road. The bus journey to the ground took over 30 minutes.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I arrived in Eastbourne at 12.15 so I had ample time for a walk along the pier and along the front before catching the 'Loop' bus eastwards to Priory Lane.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Priory Lane Stadium?
 
Priory Lane is a tidy little ground where most of the accommodation is under cover. I enjoyed a good view of the pitch from the seats.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Hemel Hempstead scored in the 8th minute and then on 45+2 minutes. Both teams had near misses in the second half, but it remained 0-2. I found the toilets to be in a very untidy condition. Rubbish not cleared up from previous games, even toilet paper plastered up the walls. Shows a lack of cleaning. Also no paper in the towel dispenser in either male toilet. The attendance was 507.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I left a few minutes early so that I could catch the 16.46 loop bus back to Eastbourne Railway Station. I was on my way back to London on the 17.35. On arrival at London Victoria I found that an emergency on the underground station had caused its evacuation and the fire brigade arrived a few minutes later. I walked to St James's Park and then went eastwards. I then dad to walk from Monument to Bank as circle line closed for the weekend. I was glad to get home after all that hassle.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I enjoyed my time by the seaside, but not the London experience on return.

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Updated 21st November 2017

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