Ebbsfleet United

Stonebridge Road

Capacity: 3,800 (Seating 500)
Address: Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent DA11 9GN
Telephone: 01474 533796
Fax: 01474 324754
Club Nickname: The Fleet
Year Ground Opened: 1905
Home Kit: Red and White

Main Stand
Main Stand
Plough End
Plough End
Swanscombe End
Swanscombe End

The ground currently only has three sides at the moment as a new Main Stand is being built on the Stonebridge Road side. On the opposite side of the ground is an old but classic looking wooden Main Stand. This single tiered covered stand, is all seated and runs for around half the length of the pitch. This stand has a fair number of supporting pillars running along the front of it, although the seating is raised above pitch level. There is also a tiny terrace in front of this stand. At one is end is a covered stand, known as the Plough End, gaining its name from the former pub that was situated just behind it. This is a former covered terrace, which has since had seats installed. From a distance this stand looks quite picturesque as it is has a wooded hill just beyond it. The opposite end, known as the Swanscombe End, is an open terrace, that is dominated by a huge electricity pylon which sits directly behind it. The ground is completed by a set of new floodlights which were installed in the Summer of 2014. The Club Shop is located inside the ground. 

The Club was formed in 1946, following the merger of Northfleet United and Gravesend United. It was renamed Ebbsfleet United in 2007.

The Club have announced ambitious plans to effectively build a new stadium on the current site of Stonebridge Road. The new stadium, which will be built in phases will have a capacity of around 6,000, including 2,000 seats. The first phase of the proposed development is underway with the building of a new Main Stand on the Stonebridge Road side of the ground (currently called the Liam Daish Stand).  If building goes to plan then this new Main Stand will be ready to have seats installed in November 2016 with the stand completed by the year end. The other sides of the ground (and alas the final demise of the classic looking old Main Stand) will also be redeveloped, including next, another new covered all seated stand at the Plough End. The old Main Stand side will be redeveloped next with the Swanscombe End being the last to be built. The final completed stadium will be totally enclosed. An artists impression of how the new stadium will look can be found on the Kent Online website.

Rob Crossan comments; 'Normally segregation is not in force for most home games. However if required then the open terrace at one of the ground, can be allocated specifically to away fans. It is a fairly steep, old fashioned with few facilities. The ground may been completely bypassed by modernity, but the atmosphere is good and the home fans in the covered end, behind the goal kept up a non stop barrage of singing throughout the half that Gravesend were attacking it'. Culinary delights on offer include; Chicken curry & rice (£3), Chilli and rice (£3), Jacket potato with cheese (£2), Cheeseburger (£3), Burger (£2), Hot Dogs (£2), Pasties (£1.50), Pies (£1.50), Bacon Rolls (£1.80) and Chips (£1).

Inside the ground is a comfortable Fleet Lounge Club Bar which is popular with both home and away fans alike. However, it may be advisable to check before entering the ground, whether segregation is in place, as if so, then as an away supporter you may not be able to gain access to it. Otherwise about a ten minute walk away near to Swanscombe Railway Station is the George and Dragon, which has a selection of real ales available. There is little in the way of other watering holes near to the ground, with the nearby Plough pub being closed down and converted into a cafe.

First thing to note is that the ground is in Northfleet.  

From the M25 (South):
Leave the M25 at Junction 2 and take the A2 towards Gillingham. Then take the B262 towards Stone/Greenhithe. At the end of the B262 turn right onto the A226 towards Northfleet & Gravesend. Keep on this road until you reach the ground on your left.
From the M25 (North) - Dartford Bridge:
After coming over the bridge keep to the left hand lanes and after passing through the toll booths turn left onto the A226, towards Northfleet. Keep on this road until you reach the ground on your left.

There is no parking available for visiting fans at the ground, however there is some street parking to be found on side roads off the A226. Otherwise as Keith Wood adds; 'Parking is available on matchdays in Car Park C at Ebbsfleet International, which also costs £3'. The car park is about a five minute walk away from the ground. Otherwise there is nearby street parking available.

The nearest station to the ground is Northfleet, which is only a few minutes walk away from the ground. The station is served by trains from London Bridge & Charing Cross. Just come straight out of the station and turn left at the top of the road. The ground can be then seen down on the right.

Ben Hudspith a visiting Kidderminster Harriers fan informs me; 'I found it easier to go from London St Pancras on the high speed service and get off at Ebbsfleet International. The journey time from St Pancras is under 20 minutes and trains are every 15 minutes in both directions. For walking directions come out of the side entrance of the station which will bring you into Car Park C. Walk right down to the end of this car park and through the entrance then walk straight under the bridge and you will see the ground right in front of you. It will take about five minutes for you to walk or there is a Fast Track bus available from the main entrance of the station which runs every 10 minutes. Going by train this way also has the added bonus of being able to go to Gravesend beforehand (the next stop on train from Ebbsfleet International and only a couple of minutes journey time), where there are a wider variety of pubs to be found. I found both the Somerset Arms, which showed live televised sports and the Railway Bell outside the railway station to be both very welcoming'.

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All areas of the ground
Adults £12
Over 60's/Students £9
Under 17's £5
Under 12's Free*

* Up to two Under 12's per accompanying paying adult.

Official Matchday Programme £2.

Ebbsfleet United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Dartford and from further afield Margate.

Record Attendance
12,032 v Sunderland FA Cup 4th Round, February 12th 1963.

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 1,302 (National League South)
2014-2015: 940 (National League South)

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Ebbsfleet United v Mansfield Town
Conference Premier
Saturday, January 28th, 2012, 3pm
Rhys Warriner (Mansfield Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I wasn’t particularly looking forward to going to the ground itself, but upon arrival it was above expectations.  I’d previously heard from a few fans that it wasn’t much to behold, but i thought it was okay! Segregation wasn’t in force, so it was a rather relaxed day.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:

The journey wasn't too bad, took around 3 and a half hours, but was fairly simple. The Dartford Crossing was the highlight of the journey on the Supporters Coach, with fairly good views of the surrounding areas on offer.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Arrived at the ground, but decided on a walk up to a pub, around 15mins away. From the outside it looked a little run down, but open entering the clubhouse we were all politely greeted, and it rapidly became one of the best pre-match experiences this season. Was thoroughly enjoyable, had a dart board etc. an all fans and staff were extremely friendly.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Upon entrance, first impressions were mixed, they had a decent seated stand to the right behind the goal, a very big roofed yet low terrace to the left, and ahead was a open terrace in which we decided to go over to. A typical smaller non league ground, with a mix of seating and terracing. The stand along one side would easily be suitable for a home crowd to gather and make a bit of noise, sadly this wasn't put to much use.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..?
The game was very good, Mansfield won 3-0 and was very enjoyable. The atmosphere sadly was quite poor, down partly due to the distance we had to travel, and the unsegregatied attendance. The home fans weren’t very vocal, probably down to the fact that their team weren’t very impressive! The ‘stewards’ were extremely relaxed, as seemed they had just strolled in and been handed a flourscent jacket on the spot! The food blew hot and cold. I had possibly the worst cup of tea I’ll ever drank, resembling dishwater, but then went back for a Hot Chocolate and fell in love! A shame the same couldn't be said for the woman serving... The toilets, although I did not visit them I heard they were basic, and kept fairly clean.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Got away fairly easily, the coach was opposite and we set off in good time, this time via the Dartford Tunnel.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out?

The journey was good going there, and very good on the way back, after such a good win! The game was one we dominated, so it was a good, productive day for all involved, for away fans that is! Would recommend a visit to Ebbsfleet.

Ebbsfleet United v Luton Town
Conference Premier
Saturday, March 20th, 2010, 3pm
Steve Bailey (Luton Town fan)

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

This ground would leave me only needing one more (Tamworth) to complete a visit to all the current Conference grounds plus from the pictures I had seen this looked like one of the real old traditional grounds at this level.  However given that Ebbsfleet had beaten us (Luton) at home there was a bit of trepidation but we needn’t have worried as it turned out!

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

Easy journey out of London Bridge although the train stops everywhere on the way it seemed – the ground itself is very close to the station and well sign-posted.

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

As I know there wasn’t a plethora of good pubs near the ground I drank near London Bridge first but did grab a quick one at the Rose (not the Rose & Crown as stated on the main page) which is bit basic and had very loud music but on the plus side a decent real also from Shepherd Neame.  Once I got over being deafened by the music it soon became apparent at least ¾ of the people in the pub were other Luton fans!  On the way to the ground walked past what looked like a decent chip shop but having already eaten I can’t vouch for the quality.

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

The ground was as I thought it would be, looking similar to Altrincham.  Had to walk round the back of the ground for the away end, through a muddy car park and on the back wall fop the ground a very old and almost over-grown sign saying “Welcome to the Fleet” could be seen.  On entering the ground you come on to an open terrace, we have about half the ground so there was some cover on the far side but being a wet day it was already full by the time I got in!  The terrace itself had a fair amount of grass growing through the cracks in the stone steps.  One odd things about the ground is that it is not totally rectangular – the pitch side touchlines are parallel with the stands but the end stands are both at a an angle to goal lines – it is hard to understand why unless the pitch has been moved at some time in the past.

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

The home crowd did try and make some noise with a drum but as the game wore on it was only us making a noise as we ran out 6-1 winners – our highest away win since 1964 so it was an honour to be there!  The stewards were actually our own who travelled down for the day so no problems there.  The toilets are limited though, very small but probably quite adequate for the majority of away crowds except us, Oxford and Wimbledon.

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

Easy to get away, back on the 17:07 to London was no problem and even through they’d just been absolutely stuffed there was no hint of any problems at the end.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Not a great place to go for pre-match beers but a great old fashioned ground.  And did I mention the score?

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Updated 29th September 2016