Capacity: 3,152 (Seats 250)
Address: Vauxhall Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4HW
Telephone: 01442 264300
Club Nickname: The Tudors
Year Ground Opened: 1972
Home Kit: Red and White
Most non-League Clubs grounds tend to be dominated by a large Main Stand, whereas at Hemel it is both ends that catch the eye. However this may well be all about to change soon as the Club have plans to build a new all-seated stand on the South Side of the pitch. Both ends have covered terraces that look quite similar in appearance. However, unlike the East End the Adeyfield School End opposite, is raised above pitch level. Although they both do not run the full width of the pitch, they are both of a decent size for this level. Both terraces have nets on their roofs in an effort to stop stray balls going out of the ground. There is a noticeable slope to the pitch which runs down from the Adeyfield School End to the opposite end.
On the Tenzing Road side there is a small covered seated stand that sits astride the half way line. It has five rows of seats and has a capacity of around 250. There are flat standing areas to either side. The opposite side is largely open apart from a very small simple covered stand that appears to be used by Directors and Press. The team dugouts are also on this South side, but unusually one is located on each side of the stand. The clubhouse and entrance to the dressing rooms are also on this side towards the East End. It is on this South side of the ground that the Club intend to build a new stand. The ground is completed with a set of four modern floodlight pylons.
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If fans are to be segregated at Vauxhall Road, then visiting supporters are housed in the Adeyfield School End. This fair sized terrace contains some cover and is free from any obstructing supporting pillars, meaning you get a good view of the playing action. Refreshments for away fans are provided by a mobile catering unit which is brought in for big matches. As both ends of the ground are covered then normally there is a bit of atmosphere generated inside.
There is a clubhouse bar inside the ground, called the Tudor Tavern, which welcomes all fans. It shows BT and Sky Sports on a number of screens. It also quite a large function room, which by the looks of it is regularly used for social events. Around a five minute walk away on Leverstock Green Road is the Crabtree pub. It quite a large pub and is part of the Ember Inns chain, so food and real ale are available. To find this pub; thenfrom the club entrance proceed down to the roundabout, turn left and at the top of the road turn left again. The pub is up on the left hand side.
Leave the M1 at Junction 8 and take the A414 towards Hemel Hempstead. Go straight across two roundabouts and then just after passing a large Travelodge Building on your right (where there is also a Toby Carvery) move over to the right hand filter lane to turn right across the dual carriageway into Leverstock Green Road. Continue straight along this road then immediately after crossing a mini roundabout, turn left into Vauxhall Road. Then turn right at the next roundabout for the ground entrance.
There is some parking at the ground, which costs £1, but it is normally full well before kick off. However there is plenty of street parking available in the surrounding streets.
Hemel Hempstead Railway Station is located just over two and a half miles away from the ground and is a bit far to walk. There is a taxi rank outside the station and at the club itself (in the car park) is an office of a local taxi firm (Millennium Taxis) who can organise a car back to the station after the game has ended. The station is served by trains from London Euston.
Alternatively you can catch an Arriva Bus Service No: 320, which runs along Adeyfield Road which is close to the ground. The Bus which is going in the direction of Watford/Rickmansworth can be boarded at Bus Stop A outside the front of the railway station. Ask th edrive to let you off at the junction of Adeyfield Road and Leverstock Green Road. The service runs every 30 minutes on Saturday afternoons and the journey time is around 10 minutes. See the Arriva website for timetables.
You have a 200 metre walk, turn right at Adeyfield Road into Leverstock Green Road, walk past the Crabtree pub on your right, turn right in to Vauxhall Road - ground will be on your right hand side at the roundabout.
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Under 18's £1
Under 6 Free
Concessions apply to Over 65's, Full Time Students and serving members of the Armed Forces. The Club may wish to see proof of your concessionary status so you will need to bring along ID.
Official Matchday Programme £2.50.
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Hemel Hempstead Town v Sutton United
FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
Saturday 10th October 2015, 3pm
Mike (Neutral fan)
Why were you looking forward to visiting the Vauxhall Road ground?
As someone who hasn't been to a non-league ground for over a decade I was looking forward to seeing what non-league-day was all about and watching my Granddad's beloved Sutton United for the first time in 14 years. I was also looking forward to the added edge of an FA Cup tie between two teams closely matched as far as league position was concerned.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The ground was very easy to find, with help of a sat nav I had no problem, but in all honesty, it would be very simple to find without one. The ground is just off the A414, about 5 minutes from the Junction with the M1.Travelling to the ground from this direction is advisable, as I didn't have to drive through the town and negotiate the dread 'magic roundabout' of 5 mini roundabouts webbed together. Parking was easy, the ground is situated in one of Hemel's nicer leafy suburbs with lots of street parking 5 minutes away. Getting there by public transport wouldn't be so easy, the station is out of town, on the other side of the town centre.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
I had a pint before the game in the 'Tudor Tavern' at the ground which is the bar part of a surprisingly large complex of bar, snack bar, changing rooms and social club. This is situated nicely overlooking the pitch down by the corner flag at the bottom of the slope. outside the bar were tables overlooking the pitch surrounded by a cordon of tape. Not quite sure what this was far as you could leave the cordoned area unhindered with your pint if you wanted. The ground had a friendly atmosphere, with a decent proportion of fans travelling from Sutton, and both sets happily mingling
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?
The ground is modest, as you would expect at this level, but well designed. Behind both goals there are small covered stands. At the bottom of the slope seating has been added since the photo on this site. Both stands are modern and covered. Along the side opposite the bar is an older small seated stand, and behind the dugouts is a very small, dilapidated stand that seemed to be avoided by the public. Bits of this Asbestos sheeting building are literally falling off! Down by the bar was a small toilet block, which was covered and refreshingly well maintained. The ground is nicely framed by the 3 stands and the bar area, and not without its non-league quirks, such as someone's old front door patching a hole in the perimeter wall down by the Main Stand, still sporting its frosted glass window and number 15.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Because the ground has two decent modern stands behind the goals these seem to become the focal point for the fans. There is no segregation so supporters seem to swap stands at the interval and watch their team attack them in both halves. The stands only stretch the length of the penalty areas, compressing the supporters into a smaller space and there low roofs make for a better atmosphere than I expected for just 700 people. The only problem with the ground is that there is only one place to get Burgers, Chips and Tea etc. at half time, which is a van by the bar. The queues got a bit long even with a modest crowd. The game was fairly uneventful, even for this level. The slope of the ground seems to lead to the clichéd 'game of two halves' with the team kicking up the slope playing more deep and hitting long balls into the channels. Sutton certainly played more offensively in the second period down the slope. All in all a pretty drab game highlighted by two pieces of quality for the goals. The only decent passing move of the game from Hemel cut Sutton open and made it 1-0, a decent equaliser from Sutton's number 11, cutting in from the left and hitting a decent right footed shot into the top corner.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Getting away from the ground is no problem, there's only one exit, but it is ample.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Overall a decent ground for a non league day out. Safe and easy to get to for Kids and adults alike.
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