Capacity: 2,100 (Seats 400)
Address: Hartsdown Road, Margate, CT9 5QZ
Telephone: 01843 221769
Club Nickname: The Gate
Year Ground Opened: 1929
Home Kit: Blue and White Hoops
Hartsdown Road is quite a small ground, with only one permanent structure at one end. This is partly due to the fact that over ten years ago, some of the ground (including the Main Stand and terracing) was demolished in preparation for the building of new structures. However the new stands failed to materialise (although the Club still have ambitions that at some point that they will, resulting in a modern 5,000 capacity stadium) and so in the meantime we are left with of a bit of 'make-shift' basic ground.
At the Hartsdown Road End is the only structure remaining from the old ground. This is quite unusual looking, as although it has a few steps of open terrace at the front, behind it has an enclosed small covered terrace, which is sandwiched between the Clubhouse bar and other club buildings, including the Club Shop. There are some supporting pillars running across the front of this small terrace, which could impede your view, but at least it does offer some cover. One one side of the ground are a couple of temporary stands. They are situated either side of the half way and are all seated and covered. However they are quite small being only four rows high. The opposite side is dominated by four portacabin type structures that are located in the middle with some flat standing areas on either side. These contain the team dressing rooms and the team dugouts are located out front. The remaining Tivoli Park End (known locally as the 'Coffin End') has a small temporary seated stand that has around 250 seats. It is comprised of six rows, runs for a around a third of the width of the pitch and is situated right behind the goal. There are some flat standing areas to either side of the seated stand, but there is no cover. The stadium is completed by a set of four modern floodlights.
Most matches at Hartsdown Park are not segregated, however if segregation is put in force then away fans are allocated the Tivoli Park End. This area is a mixture of seating and flat standing areas. It is also open to the elements so hope it doesn't rain. If demand requires it then in addition part of the Main Stand can be given over to visiting supporters. Although only four rows of seats, this area at least does have some cover. A mobile catering unit is brought in for these bigger games for away fans to use. If segregation is not in force then you can access the club catering which sells; Cheeseburgers (£3.20), Burgers (£3), Hot Dogs (£3), Pies (£2.70) and Chips (£1.70). The Club also offer a meal deal of either Burger or Hot Dog or Pie, with chips and a hot or cold drink for £5. The ground is located on the edge of the park, so there is plenty of greenery and trees surrounding it. However it is quite an elevated position, so make sure you wrap up in winter as that sea breeze can go right through you.
There is a Clubhouse bar at the ground that admits visiting supporters. It is also shows televised sports. Otherwise Margate Town Centre is around a 15 minute walk away, where there are plenty of pubs to be found. On Marine Terrace there is a Wetherspoons pub called the Mechanical Engine. Whilst if you also like your real ale then the Northern Belle pub on Mansion Street has been listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for a number of years now. Also of note is the Lifeboat pub on Market Street, which also has a wide range of real ales and ciders.
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From Junction 2 of the M25 take the A2 and then the M2 towards Dover. On reaching the end of the M2 take the A299 towards Margate.
Stay on the A299 for sixteen miles, until you reach a roundabout which is the junction with the A28. At the roundabout take the second exit onto the A28 continuing towards Margate. After around four miles you will pass the Margate town boundary sign. The road at this point is dual carriageway but becomes two way. After passing a BP garage on your right and then the Hussar pub, also on the right, you will pass through a set of traffic lights. Take the second right onto the George V Avenue (sign posted Ramsgate A254) and follow this road up and around to the left (passing the Hartsdown Academy School on your right). At the end of the road you will reach a T-Junction where you turn right into Hartsdown Road. The entrance to the ground is further down on the left.
There is a small car park at the ground, but as you would expect this fills up rather quickly. Otherwise there is plenty of surrounding street parking available.
Margate Railway Station is located just under one mile away from Hartsdown Park and is around a 15 minute walk. It is served by trains from London St Pancras International, London Charing Cross and a slower route from London Victoria. As you come out of the main station entrance, walk up the station approach to the sea front. Turn left along the sea front onto Canterbury Road. Continue along Canterbury Road passing the Shakespeare Pub on your left, until you a reach a Flower Shop on one corner called 'Frances Flowers.' Turn left at this shop onto Hartsdown Road. Proceed up over the railway bridge and straight on at the mini-rounadbout, passing a church on your left. The entrance to the ground is further down on the left.
There is a quicker route, that involves walking through the Park that surrounds the ground, however this may not be suitable for night games; As you come out of the main station entrance, bear right and walk up the station approach. On reaching the roundabout you wish to turn right onto All Saints Avenue. Proceed under the railway bridges and then pass Tivoli Park Avenue on your left. As you follow All Saints Avenue around to the right you will see the park on your left. A short way further along on the left there is a gap in the park railings, where you turn left onto the park path. Follow this path right through the park to the other side (you should be able to see the floodlights of the ground, over to your left) and this brings you out onto Hartsdown Road. Turn left here and the entrance to the ground is a little further down on the left.
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Under 18's £5
Under 11's £1
Official Matchday Programme: £2
Ramsgate, Dover and Maidstone United.
14,169 v Tottenham Hotspur, FA Cup 3rd Round, 13th January 1973.
2015-2016: 688 (National League South)
2014-2015: 683 (Isthmian Premier League)
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