Address: School Lane, Off Palmer Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 3JR
Club Nickname: The Dolphins
Year Ground Opened: 2000
Home Kit: Red and White Halves
Considering that it wasn't that long ago that the ground was part of a school playing field, then it is remarkable as to what the Club have achieved. Saying that the ground itself is still quite basic and doesn't have a great deal in terms of spectator facilities. On one side sitting on the half way line is a simple looking seated stand, that has quite a low roof. Only a few rows high it has a number of supporting pillars running across the front of it. It runs for about half the length of the pitch and to one side (towards the Clubhouse End) is a much smaller temporary covered seated area. The team dugouts are located on the opposite side of the ground. At the School End of the ground is a covered standing area which is located directly behind the goal. It runs for around half the width of the pitch. The rest of the ground is open and made up of narrow flat standing areas. On the East side of the ground green tarpaulin has been attached to the perimeter fence to try and stop people watching the game for nothing. Although practical it doesn't enhance the overall look at the ground. Whilst behind the Clubhouse End are the Teams dressing rooms and other small buildings. This means that the teams enter the field of play from one corner of the ground. A testimony to how open the ground is, is that a few houses overlook the ground from both ends. The stadium has a set of four modern looking floodlights.
There is a clubhouse bar at the ground which welcomes visiting supporters. The closest pub is probably the New Inn on Fernside Road, which is around a ten minute walk away. Otherwise around a half a mile away there is a Toby Carvery (further along the main road next to the ground, going in the direction opposite to the Town Centre). Otherwise if you have a bit more time on your hands then there are plenty of pubs to be found in the Town Centre and along the Quayside. However the Quayside is located around one and a half miles away from the Tatnam Ground.
From the North (M3/M27)
From the M3 take the M27 towards Bournemouth. At the end of the M27 continue onto the A31 towards Poole, Bournemouth and Ringwood. After passing the Ringwood exit, continue on the A31 towards Dorchester and Poole (A349). Then at the Bear Cross Roundabout (passing a BP garage on the right), go straight ahead onto the A349 towards Poole. Go straight across the next two roundabouts and at the third take the second exit onto the A3049 towards Poole. At the next roundabout take the second exit towards Poole (A3049) and Channel Ferry. Continue across the next roundabout. Then leave the A3049 by taking the second exit slip road signposted Wimborne (A349) and Poole General Hospital. At the bottom of the slip road take the second exit onto Fleet Lane (signposted Fleet Industrial Estate).After half mile turn left just past Druckfarben on the right and opposite Poole Motorcycles, into Palmer Road. Then take the next right into School Road This leads down to the school/club car park. To walk through to the Tatnam ground, then at the far end of the car park by the tennis court, look for the pathway through.
The school car park is quite small so fills up quite quickly, however there is plenty of street parking available in the local area, although the Club ask supporters not to park in Well Lane by the ground as access is required by the Club itself.
Poole Railway Station is around one mile away from the Tatnam Ground and is served by trains from London Waterloo (via Southampton) and Weymouth. There is a taxi rank at the station otherwise to walk: 'Turn right out of the station exit, and follow the dual carriageway (A350, Sterte Road) until you come across a cycle path at a fork in the pavement. The Poole Greyhound Stadium will be visible on your right. Follow the cycle path to the right, which rejoins the road a short while later, and then continue up this road for about 15 minutes. The road will eventually bridge the railway, and shortly after turn right into Tatnam Road, where the ground is situated'. Thanks to Joe Collett-Cramp for providing these walking directions.
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Under 18's £5
Under 13's £1
Official Mtachday Programme £2.
Weymouth, Dorchester Town and Wimborne.
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Southern Premier League Play Off Final
2015-2016: 429 (Southern Premier League)
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