Capacity: 3,200 (Seats 329)
Address: Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip, HA4 6JQ
Telephone: 01895 637487
Fax: 020 8907 4421
Club Nickname: The Stones
Year Ground Opened: 1947
Home Kit: Royal Blue and White
Wealdstone’s Grosvenor Vale is one of those quirky grounds that grow a little bit, almost imperceptibly, every time you visit. An added stand here; extra terracing there; a new tea bar; extended club shop; and oh, where did that that electronic scoreboard spring from? But it's a ground absolutely cherished by the club’s supporters, who have completely renovated the place in the space of just six years - using entirely their own cash and skilled labour.
After leaving their iconic Lower Mead ground in 1991, the Stones spent 17 years of nomadic wandering, ground-sharing with Watford, Yeading, Edgware and then Northwood. In 2008 a number of Wealdstone directors took over the lease of Ruislip Manor Sports & Social Club in 2008, when its occupant Ruislip Manor FC folded, finally giving the Stones a permanent home at the tattered and peeling Grosvenor Vale Stadium. In just a few months the ground was spruced up, partly rebuilt and ready for Ryman Premier League football. And over the next half-dozen years, work parties have added extra covered capacity behind both goals, extra steps around the whole stadium and even an electric scoreboard.
The ground is most notable for a unique feature in British football stadia: A towering concrete gun turret at its North East corner, used to protect nearby Northolt Aerodrome from German bombing during World War II. Nowadays, although brightly painted in white & blue like the rest of the stadium, it is slightly overshadowed by the new ‘Couch Corner’ stand at that end of the ground, named after former club statistician Roy Couch. This section of covered terracing, continuing a stretch of low cover behind the goal, is the newest addition to the Vale having been erected late in 2013 - although the major improvement (certainly acoustically) is the ‘Bulla Stand’ which went up after a summer-long effort from the fans’ work parties and was opened in August 2013 for a friendly v Chelsea. This elevated covered terrace, with steel steps, has been added to again during 2014 and is home to the club’s most raucous fans. Well, they built it - why not make some noise in it?
With these piecemeal additions to the ground (and that bizarre gun turret) it’s not surprising that Grosvenor Vale is a bit of a loveable hotch-potch. The original Ruislip Manor buildings are still there, with the Main Stand a low, corrugated-iron structure of six rows of 250 white seats. On the opposite side of the ground, a small area of 80-odd seats (with an overhang roof from the Social Club) is flanked by another area of covered terracing (Brian Collins Corner) and a much longer stretch of open terracing that is added to every summer, backed by blue-painted container buildings that house the club’s excellent club shop (the WFC ‘megastore’, well worth a visit) and a tea bar. Special thanks to Tim Parks for providing the information for this page.
Grosvenor Vale is a comfortable, homely place to watch football with two good covered ends and access to side seating all at the same entrance ticket price (£12 Adults, £7 for concessions and £2 for juniors) - although only the new Bulla Stand has a cantilevered roof. All other covered areas have traditional supporting poles which can impede your view. If segregation is in place (a rarity) then away fans are allocated the Social Club side of the ground - including those 80 seats - stretching around to the low cover at the Gun Turret End, accessed by turnstiles at the North-East end of the social club.
In an effort to offer fans a little something different on the catering front, the Club have introduced its own gourmet burger trailer that will be in place for every home game. It is staffed by two Michelin-trained chefs, who will be cooking up 'triple-cooked chips', gourmet beef burgers, brioche buns and fresh salad at reasonable prices.
There is a Social Club at the ground (the entrance to which is located outside the stadium) that normally admits visiting supporters. Otherwise there are a couple of pubs in easy walking distance of the ground and Ruislip Tube Station on Victoria Road. These are the St George's Tavern and JJ Moons, the latter being a Wetherspoons pub. Apart from food on offer at the ground then another good recommendation is the traditional Paul’s Manor Cafe at 122 Victoria Road, again close to the tube station.
Leave the M25 at Junction 16 and take the M40 towards London. At the end of the M40 the road becomes the A40. Take the first exit on the A40, onto the B467 towards Ruislip. At the roundabout at the top of the slip road take the first exit towards Harefield/Ruislip. Continue along the B467 going across two roundabouts. At the end of the B467 you will reach a T-junction that has a small bandstand located in front of you. Turn left here onto the High Road. Follow the High Road passing West Ruislip Station on your right and at the roundabout with the White Bear pub on the right hand corner, take the fourth exit into Wood Lane. Continue along Wood Lane crossing one small roundabout and at the next roundabout bear right onto West End Road. Then take the second left hand turn into Grosvenor Vale and the stadium is located at the bottom of this road,
There are hundreds of field-parking spaces at the ground itself, accessed by the narrow Grosvenor Vale, but if the weather is very wet the club will only open the small hard-standing car park. There is plentiful street parking around the stadium, however, but best to avoid the very narrow Cranley Drive immediately outside the ground. Pavement parking is NOT allowed here.
Ruislip is blessed with an astonishing five railway/underground stations: Ruislip and Ruislip Manor both on the Metropolitan Line and the Piccadilly Line; West Ruislip and Ruislip Gardens are on the Central Line. West Ruislip is also on the Chiltern Main line out of London Marylebone.
South Ruislip is a bit further away from Grovsnor Vale but is also on the Central Line and the Chiltern Main Railway Line. Services are a bit infrequent from Marylebone to South Ruislip and West Ruislip Stations, so best to check before travel.
Ruislip station (a five minute walk from the stadium) is marginally nearer than Ruislip Manor, while Ruislip Gardens (if the Metropolitan Line is shut for engineering works, as occasionally happens on a Saturday) is a 10 minute walk from the ground along West End Road.
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Over 65's/Students (with valid ID) £8
Under 18's £3
Under 12's Free*
* National League fixtures only. Under 12's must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Official Matchday Programme: £2.50
Barnet, Hendon and Harrow Borough.
2,469 v Colchester United FA Cup First Round, 7th November 2015.
2015-2016: 669 (National League South)
2014-2015: 720 (National League South)
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Special thanks to Steve Foster of Wealdstone FC for proding the photos of the Grosvenor Vale Stadium.
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