Wealdstone

Grosvenor Vale Stadium

Capacity: 3,200 (Seats (709)
Address: Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip, HA4 6JQ
Telephone: 01895 637487
Fax: 020 8907 4421
Pitch Size: To be advised
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Stones
Year Ground Opened: 1947
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Royal Blue and White

Main Stand
Main Stand
Bulla Stand
Bulla Stand
Couch Corner
Couch Corner
Social Club Side
Social Club Side
The Gun Turret
The Gun Turret
New Stand Alongside Crouch Corner
New Stand Alongside Crouch Corner

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 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 'Couch Corner’ stand at that end of the ground, named after former club statistician Roy Couch, which is a section of covered terracing. In 2017 a six row covered seated stand, with a capacity of 360 seats, was put in place at that end next to Crouch Corner, which is the newest addition to the Vale. The stand looks a little odd as although it is level, the pitch in front slopes down from left to right. It also has a temporary roof with a number of supporting pillars running across the front of it, which could impede your view. Nonetheless, the leg room is good and it is hoped that at a later date that a cantilever roof will be installed. On one side of this stand is a catering unit.

At the opposite end is the ‘Bulla Stand’ that 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’, which is well worth a visit). Special thanks to Tim Parks for providing the information for this page.

Lynns Gourmet BurgersGrosvenor 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. Called Lynn's Gourmet Burgers it is located at the Gun Turret End (but on the opposite side) and offers Burgers costing around £4-£4.50.

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,

Car Parking  
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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Adult £13
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

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

Barnet, Hendon and Harrow Borough.

Record Attendance
2,469 v Colchester United FA Cup First Round,  7th November 2015.

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 669 (National League South)
2014-2015: 720 (National League South)

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Special thanks to Steve Foster of Wealdstone FC and Doug Robinson for providing the photos of the Grosvenor Vale Stadium.

Wealdstone v Gosport Borough
National League South    
Saturday 4th March 2017, 3pm
Andrew Wood (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Grosvenor Vale Stadium?

I last visited the Grosvenor Vale Stadium around five years or so ago, and I always seem to see a good game when Wealdstone are involved. Plus with Gosport's leaky defence I was expecting plenty of goals!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

It  was a lengthy journey involving a few changes on train and tube. Couldn't remember which of the five local stations in Ruislip that I got off at last time, so this time I used Ruislip itself as I gather it's the nearest to the ground. The Grosvenor Vale Stadium is only a 5-10 minute walk away, but it could still be awkward to find if you don't know the area. I simply followed some locals through a maze of side streets and got there easily enough.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I arrived at ground at 2.15pm and had a pint in the clubhouse. The usual beers on offer, but also two real ales. Slightly pricey by clubhouse standards at £3.50 for a pint of 'Young's' bitter. There was a large screen showing Sky Sports. The home fans were boisterous,but friendly.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Grosvenor Vale Stadium?

It's great! The Grosvenor Vale Stadium is a mish mash of bits and pieces that gives it character. The Main Stand is rather small and is alongside the length of the pitch, and there is another tiny section of seating opposite. Two covered terraces behind each goal, and open terracing around the rest of the ground. The old turret building is still there, and makes that part of the ground resemble a 1970's Doctor Who set. There's also an electric scoreboard which didn't appear to be working.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was low on quality. Gosport Borough took an early lead which sent their three followers into raptures, but Wealdstone were ahead by half time thanks to an own goal (although it seems to have been credited to a Stones player) and a fine solo goal by on loan player Aryan Tajbakhsh who was by some way the best player on the pitch, but had to be subbed late on after a couple of heavy tackles/fouls on him. The Wealdstone fans in a crowd of about 700 gave their team decent backing. There are two snack bars in close proximity to each other. Can't comment on one as there was a big queue, but the other - 'Lynne's Gourmet Burgers' was very good offering a variety of proper burgers as opposed to the dubious ones on sale at most non-league grounds. They were also reasonably priced between £4 and £5, plus thick cut chips at only £1.50. I think Bovril was only 50p and crisps only 30p, so well done Lynne and Wealdstone for providing excellent value catering. Only slight downside was that my burger was lukewarm, despite being well cooked!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I didn't want to wander the maze of side streets again, so instead I headed up to main road and walked down to Ruislip Gardens Ttube Station. It was a lengthier walk, but more straightforward.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good afternoon all told, as I really like the Grosvenor Vale Stadium. The game itself wasn't the best finishing 2-1 to Wealdstone, but sadly low on quality and a Gosport player sent off late on. It cost £13 to get in which is reasonable, and special mention for Wealdstone's programme which is the best I've seen at this level, as they seem to have several contributors writing a variety of articles. So many programmes at this level seem to be 75% advertising, which I appreciate is necessary, but it's good to have something to read before/after the game. Ill definitely visit Wealdstone again. An excellent little club!

Wealdstone v Maidenhead United
National League South
Monday 26th December 2016, 1.30pm
Chris Spratt (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Grosvenor Vale Ground?

This was the second non-league game that I had attended in the past couple of weeks, having previously visited York Road Maidenhead.. I loved the atmosphere at the first one and wanted to sample something similar. Plus I was taking my kids to the game so didn't want something too big.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey was straightforward and the Grosvenor Vale ground was easy to find, particularly as I followed a Satnav. Car parking was fairly straightforward. It was mainly street parking and would have been much easier If I had not got to the ground so late.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As I had my young kids we went directly into the ground. The home and away fans went in via the same entrance and mingled easily.

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

The Grosvenor Vale ground was everything that I had imagined it to be - particularly as I had seen the photos on this website. The ground was made up of several different stands - both seated and terrace of differing sizes. At different points in the game we took up residence in different parts of the ground. One of the positives of going to a non-league game was that there were plenty of different places to watch the game. For the majority of the game we were in the 80 seater stand at the side of the pitch. This was a quirky little stand with plenty of leg room. We were certainly helped by it not being too full. as each step was quite shallow, the view would have been impaired had more people been seating.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was a typical old style British game with lots of blood and thunder although keeping two kids occupied meant I couldn't give it my full attention. We sampled the local food bar. The queues were long although there was not too long a wait. The kids seemed to really enjoy their burgers and sausages and I must admit I did too. There was plenty of choice in the food and drink department - the Hot Chocolate was my favourite. The pin badge stool was a lovely touch and my two were fascinated by the different ones on offer.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We left a couple of minutes before the end of the match. Getting away was very straightforward and we had no problems.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A nice day out. It may not have had quite the same appeal as my previous non league match but it was a fun day out none the less. The Grosvenor Vale ground was unusual and quirky and while there is a lot to be said for the modern day grounds places like Wealdstone certainly have their place and made a nice change to the norm.

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Updated 21st July 2017

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