Fleetwood Town

Highbury Stadium

Capacity: 5,311 (Seats 2,701)
Address: Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX
Telephone: 01253 775080
Fax: 01253 775081
Pitch Size: 112 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: Cod Army
Year Ground Opened: 1939
Shirt Sponsors: BES Commercial Gas
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Red and White
Away Kit: Yellow and Navy Blue

Parkside Stand
Parkside Stand
Looking Towards The Percy Ronson Terrace
Looking Towards The Percy Ronson Terrace
Highbury Stand
Highbury Stand
Memorial Stand
Memorial Stand
Highbury Stand
Highbury Stand
Percy Ronson Stand
Percy Ronson Stand

The stadium is modern having been completely re-built over the last five years, matching the teams' meteoric rise up the leagues with five promotions in seven seasons. The latest addition to the ground is the very impressive looking Parkside Stand which was first opened to spectators in March 2011. This 2,000 capacity all seated stand was a built at a cost of around £4m. It has a single tier of seating, whilst above are offices and a top row of executive boxes and hospitality area, all of which have a small tier of seating outside. These are covered by a semi circular roof, with large glassed areas to either side which allow light to get to the pitch. At the front of this stand are the team dugouts. 

Opposite is the Highbury Stand, which is a small all-seated covered stand, which was opened in 2008. It is only six rows high, has a capacity of 550 and runs for only half the length of the pitch, meaning that there is a large open area next to it, although this area does feature some buildings. On the roof of the Highbury Stand is a small television gantry. For the 'eagle eyed' then directly behind it you can see a small roof which is the roof the old Main Stand which is still in existence having had the new stand built in front of it. It just shows how much the stadium has come on, when you consider that at one time there was this stand and not much else at the ground.

Both ends are covered terraces, which are similar in size in terms of height. The Percy Ronson Terrace which is given to away supporters, runs for around 2/3rds of the width of the pitch. Whilst the home end, the Memorial Stand (named in memory of the service and trawlermen who have previously lost their lives from the port of Fleetwood) is larger extending the full width of the pitch and housing just under 1,500 supporters. In one corner of the stadium beside the Percy Ronson Terrace (on the Highbury Stand side) is a large video screen. The stadium is completed with a set of modern floodlights.

Away fans are mostly housed in the Percy Ronson terrace at one end of the stadium, where 831 fans can be accommodated. This terrace which was opened in 2007, is covered, free from supporting pillars and affords a good view of the playing action. The Club have recently improved the facilities in this area with a new snack bar and toliet block. The terrace capacity also includes an open flat standing area on the Highbury Stand side. The official capacities are 621 for the Percy Ronson Terrace and 210 for the Highbury side standing area. There is an away fans ticket office and programme booth situated outside the visiting supporters entrance.

Visiting supporters are also allocated 300 seats in the Parkside Stand and this can be increased if required. The facilities in this stand are far better than the terrace with alcoholic drinks available to purchase and there are large screens on the concourse showing Sky Sports. For teams with a smaller following then only the Parkside seats will be made available and not the Percy Ronson Terrace.  

There is Jim's Sports Bar at the ground, which admits away fans. The facilities in this bar are excellent, but get there early as it is bound to be very popular on matchdays. It is located at the back of the Memorial Stand and can be accessed from the park pathway that runs along that side of the ground. It is open from 12 noon on Saturdays and 5pm on matchday evenings and shows BT and Sky Sports on a large number of televisions. The Highbury Club which is located adjacent to the away turnstiles does not allow in visiting supporters. 

Martin Crimp a visiting Southport fan informs me; 'We were directed to the Queens Hotel, on Poulton Road, about a 15 minute walk away. It has Sky Sports on multi screens along with a decent pint of Thwaites. Go up Highbury Avenue then left at the St Nicholas church into Poulton Road. The Queens is about 300 yards along this road on the left.'  

Otherwise it is probably best to take the 10-15 minute stroll into Fleetwood itself (on leaving the stadium entrance go up to the main road and turn left) where there are plenty of pubs to be found. My choice would be the Wetherspoon outlet the Thomas Drummond on London Street (off Lord Street). About the same distance away is the Strawberry Gardens pub on Poulton Road. This is owned by the local Fuzzy Duck brewery and features beers from that brewery as well as guest ales. It also provides food the catering for which is provided by Syd Little (of Little & Large fame) and his wife. On the seafront itself is the Mount Hotel, that benefits from showing live televised sports. These three pubs; the Thomas Drummond, the Mount Hotel and the Strawberry Gardens are all listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. 

Alcohol is also available inside the stadium but only to away fans who have seating tickets in the Parkside Stand.

Leave the M6 at Junction 32 and take the M55 towards Blackpool. Then leave the M55 at Junction 3 and take the A585 towards Fleetwood. On the outskirts of Fleetwood you will come to a roundabout with Blackpool and Fylde college on your left. Continue straight on towards Fleetwood but after the roundabout take the first left into Copse Road. After about a mile and as you pass Fleetwood Fire station on your left then branch left and turn left onto to Radcliffe Road (going back on yourself but in parallel with Copse Road). Then take the next right into Stanley Road and the stadium is at the bottom of this road on your left. There is no parking for away supporters at the stadium itself but there is plenty of street parking available in the area.

Post Code for SAT NAV: FY7 6TX

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There is no railway station in Fleetwood itself. The closest is at Poulton-le-Fylde, which is just over five miles away. However it is more likely that fans will head to Blackpool North station which is around seven miles away. A taxi from the station to Fleetwood will cost you the best part of £20, which may okay if there is a group of you. For smaller groups it may be better to catch a bus to Fleetwood, Service numbers 1 and 14, run from Blackpool. 

Jean Cox of Blackpool Transport informs me; 'When you come out of Blackpool North Station walk up to the main road which is Talbot Road and then walk down past Wilkinson’s store, cross the road at the Station Pub and then walk down to the bus stop outside Home Bargains. The line 14 is on the hour and then every 10 minutes to Fleetwood. Or you can walk down to the Promenade. At the North Pier you will see the tram stop, at the end of the tram shelter there is a bus stop for the Line 1 which also goes to Fleetwood. Line 1 runs 12 minutes past the hour and then every 20 minutes. You can buy an unlimited day travel pass for £3.95 per adult'.

If you have time on your hands and you fancy a trip along the sea front, then you could walk to the sea front in Blackpool and catch one of the new fleet of trams that were introduced in 2012. Services to Fleetwood run every 20 minutes and the journey takes around 40 minutes. The nearest stop to the ground is Stanley Road, which is around 200 yards from the stadium.

Mark Cotterill a visiting Blackpool fan adds; 'Most away fans who go to Fleetwood by train will normally go via Preston, where you can change for Poulton-le-Fylde. You can then get either a number 80 or 82 bus to Fleetwood (the bus stop is directly opposite the station entrance). Which costs £5.50 return. You can get off on Poulton Road right outside the Strawberry Gardens Pub (the ground is a 10-15 walk from the pub). The bus takes only 15-20 minutes. If you go from Blackpool North the bus takes 45 minutes and Tram around 50 minutes. A Bus timetable can be downloaded from the Lancashire County Council website (PDF document).

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Home Fans*
Parkside Stand: Adults £25, Over 65's/Under 18's £20, Under 16's £17, Under 5's Free**
Highbury Stand: Adults £24, Over 65's/Under 18's £19, Under 16's £16*** Under 5's Free**
Memorial Stand: Adults £23, Over 65's/Under 18's £18, Under 16's £15, Under 5's Free**

Away Fans 
Parkside Stand: Adults £25, Over 65's/Under 18's £20, Under 16's £17, Under 5's Free**
Percy Ronson Stand: Adults £23, Over 65's/Under 18's £18, Under 16's £15, Under 5's Free**

* Home fans can get further discounts on these ticket prices (up to £5) by becoming a Club Member.  

** When accompanied by a paying adult.

*** Under 16's can be admitted free to the Highbury Stand if they become a Club Member and are accompanied by a paying adult.

Fleetwood Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Official programme: £3

Southport, Morecambe, Blackpool and Preston North End.

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Record Attendance

5,194 v York City League Two Play-Off Semi Final, 16th May 2014.

Average Attendance

2014-2015: 3,522 (League One)
2013-2014: 2,819 (League Two)
2012-2013: 2,856 (League Two)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Fleetwood Town v Doncaster Rovers
Football League One
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 3pm
Jordan Halls (Doncaster Rovers)

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

This was the first chance of doing a double this season. Plus I fancied going to a ground that has a terrace.

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

We travelled by supporters coach from Doncaster, so no issues there. However I would imagine that unless you have done your homework beforehand the ground might be easy to miss as you drive into town .

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

There was a chippy across the road from the away end, but it was absolutely packed so we decided not to go in there. There didn't seem to much else nearby. 

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

Being a non league ground just a few years previous means that the Highbury Stadium is is rather small. The best part about it though is the rare chance to stand on a terrace.There is also a bit of a novelty with the old Highbury stand still standing behind the new one.

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

Even though the teams themselves weren't really entertaining (the game ended 0-0), us Rovers fans like to make an atmosphere away from home. The home fans put in a good effort considering their numbers. Not much choice in the snack bar and the prices were rather hefty, glad I took my own snack. Not much trouble with the stewards which was a welcome change. 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The coaches didn't have much choice but to park along the main road blocking off half the traffic off, but actually getting back to the coaches was easy as they were parked right outside the stadium. Once coaches set off it was easy to get out.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Was okay, could've been better if we could've taken more than a point, and if we'd have gone to Blackpool or somewhere beforehand.

Fleetwood v Crawley Town
League One
Saturday 24th January 2015, 3pm
Steve Herbert (Crawley Town fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to Highbury Stadium?

It's our longest league away trip of the season and it was a new stadium for me to visit.

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

Caught the train from London to Preston, 2hrs 10 mins. Then another train from Preston to Poulton about 25 mins. Finally taxi from Poulton to Fleetwood Town, 12 mins, about £16. Unfortunately Doctor Beeching closed railway the line to Fleetwood in 1963!

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

Had a few drinks on the train up, so went straight into the stadium. There is a club bar behind the home end that admits both home & away fans though.

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

Nice ground considering like ourselves they have only recently come out of non league. Nice new Main Stand. Interesting you can still see their old Main Stand on the far side of the ground hidden behind a new stand.

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

Poor game, between two poor sides on the day. Fleetwood just edged it and won 1-0. Atmosphere was good as it always is following Crawley Town away. If your going to travel over 250 miles to an away game, you might as well empty your lungs once you get there! We sat in the Main Stand where we found the stewards to be friendly. It had decent catering facilities, where you could buy alcohol. They also show live Sky Sports matches on big tv screens on the concourse.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Fortunately I managed to get a lift back to Preston station from a fellow red and was on the train from there back in London by 8.25pm. No problems getting away from the ground after.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

All in all, good day out despite the result. Nice stadium, I look forward to traveling to Highbury again in the near future.

Fleetwood Town v Bradford City
League Two
Friday, December 26th 2014, 3pm
Paul Wilkinson (Bradford City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Nothing better than a Christmas fixture and with it being Boxing Day, even better! Bradford had sold their allocation of tickets, so the usual good away day atmosphere was to be expected. Also, the Bantams were unbeaten in eight matches and Fleetwood were also sitting comfortably in the league.

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

Good run across from sunny Yorkshire. Parked up easily very close to the ground which is kind of hidden in amongst the surrounding resident housing.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Went into Jim's Bar at the ground. It had more tv screens than Currys/Dixons. They even had them in the toilets!  Away fans were made most welcome. We sat with three Fleetwood fans (who were also ardent Blackpool fans, so shared various football stories of yester years). The Bar staff were friendly. As we left we wished each other a Merry Christmas, with hand shakes!

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

Highbury Stadium is a very compact ground, with the fans close to the pitch. The Bradford fans were in one end terrace behind the goal, plus a section of seating to the right of the away end in the Main Stand. There were also visiting supporters standing to the left of the away terrace on one side.  Fleetwood had given nearly double the normal away allocation. Bradford could have filled the ground themselves!

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

Bradford started well but Fleetwood came into the game and had the better chances in the first half but couldn't finish. City took the lead against the run of play in the 41st minute, through a James Hanson header at the back post. Had a rather expensive pie (same at Valley Parade but we always run out!) and a bovril at half time. Alas there is no alcohol available in the away end. The Stewards and other club officials very friendly and generally the atmosphere was good especially from the travelling Bantams, although I did hear 'Cod Army..' emanating from the home end at one stage.

Early into the second half and Fleetwood came closer to equalising when they hit the post. With this let off, Bradford raised their game and started to dominate. Several chances were created, before a sweeping move and a lovely Billy Knott dummy across the goal, left Morais to slot home the second for the visitors.  As it was Boxing Day, obviously 'jingle bells, jingle bells...' was bellowed out by the 1,300 plus City fans.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was fairly easy as there were only 4,500 in attendance (which was way above their normal average home gate).

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

All in all, another excellent away day performance and experience for the following masses of Bantam fans. Credit to Fleetwood, a friendly family club with a very tidy and professional set up. I wish them all the best for the remaining season.

Fleetwood Town v Southend United
League Two
Saturday, April 26th 2014, 3pm
John & Stephen Spooner (Southend United fans)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I had never visited this ground and Fleetwood had guaranteed themselves at least a playoff position, with Southend needing a point to ensure a playoff place with one game left to play, so a good game was expected. Fleetwood is only 90 miles from where I live in North Wales as a Southend exiled fan so a comfortable journey for me compared to our home fans long trip from Essex .

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

My son and I travelled to the game by car along the M56, M6 and M55 following satnav. The trip was easy enough and took about two hours. The ground was easy to find, and arriving early, we parked in the road adjacent to the ground entrance which has ample street parking.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We had a reserved table in the Red and Whites diner within the Memorial Stand next to the popular Jims Bar. Being at the home of the Cod Army, so yes, we both opted for beer battered cod and chips with mushy peas, and the meal was excellent. The staff greeted us cheerfully, and the few home fans we met happily conversed whilst we waited to greet the Southend team arriving for the match.  We then managed to get some of the Southend team to join in photographs as they entered the ground, including our Manager Phil Brown:

Phil Brown

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

The ground is neat and compact, clean and smart. We had tickets for seats in the end of the modern Parkside Stand, which provided good seats with ample leg room. The stands behind each goal are standing terraces. We opted to transfer to the standing area in the Percy Ronson stand behind the goal and from here you get a great view of the magnificent modern Parkside Stand. The views of the pitch are superb. The pitch was in great condition and a testament to the Fleetwood grounds man, who had been commended as the best in League 2.  The quality of the pitch enabled both teams to play good football.

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

The game was played in warm sunshine. The stewards were relaxed and helpful. The food outlets provided the usual choice of pies for £3 and hotdogs at £2. The Percy Ronson Stand was nearly full and the noisy Southend fans made for a good atmosphere. Fleetwood took the lead in the first half which lifted the home supporters but Southend managed a fairly quick equaliser in the first half and both teams seemed content with the point. The match program of 70 pages was £3 and a reasonable read.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There was no delay in getting away from the ground and we relied on satnav to take us on the short motorways journey back to North Wales .

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

This was a good day out to a pleasant ground, with a result that left Fleetwood and Southend looking forward to the promotion playoffs and a chance to win at Wembley.

Attendance 3,323 (500 + away)

Fleetwood Town v Rochdale AFC
League Two
Saturday, April 6th 2013, 3pm
Arthur Richardson (Rochdale fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

As Fleetwood are in their debut season in the Football League it was exciting to visit them for this Lancashire “derby” after hearing so much about their meteoric rise through non-league football. There are one or two ex Rochdale players on their books and it’s always good to see how they are getting on. Some of my partner’s family also originally come from Fleetwood, so she was excited to revisit the town to relive some of her nostalgic childhood memories of family visits there. After all the bitterly cold easterly winds and snow of recent weeks, it was a bright sunny day and perfect footballing weather with a very light breeze.

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

The journey from Rochdale is only 60 miles so it’s an “easy” away game in that respect. The sat nav took us straight to the ground where we arrived and found some street parking only two minutes walk from the main entrance. As we arrived about 2pm, this might have made the job of finding a parking space somewhat easier than it could have been later.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

As usual the indispensible AA Good Pub Guide proved a valuable asset as we found a rather bizarre place about 19 miles from Fleetwood called Guys Thatched Village in Bilsbarrow, which had all sorts of oldie worldie shoppes, and a pub that did good food in huge portions. It’s right beside the Lancaster Canal, with an assortment on canal boats moored by the pub. Well worth a visit if you’re on the way to the match. When we got to the ground, Jim Sport’s Bar was filled to the brim with home and away supporters getting on fine; so was a perfect setting for a couple of pints of Tetleys and the last 25 mins of the Reading v Southampton game on the 25 or so screens in there. I suppose I was the only one in the place really interested in seeing Saints win 2-0, Southampton being my home town!

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

The ground is compact and the view from the Parkside Stand where we were sitting was good. It is good to be close to the action in my view, and this proximity gave full value to a hard tackling game! The covered Percy Ronson Terrace was full of Rochdale fans and the acoustics were excellent. In fact I have not heard our fans in such good voice all season! The Parkside Stand is excellent and gives an indication of how the ground can be developed in the future, assuming their continued success and funding.

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

The game was hard fought in midfield but I have to say that Rochdale dominated the match virtually from the first whistle and was one of their best performances that I’ve seen this season. Fleetwood, for a side pushing for the play-offs, were a bit disappointing and this is confirmed by their manager’s post match remarks that it was the worst he’d seen in 10 years. Maybe we were fortunate to encounter them on what was clearly an off day for them but is was pleasing to see us converting dominance into goals, something lacking in our performances of late. The stewards were friendly and helpful and very nicely ejected one of our fans who had clearly had one too many and was becoming a danger to himself. Done with smiles and shrugs; the sort of stewarding you want to see.  Having eaten that “huge” pub lunch, I was in no position to sample the pies, but the facilities throughout were excellent with really friendly staff who did make you feel welcome.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Getting away from the ground was no problem at all and we were home in just over an hour, leaving the cries of the Fleetwood seagulls lamenting, no doubt, the result.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A really pleasant day out. The trip from the Pennines to the Irish Sea was problem free, the weather almost Spring like and the result, one that has probably secured us in League Two for another season. It looks like Fleetwood won’t make the play-offs now so I look forward to returning next year (all being well).

Fleetwood Town v Exeter City
League Two
Saturday, March 9th 2013, 3pm
Steve Ellis (Exeter City fan)

1.Why were you looking forward to going to this ground?
This venue, as it has been for most League Two supporters is a new stadium to tick off, and also with both teams having play off and promotion hopes the fixture was massive.
2. How easy was your journey, what did you do before the game, pub/chippy?
Travelling with the supporters club by coach the trip was easy, leaving at 7am arriving at the ground just after 1pm. On arrival, some  went to the Strawberry Gardens pub which does feature in the CAMRA good beer guide, whilst others including myself opted to go to Jims bar which is the club house attached to the ground. Inside it was very spacious, clean, comfy and drinks were averagely priced. There was also a choice of 25 screens showing either the Sky early kick off match or Sky Sports News. With that many screens you can't go wrong. There was also a good mix of home and away fans and the home fans that I encountered were friendly.

On arrival I had also purchased a match day programme for £3 which i have found to be a good read, as unlike some programmes I have come across there were relatively few adverts.
3. What were your thoughts on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?
My first thoughts on seeing the ground were impressive for a small club in their debut league season. I opted to sit in the Parkside Stand, which is the newest addition to the stadium. It was a good view of the game from this area. The other stands are small and in time will need work done if they are to stay in the league.
4. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, refreshments, toilets?
The game itself was competitive and with both teams pushing for a play off spot but unfortunately neither team could find that break, ending in a scoreless draw. The atmosphere was excellent though, with good natured banter flowing  between both sets of supporters, stewards were helpful and unobtrusive. The refreshments were averagely priced with a good range of food and drink,, there is also a licenced bar which only had Carlsberg on tap priced at £3.50 a pint. Toilets also clean.
Comment on getting away after the game?
Getting away afterwards was easy as the coach was parked just behind the East Stand. It took about 20 minutes to leave the stadium and get through the town before getting onto the motorway, leaving just after 5pm, back home at 11.00pm
Summary and overall thoughts of day out?
A great away day with friendly home fans, a good pub, new stadium, just a shame on the final score but still a good atmosphere on the journey home.

Fleetwood Town v York City
League Two
Saturday, December 29th 2012, 3pm
James Prentice (Doing The 92)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I had originally been looking at going to either Stevenage or Colchester on my next step towards completing the 92, but a combination of postponements and a hastily-arranged family gathering in the evening meant it would be easier to go somewhere in the north of the country. This really only left me with Fleetwood Town so I set off for the long drive to the Fylde cost.

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

My journey up from Lincoln seemed pretty effortless once I had hit the M62, and despite the rain lashing down Radio 5 Live confirmed that the game was on. I used directions from this website to find the ground and managed to park up barely five minutes’ walk away. There is lots of on-street parking, although upon entering Fleetwood I had to go past a tram line, cross it at the traffic lights and then drive past it as if I was going back on myself, which one of the stranger things I have seen on my travels.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I went and purchased my ticket from a booth just outside the shiny new Main Stand. I could not see that there were any cash-only turnstiles and fans might like to note that tickets are also available from outside the Memorial Terrace (home end) and the away fans’ entrance to the Percy Ronson Terrace. After having a quick look around I realised how hungry I was and went for a fish supper at the Highbury Chippy (a mentioned on this website). The fish was excellent, although how they can claim to serve ‘traditional fish and chips’ yet in turn provide customers with American-style fries is beyond me! I was going to go for a quick pint in Jim’s Sports Bar but with the game about to start I made my way into the ground. A lot of the home, and away, fans seemed pretty friendly, with both seemingly still on a high after winning promotion from the Conference in May.

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

I took my place on the Memorial Terrace, which offered a really good view of the action, just in time for kick off. This is the home fans’ stronghold and opposite us was the smaller Percy Ronson Terrace, which housed the York fans who to their great credit had travelled in numbers for the clash. The side of the ground to my right housed a small family stand one side of the halfway line and a clubhouse with a small flat standing area on the other, which is a real reminder of Fleetwood’s non-league history. The new Main Stand on the other side is not particularly large but is sleek in design and houses a large selection of hospitality boxes for a League Two club!

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

The atmosphere was quite subdued given that York started bullishly and had some good chances throughout the game. Fleetwood on the other hand managed little and seemed out of sorts – just one of those days I guess with some perhaps suffering from post-Christmas malaise. The stewards themselves were very friendly, although upon entering I was jokingly asked whether I was a York fan – I think I immediately put on a completely duff Lancashire accent and probably sounded Indian! Fans on the Memorial Terrace have use of the toilets and facilities in Jim’s Sports Bar throughout the game, which meant a long procession of people just before half time and surely lots of cash in the till for Fleetwood. The food on offer was some of the most reasonable I have seen and there was a ‘drinks only’ queue as well as one for food, which helped serve people quickly, while the staff seemed helpful and switched on unlike at many other venues. The only grumble I have was that some of the Fleetwood fans seem to forget that they were playing in the North West Counties’ League just a few years ago, as some of their whinging at a disappointing performance was uncalled for. Sadly, many fans in Leagues One and Two these days seem to expect Premier League-standard football from lower league players.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I made a run for it as soon as the game ended so I could beat the traffic, a plan which came off brilliantly as I was back on the main road and speeding home in no time. The streets around the ground are pretty cramped so I would recommend a hasty retreat unless you fancy hanging around afterwards until the traffic dies down.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, a good day out and nice to complete another league ground. The football was disappointing but Fleetwood seems like a nice enough little place and is doing well to hold their own in League Two, especially with bigger clubs not far away. Having only been there for a few hours on a grey December day, however, I don’t think I have seen the best of the town so if I do return at any point I will aim for an August game so I can stay for the weekend by the seaside.

Fleetwood Town v Kidderminster Harriers
Conference Premier
Tuesday, September 21st 2010, 3pm
Morgan Nock (Kidderminster Harriers fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I wasn't massively excited about the game, with Fleetwood flying high near the top of the table and Harriers near to the bottom but it was early in the season and anything was possible. I'd missed the FA Cup replay at Highbury Stadium the previous season through illness (I was less annoyed about it when they got promoted), so I was looking forward to what I expected to be excellent northern food!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:

We shot straight up the M6 and arrived much earlier than anticipated, but we parked on the main road which goes right past the stadium, on the side of the away end. We did have to stop and ask for directions as there is a six-way island and the floodlights disappeared from sight!

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Went to the chippy near the ground. Despite advertising traditional fish and chips, they served those horrible french fries but it was cheap so no massive complaints. There's a social club or something similar immediately next to the away turnstiles, but away fans aren't allowed in so we opted to go straight into the ground rather than amble about looking for a pub (though one was recommended by a passer by).

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

The away end isn't bad at all - quite a steep terrace which is covered and has excellent acoustics. There's a cage/fence thing which they move up and down depending on how many fans they're expecting - a respectable 55 for a night game packed a small area of the terrace. At the opposite end was a packed terrace for home fans and on the left is a seated stand which is of adequate quality. On the right hand side, behind the dugouts, is a building site - where I'm told a large seated stand is being built. Home fans can walk behind the dugouts to change ends at half time (like in the good old days!).

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game was in large parts an enigma - we were dominated but were 1-0 down for much of the game. However we kept on singing almost non-stop for the 90 minutes and were rewarded with a 79th minute equaliser. The home fans were nowhere to be seen prior to the game - the home turnstiles must be at the far end as I didn't see a single scarf of replica shirt before entering the ground. Home fans were poor first half but in the second half when they moved next to us they sang a few songs, nothing special considering they outnumbered us probably eight to one on the terrace. Disappointingly they booed their man of the match. Stewards weren't noticed, which probably not a bad thing. I only bought a hot chocolate which I think was £1.20 (hot vimto is available but I think it's disgusting!).

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We were back on the road within five minutes of the whistle. The main car park must, like the turnstiles, be at the other end of the ground. We were quickly back on the motorway and motoring along before the M6 closed down to one lane suddenly and despite a close shave where a wing mirror was lost, we got home safely.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An excellent evening as I wasn't expecting to return home with any points. We created a brilliant atmosphere and got a good result - what more can you ask for?!

Morgan Nock, Kidderminster Harriers supporter.

Fleetwood Town v Luton Town
Conference Premier
Saturday, August 21st 2010, 3pm
Steve Bailey (Luton Town fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to the ground?

Well, a weekend by the sea!  I was certainly looking forward to it and to finding out what sort of ground the up and coming Fleetwood had. 

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

Drove up as the trains didn’t work out for my journey this time but parked by the hotel I was staying in.  However some friends I met before the game said they parked right by the away turnstiles and that the stewards were very helpful in answering queries about was it OK to park here etc.  No restrictions at all from what I could see.

What you did before the game?

As I was at the sea front initially went to the CAMRA listed Wyre Lounge before going to similarly listed Thomas Drummond which is a typical Wetherspoons bar but OK – not much sign of home fans though but quite a few away visitors!  This does seem to be the nearest pub to the ground, didn’t pass any on the way which took about 15 mins to walk.  There are quite a few chip shops on the way as you’d expect from the home of the Cod Army!

The Ground:

The oddest thing about the ground is that they are building a new stand on one side without demolishing the old stand behind it yet!  It is all very modern and functional but will be quite impressive when they finish the new stand.  The away end is a decent covered terrace with toilet facilities at each end of it which is a pleasant change from some other grounds where the facilities are almost non-existent.  As befits a club with a fair amount of a money, but virtually unheard of in non-league stadia, they have a video screen in one corner that shows Sky Sports News at half time!  If they can get the team to go with the standard of the ground, then league status is likely in the not too distant future.

The game itself:

This was a game I expected to be much harder than it was, this was their first Saturday home game after promotion, but Fleetwood seemed in unnecessary awe of us as a “big” club and we ran out easy winners.  The home fans generated a good atmosphere though and having roofs on both ends of the ground helped to amplify the sound both sets of fans made.  I must add that contrary to some reports you have had, I found the stewarding friendly and unobtrusive which was pleasing when you consider the bad reputation we have gained due to those hideous scenes at the York play off last season.

Getting away from the ground after the game :

Getting out of the ground and away back to centre of Fleetwood was easy and hassle free.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day all round on and off the pitch.  Had a good night in Fleetwood as well, a few decent pubs and I would recommend staying here and not in the nearby Blackpool if you prefer a more relaxed evening out!

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Updated 8th February 2016