AFC Wimbledon

The Cherry Red Records Stadium

Capacity: 4,850 (Seating 2,265)
Address: Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 3PB
Telephone: 020 8547 3528
Stadium Tours: 0808 280 0816
Pitch Size: 110 x 75 yards
Club Nickname: The Dons or The Wombles
Year Ground Opened: 1989
Shirt Sponsors: Football Manager
Kit Manufacturer: Admiral
Home Kit: Blue and Yellow
Away Kit: All Yellow
Third Kit: Green Stripes

Paul Strank Main Stand
Paul Strank Main Stand
Rygas Stand
Rygas Stand
Chemflow Terrace
Chemflow Terrace
John Green Stand
John Green Stand
Kingsmeadow Entrance Sign

Kingsmeadow (and also known as the Cherry Red Records Stadium in a corporate sponsorship deal) is a small but tidy stadium that has seen investment in recent years since AFC Wimbledon took over the lease from Kingstonian FC, who still groundshare with the Dons. On one side is the Paul Strank Stand. This covered, all seated Main Stand looks fairly modern, having recently been extended. It accommodates 1,265 spectators and although only eight rows high, it is free of supporting pillars, resulting in uninterrupted views of the pitch. Surprisingly the team dugouts are not located in front of this Main Stand, but opposite in front of the Rygas Stand, which leads to a procession of players and club officials, at half and at full time. This terrace is partly covered to the rear and has open flanks to either side.

At one end is the Chemflow Terrace (aka the Athletics End, from the Athletics Stadium that sits behind), where the majority of the home supporters stand. This newish looking covered terrace is located quite close to the edge of the playing area, giving a reasonable view of the game. Opposite is the John Green Stand (Kingston Road End). This new smart looking stand was opened in September 2012. It is covered having a raised roof and has an all seated capacity of 1,000. In addition the stadium has a set of four rather plain looking floodlights.

New Wimbledon StadiumThe Club have been given planning permission to build a new stadium on the site of the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. The former Greyhound track is very close to the former location of the old Plough Lane Wimbledon football ground. The new stadium would have an initial capacity of 11,000 seats. Timescales have yet to be announced as to when construction will begin, but it is great that the Club will be returning home to Wimbledon in the next few years. In a separate move the present Kingsmeadow ground which is owned by AFC Wimbledon, is to be sold to Chelsea FC, who will use it for youth and Chelsea Ladies games. Where this leaves the other tenants of Kingsmeadow, Kingstonian FC remains to be seen, but most likely they will need to find a new ground.

Away fans are housed in the Rygas Stand Terrace at one side of the pitch. If the the away following is expected to be less than 600, then one side (towards the John Green Stand) is allocated and hence the terrace is shared with home supporters, although adequately separated. For larger followings then more of the terrace can be allocated, with the maximum allocation being 700. This small shallow terrace is partly covered to the rear, with open standing areas on each side. In addition a number of seats are made available in the new John Green Stand, adjacent to the East Terrace. 

Please note that the away terrace is not accessible by going through the main entrance into the stadium car park. Away fans should instead continue going along Kingston Road (keeping the main entrance on the right) and take the next right into Jack Goodchild Way. Outside the stadium near the main entrance is a handy chip shop whilst a bit further along is the amusingly named 'Fat Boys Cafe'. I also noticed outside the Main Stand a vendor displaying and selling the largest array of different football badges, that I think I have ever seen.

There are two large bars located inside the main Paul Strank Stand. Away supporters are generally welcome to frequent the bars, however for the bigger games, and/or when it is all ticket, the bars are reserved for home fans only. On my visit I felt that the inside of the bar that I frequented, was a bit dim and drab looking, but with a real ale on offer from a local brewery and a barbecue selling burgers and hot dogs outside, its plus points outweighed the negative ones! 

Otherwise, there is not much near to the ground, with a number of pubs closing in recent years. You could drink in Kingston or New Malden town centres and then get a bus to the ground (or a long walk!). The 131 bus passes the ground and goes through both town centres. If in Kingston, catch a bus heading to Tooting Broadway; if in New Malden, catch a bus heading to Kingston. On New Malden High Street there is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Watchman., which is located near to the Fountain roundabout on the 131 bus route. See the London Bus Routes website for timetable details.

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From Outside London:
M25 Junction 10, take the A3 northbound into London. At the exit for New Malden/Worcester Park, turn off and take the left into Malden Road (A2043) towards Kingston. Follow this to the next roundabout. Take the first exit into Kingston Road (A2043 still) and Kingsmeadow is one mile on the left.

From Central London:
Take the A3 out of London, exiting at New Malden/Worcester Park. Cross over the A3, and take the Malden Road (A2043) towards Kingston. Follow this to the next roundabout. Take the first exit into Kingston Road (A2043 still) and Kingsmeadow is one mile on the left.

There is limited parking available at the ground and, for Saturday games, to be sure of a space you need to arrive before 1.45 pm (7pm midweek games) at the latest. Parking in adjacent streets can be tight as it is a residential area. 

The nearest railway station to the ground is Norbiton, which is about a 15 minute walk away. The station is served by trains from London Waterloo via Clapham Junction and Wimbledon. 

Leave the station via the back exit (Westbound platform), and take the first left onto Norbiton Avenue. At the end of the avenue, turn right Gloucester Road, and at the end of Gloucester Road turn left into  Cambridge Road. The main entrance to Kingsmeadow is 400 yards down on the right, with the away entrance a little further on past this on the right hand side and is well sign posted. Thanks to John Woodruff for providing the directions.

Dave Nathan adds; 'New Malden station is also in walking distance of the ground. This may be a preferred route for away fans as there are better pubs in New Malden namely Bar Malden and the Glasshouse both outside New Malden station and The Fountain at the Fountain Roundabout. Come out of New Malden station and follow the High Street to the left, and proceed up to the Fountain Roundabout. At the roundabout turn right into Kingston Road towards Kingston ( or jump on a 131 bus) and the ground is a good mile on the left after passing under the railway bridge and Homebase on your right. This will take about 25 minutes to walk'.

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Home fans
Main Stand (Centre): Adults £29, Concessions £18, Under 18's £13
Main Stand (Wings): Adults £24, Concessions £15, Under 18's £10
John Green Stand: Adults £24, Concessions £15, Under 18's £10
Chemflow Terrace: Adults £20, Concessions £12, Under 18's £5
Rygas Stand: Adults £17, Concessions £11, Under 18's £4

Away fans
Rygas Stand (Terrace): Adults £17, Concessions £11, Under 18's £4
John Green End (Seating): Adults £24, Concessions £15, Under 18's £10 

Concessions are available to full-time students, over 65's and the unemployed on production of proof of status. Due to the large number of season ticket sales for the Main Stand, match tickets for this area will be very limited.

Official Programme £3
Wise Men Say Fanzine £1
WUP Fanzine £1

Aldershot Town, Barnet and Crawley Town.

AFC Wimbledon fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field website.

Record attendance (For an AFC Wimbledon game)

4,870 v Accrington Stanley League Two Play Off First Leg; May 14th 2016

Average attendance
2015-2016: 4,138 (League Two)
2014-2015: 4,073 (League Two)
2013-2014: 4,135 (League Two)

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AFC Wimbledon v Chesterfield
Football League One    
Saturday 3rd September 2016, 3pm
David Chapman (Chesterfield fan)

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

I wanted to visit Kingsmeadow one last time before Wimbledon move to a new stadium.

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

The ground is easy to find. There is disabled parking at the stadium but make sure you arrive before 1.30pm as after that it is manic.

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

Spoke to several home fans, very knowledgeable and friendly.

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

Small disabled enclosure holding five wheelchairs (max) disabled toilets very good.

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

Good atmosphere through out the game, the roof nearly came of the John Green Stand when AFC Wimbledon scored the winner in the last minute. Stewards very helpful, basic facilities at the ground.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We were ushered out of a side entrance which led us onto the main London Road, difficult to make your way back to car park with home fans coming in opposite direction, if attending match in wheelchair and have parked in car park wait in ground after game for ten minutes because even if you get back to your car there is only one way out of the car park.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Enjoyable day out, spoiled only slightly by late winner for the Dons.

AFC Wimbledon v Stevenage
Football League Two
Saturday 12th December 2015, 3pm
James Walker (Stevenage fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Kingsmeadow ground?    

I was looking forward to this away game as it was another new ground for me, plus I've heard nothing but good things from other away fans about Kingsmeadow, so it made for a fun day out.

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

I took the supporters coach for the game. We left at 12.30pm and arrived in Wimbledon for just after 1.40pm.

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

I went straight to the Club shop for a programme which cost £3. I then walked around the ground to meet Terry, the famous badge seller to meet Terry who literally has hundreds of badges from across all different clubs, including matchday badges. I bought several to add to my collection and then continued onto the supporters bar to watch the second half of Norwich v Everton. The home fans were among the friendliest I've ever met at a football match. There was a very special buzz around the place as it had been announced less than 24 hours before that AFC Wimbledon were returning to their rightful home of Plough Lane, and you could quite easily tell all the fans were delighted with the news, and rightfully so.

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

I was impressed when I saw the Kingsmeadow Stadium as it looked and felt like a little community ground. Not big in size but feels big when you remember what AFC Wimbledon have completed in their time there. There is a terrace running along the side of the pitch for away fans and some seats in the corner behind the goal, a stand shared with home fans. There is a small covered section for disabled away supporters located in the middle of the two.

Kingsmeadow Stadium

Kingsmeadow Stadium

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

Wimbledon started brighter and went in at Half Time 1-0 up largely thanks to awful defending from Stevenage. However we hit back in the second half and scored two fantastic goals (one from our own half) to turn the game around and take all three points. No pies here, so I went for a burger and chips. Priced at £5, ir was one of the nicest burger and chips I've ever had at a football match. The facilities were all clean and stewards were all very helpful and friendly.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As I took the coach, getting away was easy. We arrived back in Stevenage for just after 6.30pm and even got to enjoy the draw for the Euro 2016 Finals on the way home!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great company, three points and scoring from our own half for the second time this season. This truly was a wonderful day out, and will definately be a ground I'll return to in the future, given the chance.

Half Time: AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Stevenage
Full Time: AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Stevenage
Attendance: 3.846 (280 Away fans)

AFC Wimbledon v Barnet
Football League Two
Saturday 3rd October 2015, 3pm
James Sweeney (Barnet fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Kingsmeadow ground?

This was a nice local trip to South West London. We knew that there was a lot of Barnet fans going, so we decided to join the bee army at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. It was a short drive and it gave us an excuse to drive through central London and see all the sights.

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

The journey was very straight forward. We drove through Blackfriars, Elephant and Castle, Clapham and Wandsworth via the A3 which pretty much takes you directly there. Although we were advised to take the North and South Circular, there was an England match on at Twickenham so we decided that it would be best to avoid it. There isn't much parking at the ground but we managed to find a space on a side road close by. For all fans travelling from outside of London to Kingsmeadow, I would advise that you take the M25 to its Junction 10 then onto the A3 Northbound, as this saves you queuing through South London. Just remember that the ground is in Kingston not Wimbledon.

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

We stopped off at a local cafe in Clapham which did a very nice burger and chips for £3.40 and got back into the car to find that there had been an accident further up the A3, so we was stuck in traffic all the way up to the A308 junction. The home fans were generally okay, although our manager Martin Allen was taking quite a bit of stick from the home fans. Still the Wimbledon support especially in the home end were loud, but not in any abusive manner.

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

The ground is quite small by Football League standards. On one side is the Main Stand which is about eight rows of seating high and this is where the teams emerge from. Opposite to this is the away terrace which is very low and has a number of supporting pillars and the dugouts in front of it, which makes it very hard to see. Next to this terrace to the right is the North Stand, where about 80 seats to the far right of the stand are given to away fans and the rest home fans. There are two enclosures next to this stand which is allocated for police, disabled supporters and the Wimbledon mascot. Opposite to this is the home end, which is like your usual South terrace, where most of the Wimbledon fans sing.

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

Barnet lost 2-0 with goals right at the start and right at the end of the match, and Barnet barely making an attack throughout the match. An attendance of 4,068 saw a penalty save by Max Crocombe but it wasn't enough to see of the force of the home side who had all the possession and created more chances. Overall, I thought Barnet's performance was very poor, possibly the worst of the season, considering we have had enjoyed good results against Wimbledon before.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The journey back was very straight forward, as we got onto the M25 from the A3 and there was no delays apart from when we got near Twickenham and was home for 6:40pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, I found Wimbledon a friendly place to go, although I would advise away fans to go into the seated area, (although you have to get there very early as there is only 80 available) as the terrace is very low and has the gantry,  pillars and dugouts impeding your view.

AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth Argyle
Johnstones Paint Trophy, First Round
Tuesday 1st September 2015, 7.45pm
Tom Harris (Plymouth Argyle fan)

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

This was my first away game of 2015/2016. Having previously beaten Wimbledon on the first day of the seaso, I was confident of a win.

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

I travelled by supporters coach. It left Plymouth at 1pm and reached Kingsmeadow at 6.30pm, so it was a long journey, but as an Argyle fan long journeys travelling away are the norm. The coach dropped us off on the main road outside the stadium entrance. 

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

I visited the club store for a look around to kill some time and then found our way into the stadium. Home fans seemed friendly enough got no grief from them so it was good.

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

The Kingsmeadow ground is quite small, and not much is visible from the main road so I guess it would be quite easy to miss. We sat in the stand behind the goal which I'm told isn't used as the away end all the time. But the facilities in there are really nice you could tell it was a new stand. The rest of the stadium looked like a typical League Two arena, standing stands on the left and the opposite stand and the seating stand on the right.

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

We were 2-0 inside 20 minutes and I began feeling as if id wasted my time, but we got one back before the break to keep us in the game. The toilet facilities are average. No pies on offer but a very nice burger and chips made up for that! Stewards were friendly and we won the game in the second half when we came back to make it 3-2.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was easy getting out and the bus was where we left it on the main road.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

We got back to Plymouth at 3am in the morning. It was a great evening out and a nice win for Argyle. Well worth the long trip.

AFC Wimbledon v Exeter City
League Two
Saturday, January 25th 2014
Steve Ellis (Exeter City fan)

Why were you looking forward to going to this ground?

This was a new ground for me and like Exeter they are a supporter owned club.

How easy was your journey?

The journey was straight forward, travelling up on the supporters coach leaving Exeter at 8am, arriving at 1pm.

What did you do before the game?

On arrival at the ground some of our supporters opted for the clubhouse. We instaed took a 10 minute walk up the road to the Prince of Wales pub which was away supporter friendly and pints priced from £3.40. On returning to the ground I picked up the match day programme for £3.

First impressions on seeing the ground?

We stood in the 'Your Golf' terrace, some of which his covered and some  uncovered, the Paul Skrank Main Stand opposite is all seated and covered. Away fans can also be housed in the Nongshim stand behind the goal which is all seated and has a reasonable height disabled bay, opposite is the EcoHouse terrace where the louder home fans gather. All stands look modern and offer good views.

Comment on the game, atmosphere, refreshments, stewards and toilets?

The game was played in good spirit with the Dons running out 2-1 winners, atmosphere between the two sets of supporters was good. Refreshments all seemed to be reasonably priced with drinks starting at £1.50, hot food from £2.50. Toilets are portakabins behind the Nongshim Stand but seemed clean and the stewards were helpful and low key.

Comments on getting away after the game?

Very easy walk back to where the coach dropped us off and a straight forward journey home.

Summary of the day out?

A very good day out despite the loss, but the way we played we still went home in good spirits.

AFC Wimbledon v Southend United
League Two
Tuesday, November 20th 2012, 7.45pm
Stephen Spooner (Southend United fan)

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

I was looking forward to visiting another new ground.

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

The journey by car from North Wales, as an exiled Southend fan was a 460 mile round trip.  The M6 and  M40 were all straight forward but I got stuck in traffic on the M25.

I parked in the ground car park, which was free, albeit on a grassed area which serves as an overspill car park for the Club. Parking seemed to be very limited in the streets around the stadium.

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

Friendly steward directing people in parking and around the ground, friendly fans as fans get mixed with all parking in the home stand area.

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

The stadium is small and compact, and you have to walk to the other side of the ground from the car park to the away end. Has a nice small club shop behind the home stand.

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

Had a cheeseburger and coke from the burger van inside the ground, served in a foil bag so kept warm during the cold November evening game. Had a choice to sit or stand. Took the standing option. great view as close to the pitch and nothing blocking views. The game was fantastic with Southend winning 4-0.

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

Easy to get away from the ground with traffic flowing freely.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:  

A long journey, but completely worth it, with a Southend win. Looking forward to seeing AFC Wimbledon in their new ground next time.

AFC Wimbledon v Aldershot Town
League Two
Saturday, January 28th 2012, 3pm
Rob Garforth (Neutral fan)

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

I had been to Kingsmeadow on a number of occasions before (for both AFC Wimbledon and Kingstonian) although this was my first visit there as a Football League ground. Being a fan of Ryman League Bognor Regis Town, the main purpose of this particular visit was the fact that prolific Bognor striker Jason Prior had transferred to the Dons during the week and was named in the squad, so I went along mainly to check out his Football League debut if he was to appear. And appear he did, coming on as a 74th minute substitute. As for his performance, he didn't do badly but once he becomes more familiar with the pace in League Two then I'm sure he'll start banging in the goals in for them.

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

I travelled from Bognor Regis by train and it was a straightforward enough journey and having visited the ground before, knew where to go. The ground isn't too far away from Norbiton station and for any first-timers, its simply a case of follow those wearing blue and yellow.

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

I went straight to the ground and visited the small club shop (such is the size of it, they also sell products on stalls outside!). In the car park you will also see a stall selling a large range of metal badges which is also worth a look. As this game was likely to be a sell-out (and indeed it was), I then queued for my ticket which I had ordered online. Those planning to watch AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow in the future would be advised to visit the Dons website first and order their ticket. The problem for the Dons is simply the size of the stadium as even at this stage, they have quickly outgrown it.

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

My initial first impression was that the ground hadn't changed since my last visit some three years earlier, when the Dons met Bognor in the Conference South. However, the Kingston Road end was a fairly flat terrace on previous visits but has since been renovated, adding a number of rows, which even for somebody my height (5ft 8), now allows a very good view of the action. I understand there are plans to replace this terrace with a 1,000 seat stand.

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

As mentioned earlier, the match was a sell-out and although the terrace was full, it wasn't as cramped like previous experiences in the old days of Football League terracing, it was comfortable, breathable. The Kingston Road terrace had a large contingent of families and I have to say, the whole experience was very pleasant. I didn't hear a single profanity all afternoon and even the guy in front of me was checking that I could see the action okay. Regarding food, I had a portion of chips which was a tray for £2 which wasn't bad - have had far worse value at non-league grounds. The match itself was a 2-1 victory for Aldershot, which I felt they deserved overall.

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

No problem here. Again, just a simple walk back to Norbiton station.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A very enjoyable day out and one I will consider doing again.

AFC Wimbledon v Accrington Stanley
League Two
Saturday, December 10th 2011, 3pm
Paul Willott (Neutral fan)

Along with a work colleague based near me in the South East, we travelled as fans of football to see this match. The history of both clubs is such a rich tapestry of great and golden memories, momentous falls, and gritty determination to work ones way back to the big-time, that made it stand out as tempting fixture and when free for an afternoon only, precluding trips further afield.

Much as I have always made a point of trying to see the Stanley when they are in the South at least once a season, this was equally about visiting the home of the Wombles who refused to be "dragged" to Milton Keynes.

I picked up my colleague in Croydon , then drove directly to Kingsmeadow. The best tip I can give any-one coming up from the South is to head up the A3, make sure you don't miss the left hand turn-off to the A2043, follow that road but keep your eyes peeled to your left or else you may miss the ground!  Also, well worth making extra effort to get there early to bag what few parking options there are.

I don't think you will find a friendlier more welcoming bunch of stewards anywhere, quite happy to chat and a pleasant change from the frostiness experienced at many grounds. The stadium itself is modest and compact by League standards, and I can well see why some of the Womble fans that I work with are now bemoaning that the club has once again "outgrown" its home, as it did with Plough Lane.

That said, on the pitch one sensed a nervousness around the ground regarding the teams recent form, and this proved to be the case, as the Stanley eased to a 2-0 win, their first away win of the season.  

Meanwhile, I could criticise the complete lack of pies (apparently not delivered), the lukewarm burger (I have had worse ), but little else.  I sense Kingsmeadow is a stepping stone for the club in returning closer to its spiritual home in the near future.    

Having parked in an opportune spot, the getaway was fairly easy , which was just as well given that I had to get changed before collecting the family for an evening out!

AFC Wimbledon v Crewe Alexandra
League Two
Saturday, October 15th 2011, 3pm
Jack Jones (Crewe Alexandra fan)

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

I was very much looking forward to visiting Wimbledon, as it was a new ground for me. I’m sure all of the other travelling Crewe fans were looking forward to it as well. Plus I’ve always had a soft spot for Wimbledon after their troubles 10 years ago.

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

It was very easy to find my way to the ground. I arrived at Norbiton station and followed the gaggle of blue shirts heading in what seemed to be the direction of the stadium. If you arrive from Central London, you will exit via a ramp, and be on the correct side to get to the ground. You exit the station, turn immediately left down Norbiton Avenue, follow it round to the left until you hit Gloucester Avenue. Make a right and keep going until you reach the main road. Turn left and walk down the main road (A2043) for about 1/4 of a mile and the ground is on your right.

However, at that point things can be a bit misleading. If you take the first right into what looks like the main entrance, you won’t be able to access the away end. You have to keep going another 50 or so meters past the first turn off on the main road and make the next right to get to the away end.

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

As it was a family fun day, I decided to head into the club bar at the back of the Main Stand. The stewards and Wombles fans were very cheerful and my friend even had some banter with the local constabulary.

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

From the outside, the ground seems like any other of similar size, however, once you enter, it’s very cramped. The away end is particularly bad for this. The terrace opposite the Main Stand, where the away fans are located, is divided up into three sections separated by barriers. We were allocated a third of the stand, but brought more fans than what was expected. This led to a very cramped and claustrophobic environment. The three steps at the back of the terrace were also very shallow, which, with the high numbers, meant the view to the left (towards the Tempest End) was awful.

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

The game itself was good (what I could see of it). However, the view was so bad to my left I gave up trying to see anything to my left after half time. Thankfully, most of the action happened at the end we were situated at.

Wimbledon controlled the first half, having numerous opportunities. Somewhat fortuitously, we reached the break level at 0-0. We then scored almost from the kick off in the 2nd half with a screamer. Wimbledon equalised 10 minutes later and looked like they would push on and win the game. However, with 10 minutes to go and our first real attack since the equaliser, we scored and another superb goal 2 minutes from time gave us an excellent, if slightly flattering, 3-1 win.

The atmosphere, despite the cramped conditions, was excellent and with the low roof even modest numbers could make some real noise. I didn’t see any stewards, again probably down to the view more than there being none around. I didn’t purchase refreshments nor use the toilets, so can’t comment on them.

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

Getting away from the ground was a doddle, even after a little unplanned detour around Kingston, we found our way back to Norbiton easy enough.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, an excellent day out. The weather was also excellent, which meant that, on top of the friendly fans/atmosphere and good result, it was a really enjoyable experience and one I wouldn’t hesitate to do again. Even the poor view couldn’t detract from what was a brilliant day all round. 9/10.

AFC Wimbledon v Port Vale
League Two
Saturday, September 3rd 2011, 3pm
Paul Dickinson (Neutral fan)

With only  seven grounds of the current 92 still to do and Leeds not playing due to the International break, a trip to London with my daughter allowed me to get another one ticked off
Having planned this trip a while ago, we were able to get cheap train tickets from Leeds and arrived in Kings Cross at 12.30pm. After a couple of drinks at my favourite real ale pub in London (The Harp, near Charing Cross Station), I left my daughter to go shopping for the afternoon and a lovely 10 minute walk in the sunshine took me to Waterloo station, where I caught the 1.55pm train to Norbiton.
Following the directions in the ground guide (although just follow the blue & yellow shirts), I arrived at the ground at 2.35pm, having plenty of time to buy a programme, bottle of water etc, We had already eaten in central London, so I didn't try the food around the ground, but the cafe and fish & chip shop on the main road outside, were both doing a roaring trade
Having visited 75 non league grounds already, I was interested to see how Kingsmeadow would look, as it does of course now host both league and non league football. My 1st impressions were positive, I had bought a terrace ticket online for the Kingston Road stand and managed to get a perfect view of the pitch, on the back row, just to the left of the goal.
It was a very enjoyable game to watch as a neutral - Port Vale completely dominated the 1st half and should have been 3 up before the home side scored. The 2nd half was more even, capped off by a winning goal in the 5th minute of injury time!
It was a straightforward walk back to the train station afterwards and I was enjoying another real ale by 6pm -this time in the Betjeman Arms in St Pancras Station
Overall, another fantastic ground hopping day out. The programme was a better quality than many I buy at Championship games, the AFC Wimbledon fans I spoke to during the game were very friendly and I can always say that "I was there" to see the 1st home win for AFC Wimbledon as a league club.

AFC Wimbledon v Hereford United
League Two
Saturday, August 19th 2011, 3pm
Myles Munsey (Neutral fan)

1. Reason for visit:

Having covered very league club in the South I needed the two newcomers A.F.C. Wimbledon and Crawley Town to add to my  list. Ideally I would have like to have been there for Wimbledon's opening fixture against Bristol Rovers but as that game was sold out, I was forced to wait another couple of weeks.
2. Getting there:

This was dead easy. Train from Reading to Twickenham, then round the Kingston Loop to Norbition. I then followed the instructions as detailed on the website and found the ground without any trouble.
3. Before the game:

As I am not a lunch time pub person (preferring to watch my football 'compos mentis'), I simply availed myself of a light lunch at a sandwich shop. The Fat Boy Cafe whilst spotted was given a miss! (Nice though I'm sure it is). There was a downpour about an hour before kick-off so I exchanged pleasantries with the locals under the welcome cover of a large tree. I complemented them on reaching league status which seemed to be genuinely appreciated even though they admitted it hasn't sunk in just yet.
4. First impressions:

Without being disrespectful it is clearly a 'non-league ground' which is evident even from long-range and you can see why AFCW have set their sights on better things.
5. The game:

I viewed the game from the John Smith's Terrace. One of the best I've seen for a long time. Good fast-flowing attacking football from both sides jam-packed with endeavour. Lots of enterprise from the away side. An unmarked headed goal from Hereford's Delroy Facey after 8 minutes was cancelled out after 24 by another close-range header this time by Jack Midson following a corner . Plenty of chances and goalmouth action from both sides after that. Hereford were clearly intent on going for all three points, bossed the latter stages and could have nicked it. A most refreshing attitude (for a side the wrong end of the table) which was good to see. A draw was fair though.
6.  Getting away:

A  five minute  delay in getting away from the ground as in a 'shared terrace' the police insisted on the away support exiting first. Easily made the 17.22 from Norbiton.

Whilst I wasn't expecting an architectural gem, the ground really is a stop-gap until they find a better venue. Of note is the metal archway proclaiming 'Kingsmeadow', but I'm afraid I Iooked in vain for any other distinguishing features.

Kingsmeadow Entrance Sign

The roofs over the terraces must be the lowest on record which made viewing the action a bit like being at a wide-screen cinema. I found it very cramped and rather uncomfortable. On a lighter note the roof was punctuated by drain holes which were letting in water badly over the bloke in front's head. Being tall I was able to reach up high and effect a temporary repair by stuffing the offending hole full of tissue. It worked and he stayed dry after that! 
All in all though a very good day out. Good game and plenty of lively banter between rival sets of supporters. The stewards were engaging, chatty and very helpful. 10/10 for that.
Do go to Kingsmeadow, you will get a warm welcome to a friendly ground which is hassle-free. Without being harsh I think it fair to say though that the projected new stadium in Merton is eagerly anticipated.

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Updated 9th September 2016