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Drogheda United
Hunky Dorys Park

Capacity: 2,000 (Seats 1,500)
Address:
Windmill Road, Drogheda, County Louth
Main Telephone No: (+353) 41 9830190
Year Ground Opened: 1979
Pitch Size: 110 x 75 yards

Team Nickname: The Drogs
Home Kit Colours: Claret and Blue
Official Web Site:
www.droghedaunited.ie




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Contents
What's Hunky Dorys Park Like?
External View
(photo)
Future Developments
Visiting Supporters
West Stand
(photo)
Where To Drink?
East Stands
(photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Cross Lane End
(photo)
By Train
Unused End
(photo)
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Local Rivals
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2014
Record & Average Attendance
Hotel Accommodation
Location Map


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What's Hunky Dorys Park Like?

Hunky Dorys Park, known to most fans as United Park (before being renamed in a sponsorship deal), is located north of Drogheda Town Centre and is literally hemmed in by a housing estate, a GAA stadium and two roads; Windmill Road, and Cross Lane. The entrance to the ground can be found along Windmill Road, opposite the car park of the huge Our Lady of Lourdes training hospital. The football club's car park is more modest in size, and leads to the Clubhouse, which sits at the south corner of the ground. The clubhouse has a 1st floor lounge which offers the best view of the stadium. The clubhouse is flanked by a small control tower on a high level platform, sitting directly over the corner post. Just how much the ground has had to fit to its surroundings is shown by looking across the pitch to the space behind the left hand goal. There is no spectator accommodation at this South end of the ground-which backs onto the houses in Anneville Crescent. The space between the touchline and the boundary wall netting is barely wide enough to contain the modern goal nets, and you can just imagine wingers having to ease up and getting their crosses in early to avoid running into the wall.

Staying on the clubhouse side and looking to the far right along Windmill Road we see two narrow stands. The first is a covered seating area for home supporters which takes us to the pitch centre line, then following a space for the away dug outs there is a longer covered terrace which is allocated to away fans. The stand has eight steps of terracing, with a row of crush barriers on the 1st and 6th steps. The top few rows offer the most elevated view of the pitch but it comes at a price as your view is obscured by two rows of columns and the pitch side floodlight pylons. Moving further along to the far corner of the Windmill Road side again we see the restrictions of the ground site have formed a wedge shape area of terracing behind the goal which backs onto Cross Lane. Viewed from the away terrace a large advertising board on the back wall of Cross Lane prevents balls going onto the busy road. As the space expands between the goal and the far corner post a shallow open terrace offers home fans a slightly elevated view of the pitch. This leads us to the west side of the ground, beyond which the single stand and gently sloping grass banks of County Louth GAA Drogheda Park form the boundary. This side of the ground was originally a covered terrace with a low tv gantry perched on its roof, flanked by 12 rows of open terracing. With insufficient space for additional seating on the Windmill Road side,7 rows of blue plastic seats were bolted to the terrace steps in 2010 to bring the ground up to the required license minimum of 1,500 seats. This still leaves the rear 5 steps as a terrace, with a line of crush barriers on the 8th row separating the seating deck.

Although the ground is capable of holding over 5,000 in its current configuration, most of them on the West Stand terrace, modern health and safety requirements have restricted the capacity to 2,000 so it is unclear if spectators are allowed to stand on the rear terracing. One of the quirks of the ground is that only the Seated Stand on the Windmill Road side is parallel to the pitch. This is not something fans would notice when they are inside the ground, but looking at google satellite images the control tower, clubhouse and away terrace are all angled inwards-presumably to offer the best view of the centre of the pitch.

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External View

External View Hunky Dory's
                    Park

Future Developments
Nothing planned given the current average attendances and restrictive nature of the ground. The prospect of selling the ground site and moving to a new 10,000 capacity stadium elsewhere in the town has been considered, with planning permission granted in 2008 however in the current economic climate a move seems highly unlikely. (Interestingly their neighbours County Louth GAA are rumoured to be considering moving to a new stadium in Dundalk).

Visiting Supporters
As far as we are aware visiting fans are allocated the covered terrace on the Windmill Road side. This is accessed through the Clubhouse Car Park entrance. As the stand is situated in the corner of the ground it offers a penalty box view across pitch, and being separated from Drogheda's more vocal home supporters on the west terrace it can feel a little bit isolated. Having said that the low roof offers excellent acoustics and a away following of 200 plus can get a really good atmosphere going. Unfortunately it would appear visiting fans are not offered anywhere to sit.

West Stand


  West Stand Hunky Dorys Park

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Where To Drink?
There is a club at the ground but this is for members only. The closest pub is the Windmill House on Windmill Road. Otherwise there are plenty of pubs and eating establishments in Drogheda Town centre, which is only 5-10 minute walk along Windmill Road.

East Stands


  East Stands Hunky Dorys Park

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How To Get There And Where To Park
From the South:
Follow the M1 North from Swords, exit at Junction 9 and turn right onto the L1601 Donore Road, heading towards the south-west suburbs of Drogheda. On approaching the town centre turn right onto the R132 Georges Street, follow the road round to the right where it crosses the river. Once past the town centre, then on 
reaching the Mother Hughes pub turn right into Windmill Road. The ground is up on the left..    

From the North:
Follow the M1 South from Dundalk. At Junction 10 turn left onto the N51,then at the roundabout turn right onto the R132 and head into the north suburbs of Drogheda.
On reaching the Mother Hughes pub turn right into Windmill Road. The ground is up on the left.

From the West:
Follow the N51 from Slane, continue past the M1 Junction 10 then at the roundabout turn right onto the R132 and head towards Drogheda. After about a mile turn left at the Mother Hughes pub into Windmill Road. The ground is up on the left.

Car parking
There is a car park at the stadium, the entrance to which is on Windmill Road. If it is full, then continue along Windmill Road to the next crossroads and turn left into Cross Lane. There is a large car park opposite the County Louth GAA Drogheda Park ground, on the right hand side.

Map showing the location of Hunky Dorys Park
(at the bottom of this page).

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Cross Lane End

Cross Lane End
                    Hunky Dorys Park

By Train
Drogheda railway station is located around 1.5 miles away from the stadium. There is an excellent regular train from Dublin Connolly to Drogheda in the morning and afternoon as it is within the Dublin commuter belt. The commuter train service runs from Bray to the South of Dublin through to Dublin Connolly and up the coast to Drogheda, terminating at Dundalk. Drogheda is also served by the long distance Dublin Connolly to Belfast Central Enterprise Service though most, but not all services stop in Drogheda. Once you have arrived at Drogheda MacBride Station it will take you around 20 minutes to walk through the town centre to the Hunky Dory's Stadium which is located in the northern suburbs of the town.

When you come out of the railway station ticket office follow the road downhill to the right-this will lead into the town centre (there is a map of the town centre on the wall of the station car park which will prove useful) After 5 minutes walking you will see a tall church tower on the left hand side. Just past the church take a right turn at the Bull Ring and cross over the river on St Marys Bridge. This will then lead you uphill into Shop Street in the town centre, with the tourist information office in the clock tower building on the left hand side. From here turn left into West Street where you will pass St Peters Church on the right hand side. At the first major crossroads turn right into Georges Street and head uphill towards the north suburbs of the town. You will then come to a fork in the road, with most of the traffic turning left into North Street. Take the narrower right fork into Windmill Road. The ground clubhouse entrance is two minutes walk from here on the left hand side. To reach the turnstiles for the West Stand continue walking along Windmill Road then at the crossroads turn left into Cross Lane.

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Unused End

Unused End Hunky Dorys
                    Park

Admission Prices

Seating (Windmill Road Side):
Adults 20
OAP/Students 15
Children 10

All other areas of the ground:
Adults 15
OAP/Students 10
Children 15
Family Ticket 2 Adults + 2 Children 25
Family Ticket 1 Adult + 2 Children 20

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Programme Price
Official Programme 3

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Local Rivals
Something of a friendly rivalry with local amateur side Boyne Rovers, whose home ground is not far away in Drogheda Town centre. Dundalk is the nearest Premier Division club, with the established Dublin Premier Division clubs Bohemian, Shelbourne, St Patricks and Shamrock Rovers are also considered as rivals.

Ground Layout

Hunky Dorys Park Layout

Fixtures
League Of Ireland Premier League Fixtures (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record And Average Attendance

Record Attendance:
To be advised

Average Attendance:
2013: 847
2012: 1,054

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Hotel Accommodation
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Map Showing The Location Of Hunky Dorys Park



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