Hunky Dorys Park Like?
External View (photo)
West Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
East Stands (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Cross Lane End (photo)
Unused End (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
|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.
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).
|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
|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.
|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.
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).
|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.
Seating (Windmill Road
|Official Programme €3|
|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
|League Of Ireland Premier League Fixtures (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record And Average Attendance|
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