The Gnoll Like?
External View (photo)
Looking Towards The Open Terrace (photo)
Where To Drink?
Main Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Covered Terrace End (photo)
Cricket Pitch Side (photo)
Away Terrace (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
|What's The Gnoll Like?|
Neath FC have been playing home
fixtures at The Gnoll, the well known home of Neath
Rugby Club for four years since moving from their
former home of Llandarcy Park. The ground may well
appear to be far too big for Premier League fixtures
however it is worth noting that in the last two
seasons, thanks to good form on the pitch and
European fixtures the attendances have more than
doubled. Walking through the entrance gate
turnstiles on the corner of the main stand and the
covered terrace end the main stand immediately draws
the attention. The full pitch length stand of around
2,000 seats is made up of two separate stands built
over the top of the dressing room and club offices.
The Main Stand is the original stand with its low
multi columned roof supporting the tv and commentary
gantry. The “wing stand” was added at a later date.
The stand seating is complimented by a row of
temporary uncovered seats covering a former
paddock. Players emerge from entrance doors between
the two stands. Looking to the far end of the ground
is a modern 2 storey executive suite which fills the
corner between the main stand and the open away
terrace. Looking to the far side of the ground
opposite the main stand is a temporary structure
which backs onto the Cricket ground. This pitch
length lightweight construction has around
1000 seats with a low canvas roof and slim columns.
Turning to the right and the town end of the ground
is the traditional home terrace which has a sturdy
roof and solid crash barriers. Both the wings of
this stand leading to the corner posts remain
|External View And Players Pitchside Entrance|
football games fans are restricted to using just the
main stand, visiting supporters are allocated the
town end wing, next to covered terrace end. There
are around 400 seats in this section, and a couple
of columns which may impede your view, as well as a
row of temporary seats on a former standing area.
Fans tend to congregate at the rear section of the
stand as the roof gives good protection from the
rain, and its possible to get a good atmosphere
|Looking Towards The Open Terrace|
|Where To Drink?|
plenty of pubs, bars and restaurants in Neath Town
centre, less than five minutes walk from the
ground. Near to the train station on Windsor Road,
is a Wetherspoons outlet called the David
Protheroe, which is housed in a former Police
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
|From The East:
Follow the M4 towards Neath, exit at Junction 43, then take the A465 Northbound, exit at the A474 and follow towards Neath town centre. Once over the river and railway line you will come to a mini roundabout, take the 2nd exit then at the next roundabout take the 1st exit and follow the B4434 Eastland Road. Continue on the road, passing Victoria Park on the left hand side. At the Gnoll Park Road roundabout continue straight ahead and the ground is on the right hand side.
From The West:
Follow the M4 towards Port Talbot, exit at Junction 43,then take the A465 Northbound, exit at the A474 and follow towards Neath town centre. Once over the river and railway line you will come to a mini roundabout, take the 2nd exit then at the next roundabout take the 1st exit and follow the B4434 Eastland Road. Continue on the road, passing Victoria Park on the left hand side. At the Gnoll Park Road roundabout continue straight ahead and the ground is on the right hand side.
Map showing the location of the Gnoll (at the bottom of this page).
|Neath benefits from an
excellent weekend and evening weekday train service
with services between London
Paddington-Cardiff-Swansea as well as the North Wales
to South Wales service
10 minutes walk to the ground. When you exit the station building turn right onto the B4434 behind the post office building, then take the first left into Alfred Street. Follow the road for 5 minutes as it passes Victoria Gardens then at the next crossroads turn left and onto the B4434 Eastland Road. After a 2 minute walk you will see the floodlights on the ground ahead of you. Follow over the Gnoll Park Road roundabout and the
main stand and turnstile entrances are on the right hand side.
is also local bus services from Swansea, Port Talbot
as well as National Express service 508 from London
Victoria to Haverfordwest.
5 minutes walk to the ground. When you arrive at the bus station walk through the adjacent Victoria Park and onto the B4434 Eastland Road. After a 2 minute walk you will see the floodlights on the ground ahead of you. Follow over the Gnoll Park Road roundabout and the main stand and turnstile entrances are on the right hand side.
|Official Programme £ To be advised|
Wales Premier League clubs Llanelli, Port Talbot,
Afdan Lido & Carmarthen.
|Welsh Premier League Ground Guide (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record And Average Attendance|
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Last Updated : 29 November 2011