Ashton United

Hurst Cross

Capacity: 4,250 (Seats 250)
Address: Surrey St, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 8DY
Telephone: 0161 339 4158
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Robins
Year Ground Opened: 1884
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Red and White

Sid Sykes Main Stand
Sid Sykes Main Stand
Popular Side
Popular Side
Lees Road End
Lees Road End
Looking Towards The Rowley Street End
Looking Towards The Rowley Street End
Main Stand Side
Main Stand Side
Looking Across To The Main Stand
Looking Across To The Main Stand

Opened in 1884, Hurst Cross is one of the oldest football grounds still remaining in the country. The ground is largely an open one with open portions of terracing on all sides of the stadium. It is overlooked by a number of residential houses that can enjoy watching the game for nothing (that is if they were to open their curtains) and the nearby Saint John the Evangelist Church at one end. 

On one side is the small covered Sid Sykes Main Stand. This stand runs around a quarter the length of the pitch and oddly is located on one side of the halfway line, although more likely the pitch has been moved at some point. This stand has a capacity of 250 seats and has a number of supporting pillars. It contains the players tunnel and has an enclosed glassed area at the back for the stadium announcer and Directors area. It also has a number of flags that adorn the roof of the stand. One one side of this stand is an open standing terrace, while the other is occupied by club buildings including the social club.

Opposite is the Popular Side, which is a small covered terrace that runs for around half the length of the pitch and straddles the halfway line. To either side of this covered area are open areas of terracing. Both ends are open terraces with the Lees Road Terrace being larger than the Rowley Street Terrace opposite. The ground has a set of eight floodlights, four of which run down each side of the ground.

There is a small club shop inside the ground which stocks quite a large number of old football programmes.

Ashton United currently play in the BetVictor Northern Premier League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football. This is at Step 3 below the Football League and one League below the National Leagues North and South.

Normally fans are not segregated at Hurst Cross. On the rare occasion that supporters are segregated then away fans are housed in the Lees Road End Terrace. This end is open to the elements so hope it doesn't rain.

There is a social club at the ground itself which welcomes visiting supporters. The bar which is open throughout the game serves real ale and shows Sky Sports. Just outside the entrance to Hurst Cross is the Hare & Hounds pub. It is located on King's Road and is situated in-between a bookmakers and Fish & Chip shop, although the latter is closed on Saturdays. A few minutes walk away on Nook Lane is the Royal Oak pub. If arriving by train then near to the railway station on Wellington Road is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Ash Tree, which is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Leave the  Junction; M60 at Junction 23 and take the A6140 towards Ashton Under Lyne. Keep on towards the town centre and after passing a large IKEA store on your left, keep straight on at the traffic lights towards Stalybridge. After passing Ashton Under Lyne Railway Station on your left, pass through a set of traffic lights and at the next set of lights bear left onto the A670 towards Mossley. Continue straight along this road as it becomes Mossley Lane and at the traffic lights with the Miners Arms on the right, turn left onto Queens Road. After padding an Asda store on the right then at the next set of main traffic lights turn left onto Kings Road and then take the first right, just before the Hare and Hounds, to reach the ground. There is no parking available at the ground itself for visiting fans but there is plenty of on-street parking available in the local area.

Adults £12
Over 65's/Under 18's and Students £8
Under 12’s £3 (when accompanied by an adult)

Official Matchday Programme £2.

Stalybridge Celtic, Hyde United and Droylsden.

Average Attendance

2018-2019: 360 (National League North)

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Special thanks to David Ibbott and Peter Radcliffe, for providing the photos of the Hurst Cross Ground Ashton United.

Ashton United v Chester City
National League North
Friday 19th April 2019, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hurst Cross ground?
Considering this was my 44th wedding anniversary I was fortunate to be allowed to be away for two nights at Easter! I had noticed that it would be possible to take in 2 National League North games in two days, so saving a long trip back to Manchester some time in the future. Manchester is a difficult place for me coming from my home near Ipswich.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
My journey by train was quite easy. I chose to go to Manchester Piccadilly and then via Manchester Victoria, but I could have easily used the tram from Piccadilly. Luckily some Chester fans were walking to the ground and I followed them.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
Despite my long journey and choosing to go around the Ordsall curve railway line in Manchester, I still arrived with plenty of time to walk around the ground. Everyone was friendly as usual at non-league grounds.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Hurst Cross?
Hurst Cross is a typical lower league ground with the mix of seats and terracing. I was able to get a good view from a seat in the back row of the Main Stand. As it was a hot day I needed to be out of the sun. Very different to two weeks ago when I was at Folkestone Invicta and couldn't find anywhere to get out of the biting wind!
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Ashton are currently in the relegation zone and with not many games left this season, things are not looking very promising, but they are not down and out yet. They were soundly beaten 3-0 by Chester. There were quite a number of away fans and both sets of supporters made some noise. The attendance was 468, which for this league is quite low. Ashton are bottom of the attendance league table for the National League North.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
It was a steady walk back down to the town centre and I easily found the Wetherspoons, which is not far from the railway station. I had a meal and then made my way to my guest house in Sale where I was booked in for two nights.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I had planned to attend Chorley v Stockport on the Saturday, but as this was second v top, it was all ticket. Thankfully I found out via Chorley's twitter and was able to make alternative arrangements. I decided to go up to the lovely town of Buxton, where I enjoyed an entertaining 3-2 win to the home team. They were playing Warrington, who may go down.

Ashton United v Darlington
National League North
Monday 27th August 2018, 3pm
Adam Sutcliffe (Darlington)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Hurst Cross Ground?
A new ground for us and we got to meet up with our mate from Stockport. Also, living in Lincs, the drive over the Peak District
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Bank Holiday M62 Hell at Leeds, but then got to see Saddleworth Moor and Oldham up close for the first time. Little free car park on some grass just outside the ground. Get there around 2pm if you want to use it.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
We to the ground and first spent 45 minutes in their wonderful social club. If going as an away fan, it is well worth the visit.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Hurst Cross Ground?
Hurst Cross is getting a bit old now, but a luxury to be able to stand on proper terracing.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
An entertaining 2-2 draw. The other highlight was the food. They serve hot Vimto and Cup a soups. Little things that I haven't seen elsewhere. They even have picnic tables so you can sit and eat.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Very easy.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Nice to get to a new ground. Highlights were the social club and the food.

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Updated 10th February 2020


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