Altrincham

J Davidson Stadium

Capacity: 6,085 (1,074 seated)
Address: Moss Lane, Altrincham, WA15 8AP
Telephone: 0161 928 1045
Fax: 0161 926 9934
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Alty or the Robins
Year Ground Opened: 1910
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Red and White

Main Stand
Main Stand
Popular Terrace
Popular Terrace
Looking Towards The Golf Road End
Looking Towards The Golf Road End
Golf Road End
Golf Road End
Hale End
Hale End

On one side of the ground is the Carole Nash Insurance Main Stand. This is a small single tiered all seated stand that sits astride the half way line. An old classic looking stand, it has glass windshields on either side, plus a number of supporting pillars, one of which is centrally located at the front of the stand. Views of the pitch may be further impaired by two small floodlight pylons that are located at the two front edges of the stand. On one side of this stand is a smaller separate structure, the Goodwin Family Stand. This is a very small covered all seated stand. On the other side of the Main Stand is also a small open terrace that is a couple of large steps high. Behind this is a relatively new club house with the usual facilities inside, including some good toilets. It's called the Altrincham FC Community Sports Hall. 

Opposite the Main Stand is the Popular Side. This is a covered terrace that runs the full length of the pitch, made unusual by having a section in the middle that has a higher roof compared to either side. At the Golf Road End is a small covered terrace, whilst opposite, at the Hale End, there is a 16-step open terrace with large crush barriers to lean on. If segregation is in force, then this open terrace is allocated to away fans, as well as a portion of the covered popular side and some seats may also be provided in the Main Stand.

Moss Lane is completed with a set eight floodlight pylons, which run down each side of the ground (four on each side). A rather large (and ugly looking) telecommunications mast overlooks the ground, but at least your mobile phone reception should be good here!

The ground is still known to many fans by its original name of Moss Lane. It was renamed the J Davidson Stadium in 2013 as part of a corporate sponsorship deal.

Away fans are mostly housed in the open Hale End Terrace at one end of the ground. Away fans can also sit in the Carole Nash Main Stand, however the leg room there is a little on the tight side. Inside the ground there is a Club shop (on the Main Stand side towards the Golf Road End) and catering is provided by a couple of burger vans. Rob Urwin a visiting Southport fans adds; 'A great ground to visit, it wasn’t segregated on the day we  went which meant we had access to both ends. The Altrincham fans were in good voice which meant there was a decent atmosphere. It was easy to find and the catering was acceptable. The toilets weren’t the best, a little bit in the open air! There were very few stewards in attendance which was a bit of a concern considering it was a “high profile“ game but they weren’t needed so it was a good call. It is a neat ground,  more than adequate for the Conference, and a visit I look forward to'.

Adjacent to the ground is the Community Sports Hall, which has a bar inside. It also serves food (pies, chips etc..), has Sky Sports showing and welcomes away fans. Otherwise, a few minutes walk along Moss Lane is the King George pub, which is a JW Lees outlet. This pub also has Sky Sports and serves food. With the Main Stand behind you, turn left along Moss Lane and the pub is down on the left just past the garage. If you have more time on your hands then Altrincham town centre is around a 15 minute walk away along Moss Lane (with the ground behind you turn right) where there are plenty of pubs to be found. Alan Chadwick informs me; 'Altrincham town centre has a number of interesting pubs and bars the best being Life of Pi by the market (excellent pies and Tatton real ale) or Costellos at Goose Green (close to Tesco) which is a freehouse for the local Dunham Massey brewery'. There is also the Cheshire Tap on Railway Street, which like Costellos and the Life of Pi, is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Plus there is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Unicorn on Ashley Road. Across the road from the Moss Lane Ground is the handy 'Good Catch' Fish and Chip Shop which is open until 2pm on Saturday afternoons and from 4.30pm on weekdays.

As Altrincham fixtures tend to coincide with the home fixtures of nearby Manchester United, then you may well be best advised to allow extra time for your journey as traffic will be heavy in the area.

From The South
Leave the M6 at Junction 19, and take the A556 towards Manchester Airport. At the large roundabout junction with the M56, turn right onto the M56, still heading towards Manchester Airport. Leave the M56 at Junction 6 and take the A538 towards Hale Barns/Altrincham. After two miles (in which you will have passed through Hale Barns) you will go through the traffic lights that is the junction with the A5144 (Delahays Road). After these traffic lights take the third right into Westminster Road. Carry straight on down Westminster Road, which becomes Bancroft Road and then Moss Lane. The ground is down on the right.

From The North
Leave the M6 at Junction 20A and take the M56 towards Manchester Airport. Leave the M56 at Junction 6 and take the A538 towards Hale Barns/Altrincham. Then as South.

Car Parking

There is very little parking at the ground itself. Further along Moss Lane is a business unit called Aecom (WA15 8FH) which offers matchday parking on Tuesdays and Saturdays, free of charge. Otherwise street parking.

The Moss Lane ground is around a 10-15 minute walk from Altrincham Railway Station and Interchange. The trams occupy two platforms on the western side of the station and 'heavy rail' trains use the two platforms on the eastern side. Altrincham Railway Station is served by trains from Manchester Piccadilly and normally takes around 28 minutes. Alternatively, you can also get the Metrolink tram from both Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria mainline stations.

To walk to the ground you have two options; Exit the Interchange via the main entrance, (there is a clock tower in front of the main entrance), and take the first left into Moss Lane. Then just keep going straight down Moss Lane and you will eventually come to the ground on your left. Alternatively, exit the station from the most easterly platform, where trains depart for Chester. Once you have gone down a small flight of steps, turn immediately hard right and make your way through a rather uneven car park. Head for the traffic lights, not too far from a big Tesco. Turn left at the traffic lights and you are in Moss Lane. Incidentally, the huge telecoms mast beside the ground is an excellent landmark to head for, visible from outside the eastern side of the station.

 There is also a frequent bus service to Altrincham and the journey time is around 45 minutes. The Arriva Sapphire 263 Service departs Piccadilly Gardens (Stop K) for Altrincham Interchange. See the Arriva website for more details and timetables. 

Thanks to Brian Scott for providing the walking directions above.

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Adults £14
Over 65's £11
Under 17's £5
Under 12's £1

Official Programme: £2

Altrincham FC fixture list (takes you to the Altrincham FC Website)

Macclesfield Town

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

Record Attendance

10,275 Altrincham Youth v Sunderland Youth
February 28th 1925.

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 802 (National League North)
2016-2017: 1,230 (National League North)
2015-2016: 1,230 (National League)

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Altrincham v Leamington Spa
National League North
Saturday 7th September 2019, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral)

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

Now I've visited Altrincham, I've only got one more ground to visit in the (current) National League North.

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

It's quite a trek from Ipswich to the Manchester area, but all trains were on time. The ground was easy to find with the huge telecoms mast beside it, providing a good landmark.

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

I changed trains at Stockport and the service from here to Chester is hourly. So it was either arrive half an hour earlier than I would like, or half an hour late. I chose to be early in case I missed the Chester train. With some time to spare, I spent the time in Stamford Park which is directly to the south of Moss Lane. The turnstiles were open nice and early. I got a good welcome from the gateman and a steward.

The Main Stand Side & Community Sports Hall Building

Main Stand Side

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

Anyone who misses the old style of grounds with character, then you should visit Moss Lane! There is terracing on three sides, two of which are covered. The uncovered end is as close to a big terrace as you are likely to get. It is 16 steps deep with plenty of crush barriers to lean on. The tall Main Stand is 19 steps deep, but towards the top, there are restricted views of the nearest corner flags. So I sat lower down. I was impressed with the relatively new (5 years old I was told), bar, club room and food facilities. The toilets were very good. Even the older ones at the open Hale End weren't that bad. So well done Altrincham! I sat in the middle of the Main Stand in a row of seats where there was plenty of leg room as a whole row of seats have been removed in the central section. I've read comments in the reviews on this website that leg room is tight in seats, but I had masses of leg room. So choose where you sit carefully! The attendance was 1,025 and I actually knew this before the announcement was made, because a man came and sat in a seat next to me after about 70 minutes and he gave the figure to someone else. So he must have been in charge of calculating the attendance. Both the two men commented that it was a high number, and of course they were pleased.

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

The home team scored their first goal on 15 minutes and then a second in first half added-on time. They cruised to victory, it ending 4-0.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was an easy walk back to the railway station. Both times I crossed over a car park which is to the east of Altrincham station, rather than going out and in the main entrance. Walking time was no more than 10 minutes. I needed to catch the 17.00 train.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a good day out, with all my trains on time. I had to change trains at Doncaster on the return journey and I had a bonus, as a steam train came through. Clun Castle (7029) on a special train returning from York to the Birmingham area. I got home at 10.30pm.

The Clun Castle Train

Clun Castle Train

Altrincham v Bradford Park Avenue
FA Trophy, Third Qualifying Road
Saturday 24th November 2018, 3pm
Peter (Bradford Park Avenue) 

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the J Davidson Stadium?
 
I was not looking forward to the game. Altrincham had decided to segregate supporters and force all the away fans to stand on an open terrace. Not very pleasant when you are a pensioner. And it was yet another difficult FA Cup or FA Trophy tie against a fellow National League North side. The regionalized draws are loaded against northern clubs in that statistically we have a lower probability of drawing lower league opposition than southern clubs.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The ground is well signposted from M56 junction 7. I arrived early and there is some street parking near the ground which I used.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
There is a chippy nearby, not sure about its opening times, but I ate a sandwich in the car. There are a couple of decent Good Beer Guide listed pubs in the town centre near the station, but I had to drive as Northern Rail were on strike.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the J Davidson Stadium?
 
The ground has changed little since I first visited it in 1969. The away end is an unwelcoming open terrace, exposed to the elements. Fortunately, it didn't rain. On our previous visit, we were allowed in the Main Stand but the legroom was so poor that physically I couldn't sit down in the space provided.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
We were beaten 4- 0 so it was miserable afternoon.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The crowd was only about 500, so there were no problems. I stayed in Altrincham in the evening to watch the Manchester Storm ice hockey team at the nearby ice rink (a good game spoilt only by poor sight lines).
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A miserable day at an unwelcoming ground. Altrincham charged away fans for this fixture as much to stand in the open behind the goal as home fans pay to sit undercover on the halfway line.

Altrincham v Grimsby Town
Conference National League
Tuesday 18th August 2015, 7.45pm
Kevin Dixon (Grimsby Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to going to the Moss Lane football ground?

I went there last season. There was some good banter between the fans, and it's actually one of our shorter away trips in this League.

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

Set off at lunch time, hoping to stop for a walk in the Pennines, but poor weather spoiled that. This meant I arrived in Manchester rather early with a couple of hours to kill. Went to the Trafford Centre to waste some time, then drove to the ground, arriving at 6.15pm. Traffic by now was building on the M60, due to Manchester United being at home in the Champions League. Parked almost right outside the Moss Lane ground with no problems.

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

Went in the King George pub, which was already hosting a number of Mariners fans. Good selection of ales, and also serving food, which as far as I could see, was the usual pub fayre.

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

The ground is what you expect in this league, mostly old and a bit of a mish mash. The away terrace is open to the elements, however this was not a problem on a dry and mild August evening. The home fans started in the opposite end, but then at half time, moved to the side terrace to be nearer the goal they were attacking, which was also good for the atmosphere.

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

We went into the game unbeaten, but struggled for the first half hour, and went behind to a controversial goal which has since been proved not to have actually crossed the line. We equalised just before half time, and for the first ten minutes of the second half looked likely to go on and win. However we conceded another soft goal and that was how it finished. The stewards were friendly enough, but our fans were largely well behaved anyway. Not sure about the food, although I heard a couple of chaps near me being rather uncomplimentary about it.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Really easy, as I had parked right outside the ground, so back on the M56 in ten minutes. Unfortunately the M62 was variously closed and coned off, so I actually didn't arrive home until 1.20am in the morning, some three and a half hours after the final whistle.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Moss Lane is a nice friendly ground to visit, like a lot in this league. Much as we want to get back into the Football League, visiting these small grounds is what football is all about.

Altrincham v FC Halifax
Conference Premier League
Saturday 21st March 2015, 3pm
Barry (FC Halifax fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to the Moss Lane ground?

I was looking forward to this particular game as it was probably the closest stadium to Halifax in the division, taking around 50 minutes to get there.

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

With the stadium being situated in the middle of a what seemed like a posh residential area of suburban Manchester, it is quite difficult to find. Luckily though I was travelling on the supporters coach, so didn't need to know. Once you are there, there is quaint scattering of shops including a general post office, chinese take away, pub and chippy.

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

With 90 minutes to kill before kick off, I just went the chippy. The staff were nice enough as were the stewards at the ground.

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

Moss Lane is an unusual ground, with three quarters of it being terrace. However I much prefer standing anyway as it definitely adds to the atmosphere. The away end was, from where I was standing good, plus due to it being a nice day the fact there was no roof didn't make a difference. However I feel from certain parts of the stand could be difficult for people to get a decent viewing of what is going on due to the stand being quite low down on top of it being really close to the actual pitch meaning the net gets in the way. A side note: the pitch was in pristine condition, something you wouldn't be surprised seeing in the higher tiers, which contrasts massively with abysmal surface at the Shay.

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

The game, depsite the 0-0 scoreline, was an exciting one with chances either side of half time to both sides. Their goalkeeper, Stuart Colburn, had a terrific game stopping shots from Adam Smith in the first half and Jackson, Boden and Hattersley in the second. Whereas Altrincham were limited to two or three chances which all were off target.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Easy enough, just walked out of the ground and got on the coach.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Very unfortunate to get a point, Altrincham is a ground which I will definitely go to again, mainly because of the short journey rather than anything spectacular with Moss Lane itself.

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Updated 19th November 2019

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