Curzon Ashton

Tameside Stadium

Capacity: 4,200 (Seats 524)
Address: Richmond Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 9HG
Telephone: 0161 330 6033
Pitch Size: To be advised
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Nash
Year Ground Opened: 2005
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: All Blue

Main Stand
Main Stand
Covered Terrace
Covered Terrace
West Terrace
West Terrace
East Terrace
East Terrace
World Cup Footballers Statue
World Cup Footballers Statue

The Tameside Stadium was officially opened by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2005. It a modern seated stadium, that overall is quite smart looking and wouldn't look out of place in a higher league. It comprises a fair sized Main Stand on one side, a covered terrace opposite and two open end terraces.

The Main Stand sits astride the half way line and runs for about half the length of the pitch. Although in capacity terms it is not that large (7 rows comprising 524 seats), the stand itself looks a lot larger. This is firstly due to the fact that the seating area is raised above pitch level, meaning that spectators have to climb a small set of stairs to enter it. Secondly the roof of the stand is elevated quite high above the seating area, with a fair sized back panel. It is also cantilevered, meaning that there are no obstructing pillars to hinder your view of the playing action. The blue block of seats have the letters TMBC spelt out in white across them. This is in reference to the local council who were one of the funders of the stadium. In front of the Main Stand are the team dugouts, whilst on either side there are areas of open terracing. 

Opposite the Main Stand is a good sized covered terrace. It some respects it mirrors the Main Stand in terms of width (it too sits astride the halfway line and runs for around half the length of the pitch), has a high placed roof and has portions of open terracing to each side. Both ends have open terraces that although not that high (around seven steps) do run the full width of the end. The stadium has a set of four tall floodlights.

Outside the stadium there is a statue of three football players, who were born locally and played in the World Cup; Geoff Hurst (England), Jimmy Armfield (England) and Simone Perrotta (Italy). Again it is unusual to see such statues at this level.

Most visiting fans are impressed with the stadium, its facilities and friendliness of welcome. If you get chance then visit the Programme Shop inside the stadium, which has a vast number of football programmes for sale (many at very reasonable prices). 

There is a fair sized Club Bar at the stadium which welcomes visiting fans. Otherwise in terms of pubs there are none that I am aware of close by. Still if you arrive early at the stadium (or travel by train) then Ashton-under-Lyne town centre is only a 15 minute walk away, where there are plenty of pubs to be found. These include a Wetherspoons pub called the 'Ash Tree' on Wellington Road. 

Leave the M60 at Junction 23 and take the A6140 towards Ashton-under-Lyne. After passing a Cineworld Cinema on your right you will reach a set of traffic lights (with a couple of sporting statues on your left as you approach the lights), where you turn left (signposted Local Traffic) onto Richmond Street. Go over the railway bridge, straight across the mini-roundabout and then take the next left into the stadium complex. There is a large car park at the ground which is free.

The nearest Railway Station is Ashton-under-Lyne which is located just over a mile or a 15-20 minute walk away from Tameside Stadium. The station is served by trains from Manchester Victoria and Huddersfield.

The easiest and straightforward walking route from the station to the ground (although not the shortest), is to come out of the main entrance and turn right along the main road in front of you (Wellington Street, the A6140). Passing the Prince of Orange pub on the left (as this is a Robinsons pub I probably wouldn't be able to pass it by without popping in first!) go straight ahead, then passing a large IKEA store on your right. Follow the road around to the right and at the next roundabout take the 1st exit. Then passing a Sainsbury's store on your right, at the next set of traffic lights turn right into Richmond Road, proceed across the bridge over the railway and the stadium is further along this road on the left, beyond the athletics ground.

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Adults £12
Over 65's £6
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Official Matchday Programme: £2

Ashton United, Hyde, Stalybridge Celtic and Droylsden.

Record Attendance

For Curzon Ashton:
1,731 v AFC Wimbledon
FA Cup Second Round, 4th December 2016.

For Tameside Stadium:
3,588 FC United v Stourbridge
Northern Premier League, April 21st 2015.

Average Attendance

2017-2018: 531 (National League North)
2016-2017: 405 (National League North)
2015-2016: 407 (National League North)

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Special thanks to Russell Cox for providing the photos of the Tameside Stadium. Visit his Wycombe Wanderer ground hopping blog.

Curzon Ashton v Darlington
National League North
Saturday 26th January 2019, 3pm
Matt (Darlington)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tameside Stadium?
 
I’ve been to this ground a few times but I’ve only recently found this excellent website.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
By rail, it should be very easy. A train to Manchester Piccadilly then a 25/30 minute tram to Ashton West tram station then a five minute walk to the ground. However, Man City were playing at the Etihad Stadium today and every tram was full at Piccadilly station. So I booked an Uber taxi which cost £12.75. (If you’re not familiar with Uber prices then they can fluctuate depending on how busy they are). If either of the Manchester teams are playing I’d recommend getting on the tram at an earlier tram stop so you manage to get on the tram such as Deansgate Castlefield or St Peters Square, a 15 minute walk from Piccadilly station.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I didn’t get anything to eat on this occasion but noticed the chilli and chips seemed to be selling well. There is a bar at the top of the Main Stand however I popped into ‘The Nash Bar’ at half time which had a good selection of lagers and ales and had Sky Sports News on. The warmth was very welcome on a cold and wet day!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tameside Stadium?
 
For me, the Tameside Stadium is one of the best grounds in the league. You can get a good view from any part of the stadium. The matches against Darlington are not segregated so I stood behind the goal until it started raining and then moved to the large covered terrace at the side of the pitch. An excellent view and if a large crowd was in attendance it would be able to make a lot of noise. One new addition I noticed was ‘Atlas Bar’ at the side of this coveted terrace, it was a wooden bar and closed on this occasion but at a guess, I would say it’s for use for away fans when segregation is in force.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
As you walk into the ground at the Main Stand turnstile there is a programme seller, programmes are £2.50 and are of a good standard. Special mention to the three legends statue as you walk up to the ground which looks excellent and is of three locally born footballers; Sir Geoff Hurst, Jimmy Armfield and Simone Perrotta. 
 
We were lucky the rain held off until the end of the first half otherwise this game would have been called off. An excellent match in terrible conditions and we were unlucky not to snatch it at the end. Curzon Ashton 1-1 Darlington. Attendance 394. It was hard to tell how many away fans there were as it was not segregated.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A five minute walk in the torrential rain to the tram stop, very easy.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
If you’re in Curzon Ashton’s league this is one of the away matches you must attend. A friendly atmosphere, good views of the pitch and a good pint. Just check Man City or Man United’s fixtures first if travelling by train!

Curzon Ashton v Ashton United
National League North
Wednesday 26th December 2018, 3pm
Jeremy Gold (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tameside Stadium?
 
The big "Ashton" derby and a chance to visit the ground were not to be missed. I'd had a quick opportunity to pop into the ground when I went to Ashton United a few weeks earlier and it looked good even in the twilight.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I took the opportunity to run the seven miles from Manchester to the ground which was easy to navigate if not particularly scenic. The ground is easy to find from the Ashton West tram stop which is a ten minute walk away.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
It's very quiet around the ground itself so I did my usual of going in fairly early and sampling some food from the very nice tea bar situated under the Main Stand. Everyone was friendly and welcoming as I was expecting.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tameside Stadium?
 
It's a very tidy little ground, the Main Stand offers unobstructed views of the action and the covered terrace on the other side of the ground provides ample room for the crowds they get. The two end terraces are compact but perfectly adequate.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
What a great derby it was with the visitors coming out on top 4-2 after being pegged back a couple of times. Both teams really had a good go despite not being in the best of form. The atmosphere was lively and the chants of "there's only one team in Ashton" echoed back and forth at times from both sets of fans. The Curzon fans rendition of "what's it like to see a crowd" to their visitors made me smile. The attendance was 450 which was almost double their usual number and probably not far off what Ashton actually get! The food on offer was perfectly edible and the stewards were all friendly and welcoming. There is a nice little bar as you go into the ground and a shop that was stocked full of programmes from every club imaginable.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
With the game ending at 4.54pm I dashed out to make a sprint back to the Ashton West tram stop for the 4.57pm tram back into town. I made it as the tram approached the stop, a good job I can still run a bit!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A really great way to spend Boxing Day at a very tidy little ground. I'd definitely recommend a trip to Curzon and you even have the opportunity to visit the local Ikea if you want as well!

Curzon Ashton v Blyth Spartans
National League North
Saturday 26th August 2017, 3pm
John Hague (Blyth Spartans fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tameside Stadium?
 
The Tameside Stadium is a new ground for me as I'd always missed our visits to 'The Nash'. Given our good away form, I was hoping for another win on the road.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The M6 was a nightmare but once off there, the Tameside Stadium was so easy to find and parking was free.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went straight into the ground. We had hoped to drop into the Station Buffet in Stalybridge for a pint, but time was against us.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tameside Stadium?
 
The Tameside Stadium is a modern ground that rightly won best new ground in Groundtastic magazine a few years back. Some lovely terracing and a beautiful looking playing surface that The Nash seemed to want watering heavily.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
How can you complain about a 3-0 away win? Maybe they over-watered the pitch as a number of players on both sides had trouble keeping their feet at times. Good friendly fans and stewards. A lovely pie (shortcrust pastry, good meaty filling), chips, peas and gravy. Would easily have got 9/10 but there was no mint sauce... get it sorted Curzon!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was really easy. Home a lot quicker than it took to get there.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Great day out almost ruined by a lack of essential condiments at the food counter!

Curzon Ashton v Stalybridge Celtic
Conference National League North
Monday 25th January 2016, 7.45pm
Maxwell Meadows (Groundhopper)

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

Coming up from Essex I am not too familiar with the non-league scene in the Greater Manchester area and this was to be my first visit to such a club.

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

No problem as I parked for the day at Ashton Moss Metrolink station. For £5 I got a day ticket that gave me unlimited travel on the net work. I took the opportunity to check out Manchester city centre that included a visit to the People's History Museum and the Marble Arch pub on Rochdale Road.

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

Just prior to the roundabout turn off to the ground, by Cineworld, there is a large parking area surrounded by various eateries. You are spoilt for choice.

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

As it was an evening game the stadium was brightly lit. This impression was enhanced by the light reflecting off the large area of concrete terracing opposite the Main Stand. Despite being the Tameside derby, fans were not segregated. The singing/chanting Curzon supporters remained on terracing adjacent to the Main Stand and in front of the bar. Stalybridge fans congregated behind the goal they were attacking. Although this was low, uncovered terracing it was perfectly adequate for the crowd. Overall the ground had the feeling of being wide open. A quick look around behind the terraced areas showed space for expansion should the club ever feel the need. The sense of exposure was heightened on the night in question as a bitterly cold wind that blew down the length of the pitch. Standing at the top of the covered terracing straddling the half-way line there was no where to hide from the cold.

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

Being a derby the game had a good atmosphere. Unfortunately the standard of football could not match the expectation. There was little effective goal-mouth action in the first half. It was not until about the 25 minute that that Bridge threatened the Nash keeper. For their part Nash did not really threaten until about the 40th minute when they failed to convert a couple of chances. This was despite the best efforts of the Nash 7, ably supported by the right back to attack their opponents defence. Their cause was not helped by apparently only playing one striker up front. For their part Bridge appeared to persist in their plan of knocking a quick ball over the midfield in the hope that one of their forwards could get to it. With a brisk following wind this was doomed with the ball invariably going out for a goal kick. In the 2nd half Nash steadied a bit and put more into attack. The 7 remained effected with his opposite number on the left wing coming into play more. Despite holding a narrow defence Bridge held firm getting numbers in the box. However, Nash's better football frustrated their opponents, on about 75 minutes Bridge had a player sent off for another rash challenge. Despite this Bridge held out, even mounting attacks right at the end when they could have snatched all the points with a show of good football and tenacity. It ended 0 - 0, a just result with neither side showing a sufficient cutting edge where it mattered.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:    

With the main car park full I went to the overspill car park just up on the approach road to the ground. The volume of traffic made it difficult to leave but to their credit drivers were amenable to letting cars out into the queue. Consequently it did not take to too long to get away and back on the main road.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Despite the score and the cold it was an enjoyable visit to an ambitious young club with a new ground. Credit to the programme as well. It was a good read with a number of very specific Nash articles. This included 'some things you might not know about Stalybridge', 'On this day', 'Howay the Nash' and 'Noddy's bit.' Worth every penny. It cannot be easy living in the shadow of the 'Manchester TV teams', to quote the programme, consequently I wish the best to teams such as these and look forward to another visit in the north-west.

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Updated 27th January 2019

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