Spennymoor Town

Brewery Field

Capacity: 3,000 (Seats 742)
Address: Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 6JN
Telephone: 01388 827248
Pitch Size: To be advised
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Moors
Year Ground Opened: 1904*
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Black and White Stripes

Main Stand
Main Stand
Joyce Hindmarch Memorial Stand
Joyce Hindmarch Memorial Stand
Main & Joyce Hindmarch Memorial Stands
Main & Joyce Hindmarch Memorial Stands
Durham Road End
Durham Road End
West Terrace
West Terrace

Brewery Field is quite an open ground with only two sides having structures. On the Wood Vue side is the modern looking Main Stand. This cantilevered covered all seated stand, runs for around half the length of the pitch and straddles the half way line. Called the Ramside Hall Estates Main Stand, it has a sizeable players' tunnel in its middle which splits the 250 seats into two separate blocks. Above the seating is a glassed area which houses the Director's Lounge and corporate hospitality areas. The areas to both sides of the Main Stand are open, with one side housing a small terrace and the other not used for spectator facilities as such apart from being able to stand behind the perimeter fence. Oddly the team dugouts are not situated in front of the Main Stand but on the opposite side of the pitch, which leads to a procession of players and club officials at half and full time. This Tees Crescent side of the ground is a small open terrace that runs the full length of the pitch, although there is a flat standing area directly behind the dugouts. Originally an old Grandstand was present on this side, but after the Bradford City Fire in 1985, it had to be demolished due to safety concerns. This may be why the team dugouts are still located on this side. Although this terrace is only a couple of broad steps high it enjoys an elevated position over the pitch so that you get a good view. Also getting a very good view (and for free) are the upstairs windows of the row of semi-detached houses that overlook Brewery Field from that side. There is also a small club shop on this side of the ground.

At the North End of the ground is a former terrace called the Joyce Hindmarch Memorial Stand, which in the Summer of 2018 had 492 seats installed. This covered seated stand runs the full width of the pitch and is comprised of four rows of seats. Opposite at the Durham Road End is a small open terrace, which due to the slope that the ground is built upon has more terrace steps on one side than the other. Beyond this terrace are a few large trees, which give the terrace a nice backdrop. Brewery Field has a set of four floodlight pylons, two on each side.

For most matches away fans are not segregated at Brewery Field. On the rare occasion that they are then visiting supporters are housed in the Durham Road End at one end of the ground, which has a capacity of 600. This small terrace is open to the elements so hope it doesn't rain. The entrance to this terrace is not via the main club entrance but at the end of Tees Crescent. Refreshments, when segregation is in place, are provided by the obligatory burger van. If segregation is not in force then away fans can enjoy the club catering which includes; a range of Pies (£3.50), Cheeseburgers (£4.50), Burgers (£4) and Chilli & Rice (£5). Most visiting fans enjoy their visit to Spennymoor and quite like the Brewery Field ground. The Spennymoor Town fans try hard to get behind their team which helps to create a good atmosphere.

To the north of the Main Stand is the supporters’ Marquee which serves alcohol. This facility which is operated by the Ramside Hall Hotel also offers food which is of high quality by normal football ground standards. It welcomes visiting supporters and is also family friendly as long as youngsters are accompanied by an adult. The Marquee Bar opens at 1:30pm for Saturday afternoon kick offs.

A few minutes walk away along Durham Road (going towards the town centre) is the Moors Tavern, which is a community pub that has an affiliation with the football club. Again family friendly it has the added benefit of showing Sky Sports. Away coaches will drop supporters off at The Moors Tavern, which is open from 11am and then be sent away to park at the council offices at Green lane, Spennymoor, DL16 6JQ which is only one mile away for the coaches to drive. The Moors Tavern is the club’s official clubhouse and is open to home and away supporters before and after the game (DL16 6QH) – just 80 metres from the Tees Crescent turnstile at The Brewery Field.

If you continue along Durham Road into the town centre a further two minute walk will have you pass the Spennymoor Working Mens Club in King Street. If you then turn right into Cheapside will find a Wetherspoons pub called 'The Grand Electric Hall' which is located on Cheapside. Apart from offering the usual Wetherspoons fayre, it is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Almost opposite the Grand Electric Hall is the Penny Gill a rock themed pub that welcomes away fans.

Also, located within a 10-minute walk of Brewery Field is Tudhoe Victory Club, 67 York Villas, Tudhoe Spennymoor DL16 6LP  Telephone: 01388 814080 who offer free parking for comfortably up to 100 cars or 6-8 coaches on a ratio of for visiting fans on the club’s substantial car park. All of the Victory club’s facilities would be made available on arrival for travelling fans (toilets, bar, Live Sports) plus if requested (numbers in advance) pie and peas or a selection of sandwiches and Tea and Coffee.  A free packed lunch and non-alcoholic beverages would be made available to all coach drivers.

From the South
Leave the A1(M) at Junction 60 and take the A689 towards Bishop Auckland. At the next roundabout take the third exit onto the A167, still going towards Bishop Auckland. At the next roundabout, take the first exit signposted Kirk Merrington. At the end of this road after passing the Half Moon pub on your left, you will reach a junction where you turn left and then at the T-Junction (with the Fox and Hounds Inn in front of you), turn right. At the next roundabout take the first exit towards Spennymoor. At the next roundabout, which is the junction with the A688, take the third exit towards the town centre. At the next roundabout take the third exit onto the High Street.and then just before the pedestrian area turn left. At the mini roundabout take the first exit onto Durham Road. After passing the Moor Tavern on your left, the entrance to the ground is the third road up on the left.

Car Parking

There is no parking for visiting supporters at the ground, however, there is street parking in the area or you can use one of the town centre car parks.Parking at the ground is currently for players and officials with limited disabled supporter parking which must be booked prior to the fixture date by contacting Steven Lawson on 07871206474 or stevenlawson_16@hotmail.co.uk.

Supporters are strongly advised to use public transport or utilise car sharing and give themselves plenty of time for travel.  Supporters are requested to respect the surrounding areas and show consideration to neighbouring residents. The local police teams may ticket cars that are illegally or inconsiderately parked.

Durham Road and Wood Vue tend to be very congested on match days so we the Club recommend that away supporters use the main Car Park behind the Town Hall or the Leisure Centre, which is a short walk from the ground. Parking is free. Don’t, however, use the Iceland / Home Bargains car park as you are liable to get a fine after a couple of hours.

Away coaches will drop supporters off at The Moors Tavern, which is open from 11am and then be sent away to park at the council offices at Green lane, Spennymoor, DL16 6JQ which is only one mile away for the coaches to drive. For coach Parking: please contact Steven Lawson on 07871206474

 

There is no railway station in Spennymoor itself. The nearest is Durham Railway Station: which is just over six miles away. Either take a taxi or you can catch Bus Service No:6 which runs a regular service from Durham Bus Station along Durham Road, past the Spennymoor Town ground. The bus takes around 20 minutes to make the journey. See the Arriva website for timetables and more details. Durham Railway Station is well served by trains from London Kings Cross, Newcastle, Liverpool Lime Street and Birmingham New Street.

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Adults: £14
Over 60's: £9
Under 18's £4
Under 10's Free*

* When accompanied by a paying adult.

Official Matchday Programme: £2.50

Bishop Auckland, Blyth Spartans and Darlington.

Record Attendance

2,670 v Darlington
16th February 2013, Northern League Division One
(This record attendance is for the Spennymoor Town FC that were formed in 2005)

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 834 (National League North)
2016-2017: 555 (Northern Premier League)

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Special thanks 'Dan of the 92' and to Jon Hayes and Jonathan Gallagher for providing photos of the Brewery Field, Spennymoor Town. Visit Jon Hayes Groundhopping United blog.

Spennymoor Town v Curzon Ashton
National League North
Saturday 27th October 2018, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Brewery Field?
 
I've only got a few grounds left in the National League North to visit, mainly in Manchester and this one. Manchester is difficult for me to get to from Ipswich, and the Northern Trains strikes every Saturday, don't help either. So Spennymoor it was.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
It was very easy indeed by public transport. Two trains and an excellent bus service from Durham to Spennymoor, with a stop right by the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I had about an hour to spare before I wanted to be inside the ground so I walked a couple of streets to the north and found the Cow Plantation Nature Reserve. Basically a good size wood with paths through it. It was an extremely windy day and once in the wood, it was calmer.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Brewery Field?
 
Once inside the ground, I used the nearest toilet. This is the only public toilet that I've been into where they have used solid oak doors on the cubicles! Two the same, and one different. Also, the entrance door is a UPVC house door! Work is still in progress. I walked around the ground starting with the South Terrace which is in a poor state of repair. As I have mentioned there was a very strong northerly wind, but bright sunshine. It was bitterly cold. I like to sit, so I had a choice of the small north stand or the larger east stand. I chose the north stand to be out of the wind. Those in the east stand had low, strong sunshine to contend with, plus being exposed to the wind. On my journey north, I had seen snow on the North Yorkshire Moors and also some on the hills to the north of Spennymoor. It just shows you how cold it had been overnight. This was the day when the clocks go back, so there was still some sunshine left at the final whistle, but by then it was getting extremely cold, especially as I moved near to the exit in the South East corner. (near those toilets I mentioned.)
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
No goals were scored, each side only had one shot on target each. So it was a tight midfield battle. There was little atmosphere. There was some chanting from the open south terrace.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The bus stop is literally yards away from the ground, and with a bus every 12 minutes, I was easily back in Durham in time to catch my train south at 17.38. Just one word of warning to anyone of poor mobility, it's a very steep walk up to the railway station from the bus station!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I enjoyed my day out. The ground was interesting but the lack of goals made the game not very memorable.

Spennymoor Town v Darlington
National League North
Tuesday 7th August 2018, 7.45pm
David Forster (Darlington)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Brewery Field Ground?
 
I was looking forward to this game as it is a local derby and there is local interest in the fixture, although I have visited Brewery Field about 20 years ago, it was my first visit with my father
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
As we live in East Durham, Spennymoor is a half hour drive for us. We parked on Durham Road, about five minutes walk away from the Brewery Field Ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We never interacted with home fans on the way to the ground, as we wanted to get into the ground quickly.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Brewery Field?
 
Brewery Field is a typical non-league ground, the away end on the Durham Road End of the ground is very basic and open to the elements, the home end is made up of seats that was once a small terrace and a small Main Stand.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.
 
The game itself was decent, Darlington took an early lead after Stephen Thompson put a penalty away, Spennymoor quickly equalised, then Reece Styche scored to give Darlington a 2-1 lead at half time. Spennymoor levelled the game very late on to finish up 2-2. Being a local derby, the atmosphere was good with the 8-900 Darlington fans in fine voice throughout the game. We did not have anything to eat, the food is quite expensive with Burgers and hot dogs starting at about 3 quid, and they have an alcohol bar at about £3.50 a pint.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It took a bit longer to get out, as we had to leave via the gate on the Tees Crescent side of the ground. All in all it was okay getting away from Spennymoor as there wasn't a great deal of traffic.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Me and My dad like to get to one or two games together a season, and we decided on this because it is local to us, despite the antics of some fans in the away end using smoke bombs/pyro, we enjoyed the night, it was a good local derby, the away fans turned out in numbers and despite the result, with nice weather, it was an enjoyable night out.

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* The then Spennymoor United took over Brewery Field in 1904. The ground had previously been used by Tudhoe Rugby Club who had played since the 1890's.

Updated 3rd November 2018

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