Ebbsfleet United

Kuflink Stadium

Capacity: 4,769 (Seating 2,179)
Address: Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent DA11 9GN
Telephone: 01474 533796
Fax: 01474 324754
Pitch Size: To be advised
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Fleet
Year Ground Opened: 1905
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Red and White

New Main Stand
New Main Stand
Main Stand
Main Stand
Swanscombe End
Swanscombe End
Plough End
Plough End

The Club have announced ambitious plans to effectively build a new stadium on the current site of Stonebridge Road. The new stadium, which will be built in phases and will have a capacity of around 8,500, including 2,000 seats. The first phase of the proposed development has been completed with the opening of the new Main Stand and the refurbishment of the Swanscombe End. The other sides of the ground (and alas the final demise of the classic looking old Main Stand) will also be redeveloped, including next, the Plough End which will see new terrace built. This will also include the building of a new tall hotel building situated directly behind it. The terrace will be built in such a way that it can easily be converted to seating at a later stage if needed. The Club are expected to commence with the building of the terrace and hotel in October 2018, with the works taking a year to complete.

An artists impression of how the Plough End and Main Stand is shown below, courtesy of the Ebbsfleet United website where more images and information about the redevelopment can be found. At a later stage, it is then expected that the old Main Stand side will be redeveloped with the remaining Swanscombe End being the last to be redeveloped. The final completed stadium will be totally enclosed.

New Plough End and Main Stand

If on the rare occasion that segregation is in force then visiting fans are allocated the Swanscombe End. This terrace is of a good size, is fairly steep and has recently had new crowd barriers installed upon it. It has a capacity of just under 2,400 supporters. Fans can enjoy a good view of the playing action from this terrace, however it is uncovered and hence open to the elements, so hope that the weather is good. Facilities are quite basic in this end and hot food and drink are available from a mobile burger van. Stewarding is normally relaxed and on the whole the Club is welcoming. Visiting fans particularly enjoy the clubhouse bar at the ground and that segregation is not normally in force, which is becoming less common in this league.

 

Inside the ground is a comfortable Fleet Lounge Club Bar which is popular with both home and away fans alike. However, it may be advisable to check before entering the ground, whether segregation is in place, as if so, then as an away supporter you may not be able to gain access to it. Otherwise about a ten minute walk away near to Swanscombe Railway Station is the George and Dragon, which has a selection of up to six real ales and ciders available. It also serves food and has the added benefit of showing televised sports. It is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. It normally has a good mix of home and away fans inside.

A similar length of a walk but in the opposite direction into Northfleet will lead you to the Edinburgh Castle pub on the High Street and close to Northfleet Railway Station in Rose Street, is the aptly named Rose pub. There are also a number of fast food outlets situated along the High Street.

First thing to note is that the ground is in Northfleet.  

From the M25 (South)
Leave the M25 at Junction 2 and take the A2 towards Gillingham. Then take the B262 towards Stone/Greenhithe. At the end of the B262 turn right onto the A226 towards Northfleet & Gravesend. Keep on this road until you reach the ground on your left.

From the M25 (North) - Dartford Bridge 
After coming over the bridge keep to the left hand lanes and after passing through the toll booths turn left onto the A226, towards Northfleet. Keep on this road until you reach the ground on your left.

There is no parking available for visiting fans at the ground, however there is some street parking to be found on side roads off the A226. Otherwise as Keith Wood adds; 'Parking is available on matchdays in Car Park C at Ebbsfleet International, which also costs £3'. The car park is about a five minute walk away from the ground.

Northfleet Railway Station is the closest to the ground, which is only a few minutes walk away from Stonebridge Road. Northfleet station is served by trains from London Bridge and Charing Cross. Just come straight out of the station and turn left at the top of the road. The ground can be then seen down on the right.

Ben Hudspith a visiting Kidderminster Harriers fan informs me; 'I found it easier to go from London St Pancras on the high speed service and get off at Ebbsfleet International. The journey time from St Pancras is under 20 minutes and trains are every 15 minutes in both directions. For walking directions come out of the side entrance near platforms 5 and 6 (the north Kent line), which will bring you out into Car Park C. Walk right down to the end of this car park and through the entrance then walk straight under the bridge and you will see the ground right in front of you. It will take about five minutes for you to walk or there is a Fast Track bus available from the main entrance of the station which runs every 10 minutes. Going by train this way also has the added bonus of being able to go to Gravesend beforehand (the next stop on train from Ebbsfleet International and only a couple of minutes journey time), where there are a wider variety of pubs to be found. I found both the Somerset Arms, which showed live televised sports and the Railway Bell outside the railway station to be both very welcoming'.

All areas of the Kuflink Stadium 
Adults £15
Over 60's/Students £12
Under 17's £7
Under 12's Free*

* Up to two Under 12's per accompanying paying adult.

Official Matchday Programme £2.

Ebbsfleet United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Dartford and from further afield Margate.

Record Attendance
12,032 v Sunderland
FA Cup 4th Round, 12th February 1963

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 1,563 (National League)
2016-2017: 1,314 (National League South)
2015-2016: 1,302 (National League South)

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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to Alan Woods and Dave Hollands for providing photos of the new main Stand at the Kuflink Stadium, Ebbsfleet United.

Ebbsfleet United v Gateshead
National League
Saturday 8th September 2018, 5.30pm
Steve Ware (Gateshead)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kuflink Stadium?
 
This was a televised game and a new ground that I had not been to.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I took a 'train' from Manningtree, a bit of a nightmare, as it was a bus replacement. But then took a fast train from Stratford International to Ebbsfleet International.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went into Gravesend for a few pints and met a pal who had come down the night before. There are a few interesting bars in Gravesend mind!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kuflink Stadium?
 
A decent ground. There was no segregation in place and I had a decent view were we were on the open end. We would have been soaked if it had rained, luckily it did not.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
We won 1-0, through a lucky goal to be honest. We played well first half and should have been more up by half time, after the break Ebbsfleet were the better team, but we dug deep and held on.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Had a couple of pints in the club bar. A decent set of lads in there, and complimentary of the Gateshead team, which can be difficult when you been beaten at home, and fair play to them we’ve all been there.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A cracking day out it’s not often Gateshead FC are live on tv and I would definitely go back to Ebbsfleet again.

Ebbsfleet United v Aldershot Town
National League
Saturday 25th August 2018, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kuflink Stadium?
 
I'm very close to completing all the current National League grounds, and specifically chose Ebbsfleet because it is not too far from my home near Ipswich.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
As it was a Bank Holiday we had the normal bus replacement service for part of the journey, but I still arrived at Ebbsfleet International with plenty of time to spare. I had changed at Stratford onto the high speed line. I then followed the excellent walking route given in this guide.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
With plenty of time before kick off I tried to get a view of the Thames down a back street and a footpath. I did manage to see a large ship leaving Tilbury, However, I do not recommend this walk as the area is extremely grotty with litter abounding!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kuflink Stadium?
 
I do like walking around the exterior and interior of the grounds that I visit as much as I can, and there was plenty to explore inside the Kuflink Stadium. (Do people still wear cufflinks?) There was segregation in force so the only part I couldn't get into was the open away end. I could see that much has happened to this old ground in the last few years, with plans for the South End to be developed next.
 
I chose to sit in the old Main Stand, but this was a bad decision as I had the most cramped leg and foot room that I've ever experienced. Although I was right on a gangway there didn't appear to be any way out without disturbing a whole row of other seats, all with the terrible leg room. (Worse than the upper away end at QPR - but with a better view of the pitch!). So experiencing much discomfort I remained there until half time and moved to the South End. The new Main Stand is such a big improvement for the club, but I'm afraid that I was not impressed with the design. Really, what is the point in making the front roof go up so high? Anything but a westerly wind will blow rain onto everybody. The open away end looked appalling by today's standards. It did rain for some of the game and of course, the visiting supporters got wet. Half the old Main Stand could easily be segregated for away fans. The pitch is equipped with 10 pop-up sprinklers which is impressive for a club at this level.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Aldershot started well and they were 1-0 up within seven minutes. Both sides were having some chances, but Ebbsfleet equalised in the 35th minute and scored two more in the second half, to win 3-1. The attendance was 1,233, with a good number of away fans. The home fans made plenty of noise and the away fans none, except when they scored. The lack of a roof doesn't help of course. I didn't sample the bar or food outlets but they looked adequate. Although the toilet blocks I used looked ancient, inside they had been refurbished.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I was in plenty of time to catch the 17.17 back to Stratford International. A word of warning - trains towards St Pancras use two completely separate platforms, a long way apart. I could have run for the 17.02 from platform 2, but if I had missed it I would have had the walk back to platform 5. They alternate every 15 minutes.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Another good day out, quite relaxed despite the bus part of the way.

Ebbsfleet United v FC Halifax Town
National League
Saturday 2nd September 2017, 3pm
Mike Finister-Smith (FC Halifax fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Stonebridge Road Ground itself?
 
Ebbsfleet was another new ground and not too difficult to get to from the Midlands where I live. I was also feeling optimistic - a big mistake as usual.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Taking a previous reviewers advice on this website, I got train to London Euston and then tube a to St Pancras Station and then a train to Ebbsfleet International. I stayed on an extra stop to try the pubs in Gravesend. It was a very easy journey.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went to Somerset Arms first, which was friendly enough, although I wasn't very impressed with the Theakstons I had, I then got a really friendly welcome at the Railway Bell from the Romanian bar person. The pub was a bit smarter than the first one. There are a few good pubs in Gravesend if you google it but I couldn't be bothered walking too far.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Stonebridge Road Ground?
 
The Stonebridge Road ground was quite old fashioned but very welcoming. There was a nice well run bar at the Club and it left a good impression. There was no segregation of home and away supporters.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
There were 2 or 3 food vans and the burger I had was very nice and the food I saw others with also looked very good. Impressive. The game was less impressive and we never really turned up and deservedly lost 2-0.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
About a 5-10 minute walk back to the station. I left at 5pm and was back home in the Midlands for 8 pm. The train journey cost me £68 return, and that included treating myself to First class both ways with Virgin, as it was only £15 more than cattle class - a bargain price.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I love going to new grounds and Ebbsfleet was a friendly club with friendly fans and I enjoyed my day out at Stonebridge Road.

Ebbsfleet United v Mansfield Town
Conference Premier
Saturday, January 28th, 2012, 3pm
Rhys Warriner (Mansfield Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
 
I wasn’t particularly looking forward to going to the ground itself, but upon arrival it was above expectations.  I’d previously heard from a few fans that it wasn’t much to behold, but i thought it was okay! Segregation wasn’t in force, so it was a rather relaxed day.
 
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:

The journey wasn't too bad, took around 3 and a half hours, but was fairly simple. The Dartford Crossing was the highlight of the journey on the Supporters Coach, with fairly good views of the surrounding areas on offer.
 
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
Arrived at the ground, but decided on a walk up to a pub, around 15mins away. From the outside it looked a little run down, but open entering the clubhouse we were all politely greeted, and it rapidly became one of the best pre-match experiences this season. Was thoroughly enjoyable, had a dart board etc. an all fans and staff were extremely friendly.
 
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Upon entrance, first impressions were mixed, they had a decent seated stand to the right behind the goal, a very big roofed yet low terrace to the left, and ahead was a open terrace in which we decided to go over to. A typical smaller non league ground, with a mix of seating and terracing. The stand along one side would easily be suitable for a home crowd to gather and make a bit of noise, sadly this wasn't put to much use.
 
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..?
 
The game was very good, Mansfield won 3-0 and was very enjoyable. The atmosphere sadly was quite poor, down partly due to the distance we had to travel, and the unsegregatied attendance. The home fans weren’t very vocal, probably down to the fact that their team weren’t very impressive! The ‘stewards’ were extremely relaxed, as seemed they had just strolled in and been handed a flourscent jacket on the spot! The food blew hot and cold. I had possibly the worst cup of tea I’ll ever drank, resembling dishwater, but then went back for a Hot Chocolate and fell in love! A shame the same couldn't be said for the woman serving... The toilets, although I did not visit them I heard they were basic, and kept fairly clean.
 
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Got away fairly easily, the coach was opposite and we set off in good time, this time via the Dartford Tunnel.
 
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out?

The journey was good going there, and very good on the way back, after such a good win! The game was one we dominated, so it was a good, productive day for all involved, for away fans that is! Would recommend a visit to Ebbsfleet.

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Updated 8th December 2018

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