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

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. It normally has a locally produced real ale on sale. Around a ten minute walk away heading up Stonebridge Road in the direction of Northfleet will lead you to the Edinburgh Castle pub on the High Street. Close to Northfleet Railway Station in Rose Street, as 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 £17
Over 60's/Students £14 
Under 17's £9 
Under 12's £1*

* Must be accompanied by a 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
2018-2019: 1,450 (National League)
2017-2018: 1,563 (National League)
2016-2017: 1,314 (National League South)

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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: [email protected] 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 Stockport County 
National League 
Saturday 29th February 2020, 3 pm
Myles Munsey Ground hopper (but Stockport County fan for the day)

Reasons for visit
My friend Paul who lives in Newbury is a Stockport County fan and had never visited Ebbsfleet so for both of us, this was a new ground to tick off. For this game, the loan of a spare Hatters scarf meant being a County fan for the day. On this leap day, a very wet morning after several days of heavy rain put this game in doubt with a nervous wait for the 10.00 pitch inspection to take place. However, increasingly bright weather as we travelled east with a drying wind confirmed that the game was on.

Getting there
A mid-morning train from Newbury direct to Paddington, over to St. Pancras and a high-speed service underneath the Thames to North Kent alighting at Ebbsfleet.

Before the game
We arrived in plenty of time so we had a coffee at the Marks and Spencer’s on Ebbsfleet Station before taking the direct walking route through Car Park C and under the railway direct to the stadium. But before that lunch. It just so happened that located by the roundabout immediately next to the ground was the Golden Grill café which served our needs handsomely.

A quick walk was in order after lunch but it is not really possible to walk around the stadium owing to the proliferation of light industry, therefore to use up some time before the match Paul and I took a walk out to the Thames through the industrialised area by the stadium. This is not everyone’s cup of tea but a lot of history is inherent in the cement industry that Northfleet is based on. There are fine views over to the far bank at Tilbury with huge cranes dominating the skyline.

Back to the football.
Once through the turnstiles, pictures were taken of the old Main Stand which looks quite superb against a blue sky with fleecy clouds and the massive electricity pylons of north Kent dominating the hinterland.

The Old Main Stand

Old Main Stand

First impressions
From the outside, I liked the appearance of this ground a lot and could see straight away that the undeveloped parts retained a lot of character.  The new Main Stand that runs along Swanscombe Road frankly looks completely out of place. To find out what it is really like, of course, you pay your money, enter, and then take your choice. The home terrace is now a seated area with quite a bit of empty space behind but never mind it fits well into the overall scene.

Press Box In The Old Main StandThe away terrace looked rather unappetising given that the day whilst bright was extremely cold (and the possibility of rain later) so almost as an act of homage we decided to sit in the old Main Stand. This is marvelous and almost unique these days. An all wooden stand with corrugated cladding featuring raised timber decking and a breeze block dugout (unused) in front. To our right was a wonderful old school type press box. A proper stand if ever there was one. The legroom was meager – my usual complaint – but who cares when you sit in a stand with such charisma.

Opposite is the new Main Stand which I just could not get used to. When a new stand is commissioned in a traditional stadium, sadly it never seems to work and here is no exception. This structure just looks downright strange, not helped by its eccentric shape. The contrast between new and old stood out like a sore thumb I’m afraid and took the edge off what is otherwise a fine old venue.

The game
It was decidedly fresh at kick off so a good job I had the hat and gloves. Lovely sunshine throughout the first half but bitingly cold. The first 20 minutes or so was very flat before the game settled into some sort of pattern. When the ball was on the ground both teams had spells of enterprising play with Stockport posing a constant threat down the left flank. On 38 minutes a frantic goalmouth scramble resulted in Walker crashing the ball against the Ebbsfleet bar.

The second half which started with a ferocious shower and the lights coming on was much of the same and Ebbsfleet nearly broke the deadlock. Adeloye’s towering header was tipped round the post by the sure gloves of Hatters keeper Hinchliffe.

Just as it looked as though the game was petering out into a goalless draw, the Fleet were sunk by a set-piece. With four minutes left Turnbull’s pinpoint corner found the head of Ash Palmer and he nodded firmly into the roof of the net. The corner routine with Ash Palmer converting is a ploy that Paul says has worked a few times this season. One of the shorter players he did not get picked up. 
A bit of a smash and grab then with the home side a little hard done by.

Getting away
Simple enough to catch the 17.17 train back to St. Pancras. Back indoors by 8 pm.

Overall thoughts
A very enjoyable day out in North Kent and nice to see your ‘adopted’ team pick up three points. A good stadium, good view and a match with plenty of incidents after an insipid start, That narrow win puts the Hatters into the play-off places whilst for Ebbsfleet things are looking uncomfortable.

Ebbsfleet United v Notts County
National League
Saturday 24th August 2019, 3pm
John Watson (Notts County)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kuflink Stadium?
 
A new ground to visit as I had never been before following Notts County.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I followed the car satnav, straight to Ebbsfleet International Station Car Park C. Typical hold-ups on the M11, M25 and around the Dartford crossing. No problems going home.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
From this website, I found there was a CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed pub called the George & Dragon that had good review for beers and food. Unfortunately, it has been sold so no food on. But the ales on sale were brewed by the landlady's son. Iron Pier brewery and very nice. Spoke to an Ebbsfleet fan for directions to the pub and ground. Very friendly and good company on the walk towards the ground were he went right to his pub and I went left and up the hill.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kuflink Stadium?
 
I have a feeling when you drop out of the league and visiting grounds in the non-league It’s no good looking for floodlights to show you the way. An open terrace behind the goal and a small seating area for away fans. A good solid ground. Small stands for home fans.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was a really hot day so not expecting a thriller even so the game played at a good pace. The home fans behind the goal made plenty of noise. A bar was supplying the away fans with beer. The food looked good.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The barrier was up when we left the car park so free parking. No real hold-ups at any of the nearby roundabouts or traffic lights.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Pity the pub has been sold. On a red hot day, a 2 - 2 score was a fair result.

Ebbsfleet United v Yeovil Town
National League
Tuesday 13th August 2019, 7:45pm
Shaun (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Kuflink Stadium?
 
With Yeovil now in the National League, it was another South East based team to visit.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I drove to Ebbsfleet via the dreaded M25. A surprisingly easy journey and I found parking nearby in a side street.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I met with some other Yeovil fans at the George and Dragon near Swanscombe Railway Station. A quirky pub with a good range of ales and beers. I did not see many home fans until we got to the stadium itself.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Kuflink Stadium?
 
The stadium itself looks modern from the outside with the new Main Stand. Opposite this is a small stand which appears to be the old Main Stand. The away fans are housed on an "old school" concrete terrace with no cover. Lucky it was not raining that night.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
A 3-1 win for Yeovil. A good win but Ebbsfleet made it look difficult. In the first half, Yeovil had just one shot on target which they scored from. Apart from that, it was all Ebbsfleet in the first half. The second half was pretty much the same. Lots of attacking football from both teams. Yeovil scores the second on a counter attack which Ebbsfleet responded with a goal soon after. On 87 minutes Yeovil scored a third which made the result.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was very easy getting away after the match. The M25 was well signposted.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A good evening out. I must say that I did not expect to pay £17 to stand on an open terrace for a non-league match but that is football these days.

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 FC Halifax Town
National League
Saturday 6th September 2018, 3pm
Michael Cromack FC Halifax Town

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Stonebridge Road Ground?

I always look forward to a trip down to London and another unvisited ground.

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

Train to Kings Cross, no underground required then St Pancras to Ebbsfleet International. From there, 10 minutes walk to the ground.

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

I had a bit of time in London so I had a wander around King's Cross and eventually found a pub doing breakfasts. I think it was called the Rocket on Euston Road.

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

Mixed feelings. A beautiful gem of an old Main Stand, low roof, cramped, homely. In contrast opposite that was the new not yet open replacement Main Stand. Which is tall, unattractive, with only a small and shallow row of seats. It is almost as if the supporters had been overlooked by the designers. I was in the open end behind the goal it soon became obvious that segregation was not in force.

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

I was hoping Town would continue their recent good run but it was a case of their inconsistently again rearing it's ugly head with a 2-0 defeat.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I left a bit early because town were never really in the game despite hitting the post early on. On my way back to the station saw a row of about a dozen cars parked up at the side of the road each with a parking fine notice on the windscreen. I could not see any parking restriction signs, double yellow lines, etc so that was a bit of a mystery.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I got back home in good time but a frustrating game in which Town failed to really get into but it was another ground visited.

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.

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Updated 20th June 2020

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