Capacity: 5,250 (Seats 560)
Address: Martin Rd, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5TH
Telephone: 023 92 787822
Fax: 023 92262367
Pitch Size: 112 x 76 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Hawks
Year Ground Opened: 1982
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: White with Blue Trim
Overall Westleigh Park is a tidy looking ground, that has seen gradual improvements made to the spectator facilities over the years. On one side is the impressive looking Main Stand. This stand runs for around half the length of the pitch, but is situated to one side of the half way line. It is covered and all seated and is free of supporting pillars, but unfortunately has a floodlight pylon located directly in front of it. To one side is the team’s entrance to ground from the dressing rooms behind. This stand has a capacity of 560 seats. This side of the ground also contains a small covered terrace. Opposite is a small covered terrace that runs almost the full length of the pitch. It does though have a set of four floodlight pylons running across the front of it. It has a television gantry perched on its roof. Unusually the dugouts are located on this side of the pitch, opposite to the Main Stand. Both ends are small covered terraces, one of which is split into two sections. There is a noticeable slope to the pitch which runs down from north to the south end of the ground.
Normally fans are not segregated at Westleigh Park. If fans segregation is in force then away supporters are given all or part of the South Terrace at one end of the ground. Up to 500 fans can be accommodated in this area. This terrace which has six steps is set back a little from the pitch side but has some cover from the elements. This low roof also has the added benefit of amplifying any noise from the visiting fans. To one side of the terrace is a catering unit selling the normal football fayre of Burgers, Hot Dogs and Chips. In addition, a small number of seats are made available in the Main Stand, to those who would have difficulty standing for the entire game. Stewarding is normally relaxed, overall the club is a welcoming one and usually the atmosphere is not bad too.
There is a fair sized clubhouse, called the Westleigh at the ground itself. The entrance to the Westleigh is located just outside the main turnstiles. Away fans are welcome to use it. Otherwise five minutes away, in walking distance on the main Petersfield Road (going towards Havant) is the Heron Pub, which also serves food and is part of the Hungry Horse chain. To find this pub turn right out of the Club car park and walk up to the main road. You will see the pub over on your left and on the other side of the road.
If arriving by train at Havant Station then nearby on Park Road South is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Parchment Makers. Whilst on Homewell is a traditional pub run by Fullers called the Robin Hood.
Turn off the A27 at the Hayling Island roundabout (A3023). Take the turning towards Havant (B2149). Follow the road through the town centre crossing three sets of traffic lights until you go over the railway and come to a roundabout. Go straight on, through another four sets of lights. At the fifth, (after passing the Heron pub on your left), turn right into Bartons Road. The ground will be on your right. At the top of the hill immediately after a pedestrian crossing, turn right onto Martin Road. The entrance to the ground is several hundred yards along the road on your right. There is a car park at the ground which is free. Otherwise street parking.
Havant Railway Station is situated just over a mile away from the ground. It is served by trains from London Waterloo and Portsmouth. Westleigh Park is around a 20 minute walk away. Firstly there are two exits to the station. Do not come out of the main station entrance but instead use the exit over on Platform 1. This leads you onto a covered walkway which emerges onto Leigh Road, where you turn left. As the Leigh Road bends around to the right becoming Lavant Drive, bear left to continue along Leigh Road (indicated by a no through road sign). At the end of Leigh Road continue on the pedestrian pathway until you emerge onto the main road. Bear right and walk alongside the dual carriageway. When you reach a set of traffic lights with the Heron pub on your left turn right just before a garage onto a pedestrian path. Continue straight on into Martin Drive and you will reach Westleigh Park on your left.
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Special thanks to Paul Willott for providing the photo of the South Terrace at Westleigh Park.
Havant & Waterlooville v Hemel Hempstead
National League South
Saturday 11th November 2017, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral fan)
Havant & Waterlooville v Preston North End
FA Cup 1st Round
Monday 10th November 2014, 7.45pm
Paul Willott (Preston North End fan)
A visit to any non-league ground can be viewed as either a banana-skin in waiting or a chance to savour a new ground and an atmosphere to go with it for fans of established league clubs.
For me, it was very much the latter. This was, heightened by the fact that the match had been selected for an evening kick-off under the floodlights. Plus the fact that it was going to be televised only whetted my appetite further. Perhaps my sense of duty also preyed upon me ; it wasn’t lost on me that a Monday night on the south coast would be beyond the reach of practicalities for many supporters in Lancashire, and living in Kent I could have no excuse.
My only difficulty came in trying to source a ticket ; unusually I found that the ticket office at Deepdale less than helpful but when I chanced my arm and contacted our hosts for the evening they bent over backwards to make sure a ticket was put behind the bar for me to collect upon arrival.
The next challenge was getting there. Having paid a brief visit to my place of work in Croydon enroute I was settling down into my journey when I heard about major disruption on the M25 which caused me to ponder that using my original intended route would be a non-starter. I mused that I may be best placed to stay headed south on the M23 till the outskirts of Brighton and then head across the south coast on the A27. This proved to be satisfactory and I was soon scouring a decent bit of on street parking near the Westleigh Park ground.
I was directed by some friendly stewards to the club bar which was a very impressive affair where I was given my ticket in exchange for the appropriate cash and I enjoyed some refreshments before wrapping up ready for the match.
Westleigh Park is quite a tidy ground ; from the away terrace behind one of the goals the dominant Main Stand looks quite impressive to the left, and the ground would not look out of place at all in the Conference. Worthy of note also were the excellent and friendly stewards both on the turnstiles and in the stadium who continued to make us feel extremely welcome. If there were plans to develop the ground further though I suspect they may have some headaches to achieve much as the ground seemed quite hemmed in with local housing
I enjoyed the build up to the match , watching the little ground slowly fill up as the locals came to see their club enjoy their moment in the spotlight and maybe create a bit of history.
Nearing kick off the ground seemed ready to burst at the seams. Sadly for home team, Preston soon started to impose their dominance upon proceedings and a goal on 7 minutes was followed by another before the half hour mark. Thus the atmosphere for the home supporters fell a little flat from then on as it seemed pretty clear who was bossing the game with the league one club effectively just slowing things down a little and controlling the pace of play.
The only thing which marred the evening for me was the sending-off of 2 of Havant’s players in the second half ; it could give the impression that the home side had resorted to dirty tactics which they most certainly did not. Although I’m aware that refs are there to apply the rules, I felt that this was an evening where the spirit of the competition could have allowed discretion to play a greater part.
A third goal from the penalty spot for our hat-trick hero of the night Callum Robinson wrapped up the scoring, and the tie, but Havant & Waterlooville gave a good account of themselves and I wish them well in their quest to gain promotion to the conference, and we enjoyed the Military Band that performed during the interval !
I drove home reflecting happily on a potential banana skin having been safely negotiated at a very friendly well run non-league club.