Havant and Waterlooville

Westleigh Park

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

Main Stand
Main Stand
North Terrace
North Terrace
South Terrace
South Terrace

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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Adult £16
Concessions £12
Portsmouth FC Season Ticket Holders £6*
Under 17's £2

* League matches only.

Official Matchday Programme £2.

Havant & Waterlooville FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Gosport Borough.

Record Attendance
4,400 v Swansea City
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay, 16th January 2008.

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 880 (National League South)
2016-2017: 763 (Southern League)
2015-2016: 624 (National League South)

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Special thanks to Paul Willott for providing the photo of the South Terrace at Westleigh Park.

Havant & Waterlooville v Boreham Wood
National League
Tuesday 7th August 2018, 7.45pm
Tony Smith (Doing the 134 + 24)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Westleigh Park?
 
A new season means a few fresh National League grounds to visit and in this case a chance to see two successful teams who probably both over-achieved last year.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The directions on this site are excellent with the housing quality diminishing the further one walks the 20 mins or so from the railway station, partly along the appropriate No 22 cycle route.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
After a large lunch, I had already decided to have just a snack at the ground and did so from the mobile catering unit outside. I felt the cost somewhat excessive at £5 for large sausage & chips and £2 for a bottle of Fanta, but this was not like the exterior to Wembley Stadium rip-off, as pricing was similar inside.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Westleigh Park?
 
The Westleigh Park bar seemed to be doing good business but the remainder of the exterior looked very drab/concrete. I was amazed not to see extensive branding to denote the home side’s championship success and current status. I suspect previous league sponsors Vauxhall, Blue Square etc would have been more prompt and savvy. Jako and Joma do advertise inside but again that is old branding along with “National League Trust supporting your community”.
 
Whilst there was an away turnstile no segregation applied and I estimate the visitors brought about 50 fans. I was allowed to enter (£16) with my food and bought a £2 programme but declined any golden-goal etc raffle ticket. I made my way to the only seating which unlike my train journey was clearly named/numbered where reserved. Some fans near me had taken advantage of the generous £10 discount for Portsmouth season ticket holders and were regular enough to recognise home players yet unaware how close the visitors had been to entering the EFL etc. In total a commendable 1,348 attended but looking at the uniformly narrow covered terracing I cannot believe that the capacity is 5,250.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The public address was barely audible and whilst the tiny named photos and number on the squad page in the programme should be praised, unfortunately, probably from hurried/incomplete provision, the away team ones were completely mixed up. On a balmy evening a glorious rainbow provided a pre-match bonus but neither team found a pot of gold. There was some chanting from the home fans but I wonder if in the event of a fixture clash they would be otherwise occupied at Fratton Park. The score keepers on top of the terrace roof were thus untroubled but there was plenty of endeavour, goal chances, saves etc in a tight but reasonably entertaining game. Whilst any transfer deadline has yet to apply I felt both teams should finish both outside the top or bottom seven.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I used the toilets at the end of the game and they were clean/functional and further evidence of ground (up)grading activity. I had no problems walking, virtually alone, back to town for an overnight stay.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I enjoyed my visit to Westleigh Park. It is a tidy stadium and a team trying to win points with attacking tactics. I have no knowledge of their business model but any stated ambition similar to Eastleigh’s would I suspect likewise be fruitless in the shadow of their huge football neighbour.

Havant & Waterlooville v Hemel Hempstead
National League South
Saturday 11th November 2017, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Westleigh Park?
 
Just another ground to tick off in this league.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I had a very easy and pleasant journey by train from Stowmarket. I had no problem finding the Westleigh Park ground thanks to the directions in this guide.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I arrived in the area with plenty of time, so I went on to Portsmouth Harbour and paid a visit to The Mary Rose exhibition. I was impressed but it was rather expensive. Certainly glad that I've seen it though.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Westleigh Park?
 
Westleigh Park is a neat and tidy ground with plenty of comfortable seating. Plus it has good standing areas, mostly under cover. I thought that the attendance of 866 was very good, but then we are not far from Portsmouth and they are passionate fans in this area.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The home team scored just before half time and it looked as though they would go on to win. However, Hemel Hempstead were awarded a penalty in the 83rd minute to make it 1-1.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was an easy walk downhill back to the railway station. On arrival back in London, it was a very quick underground journey from Waterloo to Liverpool Street. I was home an hour earlier than I had expected to be.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a good day out at Westleigh Park, made much better by the visit beforehand to Portsmouth Harbour.

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.

Main Stand

Main Stand

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

Home Terrace

Home Terrace

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.

Away Terrace

Away Terrace

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.

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Updated 8th December 2018

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