Capacity: 5,106 (Seats 2,240)
Address: Salford, M7 3PZ
Telephone: 0161 792 6287
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Ammies
Year Ground Opened: 1978*
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Red and White
The Moor Lane football ground is now unrecognisable from what it was like a year ago. The old ground has been completely replaced by four new stands, with the corners enclosed, effectively making it a new stadium. Considering that this was all done in just ten months, is a remarkable achievement. The last stand to be opened was the new Main Stand on the Neville Road side of the ground. This mainly all seated stand is a fairly simple affair with six rows of seats. At the back of the stand, there is a small area of standing and above there is quite a tall retaining 'wall' going to up to the roof. The team dugouts are located at the front of this stand. Although this stand on the Neville Road Stand replaced the old Main Stand, it is the new Moor Lane Stand opposite that has more facilities, with glassed corporate areas at the rear of it. It too is all-seated and is of a similar height to the Neville Road Stand. Both ends have newly covered terraces, with the West Terrace, being the first of the new stands to be constructed of the new stadium. The East Terrace opposite is almost a replica of the West Terrace and all of part of this terrace can be allocated to away supporters. The teams come onto the field of play from the south-west corner of the ground. The transformation of the stadium means that it now meets entry requirements for the Football League, which shows the ambition of the Club.
Overlooking the ground at the North Eastern corner is the tall spire of St Pauls Church. One thing I noticed, is that the new floodlight panels at the ground are in the same outline shape as the Club badge.
In October 2017 the Moor Lane ground was renamed the Peninsula Stadium in a corporate sponsorship deal. The new stadium was officially opened by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Away fans are normally housed on one side of the East Terrace (aka the School End) at one end of the ground. This terrace is covered and the acoustics are quite good, meaning that a relative few numbers of fans can make themselves heard. In addition, 200 seats are made available to visiting supporters in the South Stand, at no extra cost to the entrance fee. With the stadium being erected so quickly then the facilities for fans have yet to fully catch up, with portaloos in place and a burger van to supply food and beverages to visiting supporters.
With ex-Manchester United players; Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs taking a shareholding in the Club, then over the last few years, Salford City's media profile has risen accordingly and so has the Club on the field, with three league promotions in four seasons. The ambitious owners have targeted the Club with achieving Football League status by 2020. A BBC documentary about the Club called; 'The Class of 92 - Out Of Their League' further shone the media spotlight on the Club. So if you can keep eyes on the football rather than trying to 'Celeb spot' in the crowd, then you will be doing well!
There is currently no clubhouse at the ground (although a new one is being planned). Instead, the Club have put in place some refreshment units behind the stands (including the away end) which serve alcohol as well as food. Although the Peninsula Stadium is situated in a largely residential area, there are surprisingly no pubs close by.
Chris Shiel informs me; 'There is the Fairways Lodge on George Street in Prestwich is around half a mile, or a ten minute stroll on foot, along pleasant public footpaths that go through Prestwich Golf Course and over the moor, a ten minute stroll. If the weather is bad the route along the road is more preferable and is about one mile. Fairways Lodge, sometimes known locally as 'The Village' (from a previous name) is a hotel with gym facilities and function rooms but there is a public bar that is frequented by a few locals. It is normally fairly quiet as it's slightly off the beaten track down a long cul de sac but it is the closest to Moor Lane'.
Moor Lane is located just over two miles away from Junction 17 of the M60. The ground is not located in Salford itself, but in the nearby area of Kersal.
From the M60 at Junction 17 take the A56 towards Manchester City Centre. Keep straight along the A56 and after passing a Lidl stare on the left with a Carphone Warehouse on the opposite side of the road, then take the third turning on the right (at the traffic lights and signposted Oaklands Hall/St Pauls Church) into Moor Lane. For the main entrance take the next left into Nevile Road and you will reach the ground down on the right, after the school.
There is no parking available at the ground for visiting supporters, plus the streets in the immediate vicinity of the ground have a residents only scheme in operation. So please check signage on lamp posts for details of parking restrictions, as wardens out on patrol on matchdays. However, there is street parking to be had on Moor Lane itself and other streets located a little further away from the ground, such as Kersal Moor Road. Parking here also has the added benefit that you can get away pretty easily after the match, as at the top of Kersal Moor Road, you can turn right towards Prestwich (for M60 North) or left towards Swinton (for M61 and M60 South).
Although there are some smaller railway stations that are slightly nearer to Moor Lane, it is not worth travelling out to them as you'll still be almost three miles away from the ground. Manchester Victoria is the closest mainline station, which is just over three miles away and probably too far to walk. Either take a taxi up to the ground or from the Victoria Station approach you can catch First Bus No: 97 or 98 along Bury New Road towards Bury. This bus stops just after the end of Moor Lane (the road not the ground), just past the Hazeldean Hotel. The journey time is around 18 minutes. More information can be found on the Transport For Greater Manchester website.
Andrew Beverton a visiting Leyton Orient supporter adds; 'We took a taxi from Manchester Piccadilly to the Salford City ground which cost £12.50. We were unable to get a taxi after the match had ended and so we walked up to the main road and caught a bus into Manchester City Centre which cost £2.50 each'.
The nearest Metro Tram stop to the Peninsula Stadium is at Crumpsall, which is approximately one and three-quarter miles away to the east and would take about 35 minutes to walk.
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FC United of Manchester, Curzon Ashton
4,200 v Class of 92
Friendly Match, 12th November 2017
2017-2018: 1,611 (National League North)
2016-2017: 1,395 (National League North)
2015-2016: 642 (Northern Premier League)
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Thanks to Will Moorcoft of Salford City Football Club, Dave Hollands and Dwayne Owen for providing the photos of the new stands at the Peninsula Stadium Moor Lane Salford City.
Salford City v Bromley
Saturday 30th March 2019, 3pm
Richard Mackey (Bromley)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Peninsula Stadium?
Manchester is a great city for a football weekend away, and I have a friend who lives there and is willing to give me a bed for the night - so I was always going to travel up for this match and then stay over.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
A train from London into Manchester Piccadilly. Then a twenty-minute walk through the city centre to the bus stop on Great Ducie Street. Got off at Moor Lane, then it's a short walk to the ground.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
I had a beer and then some food beforehand in Central Manchester. I was surprised not to see any fans at all on the bus I got, but there was a reason for this. There are hardly any facilities near the ground as it's in a residential area, but there are a range of bars and food options behind the home end, and clearly, the home fans get to the ground early to use these facilities. What was on offer looked pretty good and was notably cheap for a football ground. If I visited again I would eat and drink here rather than in the city centre.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Peninsula Stadium?
I was impressed by this ground - Salford City have a lot of money behind them but they've spent it well in constructing the best non-league venue (discounting clubs that used to be in the league) I've been to. It's a compact 5,000 at the moment, but there's enough room around three of the sides for the ground to be expanded if the club continues to prosper. The away end has a roof to help fans make some noise, and seats were available too along the side as there wasn't really any segregation for this match. I particularly liked the floodlights in the shape of the club crest - touches like that show the architect has put some thought into the design and hasn't just churned out an identikit box of a ground.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Salford were on top for a lot of the game as expected, but Bromley defended well to keep the score goalless. Strangely it all went wrong for Bromley after scoring in the 85th minute - we immediately shifted into ultra-defensive mode, invited a lot of pressure and let Salford score an 88th minute equaliser and then a 93rd minute winner. Had Bromley not taken the lead they probably wouldn't have lost the game.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
The away end is at the 'right' end if you're getting a bus back into town, so I managed to get near the front of the bus stop queue. Lots of buses go down Bury New Road so you wouldn't have to wait too long in any case.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I'd happily visit again, but Salford are clearly heading for the Football League and will stay there when they arrive, so the chances of future visits with Bromley are slim. I'd expect this to be a popular trip for other away fans.
Salford City v Hartlepool United
Tuesday 25th September 2018, 7.45pm
Tony Smith (Doing the 134 + 24)
Salford City v Maidstone United
Saturday 9th August 2018, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral)
Salford City v Leyton Orient
Saturday 4th August 2018, 12.30pm
Jeremy Gold (Leyton Orient fan)
Salford City v Southport
National League North
Monday 28th August 2017, 3pm
Stephen Calvert (Neutral fan)
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* Although Salford moved into Moor Lane in 1978, the ground had been used previously for many years for a variety of sports.